New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - January 2009

King Me

One of the nice things about living in New Orleans is that there isn’t really a post-holiday letdown. We move seamlessly from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s to Twelfth Night to Mardi Gras to Easter. It’s hard to be…

Beautiful Bedrooms

Leontine Linens3806 Magazine St. • 504.899.7833 • www.leontinelinens.com.Leontine creates custom bedding, made to order in the colors, fabrics and styles of your choosing. Blanket covers, shams, bed skirts, sheet sets, quilts – even cashmere throws – all made to order.…

Closet Capers

When the lady who would become my wife first moved in with me, I lost a lot of closet territory. In fact, I had to start stacking my T-shirts and socks on wire shelves next to paint cans and tools…

Faubourg Marigny

The elderly Creole gentleman dragged his desk and chair out of his apartment onto the banquette and began to answer his correspondence. Neighbors complained vehemently to the son that his father was sitting outdoors in his nightclothes.“I cannot see anymore,…

The Ultimate New Orleans Resource Directory

New Year's resolutions are about self-improvement, and your home is merely an extension of yourself.Whether you’re resolved to (finally) install new countertops, hang up some bright new curtains or finish the paint job in the guest bedroom, make sure to…

An Alchemy of Confluence

Award-winning documenter of local architecture and culture Kerri McCaffety looks at the city’s most beautiful and iconic interiors in a quest to define the essence of New Orleans’ unique style.In the next few issues, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles will…

Media Frenzy

Corner PocketBy Nicole Wroten When Bruce and Ellie Wainer decided they wanted to build a house in Old Metairie, they knew they wanted much more than a great home: They wanted a smart home. The Wainers teamed up with Leo…

After All These Years

The year was 1958.The post-World War II baby boom was turning out a generation that would eventually be more than 78 million strong. Nikita Khrushchev became premier of the Soviet Union. Explorer 1, the first successful American satellite, was launched…

Color Me Cheerful

In many parts of the country, January is a bleak affair, a time when all that is green and colorful has well and truly disappeared and won’t be returning until May at the earliest.Luckily, we all live in Louisiana, where…

Family Guy

Larry and Gwen McHenry, owners of Unique Woodworks, have been married for40 years and have built their business on a foundation of family, craftsmanship and community. Producing mostly cypress lawn furniture such as swings, gliders, chairs and picnic tables, Unique…

Striking a Bargain

As of this writing, the stock market is in a swan dive and most of us are referring to our retirement accounts as our “201(k)s.”  The U.S. economy is shaky at best, and the rest of the world is using…

Winter Green

Sometime last winter, our neighbor Chris wandered over and squinted critically at our lawn.“Yep,” said Chris, who runs a gardening and landscaping service. “You ought to plant some annual grass. Looks pretty, and it would do good for the lawn.”…

The Nitty-Gritty

When actor Joe Pesci played Vinny Gambini in the 1992 hit film My Cousin Vinny, he put grits on the map –– at least for those residing above the Mason-Dixon line. At a roadside diner in rural Alabama, Gambini, a…

Style

A Twist on Tradition (above)Seeking inspiration from the rich heritage of South Louisiana’s architecture and decorative elements, artist Benjamin Burts creates pieces that are edgy yet complement even the most refined and elegant interiors. His large silver-glazed ceramic bowl with…

Retailer Spotlight: [Chad Vinturella]

With two premier showrooms –– in Metairie and Mandeville –– showcasing the latest and the greatest in the industry, Southland Plumbing Supply specializes in kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures for clients. Their services are tailored to a variety of budgets;…

Retailer Spotlight: [George S. Hewitt]

G.S Hewitt LLC, owned by George Hewitt and Sue St. Amant, takes care of bathroom and kitchen design from start to finish. “Our business loves to make things beautiful, and we’re always on the lookout for the newest and best…

Tony Nozero

There are photos of Tony Nozero as a toddler that show him alternately painting and banging away on a drum set. Both passions have since defined his adult life –– but so intensely that only one could fully materialize at…

Editor's Note

We all know it so well that it hardly bears repeating, but January is a time for resolutions and fresh starts, a time to lose those last 5 pounds or start jogging or switch to decaf.  I’ve made every single…