Whether it’s time to replace the dishwasher, the whole kitchen, or the whole house, the metro area offers a booming home design and real estate industry ready to help you improve your living situation. From gas lanterns and refinished bathtubs to a new outdoor grill or an apartment with luxury amenities, treat yourself this month and update your home environment to something that better suits you.  

Home Design & Construction

Nordic Kitchens & Baths

For over a quarter of a century, Nordic Kitchens & Baths has been a trusted, go-to source for New Orleans area homeowners and builders for highest quality products in kitchen and bath design. Originally founded in 1986 by a Norwegian master cabinetmaker and his stepson, the current owner, Nordic was one of the first manufacturers of European cabinetry in the city of New Orleans. Now in its 26th year, the company has evolved to focus on the overall design and furnishing of products for upscale kitchens and baths.

Nordic expanded its luxury products beyond cabinetry to also include appliances, plumbing fixtures, and more. The company thrives thanks to satisfied, repeat customers who seek the company’s expertise and quality-driven approach time and again. From cutting-edge cabinet finishes and countertop surfaces, to top of the line indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances and grills, Nordic Kitchens and Baths reliably supplies the latest offerings by industry leading brands.

Visit Nordic Kitchens and Baths at 1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie or online at NordicKitchens.com.

Gulf Coast Lanterns

Located just a short drive from New Orleans, Gulf Coast Lanterns offers a vast selection of over 3,000 models of gas, electric, and electric faux flame copper lanterns with over 150 models on display in their Downtown Covington showroom. Customers see firsthand the high quality of these lanterns—many of unique design—while receiving expert, in-person guidance from knowledgeable professionals. Homeowners, builders, designers, architects, and developers enjoy the welcome advantage of fast, two-to-five-day delivery times when selecting copper lanterns for their homes or projects. Fast shipping and competitive pricing are both good reasons to make the drive across the lake. All customers can expect to receive the same gracious customer service regardless of project size.

Take the quick drive across the lake to Gulf Coast Lanterns, 401 North Columbia Street in Covington, or skip the drive and view Gulf Coast Lanterns’ products online at gulfcoastlanterns.com. Gulf Coast Lanterns offers fast, free shipping and the most competitive prices on the market. Call 800-910-3275 for showroom hours or to make an appointment.

Titan Construction

Titan Construction has been specializing in custom residential construction and renovations in Greater New Orleans for over 25 years. In addition to its core staff of professionals, Titan Construction employs highly skilled and experienced subcontractors who provide superior quality work and enable Titan to offer reasonable, affordable pricing.

“We take building very seriously at Titan Construction. One of the most important things is understanding the clients’ expectations and then meeting those expectations throughout construction,” says Owner Stephen Fleishmann. The Titan team understands that a home is likely the largest investment someone will make in their lifetime.

“‘Custom build’ isn’t just a catch phrase for us. It’s a promise that your home will be built with your needs and vision in mind—it will be the home you have always imagined and more,” says Fleishmann.

For more information, please call 504-454-5411 or 504-913-3030, or visit titanconstruction.com. Follow current projects and view photos by following @titanconstructionnola on Instagram.

Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showrooms

Located in Metairie, Harvey, and Slidell, Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showrooms feature an outstanding selection of products that perform as well as they look. Functional bath and kitchen room displays showcase the latest in product design, innovation, and craftsmanship from some of the best manufacturers in the business. From sinks and fixtures to lighting, appliances, and hardware, Coburn’s Showrooms provide outstanding selections for every project and every budget.

“With so many new products to choose from, making decisions can be overwhelming,” says Jessica Locascio, Showroom Consultant of Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom in Metairie. “Farmhouse sinks, pot fillers, vessels—we’ve got it all. Our goal is to understand the customer’s vision and help them with the kitchen or bath of their dreams,” she says. 

For years, area contractors, builders, and plumbers have felt comfortable sending their customers to Coburn’s to select fixtures, cabinetry, knobs, lighting, and appliances. For high-end luxury or affordable entry-level, a full remodel or a single replacement item, visit a nearby Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom. To take the Style Finder quiz or schedule your Showroom appointment, visit CoburnShowroom.com.

