From the Heart

Editor’s Note

In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, I want to express my love and appreciation for one of Biz’s writers — Bonnie Warren. A longtime staple of the Renaissance Publishing team, Bonnie served at one time as editor of New Orleans Magazine, and currently writes for the publication, as well as Louisiana Life.

When Errol and I were preparing to resurrect Biz New Orleans in the summer of 2014, one of our ideas was to have a Great Offices feature — something that would showcase the amazing work spaces found throughout southeast Louisiana. Thanks to her prolific experience in writing about home interiors, not only for magazines, but in her own books, Bonnie was our first choice. Luckily for us, she accepted the challenge.

From the first issue, where she showcased the private office of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, Bonnie has shared the stories, favorite mementos and personal sides to some of the top business personalities in the region, including Morris Bart, John Deveney, Gary LaGrange, Mignon Faget, Pres Kabacoff, Al Copeland and Ray Manning, just to name a few.  

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I am sad to announce that Bonnie will no longer be penning our Great Offices feature, as she has decided to spend some more time with her family. She will, however, still be contributing her popular weekly blog, Bizness Style, every Tuesday at If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so as it is filled with her own signature style that has made her a favorite read for so many.

Taking her place will be our own etiquette writer, Melanie Warner Spencer, who has covered residential and commercial design and architecture for a variety of publications for more than 10 years. Spencer was the interior design columnist and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and senior reporter covering design at the Houston Chronicle. Her design pieces have also appeared in Modern Luxury Interiors Texas Magazine, as well as Austin Home Magazine and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.

We look forward to her work and the evolution of not just Great Offices, but the entire magazine in the year to come!

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