New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - August 2008

Retailer Spotlight: Randy Shaw [Nordic Kitchens and Baths]

Nordic Kitchens and Baths started as an independent showroom for a local cabinet manufacturer that was co-owned by Randall Shaw. “Two years after starting the showroom, we made a decision to close down the manufacturer and focus solely on kitchen…

Artist Profile: Billy Solitario

The stories behind Billy Solitario’s paintings are straightforward and, to hear him explain it, so is his approach. His subjects might include an oyster, a fish with a lemon slice or a bank of clouds sailing over Gulf waters. There’s…

Sheet Smarts

Celebrities’ eccentricities are the stuff of legend — no brown M&Ms, specific and pricey brands of bottled water — but Katharine Hepburn, one of the original divas, had one alleged quirk that makes sense to me. Her longtime friend and…

Arsenic and Old Lead

Some years ago, while a work crew was digging up the ugly cement slab that covered my backyard, I checked on a workman behind my shed.He was swinging a pickax. “How’s it going?” I inquired.“These goddamn bricks!” he replied, slamming…

Kitchen & Bath

Kitchens Direct of New Orleans5217 River Rd. | 504-818-3636Kitchens Direct is a full-service (design to installation), factory-owned showroom offering stock and a broad range of semi-custom cabinetry built by two of the most experienced cabinet companies in the country, Mastercraft…

The Ultimate New Orleans Resource Directory

Note: Although our goal is to make this resource directory as comprehensive as possible, we are by no means able to list every vendor. If you know of a retailer or service provider who you think should be added to…

Yellow Brick Road Home

It hasn’t been quick or easy for Rick Duplantier and Rob Clemenz, whose Lakeview residence took on 7 feet of water as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The couple evacuated to Houston for a month and then lived in Mandeville…

Silver Screen

Four decades of family living in the Dimitri home rendered all of the delightfully predictable memories –– raising four children, watching them get married and have children of their own, holiday gatherings, big family dinners. What George and Dianne Dimitri…

Barefoot on the Bayou

The first thing that greets you as your car noses into the gravel driveway of this quiet Pass Christian, Miss., getaway is a sign that announces its lighthearted name –– Les Get It On. The homeowners, a young professional couple…

Small Wonders

Let’s face it: The day when bigger was considered better is over. We saw Super Size Me. We looked at our waistlines. We signed up for portion control. We saw the gas pump and began taking a second look at…

Cypress Mill

Raised in Connecticut by his mom, a psychotherapist, and his dad, an architect, Jeremy S. Shatz of Recycled Cypress of New Orleans grew up with an appreciation for Scandinavian design, Frank Lloyd Wright and environmental consciousness.“My dad was a recycling…

Going, Going, Gone!

True confession time: I have never attended an antiques auction, mainly because I feared getting caught up in the heat of the moment and coming home with useless –– or, worse, ugly –– purchases. My visions of those events consisted…

Keep on the Sunny Side

The thyme is threadbare. The maidenhair is bald. The nasturtiums look like they’ve been hit by a blowtorch. But the tithonia is giddy with blossoms, and helianthus disks sway in the heat.It must be August in New Orleans. And sunflowers,…

Hurricane Party

Good food, great friends and bad weather: That’s life in August in the Big Easy. We’ve learned the hard way that severe weather warnings shouldn’t be taken lightly, but we also recognize the fact that seasonal thunderstorms and power outages…

Style

In the Bag Incredibly durable and surprisingly lightweight, Built NY’s SOHO Stripe Market Tote stretches to accommodate just about anything –– except maybe the kitchen sink. Thanks to its extra-thick neoprene composition, it has the ability to insulate and protect…

Editor's Note

I once worked with a woman from Germany who told me, unapologetically, that she was “just sick to death of hearing about the Holocaust.” And these days, I hear on a regular basis that many people are “just sick to…