NOLA Love, Design Love
New Orleans is for design lovers. With its wealth of historic buildings, storied designers and countless home design shops the Crescent City has always been a bastion of good taste, breathtaking décor and architecture drawing visitors from all over the world year after year. Now with home goods retailers opening seemingly every month; pop-up shops; fresh talent moving to the city; and design-centric events all over town, including Southern Style Now earlier this year and those past and upcoming from this publication (follow us on social media for news and announcements), it’s as if there is a second-wave design movement underway. I for one welcome it, because it translates to even more great stories, products, services, tips and advice to offer up to you, our stylish readers. For years, I covered design in Texas as the design columnist at the Austin American-Statesman, senior reporter covering design at The Houston Chronicle and a contributor to Austin Monthly, Austin Monthly Homes, Modern Luxury Texas Interiors, Modern Luxury Houston and other publications. It is a subject about which I love writing and reading and as the new editor of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, I’m enjoying immersing myself in the local design scene; soaking up the top-notch traditional, modern and contemporary design happening all over the city; and looking forward to sharing it within these pages.
Speaking of top-notch design, in this issue, we reveal our New Build of the Year. This show-stopping contemporary haven in Bayou St. John is awash in shades of gray with just the right amount of restraint, and will give you minimalist aspirations. We also celebrate our 2016 Design Masters. These 10 individuals are transforming and pushing the landscape of design in New Orleans and beyond. They are sure to inspire with their compelling stories and praise-worthy work.
Welcome to the autumn issue. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
— Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor
P.S. Have you seen the “Essence of Things - Design and the Art of Reduction,” at the New Orleans Museum of Art? View iconic works and prototypes by internationally renowned designers through Sept. 11.