New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - July 2008

Editor's Note

I’m not going to lie and say that July is my favorite month to be in New Orleans. It’s not, and neither is August. Both months are appallingly hot, disgustingly humid and bring the heightened threat of hurricanes. There’s one…

Working on Broken Glass

Before Hurricane Katrina, creating mosaics was little more than a hobby for Trina Davis, a native New Orleanian who had a hair salon on Magazine Street.“I just did some mosaic work for myself,” she says. “I did some countertops and…

Red, White & Booze

This deep into a New Orleans summer, only sugar and alcohol can be relied upon to make us feel better. Sugar, for me, takes the form of brightly hued snowballs; cold, fizzy Coca-Colas; and sweet tea; alcohol comes in the…

Tree-building

The other day, while wandering City Park with my daughter, we stopped to smell a magnolia blossom. The lemony-sweet smell sent me back to my early childhood on Porteous Street. The magnolias along the sidewalk there filled the air with…

Cabinets, Clostes & Countertops

New York Countertop & Cabinets5246 Veterans Blvd. • 504-889-0299New York Countertop & Cabinets is the direct cabinet and granite importer. We carry 100 percent solid wood cabinets in of oak, cherry, maple, white and more. Granite price starting at $25…

Plant Gallery Opens New Store on Northshore

(John, Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais)Kenneth and Jennifer RabalaisOwnersAs Kenny Rabalais and his wife, Jennifer, drove over the Causeway from the New Orleans’ Plant Gallery, we chatted about the concept behind their new location, Home and Garden, A Plant Gallery Store,…

Antique Chic

A leisurely drive just off of Metairie Road was all it took for Melanie Bordelon, an antiques dealer, interior decorator and owner of La Jolie Antiques & Interiors, and her husband, Alvin, an attorney, to find their dream home. Melanie…

Laps of Luxury

Semberan SummerBy Leigh Ann Stuart Nearly a decade ago (eight years to be precise), the Sembera family took a stand against the long, hot summers of Louisiana by having Cornerstone Pools Inc. install the oasis of their dreams: an elegant…

Friendship By Design

This has been a friendship forged over coffee tables and antique chairs. It began with a pair of vintage-modern barstools. Lawyers Cheryl and Michael Dendy first spied them through the window of Mary Satterlee’s Magazine Street store, U Dwell. The…

"And the Livin' is" Easy

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~Sam KeenVery rarely in life is one actually required to just sit down and relax. July in Louisiana, however, may be one of those times. As crazy hot as it gets here, resting…

Mix & Match

Open any home decorating magazine and you will find rooms full of exquisite English, French or Italian antiques and, for the truly trendy, a few Swedish pieces in the mix. Each is finely carved, inlaid or painted, and each piece…

Compost Happens

Every week now, I either begin or end the weekend by moving the compost pile behind my house from one place to another. I start by laying some sticks and bamboo shoots in a square about 3 feet by 3…

Sacre ‘Bleu’

There is nothing more American than a backyard barbecue to celebrate Independence Day. But here in la Nouvelle Orleans, a city so deeply entrenched in the history, spirit and flavors of France, we are known to do things a little…

Retailer Spotlight: Steele Xiao

Homeway Ornamental Metals, which opened in August 2002 in Metairie, is solely owned by Steele Xiao, who moved to the United States from China in 2000. Xiao says that Homeway specializes in ornamental metals, mainly custom-made wrought iron for both…

Retailer Spotlight: Paul Corona

California Closets was founded in 1978 and started serving South Louisiana in 1984. With more than 100 franchises worldwide, the store has installed more than 4 million custom storage systems and continues to be an industry leader and innovator. The…

Artist: Beverly Morris

Beverly Morris tried her hand at a wide range of artistic pursuits over the years, from photography to painting to textiles to film. When her hands tried clay, however, she felt an instant and intimate fit. “A friend bought some…

Style

New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home (Taunton Press, $40)Published in conjunction with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, New Rooms for Old Houses takes both design and history enthusiasts on a fascinating tour through the…