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6 Fabulous Kitchens and Baths
Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

New Orleanians, it can be argued, spend a majority of their socializing in the kitchen, the heart of the home. But when the guests go home for the night, we like to unwind in stylish comfort, which is when the bath becomes not just a luxury but a necessity. For our annual kitchen and bath feature, we consulted designers and vendors and checked out numerous contenders. What follows are three kitchens and three bathrooms in varying styles. Each one is an exquisite, inspiring space.



The mix of materials is what makes this kitchen,” says Penny Francis of the kitchen she designed for a new Lakeview home. The clients were specific about what they wanted: modern design with classic elements, two islands (one for cleaning/prep, one for eating), a coffee station and a bar. Because the footprint of the space is large, Francis used a combination of cabinet materials – Italian laminates, brushed silver and burled maple (Crystal Cabinetry through Mattix Cabinets) – to add warmth and depth. To balance the ceiling height, she added brushed aluminum overhead cabinets with frosted glass. Quartz countertops with waterfall side panels on the breakfast island (quartz from Tuscan Stone), Carrara marble subway tiles, (Eclectic Home), tab hardware pulls (Eclectic Home), stainless appliances (Nordic Kitchens & Baths), chrome plumbing fixtures (Southland), and two sizes of the same pendant light (Eclectic Home) were chosen to complement the sleek modernity of the cabinets. 

• Stainless appliances from Nordic Kitchens & Baths
• Italian laminate, brushed aluminum with frosted glass and burled maple cabinets all Crystal Cabinetry through Mattix Cabinets
• Carrara marble subway tiles on backsplash from Eclectic Home
• Tab hardware pulls from Eclectic Home
• Chrome plumbing fixtures from Southland Plumbing
• Quartz countertops with waterfall side panels on island from Tuscan Stone
• Hood by Vent-A-Hood through Nordic Kitchens
• Caviar island pendant from Eclectic Home

hen Erica Broussard Bart and her husband, Kevin Bart, bought their Lakewood South home, it already had been given a major update. Damaged by Katrina, vacant for several years after, then renovated in 2011, it was move-in ready. Nevertheless, the Barts, who have twins, wanted to customize the home to fit their lives. The couple liked that the space is open to the family and dining rooms. They also liked the granite counters; cherry cabinets; stainless appliances; ceramic floor; ample storage and roomy, family-style island. The challenge was to marry the warm tones in a way that expressed their tastes. “I didn’t want what was common,” says Erica. Designer Valorie Hart, whose design blog was a favorite source of inspiration for Erica, provided the answer in the form of a glam backsplash of black, gold and bronze penny tiles and handsome barstools, all from Eclectic Home.

• Kenmore Elite appliances
• Window shade fabric from Dwell Studio, shade custom made by Shading Places
• Cherry cabinets from Armstrong
• Barstools from Eclectic Home
• Granite counters from Stone Gallery
• Metallic penny tile backsplash from Eclectic Home

The kitchen in Brian Huddleston and Emily Cosper’s 110-year converted shotgun double reflects their appreciation for both old and new design. After purchasing their Irish Channel residence in 2005, the couple remodeled the kitchen with new surfaces, appliances, fixtures and hardware. “I was going for a modern look,” says Cosper. “I like the juxtaposition of modern stuff in an old house.” Cherry cabinets with red undertones and black counters blend with the wood floors. Cool-toned stainless steel appliances, minimalist stainless handles and gray walls counterbalance the warmth. A counter opposite a wall-mounted television provides storage and serves as an island for eating and entertaining – especially during Saints games. A retro-modern fixture from Lamps Plus and a pendant fixture made by local artists Mark Kirk and Heather Macfarlane (of UP/Unique Products) from recycled vodka bottles light the room. But the star of the kitchen is the art – “mostly amateur and outsider art … from Jackson Square and galleries along Magazine Street,” says Huddleston.

• Minimalist stainless handles from IKEA
• Small paintings of food items above the stove and counter by Kimberly Parker, from Dutch Alley
• Pendant fixture from UP/Unique Products
• Cherry cabinets and black granite counters from Lowe’s
• Frigidaire stainless steel appliances from Barto Appliances
• Pictures of cats eating food by Cary Chun Lee.

