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april 2012

FASHION

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what guys want

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floral fixation

Up-to-par, golf-inspired duds

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new&cool Surf-and-turf accessories

cue tips Local soap, buttons and a stylish memoir

Things that go bloom look so right.

PERSPECTIVES

cue kids Spring them into their Sunday best.

HOME

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SHOPPING

Built in style

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froM the editor A voice for the trees

shop dogs Hail Rex of Wirthmore Antiques

Decks are a fun home improvement.

BEAUTY

hoMe feature Gracious living in the Vieux Carre

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lusterphile Manicure tips to nail a perfect 10


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New Spring Looks

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from the editor he longer I live in New Orleans, the less I know about it. The city is a pastiche of countless societies, each one boasting an arcane history bordered by forgetfulness and myth. The city’s deep — this we all know, but it’s still delightful when it reveals another facet. That happened to me last week, when I met Betty Bagert at Lark in the Park, an annual fundraiser for City Park. She told me about its ancient society of trees. “They’re 700 and 800 years old — the largest collection of live oaks in the world. People don’t realize that,” Betty said as she stood under an oak named for her. “I’m honored to have a tree named after me. And such a pretty tree!” Slight and fey, with a sparkling presence, Betty is easy to cast as the human incarnation of a tree spirit. The other trees have names and vivid histories, too: there’s the Thirsty Oak, which leans out to sip from a bayou; the Suicide Oak, which lost two limbs but did not take its life after Hurricane Katrina; and others that Betty didn’t have time to tell me about. “I don’t want to bore you with my tree stories,” she said, laughing. There are no other tree stories in this month’s CUE, but there’s

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VINTAGE RAM’S HEAD LAMP, $150 AT REHAB.

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VINTAGE SEASHELL PENDANT, $25 AT MISS CLAUDIA’S VINTAGE CLOTHING & COSTUMES (4204 MAGAZINE ST., 8976310; WWW.MISSCLAUDIAS.COM).

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dding a deck to your home can provide a large return on your investment and enrich your quality of life. Decks combine the comfort of indoors with the leisure and beauty of the outdoors — and they provide a great place to entertain. Because they increase living space at a low price, decks offer a remarkable return on investment. According to Remodeling magazine’s 20112012 Cost vs. Value Report for New Orleans, the average cost of adding a deck is $9,768 and it provides a 73.6 percent return on the investment — higher than the return you get from adding a bathroom, and at a third of the price. However, homeowners must tread carefully when adding a deck. Combined with complex

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building codes, New Orleans’ ecology makes wood construction daunting, especially for a proud do-it-yourselfer. “Each house in New Orleans is different, and it’s important to hire someone who deals in New Orleans construction specifically and will know the property laws and codes,” says Jorge Lopez of Rising Sun Property Management (919-8337). Ensure quality while adding a personal touch by enlisting a handyperson and seeking ideas and reclaimed materials from local resources. “The first thing to do when considering a deck is to see if the house will allow it,” Lopez says. “Where will the pilings go? How will it be attached? It’s no good to attach a deck to a house that’s rotting. Any person claiming to be a handyman can build a

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deck, but in a few months after that person’s cashed the check and gone, everything is falling apart.” To avoid losing resources, consumers should spend time searching for the right contractor. “Some great ways to find reputable contractors are through word of mouth, checking out the bulletin board here at the Preservation Salvage Store and searching Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com),” says Melanie Linn of the Preservation Salvage Store (2801 Marais St., 947-0038; www.rtno.org/getinvolved/salvage-store). An important but fun part of deck building is researching ideas, because it lets homeowners put their own spin on a project that’s generally too tough to do without hiring help. “When people have questions, want to have their plans reviewed or just want to get ideas, we have someone to talk to at Operation Comeback — for free,” says Averil Oberhelman of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (923 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-7032; www.prcno.org). “Becky [Rebecca O’Malley] is always here. Also, The Preserve New Orleans discussion group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/preserveneworleans) is a spam-free place to post questions, complaints or praise, and is really a useful tool.” Many New Orleanians want to add decks that fit in with traditional architectural styles. A proven way to guarantee a striking and sustainable New Orleans-style deck is to purchase materials from members of The ReUse District (www.thereusedistrict.org) such as The Green Project (2831 Marais St., 945-0240; www.thegreenproject.org) and the Preservation Salvage Store. Lopez says, “I strive to use reclaimed materials for three reasons: It’s good for the environment, old stuff is better than the cheap stuff from China at big-box home improvement stores and old New Orleans materials fit the character of the city.”

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Lacoste pastel polos offer a polished yet lively look, $89.50 at M. Clothier Goldberg Clothier.

Made from 100 percent cotton, these Ben Sherman Triumph shorts are an easy, practical choice, $99 at Style Lab for Men (3326 Magazine St., 304-5072; www.stylelabformen.com).

Lined with seersucker, Sperryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top-Sider Oxford saddle shoes bring a relaxed but chic edge to iconic golf footwear, $100 at Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 8958661; www.perlis.com).

Peruvian-made VK Nagrani socks are a modern, snazzy alternative to argyle, $35 at M. Goldberg Clothier (502 Leontine St., 8911119; www.mgoldbergclothier.com).

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LINEN PILLOWS FROM SOFAS & CHAIRS REPEAT THE PINK OF A PAINTING BY JAMES MICHALOPOULOS IN THE LIVING ROOM. THE ANTIQUE ARMCHAIR, PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE U.S. EMBASSY IN CAIRO, WAS PURCHASED THROUGH A MERCHANT IN ENGLAND.

