Southern Experience with Black Southern Belle: The Moor

One of the most historic cities in the South is New Orleans, “The City that Care Forgot”. Take a cultural journey to one of New Orlean’s newest boutique hotels, The Moor, owned by two Howard University alums, Marcus Carey and Damon Lawrence. This hotel is one of a series of ventures started by their parent company, Homage. These Hoteliers set forth to create an experience honoring black culture and providing guests with a home-like oasis in Mid-City, New Orleans.

On the historic Canal Street in New Orleans sits this Homage “Hausotel”, also known as a boutique home, which differentiates itself from a hotel and a B&B. The Moor lives in a 1921 Spanish-colonial property that provides guest the choice between four units with their own living spaces, bedrooms, and kitchenettes. The allure of The Moor can be credited to founder Damon Lawrence and his mother Karen Lawrence whose design direction and architecture exudes an African and Moroccan vibe inspired by the Moors of North Africa’s influence around the world. The design pays homage to New Orleans multiculturalism, a truly global city.

Each moment in this boutique home tells a story and pays homage to the pioneers with a warm, neutral palette, historic antiquities, statement art, and natural materials. The Moor is a must-experience “Hausotel” upon your next visit to the historic melting pot of New Orleans.

Michiel Perry | Michiel Perry is the founder of Black Southern Belle and the curated network of diverse brands Black Southern Belle Collective. Prior to her blog, Michiel worked as a brand strategist and event planner for Google, Inc in Washington, D.C. and a collegiate marketing ambassador at Lillybee. In 2014, she was inspired to develop this lifestyle brand highlighting diverse Southern tastemakers and all things “Southern Bred and Soul Infused”, while planning her Charleston wedding and decorating her first home. She desired to build a community to inspire, experience, share a love for the South.

Michiel resides in a historic home outside of Charleston with her husband and son. When she is not exploring the South, creating inspired entertaining experiences, or working with brands, you can find her adding to her antique collections and sharing her love for the low country.

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