Beth Kendall Harris

Beth Kendall Harris is all about the style. She travels the world in search of something unique and has a purpose. Create the home of your dreams with affordable home furnishing and home decor accessories.  Beth Harris explores the world searching for the unique home decor that meets the Lifestyle of Relish New Orleans customers.  Each year, she travels throughout Europe looking for inspiration to bring into their personal home. These travels bring the uniqueness of the products carried in our home decor department for sale.  We invite you to take this exploration with them each year as you create a home of ever lasting style.  

Discover great home furnishing and home decor for every room in the home. Create living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms or more from our large selection of home decor and furnishing goods. Order everything for the home online from www.relishneworleans.com form a collection of beautiful consoles, side tables, chest of drawers and more in classic styles and contemporary looks. Adding new lighting, chandeliers and wall sconces have never been easier with the light department. Search from large chandeliers as well as small table lamps to complete all the decorating needs for you and your interior designer. Relish’s home decorations and quality furniture are at your fingertips to create the room of your dreams or to compliment a well-designed look.

Cast Stone Urn

Paris Urns by Campania International

Urns were (and still are) used as a means to contain the ashes of a loved one once they are cremated. Nowadays, cast stone urns have taken on additional functions. Their exceptional ornamentation and fluted bodies have similar features of planter pots that are used in gardens all over the world. Urns, however, typically also feature handles, garland accents, and sit on plinth platforms, making them much more ostentatious than the usual planter. If you have a sense of flair that you like to show off when picking out decor, an urn can be a valuable addition in your garden. The ornamental features of the garden urn can liven up any environment. Often times, its exceptional accents help to transform a garden into a more traditional setting.

The Garden Gates specializes in working with customers to present a versatile mix of styles of garden urns. Campania International and Kansas City Statuary are two of the most well-respected artisans in the nation, and their speciality in cast-stone artistry results in a quality, cosmetic garden urns that you can use to adorn your outdoor living area. These pieces come in a selection of color washes. Campania International features Aged Limestone, Alpine Stone, Brownstone, Natural, Copper Bronze, English Moss, Ferro Rustico, Greystone, Pietra Vecchia, Terra Nera, Travertine, and Verde. Kansas City Statuary, on the other hand, features Rustic Midori, Sepia, River Stone, Rustic Amber, Slate, Weathered Copper, White Wash, Sunset, Vintage, Aztec Jade, Copper, Age, Ancient Verde, Earth, Moss, Natural, English Terracotta, and Khaki Ash. Artisanal designers like Campania and Kansas City Statuary understand beauty and functionality, making their urn creations the most unique and sought-after in the market.

A dramatic urn was often representative of how beloved a person was when they were alive. In a garden scenario, this can be replicated without the need to mourn the passing of a loved one. When guests stroll through your property, it could be assumed that the more embellished an urn is, the more you love tending to your garden. The nurturing care you give to your plants and flowers will naturally lead to an elaborate and meticulously designed outside area, but the extra ornamentation will help to emphasize it ten-fold. The fluted bodies, the curved lips, and embossed decorative details will easily compliment the similar organic shapes and impressions of your garden. I addition to this, each of the color washes offered from the Garden Gates will fade naturally over the years, creating an organic, one-of-a-kind patina finish that will blend even more perfectly with your garden over time.

The shape of an urn can dictate the way in which you choose to express yourself. An elongated body with a greater height can reach above the garden foliage and present itself more prominently. The Williamsburg Jefferson urn, the Morgan Iron Scroll urn, and the Smithsonian Goblet urnare all examples of the vertically pronounced garden pieces from the Garden Gates which you can place on a pedestal for even more height. Opposite of these steep urns, you may choose to move your decor lower to the ground. These types of urns look best when placed on flat, open ground. Many homeowners choose to create a bed of colored gravel as a liner to a walkway or an open space within the garden. By placing a wider, shorter urn in the center, you can draw onlookers’ eyes toward one singular piece. The Garden Gates offers a generous selection of horizontally prominent urns such as the Rustic Palazzo urn, the Vintage St. Charles urn, and the Brio urn.

You can find the perfect selection of large planter urns from the Garden Gates in a variety of finishes and sizes to make a statement that is both stately and timeless. Each cast-stone urn is intended to last a lifetime. Urns, much like planter pots, can be used to accent your deck or patio. Part of the fun of decorating your patio area is setting up a table and chair or a couch and feeling relaxed in the environment that facilities a cohabitation between your indoor living area and the surrounding outdoors. Urns can be filled with beautiful plant arrangements. This can gradually introduce guests from the comfort of a sterile indoor setting to the organic, unkempt outdoors. By blending the features of both locations, you can create an environment that everyone will enjoy visually and feel comfortable with emotionally. The origin of urns comes from a situation of great emotional depth, so it is fitting that they continue to evoke so much within us, even today.

