New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - February 2007

Modernism for the Masses

American Modern water pitchers, 1939, produced by Steubenville Pottery.While many of us may think of  Martha Stewart or Ralph Lauren as the gurus of brand marketing—using their names to popularize their home designs or products as a lifestyle—there was someone…

Design Decisions

After more than a year of making grim choices—to stay in New Orleans or go, to demolish the flooded house or to rebuild—many owners of Katrina-damaged homes have reached the fun part. Décor decisions. Maybe you’ve decided to go for…

A Perfect Fit

The glassed-in porch, or sunroom, is furnished with couches and chairs from Villa Vici. An 19th-century Italian altar crown sits on a marble top table from St. Romain Interiors. The 19th-century French dough bowl is from Antiques de Provence. When…

Eeclectic and Elegant Comfort

In the main house’s family room, an oversized slipcovered sofa and pair of chairs are the perfect place to sit to enjoy the fireplace and the views. The French doors open up to a deck that looks out over the…

Time and Again

Thedining room and living room have a seamless blend of style. The diningtable is custom finished by Heidi Friedler Interiors and the chairs arefrom Villa Vici. The curtains—plain silk taffeta in the dining room,striped silk taffeta in the living room—were…

Global Home

The influence of cyberspace has effectively downsized the globe, so it’s not surprising to notice decorative textiles, lighting and other useful objects fashioned from indigenous materials by native artisans in remote locales. This array of accents combines ancient craftsmanship with…

Molto Mario

Mario Villa’s distinctive jewelry designs.If you’ve ever had an interest in art or furniture design in New Orleans, you’ve probably heard of Mario Villa. A man who says he’s not “not hung up on titles,” Villa is an artist who…

Muses for the Ages

From the New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit, “Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France”: above: “Gloppe Pastry Shop,” 1889, by Jean Béraud“The Bathers,” 1918, by Pablo PicassoThis March,…

Fanning Out

Christmas FernAfter 30 years of growing ferns, Larry Weed can rattle off botanical names and dispense fern care tips with ease. But ask him why he and so many others are obsessed with the plants, and he’s at a bit…

Pasta with a Purpose

If you’re traveling to the beach for spring break or to your country house for a long weekend, it’s nice to be able to bring along the first night’s dinner so you don’t have to run to the grocery store.…

Retailer Spotlight: Pepper Tregre

Winter’s over, and we are now able to celebrate the warm weather by spending time outside. “The backyard has become No. 1, as far as entertainment is considered,” says Pepper Tregre, owner of Backyard Living. Tregre and his staff design…

Retailer Spotlight: Steele Xiao

Starting from scratch in a new country is difficult for some, but Steele Xiao, a native of China, has established a successful business with Homeway Ornamental Metals. Though he had 20 years of experience with the ironwork business in his…

Artist Profile: Garth Swanson

It’s not unusual for New Orleans people to tell Garth Swanson they recognize some of the individual subjects of his most recent series of paintings. Sometimes they even have their own names for them. “A lot of people know the…

Jewels of the Crown

Celeste Janvier, Queen of Comus, 1906, wearing her jewels.Though fashions may change,the popularity of jewelry never fades. And this is no more apparent than during Carnival’s golden age—1870 to 1930, when the mutton sleeves of the Victorian era gave way…

Paint by Numbers

Some painters swear by Benjamin Moore paints, while others says you can use more middle-of-the-road brands.For some budget-weary renovators, the last stage of repairs is a tempting place to cut corners. Who wouldn’t want to save some serious dough by…

Kitchen & Bath: Special Advertising Section

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