Special rooms

A peek into some great kitchens and baths
CHERYL GERBER PHOTOGRAPHS
Jana and Billy Katz's kitchen

JANA AND BILLY KATZ – Harahan (left)
Taking the wall down that separated the kitchen from the dining room allowed us to enjoy the incredible view of the golf course,” says Jana Katz, vice president of Fleming Construction Co., LLC. “Our main purpose for the renovation was to have a place that our teenage children would enjoy sharing with their friends. We definitely succeed. It’s where everybody gathers.” (Her husband Billy is owner of Simply Fit Personal Training and Fitness Centers.)

KAKIE AND JOHN RANSONE – Uptown
Our remodeled kitchen exceeded all our expectations,” says John Ransone, owner of J.E.B. Ransone Lumber Co. “The architectural elements came together in a wonderful way. We think the design is nothing short of amazing. Beyond the beauty and warmth, it functions as a great working kitchen and the heart of our home.”

Dr. RUTH M. OWENS – Metairie Club Gardens
Our kitchen was designed with both entertaining and heavy duty use in mind,” says Dr. Ruth M. Owens, a facial plastic surgeon. (Her husband Dr. Dave Jensen is also a plastic surgeon.) “It is the hub of our home and the natural gathering place for family and friends. We especially like the floor-to-ceiling windows that promote airiness.”

REGINA and DONALD KEEVER – Metairie Club Estates
As the Romans discovered, the bath is part of a daily escape and recharging ritual,” says Regina Keever, co-owner and manager of Bayona Restaurant in the French Quarter. (Her husband Ronald “Ron” Keever is a property manager.) “The ritual lives on in our home. Our architect and son-in-law Harold Hayes designed our dream bathroom. We added functional antique pieces and decorating touches to make the space our own.”

ANDREA THORNTON – River Ridge
Gazing through a magazine I saw a bathroom with a black and white floor and a red wall. I immediately knew I had to go with that color scheme and an Art Deco décor,” says Andrea Thornton, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Monteleone. “I then discovered the wonderful red glass vessel sinks online.”

RHETT MAJORIA – Timberlane
My remodeled bathroom was a major transformation,” says Rhett Majoria R.Ph, co-owner of Majoria Drugs. “The mirrored walls make it seem much larger, while the open shelves for towels and the large cabinets make it more functional. The natural colors in the travertine flooring provide a comfortable feeling. The bath sculpture was a gift from my mother.”

 

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