JLNO Kitchen Tour

Welcome to the 2011 Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour.

This year the Kitchen Tour will be Saturday, April 16, 2011, and highlights 14 newly renovated kitchens in Old Metairie as well as the Garden District. Merisa Pasternak, Kristen Ponthier and Amy Rosato, the Kitchen Tour chairs, and Melissa Beaugh, vice chair, have been blessed with community support and an abundance of kitchen nominations. The kitchens featured on the tour are truly creative and unique.

The Kitchen Tour will kick off with a patron party on April 14 sponsored by Peoples Health and hosted by Latrobe’s on Royal. Stephanie Boh and Skye Fantaci, Kick-Off Party chairs, and Jennifer Hawney, vice chair, have planned a fantastic evening in the heart of the French Quarter, with auction tables, delicious food and musical highlights. The evening will include food demonstrations and the cuisine of chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie.

The Junior League Kitchen Tour is made possible by the more than 2,000 members of the Junior League who have been serving the New Orleans community for 86 years. Partnering with Ochsner, Capital One and the community, the Junior League has been fortunate to offer more than 50,000 hours of community service annually. The proceeds from the Kitchen Tour make these volunteer experiences a reality.

On behalf of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors – Gwathmey Gomila, Jeanne Boughton, Erin Bolles, Eryn Melancon, Lilla Wright, Stacey Lousteau, Connie Shannon, Charlotte Benton, Chris Zazulak and Mandi Frischhertz – we are honored to invite you to join us to celebrate and tour the city’s most beautiful kitchens. We would also like to thank New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles for its partnership and for featuring the 2011 Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour. We hope you will join us April 14 for the Kick-Off Party and again April 16 for this exquisite tour of the most innovative kitchen designs in New Orleans.

Please join us in raising a glass and toasting the New Orleans homeowners whose kitchens we feature this year. Congratulations to all!

JLNO Kitchen Tour

glenn and elizabeth hayes
111 Friedrichs Ave.

Glenn and Elizabeth Hayes moved into their Old Metairie home in April 2009, and in eight months, they created a lavish kitchen at 550 square feet. Frances Schnare of Interiors by Frances in Georgia was the interior decorator. Artist Simonette Berry glazed the cabinets with a Benjamin Moore gray faux finish. The walls complement the earthy tones in the granite from The Stone Gallery. The Orchid Noce Listello backsplash trim from Rickert Tile adorns the Arctic Blend Rhomba Cushion Peruvian travertine backsplash from The Stone Gallery. The Hayes’ pups relax on Pietra Sacra tile flooring in Arx from Rickert Tile. The rooster light by designer Tracy Porter from Lighting Inc. adds a welcoming touch to the Hayes’ beautiful kitchen.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

david and greer monteleone
21 Nassau Drive

David and Greer Monteleone designed their 700-square-foot rustic kitchen, part of an Old Metairie home renovation after Hurricane Katrina, by themselves. The blue cabinets were made by Lagarde’s: Kitchens by Jimmy Lagarde and are enhanced by the cream-colored paint from Sherwin-Williams. The custom tile backsplash suits the natural hues of the room, and French terra-cotta floors bring the dining room and kitchen together with a provincial look. The coffers, made of antique wood from Canada, create a warm harmony with the old brick fireplace. The antique chandelier – a great find by Greer – tops the room off. David thinks the room is cozy and welcoming. “It’s where everybody hangs out,” he says.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

robert and alane nuzum
250 Vincent Ave.

Robert and Alane Nuzum remodeled their lovely kitchen last year, with Alane doing all of the interior decorating. David Ruthem served as contractor for the kitchen and, with the help of Ronnie Scallan, installed the maple cabinetry from Lagarde’s: Kitchens by Jimmy Lagarde. The cabinets are painted aquamarine with an antique wash; seeded glass in the upper cabinets gives the kitchen an immaculate look. The Kashmir white granite countertops with beveled edges from The Stone Gallery (installed by Infinity Marble & Granite) set a pleasant contrast to the mahogany plank island countertop from Lagarde’s. The diagonal Salus Fiuggi floor tiles are from The Stone Gallery. The walls are painted Helm Paint Crystalline with a Helm Paint Wind Chime trim. The Argosy chandelier from Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights adds brightness to the room’s natural lighting. The Oyster Bay marble backsplash has a basket-weave design, which unites the Nuzums’ exquisite kitchen.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

