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New Orleans Homes Autumn 2020

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Design Diary

Art of Lighting Locally based lighting designer and artist Julie Neill has created a collection of new light fixtures for Visual Comfort & Co., a designer lighting company based out of Houston. Neill finds inspiration for many of her designs in the culture and landscape of New Orleans, and the sense of creative spirit inherent […]

Gimme Shelter

Not surprisingly, I have long been obsessed with not only shelter magazines, like this one, but also books about design and architecture, as well as anything about the very concept of home. I finally got down to the business of reading “The Yellow House” by New Orleans-native Sarah Broom. Set in New Orleans East, in […]

In Great Taste

1.  “Stone Soup” market tote by Annie Selke, Perino’s  Home & Garden Center, Metairie, perinos.com 2.  Lugano fondue set by Swissmar, St. James Cheese Co. stjamescheese.com 3.  Set of three Itza wood tasting spoons by Bloomist, bloomist.com  4.  Zanzibar Trellis cheese knife set by Schumacher for Williams-Sonoma, Metairie, williams-sonoma.com 5. Modern square mortar and pestle […]

Out of Your Gourd

Roasted Acorn Squash with Louisiana Lump Crab, Hollandaise Sauce and Pistachio  Roasted Winter Squash 2 acorn squash 1 ounce molasses 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature kosher salt black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. Combine butter and molasses to create a smooth paste.    3. Cut acorn squash into fourths and remove […]

Join the Club

You might think garden clubs consist only of genteel ladies sipping mint tea while discussing wisteria and roses. But throughout their history, garden clubs have made a major impact on the environment. They’ve addressed such issues as groundwater runoff, billboard advertisements and littering.  In the New Orleans area, we have numerous clubs specializing in everything […]

Illuminating Tradition

For decades, the enchanting flicker of French Quarter lanterns has illuminated our courtyards, homes and boulevards. With equal parts romance, history and utility these iconic fixtures provide a timeless elegance to our lives. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights is a fourth-generation, family-owned business and the oldest continuously operating gas light manufacturer in the country. For […]

Homeward Bound

Striated glaze ceramic jar by artist Dario Magro and glazed ceramic sea urchin by Gioacchino Autovino, made in Sicily and available at Sud, sudneworleans.com Vintage blue Eastern European bud vase and “Tales from the Roads Less Traveled” by Dutch photographer Pie Aerts, Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co Hand-painted brass floral sculpture by Tommy Mitchell of Chapel Hill, […]

New Build of the Year

Native New Orleanians Chris and Rachel Forstall first met at his cousin’s wedding in 2004, and the dynamic duo has been inseparable ever since. Chris, who has wanted to be a veterinarian since he was in fifth grade, opened Southshore Animal Hospital in Metairie (along with Dr. Mark Pearce and Dr. Philip D’Antonio) in June […]

Color Pop

Elan, flair, panache: Whatever you choose to call it, Susan Currie’s home has it. The local interior designer and principal of her eponymous firm, Susan Currie Design, has a passion for color that shines through all of her projects. Symmetry, which she also finds appealing, is another piece of a larger puzzle that she says […]

Best of Home Winners

Each year our readers vote by online ballot for their favorite home design industry professionals in  New Orleans. The businesses cover the scope of everything homeowners need to make and maintain a beautiful house and home. The votes have been tallied and we present our 2020 Best of Home winners. Best of Architecture Flynn Designs […]

Design Masters

As in years past, each of this year’s New Orleans Homes Design Masters has creativity in spades. Despite the fact that many businesses have suffered this year there is, as always, reason to be hopeful for continued creativity in the Big Easy. To survive the challenged economy, members of the design community are putting their […]

Design Master: Jose Alvarez

ARCHITECT Jose Alvarez WHO: Jose Alvarez, principal at Eskew Dumez Ripple (EDR). WHAT: At EDR we build places for people, our work enhances lives. We craft beautiful buildings that celebrate their native places, providing a framework for the life that occurs within and around them. WHERE: Since 1989, we have worked, lived, and played in […]

