Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour
Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley
Vincent Saia and Glynn Stephens
1565 Exposition Blvd.
The Saia-Stephens kitchen is a continuation of the contemporary aesthetic John Crestia of Chrestia Staub Pierce and his team established throughout the home.
The primary feature of this 500-square-foot kitchen is its open, light-filled plan.The sky and trees in the neighborhood viewed from the work areas played a critical role in this open plan that captures views of the garden from the breakfast area.
A shallow “pop-down” begins at the custom stainless steel box hood by JOLY Metalworks above the cooking area and continues over the island. This provides the opportunity to incorporate a custom pendant light fixture by Ralph Pucci as a sculptural feature over the island. All other lights are recessed square LED fixtures with a small aperture.
A custom wood banquette was constructed on-site and finished by local artisan Madilynn Nelson. The fabric cushion was also assembled locally. Cane and wood contemporary chairs by McGuire surround a custom breakfast table with a stone top by Glen Armand. The splash above the counter is a custom design from Stafford Tile.
Chrestia Staub Pierce served as the chief architect and design firm, with Robert Bouchon Consulting Engineers collaborating. The quartzite countertops are from Triton Stone. All of the custom designed cabinetry was fabricated out of state. Appliances include a range and micro drawer by Wolf, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, dishwashers by Miele, plumbing fixtures by Kallista and wine cooler and ice maker by GE Monogram
George & Cristina Fowler III
919 Webster ST.
Cristina and George Fowler III’s kitchen draws modern European influences, with contemporary cabinetry and appliances alongside antique furnishings.
Their house, once the carriage house of the Protestant orphanage that encompassed the entire block, is in the register of historic places, so the primary goal of the design was to respect the house’s historic character while still utilizing modern comforts, including a steam oven and induction stove.
The lack of overhead cabinetry, along with plenty of natural light and sky views, provides an open, airy feeling to the 15-by-23-foot kitchen. To continue this uncluttered atmosphere, the Fowlers opened an archway into the kitchen to expose more of the natural light. Featured artwork includes a painting of a Mustang by the family’s late uncle, Alberto Fowler.
The couple’s son George Fowler IV of Fowler Development and their daughter-in-law Jennifer Fowler largely designed the kitchen, with approval from Gerrie Bremermann. Fowler Development designed the cabinetry, while the flooring is original to the house. The marble was cut and installed by Pieri Tile & Marble Co. Rene Echelard did the electrical work, while Southland Plumbing provided the fixtures. Appliances include a refrigerator, freezer, and wine cooler by Sub-Zero, oven and steam oven; induction stove and microwave by Wolf and a Miele dishwasher
Brandon & Daphne Berger
1560 Henry Clay Ave.
While Daphne and Brandon Berger’s kitchen has an overall Gustavian feel, it draws inspiration from a number of different sources in Daphne’s personal history and interests. She believes that collecting meaningful items and incorporating them throughout the home can make for the best design.
The wood counters are reminiscent of a childhood cabin in Alaska, while the farmhouse sink and wood on the walls remind her of an old barn on her family’s farm in Indiana. The blue pottery collection is from a Boston potter, whose work Daphne’s mother and grandmother collected until the business burned down in the late 1960s.
Daphne’s love of French culture is reflected in the antique lanterns, Calacatta gold marble counters, and the crémone-bolted window opening to the yard. To further the personal touches, the china collection belonged to Daphne’s great-great-grandmother.
Elements of the original house incorporated into the design include the broom closet and the kitchen hood, made from wood reclaimed from an old bargeboard coal shed on the property and the home’s original flooring, refurbished by Isacks Construction. The stove is by ILVE and the refrigerator is by Thermador. Anne Villere collaborated with Daphne Berger in the kitchen’s design, while Michael Haase of Nordic Kitchens and Baths designed the cabinets and their layout
William & Anne Long
920 State St.
The kitchen of Anne and William Long has a warm, comfortable, feel and is adjoined by a mudroom/galley. The center island encourages a crowd to gather, while the original wood and beam ceilings running between the kitchen and the den lend warmth. Art was done mostly by the Longs’ children, although there’s also a Carolyn Busenlener still-life and a metal sculpture by Luis Colmenares. The couple redesigned the space with guidance from professionals including Sherry Haydel for the cabinetry and Corinne Laborde for her stone and color choices as well as the antique French iron chandeliers. Andy Guzman of Andy Guzman Enterprises repaired the existing cabinetry and painted the base coat, while Geoffrey Guillot of Geo’s Flooring LLC installed the French limestone flooring, purchased through Stafford Tile & Stone.
Paul Romain of Palatial Stone custom-built and installed the sinker cypress cabinets in the galley/mudroom and laundry and sourced, fabricated and installed the Calacatta gold marble book-matched countertops and backsplashes from Italy. He also fabricated and installed the soapstone counters in the mudroom/galley. Appliances and hardware include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a secondary refrigerator by Jenn-Air in the mudroom, double Asko dishwashers, a Thermador oven and warming drawer, a Hishizaki nugget icemaker, a Eurocave wine cooler, Kohler faucets, Elkay sinks, a 1979 South Bend commercial restaurant range original to the house and iron hardware from French Foundry
Geoff & Holly Snodgrass
1454 Joseph St.
Holly and Geoff Snodgrass’ 500-square-foot kitchen marries the best of traditional design with contemporary twists.