Southern Refinishing

Are you considering replacing your worn or stained old bathtub? Restoring/refinishing is likely a better option. With traditional replacement, the biggest issues often arise in removing the old tub. Parts of the bathroom tile, walls, and floor must be torn away, and the location of the old plumbing is often incompatible with the new. The cost of the new tub, new floor and wall materials, tiles, lumber, and labor can run into thousands of dollars and mean dirt, noise, and the hassle of days or weeks of work.

With the refinishing/restoration process from Southern Refinishing, your worn-out fixtures and tile can be restored to their original luster—or even a new color—in less than a day, sparing you from the downtime and hassle of replacement. The process can save you up to 80 percent of the cost of replacement and give you the bathroom of your dreams.

A local, trusted company, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770. Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information. 

Ashley Hall Interiors

As more homeowners consider undertaking long-desired changes for their homes, many are left wondering where to start. Designers Shauna Leftwich and Julie Skiles at Ashley Hall Interiors suggest enlisting the help of a designer before embarking on a project. Designers have an ability to both realize your dream and see any potential pitfalls a homeowner may easily overlook. As the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” and experience has proven that creating a master plan together with a design professional helps avoid a waste of time and money, even if you are working within a budget and installing in phases.

A full service design firm and retail showroom, Ashley Hall Interiors has been creating luxury interiors for homes and businesses nationally and internationally since 1967. They provide everything from fabric, furniture, drapery, and rugs to wallpapers, paint selections, and accessories to design and installation. Visit Ashley Hall Interiors’ studio and showroom at 832 Howard Avenue for design ideas, décor items, furnishings and lighting. Showroom hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 504-524-0196 to schedule a consultation and visit ashleyhallinteriors.com.


Homeowners understand more than ever the importance of loving the space they occupy. The team of experts at NANO, LLC design quality architectural environments that define a sense of place and identity while being adaptive, responsive, and timeless. From its foundation to its interiors, NANO’s designs support the lifestyle and context of the occupant and their surroundings.

“Interior design takes a more dynamic approach of observing the space and manipulating the built environment to provide solutions that meet the needs of the users and the activities intended for the space,” says Interior Designer Ivy Leleux at NANO. 

Repeatedly recognized locally and nationally for its work, NANO offers added expertise in historic renovations. NANO’s approach to the built environment, particularly interiors, is holistic—its interior designers are dedicated to the entire design process.

For more information and to view NANO›s portfolio, visit nanollc.net.

Exterior Designs, Inc.

Tranquil and multifunctional outdoor living areas have become the number one feature homeowners seek today, whether for their current home, a second home, or while in search of a new one.

“A well-manicured outdoor design with improved drainage, mature plants and trees, a functional hard surface, and trickling water can provide a quiet meditation space or a calming atmosphere for entertaining,” says Beverly Katz, landscape designer and owner of Exterior Designs Inc. “We can work in phases to help the homeowner create their ideal outdoor living space within their budget.”

Exterior Designs, Inc., a comprehensive landscape design and build company, is known locally for increasing resale value of homes with landscaping. Beverly Katz creates New Orleans inspired landscapes by blending timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the homeowner that allow Exterior Designs to help them realize their vision for outdoor living. 

For a consultation on your property, call 504-866-0276. For design inspiration and additional landscaping tips, visit exteriordesignsbev.com.


Real Estate

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc.

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc. is your source for commercial property for lease in Greater New Orleans, offering a variety of commercial real estate rental options, including office space, retail rental space, warehouse space for lease, and self-storage units in Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana. The company’s extensive portfolio of commercial property in Kenner and Metairie includes office rental spaces designed to fit every need. 1st Lake also offers custom office space design consulting services. Its Metairie and Kenner office buildings offer an array of office sizes, from one-room office suites to 6,500 square feet.

