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Embracing It All

Cheryl Gerber Photograph

With this fall issue, we present four features that complement each other. One is a tribute to the prestigious Preservation Resource Center (pg. 63) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary of keeping New Orleans beautiful and full of integrity. We showcase four homes that exemplify the importance of maintaining our city’s beloved historic properties, while restoring them with respect for what they were in the past and preparing them for a promising future.  

We also embrace new visions. With our New Construction of the Year story (pg. 34), we welcome you into a stylish, thoroughly modern home in Lake Vista that famed architect Morris Adjmi of the eponymous architecture firm in New York City, designed for his sister, Vicki; her partner, Lisa Colon; and their young daughter. A native New Orleanian, Adjmi artfully incorporated innovative technology and contemporary form into the home, and our stylist and contributing editor Valorie Hart designed the interiors using the perfect touch of color, whimsy and elegance.  

We are also excited to show off our new class of Design Masters (pg. 50). A year ago, when I took the editorial helm of this publication, Lee Cutrone and I met for the first time to discuss our city’s talented designers. I looked forward to doing it again all year. It’s always difficult to choose from such an enormous talent pool, but I don’t think anyone is complaining.

Then there is designer Chad Graci’s story (pg. 44). Initially hired by a client to switch out the carpets in a Warehouse District condominium, Chad ended up completely redoing the whole place! The result of his magic touch is a chic space with an eclectic blend of furnishing styles and tons of light.

As usual I am full of gratitude for our columnists for providing insightful material in all home-related topics. It makes my job easy when I get to read about fascinating stories all day. We’ve got a great recipe for fall entertaining, along with tips on how to clear your house of bad juju (which is also beneficial for entertaining!). Two women will inspire you with their creativity: Layla Ardalan (pg. 14) makes intricate mixed-media collages, and Kathleen Currie is making our city more delightfully aromatic with her perfume line. Of course there are many more treats awaiting you within these pages, and I hope you enjoy it all.

On the Cover: The kitchen of Vicki Adjmi and Lisa Colon, who own the New Construction of the Year.

Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

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