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6 Degrees of Renovation
Above: Pat Neal of Classic Cupboards designed the kitchen cabinets and countertops, and supplied the appliances, while Tommy St. Amant of St. Amant Homebuilders installed the kitchen and Mary Lou Fewell of Interior Motives provided the inspiration for the floors and window treatments. Above, right: Andrea Thornton with two of favorite kitchen appliances are the Wolfe cook top and the unique Miele hood vent.
“The clean lines and openness of the kitchen are very inviting to guests,” says Andrea Thornton, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Monteleone. “The stainless steel appliances and backsplash add to the contemporary ambiance that I strived to achieve. The nook is a perfect for refuge my grandchildren.”
DRS. BARBARA AND EDWIN BECKMAN
Above: Michelle Braden created the concept design of the kitchen, with Leslie Lomont-Relayson of Cabinets by Design providing the final layout design and details, including the Wood-Mode cabinets that feature the traditional style Essex inset door. Vintage white paint was selected to give the space an old world feeling. Decorative artist Judy Merrell created the border around the ceiling. Right: Dr. Barbara Beckman poses in front of a portrait of Chef Paul Prudhomme by Rise Ochsner.
“Our new kitchen is functional as well as attractive,” says Dr. Barbara Beckman, a Tulane Medical School professor. “We enjoy the way it flows with the rest of the house and the archway and hand- painted design around the ceiling add additional interest to the space. The peninsula is convenient for quick dining.”
Above: The handsome new kitchen features Wood-Mode’s Brookhaven cabinets in American cherry from Top’s Woodworks, with countertops of Venatino Italian marble from Carr Stone and Tile. Heart pine floors are original to the house. Ball’s recent pottery is displayed on the narrow shelves. Below: Architect Mac Ball stands in the breakfast room surrounded by glass and opening onto a rear deck.
“We extended our 8-foot-wide center hall, taking in and expanding a rear porch into a breakfast room that visually ties the kitchen to the new outdoor deck so they effectively act as one space,” says Mac Ball, AIA, principal at Waggonner & Ball Architects. “It is almost like a separate building – a garden pavilion.”
DR. RAJESH AND ARTI SHARMA
Above: Interior designer Wes Ulmo and contractor Frank Augello were the team that created the bathroom. Faux finish artist Susan Korec did the walls. Left: Dr. Rajesh Sharma and his wife Arti enjoy the spaciousness of their 20-by-20-foot bathroom.
“The house has a Mediterranean theme and we used columns in the master bathroom to further accent the architecture,” says Dr. Rajesh Sharma, a neonatologist at Ochsner West Bank Hospital. “We wanted maximum natural light without sacrificing our privacy, so we used frosted glass.” adds his wife Arti.
DR. RHETT SASSARD
Above: Architect Michael Bell, AIA, designed the bathroom. If features a Jacuzzi tub surrounded by windows and double sinks on the travertine vanity. Wardlaw Witherspoon was the contractor for the project. Left: Dr. Rhett Sassard enjoys the large shower fashioned with an archway that keeps with the Mission style of the house.
“I enjoy the uncluttered look of my master bathroom,” says Dr. Rhett Sassard, a general surgeon at East Jefferson General Hospital. “It’s on the back of the house and overlooks the pool and hot tub in the rear garden. The large shower is a welcomed treat when I come in from running in Audubon Park.”
Above: Interior designer Suzanne McClellan, owner of Inside Design, selected the mirrors and light fixtures over the double American Standard sinks in the granite vanity. Delta faucets were chosen, along with a Jacuzzi tub that is wrapped in the same ceramic tile that was used on the floor and large shower. Below: Dave Bumpus shows off his large new shower that features a rainmaker showerhead overhead water source, three side jets and a hand-held spray.
“I created a completely new bathroom in my Broadmoor home that flooded with several feet of water during Hurricane Katrina,” explains Dave Bumpus, an owner of Bumpus Construction Company. “I completely ripped out the old bathroom and created a modern bathroom complete with a separate large shower and a Jacuzzi tub.”