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New Orleans Homes August 2007

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A culinary kick-off

While the leaves may not change in south Louisiana like they do up North, there is still a definite event that marks the change of summer to fall: football season. And while going to a game is a tradition in itself, there’s another intricately tied to it: tailgating. Though some dedicated football fans swear that […]

Product Placement

At a historic restoration project site, you usually don’t expect to hear words like “pultruded fiberglass,” “high density PVC” and “permacast polymer.” That’s your first clue that the Comeback House in Holy Cross is not the usual historic restoration.Restoration of the heavily damaged house provides an emblem of the possible in the Preservation Resource Center’s […]

Pedigree Paper

In September, the busy tasks of daily life swing into high gear. Paper, the most unpretentious and inexpensive of necessities, tears into the scene with its usual style and grace. The requisite books, invitations, packaging and wrapping of the season make way for these artful items created using vintage techniques. Pretty paper—and the items it […]

A Classic Proposition

The dormer in the master suite—a collaboration between the Williamses and Davis Jahncke of Jahncke Architects—was added during the renovation. Ann turned the sunny spot into a sitting area anchored with an English settee. Ann Williams is the kind of person who never does anything halfway. A mother of four, an antiques dealer, civic activist, […]

Well Pared

Kelly loves to shop Magazine Street for her combination of antique and new pieces. The square metal table and mirrored cubes used as coffee tables are from Perch, the red Chinese table from Bush Antiques, the art from Cole Pratt Gallery, the gold pouf from Dosa and the chair from Interior Designs. The rugs in […]

Mid-Century Perfect

The year is 1957: America still liked Ike, postage stamps cost threecents, “West Side Story” debuted on Broadway and Yul Brenner commandedthe silver screen with his Oscar-worthy performance in “The King &I.” Americans gathered around their black and white TV sets every weekto watch the misadventures of the ideal American family on Leave it to […]

Rugs – special advertising section

Probst DecoratingRenew, refresh, and redecorate! This is what Probst Decorating is all about. With an extensive selection of window treatments, hundreds of bolts of fabric, beautiful rugs and unique pieces of art, furniture, lighting fixtures, and candles, let them make your house your home again. 3300 Magazine St. | 504.895.2094 Bellanoche Bedding and SleepwareDash and […]

A Kid in his Candy Store

Tiramisu, Paris brest, fraise, Detroit Bumpy Cake, raspberry Japonaise, fruit tart, PB&J bombe and doberge cake. Walk into Sucré on Magazine Street and you’re transported away from New Orleans’ worries to a place of sophisticated fun. The myriad of pistachio, sky blue and pink colored boxes, trees of macaroons, the milk chocolate-colored counters, rainbow of […]

Turn the Page

“First, I want you to know the language. It’s not antique books, but rather antiquated and rare books,” says Joseph DeSalvo Jr. of Faulkner House Books, a haven for fine literature, rare editions and of course, William Faulkner, located in the heart of the historic French Quarter in Pirate’s Alley. And with that began my […]

Super Food Me

  In an effort to repent from my years of indulgence, I have started to incorporate “super foods” into my diet. For those of you who don’t spend vast amounts of time reading magazines in the grocery store check-out line, super foods are foods that deliver the most vitamins, minerals and antioxidants per serving. This sounds like a […]

Don Wise

Established in 2003 by Don Wise, Louisiana Custom Closets attracts an upscale clientele impressed by the company’s ability to design closets to fit their needs. Wise is no stranger to closet design or the business, as he started off in 1994 with a major closet company selling and designing closets. Today, his store is a […]

Donna D. Lee

After earning a degree in interior design from the University of Nevada-Reno, Donna Lee worked on many exclusive homes in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, where she honed her skills as a designer. Upon moving to New Orleans, she worked for Nina Sloss Antiques before starting her own business, Riverbend Interior Design in 1997. Lee […]


Of French FlambeauxShed a little light on your château with a stately pair of early 19th-century lanterns uniquely designed for corner mounting. Painted a muted verde gris color with gold details, these fabulous finds from Toulouse, France, are set atop crossed poles festooned with regal tole drapery. Soniat House Antiques, 1139 Chartres St., 212-0200, or […]