Design Master: Chuck Rutledge

INNOVATIVE BUILDING Chuck Rutledge WHO: Chuck Rutledge, developer; Jonathan Tate, architect (Office of Jonathan Tate); Pierre Stouse, contractor (Edifice Builders LLC) – All are co-developers. WHAT: We are a loose association of project partners (and friends) who join forces formally on a project-by-project basis when we find interesting infill opportunities. We usually work in New […]

Design Master: Casi St. Julian

INTERIOR DESIGN Casi St. Julian WHO: Casi Francis St. Julian, senior interior designer at Eclectic Home New Orleans + After Dark Wallpaper Collection. WHAT: Our design firm offers interior design services [and] retail. Projects include residential and commercial design offering renovation, new construction and decorating services for clients across the country. Our showroom also provides […]

Design Master: Michael Baudin

KITCHENS Michael Baudin WHO: Michael Baudin, owner and founder of Legend Interiors. WHAT: Legend Interiors is a full-service kitchen and bath design company. We provide cabinetry, countertops, tile and design services to individuals, architects, interior designers and builders. Our focus is smart, functional designs that complement our clients’ unique styles and needs. WHERE: Our design […]

Design Masters: Michael Shoriak and Courtney Williams

CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION Michael Shoriak and Courtney Williams WHO: Michael Shoriak and Courtney Williams of Cypress Building Conservation. WHAT: An architectural conservation company. We consult on all aspects of historic restoration projects, from documentation and research to laboratory analysis of historic finishes. We also hold a commercial contractor’s license. WHERE: All over the city. Sometimes elsewhere […]

Design Master: Sean Wilkerson

GREEN DESIGN Sean Wilkerson WHO: Sean Wilkerson, The Bank Architectural Antiques. WHAT: Architectural antiques, sales and service. Specializing in historical building materials of New Orleans. [A] 40,000-square-foot warehousing old cypress doors, mantels, shutters, corbels, moldings and hardware for sale to renovate historic homes or supply new construction projects with old-world appeal. Paint removal and full […]

Design Master: Byron Veal

ARTISAN Byron Veal WHO: Byron Veal, artisan. WHAT: I offer exterior stucco wall systems in multiple textures, colors and finishes. I also provide interior plaster systems, replications of moldings, medallions, sconces [and so forth]. WHERE: Uptown, Garden District, CBD, French Quarter and Old Metairie. WHEN: In 2007, Detailed Plastering & Stucco Systems became the new […]

Design Master: Kirsten Gaiennie

LIGHTING Kirsten Gaiennie WHO: Kirsten Gaiennie, co-owner Sazerac Stitches. WHAT: Small lighting and design studio that designs and makes everything by hand. WHERE: The design studio is in the Lower Garden District, 1218 Annunciation St. WHEN: Started in 2012 by Kirsten and her husband, Matthew Gaiennie. HOW: Neither of us have a design background and […]

Design Masters: Alyssa and Erikdavid Kraemer

FURNITURE DESIGN Alyssa and Erikdavid Kraemer WHO: Alyssa and Erikdavid Kraemer, owners of E. Kraemer Fine Metal & Woodwork. WHAT: We are a high-end fabrication studio specializing in the design and build of furnishings and architectural elements for residential and commercial spaces. WHERE: All custom pieces are designed and fabricated in our 14,000-square-foot facility located […]

Get Floored

The floor is one of the most important parts of your home. It takes up a lot of space and must withstand constant daily use. Like any other part of home construction or renovation, choosing and installing the right floor for your house requires care and planning to get the result you want. Waterproof flooring […]


Everything about a home makes a statement. While the colors and textures of your walls and floors certainly affect the level of welcome or personality, furnishings introduce the most play and the most fun. How we fill a space tells the story of who we are, what we love and where we find comfort. From […]

Lovely Libations

Hugh Bar Cart by Worlds Away, 36-inches wide by 34-inches high by 20-inches deep, $1,347, at Eclectic Home, available for in-store or curbside pickup The only thing better than a fully stocked bar is a gorgeous, fully stocked bar cart. It’s the perfect example of form meets function. Not only can you move it to […]

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