All 1st Lake Commercial Properties offer on-site maintenance, ensuring your needs can be taken care of with immediate, professional support. All properties offer free and abundant parking for your employees and clients. Utilities and janitorial services are included with every commercial property for lease in Metairie and Kenner. These convenient locations will cut down travel time to Downtown New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or wherever your business takes you.

For more information, visit 1stlake.com/commercial-properties or call 504-455-8644.

Witry Collective

With unique neighborhoods, a vibrant history and culture, and unparalleled allure, New Orleans offers residents and investors some of the best living on earth with amazing luxury properties to go with it.

“This year has proved to be an exciting and challenging year in real estate,” says Joshua Walther, co-owner of Witry Collective. “The reshuffling due to the workforce turning remote is settling down, and we’re seeing a more typical paced summer market. It’ll be interesting to see the momentum of the luxury market this fall in New Orleans.”

Currently, Witry Collective has several luxury properties listed for sale Uptown, in the Lower Garden District, and on the edge of the CBD, including a gorgeous four-plex at 821-23 Nashville Avenue, a breathtaking Greek Revival triplex at 1621 Second Street, a stunning residence at 3205 Chestnut, and a luxury, high-rise condo at 600 Port of New Orleans. 

For more information on these properties or to inquire about selling your own, call 504-291-2022, or visit wcnola.com.

Crane Real Estate Brokers

Crane Real Estate Brokers is home to notable New Orleans real estate agents and brokers with extensive knowledge of all New Orleans historic neighborhoods and who provide expert representation in residential and commercial real estate transactions for buyers and sellers. The company’s three principal brokers—Tommy Crane, Aaron Dare, and Andrew Sheppard— have over 50 years of experience in local real estate and have developed a firm that offers a unique personal service approach, putting a team of licensed professionals to work for you. 

Small enough to provide personalized attention and large enough to maintain an extensive network for marketing your property or finding the right home, Crane Real Estate Brokers guarantees 24/7, white-glove service. With agents and brokers that exclusively work with buyers or sellers, the company is able to offer specialized service from its highly experienced professionals. Sellers receive sound renovation advice, top-notch marketing, and customized selling strategies, while buyers receive prequalification advice, extensive network access, skilled offer negotiation and more. 

For more information, listings, or a consultation, call 504-899-8666 or visit cranebrokers.com.

Lumina Apartments

Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops.

Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and a chef-inspired kitchen with a custom-designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure.

With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778.

The Delaneaux Apartments

All the luxury and amenities of Mid-City’s Lumina are now available in the Lower Garden District with The Delaneaux Apartments. This modern living community is designed to cater to your busy schedule and to ensure comfort, convenience, and relaxation when you return home. Chef-inspired kitchens feature sleek, stainless steel appliances and custom island dining tables, and each floor plan is accented with contemporary finishes that set these spaces above all the rest. Amenities unique to The Delaneaux include a movie theater, a grand two-story clubroom, and a resort-inspired pool, allowing residents to savor the rich history of their neighborhood whether inside their apartments or spending time with neighbors in communal spaces.

The elegance of these spaces combines the beauty, distinction, and originality that make New Orleans an exceptional place to live with modern comforts and exquisite touches that create an unrivaled residential experience. For more information or to sign up for the VIP waiting list, call 504-841-9900 or email delaneauxmgr@greystar.com today.



Home Bank 

For over 113 years, families have trusted Home Bank with one of life’s biggest purchases. With a full line of mortgage and home loan options, Home Bank can help with your home needs, whether you’re a first-time buyer, future home builder, or fixer-upper looking to renovate. Plus, with options like Home Bank’s one-time close construction loan, homeowners can stay focused on getting into “home sweet home” and not on stacks of paperwork. 

Stop by any Home Bank location and meet their experienced bankers or start a loan application or pre-approval online. Loan approval is subject to Home Bank credit and other criteria. Home Bank is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. (NMLS #483958)

Call Home Bank at 504-378-3190, or visit them online at Home24Bank.com.