scott and jennifer cheatham
225 Rosewood Drive

When they relocated from Houston in 2008, Scott and Jennifer Cheatham built a home with a beautiful transitional-style kitchen in Old Metairie. Interior decorator Jennifer of Jennifer Cheatham Designs worked with her mother-in-law, contractor Leslie Cheatham with LHC Builders, to create this elegant kitchen that blends traditional with contemporary. The maple cabinets are all custom-made by Houston-based E & H Originals in Wood and painted Benjamin Moore Bone White. The French château-inspired range hood is painted Benjamin Moore French Canvas with an antique wash finish. Diniz Design of Baton Rouge added sleek touches to the kitchen with an Absolute Black granite island and Carrara marble countertops. The lights above the island, originally from an old church, are more than 50 years old. The breakfast room light from Pine Grove Electrical Supply, which was installed by Louis Blanco with Blanco Electric, offers a French look and ties the two rooms together.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

clifton and elizabeth leblanc
207 E. Livingston Place

At 450 square feet, Clifton and Elizabeth LeBlanc’s welcoming kitchen in Old Metairie makes for a great hangout. Terry Landrem of Landrem Construction was the contractor, while Paula Landrem chose the appliances and helped with the layout. The neutral kitchen shade, by Denise Pierce with Chrestia Staub Pierce, complements the cabinets by Top’s Appliances & Cabinetry of Lafayette. The granite countertops are from Schiro Del Bianco in Metairie, and the flooring is Italian tile from Mediterranean Marble and Tile. Can lights by Lightolier were installed by Chris Ray Electrical Services to add brightness to an already-beaming room. The stucco hood vent, paired with the Benjamin Moore Sparkling Wine walls, completes this classic kitchen.


JLNO Kitchen Tour

bert and me’me’ wilson
357 Brockenbrough Court
Sponsored by Classic Cupboards

Burt and Me’me’ Wilson began remodeling their kitchen in January 2009; the chic room was finished by May with the help of contractor Bubba Pharis of G.S. Pharis Inc. Interior decorating was done by Lisa Pharis Design LLC.

The 600-square-foot kitchen contains flat-door cabinets from Classic Cupboards installed by G.S. Pharis Inc. The cabinets are painted Maple with a Chocolate glaze and have alternating inserts of glass and antique wire mesh. They blend well with the island, painted Maple with a Glacier glaze. Hidden spice racks are located on both sides of the stove, and the island holds two hidden chopping boards. Intrepid Stone provided and installed the silver travertine countertops, while Classic Cupboards supplied the dark teak island countertop. The classic ivory travertine flooring and the horizontal stone backsplash tile by Rockart Mosaics are from Perque. Copper gas lanterns with German glass by Legendary Lighting give the kitchen a bit of an antique feel.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

dr. troy scroggins jr. and patrick miller
1330 Toledano St.
Sponsored by Source.

Dr. Troy Scroggins Jr. and Patrick Miller began their Garden District home renovation in August 2009, and by May 2010, their divine kitchen was complete. Angelo LaMartina served as the contractor for the kitchen, installing all cabinets and appliances, while Scroggins did the overall design and interior decorating. The Brookhaven cabinets by Wood-Mode from Cabinets by Design are painted Opaque with a Charcoal glaze. Randy Duvenae of Signature Stone Services made and installed the Calacatta Gold marble countertops from The Stone Gallery. The hardwood floors are original to the home and were stained and refinished by Elite Hardwood Floors Inc. The tile is from Stafford Tile & Stone, installed by G & A Tile Inc. All appliances are from Ferguson Enterprises Inc., many of them manufactured by Wolf. The brick double-oven base unit matches the table and hardwood, warming up the entire kitchen.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

wendell and katie legardeur
1434 Toledano St.
Sponsored by Curtis Herring Interior Designs

Wendell and Katie LeGardeur underwent a total home renovation in 2007, during which half of the first floor was completely gutted and second and third floors were added. The whole project took 10 months, resulting in a charming 468-square-foot kitchen that opens to the family room. AYSI General Contractors worked on the kitchen, and Curtis Herring did the interior design. Alternative Custom Cabinets & Millwork provided and installed the cabinetry. The LeGardeurs’ refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the stove is by Viking. Kevin Boudreaux installed the Caribbean pine flooring with a Minwax Dark Walnut finish. The marble countertops from Capital Stone in Baton Rouge fit well with the chandelier and ceiling, tying the room together.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

bill metcalf and cindy chassaniol
1228 Pleasant St.
Sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone

Bill Metcalf and Cindy Chassaniol created a contemporary white kitchen when they renovated their home in 2009.

