Author: Paul A. Greenberg

Unmistakable Allure

After their kids left home, Marcy and Mike Gertler felt drawn to the idea of a smaller space with less upkeep –– but they didn’t give up so much as a square inch of style.

Livin’ Large in Lakeview

The happy endings are only beginning to reveal themselves in post-Katrina New Orleans. Exhibit A could easily be the palatial Lakeview home of Margaret Dubuisson Blitch and David Blitch. The 5,100-square-foot home is built on the same lot that was…

Silver Screen

Four decades of family living in the Dimitri home rendered all of the delightfully predictable memories –– raising four children, watching them get married and have children of their own, holiday gatherings, big family dinners. What George and Dianne Dimitri…

The New Look of the Empty Nest

Forget everything you thought you knew about empty nesters who downsize their living spaces. The 5,500-square-foot house in Old Metairie with the adjacent 900-square-foot pool house belies the conventional wisdom that says smaller is better. Although the owners indeed moved…

The Crescent City Goes Green

As long as we are in the long process of rebuilding the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, many builders have taken the pledge to “go green.” The National Association of Home Builders has launched the National Green Building Program, and New Orleans…

An Artist's Quarters

If the well-worn walls of artist George Dureau’s three-story French Quarter home could talk, they would tell a story that spans well over a century. But it is the current resident who is apt to generate the most interest. Someone…

On vacation at home

The road from LaPlace, La., to Covington, La., is literally 57 miles long, a drive that should take about an hour. But for Cissy and Jack Carville, the journey from a traditional bedroom community in LaPlace to their newly built,…

Family Chic

Outside the tucked-away Garden District New Orleans home the air is crisp, almost biting, but inside there is nothing but warmth. Anyone who has ever wondered how to combine comfortable family living with stylized design and quality aesthetics need look…

Painting a New Picture

For those who doubt the old adage, “What goes around comes around,”consider George Demmas. By his own description, George had an idyllic childhood, growing up in a sprawling Uptown home adjacent to Tulane University. Now, a few decades later, George…

In Harmony

Fall is upon us—and the cool breezes of the season also bring in a fresh mood. Cristy and Travis McNabb show how a small space can be a home for good design. In Dorothy Clyne’s condominium, a soothing shade creates…

Mid-Century Perfect

The year is 1957: America still liked Ike, postage stamps cost threecents, “West Side Story” debuted on Broadway and Yul Brenner commandedthe silver screen with his Oscar-worthy performance in “The King &I.” Americans gathered around their black and white TV…

A Good Plan

The whole house—including the living room—is dog-friendly, as the presence Rocky (right) and Dagnabit (left, who has paralyzed back legs) attests. The brown velveteen couch, slipper chairs and over-sized pillows are from Bellanoche.If  you talk to most homeowners about the…

GLOBAL GRACE

Some homes simply have more history and family heritage than others. Gregg and Louise “Weezie” Porter each have rich family histories and well-established roots in the South. Weezie, from Louisville, Ky., has family links to Mayflower descendents, and Gregg is…

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT...

English Old Sheffield rolled plate silver egg cups, circa 1820; French café au lait bowls, early 20th century; English Old Sheffield teapot with ebony handle, circa 1830; French faience plate, Luneville—all at Lucullus.Antiquing in New Orleans represents some of the…

When Manhattan Met Uptown

Some people’s lives are just more colorful than others.Margaret Lippman’s more-than-respectable color palette is evident from the firststep inside of her winsome Uptown double shotgun. Immediately inside the front door is the compact dining room, complete with a multi-colored, hand-painted…

Time and Again

Thedining room and living room have a seamless blend of style. The diningtable is custom finished by Heidi Friedler Interiors and the chairs arefrom Villa Vici. The curtains—plain silk taffeta in the dining room,striped silk taffeta in the living room—were…

Lofty Ideals

Shawn O’Brien helped Aaron Shipper with the condominium’s paint and fabric colors. A large poster by Paul Colin from the 1930s of Andre Reynaud at the piano dominates one wall of the living room.Aaron Shipper is a modest man whoseexquisite…

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Driving down the quite uptown streets, the charming salmon-colored camelback shotgun seems like any other traditional New Orleans house.No one would guess that until recently this place was a “dilapidated and falling down,” according to interior designer Stephanie Lessans Adler,…

FEATURED HOME: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Driving down the quite uptown streets, the charming salmon-colored camelback shotgun seems like any other traditional New Orleans house. No one would guess that until recently this place was a “dilapidated and falling down,” according to interior designer Stephanie Lessans…

Uptown Redux

Key elements of the living room include a French-style antique mirror, Italian lamps from Agora that were picked out by decorator Corinne Laborde, a Directoire walnut chest, a 1928 Lester baby grand piano and an Oushak rug from New Orleans…

A Life's Journey

The stately circa 1920s Uptown house is everything of which Kim Dudek dreamed. When she first went to see the three-story house, she stayed for four hours. Dreaming, no doubt. Kim is known to dream big—after all, her thriving Magazine…

Irvin Mayfield

Musician, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast makes this New Orleanian a man to watch. Some people get started earlier, move a little faster and just innately know the real value of a good melody. That easily describes Irvin Mayfield, the New…

Pontalba Panache

There is probably only one address in New Orleans where people wait for up to 15 years to rent an apartment. Even being on the waiting list of the Pontalba Buildings carries a certain cache, but when the call finally…

A Life on the Boards

When builder David L. Trahan speaks of historic home renovation and restoration, there is a certain reverence in his tone. Listening to his take on the critical importance of maintaining the distinctive architecture of New Orleans, one can easily foresee…

Bob Becker

When Bob Becker looks out of his window he sees an elegant expanse of lush green fields, century-old oak trees and blue skies. Not a bad day at the office, some would say. But it’s all part of the package…

A Holiday Haven

Swags of Christmas greenery surround an 18th-century Venetian mirror in the living room. On the mantel, two Chinese Foo dogs sit in front of a pair of 18th-century Venetian mirrored sconces. A bronze chandelier from the French Antique Shop illuminates…

Clear Cut

Joe Lewis defended his heavyweight title for the 23rd time, while movie marquis nationwide promoted “The Best Years of our Lives.” Dr. Spock emerged as the baby czar and the No. 1 song nationwide was “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.” The year was 1946,…