Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour

Cheryl Gerber Photographs
Kitchen Tour and Cocktails & Cuisine chairs and committee members Front Row|!!| from left: Heather Johnson|!!| Tesa Bossetta|!!| Christy Dirks|!!| Caroline Kearney|!!| Margaret Roux and Alicia Corcoran. Second Row|!!| from left: Sudie Joint|!!| Candice Wright|!!| Kris Fortier|!!| Mary Scott McKinnon|!!| Valerie Gernhauser|!!| Alex Kless|!!| Laurie Martin|!!| Meredith Maxwell|!!| Susan Kliebert|!!| Courtney Garrett. Third Row|!!| from left: Jennifer Cheatham|!!| Meredith Beers|!!| Catherine Hales|!!| Anna Schaefer|!!| Mary Katherine Taylor|!!| Kendall Hales|!!| Giselle Hecker|!!| Erin Fontenot|!!| Rebecca Clary. Fourth Row|!!| from left: Heidi Dugan|!!| Alicia Joint|!!| Nicole Armbruster|!!| Caroline Avegno|!!| Kim Nguyen|!!| Kirby Messinger. Not Pictured for Kitchen Tour: Meg Baldwin|!!| Kristy Charvet|!!| Jill Hecker|!!| Shauna Johnson|!!| Kelly Kittock|!!| Marcell Mouledoux|!!| Caroline Rittiner and Jill Siemssen. Not Pictured for Cocktails & Cuisine: Coleena Wolfe|!!| Jenny Thomas|!!| Stacey Stanfield|!!| Emily LaRene Roberts|!!| Laney Robein|!!| Jennifer Mackey|!!| Jennifer Macias|!!| Mary Lorenz|!!| Elizabeth Hill|!!| Christy Commiskey and Kate Bruce.

The Junior League of New Orleans Eighth Annual Kitchen Tour is a self-guided tour of 12 beautifully appointed kitchens in the Uptown and Garden District neighborhoods.

The JLNO Kitchen Tour supports community efforts to help rebuilding in New Orleans, improve children’s well-being and education and encourage healthy families. Revenues generated from the Kitchen Tour and the Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party are invested in the JLNO’s volunteer-supported community projects, which include Lafayette Academy Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School’s Edible Schoolyard, Freret Neighborhood Outreach, Power Ties, PRC’s Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter, Second Harvest’s Fresh Produce Program, Kids in the Kitchen and Strength of Relationship. The funds also support the JLNO Community Assistance Fund, JLNO Senior League and the JLNO Get on Board Nonprofit Board Training program. More than 1,000 people attended the JLNO Kitchen Tour in 2012.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

10 am to 4 pm


Individual Kitchen Tour tickets
    •    $35 in advance/$40 at the door

Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party tickets
    •    $100 individual/ $150 pair in advance

Starting to Simmer! $225        
    •    2 Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party tickets
    •    4 Kitchen Tour tickets

A Rolling Boil! $425        
    •    4 Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party tickets
    •    6 Kitchen Tour tickets

Now You’re Cookin’! $675         
    •    8 Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party tickets  
    •    8 Kitchen Tour tickets

Tour in Style! $1,000    
    • Tour the kitchens in style with seven of
        your    friends in a chauffeured limousine!
        Package includes eight Kitchen Tour tickets,
        lunch, wine and more!

To purchase tickets:
    •    Go online to jlno.org/kitchentour.
    •    Call 891-5845.
    •    Purchase at each home on the day of the tour.

As with any charitable donation, please consult your tax adviser for tax advice and the deductibility of the ticket packages. According to Internal Revenue Service guidelines, only contributions over the value of dining are tax-deductible. For all Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party categories, the estimated nondeductible value of dining is $50 per ticket. In the event of any cancellations, please consider your ticket purchase as a donation. No refunds will be given.

Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-off Party

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New Orleans Board of Trade

This year’s Cocktails & Cuisine Kick-Off Party features live and silent auctions, as well as an exclusive raffle by Wellington and Co. Fine Jewelry. Some of the auction items are courtesy of Audubon Dermatology: Deirdre Hooper, MD, and Sarah Jackson, MD; Audubon Nature Institute; Beachhouse30a.com; Blue Frog Chocolates; Bookoo Bounce; C. Collection; Houmas House; Imagination Movers; Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine; Love Swimming; Myrtles Plantation; National World War II Museum; Newman-Dailey Resort Properties; Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital; Perlis; Save Our Cemeteries; The Blues Jeans Bar; Villere’s Florist; and Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design

Delicacies by Pigeon Catering and music by Groovy 7

Jeannie & Jubi Hillery
571 Audubon St.

If you ask any serious cook and entertainer what his or her dream kitchen would look like, chances are it would look something like the kitchen of Jeannie and Jubi Hillery. With the renovations complete in January 2012 on their historic Audubon home, which sits on a quarter-acre of land, the Hillerys’ luxe kitchen features both great design and great hardware, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and ice-maker and a six-burner restaurant-quality range by Wolf.

Other top features of the Hillery kitchen include a custom-designed and -manufactured hood, a stainless-steel sink built into the spacious island in the center of the room and a KitchenAid warming drawer. This item ensures that every dish prepared is served hot and satisfying, no matter the wait time, and it is a chef’s delight.

Not only can this space produce gourmet-quality meals, but it also makes guests actually feel like they are in a gourmet-quality restaurant. The space is set off by beautiful Holiday beaded inset cabinets in Winter, supplied by Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs. The inset style lends a modern and sleek air to the room that nicely complements the powerful stainless-steel appliances.

The Hillerys’ renovation project was overseen by Cameron and Crane Builders. Sara Hillery oversaw the kitchen design, as well as the custom hood, along with Gerald Johnson of Cameron.

Kitchen sponsored by Cameron and Crane Builders


Beth & Jimmie Colon
1566 Calhoun St.

During Hurricane Isaac, as power outages lasted weeks throughout the Greater New Orleans area, Beth and Jimmie Colon’s exquisite kitchen remained cool and inviting thanks to 30 solar panels the couple installed during the renovation project on their circa 1890s home in 2011.

This kitchen can outsmart a hurricane and is also the perfect mix of technology, tradition and modern style. The original pine flooring was preserved and finished with a custom stain, a dark charcoal. The rest of the snowy-white design elements include Calacatta polished marble countertops on both the main counters and the spacious island, with room for both seating and meal prep. The cabinets are Brookhaven I Springfield Recessed cabinets in Nordic White supplied by Cabinets by Design. They create an up-to-date, elegant sense of style.

The Colons purchased only deluxe stainless-steel appliances, including a Thermador 48-inch range with a double oven, a 24-inch refrigerator and freezer, a Whirlpool reverse osmosis water purifier and a V-Line Beverage Center.  

Some top design features include a state-of-the-art sound system that seamlessly integrates with an iPhone or iPad and a unique backsplash that features slab marble with a curved/radius wall covered in water-jet-cut oval marble mosaic, supplied by Stafford Tile & Stone.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone and Cabinets by Design


Carolyn Elder & Walter Christy
1553 Calhoun St.

A contemporary kitchen with artistic flair, Carolyn Elder and Walter Christy’s 240-square-foot space has enough room for meal preparation and also some creativity. The kitchen was renovated in 2011 and is a breath of fresh air, both to the 1895 home itself and to guests entering the room for the first time.

The octagonal-shaped layout of the room wonderfully enhances the stylish and cheerful atmosphere, with a white-and-tan palette and a pale blue-green accent. Both the countertops and backsplash are made of a luxurious Calacatta gold marble, while the backsplash is specially arranged in a custom marble design by Randy Bustamante.

Floor-to-ceiling maple cabinets with raised panel doors in Antique White from Artisan Kitchen and Bath are the highlight of this kitchen. The tan porcelain tile flooring with rectified edges for a seamless look is supplied by Stafford Tile & Stone, creating a magnificent foundation for the rest of the space while ever-so-slightly moderating the luminous tones of the cabinets and countertops.

