Inspired Designs

St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2017 tablescapes preview party and luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK benefited Bastion

Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 11 and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 12, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK, presented a check for $143,070 to Bastion at their fourth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon, which was matched by an “angel,” bringing the total raised to about $300,000!

The Preview Party allowed almost 250 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and dining on hors d’oeuvres by the Audubon Tea Room Culinary Team. In addition, patrons enjoyed live music by the Harry Hardin Jazz Duo and bid on live auction packages including a three-night stay at Swanson Vineyards for two couples courtesy of Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson; a “Best of NOLA Package” including hotel stays, over $300 to local restaurants and more; and a pair of diamond and South Sea pearl earrings courtesy of Aucoin Hart.

The next day, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 25 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 225 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Bastion. Following our thank yous, we held a live auction of a pair of hand-designed and decorated Marie Antoinette-inspired mules and a bottle of Jason Wu perfume made exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue courtesy of Ambrose Garden; a children’s birthday party at any one of Audubon’s locations courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute; a hand-crafted vase and flower arrangement by Glenn Vatshell; and a painting of the luncheon created by artist Alex Harvie.

The Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations through marketing, events and financial support.
Bastion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an intentionally designed neighborhood for returning warriors and families located on 5.5 acres at 1901 Mirabeau Ave. in New Orleans. Their powerful community model incubates meaningful, lifetime relationships to sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war. Phase 1 is complete and 100 percent leased up, including 19 double family homes with 73 residents who have 196 years of combined military service, green space and a 1,700-square-foot Wellness Center.

Bastion is executing a three-phase development strategy that will fill a critical gap in the continuum of care for post 9/11 veterans and families in Southeast Louisiana. Similar to Phase 1, the second phase will include 20 residences with mixture of one-, two- and three-bedrooms. Bastion is $300,000 from closing the gap in financing for Phase 2!

Read on to learn more about these tables and see the incredible designs, and prepare to join us next year!



 “Through the Looking Glass Madhatters’ Tea Party,” designed by Shelley Pigeon and produced by her Decorator Constantine Kritkos
of Kappa Designs for ACCESS New Orleans (


“Déjeuner Avec Marie Au L’Hameau de la Reine” designed by
Gene Luke for Ambrose Garden (8015 Maple St., 861-1953,


“Environmental Sustainably,” designed by Richard Buchsbaum for Audubon Catering & Events (212-5301,


“Purple Rain” designed by Eric Fredericks for Bee’s Wedding Designs (738 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, 830-4031,


Fantasy” designed by Kim Sayatovic for Belladeux Event Design (8131 Oak St., Suite 500, 323-2100,


“Healing and Renewal” designed by Grace Kaynor, Lise Kuhn and Kathleen Waring for the
Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (8325 Oak St., 982-0685.


“It’s a Colorful World” designed by Stephen Sonnier for Dunn and Sonnier Antiques · Florals · Gifts
(3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,


“Salute to the Flag” designed by Richard Young for
Event Rental (4400 Woodland Drive, 433-2624,


“Oysters & Pearls” designed by Terry and Lane Sistrunk for The Jaxson (620 Decatur St., 571-6333,


“Mod Meets Mod” designed by Kim Starr Wise for Kim Starr Wise Floral Events (437 Philip St., 315-5607,


“Latter Library Conservatory” designed by Marianne Mumford for Landscape Images Ltd.
(655 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-8380,


“Longue Vue Botanical” designed by
Amy Graham and Laren Holzer for Longue Vue House & Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488,


“There is Nothing Like a Dame” designed by members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America – Louisiana Society for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America – Louisiana (1413 Louisiana Ave.,


“The Art of Simplicity” designed by Christina Lossi for the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100,


“Coral Seas” designed by Glenn Vatshell for Palate New Orleans Catering, Special Events and Décor
(8220 Willow St., 864-2990,


“Winter White” designed by Sue Komidor for
Perino’s Home & Garden Center (3100 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888,


“Old World Charm” designed by Eva Baillie for The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887,


 “Homes for the Holidays” designed by Sarah Martzolf of The Martzolf Group for the Preservation Resource Center
(The Leeds-Davis Building, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-7032,


“La La Land/Hollywood Glam” designed by Melissa Ursin and Gail Varuso for the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
(111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 539-5511,


“Royal Tea Time” designed by Maitee’ Gomez for Royal Events, Candles and Decor (110 Cambell Ave., Unit No. 1, Mandeville, (985) 400-9416,


“The General’s Gala” designed by Steve Baker Designs, LLC (777-0537)


“’70s Glam” designed by Candice Gwinn for Trashy Diva (537 Royal St., 299-3939,


“Bayou A-Drift” designed by Tucker Fitz-Hugh for The Garnished Palette (352-9291,


“Circle of Life” designed by Christina Chapuis, Hien Nguyen and Kim Tran for Wink Design & Events
(1519 Tchoupitoulas St., 366-8063,


“They All Ask’d for You!” designed by Nan Dupuy for Z Event Company (508 Metairie Road, Metairie, 510-5358,



Thank You

We wish to thank our Chairmen: Celeste and Curtis Eustis and Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick.

We also wish to thank our Presenting Sponsors: IBERIABANK and Bryan Subaru. Our Contributing Sponsors: Capital One, Hibernia Bank, the New Orleans Saints, Woodward Design + Build and Phyllis M. Taylor. Our Bag Sponsor: Community Coffee. Our Band Sponsor: Crescent Capital Consulting. Our Program Sponsor: Fidelity Bank. Our Glass Sponsor: Royal Events & Weddings. Our Supporting Sponsors: Patricia and Vernon Brinson, Michele and Lamar Villere, Peyton and Liz Bush and Celeste and Curtis Eustis.

And our Table Sponsors: Faye and Marshall Ballard, Manny Bright, Liz and Peyton Bush, Sally Cockerham, Susan Colton and Dee Eustis, Celeste and Curtis Eustis, Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick, Dorothy and Joe Mann and Meredith and Baldwin Montgomery, Ann Packard, The Packard Family, Arlene Philipson, Trashy Diva, Michele and Lamar Villere.

In addition, we wish to thank The Libby Dufour Fund, and a very special thanks to Richard Buchsbaum and the Audubon Tea Room.

And last but not least, thank you to our “angel” who matched the proceeds raised at the event!