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New Orleans Homes October 2008

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While cleaning closets last year, I stumbled across three large unmarked cardboard boxes. As I opened the tops, I found a large collection of beautiful old linens –– dinner and cocktail napkins, tablecloths, lace-trimmed bedsheets and hand towels. All of these belonged to my late mother, who was partial to Irish linen and damask (a […]

All Fired Up

New Orleans holds a special place in the ceramic arts, thanks to the famed Newcomb pottery created at Newcomb College in the early 20th century. It was at Newcomb that students and graduates, inspired in their designs by the lush vegetation of Southern Louisiana, fashioned 70,000 pieces of work from local and regional clay. Nearly […]

Flavorful Fall

It’s October, and in case you haven’t noticed, the days are a little shorter and even a bit cooler. More obvious are the sudden sightings of ghosts, goblins and gourds around town that let us know that autumn has arrived. Celebrate the start of the new season with a scrumptious meal –– pasta with pumpkin […]


(above) A Winning Pair Dating back to 1850, this pair of wooden musical “trophées” champions all over-door decorations. Intricately carved, painted and gilded, the French adornments add an extra je ne sais quoi to create a well-appointed entryway. Soniat House Antiques, 1139 Chartres St., 212-0200, or go to www.soniatantiques.com. Modern Marvels One of a pair, […]

Retailer Spotlight: Caroline Robert of Perch

Caroline Robert, owner of perch., says her love of antiques was passed down from her mother, an avid collector. “She taught me the importance of all things old and how interesting their provenance can be.” Robert herself was naturally drawn to vintage styles from the 1960s and ‘70s.“I noticed a niche in the New Orleans […]

Retailer Spotlight: Rob Dunn of Bayou Closets

Rob Dunn, president and CEO of Bayou Closets, says his business prides itself on superior design. “It’s important for a lady to know just how many pairs of shoes she can store in her closet,” he says. “To make the experience better for our customers, every one of our quotes is accompanied by a full […]

Editor’s Note

I know it’s October, a month of ghost stories and haunted houses, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t think anything that happens this month can top last month in terms of terrifying. Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna and Ike, churning out there in the Gulf, eyeing us menacingly, provoked some of the most visceral fear […]


Everyone has hidden talents –– and my husband’s is gourd artistry. Jamie’s dabbled in watercolors and acrylic on canvas, but his true medium is the pumpkin. Every Halloween, while other households display the classic jack-o’-lanterns with triangular eyes and gap-toothed grins, our porch serves as a gallery for at least six of his artistic renderings, […]

Art and Antiques

  Orient Expressed 3905 Magazine St. • 504-899-3060A stunning example of a Han Dynasty green glazed vase.  The Han Dynasty prospered from 200 BC to 200 AD in ancient China. Orient Expressed offers a large selection of pieces from that period including vases, human figures and other figures of furniture that would accompany the deceased […]

The Imagination Movers at Home

Home  is obviously a concept that means a lot to the Imagination Movers. The band had long been a local favorite with kids and parents alike when Disney came calling. Rather than packing their bags and moving to Los Angeles, the Movers –– Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, Rich Collins and Scott “Smitty” Smith –– pushed […]

Possession Obsession

One New Orleanian collects fine French porcelains, exquisitely crafted more than a century ago. Another collects Chinese pottery, made in the countryside during varying centuries. Another collects vinyl records, featuring artists from the 1960s and ‘70s. Three collectors, all with the same driving force: a passion for seeking and owning objects that capture their hearts. […]

Up to Snuff

For some people, disaster brings a clean slate –– out with the old and all that. Others just aren’t willing to embrace the loss. They scramble to save the remnants of their world. The 17th Street Canal break sent more than 7 feet of water into the Lakewood North home of Adrien Genet, ASID, but […]

Livin’ Large in Lakeview

The happy endings are only beginning to reveal themselves in post-Katrina New Orleans. Exhibit A could easily be the palatial Lakeview home of Margaret Dubuisson Blitch and David Blitch. The 5,100-square-foot home is built on the same lot that was once the location of the 2,200-square-foot mid-20th-century house they occupied for 12 years. Although David […]

Curtain Call

New Orleans homes are famous for their windows. Whether it’s a double shotgun off of Magazine Street, a Creole town house in the French Quarter or a Victorian off of St. Charles Avenue, each one shares a common feature –– floor-to-ceiling windows. Even our more recent architectural additions, both here and on the Northshore, use […]

Urn-ing Potential

Over the years, artist and metalworker John Greco has crafted unique works of metal in numerous forms: hoods and backsplashes for the kitchen, display cases, custom-made foot pedals for tattoo machines and –– quite notably –– a line of copper cremation urns. A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., Greco earned his […]

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