The stainless-steel appliances include a luxury Jenn-Air refrigerator, freezer and cooktop.

A special design element in this space is the captivating custom-designed glass mural, adding a splash of cool blue-green and brown and featuring a nature scene suggestive of Oriental-style art, designed by Stafford Tile and constructed in New York.   

The renovation project was overseen by designer Kerry Flanagan of Artisan Kitchen & Bath.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone and Artisan Kitchen and Bath


Kit & Rob Stumm
6019 Hurst St.

Rob Stumm, an architect and kitchen designer, knows how to create beautiful kitchens, and for his own, he created a final product as excellent as any of his clients’. Rob and his wife, Kit, renovated their magnificent 320-square-foot kitchen last year, outfitting it with top-of-the-line appliances and top-of-the-line design.

The kitchen boasts a Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and ice-maker and a professional 48-inch range by Dacor. The main countertops are white Caesarstone, and the ample island is made of famous Carrara marble, used for centuries in fine art and architecture and quarried in Tuscany, Italy, in a stunning shade of white.

The Stumms’ custom-designed white Seattle Door cabinets, whose clean and sleek design lends the space a modern and classic sense of style, were a collaboration between Rob Stumm and Gerald Johnson of Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs.

Top design features include a flat-screen TV above the range for catching the Saints game or gathering some inspiration from the Food Network, a deluxe wine cooler from Sub-Zero and a delicately designed backsplash. The backsplash is by Stafford Tile & Stone and is a beautiful mosaic of Arctic white oval glass. The kitchen is covered with hardwood flooring that contrasts nicely against the white of the other design elements.

Carriere-Stumm LLC provided contracting services for the Stumms’ kitchen renovation.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile& Stone and Cameron


Donna & Paul Flower
1230 Calhoun St.

The home of Donna and Paul Flower is special because from the beginning, the couple dreamed, planned and built it from the ground up. With the help of George D. Hopkins Jr. and Steven R. Quarls of The Hopkins Co. architectural firm, contractor Woodward Design + Build and designers Patricia Brinson and Louis Aubert, they were able to realize their vision of a spacious and contemporary home, which was completed in May 2010.
The Flowers’ kitchen is equally impressive. Styled in a cream-and-beige palette, this approximately 900-square-foot kitchen and breakfast area is striking, with plenty of natural light from the enormous windows framing the room, perfectly complementing the light neutral tones.

The clean and delicate lines of the maple cabinetry, supplied by Classic Cupboards in the shade Eggshell, wonderfully guide the eye around the room and balance well with the Italian porcelain tile flooring, supplied by Stafford Tile & Stone, that adds a wonderful sheen throughout the space.

The Flowers’ kitchen boasts deluxe appliances for creating a deluxe dining experience, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a stainless-steel cooktop and oven and a GE Monogram freezer conveniently located in the pantry.  

Top design features include a custom-built island with a sink, a chandelier and plenty of seating by Woodward Design + Build as well as a handmade glass mosaic backsplash by Stafford Tile. The island was crafted out of Louisiana cypress that was reclaimed by Woodward.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone, Classic Cupboards and The Hopkins Co.


Elly & Merritt Lane
1619 Arabella St.

Elly and Merritt Lane know style, as anyone who has visited their exquisite Uptown home knows. Every detail of their classic and contemporary kitchen was exclusively customized and designed for them, by them, with the help of architectural designer Marie Palumbo.

As guests enter the Lanes’ kitchen, the view is stunning, with an elegant white-on-white color scheme and ultramodern accents throughout. The room’s original hardwood flooring was restored with a sophisticated dark stain, while a pair of polished drop pendant lights accentuate the large island in the center of the room.
The ample cabinetry and storage includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets with a ladder-and-rail system, inset cabinets with a uniquely designed door style, a built-in pantry with touch-close pullout shelving and a butler’s pantry featuring doors that match the kitchen’s lovely decorative windows and antique mirror. The cabinets also boast small puck lights for illumination.   