Masters of their Craft

A mix of pieces finished in a celadon glaze or enhanced by glaze trailing. Pottery of all forms mark Lynda Katz’s garden like sculptural punctuation. Under a canopy of towering pines, organic shapes exclaim themselves on the path to her studio, summarizing a life devoted to the art of ceramics. Some vessels hold plants, while […]

Last Indulgence: That’s Hot

Back in the 1950s, when this photo was taken, August was when the peppers used to make Tabasco were harvested on Avery Island, La. Braving the heat and humidity, workers picked peppers—descendents of the Capiscum frutescens seeds that company founder Edmund McIlhenny had planted in 1868—which were then mashed and mixed with vinegar and a […]

Kitchens & Bathrooms: Special Advertising Section

Nordic Kitchens and Baths, Inc.Nordic Kitchens and Baths, Inc. was created to cater to the overall design and furnishing of products for upscale kitchens and baths. Time has seen the expansion of our luxury products to include not only cabinetry, but also appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and more. We attribute our success to our satisfied […]

The Ultimate New Orleans Resource Directory

August is the final month of summer and a time for new beginnings. The weather will hopefully reach its final peak of heat (one hopes), kids are are going back to school and there’s a little phenomenon called “Saints season” starting up. It’s a time for a clean slate and a fresh start. This month […]


Who says picking hardware has to be hard? We have done the legwork for you! Sit back and peruse everything from the hand-carved brass lion handle—chosen for the Versace mansion—to the aluminum levers from FSB, considered so design-perfect they are in the Museum of Modern Art. Here are more than 40 products exemplifying the best […]

A Good Plan

The whole house—including the living room—is dog-friendly, as the presence Rocky (right) and Dagnabit (left, who has paralyzed back legs) attests. The brown velveteen couch, slipper chairs and over-sized pillows are from Bellanoche. If  you talk to most homeowners about the reasons they bought their properties, many will discuss their need for more space, their […]

Points of Views

The addition of a new wing allowed the Moseleys to create a large living room with two seating areas—this one faces a fireplace. The painting of Ginja Moseley is by Connie Bealou Adams. Ginja, who did the floral arrangements throughout the house, filled two urns with hydrangeas and Avery Island greenery. Little did I know […]

Vintage Tia

Tia Elders painted the dining table apple green and Hugh Martin had the top of it laminated with a cabbage rose fabric. The seats of the chairs also are laminated for easy cleaning. The coral motif chandelier is from Hugh’s Magazine Street home furnishings store, Hugh Martin Home. Once upon a timea life-changing cyclone took […]

Living with Antiques: Charting the Past

Colton’s Township Map of the State of Louisiana with an inset of the City of New Orleans, 1864 In the age of discovery, when the world’s greatest explorers set out for the unknown, they drew up maps to mark their findings and share with their benefactors. These rugged tools were the lifelines between the newly […]

GATHERINGS: Rediscovering Old Favorites

There comes a time when everything old is new again, and I have recently found myself returning to many of my old favorite recipes and ingredients. For example, having sworn off Green Goddess dressing for years because of the fat content,I worked hard to create a new version that is lower in fat, but is […]

Retailer Spotlight: Peggy Stafford

A passion for tile and stone began 17 years ago in Boulder, Colo., for Peggy Stafford when she was a decorator at her own company, Stafford Designs. Stafford worked on several spas and spa headquarters in Colorado and Utah, allowing her to be “exposed to many dealers of stone and specialty tiles,” she says. When […]

Retailer Spotlight: Penny Francis

Eclectic Home is a store that sells a stylish selection of furniture, accessories, lamps, lighting and gifts. Owner and decorator Penny Francis says she reaches a diverse clientele—many who go to the store in search of a signature piece to enhance a room, or come in because they need help with an entire home. Eclectic […]


One-Stop ShoppingGo in for paint and come out with a platter. Helm Paint and Supply’s expanded location on Earhart Boulevard offers more than just paint to bring color into your home. It offers decorative housewares in a rainbow of colors and styles, such as Abigails’ famous fleur-de-lis ceramics in a new colorway, fresh celadon. Helm […]

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