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New Orleans Homes Spring 2022

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Editor’s Note

THE THING I LOVE most about the promise of spring is that it always delivers. As we emerge from our admittedly mild winters for long walks and picnics amid the fragrant blooms of seasonal flowers, the city’s energy shifts — and with it — our moods, foods and fancies. We have a lightness of being, […]

Reset, Rest and Relax

Moments of calm are perhaps harder to come by these days, as everyone navigates this turbulent world. Spaces for rest and relaxation at home have become important for resetting the mind and body. With spring’s arrival, nature’s calming effects beckon people outdoors, so we’ve asked local experts how to go about creating the perfect backyard […]

Sweet Abode

After designer Melinda McSpadden posted photos of an historic kitchen and powder room makeover on social media, local homeowners Andrea and Lena Rubin decided she was the perfect person to decorate their home. “Andrea and Lena gave me free reign with this design project by saying, ‘Just make it look like a place where you […]

Right Angles

RENOVATION OF THE YEAR Calais Waring opens the front door of her home to a first-time visitor with the smile of someone who knows their surprise. The once red brick mansion — a blending of 1920s Arts and Crafts and Mediterranean villa architectural influences, is no longer a faded remnant of the early 20th century. […]

Closet Clarity

Accessory accents Accessories can easily become an unwieldy mess on closet hangers and shelves. Ann Wise, co-owner of Louisiana Custom Closets, suggests space-saving pullout racks for belts, neckties and scarves and costume jewelry.  Acrylic shelf dividers keep purses standing up or folded sweaters and blouses neatly stacked. Island vibes If your closet is big enough, […]

Bromeliads

1 Go Pro When Jeanne Garman first expressed interest in bromeliads to an avid bromeliad grower, she was told, “Be careful, you’re going to get hooked on bromeliads.” Now, with hundreds surrounding her home, Garman cultivates them and has based her travels and her free time seeking out new bromeliad varieties and experts. Garman herself […]

Haute Kitchens

Contractor: MLM Incorporated Designer: MLM Incorporated, homeowner, Mireworks Cabinets: Transitional at J&K Cabinetry Flooring: LVP at NOLA Flooring Countertops: Cristallo quartzite from North Lion Stone Backsplash: Marble picket at Floor & Decor Fixtures: Lamps Plus Doorknobs: Etsy Furniture: Hurwitz Mintz Appliances: Sink and faucet, Kraus; pot filler, Kingston Brass; range,Thor; dishwasher, Maytag; fridge, freezer, microwave, Frigidaire; icemaker, KitchenAid, sourced from Comeaux Notable vendors: Stone Creations […]

Design Diary

Delightful Daybeds New Orleans handmade furniture company, Doorman, has introduced the new Laurel Canopy Daybed Collection (starting at $3,150). Inspired by French Provincial iron daybeds, the collection features a modern iron base handcrafted in Doorman’s local workshop. The curved-canopy pieces are welded by hand and the bed’s silhouette is perfectly symmetrical from every angle. Additionally, founder […]

Belle Fanning

$399.99 Tech Smart The Dyson brand is well-known for its clean, modern designs that pack a tech-smart punch, and the Pure Cool TP01 purifying fan is no exception. Not only does this sleek oscillating tower fan cool down a room, but also it features a filtration system with activated carbon and HEPA to capture pollen, […]

The Lazy Gardener

Across the street, along my neighbors’ sunny driveway is a wooden fence covered with potted bromeliads. They are primarily Neoregelias — the kind you can pick up at local hardware or grocery stores — yet the massed statement of them is spectacular. I’ve admired their plant-lined fence for years and when COVID-19 forced me to […]

Kate Godfrey Robinson

While many perennials and annuals thrive in clay soils, ceramic artist Kate Godfrey Robinson creates a different sort of “garden in clay” — colorful, exuberant displays of flowers, vines, acorns, twigs, insects and other flora and fauna in the forms of vessels, tiles, totems and free-form sculptures. On the surface, her Baroque pieces capture the […]

Flower Me Pretty

The design-obsessed know that wallpaper can quickly transform any room. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to spruce up a space. Enter the Magnolia Collection — a new line of wallpaper designs and limited-edition prints from Pensacola, Florida-based Malmberg Studio. The collection celebrates the life-cycle of the short-lived magnolia flower, which also happens to be […]

More is More

Meals in the Big Easy are as entertaining as they are integral to the fabric of this spirited city. Lavish, multi-course brunches are to be expected in the city of indulgences, a sacred ritual, rather than simply feeding time. Ralph Brennan, a third-generation scion of the family whose name is synonymous with New Orleans restaurants, […]

Heavy Metal

Beige and copper metallic hide and Amberly hair on hide Rug both from Arhaus, arhaus.com Italian 19th-century gilt Candelabra by Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co French 19th-century Louis Philippe-style mirror by Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co Wallpaper by Erica Wakerly, Leaf in gold, from Spruce, sprucenola.com Jagger Table Lamp from Eclectic Home, electichome.net Newman Chair in mustard from Eclectic […]

A Stylish Sentiment

Down the Hatch!  I learned living in New Orleans that every house should have a designated bar, and it’s not complete without this book. “New Orleans Cocktails,” scriptura.com.   Foyer Finery  John Derian’s decoupage plates make great ‘catchalls’ atop a foyer console or countertop or hung as part of a curated wall collection. I’m drawn to […]

King of the Kitchen

Hot Sausage Po-Boy Pie Ingredients Yields 6 slices 1  9” deep dish pie shell 1 pound hot sausage link 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar mustard aioli  2 tablespoons Dijon mustard  2 tablespoons mayonnaise  1 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar  1 pinch cayenne pepper  8 slices pickled zucchini  2 pinches cayenne pepper  ½ cup French bread […]

Annual Renewal

Once you’ve moved into your house and lived there for a few months, it’s easy to get comfortable. Everything seems fine. But just as it’s a good idea to visit your primary care physician for health checkups, it’s a good idea to have experts check out your house on a regular basis. Doing so may […]

Smoothie Queen

Over the past few years, I’ve become one of those smoothie people. I make them with spinach and beets and pretty much any veggie you can stick in a blender and mask the potential weirdness with one or more fruits. For me, cravings for sweet, cold treats kick in as the temperature rises and spring […]

Al Fresco’s Finest

Brilliant paper origami chandelier, metal watering can, striped cotton lumbar pillow with colorful embroidered flowers, acrylic tumbler (available in assorted colors), gorgeous lifelike faux flowers in a garden variety, available at Perch, perch-home.com; Midcentury vintage rattan flower chair, available at Eclectic Home, eclectichome.net; Faux bois concrete side table, available at Hazelnut, hazelnutneworleans.com; Painterly floral lucite […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM