Design Diary

Southern Flair


New Orleans-based Doorman Designs — a furniture brand known for its handcrafted woodwork — has launched a new e-commerce site. Founder Alex Geriner also has been busy moving into a new workshop, where he offers tours and a behind-the-scenes look at his craft. With a focus on sustainability and preservation, Doorman only uses materials from the Gulf South, with each piece telling a unique story. The new line for 2020 includes modern pieces for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and offices. 1400 Brooklyn Ave., 408-1616,

— Compiled by Misty Milioto

Tasty Tome


Beloved local chef Justin Devillier — of La Petite Grocery and Justine — has launched his first cookbook with Jamie Feldmar, dubbed “The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine.” It includes a collection of 120 recipes, plus gorgeous full-color photography by Denny Culbert (a frequent contributor to magazines owned by Renaissance Publishing). Devillier, who won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in 2016, shares everything from how to make a proper roux to some favorite time-honored recipes (think duck and andouille gumbo; shrimp and okra fritters; savory bread pudding; and even La Petite Grocery’s sought-after blue crab beignets).

shop ‘til you drop

Locally Sourced


First opened as a multi-vendor art and antiques pop-up market in January 2019, Magazine Merchant House has now expanded from operating one or two Saturdays per month to establishing regular business hours. Over time, local entrepreneurs, artists and creatives have established an official co-op with approximately 10 merchants offering art, antiques, vintage furniture, clothing, textiles and exotic house plants. Upstairs, the Second Story lounge focuses on jewelry, accessories and shoes for both men and women. 1150 Magazine St., 233-2240,

High Style


Kathy Fielder Design | Life | Style — originally begun in Dallas — expanded to New Orleans with a new boutique on Magazine Street. Fielder, whose career started with interiors and luxury bedding, has branched out to clothing, accessories and lifestyle items. Find everything here from candles to glass and dinnerware. 3649 Magazine St., 459-2329,

museum quality

Grand Galleries

M.S. Rau, a 112-year-old antiques business in the French Quarter, has long been the go-to for rare and unique home goods, fine art and jewelry. Now, after a three-year, multimillion-dollar project, the museum and antiques store has unveiled a newly renovated space. Architects Jonathan Tate and Rob Baddour of The Office of Jonathan Tate in New Orleans, and designer Scott Truitt of Boise, Idaho-based Truitt Brand Design, connected the existing space with two historic landmark buildings. The gallery now encompasses 40,000 square feet over three floors and four open courtyards. 630 Royal St., 888-711-8084,

Reprinted with permission from The New Orleans Kitchen by Justin Devillier, copyright (c) 2019. Published by Lorena Jones Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © Denny Culbert

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