The extensive countertops are crafted from Calacatta marble and house a 48-inch gourmet-quality cooktop. The Lanes purchased all stainless-steel appliances in addition to the cooktop, including a 24-inch refrigerator, freezer, pullout wine cooler and a steamer/convection oven, making their kitchen perfect for anyone who appreciates great design in conjunction with great cooking.

Top design features include a custom glass-and-marble mosaic backsplash that adds a vivid and artistic pop of color to the space, as well as a media and recycling center with a pullout television.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone


Sherry & Douglas Charles
4834 St. Charles Ave.

Homeowners sometimes find it difficult to achieve that perfect balance of elegance with warmth, but Sherry and Douglas Charles have accomplished just that. With the help of designer Missy Howell of Southport Custom Cabinetry, their magnificent 600-square-foot kitchen is also pleasant and inviting. This atmosphere, paired with state-of-the-art appliances, makes this space a haven for the serious cook as well as the honored guest.   

The Charles’ space is laid out in a rich color scheme of cream, beige and deep earth tones, while the off-white maple inset cabinets that are stacked from floor to ceiling highlight the enormous dimensions of the room itself. The cabinets are supplied by Southport Custom Cabinetry. There is also a multilevel island and bar in the center of the space, crafted from genuine cherry wood, finished with a glaze for sheen and coupled with intricately detailed bar stools. The deep tones of the cherry play off the brightness of the cabinets wonderfully.

Along with hardwood flooring and granite countertops, the Charles’ kitchen features a luxurious honed Portuguese limestone backsplash with a custom-designed mural of stone, porcelain and glass mosaic by Meredith Grover of Stafford Tile & Stone.

One of the top design features is the custom-made hood that adorns the cooktop and highlights the centerpiece
of the backsplash. Gracefully curved with delicate millwork, the hood continues the linear design elements echoed in the inset cabinets.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone and Southport Custom Cabinetry


Laura & Philip Claverie
1521 Pleasant St.

We weren’t the only ones to notice Laura and Philip Claverie’s beautiful taste in home design – and more important, their stunning home. After their home was exclusively featured in New Orleans Magazine in August 2012, their impressive blend of traditional and modern style got everyone talking.

The Claveries’ kitchen is part of a magnificent open floor plan that connects it to both the den and the terrace that overlooks the pool. The space is designed in a bright and neutral palette with the walls and countertops in a rich off-white that provides a lovely contrast with the darkness of the floors, which are antique pine in the French Walnut shade.

The Coppes Napanee cabinets, an American staple since before World War I, are part of the home’s original 1960s layout, and the Claveries have expertly restored them by sanding, painting and outfitting them with updated hardware. The countertops on both the island and main space are a lovely shade of white quartz, which is continued as part of the backsplash, and they are so vast they seem to last for days.

Perhaps one of the most impressive features of the Claveries’ kitchen, which is a central part of their lives as serious cooks, is that all the appliances are professional restaurant-quality by Viking; they also have a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. Other top features include a wine cooler and bar area.  

Michael Carbine oversaw the kitchen renovation.   


Michael Murphy II
2912 Prytania St.

Michael Murphy II realized the beauty of his Garden District neighborhood when he began renovations on his circa 1850s home, so he remodeled his kitchen to include an amazing 250-square-foot porch addition to soak up the sights and sounds of Prytania.    
Equally impressive is the 450-square-foot kitchen itself, finished in a bright neutral palette. Murphy purchased luxury appliances from Nordic Kitchen & Bath, including a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and coffee system, all by Miele. The sleek appliances provide a stunning contrast to the elegant wood cabinetry, custom-made from cherry and maple.

The pure neutral color scheme continues to the floor, countertops and backsplash, which are made of three luxury varieties of marble, lending the space not only a unified but an otherworldly feel, as well.

Stephen R. Quarls and George Hopkins Jr. of The Hopkins Co. served as chief architects of the project, helping to seamlessly blend Murphy’s kitchen and porch together, creating balance between indoors and out-. The Hopkins Co. has a vast portfolio, including Southern plantation-style designs and homes for the ultramodern.
Michael Haase, certified kitchen designer, designed the kitchen’s interior.      

