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New Orleans Homes November 2006

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Soap Stars

Neutral GroundArchitect: Steven R. Quarls of the Hopkins Co. When Courtney and Spencer Murphy bought their Uptown home, they realized that the second floor was in dire need of a new floor plan. One of the adjustments was what was originally the mother-in-law suite was being turned into the master bathroom and bedroom. The centerpiece […]

Kitchens Transformed

Cooking with IdeasArchitect: Steven R. Quarls of the Hopkins Co. Kitchen designer: Courtney Murphy with help from chef and restaurateur Joel DondisContractor: Andrew Smith The turn-of-the-century house had been in good hands for many years, but when Courtney and Spencer Murphy bought it, it needed some updating. The Murphys turned to architect Steven Quarls of […]

Uptown Redux

Key elements of the living room include a French-style antique mirror, Italian lamps from Agora that were picked out by decorator Corinne Laborde, a Directoire walnut chest, a 1928 Lester baby grand piano and an Oushak rug from New Orleans Fine Rugs. Other furniture is from Sofas and Chairs. You may have read this story—or […]

A Good Reflection

MOST PEOPLE’S GUEST ROOMS are often where old furniture goes to mix and not match. Other people, like architect Arthur Q. Davis and his wife, Mary, decided to make their guest room stand out—by actually making it into a separate building. Completed in 1958 and designed by Davis’ Curtis & Davis architects, the guest house […]

Alan & Marianne Mumford

Alan and Marianne Mumford met when they were students at Louisiana State University. Not only did they fall in love with each other, but also they discovered that they had a few things in common. They both graduated with degrees in landscape architecture, and they both share a profound passion for the community. In 1984, […]

Donald St. Pierre & Robert Turner

Donald St. Pierre, an accountant, fulfilled his longtime wish to open up a small business when he bought the Silk Road Collection more than two years ago. St. Pierre still works as an accountant, but his “other job”—owning and operating the store—satisfies the artistic and adventurous side of his personality. At least twice a year, […]


Ebony and IvoryPhoto of Table: Eugenia UhlPaulMcCartney was right. Ebony and ivory do live together in perfectharmony, as illustrated in this late 18th-century Italian table.Crafted of exotic Macassar wood and adorned with inlaid ivory etching,each carving and detail enhances the drama of this piece, whilemaintaining a balance between elegant and ornate. Jon Vaccari Design,4858 Magazine […]

Where the Wild Things Are…

What’s hot in stores may take you on two very different trips into the wild. Whether you’re looking for camping gear for a hike in the piney woods or campy gear for a day in the French Quarter, this fall’s finds make entertaining your wilder side stylish and fun. Make a SceneClockwise from left: Oilcloth […]

Natural Beauty

Spinal and 18-kt. white gold bracelet; pink sapphire and 18-kt white gold bracelet; aquamarine, diamond and 18-kt. white gold cross. Ashleigh Branstetter may have taken the long way around to find her niche, but the results are well worth the trip. A model since high school, she has appeared in print ads for Volvo and […]

Campaign Season

Buttons from the 1900 presidential election featuring opponents William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. Of all the framed photographs and certificates decorating a hallway in Fran Bussie’s Baton Rouge home, one in particular stands out: a snapshot of her husband, Victor, posing with then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and a beaming Jackie. As political mementos […]

Marrakech Express

It was one of the first cool days in September when I felt my taste buds tingle for the layered tastes of fall, and I couldn’t help but think of chili or a delicious gumbo. But now it’s November—and as we approach Thanksgiving—my tastes are changing. I feel tired of heavy flavors and am longing […]

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