Alex Tefel of ATH Painter Contractors Inc. served as the kitchen’s contractor, and Shawn O’Brien of Shawn O’Brien Interiors did the interior decorating. Cabinets by Design provided the white Brookhaven cabinets, installed by Becky Richard. The quartz and Corian countertops by Marques Countertops complement the pickled, bleached white flooring installed by ATH. The main lighting is by CX Design of New York and Jonathan Browning Studios of San Francisco, and there is also LED under-cabinet lighting. All appliances are from Cabinets by Design. The shattered glass backsplash from Stafford Tile & Stone tops off the immaculate modern look.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

anne montgomery
2525 St. Charles Ave.
Sponsored by Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs and Crane Builders

Living downstairs from her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Bill Grace (see facing page), Anne Montgomery made a sleek modern kitchen after a fire caused by a lightning strike ruined her older one. The white Dynasty by Omega plain-door maple cabinets, stacked from the floor to the ceiling for additional storage space, have under-cabinet lighting. The DCS six-burner gas range allows for multi-tasking, as do the KitchenAid double oven and double dishwasher. The kitchen features a double bowl artisan sink with a Hamat faucet. Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs and Crane Builders worked together on the Montgomery’s stylish renovation. The annual Rex toast takes place at this Garden District house.


JLNO Kitchen Tour

bill and anne grace
1601 Third St.
Sponsored by Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs and Crane Builders

Bill and Anne Grace remodeled the kitchen of their home after the lightning strike destroyed it in 2007. Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs led the kitchen design, and Crane Builders was the contractor. The Dynasty by Omega slab-door cabinets are painted an antique white on maple, which gives them a slightly pickled look – the wood is visible below the stain. Their commercial-grade stove and range hood were salvaged from the fire and reused. Both sinks, one oversize Elkay sink and one on the island, have Hamat stainless steel faucets. Sub-Zero made the drawers on the island, the refrigerator and the freezer, and their two dishwashers and microwave are by KitchenAid.

The Graces’ rope lighting and under-cabinet lighting are ideal for meticulous cooks.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

herschel and anne abbott
Sponsored by Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs and Crane Builders

Eleven years ago, Herschel and Anne Abbott threw a party, during which their inadequately built deck fell. The Abbotts then decided it was time for a renovation. They once had a small dining room and small kitchen; a half-year later the two merged into one long, beautiful room. Jerry Johnson of Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs designed the kitchen and configured its appliances, and Crane Builders was the contractor. Green granite countertops are hard to find, but the Abbotts made several trips to The Stone Gallery in Harahan until they came upon the Verde Costa Esmeralda. The cabinets, made-to-order by Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs, are a natural sinker cypress with a square raised panel. The recessed lighting opens up the kitchen and blends well with the Benjamin Moore Soft Fern paint, both done by Crane Builders. The Abbotts now can have a party in their peaceful kitchen without any worries!

JLNO Kitchen Tour

nick mayor and jessica bride
1741 Coliseum St.
Sponsored by Nordic Kitchens and Baths

Nick Mayor and Jessica Bride completely gutted their Garden District home but were careful to save original architectural features, earning them a Renaissance Award from the Preservation Resource Center and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. After two years, their vision of a modern loft-like kitchen came to life at a grand 600 square feet. Bride, a graduate of New York’s French Culinary Institute, works for the corporate side of restaurants, so the kitchen was a vital part of the home renovation. Randall Shaw of Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc. and Bruce McNally of BKLN Design Studio in Brooklyn did the interior decorating. The CaesarStone Blizzard countertops combined with the “Glass” Venetian Plaster wall finish – a custom color created and applied by McNally – brightens up the room. Rounding out the modern look is the Cellula Chandelier from Design Within Reach on Magazine Street. The layout was perfect for Bride and Mayor because, they say, it allows kids to run around without fear of hitting an open oven door – contemporary is kid-friendly in this home.

JLNO Kitchen Tour

michael degeorge and deborah hinson
1402 Magazine St.