Top design features include a foot-pedal faucet and a 60-inch restaurant-quality range and hood, making this kitchen perfect for serious cooks and serious eaters alike.

Kitchen sponsored by The Hopkins Co.


Lise & Richard Montgomery
1134 Eighth St.

When Lise and Richard Montgomery decided to renovate their late-1800s Garden District home, they knew which of the home’s original details were special and which ones needed an update. They preserved the original pine flooring and kept their windows, floors and ceilings crown-molding-free, highlighting their stunning 12-foot ceilings.

The color palette is white-on-white, creating a crisp atmosphere. The kitchen boasts a quartz island and countertops in a sleek and modern waterfall style. The backsplash, made of Starfire glass by Haro Glass back-painted in Benjamin Moore white, is another modern design element. The Montgomerys’ space isn’t lacking in technology either. The kitchen is fully equipped, making it the perfect place to entertain.

The kitchen is complemented by plenty of light, with well-placed black steel Euroline windows straight from California and LEDs placed underneath the open shelving units.

The clean and delicate lines of the Brookhaven I cabinets, a mix of shades Nordic White Satin and Nordic White High Gloss by Cabinets by Design, provide a great balance to the kitchen’s stainless-steel Thermador appliances.

The Montgomerys’ stunning kitchen renovation was overseen by designer Nomita Joshi-Gupta of Spruce Eco-Studio.

Kitchen sponsored by Cabinets by Design


Stephanie & Clay Spencer
1225 First St.

Stephanie and Clay Spencer’s stunning kitchen exudes a sense of sophisticated Old World charm, but most important, this cherished home that has been in the family for many years has played host to special memories, including Stephanie and Clay’s wedding reception.

This 450-square-foot kitchen is the epitome of warmth and style. The beautiful Olde English porcelain tiles supplied by Stafford Tile & Stone offer a rich and colorful base for the rest of the room’s design elements. The handmade ceramic backsplash in a bone colorway is also by Stafford Tile.

The Old Manor House cabinets are in the shade Churchill Wheat and are high-quality wood with thick 1-inch stock, inset doors and mortised hinges, supplied by Lagarde’s Kitchen and Bath Design. The cream of the cabinets and backsplash contrasts strikingly with the deep richness of the soapstone countertops.

The Spencers’ kitchen is fully equipped with two Sub-Zero refrigerators, including a 48-inch model with a glass door and an ice-maker; a Miele dishwasher; and a bar area.

Top design features include two 19th-century chandeliers and a La Cornue oven and hood retrofitted into the home’s original coal-burning fireplace.

Kitchen sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone and Lagarde’s Kitchen and Bath Design


Mamie and richard S. Favor
2027 Carondelet St.

While renovating their home, Mamie and Richard S. Favor played an active role in the design process, and the mix of antique, European and contemporary elements makes their new 510-square-foot kitchen worth seeing.

Ordered and installed by Rene Bouche, the luscious Calcutta Gold marble completes the countertops and backsplash and is dazzling
when combined with the creamy custom-mixed shade of the cabinets, which together create a sense of unity in the overall color scheme. The exquisite cabinets were designed by Mrs. Favor herself, featuring well-chosen hardware and handmade antiquing, supplied by Cabinets by Design.

The flooring is original pine from 1895. An antique chandelier hangs above the island, and two sleek and modern versions by Villa Vicci allow this kitchen to preserve design elements that are original to the house while incorporating tastefully updated fixtures.
Some of the most unique features of the kitchen include a custom-painted hutch in mustard yellow – color-matched to two sconces framing the fireplace – that houses the microwave, toaster and coffee maker and hidden spice racks alongside the range.

The renovation was overseen by architect Wendy Kerrigan, and Monique Poché Bennett provided kitchen design services.

Kitchen sponsored by Villa Vicci and Cabinets by Design

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