When designer Penny Francis decided to turn a home office into a master bath, the idea of creating a space that felt like a retreat or a bathroom in a fine hotel guided the remodel. The location of the room (being above a bathroom on the first floor allowed the owners to tie into existing plumbing) and its architecture (French doors overlooking a balcony) were ideal for such an environment. Francis started with the tub, shower and vanity designs, then selected materials to bring the space to life. The central feature is the marble chevron-patterned wall made up of 6-by-24 pieces. The room also includes 24-by-24, 12-by-24 and 2-by-2 hexagons all from the same type of marble from Tuscan Stone Imports. The wall-hung double vanity features silver travertine sinks from Southland Plumbing Supply and an open shelf with LED lighting. Other amenities include heated floors, wall-mounted Lacava faucets from Southland and frameless glass shower doors with chrome hardware. A crystal chandelier from Eclectic Home adds the final touch of glam.

• Frameless shower door and vanity mirror from Standard Glass
• Crystal chandelier from Eclectic Home
• Marble chevron-patterned feature wall from Tuscan Stone
• Statuary countertops and carrara marble countertops from Tuscan Stone Imports
• Oval soaking tub from Southland Plumbing Supply
• Plaster capital table and chrome-frame upholstered chair from Eclectic Home

The Barts’ new master bath, double the size of its predecessor, combines traditional and modern elements. The couple worked with interior designer Valorie Hart to create the space by gutting and merging two smaller bathrooms situated back to back. Carrera marble from King Marble & Granite was used for the huge double-sided shower, partial wall and vanity counters. Greige walls (Benjamin Moore’s “Coastal Fog”) and a bronze tile floor from Adda Carpets & Flooring warm the white of the marble. Many of the other decorative components, including the agape tub and quatrefoil mirror were found by Erica Bart and Hart online. Hart had the matching vanities custom-made and the metallic glass mosaic backsplashes installed to the ceiling. Kathy Kuo agate sconces, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams glass wall art, vanity mirrors from Restoration Hardware. Nameeks sinks, Hansgrohe fixtures in the his-and-hers shower and tub.

• Hansgrohe fixtures in his-and-hers shower and tub from A1 Appliances
• Shower tile from Floor & Decor
• Glass shower doors from Glass Doctors
• Benjamin Moore “Coastal Fog” paint color
• Sliding barn door from
• Acrylic Klismos chair from Source
• Bronze tile floor from Adda Carpet & Flooring
• Oria freestanding tub from
• Kathy Kuo agate & branch sconces
• Tonya wall mirror from Joss & Main

When husband-and-wife architects Daniel and Victoria Zangara of Zangara + Partners remodeled the master bath in their historic 19th-century Lower Garden District home, they let the house itself guide the design. “We try to keep the fabric of New Orleans in our work – we’re really cognizant of that – but we like to create a more modern interior,” says Victoria. True to form, the master bath, which was gutted and reconfigured, respects elements of the original architecture (they worked within the space to preserve the 12-inch plaster crown moldings) and mixes them with contemporary surfaces and fixtures. In keeping with the architecture, the space needed to be grand, says the couple. In keeping with their tastes, it needed to be sleek and clean. The room’s dated pink tile, gold faucets and corner tub are now replaced with a combination of contemporary forms and a polished palette of silver, white and charcoal. Natural light from a hall window streams through the door and transom, while new lighting fixtures from Eclectic Home make a design statement. “We played with the traditional and the contemporary,” says the architectural duo.

• Kohler vanity sinks and faucets from Southland Plumbing Supply
• Cage pendant fixture and vertical tubular sconces from Eclectic Home
• 6-by-24 silver strand porcelain horizontal tile
• Vanities and charcoal-colored mirrors are custom
• 24-by-24 Arctic Blanco porcelain tile from Pieri Tile & Marble
• Carved silver leaf mirror from
• Resin tub from Signature Hardware
• Tub filler from Jado




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