Home Design, Financing & Real Estate


One of the busiest industries coming out of the pandemic has been the home design industry, which has seen an exponential boost thanks to homeowners tired of their environment or finally tackling long-desired repairs. Check out the following tips and offerings from a variety of local professionals ready to help you realize the vision for your home sweet home. 

Home Design Specialists & Construction

Gulf Coast Lanterns

Located just a short drive from New Orleans, Gulf Coast Lanterns offers a vast selection of over 3,000 models of gas, electric and electric faux flame copper lanterns with over 150 models on display in their Downtown Covington showroom. Customers see firsthand the high quality of these lanterns—many of unique design—while receiving expert, in-person guidance from knowledgeable professionals. Homeowners, builders, designers, architects, and developers enjoy the welcome advantage of fast, two-to-five-day delivery times when selecting copper lanterns for their homes or projects. Fast shipping and competitive pricing are both good reasons to make the drive across the lake. All customers can expect to receive the same gracious customer service regardless of project size.

 Take the quick drive across the lake to Gulf Coast Lanterns, 401 North Columbia Street in Covington, or skip the drive and view Gulf Coast Lanterns’ products online at GulfCoastLanterns.com. Gulf Coast Lanterns offers fast, free shipping and the most competitive prices on the market. Call 800-910-3275 for showroom hours or to make an appointment.

Titan Construction

Titan Construction has been specializing in custom residential construction and renovations in Greater New Orleans for over 25 years. In addition to its core staff of professionals, Titan Construction employs highly skilled and experienced subcontractors who provide superior quality work and enable Titan to offer reasonable, affordable pricing.

 “We take building very seriously at Titan Construction. One of the most important things is understanding the clients’ expectations and then meeting those expectations throughout construction,” says Owner Stephen Fleishmann. The Titan team understands that a home is likely the largest investment someone will make in their lifetime.

“‘Custom build’ isn’t just a catch phrase for us. It’s a promise that your home will be built with your needs and vision in mind—it will be the home you have always imagined and more,” says Fleishmann.

 For more information, please call 504-454-5411or 504-913-3030, or visit TitanConstruction.com. Follow current projects and view photos by following @titanconstructionnola on Instagram.

Nordic Kitchens & Baths

For nearly a quarter of a century, Nordic Kitchens & Baths has been a trusted, go-to source for New Orleans area homeowners and builders for highest quality products in kitchen and bath design. Originally founded in 1986 by a Norwegian master cabinetmaker and his stepson, the current owner, Nordic was one of the first manufacturers of European cabinetry in the city of New Orleans. Now in its 26th year, the company has evolved to focus on the overall design and furnishing of products for upscale kitchens and baths.

Nordic expanded its luxury products beyond cabinetry to also include appliances, plumbing fixtures, and more. The company thrives thanks to satisfied, repeat customers who seek the company’s expertise and quality-driven approach time and again. From cutting-edge cabinet finishes and countertop surfaces, to top of the line indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances and grills, Nordic Kitchens and Baths reliably supplies the latest offerings by industry leading brands.

Visit Nordic Kitchens and Baths at 1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie or online at NordicKitchens.com.

Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showrooms

Located in Metairie, Harvey and Slidell, Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showrooms feature an outstanding selection of products that perform as well as they look. Functional bath and kitchen room displays showcase the latest in product design, innovation, and craftsmanship from some of the best manufacturers in the business. From sinks and fixtures to lighting, appliances and hardware, Coburn’s Showrooms provide outstanding selections for every project and every budget.

“With so many new products to choose from, making decisions can be overwhelming,” says Jessica Locascio, Showroom Consultant of Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom in Metairie. “Farmhouse sinks, pot fillers, vessels—we’ve got it all. Our goal is to understand the customer’s vision and help them with the kitchen or bath of their dreams,” she says. For years, area contractors, builders and plumbers have felt comfortable sending their customers to Coburn’s to select fixtures, cabinetry, knobs, lighting, and appliances.

For high-end luxury or affordable entry-level, a full remodel or a single replacement item, visit a nearby Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom. To take the Style Finder quiz or schedule your Showroom appointment, visit CoburnShowroom.com.


After a year spent largely at home, homeowners understand more than ever the importance of loving the space they occupy. The team of experts at NANO, LLC design quality architectural environments that define a sense of place and identity while being adaptive, responsive, and timeless. From its foundation to its interiors, NANO’s designs support the lifestyle and context of the occupant and their surroundings.

“We focus on incorporating ‘detail at every scale,’” says Terri Dreyer, Owner & Founding Partner. “We approach every project not only at the scale of the city, the block and the street, but also at the level of the smallest minutiae—the joint, the reveal and the grain,” she says.

Repeatedly recognized locally and nationally for its work, NANO offers added expertise in historic renovations. NANO’s approach to the built environment, particularly interiors, is holistic—its interior designers are dedicated to the entire design process.

For more information and to view NANO’s portfolio, visit NanoLLC.net.

Southern Refinishing

Are you considering replacing your worn or stained old bathtub? Restoring/refinishing is likely a better option. With traditional replacement, the biggest issues often arise in removing the old tub. Parts of the bathroom tile, walls and floor must be torn away, and the location of the old plumbing is often incompatible with the new. The cost of the new tub, new floor and wall materials, tiles, lumber, and labor can run into thousands of dollars and mean dirt, noise, and the hassle of days or weeks of work.

With the refinishing/restoration process from Southern Refinishing, your worn-out fixtures and tile can be restored to their original luster—or even a new color—in less than a day, sparing you from the downtime and hassle of replacement. The process can save you up to 80 percent of the cost of replacement and give you the bathroom of your dreams.

