Author: Keith Brannon

Passion Play

To say that the four principals of upstart production company FourFront Theatre are ambitious is a bit of an understatement. The veteran actors of the local theater scene – Gary Rucker, Kelly Fouchi, and Megan and Lucas Harms — banded…

Connecting Up Close

Today she might be considered the “first lady” of local cabaret, but Barbara Motley knew she was courting trouble nine years ago when she opened Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater in the Warehouse District.  At the time, the word “cabaret” conjured…

First Act Food

In a restaurant town like New Orleans, sometimes the hardest thing about a night out at the theater isn’t scoring tickets to the right show. It’s making a decision about where to eat. There are so many options that audiences…

Finding salvation

Recycling isn’t just for empty water bottles. It’s a vital part of renovating any historic or older home in New Orleans.And the best part is that this eco-friendly trend can often save you a lot of green. Many materials used…

Bottled Up

This custom wine cellar contains wine rack tables, individual wall-mounted wine racks, custom cabinetry, a granite countertop and vaulted ceiling.Photo courtesy of Vigilant, Inc.You can separate the serious wine buyers from the mere casual connoisseurs by taking a look at…

Home Renewal: Rules to Sell By

"Curb Appeal" is an important element to help sell a home.Do Clyne found the 10-foot sofa at Renaissance Interiors and the Milo Baughman barrel back chairs at Neal Auction Company. The Oushak rug is from NOLA Rugs. It’s not hard…

insulating Your Home

One of the first things people told me to brace for when moving back into my once flooded, but now renovated house is a higher utility bill. I’ve already been hit with the right-of-passage sky-high water bill ($300) after months…

Home Renewal Makeovers & More: Building by the Rules

This photo shows the installation of improperly designed porchrailings. These railings have been constructed of 2x4s rather than toprails, bottom rails and balusters.So you’ve got a roof that leaks like a sieve and windows that have seen better days.Your contractor…

HOME RENEWAL: THAT SINKING FEELING

The back corner of my house was never exactly level. It had a gentle dip that was noticeable, but not jarring. Then came Hurricane Katrina. The three- to four-inch slope became an alarming eight-inch drop. The change was so dramatic…

Living in a Material World

Wooden elementWhat makes an old New Orleans home unique?It’s a question haunting me ever since I started renovating my 70-year-old Broadmoor home after it took on more than two feet of water in Hurricane Katrina. The repairs brought drastic changes…

Paint by Numbers

Some painters swear by Benjamin Moore paints, while others says you can use more middle-of-the-road brands.For some budget-weary renovators, the last stage of repairs is a tempting place to cut corners. Who wouldn’t want to save some serious dough by…

Walking the Plank

For most undergoing Katrina flood renovations, the biggest, most basic repairs like hanging sheetrock, fixing plumbing or rewiring the house spark little debate. If the floodwaters seeped into the walls and doused all the outlets, you have to replace the…

Hang 'em High

Cabinets with a contemporary look—as well as a dark stain—are gaining popularity.There’s good news for homeowners tackling a kitchen renovation right now. Never have there been so many options for cabinetry.Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news. They’re almost too many…

They're the Tops

More exotic choices can bring out all the colors in a kitchen, such as: “Antique Fantasy” granite, “Typhoon Green” granite, “Mascarla” granite, a golden-hued travertine and “Esmerelda Green” onyx, available at Triton Stone Group.WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST LOCAL trend…

Home On The Range

I confess. I’m a sucker for a Viking range. I can’t say the exact moment I fell for the stainless-steel object of my culinary desire, but I do know who’s to blame.I point the figure squarely at television chef Ina…

A Modern Miracle

When graphic designer Shane Diiullo bought his condominium in the Cotton Mill, he knew it had issues. For starters, it was a measly 600 square feet with a floor plan that made it look smaller. “It was kind of like…