Relish Metairie Road

Beth Kendall Harris, Chad Everett Harris’ wife, has a retail store in Metairie, Louisiana called Relish, or Relish Metairie Road. Relish has a selection of Women’s fashion, home accents, gifts, and children’s clothing from Europe. Beth Harris spends months traveling the global in search of the perfect outfit for her clients.

Relish Metairie Road
Relish Metairie Road

Featured Brands sold at Relish Metairie Road

  • CP Shades – Linen Clothing
  • Bella Notte Linens
  • Mathilde M from Paris
  • YAYA Woman

Visit Relish Metairie Road

Relish Metairie is located at 600 Metairie Road near the railroad tracks on the Southside of the Metairie Road. Relish is open 6 days per week, from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Sundays. Relish can also be found online by visiting RelishNewOrleans.com.

When Creativity Get’s To Creative

In 2013, The Garden Gates has some amazing writers. They were talented, witty, and fast. What Chad Everett Harris learned ( yup, 3rd person nonsense) was the without the correct guidance, those keyboard wizard can get carried away.

Take the case of the Palladio garden table and the creative article below.

Campania International Palladio Garden Table Set

” A dining table can be the perfect piece for a fully decorated outdoor furniture set. Not only do outdoor dining tables create a perfect center for serving up food and beverages to your guests, but the style you choose can be easily matched with other outdoor decor such as planter pots, window boxes, chairs, benches, console tables, or even birdbaths. You can use your outdoor dining table to serve up a full-course meal for guests, have a peaceful Sunday brunch, or simply sit outside and rest while you sip coffee and read your favorite book. These pieces are made to be durable so that they sustain the wear and tear from outside elements that tend to create corrosion over time. The Garden Gates offers outdoor dining tables from popular statuary companies such as Campania International and Kansas City Statuary. Our dining tables are hand created from cast-stone in a variety of styles and color finishes which you can choose from to properly match your personal decor. With our diverse selection of styles and colors to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a comprehensive, long-lasting feature for your garden, backyard, or patio area. Choose the matching fountain, planter group, and benches to really tie in the whole set-up for a perfect arrangement that speaks to you and your guests.

Although outdoor dining tables are made for durability, it is always advised to purchase a cover to fully protect it from weather elements and animals that may create extreme permanent damage. The color finish you choose will naturally evolve over time to create a more organic antiqued look, but in order to preserve this process, it is important to prevent additional harsh damage to the surface of your dining table. Choosing the correct color finish is essential to having the right outdoor furniture. Campania International offers a selection of colors such as Aged Limestone, Alpine Stone, Brownstone, Natural, Copper Bronze, English Moss, Ferro Rustico, Greystone, Pietra Vecchia, Terra Nera, Travertine, and Verde. Although these are wonderful choices, Kansas City Statuary offers a different selection with options such as Rustic Midori, Sepia, River Stone, Rustic Amber, Slate, Weathered Copper, White Wash, Sunset, Vintage, Aztec Jade, Copper, Age, Ancient Verde, Earth, Moss, Natural, English Terracotta, and Khaki Ash. For an additional feature on your outdoor dining table, you can also add an umbrella which locks into the centerpiece. Not only can you choose between various color options to match your furniture, but you can relax in shade away from the sun. If it begins to unexpectedly rain, during your family picnic, the umbrella can be a great tool to protect your meal.

Chad sat at the Palladio garden table, in his backyard. He thumbed at the spread of bread, cheeses, grapes, and olives that was splayed out on the wooden serving slabs. How did he agree to allow his own private back yard to be the host of annual White Glove Ladies luncheon? Ahh, yes, he nodded to himself. It all began with a conversation about an outdoor dining table.

Just three weeks before, he stood, amusing himself at the incredulousness of the elderly women who gathered around him; their pristine white gloves pawing the air like cats vying for his attention. They clamored him with questions about when they could redesign their backyards, the right furniture that would truly open up their outdoor foyer, and how to choose the perfect outdoor dining table (for lighter social gatherings of course).

He spun around, his eyes glazing over with a half smile on his face while he placated them with sensational statements about all the products and services he could offer them. “And we’ll do the best job in the city, for the best deal!” “This one is made of cast-stone! It’ll last forever!”

“Oh, my word!” They gasped, and placed their bleached gloves over their mouths in excitement.

