New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - May 2005

Jimmy Descant

Where most people look and see junk, Jimmy Descant sees ingredients in his own particular recipe for magic. “I can recycle just about anything,” the sculptor says. “I’m always picking up rusted bits of metal off the street. They’ve been…

Human Nature

India Stewart begins every day with a simple exercise in inspiration—she goes into her garden. There in the early-morning sunlight, plants and flowers give her the creative boost she uses as chief designer of the works bearing her name. But…

May 2005

Apple of Your Eye No coffee table has to go unadorned when this apple-accented Italian glass plate can rescue it. Also available in a pear design. Nancy Robbins, 1291 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4565. Glass Menagerie Keep your tabletop…

Pet Projects

From cave walls to more refined spaces, animal portraits have never gone out of style. They’ve been loved and tended. They’ve been mollycoddled and dressed in frippery beyond imagination. They’ve even been stuffed and hung on walls. Animals make their…

The Beat Goes On

Jazz lives on through its musicians and art. Even though the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival may have ended on May 1, that doesn’t mean the city becomes quiet. Jazz plays here practically every night, deserving of both praise…

Well Contained

What’s on the inside isn’t necessarily more important than what’s on the outside. Case in point: decorative containers. They come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and whether you want them to hide the unsightly, highlight a site…

The Great Divide

Bring together a room with a rejuvenated screen. Folding screens are a great way to divide a large room or mask off a certain area—like a messy home office you want to hide. Screens come in a variety of sizes…

Passion Flowers

Serious orchid growers tend to refer to their favorite pastime in language more suited to a 12-step program. “It’s an addiction, no question,” says Toni Simmons, owner of Bloomin’ Delights Orchids and a fixture at the Saturday and Tuesday Crescent…

Irvin Mayfield

Musician, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast makes this New Orleanian a man to watch. Some people get started earlier, move a little faster and just innately know the real value of a good melody. That easily describes Irvin Mayfield, the New…

Style & Symmetry

The first things you notice about this Old Metairie house are its soft elegance and meticulous attention to detail. Home to interior designer Patricia Brinson and her husband Vernon, it is perfectly appointed and layered. From its manicured lawn and…

Retailer Spotlight

Barry French Acadian Millwork & Suplly In 1981, Barry French and Denny Perschall filled a much-needed niche when they opened their store, Acadian Millwork & Supply in Mandeville. French and Perschall began their partnership building high-end condominiums during the ‘70s.…

The Chill Factor

Today, no home in South Louisiana seems complete without a pool. Whereas sitting outside on the porch, fanning oneself may still work, nothing beats the refreshing feel of cold water on a hot summer day. These three pools prove one…