New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles - September 2008

Early Bloomers

The morning after Hurricane Gustav, my husband hauled out the lawn mower and churned the fallen oak debris around our house into compost. It would have seemed comical to an outsider, or perhaps poignant — the thrum of the suburban…

Retailer Spotlight: Sylvia Berger

“Our clientele, while very diverse, shares a strong sense of pride in their homes,” says Sylvia O’Brien Berger,  who serves as director of design for Georgian Furnishing/ Berger Home. “Most like to entertain family and friends and develop the character…

Artist Profile: Layla Messkoub

A vivid dream remembered all day, a fish leaping up and smacking down on the waters of Bayou St. John, a radiant heart, an iconic cowboy boot with star-shaped spurs, a brown pelican spied above the live oak canopy: All…

Style

Urban Cowboy Every now and then, even the mostsophisticated style takes a wild ride, and this mahogany occasional chair has done just that. Upholstered in brown-and-white hide, the chair boasts a spontaneous combination of materials that brings both irony and…

Editor's Note

My first September away from New Orleans, I woke up one morning and it was 50 degrees. In September!  I said to my then-boyfriend-now-husband: “Wow. It sure gets cold early here.” And he said, “This is cold?” That didn’t bode…

Chocolate Bliss

After our beloved mayor caused an international controversy with his remarks about our “chocolate city,” the word itself became a little touchy. But chocolate is too delicious to really dwell on that for long. In addition to being the go-to…

Down the Drain

When New Orleanians think about drainage, usually catch basins, canals and pumps come to mind. But proper drainage can also be an issue within the confines of your fence lines.This occurs to me every time I drive through Lakeview. As…

Rugs

Georgian Furnishing Exclusive Martha Stewart Gallery5400 Jefferson Hwy | 504.733.4141Martha Stewart has a collection of rugs in a broad range of designs. They represent updated classics, abstracted naturals and lively geometrics drawn from the diverse art traditions of Belgium, Tibet,…

Intelligent Design

Among the definitions offered by Webster’s Dictionary for the word “master” are these: “an artist, performer or player of consummate skill” and “an original from which copies can be made.” This month, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles features the 2008…

Sleeping Beauties

In talking with the occupants of these bedrooms about their decorating goals, it became clear that everyone had the same ambition: They wanted their bedrooms to be peaceful, soothing retreats, calming places where they could shut out the stresses of…

In With the New

Many important things in New Orleans have happened and continue to happen over cocktails or while chitchatting at parties. The interior design and decoration of Patti Farris’ French Quarter condo was no different.Farris, a dermatologist who had a large home…

Bedside Matter

There is a wonderful Russian novel titled Oblomov in which the eponymous main character does not get out of his bed for the first 150 pages. Although published in the 19th century and intended as a satire, there are times…

Plastic Fantastic

Rachelle Matherne is a Renaissance woman –– an artist, a businesswoman, a mafioso … well, she is the founder of the New Orleans Craft Mafia. (“We’re nice and sweet and harmless,” she says reassuringly. “Unless we’re holding our glue guns.”)Matherne…

Beyond eBay

When noted American antiques collector Marshall Field V of Chicago decided to sell his American Chippendale birch oxbow chest of drawers (circa 1770 to 1790), he considered some of the top auction houses in the country for the sale. He…

Jewels of Autumn

Around about July 10, the heat defeated me. Instead of spending eager hours in the garden, I retreated inside to seed catalogs and Web sites and my imagination. I started dreaming about the garden that might be possible when the…

Beautiful Bounty

Based on the heat and the seemingly endless days, you’d never know that summer is drawing to a close. But before you can say the word “gobble,” you’re basting the Thanksgiving turkey and soon thereafter icing gingerbread. Time flies! So…

Retailer Spotlight: Danareé Delgado

Fall is here, but the mild New Orleans temperatures allow for outdoor entertaining and swimming while the rest of the country is pulling out their winter clothes. After opening in 1992, Delgado Pools and Supplies has become successful and well-known…