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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…

Jamar Pierre

  Jamar Pierre’s paintings are an exuberant mix of color and imagery. A self-described native son and citizen of the world, he draws on a global array of experience to express his artistry — his works are dense with indigenous…

Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams grew up absorbing the natural world around him.  “Even as a kid, I could name all the different plants and trees,” says Williams, who was raised in River Ridge and loved gardening with his parents.  After stints at…

Vanessa Burst

The locally owned Trinity Realty was formed in 2004 and operates out of Lakeview. Vanessa Burst, who began herreal-estate career more than 10 years ago as an agent, became a broker because she “saw a need for different marketing strategiesthan…

Martina, Ashleigh, and Martina Scheuermann

Owned by Ashleigh and Martina Scheuermann, the Wow Factor Showroom provides locals with outdoor kitchens, fireplaces (electric and gas), pergolas, as well as fountains. David Scheuermann, marketing director, says that the business appeals to “all types of clients, but epicureans…

Lance Lafargue

Finding the right piano can be a daunting challenge. The choices can be confusing to the first-time buyer, as well as to the existing piano owner looking to upgrade. Fortunately, Lafargue Pianos can help no matter what level your knowledge…

Terry Onebane

While many antiques stores may seem stodgy, Terry and Paul Onebane strive to make their store, Antiques and Wholesale Furnishings, welcoming. “People feel very much at home and they are not intimidated by the surroundings. It’s not your average stuffy…

Jacqueline Bishop

For decades, Jacqueline Bishop has traveled to flashpoints of environmental peril around the world, especially the rainforests of Brazil, which are now deeply involved in patterns of land loss and climate change. She always returned home to New Orleans to…

Max Ryan

Max Ryan first picked up a paintbrush at the tender age of five, and at 34 years old, he still hasn’t put it down. The New Orleans native dabbled in art classes for several years, but is mostly self-taught. His…

Donna D. Lee

After earning a degree in interior design from the University of Nevada-Reno, Donna Lee worked on many exclusive homes in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, where she honed her skills as a designer. Upon moving to New Orleans, she worked…

Retailer Spotlight: Peggy Stafford

A passion for tile and stone began 17 years ago in Boulder, Colo., for Peggy Stafford when she was a decorator at her own company, Stafford Designs. Stafford worked on several spas and spa headquarters in Colorado and Utah, allowing…

Retailer Spotlight: Penny Francis

Eclectic Home is a store that sells a stylish selection of furniture, accessories, lamps, lighting and gifts. Owner and decorator Penny Francis says she reaches a diverse clientele—many who go to the store in search of a signature piece to…

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Amyre & Paul Romain

Paul Romain, who co-owns Palatial Stone with his wife Amyre, has a business that provides customers with a unique and expansive selection of stone and tile for indoor and outdoor home projects. Marble, limestone, granite, onyx, travertine, slate and cobblestone…

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Kathy Meisner

Opened by Gus Riordan in 1963, the Decorator Shoppe is known for its diverse lighting selection. The showroom, located in Metairie, is full of chandeliers, vanity lights, outdoor lights, recessed lighting, track lighting and lamps, as well as ceiling fans,…

Retailer Spotlight: Michael & Vail Manfre

This time of year, quite a few of us have been thinking about re-organizing our closets. Luckily, there are stores that specialize in just that. Closets by Design’s local owner, Michael Manfre, says his business operates absolutely as a team…

Retailer Spotlight: Greg Coe

Don’t call Norwalk – The Furniture Idea just a furniture store, as Greg Coe, the Metairie showroom manager says, “We don’t like being compared to a furniture store.” Norwalk – The Furniture Idea is a design center known for its…

Artist Profile: Allison Stewart

Allison Stewart’s paintings are sometimes described as abstract landscapes, but her inspiration comes less from natural scenes and more from the cumulative landscape of her diverse interests and life experiences.Working with mixed media on large canvases, Stewart has long been…

Retailer Spotlight: Roy Olsen

When the CEO of Landis Construction Co., James Landis, was inundated with calls in 2005 following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he realized the company needed to expand so it could accommodate requests to repair upscale and historic residential homes that…

Retailer Spotlight: Tara Shaw

Traveling to Europe several times a year would be a dream to some—to Tara Shaw, it’s just part of her career. Shaw jets off to places such as Sweden, Italy, Belgium and France in search of unique antique furniture and…

Artist Profile: Ron Bechet

Much of painter Ron Bechet’s work plays along the fuzzy dichotomies between ideas, such as reality vs. illusion, organized religion vs. spirituality, and experience vs. identity. So maybe it’s not surprising that his roles of student and teacher are a…

Retailer Spotlight: Pepper Tregre

Winter’s over, and we are now able to celebrate the warm weather by spending time outside. “The backyard has become No. 1, as far as entertainment is considered,” says Pepper Tregre, owner of Backyard Living. Tregre and his staff design…

Retailer Spotlight: Steele Xiao

Starting from scratch in a new country is difficult for some, but Steele Xiao, a native of China, has established a successful business with Homeway Ornamental Metals. Though he had 20 years of experience with the ironwork business in his…

Artist Profile: Garth Swanson

It’s not unusual for New Orleans people to tell Garth Swanson they recognize some of the individual subjects of his most recent series of paintings. Sometimes they even have their own names for them. “A lot of people know the…

Cynthia Whittington

Earl Schneider, general manager of Interior Motives Design and Decor, says one of the main reasons he enjoys his job is because of the team atmosphere. “The people here are very easy to work with, and everyone enjoys what they…

Dana & Derrick

Derrick Armand OpenedSlidell Shutter Shop in 1999, but is now working harder than ever installing various types of shutters with his staff of 12. “I used to work at Delchamps [grocery store], and when it went out of business, one…

Frank Relle

“New Orleans is a nighttime city,” photographer Frank Relle says, explaining the nocturnal work habits that produce his evocative, unsettling images of houses around the city. “Even if I wanted to take these pictures during the day, I just wouldn’t…

Mike & Sandy Kasten

Sandy Kasten has always been a lover of art. After obtaining degrees in art and art history, it was a natural transgression to open up her own gallery.Teri Galleries, located in Metairie, has come a long way since it began…

David Dillard

He doesn’t sit in an office wearing a suit and tie. He is a hands-on worker, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of New Orleans historic houses and buildings. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to New Orleans to work on…

Max Mipro

In 1968, while working as an agent for a carpet and curtain manufacturer, Mipro decided to start his own business—out of his garage. At first he sold carpets and curtains, then added Oriental rugs to the mix. The business, he…

Sandra Burshell

Sandra Burshell’s optimism shines through in her artwork. For a while, post-Katrina, she says she was obsessed with taking photographs of the destruction in areas such as the Ninth Ward and Lakeview. Her photographs—close-ups of houses, fence posts, windows and…