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New Orleans Homes July 2008

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Editor’s Note

I’m not going to lie and say that July is my favorite month to be in New Orleans. It’s not, and neither is August. Both months are appallingly hot, disgustingly humid and bring the heightened threat of hurricanes. There’s one good thing about July for me, though, and that’s my wedding anniversary. We got married […]

Working on Broken Glass

Before Hurricane Katrina, creating mosaics was little more than a hobby for Trina Davis, a native New Orleanian who had a hair salon on Magazine Street. “I just did some mosaic work for myself,” she says. “I did some countertops and other things of mine just for fun.” Davis was toying with the idea of […]

Red, White & Booze

This deep into a New Orleans summer, only sugar and alcohol can be relied upon to make us feel better. Sugar, for me, takes the form of brightly hued snowballs; cold, fizzy Coca-Colas; and sweet tea; alcohol comes in the form of icy Coronas, chilled white wine and the perfect gin and tonic. When the […]

Cabinets, Clostes & Countertops

New York Countertop & Cabinets5246 Veterans Blvd. • 504-889-0299New York Countertop & Cabinets is the direct cabinet and granite importer. We carry 100 percent solid wood cabinets in of oak, cherry, maple, white and more. Granite price starting at $25 per square foot with installation. We are locally owned and operated and fully insured. Customer […]

Plant Gallery Opens New Store on Northshore

(John, Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais) Kenneth and Jennifer RabalaisOwnersAs Kenny Rabalais and his wife, Jennifer, drove over the Causeway from the New Orleans’ Plant Gallery, we chatted about the concept behind their new location, Home and Garden, A Plant Gallery Store, in Covington. “Time is so limited for people,” Kenny says. “Instead of going to […]

Antique Chic

A leisurely drive just off of Metairie Road was all it took for Melanie Bordelon, an antiques dealer, interior decorator and owner of La Jolie Antiques & Interiors, and her husband, Alvin, an attorney, to find their dream home. Melanie was driving by her future Metairie neighborhood one afternoon when she spotted a home under […]

Laps of Luxury

Semberan SummerBy Leigh Ann Stuart Nearly a decade ago (eight years to be precise), the Sembera family took a stand against the long, hot summers of Louisiana by having Cornerstone Pools Inc. install the oasis of their dreams: an elegant escape featuring a 15-by-41-foot lap pool, as well as a 16-by-27-foot recreational pool –– a […]

Friendship By Design

This has been a friendship forged over coffee tables and antique chairs. It began with a pair of vintage-modern barstools. Lawyers Cheryl and Michael Dendy first spied them through the window of Mary Satterlee’s Magazine Street store, U Dwell. The couple thought they’d be perfect for the kitchen in their newly renovated Calhoun Street home. […]

“And the Livin’ is” Easy

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~Sam Keen Very rarely in life is one actually required to just sit down and relax. July in Louisiana, however, may be one of those times. As crazy hot as it gets here, resting under an umbrella and spending an afternoon sipping a tall, cool drink of something […]

Mix & Match

Open any home decorating magazine and you will find rooms full of exquisite English, French or Italian antiques and, for the truly trendy, a few Swedish pieces in the mix. Each is finely carved, inlaid or painted, and each piece was lovingly selected by the homeowner –– and often an astute decorator. Most of the […]

Sacre ‘Bleu’

There is nothing more American than a backyard barbecue to celebrate Independence Day. But here in la Nouvelle Orleans, a city so deeply entrenched in the history, spirit and flavors of France, we are known to do things a little differently. We call doughnuts “beignets” and eat everything from seafood to vegetables in an “au […]

Retailer Spotlight: Steele Xiao

Homeway Ornamental Metals, which opened in August 2002 in Metairie, is solely owned by Steele Xiao, who moved to the United States from China in 2000. Xiao says that Homeway specializes in ornamental metals, mainly custom-made wrought iron for both interior and exterior uses, such as copper and brass entrance doors. “We also make marble […]

Retailer Spotlight: Paul Corona

California Closets was founded in 1978 and started serving South Louisiana in 1984. With more than 100 franchises worldwide, the store has installed more than 4 million custom storage systems and continues to be an industry leader and innovator. The local franchise, owned by Paul Corona, is located in Metairie; he says that his business […]


New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home (Taunton Press, $40)Published in conjunction with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, New Rooms for Old Houses takes both design and history enthusiasts on a fascinating tour through the golden age of architecture. Written by renowned architect Frank Shirley, it has become the essential […]

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