Cozy, comfortable, warm, homey and snug continue to be my design inspiration words or theme, as we navigate the pandemic. Soft throw blankets and hot chocolate have dominated many of my days and evenings lately and I’m not alone in my pursuits. As I skim through my Instagram feed (follow me at @melaniewarnerspencer), I’m bombarded by a steady stream of steaming cups of tea, layered beds, fuzzy slippers, flickering candles and hearty meals. We’ve even had a few days in New Orleans chilly enough to slide into a sweater and build a fire in the fireplace or pit.
As the world swirls around us, the one constant we can rely upon is that the season will change and bring with it the foods, rituals and holiday traditions we all look forward to and cherish (though they will look intimate and a lot more safety-forward this year).
This issue leans heavily into comfort vibes with breakfast nook ideas in “Get Organized,” cheery pillows and throws in “Trendwatch,” two seriously chic, yet welcoming homes and in “Inspiration Board,” our suggestions for everything you need to create the coziest corner for reading, meditation, journaling or whatever else helps you relax and refuel.
Our homes have always been our safe havens, but never more than now. We hope this issue inspires you to nest, rest and reset into winter mode feeling more at ease as we alternate between cold-weather hibernation and seasonal celebration.
P.S. The Preservation Resource Center’s 45th Annual Holiday Home Tour is going virtual this year. On Dec. 12-13, attendees can view six, exquisitely designed private homes, all decked out for the holidays via video tours with PRC Executive Director Danielle Del Sol who will offer history and detail about each house and its corresponding neighborhood. prcno.org/event/holiday-home-tour-2020/
Trahan Architects Wins
Since 2004, the International Architecture Awards — presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design; The European Center for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies; and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. — have honored the best significant new buildings, landscape architecture and planning projects designed or built around the world. This year, locally based Trahan Architects, which also has an office in New York, won three International Architecture Awards for The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria Arrival Garden and Moody Pavilions in Austin, Texas; the Julia Street Mixed-Use Development in New Orleans; and the Ochsner Center for Innovation in New Orleans. trahanarchitects.com
Luxury Design, Oh My!
Spruce — known for its luxury wallpaper, fabric and design offerings — recently became a wholesale showroom for The House of Scalamandré in Louisiana. A 90-year-old heritage brand, Scalamandré offers a vast array of fabric, wallpaper and passementerie with everything from essential plain designs to intricate brocade designs (and everything in between). Members of the trade are encouraged to call in order to establish an account. sprucenola.com
LGD Welcomes New
The Stables is a new commercial real estate development in the Lower Garden District that will be home to design, real estate, technology and engineering companies; an event space; and food and beverage, fitness and retail concepts. Locally based design, build and architectural millworks company Inhab Group is constructing three thoughtfully designed buildings that will complement a previously revived structure on Annunciation Street. Tenants include Inhab Group as the anchor, architecture and interior design practice Farouki Farouki and modern lighting studio Sazerac Stitches. Additionally, there is a planned wood-fired pizza concept as well as a beer and wine tap house that will be part of the project. thestableslgd.com
— Compiled by Misty Milioto