New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - May 2007

FABULOUS FABRICS - SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Wren’s Tontine Shade and DesignCome to Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design and see a piece of American history. The Mount Vernon Collection is inspired by the refined taste of America’s most famous general and president, George Washington. You will find…

STAMP OF APPROVAL

Coming from a family of world travelers, I always enjoyed receiving postcards from abroad. The more exotic the better, of course, and often what made the postcard—and sometimes a letter—so special were the stamps. From a casual survey of my…

HOME RENEWAL: THAT SINKING FEELING

The back corner of my house was never exactly level. It had a gentle dip that was noticeable, but not jarring. Then came Hurricane Katrina. The three- to four-inch slope became an alarming eight-inch drop. The change was so dramatic…

10 SUMMER WEEKEND GETAWAYS

1. Shop ‘til You Drop—Atlanta styleNorth Georgia Premium Outlet Mall. Photo courtesy of Atlanta CVB/Kevin Rose, Rose Studios, IncIn the New Orleans-Atlanta showdown, we refuse to give in to the ATL’s perceived dominance: the Falcons, for instance —who ‘dat?But when…

GLOBAL GRACE

Some homes simply have more history and family heritage than others. Gregg and Louise “Weezie” Porter each have rich family histories and well-established roots in the South. Weezie, from Louisville, Ky., has family links to Mayflower descendents, and Gregg is…

GIFTS FROM THE SEA

Onda hand-screened wall covering by Flavor Paper in “Sea foam”; painted end table, French, circa 1900, featuring Provence seascape at Agora Galleries; Australian trumpet shell at Bon Marche Antique Mall; petit-point armchair (one of a pair), French, circa 1940, with…

New Edition

Touches of rose and blue embellish the seating in the living room. The Silkworks fabric covering the pair of Regence chairs opposite the sofa was purchased through Kathy Slater, who also had the antiqued mirrored coffee table custom made.Houses are…

CARVING HIS NICHE

With the exodus from New Orleans finally leveling out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, what would make someone pick up a flourishing business and move it, and their family, to flooded New Orleans East? “I feel at home here…

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT...

English Old Sheffield rolled plate silver egg cups, circa 1820; French café au lait bowls, early 20th century; English Old Sheffield teapot with ebony handle, circa 1830; French faience plate, Luneville—all at Lucullus.Antiquing in New Orleans represents some of the…

SMALL SPACES, BIG IDEAS

The Japanese, who know a thing or two about making the most of cramped living conditions, have a word for small-scale gardening: tsuboniwa, or the art of turning a very small courtyard into a sensually appealing space. Tsuboniwa began more…

FISH TALES

In an effort to get more Omega-3 in my diet, I made a resolution to eat more salmon. I usually only like it raw, as in sushi, but I eventually ventured out and discovered the salmon panini at Slice. It…

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Amyre & Paul Romain

Paul Romain, who co-owns Palatial Stone with his wife Amyre, has a business that provides customers with a unique and expansive selection of stone and tile for indoor and outdoor home projects. Marble, limestone, granite, onyx, travertine, slate and cobblestone…

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Kathy Meisner

Opened by Gus Riordan in 1963, the Decorator Shoppe is known for its diverse lighting selection. The showroom, located in Metairie, is full of chandeliers, vanity lights, outdoor lights, recessed lighting, track lighting and lamps, as well as ceiling fans,…

ARTIST PROFILE: John Patrick Salisbury

The quest for the right place to make art has taken photographer and painter John Patrick Salisbury from northern California to Los Angeles to New York and finally to rural Louisiana. His search for art-making supplies, however, often takes him…

Special Advertising Section: Home Furnishings

Nancy RobbinsNancy Robbins has everything for your interior design needs. Come in and find this stunning Italian style fauteil chair. It is hair on hide with burn out and was beautifully hand carved in Spain and exquisitely hand finished in…

Trendwatch: Clearly White

Abracadabra!Left to right: Clear “Ghost” chair by Philippe Starck at Villa Vici (Covington); white Ghost chair by Philippe Starck at Design Within Reach; Niko lamp at Villa Vici (Covington); square bowls and milk pitcher at Bed Bath & Beyond; flower…

Calm After the Storm

Like many people along the Gulf Coast, dermatologist Marty Claiborne and his wife Barbara had little time to process, much less reflect on, what Katrina had done to their two houses—their primary residence in New Orleans and their vacation home…

Bathrooms from Start to Finish

Bathrooms are the place to face—and retreat from—the day.They can be a source of rejuvenation and revival in the morning and a place to unwind and escape in the evening.  With a master bathroom, a couple can express individual and…

Hot & Cool Kitchen

Today there’s a kitchen for all tastes and budgets. But unlike in years past, homeowners have choices. Gone are the days of the Formica countertop as your only option—granite, marble, Corian or stainless steel are just a few of the…

Home Staging Comes of Age

afterbeforeGetting rid of clutter and making the room's colors more neutral can help sell a home.The old adage about first impressions being the most important is especially apt when it comes to buying and selling a home. For most people,…

Eco-Friendly Housing

In fall 2006, 17 students at Tulane University School of Architecture began working on a hands-on housing project that will prepare them for thereal world outside of college. This project, however, is not just giving them work experience—the students are…

Home Renewal Makeovers & More: Let there be Light

Pendant lightingI thought I was on top of the repair schedule for the house until I met with the electrician days before rewiring. Most of his questions were simple: where do we want outlets and what kind appliances go where.…

last indulgence: Pillars of the Community

While the names of Greek mythology are part of a New Orleanian’s everyday life—a good example are the streets named after the nine Muses (Terpsichore, Melpomene, Erato, Calliope, Clio, Thalia, Polymnia, Euterpe and Urania), what is often overlooked is another…

Masters of their Craft: Here’s mud in your eye

Alex Williams shaping a pieceHaving delved into pottery for the Zen of the art itself, it’s no wonder that when Alex Williams founded Potsalot Pottery with his wife Cindy, he created his work and retail space with drama in mind.…

Living with Antiques: into the Outdoors

Bertoia ChairsPhoto courtesy of Design Within ReachGarden furniture is abloom, and now is the time to spruce up your patio by plucking fresh, exciting decorations from the vine or by completely redoing your outdoor living space with everything new.Well, maybe…

For the Garden: pest free, good for the environment

Every gardener knows the pattern: as the summer heats up, plants get stressed, putting most of their energy into producing fruit and flowers and basic survival. Then the insects and other pests move in to take advantage of the situation.It’s…

A Sweet Surrender

Meringues are the quintessential summer dessert because they are so light and versatile. I fill mine with seasonal berries and crème anglaise, but they would be equally delicious accompanied by a sorbet or even ice cream with chocolate sauce. They…

Retailer Spotlight: Michael & Vail Manfre

This time of year, quite a few of us have been thinking about re-organizing our closets. Luckily, there are stores that specialize in just that. Closets by Design’s local owner, Michael Manfre, says his business operates absolutely as a team…

Retailer Spotlight: Greg Coe

Don’t call Norwalk – The Furniture Idea just a furniture store, as Greg Coe, the Metairie showroom manager says, “We don’t like being compared to a furniture store.” Norwalk – The Furniture Idea is a design center known for its…