Sarah Ravits Thom Bennett photographOpened by Gus Riordan in 1963, the Decorator Shoppe is known for its diverse lighting selection. The showroom, located in Metairie, is full of chandeliers, vanity lights, outdoor lights, recessed lighting, track lighting and lamps, as well as ceiling fans, mirrors and other home accessories. Visitors can browse, or set up an appointment with a member of the staff, which Lee Meisner, the grandson of Riordan, recommends if a client is choosing an entire homes’ light fixtures.
The store is owned and operated by Riordan’s family: his daughter Kathy Meisner began working at the store in 1970, and today Kathy and her son, Lee Meisner, work here full time.
Lee Meisner praises the loyalty of the customers—some of whom have been clients since his grandfather first opened the store. And when you stop by, don’t forget to say hi to the store dog, Chloe.
NOHL: What are some current trends in lighting?
LM: The only trend we have seen in the past few years is the increase in the number of styles that clients can choose from. Twenty years ago it was all polished brass lighting, whereas now there are numerous finishes and styles to fit anyone’s taste.
NOHL: What’s the first thing you discuss with clients?
LM: We need to get technical information such as ceiling height and room size. Then we move on to style, trying to get as much information about colors in various rooms as well as the client’s personal preferences—whether they like traditional or contemporary.
NOHL: What’s going on this month at the store?
LM: We will be having a mirror and lamp sale. All of these items will be 20 percent off. However, it’s also important to note that our prices are competitive all year round.