Beth & Chad Harris
Beth & Chad Harris
It’s amazing to see what started as a childhood dream is now a reality. The Garden Gates continues as an incredible journey while we grow and evolve into a unique lifestyle that permeates all that we do. Our uniquely New Orleans business offers a global feel - refined elegance meets casual living with a focus on the outdoors. To us, the good life is time spent with the ones we love in beautiful surroundings. The natural beauty of lush New Orleans landscapes, the soft feel of cool linen, the artful appeal of simple ingredients, the gentle scent of a favorite candle - we cherish each experience in everyday life and passionately offer the best we can find to our customers.
The Garden Gates home and garden store paved the way for TheGardenGates.com, and now we find ourselves offering experiences through blogging, sharing videos and so much more. Our history begins 30 years ago when both Chad and Beth found themselves as young adults living in the vibrant city of New Orleans. At the same time they were marrying and starting a family, Chad was building a landscaping business that quickly grew into a home and garden center in Old Metairie, a beautiful neighborhood in the New Orleans area.
Working with local artists and traveling to Europe to find unique home decor inspired us to expand our offerings to a larger market online. We knew there were people who appreciated our style and the hours we put into it, so we launched TheGardenGates.com ten years ago. This was ahead of the curve for the time, and admittedly it was blind faith that got us through. The website has opened many doors for our shop, and in turn the shop has supported the website. The Garden Gates shopping experience is now a seamless process as we take the best from local and the web to create our unique lifestyle.
It’s no secret we love everything French. Being a self-proclaimed Francophile in New Orleans comes with the territory. At The Garden Gates, you’ll find rich Parisian scents, easyware linen for traveling and delicate French curtains (among other things). A backdrop of American made furniture in antique French styles are mixed with modern classics to inspire a home decor that’s fresh and elegant at the same time. Online you’ll find many of these items with a much broader reach. While our store space is limited, our appeal online is rather expansive, and we cater to many tastes. Our outdoor decor never goes out of style as proven by our French bistro furniture, cast stone garden fountains and all the elements necessary for a wonderful outdoor living space.
Through our lifestyle blog, videos and social media, we are able to take you behind the scenes into our own world. We will show you what makes New Orleans so special from a local’s perspective and take you to lesser-known places that you can’t find in a city guide. New Orleans is one of the most charming cities in the world, and the way of life here is often imitated. Let us show you how we create beautiful style in our everyday lives and treat each day as a celebration in this special city. Join us as we share experiences, favorite places and the little things that make us happy.