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Wren’s Tontine Shade and DesignCome to Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design and see a piece of American history. The Mount Vernon Collection is inspired by the refined taste of America’s most famous general and president, George Washington. You will find a multi color stripe fabric that is inspired by the carpet in his bed chamber, […]


Coming from a family of world travelers, I always enjoyed receiving postcards from abroad. The more exotic the better, of course, and often what made the postcard—and sometimes a letter—so special were the stamps. From a casual survey of my collection amassed over a number of years (not all shown here), it seems the more […]


1. Shop ‘til You Drop—Atlanta style North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall. Photo courtesy of Atlanta CVB/Kevin Rose, Rose Studios, Inc In the New Orleans-Atlanta showdown, we refuse to give in to the ATL’s perceived dominance: the Falcons, for instance —who ‘dat? But when it comes to shopping, Atlanta, alas, can claim bragging rights for some […]


Some homes simply have more history and family heritage than others. Gregg and Louise “Weezie” Porter each have rich family histories and well-established roots in the South. Weezie, from Louisville, Ky., has family links to Mayflower descendents, and Gregg is a native of New Orleans. Their Uptown house is a rich mix of Southern architecture—a […]


Onda hand-screened wall covering by Flavor Paper in “Sea foam”; painted end table, French, circa 1900, featuring Provence seascape at Agora Galleries; Australian trumpet shell at Bon Marche Antique Mall; petit-point armchair (one of a pair), French, circa 1940, with seashell needlework on both back and seat, at Jon Vaccari Design; hemp grass area rug […]

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Touches of rose and blue embellish the seating in the living room. The Silkworks fabric covering the pair of Regence chairs opposite the sofa was purchased through Kathy Slater, who also had the antiqued mirrored coffee table custom made. Houses are often like time capsules. Sealed within their layers of wallpaper and paint, their fixtures […]


With the exodus from New Orleans finally leveling out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, what would make someone pick up a flourishing business and move it, and their family, to flooded New Orleans East? “I feel at home here in Louisiana,” says Illinois native Steve Rawlings. “The people are so friendly. The food, the […]


English Old Sheffield rolled plate silver egg cups, circa 1820; French café au lait bowls, early 20th century; English Old Sheffield teapot with ebony handle, circa 1830; French faience plate, Luneville—all at Lucullus. Antiquing in New Orleans represents some of the best shopping in the world. But with the huge collection of galleries, shops and […]


In an effort to get more Omega-3 in my diet, I made a resolution to eat more salmon. I usually only like it raw, as in sushi, but I eventually ventured out and discovered the salmon panini at Slice. It is divine and I have actually begun to crave it. However, my kids won’t even […]


Paul Romain, who co-owns Palatial Stone with his wife Amyre, has a business that provides customers with a unique and expansive selection of stone and tile for indoor and outdoor home projects. Marble, limestone, granite, onyx, travertine, slate and cobblestone are the stone choices, while glass and metal tiles add luster to the selection. Mosaics, […]


Opened by Gus Riordan in 1963, the Decorator Shoppe is known for its diverse lighting selection. The showroom, located in Metairie, is full of chandeliers, vanity lights, outdoor lights, recessed lighting, track lighting and lamps, as well as ceiling fans, mirrors and other home accessories. Visitors can browse, or set up an appointment with a […]

Special Advertising Section: Home Furnishings

Nancy RobbinsNancy Robbins has everything for your interior design needs. Come in and find this stunning Italian style fauteil chair. It is hair on hide with burn out and was beautifully hand carved in Spain and exquisitely hand finished in Italy. Come to Nancy Robbins and let them make your home a masterpiece.1291 North Causeway […]

Trendwatch: Clearly White

Abracadabra! Left to right: Clear “Ghost” chair by Philippe Starck at Villa Vici (Covington); white Ghost chair by Philippe Starck at Design Within Reach; Niko lamp at Villa Vici (Covington); square bowls and milk pitcher at Bed Bath & Beyond; flower vase at The Antiques of Covington, filled with snapdragons from C.J.’s Florist; Lucite Z […]

Calm After the Storm

Like many people along the Gulf Coast, dermatologist Marty Claiborne and his wife Barbara had little time to process, much less reflect on, what Katrina had done to their two houses—their primary residence in New Orleans and their vacation home in Pass Christian, Miss.—before it was time to decide whether or not tore build. Four […]

Bathrooms from Start to Finish

Bathrooms are the place to face—and retreat from—the day.They can be a source of rejuvenation and revival in the morning and a place to unwind and escape in the evening.  With a master bathroom, a couple can express individual and collective tastes—creating style while maintaining practicality. From clean, modern lines to lavish, antique décor, bathrooms […]

Hot & Cool Kitchen

Today there’s a kitchen for all tastes and budgets. But unlike in years past, homeowners have choices. Gone are the days of the Formica countertop as your only option—granite, marble, Corian or stainless steel are just a few of the products available. Ditto on flooring—there’s more to life than linoleum, and many homeowners are now […]

last indulgence: Pillars of the Community

While the names of Greek mythology are part of a New Orleanian’s everyday life—a good example are the streets named after the nine Muses (Terpsichore, Melpomene, Erato, Calliope, Clio, Thalia, Polymnia, Euterpe and Urania), what is often overlooked is another contribution that the Greeks gave to the city—the three orders of columns: Doric, Ionic and […]

Masters of their Craft: Here’s mud in your eye

Alex Williams shaping a piece Having delved into pottery for the Zen of the art itself, it’s no wonder that when Alex Williams founded Potsalot Pottery with his wife Cindy, he created his work and retail space with drama in mind.     “I used to be a drummer and performer, so in keeping with that […]

Living with Antiques: into the Outdoors

Bertoia ChairsPhoto courtesy of Design Within Reach Garden furniture is abloom, and now is the time to spruce up your patio by plucking fresh, exciting decorations from the vine or by completely redoing your outdoor living space with everything new. Well, maybe not new. Instead of grabbing the latest oversized wicker sofa set or chaise […]

A Sweet Surrender

Meringues are the quintessential summer dessert because they are so light and versatile. I fill mine with seasonal berries and crème anglaise, but they would be equally delicious accompanied by a sorbet or even ice cream with chocolate sauce. They are fun to make and will keep in an airtight container for a couple of […]

Retailer Spotlight: Michael & Vail Manfre

This time of year, quite a few of us have been thinking about re-organizing our closets. Luckily, there are stores that specialize in just that. Closets by Design’s local owner, Michael Manfre, says his business operates absolutely as a team effort and that this month is a great one to get organized. Closets by Design […]

Retailer Spotlight: Greg Coe

Don’t call Norwalk – The Furniture Idea just a furniture store, as Greg Coe, the Metairie showroom manager says, “We don’t like being compared to a furniture store.” Norwalk – The Furniture Idea is a design center known for its hands-on staff and custom upholstery, with a choice of 200 frame styles, 4,000 fabrics and […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM