Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour

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Rick & Sharon Meyer
285 Walnut St.

The kitchen of Rick and Sharon Meyer was designed in a new transitional style that uses both traditional and contemporary elements in a neutral color palette.

With the help of Spring Keller at Spring Interiors and Rhonda Guthrie of Marchand Creative Kitchens, Sharon tailored the kitchen to her exact likes and needs, after poring over countless magazines for inspiration.

The couple has several dogs, including two who were young puppies at the time of the renovation. With this in mind, Leonard Craig Construction put in new floors made of through-body porcelain that are easy to clean and maintain.

The kitchen features Calacatta royal marble purchased from The Stone Gallery, installed and honed by Carr Stone & Tile Co. The cabinet hardware is reminiscent of designs used in European luxury traincars in the 1930s. Lighting Incorporated provided the lighting inside a butler’s pantry and above the upper cabinets. LED lights in the kitchen (also from Lighting Incorporated) make for a crisp, bright space.

Free of any cooking surfaces or sinks, the counter spaces are minimalist. Ferguson provided the Rohl kitchen faucets and the granite composite sink, which is one of the couple’s favorite elements. Sharon says her cabinet and drawer function is one of her favorite aspects of the kitchen, as well as the additional storage and her large wine cooler. Rick notes that the space is clutter-free.

Holt & Gordon Kolb, jr.
1444 state St.

Holt and Gordon Kolb Jr. love their traditional, fresh kitchen that has a practical, personal flair to it. The parents of two sets of twins – all under the age of 5 – designed it with the assistance of Michael Carbine, Classic Cupboards and Mark Hampton LLC. “We wanted a family-friendly space because we find that, no matter what, we live in the kitchen,” says Holt. The spacious kitchen holds two seating areas and a desk. Classic Cupboards did the cabinetry, and Mediterranean Tile did all the marble for the countertops and the backsplash, which Holt says gives the room a clean, bright look. With Waterworks sinks and fixtures, the kitchen also has a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, under-counter icemaker and under-counter produce drawer; a Miele dishwasher; and Fisher and Paykel drawer dishwasher. The kitchen also hosts a Wolf double-oven stove, oven and microwave. Ron-Del Floor Services did the flooring in the kitchen, and Service Electric did all the lighting.

“My husband loves to cook, so his favorite is the range and the extended spice rack,” says Holt. As the children grow, the kitchen will continue to play an integral part of their lives, “It will be the place for a million school projects and family dinners in the future. We can seat 10 people comfortably, which is really nice for a casual dinner with family or friends.”

Daniel & Dawn Spagnoli
6115 Chestnut St.

The fashionable, elegant kitchen of Daniel and Dawn Spagnoli is a testament to the importance of both style and function.

Tara Tedesco of  Terry Tedesco Home Builders designed the gourmet kitchen space with plenty input from the Spagnolis. “They wanted a contemporary yet soft feel to the home and kitchen,” says Tedesco. Dawn required plenty of room for storage and a spacious dining area with upscale appliances including a Thermador refrigerator, oven and dishwasher; a Sharp microwave drawer; a Kitchen Maid icemaker and a Danby beverage center. The warm hardwood floors, from Premium Wood Floors, Inc. complement the traditional style of cabinetry, which is a grayish-blue color.

The kitchen also features sea pearl quartzite countertops from Tuscan Stone Imports and a charcoal island.

LCR Plumbing handled the sinks and faucets, and Floor and Décor is responsible for the neutral glass backsplash; lighting is from Fischer-Gambino. Window treatments are from Eclectic Home.  

French-distressed pendants and a hand-made Italian clock add softness and an Old World feel to the contemporary elements of the space.

“I love the color tones, including the caramel tones that even bring in the color of the hardwoods. I like the blending of styles for a warm and comfortable feel,” says Dawn. Most of all, “I love the functionality when I cook!”

Lynne & Rick McMillan
1037 Jefferson Ave.

Designed by Caroline Ferguson, AIA and ASID, the McMillan kitchen was created to display the beautiful gardens on both sides of the house. Using a neutral palette, the kitchen remains tasteful and classic without detracting from its comfort and functionality. Lucky visitors will have a beautiful view of spring from inside a classic and traditional space. With re-milled heart pine flooring and wood cabinets, the room includes antique aspects such as Majolica and copper cookware, not to mention a stunning wood and iron chandelier from 18th-century Italy.

Ferguson expanded the formerly small space to sprawl out over 350 square feet, which includes a spacious pantry. Ferguson also added a gorgeous flagstone terrace opening from the kitchen. The project was a tremendously collaborative effort with vendors such as Kohler, Kallista, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Martin Pierce Hardware, Nanz, Stafford Tile & Stone, Karla Katz Antiques, Cabinets by Design, Katie Koch Draperies and TK Collections.

Marian & Matthew DeMeyers
1922 General Pershing St.

The home of Marian and Matthew DeMeyers presents an elegant and stylish backdrop for their newly finished kitchen, a collaborative effort between Marian’s interior design firm, Jan Thomas and Jerry Johnson of Cameron Kitchen & Bath Design. Aiming for a gathering-space feel, the DeMeyers made the kitchen the new hub of the household with two new doors to the backyard and a threshold to the den. Though a large space, Marian took care to make decisions in décor to reflect warmth and a sense of community and family with soapstone countertops and grainy cabinets from Cameron Kitchen & Bath Design. Marian’s style shines through in the wall of marble tiles, which stand out even more with the addition of a large mirror. Connecting the rest of the house to the kitchen with neutral tones, the marble tiles were provided by Floor and Décor. DeMeyers also wanted a mixed-metals look for accents, with stainless steel appliances and brass accoutrements from Amerock. Other vendors include Thomas O’Brien of Circa Lighting, FloorMasters and McGuire Furniture. 

Scott & Katie Eddins
4200 St. Charles Ave.

Katie Eddins pored over countless magazines and attended many home tours, carefully considering her options for a renovation at the home she lives in with her husband, Scott, on St. Charles Avenue. One of the highlights of the home now is the spacious kitchen that features a butler’s pantry.

Ultimately, she says, the style of their kitchen is transitional. The couple worked with Brandon Construction and architect Jody Zeringue of SCNZ Architects. “We tried to style the house along with the kitchen as closely to the 1870s as possible, but with today’s modern luxuries,” she explains. One of the challenges was to work with the limited space, but with the help of Northshore Millworks and Stafford Tile & Stone, she created an ideal kitchen space that incorporates high-end appliances, such as a Jenn-Air refrigerator, granite countertops, a DCS by Fisher Pavkal stove and range, and luxurious lighting, including an exquisite chandelier, from Aidan Gray Home. Floors were refinished by Mark Ragusa of Nature’s Own, LLC, and one of the finishing touches in the kitchen is a painting by Katie’s good friend, Shannon Arch.

Diane & Peter Labouisse III
1203 Marengo St.

The kitchen belonging to Diane and Peter Labouisse III is a modern adaptation that seamlessly fits their Uptown 1873 Queen Anne Victorian home. The couple particularly hoped to maintain the sense of place and age of the house when it came to renovating the kitchen, which hadn’t been updated since 1967.

“We wanted the kitchen larger in size than the old one but in keeping with the age of other rooms,” says Diane. They enclosed an outside porch, removing a load-bearing wall and installing a heavy support beam. They donated the old cabinetry to the Preservation Resource Center but kept the original floors, baseboards and doors. Ann Williams and her team installed the reclaimed heart pine floors, leaving them in the natural, unstained state.

The Labouisses also hired Cameron Kitchen & Bath and filled the space with luxurious new appliances, including double ovens and a stovetop inserted into the original brick chimney; a Dacor warming oven; two dishwashers; an extra long main kitchen sink by Kohler, as well as a Kohler prep sink and bar. All countertops and backslashes are a dark soapstone.
Cameron Kitchen & Bath also customized and installed white bead board cabinets, and the homeowners purchased brass lamps from Orient Expressed with dark green faux-lizard shades lined in gold from Shades of Light. All lighting included LED and suspended lights, installed by Plauche Electric. The kitchen is adorned with art that the couple has collected over the years, giving it a personal touch that delights guests, as well.