A local, trusted company, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770. Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.

Exterior Designs, Inc.

Are you considering selling your home in the near future? It’s a little-known secret but one potential sellers should consider—landscaping increases your property value. According to Beverly Katz, Landscape Designer & Owner of Exterior Designs Inc., among the top things buyers seek in a new home is a well-manicured outdoor design and large, mature plants and trees. 

“Home buyers typically understand the costs associated with creating a new landscape, and many are willing to pay more for one that’s already established,” says Beverly.

Exterior Designs, Inc., a comprehensive landscape design and build company, is known locally for increasing resale value of homes with landscaping. Beverly Katz creates New Orleans inspired landscapes by blending timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the modern homeowner. She has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing.

For a consultation on your property and how Exterior Designs can help increase its value, call 504-866-0276. For design inspiration and additional landscaping tips, visit ExteriorDesignsBev.com

Ashley Hall Interiors

As more homeowners consider undertaking long-desired changes for their homes, many are left wondering where to start. Designers Shauna Leftwich and Julie Skiles at Ashley Hall Interiors suggest enlisting the help of a designer before embarking on a project. Designers have an ability to both realize your dream and see any potential pitfalls a homeowner may easily overlook. As the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” and experience has proven that creating a master plan together with a design professional can avoid wasting time and money, even if you are working within a budget and installing in phases.

A full-service design firm and retail showroom, Ashley Hall Interiors has been creating luxury interiors for homes and businesses nationally and internationally since 1967. They provide everything from fabric, furniture, drapery, and rugs to wallpapers, paint selections and accessories to design and installation. Visit Ashley Hall Interiors’ studio and showroom at 832 Howard Avenue for design ideas, décor items, furnishings, and lighting.  Showroom hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 504-524-0196 to schedule a consultation and visit AshleyHallInteriors.com

Classic Cupboards

Classic Cupboards is a locally owned and full-service kitchen dealer, specializing in in providing quality custom cabinetry and design services to the New Orleans area and beyond. Founded by Stewart Lagarde in 1983, Classic Cupboards is a second-generation family-owned company, whose referrals have led to almost 40 years of successful remodeling projects, from kitchens and bathrooms, to bars, laundry rooms, home offices, and more.

Considered the new “family room,” New Orleans kitchens are the life of the party—whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, Classic Cupboards’ experienced design team will collaborate with you to bring your vision and ideas to life.

“Our staff includes professionally trained designers who understand the traditions of our community and who also embrace the opportunity to create the kitchens of the future,” says John Lagarde, President.

Browse Classic Cupboards’ exceptional portfolio to see why Classic Cupboards is the premier custom cabinet design and
sales firm in Greater New Orleans. For more information or to schedule an appointment and tour the Harahan showroom, visit ClassicCupboards.com or call 504-734-9088.



Home Bank

For over 112 years, families have trusted Home Bank with one of life’s biggest purchases. With a full line of mortgage and home loan options, Home Bank can help with your home needs, whether you’re a first-time buyer, future home builder, or fixer-upper looking to renovate. Plus, with options like Home Bank’s one-time close construction loan, homeowners can stay focused on getting into “home sweet home” and not on stacks of paperwork.

Stop by any Home Bank location and meet their experienced bankers or start a loan application or pre-approval online. Loan approval is subject to Home Bank credit and other criteria. Home Bank is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #483958.

Call Home Bank at 504-378-3190 or visit them online at Home24Bank.com.


Real Estate

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc.

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc. is your source for commercial property for lease in Greater New Orleans, offering a variety of commercial real estate rental options, including office space, retail rental space, warehouse space for lease, and self-storage units in Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana. The company’s extensive portfolio of commercial property in Kenner and Metairie includes office rental spaces designed to fit every need. 1st Lake also offers custom office space design consulting services. Its Metairie and Kenner office buildings offer an array of office sizes, from one-room office suites to 6,500 square feet.

All 1st Lake Commercial Properties offer on-site maintenance, ensuring your needs can be taken care of with immediate, professional support. All properties offer free and abundant parking for your employees and clients. Utilities and janitorial services are included with every commercial property for lease in Metairie and Kenner. These convenient locations will cut down travel time to Downtown New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or wherever your business takes you.

For more information, visit 1stLake.com/commercial-properties or call 504-455-8644.

Lumina Apartments

Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting, and granite countertops.

Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and chef-inspired kitchen with a custom designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure.

With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778. The Lumina is currently offering one month free with a 13-month lease. 

The Delaneaux Apartments

All the luxury and amenities of Mid-City’s Lumina are now available in the Lower Garden District with The Delaneaux Apartments. This modern living community is designed to cater to your busy schedule and to ensure comfort, convenience, and relaxation when you return home.

Chef-inspired kitchens feature sleek, stainless steel appliances and custom island dining tables, and each floor plan is accented with contemporary finishes that set these spaces above all the rest. Amenities unique to The Delaneaux include a movie theater, a grand two-story clubroom, and a resort-inspired pool, allowing residents to savor the rich history of their neighborhood whether inside their apartments or spending time with neighbors in communal spaces.

The elegance of these spaces combines the beauty, distinction, and originality that make New Orleans an exceptional place to live with modern comforts and exquisite touches that create an unrivaled residential experience. For more information or to sign up for the VIP waiting list, call 504-841-9900 or email delaneauxmgr@greystar.com today. The Delaneaux is currently offering one month free with a 13-month lease.

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