Author: Lee Cutrone

Kay Morrison

  January is traditionally a time for organizing and white sales. Put the two together and you get the opportune time for creating a linen closet or organizing an existing one. Professional organizer Kay Morrison of the Occasional Wife gave…

Design Masters

  A year and a half after the onset of a world-changing pandemic that suddenly had people at home most hours of the day, locals have had a chance to think about the meaning of home. As we’ve re-evaluated the…

Chris Lawson

In true Post-Modern fashion, artist Chris Lawson (chrislawsonart.com) counts everything from animated movies and 1960s TV shows to MTV and southern folk art among the influences that inform his writing, painting, film, photography, collage and installation art. It’s the way…

Ed Perrier

  As the true hub of the home, the best kitchens function well for the homeowner’s lifestyle and are aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, there are always new ways to satisfy those requirements. Ed Perrier, Sales Manager at VIP Kitchens, notes some…

Laurie Martin

An attractive front door is perhaps the most important way that a house makes a good first impression. “The front door is the first welcome a guest receives, it sets the tone for the house and expresses the personal style…

Ida Floreak

Ida Floreak says love of art and love of nature were always part of her life. Growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she enjoyed drawing, painting, ceramics, and theater set design, and was enthralled…

Design Masters

A year and a half after the onset of a world-changing pandemic that suddenly had people at home most hours of the day, locals have had a chance to think about the meaning of home. As we’ve re-evaluated the role…

Zach Tyson

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “You may delay, but time will not.” Many a homeowner, who has put off home maintenance, knows this well.  “The biggest mistake is deferring home maintenance and kicking the can down the road — whether it’s…

FAIT NOLA

  Connecting with nature is essential to our well-being, yet the majority of people spend most of their time indoors.  One way to remedy our modern disconnect is to bring the outdoors in. In fact, biophilic design – the practice…

Susan Currie

  Much has been written about the emotional value of having a pet or pets. Pets make us laugh, warm our hearts and even lower our blood pressure. Why not then consider our furry friends when designing our homes? Susan…

Jennifer + Kenny Rabalais

  During the heat of summer, keeping our houses and ourselves cool is a “hot topic.” Luckily, there are many ways to keep the sun and temperatures at bay.  As the husband and wife team that owns Jade, a home…

Mary-Martin France

  When the temperatures rise, conventional wisdom tells us to think cool thoughts. The warmer months can also be a good time to think “SALES” and “BARGAINS.” Mary-Martin France, owner of the Magazine Street home design store Hilltop Shoppe says…

Nate Sheaffer

  Nate Sheaffer began an art career that has spanned nearly 40 years by blowing glass while in college at the University of North Carolina. By the time he graduated in 1986 with a degree in German, working with…

Nowhere to Go But Up

The elevated deck features an outdoor kitchen and dining area with built-in seating. The dining table is custom, with chairs from Ledge Lounger. The fan tile in the pool is from Stafford Tile & Stone. Facing…

Grace Kaynor

As an interior designer and co-owner of Sotre, a Magazine Street store specializing in sustainable home décor, Grace Kaynor of Grace Kaynor Designs keeps her fingers on the pulse of the design world. These days, she finds the latest trends…

Hattie Sparks Collins

Most people want peace and comfort where they live. Yet the current pandemic and the emphasis on staying home have further emphasized the desire to put the “OM” in “HOME.”  “Instead of spending money on travel, entertainment and eating out,…

Valorie Hart

A porch is more than a mere entrance zone for your house: it provides protection for windows and facades, helps cool your interior, and can make a positive first impression. A porch that is roomy enough can be an outdoor living…

Sunny + Bright

  When husband and wife Ibert Schultz and Jessica Rambo chose Maureen Stevens of Maureen Stevens Design…

Artist Profile

  Carlton Scott Sturgill’s fabric floral installations are captivating paeans to blooms and vines, the perfect artistic genre for the season of rebirth. Yet, woven into each are layers of examination and commentary that become evident when one looks…

Beverly Katz

February is named for the Latin word februum, which means purification. This fact seems in line with the sage gardening advice that local landscape designer Beverly Katz of Exterior Designs prescribes for the third month of the year. February usually…

At Home In The Woods

  In work and in life, artist Rebecca Rebouché is enthralled by the beauty of the natural world. Trees, birds, butterflies and other flora and fauna dominate the whimsical language of her symbolic paintings.  They also surround her rural Northshore…

Borne Again

  Church jokes and references pepper the conversation when Robin and Scott Borne talk about their Mid-City house, which was once a Lutheran church. For instance, the couple affectionately call their residence the “Borne Again Church.” They moved the…

Down to the Wire

A large abstract by artist Tony Mose hangs behind the sofa. The palette of persimmon in the living room was chosen because it reminded the designers of Kristin and is carried through to the keeping room,…

Artist Profile

  In a time when the lower half of the human face is often obscured by a mask, artist and attorney Jeff Pastorek’s work offers a welcome window into the range of emotions faces communicate. His colorful grids of…

Home Advice: Niki Epstein

Magical, twinkling lights are intertwined with the holidays. They announce the arrival of the season, amplify the beauty of our surroundings and our celebrations, and elevate our souls. On the other hand, untangling miles of knotted lights and blowing fuses…

Magic on the Bayou

Three years ago, having sold her house in Covington, Margaret Schexnayder perused the internet for a new home in the wee hours of the morning. A 200-hundred-year…

Home Advice: Susan Zackin

Holiday entertaining is sure to look a little different this year. Large events have been curtailed and small-scale, personalized gatherings have become the order of the day. Whether working with an event planner or handling the details yourself, Susan Zackin,…

Brad Casey

In a year when many people have more than their usual share of free time and/or time at home, an outdoor space offers a productive way to occupy leisure hours and enjoy nature. Fall’s cooler temps are conducive to DIY…