Inside the walls of Sotre, owned by interior designer Grace Kaynor and local film location manager, Virginia McCollam, one can truly experience the embodiment of the oft-used word “eclectic.”

The lifestyle store’s items range from exquisite vintage linens to a Florentine perfume produced by a Santa Marie Novella, a company that’s been in business since the 14th century. New items in the store include hand-woven baskets from Rwanda. “They are lovely, brightly colored works of art and each basket is made by a different woman. Each basket has a story about the craftswoman who has woven the basket and what her art means to her and to her family; it’s truly inspiring,” says Kaynor.

Kaynor’s is passionate about design, the environment and helping her clients create beautiful places to live out their lives. She says she is inspired by nature – “flowers growing in beautiful gardens I see in town in spring; butterflies and insects in the summer; colors found in geodes. Design is part of the natural order.  I am also constantly pouring over the latest design issues of World of Interiors, Elle Décor, Interior Design and of course, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles. Lately, I am inspired by things I find on Pinterest and Instagram. I am always looking!”

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