Author: Photos by Sara Essex

Home: Triple Delight

In 2013, New Orleanians Ginny and Dean Westphal built an 800-square-foot St. Francisville retreat with an eye toward the future. Dean, a retired designer of office furniture and former architecture student, sketched the space with a pair of floor-to-ceiling windows…

King Me

One of the nice things about living in New Orleans is that there isn’t really a post-holiday letdown. We move seamlessly from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s to Twelfth Night to Mardi Gras to Easter. It’s hard to be…

The Inaugural Renaissance Awards

New Orleans, it’s been said again and again, is like nowhere else on earth. It feels different, it smells different, it looks different. After Katrina, many people speculated that that would change, that as New Orleans rebuilt, it would becomea…

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…

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…

Savoring Summer

As summer descends upon the city and nature sets the temperature to “broil,” the typically straightforward task of choosing a place to eat can be rendered onerous by the heat. Therefore, in an attempt to simplify the decision making process,…

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…

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…

Savvy for the White Sale

Why are certain months the best for sales? There is sure to be some marketing guru from years ago who decided upon the strategy—but whoever it was surely started a trend. Now, according to the FrugalShopper.com, in June one might…

Celebrating the Season

The date was the Saturday before Christmas eve—and while most people’s calendars are full by this time, that didn’t stop Tim Reily from having a last-minute dinner party for 12 that night. What inspired him was the Christmas village he…

Permanent Cool

If one were to design the perfect bachelor pad conventional wisdom dictates furniture with beer stains, poorly-placed, big-screen TVs and deep kitchen sinks to accommodate lots of dirty dishes. While that holds up nicely in sitcoms and college towns, Jon…