Michael DeGeorge and Deborah Hinson picked the wrong time to move into their Garden District home – July 2005. A month later Hurricane Katrina tore their roof apart, resulting in a 22-month renovation, but their pristine new kitchen was worth the trouble. Local architect Kirk Fabacher of Terrell-Fabacher Architects designed the kitchen layout and cabinets, while Leah Christensen of Soren Christensen assisted with the color palette. Hinson and DeGeorge selected all of the other design elements. The poplar wood custom-made cabinets are Donald Kaufman Color 10, while the walls are painted Donald Kaufman Color 11. The Carrara marble countertops with a double-laminated bullnose edge match the Carrara subway tile backsplash from Chicago. The flooring is cross-cut travertine. A structural beam runs through the kitchen, so Hinson and DeGeorge added a second one for consistency and wrapped both in crown molding.








about the junior league of new orleans

Through its educational and charitable works, the JLNO enriches the lives of so many in our area.

About the Junior League of New Orleans

• An 86-year-old organization with more than 2,200 women members

• The average age of its members is 36.

• Of an active and provisional membership of 721, 95 percent are college-educated and approximately 80 percent work full- or part-time

• JLNO is part of a network of 292 Junior Leagues comprising the Association of Junior Leagues International, with a total membership of more than 193,000 women. JLNO is the 10th largest of these leagues.

• Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

• With a primary focus area of children’s education, JLNO provides volunteers and financial support for its projects and activities. The JLNO has more than $500,000 committed to its community programs annually. League members volunteer more than 50,000 hours of their time annually.

• Through a formalized training program and through their volunteer work, league members are trained for responsible community leadership and are empowered through the confidence gained in achieving league goals in a safe and supportive environment.

• For 86 years, JLNO has maintained a steadfast commitment of service to the Greater New Orleans community.

• In conjunction with its 75th anniversary, JLNO awarded $75,000 to the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity) to establish a Parents’ Resource Center.

• JLNO was instrumental in the creation of numerous New Orleans organizations, including The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital; the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans; the Louisiana Nature and Science Center; and, most recently, New Orleans Teen Court.

• JLNO has been involved in more than 100 different community projects, contributed more than $5 million to our community and donated more than 2 million hours of volunteer time.

Our Vision Statement
The Junior League of New Orleans will improve children’s education within the Greater New Orleans community through the dedicated action of trained volunteers.

Our Mission Statement
The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing
the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Our Focus Areas
Focus areas for the Junior League of New Orleans include rebuilding New Orleans, children’s well-being and education and healthy families.

More than 86 years ago, 10 New Orleans women dedicated to creating a women’s group to work for community improvement met at the residence of Mrs. Hilliard E. Miller (later Mrs. George Francis Wright) to discuss the organization of a Junior League.  In addition to Mrs. Miller, they were Mrs. W. E. Penick, Mrs. Charles Monrose, Mrs. George S. Clarke, Mrs. Charles B. Thorn, Mrs. Charles Seyburn Williams, Mrs. Donald Maginnis, Miss Josephine Witherspoon (later Mrs. John Rogers), Mrs. James Anderson and Miss Elise Mason-Smith (later Mrs. Henri Howard).

In accordance with the requirements at that time for securing membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America, this group was proposed by the Nashville League and seconded by the Atlanta League. On March 31, 1924, the New Orleans group was admitted to membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America.

The Junior League of New Orleans was organized as an official body with a membership of 40.

Activities of the Junior League of New Orleans, from its founding to the present, include projects in the fields of health, welfare, education and recreation. They are funded by JLNO money-raising activities such as Bloomin’ DEALs Thrift Shop, sales of the JLNO’s award-winning cookbooks, Shopping Card and the Kitchen Tour.

Some of the JLNO’s best-known projects, many of which have grown into independent entities, include The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Teen Court. Over its more than 85 years of service, the JLNO has created or supported programs at the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Charity Hospital, Children’s Art Council, Kingsley House and various patriotic activities related to World War II. Current community activities are focused on Lafayette Academy Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School’s Edible Schoolyard, Freret Neighborhood Outreach, Power Ties, PRC’s Rebuilding Together, the Safe Sitter course, Second Harvest’s Lagniappe Backpack Program, Kids in the Kitchen and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The funds also support the JLNO Community Assistance Fund, JLNO Senior League and the JLNO Get on Board Nonprofit Board Training.


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