New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - January 2007

Realm of the Senses

A chic dinner club in Vietnam, circa 1920s/'30s, was recreated by architect Lee Ledbetter.The bamboo roof structure was made by Richard Young of New Orleans Event Rental. Young also did the lighting, which was in hues of amber and reds.The…

What’s Hot…and what’s not

HOT!Katrina cottagesCheryl Gerber photographIt’s amazing to see how much progress the city has made since Hurricane Katrina—and sad how much has not changed. We could have gone for the obvious “What’s Not Hot”—FEMA, insurance companies and the like—but we want…

Lofty Ideals

Shawn O’Brien helped Aaron Shipper with the condominium’s paint and fabric colors. A large poster by Paul Colin from the 1930s of Andre Reynaud at the piano dominates one wall of the living room.Aaron Shipper is a modest man whoseexquisite…

Join the Green Revolution

Ask a convert to sustainable living what motivates them, and theanswer can range from the pragmatic—lower utility bills, for example—tothe environmental, ethical and even spiritual aspects of eco-friendlypractices. Or it can be something simple and personal. Paintings by Allison Stewart…

Divine Right

These majestic tableaux evoke the historical beauty of Carnival in New Orleans, the mystery shrouding the annual traditions, and most powerfully, the magical interiors that play host to its revelry.Let it ShineClockwise from top left: St. John Evening single-button aqua…

The Give and Take of Glass

Mark Rosenbaum’s “Shoulder Vase.”Vibrant, iridescent color swirls in a wave-like pattern up a vase that is reminiscent of a torso, surrounded with a clear border that ends in two knobs that resemble shoulders. The fact that Mark Rosenbaum once worked…

The Royal Touch

Keil's Antiques is known for its variety of English and French antiques.The shops along historic Royal Street, an enchanted vision of French and Spanish architecture carefully preserved for centuries, have long captivated local antique and fine collectible enthusiasts, as well…

In Full Bloom

Like florists all over town, Nancy Segers was placing orders for Valentine’s Day when most people were still in the throes of the Christmas shopping season. “It’s the one time of year when people who never buy flowers will buy…

Last-Minute Carnival Cuisine

Faced with a last-minute parade party and nothing to serve? The problem is easily solved if you keep a few staples on hand. Canned beans are an important item in any pantry—I use black and white beans most often, but…

Cynthia Whittington

Earl Schneider, general manager of Interior Motives Design and Decor, says one of the main reasons he enjoys his job is because of the team atmosphere. “The people here are very easy to work with, and everyone enjoys what they…

Dana & Derrick

Derrick Armand OpenedSlidell Shutter Shop in 1999, but is now working harder than ever installing various types of shutters with his staff of 12. “I used to work at Delchamps [grocery store], and when it went out of business, one…

Frank Relle

“New Orleans is a nighttime city,” photographer Frank Relle says, explaining the nocturnal work habits that produce his evocative, unsettling images of houses around the city. “Even if I wanted to take these pictures during the day, I just wouldn’t…

Savvy for the White Sale

Why are certain months the best for sales? There is sure to be some marketing guru from years ago who decided upon the strategy—but whoever it was surely started a trend. Now, according to the FrugalShopper.com, in June one might…

Walking the Plank

For most undergoing Katrina flood renovations, the biggest, most basic repairs like hanging sheetrock, fixing plumbing or rewiring the house spark little debate. If the floodwaters seeped into the walls and doused all the outlets, you have to replace the…

Birthday Wishes

Urban Earth chose warm colors for the centerpiece, which included yellow and pink dahlias, yellow spray roses, eremerus, blue thistle, salmon roses, orchids, white roses and drumstick allium. The long floral arrangement was kept low so people could talk to…

School of Design

The children’s dioramas at the school.Interior design proved to be elementary for some students at Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies. Norma Jean Watson, a language arts teacher at the Jefferson Parish magnet school, taught the basics of design to a…

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Driving down the quite uptown streets, the charming salmon-colored camelback shotgun seems like any other traditional New Orleans house.No one would guess that until recently this place was a “dilapidated and falling down,” according to interior designer Stephanie Lessans Adler,…

Feathering the Nest

New home accessories are most certainly not crying fowl. From pretty and classic to mod and abstract, designs that include our fine-feathered friends are gracing the chicest interiors, from lofts in the Warehouse district to Uptown parlors to a beautifully…

Perfecting Nature

John Perilloux is a self-described metal artist and “…perfectionist. I don’t want to stamp my name on something unless I feel it’s an excellent representation of my style and attention to detail,” he explains. This detailed approach is evident in…

Liquid Assets

Like with Most aspects of living in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina has affected the city’s silver market. The need has emerged post-K to restore silver pieces damaged during the cataclysmic storm and its ruinous aftermath. Silver has maintained its popularity…

Out on a Limb

There are people who tend to see the glass half empty. Then there are those like John Benton, who can survey storm-battered City Park and notice not what’s missing, but the greenery sprouting all over the place.“People say, ‘oh, look…

A Light Touch

After the more formal ritual of the holidays, I always like to start the new year with a festive night of spicy Vietnamese-inspired food and some unfussy decorating. I love paper lanterns and on a recent trip to New York…

Mike & Sandy Kasten

Sandy Kasten has always been a lover of art. After obtaining degrees in art and art history, it was a natural transgression to open up her own gallery.Teri Galleries, located in Metairie, has come a long way since it began…

Nancy Robbins

Nancy Robbins has always been interested in interiors—“I’ve been doing this since I was a young girl. I decorated my own room,” she says. And years of experience have certainly enhanced her artistic gift. With more than 30 years of…

Kelly Guidry

The sound of a buzzing chainsaw   may make you think back to those post-storm days with sweaty men felling hurricane-damaged trees, but one south Louisiana artist may have you appreciating that sound in a new way. To Kelly Guidry—and his…