A year and a half after the onset of a world-changing pandemic that suddenly had people at home most hours of the day, locals have had a chance to think about the meaning of home. As we’ve re-evaluated the role of our homes in our lives, we’ve also had the opportunity to consider the […]
The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I love the lore. I love its namesake bar at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. I love sipping a Cognac version during colder months. I love the lighter take made with gin in the hotter months. During the holidays when the booze is already so free flowing however (and […]
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A popular new trend known as scent-scaping is a way to divide your house and your day into different segments simply by using different fragrances. By compartmentalizing each room (or set of rooms), or even different time periods during your day (such as work, chores, nap), it creates a subconscious trigger to switch to a […]
In New Orleans, the winter holidays roll right into Mardi Gras, making a quick transition from decking the halls to “Throw me something, Mister!” From wreaths to gift wrap to papier-mâché flowers (because we’re betting house floats are here to stay), opt for smart storage that will keep your holiday gear celebration-ready. Out with the […]
In true Post-Modern fashion, artist Chris Lawson (chrislawsonart.com) counts everything from animated movies and 1960s TV shows to MTV and southern folk art among the influences that inform his writing, painting, film, photography, collage and installation art. It’s the way Lawson pieces together those influences and collections of seemingly disparate components into a surrealist lexicon […]
One of the most recognizable settings during the holiday season is The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Against the backdrop of a Gilded Age lobby, the hotel’s glittering Waldorf Wonderland stretches an entire city block. Local garden center The Plant Gallery perennially adorns the lobby with a canopy of arched birch tree branches, […]
$699.95 Ultimate Multitasker It kneads. It mixes. It whisks. Is there anything the Ankarsrum stand mixer can’t do? This Swedish-designed stand mixer is made for the pros, but easy enough for a newbie, to create the ultimate breads and baked goods. The generous 7.4-quart stainless steel bowl can accommodate plenty of dough, cake […]
Like Queen Elizabeth in the year her beloved Windsor Castle caught on fire, most of us in the New Orleans area can admit that we have experienced our own two “annus horribilis.” We’ve missed work and business dollars, milestone events and social outings with friends and family, witnessed online and in-person fights about masks, vaccines […]
One thing’s for certain — we’ve entered a new age of living, one with vastly different routines than we were used to prior to spring of 2020. Home design experts are still wrapping their heads around what these changes mean for home life, function and style. As they experience high demand for renovations and new […]
[gtx_gallery] Seeking to renovate her childhood home into a haven where she and her husband could age in place after their children leave the house, Leigh Moss and her husband Robby enlisted the help of local architectural and interior design firm NANO. In addition to updating the interior design, the Mosses also wanted the home […]
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Each year our readers vote by online ballot for their favorite home design industry professionals in New Orleans. The businesses cover the scope of everything homeowners need to make and maintain a beautiful house and home. The votes have been tallied and we present our 2021 Best of Home winners. Best architect/architecture firm Albert […]
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Architectural designer Marina Palumbo-Simoneaux of M.A. Palumbo Studio, launched Creative Spaces & Elements in 2006 as a luxury custom casework and cabinet resource. However, since its launch, the company has evolved into a full-service architecture and design studio with the ability to build out any residential or commercial interior space. The designer recently moved Creative […]
Rosemary Shortbread Yields approximately three dozen cookies 1 lb. unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 tsp salt 2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped 4 cups all-purpose flour 1. Cream butter and sugar in a hand or stand mixer until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. 2. Add rosemary and […]
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[gtx_gallery] When Melissa Coleman and her husband, Dr. William Patrick Coleman IV, purchased their early 19th-century home off of St. Charles Avenue, they knew they wanted beautiful yet accessible design. The couple, who has a 20-year-old son in college, and dogs and cats, also wanted spaces that would be used. “Growing up, my house had […]
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A year and a half after the onset of a world-changing pandemic that suddenly had people at home most hours of the day, locals have had a chance to think about the meaning of home. As we’ve re-evaluated the role of our homes in our lives, we’ve also had the opportunity to consider the way they look and function — and that is precisely the expert domain of our Design Masters. Whether creating architectural drawings, choosing colors, furnishings and finishing details or designing custom carpentry, each one of them helps us give our homes the attention they deserve. At a time when we could all use a distraction, we decided to have a little fun getting to know our honorees. We hope you enjoy learning about them, too.
Master of Carpentry
Daniel Bell, LLC
My company fabricates and installs custom architectural millwork and casework.
What did you want to be when you were 7? Definitely never imagined I would be doing this, I think I wanted to be a lawyer.
What is your guilty design pleasure? Use whatever I’ve got to just make it work and get it done.
Which designer living or dead would you have dinner with and why? My wife … she’s the best and we don’t get out enough.
Favorite New Orleans design landmark? City Park.
Favorite activity for creative inspiration? I love to look at details on homes as I’m driving around town.
