New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - June 2008

Fabulous Fabrics

Orient Expressed3905 Magazine Street • 504-899-3060Silk and Velvet Pillows from Orient Expressed. Aquamarine blue silk feather and down pillow trimmed in brown velvet with silk ties. Designed by Michele Varian. $170. Silk and Burnout Velvet down and feather pillow with…

King Creole

There are, undoubtedly, some bad things about New Orleans summers, and we all know what they are. But as with everything in this city, the good outweighs the bad, and one of the very best things about summer down south…

Rebuilding a Happy Home

When it comes to a renovation decision, my wife, Cecilia, says that I always make sure to consult her –– and then ignore her and do what I want. That simply can’t be true, though. I’m far too afraid of…

The Inaugural Renaissance Awards

New Orleans, it’s been said again and again, is like nowhere else on earth. It feels different, it smells different, it looks different. After Katrina, many people speculated that that would change, that as New Orleans rebuilt, it would becomea…

The New Look of the Empty Nest

Forget everything you thought you knew about empty nesters who downsize their living spaces. The 5,500-square-foot house in Old Metairie with the adjacent 900-square-foot pool house belies the conventional wisdom that says smaller is better. Although the owners indeed moved…

Unconventional Wisdom

Beth and Keith DePass had been looking for the perfect house for years before finding the one that felt right. After living in the River Ridge house where Beth was raised, they bought a house in Old Metairie and planned…

Midsummer's Fancy

Wrap yourself in the comfort of Egyptian cotton bath towels by Abyss; rejuvenate tired feet and hands with a touch of shea butter; indulge your whimsy with a quirky, boldly textured pillow. Or just breathe the calming cucumber scent of…

If it Ain’t Broke, Break it

Her art begins with delicate-looking “found” objects crafted by someone else –– ceramic figurines or teacups, for instance, hand-painted in soft hues and intricate detail. Given the fragile nature of her medium, the first tool that Shannon Landis Hansen wields…

The Real McCoy

Terry Voorhies remembers her first antique purchase well. She and husband, Rand, then newlyweds living in New York, spent weeks shopping for a cabinet that would hold their stereo equipment and found what they thought was the perfect antique, which…

Vine by Vine

Vines loom large in my memories of childhood –– not just the vines that served as a jungle rapid transit system in those old Tarzan movies but also the muscadines and honeysuckle that grew in my grandmother’s yard; the wild…

Room Service

The lazy days of summer are here once again. As the temperature rises, the outdoor activities seem to mount –– especially for Dad. On June 15, thank him for the tiring hours of yardwork he has tackled or for his…

Style

Fancy Faucets The beauty of fine porcelain dinnerware has been extended into the powder room. To create this incomparable aesthetic of luxury and elegance, THG Paris offers a new line of faucetry featuring beloved Bernardaud porcelain. The line that debuted…

Retailer: The Esplanade at City Park

Situated on Bayou St. John in close proximity to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Esplanade at City Park provides 441 high-end residential living spaces for young professionals, families and retirees. Built in 1973, the property has evolved greatly…

Retailer: Discoveries — Furniture & Finds

Discoveries –– Furniture & Finds is a store that sells stylish furniture and unique items for the home from around the world that opened up just last month in downtown New Orleans. “We have been direct importing and wholesaling for over 15…

Artist: H. Eric Hartman

H. Eric Hartman credits a succession of important mentors for his growth as a painter, but another profound influence on his work is intimately tied up with his own unique perspective on the world and his hope for the future.…

Editor's Note

Cinderella was never my favorite bedtime story, and it’s certainly overused as a metaphor. It’s hard, however, to think of a more apt comparison for the homes that we’re honoring with the inaugural Renaissance Awards. Storm damage was the impetus…