Author: Lee Cutrone

Unconventional Wisdom

Beth and Keith DePass had been looking for the perfect house for years before finding the one that felt right. After living in the River Ridge house where Beth was raised, they bought a house in Old Metairie and planned…

Double Take

No one is less surprised than Katie Winters that she was able to turn a tattered turn-of-the-century double shotgun into a modern single-family home that skillfully blends its original notes of traditional New Orleans architecture with new clean-lined contemporary edges.…

Crescent City Reconnection

In the summer of 2005, Lakewood North residents Ann and Larry Rabin were optimistically poised for a new phase in their lives. The couple’s four children, then ages 25 to 29, were grown, and Ann, who’d worked as director of…

Happy at Home

“It all started with a leaky bathtub,” says Mark Hightower, recalling the one-thing-led-to-another scenario behind the home renovation that he and his wife, Julie, undertook five years ago. “Julie said, ‘As long as we’re going to fix this, we might…

Something to talk about

There’s a somewhat age-biased saying that youth is wasted on the young, but from a design standpoint, such a statement rarely holds true. Most kids are open to possibility, willing to experiment, fond of color, playful, energetic and unique, all…

Living the Dream

When Lance and Liz Bordes first viewed the Uptown house where they now live, it possessed few qualities they considered worth saving. Outside, the residence was architecturally non-descript. It had started as an one-story Craftsman-style house in 1925, then was…

A Classic Proposition

The dormer in the master suite—a collaboration between the Williamses and Davis Jahncke of Jahncke Architects—was added during the renovation. Ann turned the sunny spot into a sitting area anchored with an English settee.Ann Williams is the kind of person…

Well Pared

Kelly loves to shop Magazine Street for her combination of antique and new pieces. The square metal table and mirrored cubes used as coffee tables are from Perch, the red Chinese table from Bush Antiques, the art from Cole Pratt…

Vintage Tia

Tia Elders painted the dining table apple green and Hugh Martin had the top of it laminated with a cabbage rose fabric. The seats of the chairs also are laminated for easy cleaning. The coral motif chandelier is from Hugh’s…

New Edition

Touches of rose and blue embellish the seating in the living room. The Silkworks fabric covering the pair of Regence chairs opposite the sofa was purchased through Kathy Slater, who also had the antiqued mirrored coffee table custom made.Houses are…

Calm After the Storm

Like many people along the Gulf Coast, dermatologist Marty Claiborne and his wife Barbara had little time to process, much less reflect on, what Katrina had done to their two houses—their primary residence in New Orleans and their vacation home…

Glass Action

No one is certain about the definitive origin of the word “cocktail.” Some explanations claim that it was first coined during America’s Colonial period, though at least one story asserts that it was born in New Orleans when Frenchman Antoine…

Bedtime Stories

Some of the best bedtime stories are ones of the teller’s own invention. Likewise, some of the best-dressed beds are those that bear an individual’s unique stamp. One way to achieve that is by choosing a palette, then combining patterns,…

On Top

There are as many ways to build a better tablesetting as there are tables to be built on. Chances are you already have the table, but just in case you need some help with the creative process, we asked three…

Salon Selective

A doctor, a lawyer, two accomplished pianists, a gourmet cook and several savvy antiques collectors are all in the room. But there are only two people. That’s because between themselves, Dr. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold can lay claim to…

Blaze & Glory

Downed by water, wind and fire, the Southern Yacht Club charts its future Only a few events in the 157-year history of the Southern Yacht Club, among them wars and hurricanes, have managed to put a temporary stop to its…

Well Contained

What’s on the inside isn’t necessarily more important than what’s on the outside. Case in point: decorative containers. They come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and whether you want them to hide the unsightly, highlight a site…

Style & Symmetry

The first things you notice about this Old Metairie house are its soft elegance and meticulous attention to detail. Home to interior designer Patricia Brinson and her husband Vernon, it is perfectly appointed and layered. From its manicured lawn and…