Gladys, the eldest of the elderly bunch, firmly placed her pearled hand onto Chad’s arm as he pulled away to escape. “I simply must have that Palladio garden table, but I never purchase anything without inspecting it up close.”

Chad tried to loosen his arm from her grip, but she held on tight with the same clench that she would grip her last will and testament just 18 months later when death would dive in to kidnap her away. Even in the end, she held on for what she deemed to be the most important occasions and, in this instance, that Palladio dining table was of the utmost urgency. “Your website says that the table is on backorder! I’m hosting a dinner next month, I must have it by then! Can you pull some strings?”

‘Damn,’ he thought. ‘Who taught the elderly how to use the internet?!’

“I’m sorry,” he said, “I can’t control when that item arrives. It’s out of my hands! What about another table…”

“Only the Palladio will do!”

Chad’s eyes widened. ‘Jeez, this lady is crazy!’ he thought. “I don’t know what to tell you. The only Palladio table that even exists in this city is in my own backyard, and I love it too much to sell it!”

“Well then, what are we going to do?!”

Chad grinned a sly grin. He had finally won! The old woman couldn’t argue with that kind of statement! Gotcha!

“I don’t know, ma’am. I guess you’ll have to order another table from The Garden Gates and be satisfied.”

“As I said before, young man, only, the Palladio dining table will do! I have a gathering next month and everyone must sit at that glorious round table! Since you’re the only one in the city who owns it, then I’ll be paying you to host my event at your home. I assume your house is big enough…”

“Yeah, its a big house with lots of room. Look, you can’t just come to my house and serve up wine and cheese! I mean…it’s my house!”

“Young man, do you know who I am?”

“Yeah, I guess. You’re one of the White Glove Ladies of New Orleans, but – “

“I’m the White Glove Lady of the World. Now, give me a price. I’ll look up your address on the internet.”

Argh! The internet! Chad clenched his teeth and came up with the highest amount he could fathom. She’ll outright reject him with an offensive amount such as that!

“How much;” Gladys replied. “Oh you’re so sweet to give me a discount deal!” She clasped her hands together in glee.

“Lady, you’re crazy!” Chad wheezed, finally pulling his arm away from her firm, venerable grip.

She cackled loudly, “I’m not crazy, young man! I’m rich!”

Chad ran out of the luncheon, tearing the stuffy herringbone blazer from his body and tossing it into the nearby bushes. “Unbelievable,” he muttered to himself. “Just unbelievable.”

It is important to create a balance of witty versus insane creative writing about garden decor, this writer took things a little too far.

To learn more about Creative Marketing Ideas from Chad Everett Harris, message him at @chadeverettharris.

Throwback Thursday Marketing

Small Business Saturday Marketing Idea

Turning the years back to the fall of 2013, I ( Chad Harris from The Garden Gates ) was mad as hell that day. American Express announced their new campaign, Small Business Saturday. I was fuming. I just couldn’t understand why Amex would promote small businesses just for one day of the year. So, I decided to do something about it.

Step One – Rallied the Troops on the fly and line them up with no warning and rolled the film-

We launched this on Facebook and the promotion reach 1 million views- was it viral, well in 2013, 1 million views really meant something.

For the next few months, when I walked into my local favorite place in New Orleans, ” I was that guy.. the one you couldn’t make go away on Facebook.”

It’s all about marketing, whatever your passion is, own it- Chad

FlashBack – Blogging From 2012

In 2014, all the rage in the search engine optimization world was short blogs that linked out to other sites to provide a snapshot for readers to follow. The idea was to make your site/blog a resource for expert information. Looking back all I can say, ” What were we thinking.”

Below is the explanation of a week’s worth of blogs you would post each day and then have a follow-up blog on Sunday that revisited each. ” I remember when I met Jason Dowdell for SEO Tool and he told me to stop spamming the internet with blogs. ”

Take a look below and follow the logic to see if you can formulate the same idea as Jason or if you think it has some value. My opinion, that it provides the right value to the right person.

note: this content was originally posted in July 2012 on TheGardenGates.com.

Monday: Fountains

Large and outdoor garden fountains from Campania International have a special place outside. Decorating with cast stone garden fountains adds a special ambiance to an outdoor space, from private courtyards to formal gardens and beyond. Campania makes outdoor garden fountains in all sizes as well as many styles and designs for your outdoor decor. Better Homes & Gardens offers a beautiful slideshow of how to incorporate garden fountains into different outdoor areas.

Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/water-gardens/outdoor-fountain-ideas/#page=1

Tuesday: Garden Planters

Garden planters are some of the most versatile pieces of outdoor decor to own. They can be moved around and replanted as the seasons and your outdoor needs change. Add a pair of urns planted with topiaries on either side of a front door for an instant facelift. Try adding a number of cast stone planters to a deck or patio for an easy way to add color and greenery if garden space is limited or not available. Garden planters and urns from Campania International come in so many sizes and styles, it’s easy to update your outdoor decor or to create an entire new look. Follow HGTV’s guide to planting a container garden.

Source: http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/container-essentials/index.html

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Wednesday: Statues

Statues are a great way to add something artistic and special to your outdoor decor. Garden statuary tucked away in a garden or amongst plants adds a unique look and point of interest. Campania International makes hundreds of statues. From religious figures to pets to rustic art and gnomes, cast stone statues are a beautiful and durable way to decorate the outdoors.

Stacey Pierson from Campania International wrote the perfect guide to selecting the right garden statue for your outdoor space on About.com.

Source: http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/a/Ornaments.htm

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Thursday: Garden Benches

Cast stone garden benches are a classic addition to outdoor spaces. From public places to private garden seating, garden benches are a functional way to add to your outdoor decor. Campania International makes garden benches using cast stone, which is an incredibly durable as well as beautiful building material. Cast stone has been used for centuries, so it’s no wonder Campania’s garden benches will last. Choose from traditional benches for an English garden, whimsical garden benches for a fun space or sleek modern cast stone benches to channel inner peace in your outdoor space. Check out Martha Stewart’s ideas for creative outdoor spaces.

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/274242/creative-outdoor-spaces/@center/276985/outdoor-living

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Friday: Birdbaths

Bird baths are a natural way to attract wild birds to your backyard or outdoor space. Invite the beautiful and natural sounds and sights of birds to enjoy each day. Cast stone bird baths from Campania International are made of extremely durable material and will age naturally over time, adding a beautiful look to your garden, patio or other outdoor space. Campania makes a number of birdbaths in different styles, from simple, zen-like bird baths to traditional American styles. Campania also makes whimsical designs of stone bird baths for that special place in the garden.

Bird baths offer a number of benefits, and Jim Sinclair promotes these benefits of birdbaths for Yahoo Voices.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/a-bird-bath-brings-song-joy-yard-560152.html?cat=32

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Saturday: Commentary – Where to Begin When Decorating an Outdoor Area

Adding pieces to your outdoor decor can be somewhat intimidating at first. If you’ve got a blank canvas, where do you start? If you have some pieces already, it’s important to match or at least complement what’s there. Outdoor decor is a fun element that can be added to at your own leisure or as you find the best pieces for your space.

First, look at any outdoor decor you already own and want to keep or incorporate into the look. Also, notice the color and style of flag stones, pavers or any other stone work around the area. If you have a stone or paved patio, walkway or driveway, what color and style are these elements?

How large is the area you are working with? Is it a sprawling lawn suitable for a massive fountain or hidden nook in the corner of the garden, perfect for a statue to take up residence? Outdoor living areas such as patios, decks and porches are the best places for cast stone planters and urns. Areas around a pool also look nice with container gardens. Measure how far apart you want the planters to be and how many will work in the space. Don’t create a wall of planters; just add a few here and there for some nice color or greenery.

What types of plants do you plan on planting in your cast stone planters or urns? Do you want to swap them out seasonally or put small trees or topiaries in them for year round? This will help determine the size of planters as well as the outdoor space.

Are there any places out in the garden or path that would benefit from a stone garden bench? We tend to focus on outdoor living areas for entertaining and relaxing, but finding a special place to sit and think or read can be nice as well. Garden benches are often nice accents to both front and back yards.

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Sunday: Recap

Campania International produces the best in cast stone outdoor decor for the garden and outdoor spaces around the home. Each cast stone piece from Campania International can be dyed or stained for a custom look in any of the multiple finishes they offer. From mossy, classic colors to earthy, rustic patinas, Campania is the leader in everything cast stone.

  • Cast Stone Products:
  • Garden Fountains
  • Garden Planters and Urns
  • Statues
  • Garden Benches
  • Birdbaths

The addition of outdoor decor such as garden fountains, planters, and urns, statues, garden benches, birdbaths or any combination of these will immediately enhance the look of your outdoor space. Create anything from mysterious secret gardens to Eastern inspired spaces for inner peace and everything in between. Campania International offers such a variety of versatile, beautiful and practical pieces that there is something for each space. Decorate decks, courtyards, entranceways, patios, yards, balconies and more with these inspiring collections of cast stone wonders. Make your outdoor decor as unique as you are with a custom combination of urns, statues and more to create the backyard of your dreams.