Margaret & Alex Telefel
516 Betz Place

Alex and Margaret Telefel embraced the challenge of renovating their kitchen and adapting the room to suit their modern needs, while enhancing the original space’s beauty and classic layout. The couple teamed up with A.T.H Painters Contractors, Inc. for their renovation, and the result is a warm, family-friendly kitchen that flows easily, opening into the family-sunroom with an antique stove fireplace and a view of the garden. Tuscan-style cabinets anchor the space with sun-warmed tones, and designs in the kitchen reflect Southern and traditional styles. The handmade Saltillo tile floor with subtly distressed wood elements come from Floor and Décor. The couple also incorporated traditional architectural New Orleans elements like old cypress wood casings, window frames and bases. The kitchen contains Thermador appliances and Kohler fixtures and sinks. They also installed granite countertops and subway marble backsplash. Cabinetry was manufactured by Thomasville; lighting is from St. Charles Lighting, and the couple also thanks Campo Better Living, The Stone Gallery and Strip Ease of New Orleans, Inc. for their help in achieving their dream kitchen.

Patrice & Ron Mills
204 Mulberry Drive

An open space conducive to care and comfort, the Mills’ new kitchen is a sure-to-wow spot on the tour. Combining a breakfast nook and living room with the kitchen, Patrice Mills worked alongside contractor Drew Couvillion and Jared Briley and Chris Judge of Huey Brown’s Kitchens to create a roomy space with the potential for small and large gatherings. Erin Jacobs of Abode worked with Mills on the lighting and fabrics, and the team included as many vendors as possible, such as Anne Bishton Design, Wolf, SubZero, Gabby and Regina Andrews, Adex, DuraSupreme Cabinetry, Will Branch Antique Lumber and The Stone Gallery. Reclaimed white oak floors from Ceres Plantation in Vicksburg, Miss., set off the bright light in the room, making it seem even larger. A highlight of the room is definitely the exquisite island, made from reclaimed cypress beams. From Dixie Brewery, Mills reveals that the beams were charred almost beyond use when contractor Couvillion cut them to size, exposing beautiful wood with unique knots.

Dane & Wendy Ciolino
#18 Farnham Place

The open, contemporary kitchen of Wendy and Dane Ciolino is the result of a collaboration with John LaGarde and Patricia Neal with Classic Cupboards, architect Michael Bell and interior designer Melissa Rufty. The desire for an open and mostly white kitchen resulted in tearing out the home’s small kitchen and breakfast room, to make room for a larger combined space. The couple wanted their kitchen to be uncluttered and clean, with plenty of counterspace and windows that overlook the backyard and pool. The cabinets are from Brookhaven, supplied by Classic Cupboards. Stafford Tile & Stone did the porcelain tile from Walker Zanger’s Matouche Collection. The kitchen has no upper cabinets, only thick, white, open shelves that jut out from the walls with no visible support. There is also a movable island made from an old desk, which is now painted white, covered in stainless steel, and on lockable wheels. It seats six for family dinners but can be conveniently moved anywhere in the kitchen.

Donna and Bryan Brown
109 Homestead Ave.

The kitchen at Bryan and Donna Brown’s Old Metairie home is a minimalist, contemporary space that always looks spotless. One of the key considerations for designer Spring Keller of Spring Interiors was Donna’s healthy, clean lifestyle. “She did not want a microwave, so we put a speed-oven in her kitchen, and she absolutely adores it,” says Keller, citing an example. The cabinets are white, and Donna also requested white marble counters. Even the tab pulls are minimalist. “She didn’t want to interrupt the clean look,” says Keller. The kitchen features a walk-in wet pantry with a bulk counter and sink. The pantry has a long counter and an ice-maker in it as well. The flooring is done in a through-body porcelain.

Rhonda Guthrie from Marchand Creative Kitchens also was instrumental in the design, selecting luxury appliances and other elements that maintain a modern appearance and function.


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