What is always in your fridge? Milk and eggs.
Favorite New Orleans band? Any brass band.
What is your favorite beverage? Or favorite New Orleans cocktail? Old Fashioned.
Favorite snowball flavor? Dreamsicle.
Perfect road trip? Beach.
Favorite movie? “Roadhouse.”
What is something you’ve learned from living in New Orleans? It’s so important to have fun and enjoy life.
What makes you laugh? My kids.
Something you learned to do during the pandemic? Or something you’d like to learn to do? I try not to put this kind of pressure on myself, I figure that I’m doing enough already, but I would love to learn another language like Portuguese or Italian.
Masters of Property Development
Kendall Winingder, Patrick Schindler
Felicity Property Co.
Patrick and I create. We create homes, apartments, buildings, retail space, restaurants … We only do projects that inspire us.
What did you want to be when you were 7?Kendall: Vet, zookeeper, animal trainer. Patrick: Trash truck man (the guys that ride on the back).
What would your 7-year-old self think about what you are doing now?Kendall: Definitely still have the animal side of the career with the farm so I think little Kendall would be pumped. Patrick: I think 7-year-old me would think I was doing interesting work.
What is your guilty design pleasure?Kendall: Planters. I can never have enough plants. I love the life they bring to a project, but maintenance is always an issue. Patrick: Hardware. It is one of the first physical experiences you interact with at a building and I think it speaks to the attention of detail and quality.
Which designer living or dead would you have dinner with and why?Kendall: Patina Farms. Patrick: Dieter Rams is a hero of mine for sure. I love his hard-won simplicity and timeless design.
Favorite New Orleans design landmark?Kendall: The Clarinet, The Windsor Court, Rivershack Tavern. Patrick: Henry Howard’s work (both his commercial and residential designs). Lafayette Hotel.
Favorite activity for creative inspiration?Kendall: Travel. Patrick: Running.
What is always in your fridge?Kendall: Fresh eggs from the farm and honey. Patrick: Eggs, yogurt, peanut butter.
Favorite New Orleans band?Kendall: Better than Ezra. Patrick: Too tough to narrow to just one — Big Tymers, Harry Connick Jr., Lil Wayne, Boyfriend.
What is your favorite beverage? Or favorite New Orleans cocktail? Kendall: Anything that Mickey makes for me at The Bower. Patrick: New Orleans Style cold brew.
Favorite snowball flavor?Kendall: Easy Hansen’s half coffee half nectar cream. I have had so many near misses with accidents on Tchoup when Hansen’s is open and there is no line. Patrick: Nectar.
Perfect road trip?Kendall: We have done some amazing RV trips, but you can’t beat Colorado.
Favorite movie?Kendall: “The Lion King,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost.” Patrick and Kendall: “Step Brothers.”
What is something you’ve learned from living in New Orleans?Kendall: Join the party, wear the wig, enrich the community and the community will enrich you, sit loose, buy your neighbor’s property, be unique, love your neighbor, there is always a reason to celebrate, the more the merrier, the music lives inside, dance … always dance. Find the live music, start em young, art is so important. Patrick: Community. Living in the moment. Room to be yourself.
What makes you laugh?Kendall: “Friends.” [Both] the TV show and my people. Patrick: Irony.
Something you learned to do during the pandemic?Or something you’d like to learn to do?Kendall: Fishing, gardening, I love chickens. Patrick: Working remotely. Learn Spanish.
Master of Furniture Design
I design, build and install custom furniture for restaurants, coffee houses, designers, high end stores and individuals.
What did you want to be when you were 7? I wanted to be a solitary mountain man, friend to Indians and wild animals. There was a big wolf there and a flying car with lasers.
What would your 7-year-old self think about what you are doing now? What, no lasers?!
What is your guilty design pleasure? Leaving notes to the future hidden in the furniture.
Which designer living or dead would you have dinner with and why? I honestly cannot imagine a more dreary experience. A waste of good food.
Favorite New Orleans design landmark? St. Joseph Church on Tulane. They really took the concept of Joseph being a woodworker and ran with it. Amazing details.
Favorite activity for creative inspiration? Talking with those involved in the project.
What is always in your fridge? Woeber’s jalapeño mustard.
Favorite New Orleans band? Ernie K-Doe, Emperor of the Universe.
What is your favorite beverage? Or favorite New Orleans cocktail? Ice cold Miller High Life and a shot of bourbon.
Favorite snowball flavor? Watermelon.
Perfect road trip? Maine in the summertime with wifey.
Favorite movie? “The Mummy,” “Motorcycle Diaries.”
What is something you’ve learned from living in New Orleans? Always walk on the shady side of the street.
What makes you laugh? OK, a horse walks into a bar ...
Something you learned to do during the pandemic? Or something you’d like to learn to do? Work alone.