There are only three ways to stay cool in New Orleans during the summer months: Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a cold beverage or go inside and give thanks and praise to the air conditioning gods. Our annual pools, porches and patios feature is an homage to the first two. In it, you’ll find inspiration for exterior spaces that will not only lure you outside on the steamiest days and nights, but also will give you a few ideas for making those areas a lot cooler — and I don’t just mean visually. There’s a little something for every aesthetic in the spread, so whether you prefer lush and tropical or sparse and modern, get thee to page 56 for a peek into the front and back yards of three fine examples of outdoor living in the Cresent City.
Speaking of eye-candy, our featured home on page 50 grabbed our attention from the get-go. It’s a project by Brockschmidt and Coleman, the dynamic design duo based in New York until recently, when Bill Brockschmidt
and Courtney Coleman flung open the doors to a New Orleans studio at the end of spring. Perhaps while working on their West Texas clients’ French Quarter pied-à-terre, the designers were inspired to create a their own studio version of a home-away-from-home. You won’t want to miss this fanciful interior with its striking pink and aqua, over-scaled ashlar wallpaper.
If you are one of those rather intelligent and forward-thinking New Orleanians who plans ahead to escape the summer heat and are reading this from the lodge, this issue might just tempt you to forego the ski trip next year. (OK, wishful thinking, but it is a fabulous issue!) If you are suffering with the rest of us however, grab that cool beverage mentioned above (or make the one I offer up in “Last Indulgence” on page 104) and settle in by the pool for this one. Cheers!
The New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles staff was deeply saddened to learn about the death of architect Wayne Troyer of studioWTA in May. Troyer shared his work with our readers many times over the years and was an integral part of the design community. The passion Troyer had for restoration, and preserving the city’s architectural heritage has left an enduring mark on New Orleans and his absence will be felt by anyone who knew or worked with him. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
In May, FAIT Nola celebrated its grand opening inside the new location of The GOOD Shop on Josephine Street. You’ve likely spied the plant purveyor’s mobile solarium Axil Rose around town or have attended a pop-up or workshop. “As a collective of local companies bringing beautifully-crafted, eco-friendly products to New Orleans, The Good Shop is a perfect place for us share our exotic plants and expand into new products, like ceramics from Portland and woven baskets from Morocco,” wrote FAIT managing partner Emily Fields Joffrion in release about the opening. “… We are so excited and honored to be part of this incredible community.” faitnola.com, thegoodshopnola.com
ROCK THE VOTE!
Do you have a favorite home interior store, designer, contractor or pet store? If so, your chance to show your love to all of the people and places that help make your house a home is coming up in the next issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. Vote for your favorites using our online ballot, which is available at myneworleans.com/bestof home. We’ll publish the results in the the Autumn issue of the magazine. Vote now!