Designed chiefly by architect Caroline Ferguson with consultation from Grace Kaynor designs, the kitchen is the result of “countless hours” of research and inspiration meant to fit the existing space while improving flow, increasing counter space, and new cabinets by Miguel Montoya of The Montoya Company.
The existing kitchen space was taken down to the studs and rebuilt in the same footprint in contrast to more modern designs, which incorporate family room space with the cooking area. The existing slate flooring was stripped, stained and resealed. Oil paintings by New Orleans’ Jeffrey Pitt and Memphis’ Pinkney Herbert are featured alongside antique and contemporary folk art.
The result is a light and airy kitchen with casement windows opening to an herb planter, which the Snodgrasses have come to consider and essential kitchen tool.
Additional features and appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador Dual Fuel range, a ProLine hood, Sharp cabinet microwave oven, KitchenAid cabinet refrigerators, kitchen sink by Kraus, bar sink by Elkay, Rohl faucets and pot filler, and Del Mare granite countertops and backsplashes, installed by contractor Anderson DaSilva
Gary & Betsy Laborde
4730 St. Charles Ave.
Betsy and Gary Laborde’s contemporary 20-by-40-foot kitchen calls to mind clean lines and efficient use of space with hidden storage.
Designed by Ann Holden with custom Bulthaup cabinetry from Germany, the kitchen features numerous additional international touches, including a chandelier from Canada, Crittal windows from the United Kingdom, and a clock from France.
The appliances are by Wolf, Bosch, and Viking, while FUSION poured the eight-layer floor. Anne Holden’s mother
Kevin Gillentine & Vincent Bergeal
3726 Prytania St.
Kevin Gillentine’s love of cooking and entertaining provided the inspiration for this warm, eclectic kitchen.
In collaboration with architect Dennis Brady, Kevin designed the space with the idea of entertaining large gatherings in the 400-square-foot kitchen while thinking “outside the box,” specifically choosing antiques, repurposed pieces and interesting art work to make the kitchen feel morel like a comfortable living space.
An unusual feature is the use of only bottom cabinets, which were custom-made. In lieu of upper cabinets, Kevin has devised alternate means of storage, including an old table as an island with vintage storage bins underneath.
Further personal touches include a large portrait of Spain, pottery pieces, a reclaimed vintage iron pole from the French Quarter, and a portrait of Kevin’s mother as a girl with Elvis.
The countertops are repurposed marble from an old bank in North Carolina. The antique pine floors are by Long, Hard, Wood. The stove is by Viking, while the dishwasher is by KitchenAid
Quinn Peeper & Michael Harold
1121 Delachaise St.
Quinn Peeper and Michael D. Harold’s rustic ancestral kitchen, largely inspired by Quinn’s family farm in Mississippi County, Arkansas, constantly juxtaposes the formal and informal to a dynamic effect. The house, once a side-by-side double, allowed the two adjoining kitchens to function as two spaces: a butler’s pantry and a working kitchen. While one space has a sink and dishwasher and is meant for removing and plating food, the other is primarily for cooking. Everything is within reach, and the white walls allow for the use of the family’s antique china. In an effort to have modern conveniences in an older setting, the appliances are all hidden from sight when looking in from the living room, allowing the caramel-colored cabinetry and counters designed by Michael Baudin. The original pine floors were refurbished and painted white.
Artwork on display includes family photos of old houses, as well as 18th- and 19th-century portraits.
Michael Baudin designed and custom-built cabinets and Caesar stone countertops and added boards to the existing floor. Michael Carbine and Matthew Fox drew plans for the kitchen as architects. Carbine’s MacMaison provided the chandelier lighting, while Floor and Decor provided the marble backsplash. Quinn Peeper and Michael D. Harold provided the interior design, with Frenchman’s Bayou Design LLC. Dunn and Sonnier provided the glass and mirrored transom and side panels used as the pantry door. The contractor was Ashley Cavalier. Appliances include Bosch dishwashers; a Frigidaire refrigerator and a sink by LCR
Richard W. Awtrey & Jason S. Strealy
1400 8th St.
The goal for Richard W. Awtrey’s transitional kitchen was to create a space with clean lines and a timeless aesthetic.
Major features of this 15-by-30-foot kitchen include an extra long island both for preparation and for entertaining, a built-in banquette for additional seating options, Also included a beveled white subway tile for the backsplash and honed Carrera marble countertops. Notable artwork includes works by Frida Kahlo and Ashley Longshore, as well as a BDDW Captain’s Mirror.
Charles Neyrey of M2 Studios took point on the design, in collaboration with Rivers Spencer and George Fowler. Fowler Development provided the cabinetwork and flooring.
All appliances are by Thermador, while the sink is by Kohler. Visual Comfort provided the lighting
Guy & Poe Carpenter
1138 Third St.
With a dimensions of 46 by 17 feet, Poe and Guy Carpenter knew their kitchen was meant for entertaining, whether for friends of their own or the friends of their three teenagers. Their goal in designing the kitchen themselves was to create a casual, comfortable, classic space.
As part of their self-designed elements, Guy’s companies, Supreme Painting & Restoration and Supreme Shutter Company were responsible for the kitchen renovation, including the cabinet and floor restoration. There’s also statuary marble from Carr Stone covering the kitchen surfaces and backsplash.
Their appliances include a Wolf industrial range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator with six drawers and a commercial refrigerator by True Refrigerator, a Sharpe drawer microwave, a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, Koehler sink and Delta faucets.
The highlight of the kitchen, however, is likely the large 16-foot-long island, which features two sinks and comfortably seats eight to 10 people.