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New Orleans Homes August 2008

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Retailer Spotlight: Randy Roberts Sr. and Phil Ray [Signature Marble and Granite]

Specializing in custom kitchen and bath granite and marble countertops, Signature Granite and Marble opened in February of this year. Randy Roberts Sr., who co-owns the company with Phil Ray, says he began working in the industry when he was a senior in high school. “I quickly learned that I was very intrigued with the […]

Retailer Spotlight: Randy Shaw [Nordic Kitchens and Baths]

Nordic Kitchens and Baths started as an independent showroom for a local cabinet manufacturer that was co-owned by Randall Shaw. “Two years after starting the showroom, we made a decision to close down the manufacturer and focus solely on kitchen design and sales,” says Shaw. After relocating to Veterans Boulevard in 1998, the company expanded […]

Sheet Smarts

Celebrities’ eccentricities are the stuff of legend — no brown M&Ms, specific and pricey brands of bottled water — but Katharine Hepburn, one of the original divas, had one alleged quirk that makes sense to me. Her longtime friend and executor of her estate claims that Hepburn slept only on white sheets because she said […]

Kitchen & Bath

Kitchens Direct of New Orleans5217 River Rd. | 504-818-3636Kitchens Direct is a full-service (design to installation), factory-owned showroom offering stock and a broad range of semi-custom cabinetry built by two of the most experienced cabinet companies in the country, Mastercraft Cabinets and Yorktowne Cabinetry. With a rich tradition of superior value and furniture-quality cabinetry, we […]

The Ultimate New Orleans Resource Directory

Note: Although our goal is to make this resource directory as comprehensive as possible, we are by no means able to list every vendor. If you know of a retailer or service provider who you think should be added to this list or if you have a correction, please mail it to New Orleans Homes […]

Yellow Brick Road Home

It hasn’t been quick or easy for Rick Duplantier and Rob Clemenz, whose Lakeview residence took on 7 feet of water as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The couple evacuated to Houston for a month and then lived in Mandeville until March 2006. Heartbroken upon their return to the city, they nevertheless knew that they […]

Silver Screen

Four decades of family living in the Dimitri home rendered all of the delightfully predictable memories –– raising four children, watching them get married and have children of their own, holiday gatherings, big family dinners. What George and Dianne Dimitri created in more than 40 years was the stuff that American dreams are made of. […]

Barefoot on the Bayou

The first thing that greets you as your car noses into the gravel driveway of this quiet Pass Christian, Miss., getaway is a sign that announces its lighthearted name –– Les Get It On. The homeowners, a young professional couple with three children ages 10, 8 and 6, came up with the playful moniker as […]

Small Wonders

Let’s face it: The day when bigger was considered better is over. We saw Super Size Me. We looked at our waistlines. We signed up for portion control. We saw the gas pump and began taking a second look at the cute MINI Cooper that always fits in the last tiny parking spot. And although […]

Cypress Mill

Raised in Connecticut by his mom, a psychotherapist, and his dad, an architect, Jeremy S. Shatz of Recycled Cypress of New Orleans grew up with an appreciation for Scandinavian design, Frank Lloyd Wright and environmental consciousness. “My dad was a recycling fanatic –– we had the blue bin before it was cool,” Shatz says with […]

Going, Going, Gone!

True confession time: I have never attended an antiques auction, mainly because I feared getting caught up in the heat of the moment and coming home with useless –– or, worse, ugly –– purchases. My visions of those events consisted of dueling would-be buyers frantically trying to outbid each other until the gavel is slammed.So […]

Hurricane Party

Good food, great friends and bad weather: That’s life in August in the Big Easy. We’ve learned the hard way that severe weather warnings shouldn’t be taken lightly, but we also recognize the fact that seasonal thunderstorms and power outages don’t have to stop the party. Although gracious hosts generally live by the “fresh is […]


In the Bag Incredibly durable and surprisingly lightweight, Built NY’s SOHO Stripe Market Tote stretches to accommodate just about anything –– except maybe the kitchen sink. Thanks to its extra-thick neoprene composition, it has the ability to insulate and protect belongings as delicate as a loaf of bread or a glass bottle of mineral water. […]

Editor’s Note

I once worked with a woman from Germany who told me, unapologetically, that she was “just sick to death of hearing about the Holocaust.” And these days, I hear on a regular basis that many people are “just sick to death of hearing about Katrina.”These two events aren’t analogous, but my response in both cases […]

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