Author: Lee Cutrone

In the Details

“I love a room of storytellers,” says designer Maureen Stevens of the curiosities and artifacts that bring a house to life. Stevens, who gradually made her way from physical therapist to designer by blogging and helping family and friends before…

Artist Profile: Anita Cooke

Anita Cooke’s journey as an artist has included a variety of mediums and paths. Raised in the Midwest, she drew and painted as a child and began working with clay as a teenager. Today, she creates mixed-media “sewn works,” which…

Home: New Age

“We didn’t want it to look like a brand-new house,” said Ann Williams of the new residence she and her husband retired state appeals court Judge David Williams recently built in Old Metairie. “We wanted it to look inspired by…

Three’s a Charm

“Any first floor in New Orleans post-Katrina should be considered indoor/outdoor space,” said John Gonzalez, wryly referring to one of the guiding principles that influenced the recent renovation of the Broadmoor house he shares with his wife Tricia Weeks. The…

Bohemian Luxury

  World traveler, designer, purveyor of bohemian luxury, collector, nature lover, and do-it-yourselfer are just some of the hats that Dianna Knost wears – and all are evident in the Uptown cottage where she lives. Locals got to know Knost’s…

Home: Retro Renovation

When one thinks of saving an architectural treasure in southwest Louisiana, plantation houses with wide porches and sweeping staircases or quaint Acadian cottages encircled with moss-draped oaks come to mind. Not so in the case of Alice and Richard Roth’s…

Artist Profile | Terrance Osborne

Terrance Osborne’s fanciful, New Orleans-centric work has become in his words “more colorful and decked out” over the years. His method of sharing his process with young artists has found new expression through social media as well. His subject matter,…

Fresh Take

“Everything was beige; walls, kitchen cabinets, tiles,” homeowner Susan Nelson Hart said of the townhouse that she and her husband, Robert Hart, bought. Both are physicians at Ochsner Health System and were looking to make New Orleans their full-time home.…

Design Masters

  The following verbs and phrases all refer to the art of mastering something: learning, grasping, picking up, understanding, getting, comprehending, studying, excelling in, knowing backwards, becoming expert in, becoming proficient in, boning up, getting down pat and knowing inside…

Epoch Design

“We both like old stuff,” said guitarist/music producer/songwriter Zak Loy of the passion for midcentury modern design he shares with his wife, singer/songwriter/realtor Rachel Vette. “Outside of music, we express ourselves through design and remodeling houses and collecting things.” In…

From Catalog to Custom

The original design for Rebecca and Benton Smallpage’s Queen Anne style house came from the pages of an architectural pattern book, a popular source of plans for 19th century residences. It is a mirror image of Residence Design No. 216…

Home: Modern Farmhouse

When Brittany and Aaron Ashby of Benton, Louisiana north of Bossier City decided to build a new house for the second time, they knew they wanted rustic elements that impart a sense of age. They also knew they wanted to…

In Living Color

Leigh Anne Peters became experienced at home remodeling while doing design work for local builder Mike Bertel of Bertel Construction. During her years in New Orleans, the Mississippi native also befriended contractor Will Erikson of Yazoo Restoration whose work she…

Ashley Porter’s Artisanal Living

Ashley Porter has a love for both design and for New Orleans. It’s only natural that the two come together in her work and her home. The former, her eponymous jewelry line, Porter Lyons, (the family name Lyons is Porter’s…

Home: Invested

Tufted velvet sofas provide seating in the two-sided living room with gold linen curtains, metal chairs, an animal hide rug and antique reproduction chandeliers added for a touch of Hollywood glam. Outside, Amanda Shaw’s Bywater cottage looks like much of…

Artist Profile: Julie Silvers

“Free, loose, colorful, happy” are words that Julie Silvers uses to describe her art.  While angst is a common theme in art, Silvers’ works articulate the uncontainable positivity and exuberance that reside in her soul. “My art makes me happy…

Renovation of the Year

A sunny nook in the kitchen is furnished with a table and chairs by Abode. Pendant fixture by Robert Abbey. The exterior was renovated through refinement and re-articulation of the cornice, fusing the dormer windows into a single clerestory, installing…

Five & Up

Carter looked to Galatoire’s Restaurant for inspiration when choosing the kitchen floor. Subway tiles, sourced through Stafford Tile & Stone, were cut into the desired pattern. The butcher block island counter was custom made by NOLA Boards. Iron chandelier by Chris…

Green Retreat

  Michiel Dop, owner of Dop Antiques and Architecturals, and his wife Adela Baker, an ADHD and executive function coach, who founded Mind Coach Nola and co-owns Dop with Michiel, are not new to the field of home design. They…

Clean and Crisp

Winnie and Mark Brown lived in their current house for a decade before undertaking a major renovation of the property. Winnie had lived in several other houses on the wide Uptown street before marrying Mark. Together the couple raised a…

A Different Kind of Treehouse

David and Debby Thornton’s Baton Rouge house could be described as a treehouse. Not the kind that sits high among the branches. Rather, it was built to coexist in harmony with the live oaks on the property and for its…

Behind The Lens

Lunch with Lisa Conrad is a lesson in the quick pace of her creative spirit. Moments in, she’s using my scarf to demonstrate at least a half dozen chic Parisian ways to tie it. As a model, Saks Fifth Avenue…

Artist Profile: Cristina Molina

Cristina Molina’s art is a confluence of personal things – including her background, education, experience and interests. Yet Molina’s pieces – she works predominantly with still photography and large-scale video installations – explore themes that are relevant to society at…

Forever Home

  With only one of their five grown daughters still at home, Liz and Al Copeland, Jr. considered downsizing from the Kenner home they built for their family in 1999. But their family-centric lifestyle and the importance of their family…

Living with Antiques: Not Goodbye

In 2007, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles editor in chief Errol Laborde called to ask me if I would be interested in writing the antiques column for the magazine. Of course, it depended on my meeting with the editor, Eve…

An Eye for Art

  Unlike many art galleries that present spare white walls as a backdrop for the work that’s exhibited, Beth Wheeler’s Uptown cottage stands up to the impressive collection of art it houses. The art is the star. But the house…

In Like Flynn

  In 2017, when Kristine and Joey Flynn of Flynn Designs built a new home for their family of four, the 6-month process was swift and smooth. Not surprising when you consider their level of experience. The couple worked on…

Design Masters

  As the tricentennial of New Orleans, 2018 is a banner year. The history, milestones, landmarks, beauty, resilience and movers and shakers of New Orleans — past and present — are being celebrated everywhere you turn. Those highlighted in this…

Uptown Park Style

Five years ago, when Ayesha and Aaron Motwani decided to move, they already had a busy life that included three daughters. Ayesha’s father, who resides in Pakistan, also lived with the family during summers. The Motwanis wanted an Uptown house…

Modern Rustic

Outdoor living spaces were a must for the active family. The patio has an outdoor kitchen, a dining table and chairs and a sitting area with fireplace. The brick from Vintage Brick of Louisiana is reclaimed from an old church…