New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - August 2007

Max Ryan

Max Ryan first picked up a paintbrush at the tender age of five, and at 34 years old, he still hasn’t put it down. The New Orleans native dabbled in art classes for several years, but is mostly self-taught. His…

A culinary kick-off

While the leaves may not change in south Louisiana like they do up North, there is still a definite event that marks the change of summer to fall: football season. And while going to a game is a tradition in…

Product Placement

At a historic restoration project site, you usually don’t expect to hear words like “pultruded fiberglass,” “high density PVC” and “permacast polymer.” That’s your first clue that the Comeback House in Holy Cross is not the usual historic restoration.Restoration of…

insulating Your Home

One of the first things people told me to brace for when moving back into my once flooded, but now renovated house is a higher utility bill. I’ve already been hit with the right-of-passage sky-high water bill ($300) after months…

Pedigree Paper

In September, the busy tasks of daily life swing into high gear. Paper, the most unpretentious and inexpensive of necessities, tears into the scene with its usual style and grace. The requisite books, invitations, packaging and wrapping of the season…

A Classic Proposition

The dormer in the master suite—a collaboration between the Williamses and Davis Jahncke of Jahncke Architects—was added during the renovation. Ann turned the sunny spot into a sitting area anchored with an English settee.Ann Williams is the kind of person…

Well Pared

Kelly loves to shop Magazine Street for her combination of antique and new pieces. The square metal table and mirrored cubes used as coffee tables are from Perch, the red Chinese table from Bush Antiques, the art from Cole Pratt…

Mid-Century Perfect

The year is 1957: America still liked Ike, postage stamps cost threecents, “West Side Story” debuted on Broadway and Yul Brenner commandedthe silver screen with his Oscar-worthy performance in “The King &I.” Americans gathered around their black and white TV…

Rugs - special advertising section

Probst DecoratingRenew, refresh, and redecorate! This is what Probst Decorating is all about. With an extensive selection of window treatments, hundreds of bolts of fabric, beautiful rugs and unique pieces of art, furniture, lighting fixtures, and candles, let them make…

A Kid in his Candy Store

Tiramisu, Paris brest, fraise, Detroit Bumpy Cake, raspberry Japonaise, fruit tart, PB&J bombe and doberge cake.Walk into Sucré on Magazine Street and you’re transported away from New Orleans’ worries to a place of sophisticated fun. The myriad of pistachio, sky…

Turn the Page

“First, I want you to know the language. It’s not antique books, but rather antiquated and rare books,” says Joseph DeSalvo Jr. of Faulkner House Books, a haven for fine literature, rare editions and of course, William Faulkner, located in…

FOR THE GARDEN: Keeping an Eye on Irises

Devotees of the Louisiana iris have their own tales of how they came to love the state’s flashiest native bloom. But collectively, they trace iris mania to one of those eureka moments: John K. Small, a botanist with the New…

Super Food Me

  In an effort to repent from my years of indulgence, I have started to incorporate “super foods” into my diet. For those of you who don’t spend vast amounts of time reading magazines in the grocery store check-out line, super foods are…

Don Wise

Established in 2003 by Don Wise, Louisiana Custom Closets attracts an upscale clientele impressed by the company’s ability to design closets to fit their needs. Wise is no stranger to closet design or the business, as he started off in…

Donna D. Lee

After earning a degree in interior design from the University of Nevada-Reno, Donna Lee worked on many exclusive homes in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, where she honed her skills as a designer. Upon moving to New Orleans, she worked…

STYLE

Of French FlambeauxShed a little light on your château with a stately pair of early 19th-century lanterns uniquely designed for corner mounting. Painted a muted verde gris color with gold details, these fabulous finds from Toulouse, France, are set atop…

Masters of their Craft

A mix of pieces finished in a celadon glaze or enhanced by glaze trailing. Pottery of all forms mark Lynda Katz’s garden like sculptural punctuation. Under a canopy of towering pines, organic shapes exclaim themselves on the path to her…

Last Indulgence: That’s Hot

Back in the 1950s, when this photo was taken, August was when the peppers used to make Tabasco were harvested on Avery Island, La. Braving the heat and humidity, workers picked peppers—descendents of the Capiscum frutescens seeds that company founder…

Kitchens & Bathrooms: Special Advertising Section

Nordic Kitchens and Baths, Inc.Nordic Kitchens and Baths, Inc. was created to cater to the overall design and furnishing of products for upscale kitchens and baths. Time has seen the expansion of our luxury products to include not only cabinetry,…

Home Renewal: A Neighborhood Takes Shape

From the side yard of 4804 Dauphine St., it’s just a short stroll to the green expanse of the levee’s bend. At the top of the slope, a stunning view unfolds of the curving Mississippi River, the place where it…

Home Renewal Makeovers & More: Building by the Rules

This photo shows the installation of improperly designed porchrailings. These railings have been constructed of 2x4s rather than toprails, bottom rails and balusters.So you’ve got a roof that leaks like a sieve and windows that have seen better days.Your contractor…

The Ultimate New Orleans Resource Directory

August is the final month of summer and a time for new beginnings. The weather will hopefully reach its final peak of heat (one hopes), kids are are going back to school and there’s a little phenomenon called “Saints season”…

TRENDWATCH: Handling It

Who says picking hardware has to be hard? We have done the legwork for you! Sit back and peruse everything from the hand-carved brass lion handle—chosen for the Versace mansion—to the aluminum levers from FSB, considered so design-perfect they are…

A Good Plan

The whole house—including the living room—is dog-friendly, as the presence Rocky (right) and Dagnabit (left, who has paralyzed back legs) attests. The brown velveteen couch, slipper chairs and over-sized pillows are from Bellanoche.If  you talk to most homeowners about the…

Points of Views

The addition of a new wing allowed the Moseleys to create a large living room with two seating areas—this one faces a fireplace. The painting of Ginja Moseley is by Connie Bealou Adams. Ginja, who did the floral arrangements throughout…

Vintage Tia

Tia Elders painted the dining table apple green and Hugh Martin had the top of it laminated with a cabbage rose fabric. The seats of the chairs also are laminated for easy cleaning. The coral motif chandelier is from Hugh’s…

Living with Antiques: Charting the Past

Colton's Township Map of the State of Louisiana with an inset of the City of New Orleans, 1864In the age of discovery, when the world’s greatest explorers set out for the unknown, they drew up maps to mark their findings…

For The Garden: Cultivating Knowledge

As summer enters its most punishing phase, South Louisiana gardens become pretty inhospitable places. People tend to minimize their time in the garden—even the plants sometimes look like they wish they were somewhere else. August is no time to launch…

GATHERINGS: Rediscovering Old Favorites

There comes a time when everything old is new again, and I have recently found myself returning to many of my old favorite recipes and ingredients. For example, having sworn off Green Goddess dressing for years because of the fat…

Retailer Spotlight: Peggy Stafford

A passion for tile and stone began 17 years ago in Boulder, Colo., for Peggy Stafford when she was a decorator at her own company, Stafford Designs. Stafford worked on several spas and spa headquarters in Colorado and Utah, allowing…