THE ART OF DESIGN

This University District home is like a private art museum.

Architect Michael Bell, AIA, and contractor Tom Ginther are responsible for the extensive renovation to the 1910 house.

CHERYL GERBER

The home of Amanda and Dr. Nathaniel Scott “Teddy” Winstead located on a quiet street in the University District is like a private art museum featuring exquisite art created by artists from New Orleans. Amanda, an art appraiser and private art broker who also works with an auction house, knew the minute she first opened the door to the 1910 home that it was the right house to purchase. Teddy, a gastroenterologist at Ochsner Hospital, wasn’t put off by the fact the house needed a lot of work. “I could tell it had nice architectural details and good bones,” he says.

Featuring large windows and ample wall space, the design of each room in the Winsteads’ home is built around their art collection. Step into the front door and the broad entry will introduce you to the living room on the right that’s fashionably designed with a pair of Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs and a colorful rug on the original oak floors. Amanda’s adjoining study has yellow walls, black granite and white Carrera marble on the floor, bookshelves filled with art books and carefully chosen art on the wall. She runs her art appraisal and brokerage business from home. Her study “makes being at work very enjoyable.”

Across the entry hallway there’s a bold peony pink-colored dining room with a painting by Franklin Adams over the large buffet – Amanda’s first antique purchase. The table and chairs were purchased from Manheim Antiques on Royal Street, while a glassblower in Murano, Italy specially created the chandelier. (He also handcrafted the chandeliers in the living room and stairway.)

At the end of the three large main rooms in the front of the house there’s a tiny powder room off the front hallway that speaks of the couple’s love of color. “I like the red sink and the vanity wrapped in the same color,” Amanda continues with a smile. “We even used the same brilliant color for the Roman shade on the window.”

The Winsteads called in architect Michael Bell, AIA (Bell Architects) for the major renovation. “We worked closely with Amanda and Teddy to bring to fruition the remodeling and addition that are respectful of the existing style of the home,” Bell says. “The new kitchen/breakfast/den area works well for the couple and their son Sebastian [now 21 months old]. The sun-filled space overlooks the new terrace which was designed to reinforce the lines of the existing pool.”

“To create the new kitchen from the original kitchen, a tiny butler’s pantry and a stairwell was removed,” Amanda explains. “I like to call the new breakfast room-den our morning room because it’s filled with morning sunlight.”
The couple’s favorite retreat is the new master suite that also takes advantage of natural light and provides a connection to the exterior. The bathroom features a tub that overlooks the pool. To add a touch of glamour to the new bathroom, the couple hung the original large crystal chandelier from the dining room over the tub. “It definitely gives the space a ‘wow effect.’” She also loves her new dressing room that adjoins the bathroom. “It is a dream, with everything behind closed doors to keep things nice and dust free.”

Both Amanda and Teddy gave high marks to Tom Ginther, their contractor, for his excellent work and special attention to details. “You don’t often hear people say they love their contractor, but Tom was fantastic,” Amanda says, “and Michael and his staff were very good at taking our ideas and making them better, elevating everything to the next level. This is a home for a lifetime.”
 

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