New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - April 2009 04/01/2009 Site Staff FacebookTwitter Be of Good CheerIt’s the most wonderful time of the year –– Jazz Fest! Sure, Christmas is great and loaded with traditions and sensory memories: the smells of pine trees and sugar cookies, the sounds of carols and church bells, the sights of… Artist Profile: Matthew CoxPeople are the center of attention in Matthew Cox’s best-known paintings, which would probably come as a surprise to the real-life individuals who helped inspire their likenesses. Cox doesn’t use models, and his paintings typically do not depict specific people.… Retailer Spotlight: New Orleans Millworks[Scott Taranto] Retailer Spotlight: Coburn’s Supply[Karen Jackson] StyleThe Bright Side (above)The sumptuous styles of Kravet’s fine fabrics are no longer limited to indoor use. The Kravetsoleil collection features high-performance and low-maintenance fabrics that are resistant to fading, mildew and stains but show no resistance to the notion… Currant AffairsSweet and sour with a bit of bite, red currants add a punch to creamy Camembert for a newsworthy recipe. Paved ParadiseContainer gardening is catching on in urban areas, and Mid-City Community Garden is flourishing as a result. Picking Up the PiecesWhatever calamities befall your priceless porcelains — from hurricanes to toddlers — porcelain restoration expert Jeanne Stallworth can set them right. Gold StandardVitrice McMurry combines precious stones and metals to craft one-of-a-kind pieces. Bugging OutWith the weather warm but not yet too warm, it’s the perfect time to entertain in the sunshine — even if you have some uninvited guests. Algiers PointThis historically significant neighborhood has maintained a small-town feel. Love in the RuinsFalling in love with a historic home can be an intense experience. A few simple tips can keep you from ending up with a broken heart and an empty wallet. Good EggsThis New Orleans classic is a egg-cellent addition to your brunch table on Easter morning — or any other time. Great Lighting IdeasDunleith Designs and Antiques, LLC1804 Magazine St. • 504-272-0879An American gilt brass six light gasolier, 19th c. Attributed to Mitchell Vance & Co., New York. Prism Hung Crown-Form Circlets, fitted with Etched Ball Shades, now electrified. Height 55” Diameter 29”.Home… Artist in ResidenceJames Michalopoulos and his family thrive on the creative energy in their funky, livable, lovable home in Faubourg Marigny. A Studio by the WaterKeith Perelli and Sergio Alvarez’s Bywater residence is bustling with creativity and bursting with art. All-Star StyleDavid Connick of the Bucktown All-Stars and his family have struck the perfect chord in their charming and contemporary Metairie home. The Art of AtmosphereIn this excerpt from her newest book project, Kerri McCaffety talks with one of the city’s most famous interior designers, Gerrie Bremermann, about the rich artistic and cultural life in New Orleans and how we bring it inside our homes.