1. ORIGINAL ART
As an architect and art lover, I find joy in giving art a place to call home. I’ve worked with NOMA, private galleries and homeowners to create spaces for showcasing special pieces, and I’m currently mesmerized by rising star and Louisiana-native Brian Guidry. Arthur Roger Gallery, arthurrogergallery.com.
2. HANDMADE CERAMICS
Point me in the direction of anything handmade, particularly ceramics. Although he’s best known for his landscape paintings, Kevin Gillentine creates vessels with a Japanese influence that feel beautifully “of the Earth.” Kevin Gillentine, kevingillentine.com.
In my work, I strive to link indoor and outdoor spaces, or blur the lines between the two. A sculptural tropical or succulent creates that natural connection by guiding the eye from a room out to a garden. My go-to for houseplants is Nine Mile Point Nursery located on a historic wooded property on the Westbank. The setting makes it worth driving the extra miles. Nine Mile Point Nursery, nine-mile-point-nursery-farms.hub.biz/.
4. KHOTAN CARPETS
Having grown up in a home with antique carpets, they evoke special memories for me. I’m drawn to Khotan carpets that originated in Western China along the trade route. Their delicate designs strike a nice balance between East and West. NOLA Rugs, nolarugs.com.
5. ANTIQUE FURNITURE
Folks may be surprised to find antique furniture in our decidedly modern rooms, but nothing offsets strict geometric spaces like an antique with gentle curves or rich patina. Balzac Antiques, balzacantiques.com.