The intersection of creative vision and determination is a magical spot to be.

As this issue hits newsstands, we will be done acknowledging the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We have reflected on the past decade and what it has taught us. New Orleanians – as diverse as we are – share an unparalleled sense of passion and community. Our city is rife with thinkers and doers who have helped New Orleans thrive.

It’s fitting then, that in this issue, we honor our annual class of Design Masters – the brilliant creative entrepreneurs who helped rebuild, renovate, restore, decorate and make our homes, and collectively, our city, beautiful and inviting (pg. 66).

Over the past decade we’ve also welcomed newcomers eager to join the efforts of making New Orleans great. One such individual is Liz Maute Cooke (“Masters of Their Craft” pg. 26) a business-savvy artist who pens and beautifies witty catch phrases as the ruler of her own company, Lionheart Prints.
Our New Build of The Year, styled and written by Valorie Hart (pg. 40), is owned by an artistic couple in the city’s Bywater neighborhood, an area that has seen incredible growth (and received national attention) over the past few years. This home is bright, colorful and eclectic, blending in contemporary elements that complement its historic setting.

We also showcase a stunning Bohemian carriage house in the Lower Garden District owned by Dianna Knost (pg. 50).

It’s been said countless times that New Orleans is a haven for visionaries. We celebrate this sentiment and hope that this continues as we move forward, and that you, our readers and residents, continue to be thankful and inspired by your surroundings and fellow passionate New Orleanians.