New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - April 2007

Daisy May

Though many may disdain the daisy as common, who among us doesn’t cheer up when we see a field of these sunny flowers? It is this contrast of negative and positive that makes this flower—the official bloom of April—well yes,…

Living in a Material World

Wooden elementWhat makes an old New Orleans home unique?It’s a question haunting me ever since I started renovating my 70-year-old Broadmoor home after it took on more than two feet of water in Hurricane Katrina. The repairs brought drastic changes…

When Manhattan Met Uptown

Some people’s lives are just more colorful than others.Margaret Lippman’s more-than-respectable color palette is evident from the firststep inside of her winsome Uptown double shotgun. Immediately inside the front door is the compact dining room, complete with a multi-colored, hand-painted…

The Beauty of French Quarter Gardens

The New Orleans French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, is a unique place for theUnited States. The French words literally translate to “old square.” It is this old square that was the original city of New Orleans, drawn in Paris by…

A Contemporary Twist on Tradition

I feel like we live in our weekend retreat,” says Matt Voelkel about his home on the outskirts of Covington, near St. Joseph Abbey. The entrance to the Voelkel home is accented with a taupe awning on iron spears, a…

Great Lighting Ideas

Lighting Inc.3547 Hwy. 190Pontchartrain SquareMandeville985.727.9368Come and explore the new Golden Teak Crystal Chandeliers by Schonbek Worldwide Lighting at Lighting Inc. Renaissance, Rialto, and New Orleans are the three gorgeous collections offered by Schonbek. Give your house a whole new look…

Pretty Pieces

Welcome spring into your home with these fresh design accessories reflecting April’s garden renaissance, complete with flora and fauna in warm-weather colors.Clockwise from top: Kerry Kassil cotton tablecloth and Kate Spade straw tote at Pied Nu; hand-carved wooden duck at…

The Spin Cycle

Spinning YarnSince humans discovered how to use plants and animal hair to create items such as fabric and baskets, the fiber arts—including spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and more—have long been the pastime of women. In ancient Greece, Rome…

A Frame Job

From being fermented in eight feet of brackish floodwater for three months to minor touch-ups, the New Orleans Conservation Guild has tackled it all in its efforts to restore antique and vintage frames to their original radiance—or as close as…

Stop and Smell—or Eat—the Roses

Ristorante Civello's shrimp Soprano accented with pansies and “red rose cascade.”The first time I ate flowers, aside from an unfortunate incident on a kindergarten playground, was at a public market food stall in Oaxaca, Mexico. The chef—a plump, stern woman…

A Casual Lunch à Deux

Spring has sprung and it is definitely my favorite time of year. While I love going to restaurants and being waited on, sometimes it’s fun just to have a friend over and eat in the garden while we soak up…

Retailer Spotlight: Roy Olsen

When the CEO of Landis Construction Co., James Landis, was inundated with calls in 2005 following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he realized the company needed to expand so it could accommodate requests to repair upscale and historic residential homes that…

Retailer Spotlight: Tara Shaw

Traveling to Europe several times a year would be a dream to some—to Tara Shaw, it’s just part of her career. Shaw jets off to places such as Sweden, Italy, Belgium and France in search of unique antique furniture and…

Artist Profile: Ron Bechet

Much of painter Ron Bechet’s work plays along the fuzzy dichotomies between ideas, such as reality vs. illusion, organized religion vs. spirituality, and experience vs. identity. So maybe it’s not surprising that his roles of student and teacher are a…

Style

Weathering the Storm  While April showers bring May flowers, they also bring slippery floors. Save your hardwoods from their daily drenching by leaving umbrellas outside.Made from sturdy wrought iron, this Victorian-style umbrella stand won’t blow away in even the most…