QUARTER TURN KYLE AND PATRICIA SCHONEKAS’ HISTORIC FRENCH QUARTER HOUSE FEATURES LUXURY LIVING WITH AN ACCENT ON ART. BY L E E C U T R O N E PH OTOS BY T H E R E S A C A S S AG N E


ourbon Street may conjure images of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and the uninhibited patrons they entertain. But elegant historic homes are also part of Bourbon Street’s unique allure. This world-famous thoroughfare has a wealth of residential gems, gated courtyards and lush balconies hidden behind plaster walls. Attorney Kyle Schonekas and his wife Patricia, a court reporter, own one such home. “My grandmother was born on Bourbon Street just a few blocks away and it was always my dream since I was a young kid to move down here,” says Kyle, a native New Orleanian. Patricia, who moved to New Orleans from Los Angeles 30 years ago and was happily ensconced in Old Metairie, needed a bit more convincing. “Kyle had to really pull me to get me here,” she says. “I had a list of requirements. I wanted off-street parking and security. But once I decided to move, I absolutely loved it.” The house the Schonekases chose, a two-story, masonry edifice with a lacy, wraparound balcony and private courtyard, is a classic example of 19th-century Creole architecture. Built in 1840 as a single-story house, then expanded in the 1880s, it had become a duplex by the time the couple purchased it two years ago. With the help of architect Rick Fifield, the couple gutted the interior, reconfigured the floor plan as a single family dwelling, and gave it light-filled spaces and a beautiful new kitchen and master bath. A third-floor attic became a roomy, custom closet — a particularly rare find in French Quarter abodes. “The

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last renovation was in the ’70s,” Kyle says. “There was shag carpet and paisley wallpaper, but as our architect said, ‘the bones were good.’ We wanted to open it up and update it.” The project took 11 months, and the result is a happy house imbued with the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ past — horse-drawn carriages clip-clop through the streets, and the balcony overlooks the rooftops of historic houses and landmarks. A colorful art collection attests to the artistic renaissance of the city: Works by George Rodrigue, James Michalopoulos, David Harouni, Frank Relle, William Hemmerling and Tony Nozero hang throughout the house. The act of collecting art and chandeliers is a shared passion for the couple, who are self-described “art junkies.” At home, they make the rounds to local galleries, art markets, festivals, restaurants, coffee shops, street vendors and antique stores. When traveling, they venture to galleries off the beaten path in search of talented young artists. Furnishing the houses they renovate is also a joint endeavor. “Ninety-eight percent of the time, we do it together,” says Patricia, who finds interior design ideas and inspiration on Pinterest, a popular social website that allows users to create collections of images. “We both have to agree,” Kyle says. “We have mutual power of veto.” Having completed three renovations prior to taking on the Bourbon Street address, the Schonekases had a good idea of the kind of things that complement their lifestyle. Creating a home

custom cabinets from Huey brown’s KitcHens were given a patinaed seafoam finisH by artist patricia delaney. table from renaissance interiors; cHairs from dop antiques. painting by James micHalopoulos.

The project took 11 months, and the result is a happy house imbued with the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ past.


the Iron rAIlIng of A stAIrcAse thAt leAds to the couple’s thIrd-floor AttIc-turned-closet lends A strong desIgn element to the mAster bAth. A lAte 18th-century ItAlIAn church AltAr Is pAIred wIth relIgIous ArtIfActs And Art In the entrywAy. chAIrs from renAIssAnce InterIors; chAndelIer from JulIe neIll.

that could comfortably accommodate family gatherings and visits (Kyle has five grown children) was as important as showcasing art. The house’s 3,000 square feet include three bedrooms, two baths, a powder room, a kitchen, living room, dining room, office and foyer, with an additional 400 square feet of frequently used outdoor space on the balcony. Establishing a house that married their tastes was part of the process. “Patricia has a great sense of color,” Kyle says. “She’s reined me in and kept me from being more eclectic. There’s a cohesiveness that wouldn’t be here but for her.” The “more art-driven” of the two, Kyle is drawn to figural paintings rendered in a heavily applied gesso and is attuned to the finer points of the architecture. It was his idea to lend a sense of age to the living/dining room by adding arches and wainscoting, decorative details often used in grand homes of the 19th century. “Kyle has a lot of knowledge of the history of houses,” Patricia says. “And with the art, I think he sees things that I don’t until it’s up. He’s got a great eye. I like to let him be himself and he lets me do the same.” Though Patricia is drawn to strong colors, the couple found that a soft, neutral background palette, such as the living room’s subtle khaki walls, is best suited to displaying their vivid art. The cheerful sea foam green of the kitchen’s a p ril .2 0 1 2 <<<

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in keeping wiTh The houSe’S 19Th-cenTury originS, The homeownerS added archeS and wainScoTing To The living and dining roomS. coffee Table from renaiSSance inTeriorS; Sofa and upholSTered chairS from SofaS & chairS. The dining Table waS purchaSed aT an anTiQueS STore in ponchaToula and The mirror above The manTle waS found aT a pariS flea markeT. dining chairS and armoire from renaiSSance inTeriorS; chandelierS from STan levy anTiQueS. The exTerior of The SchonekaSeS’ 19Th-cenTury creole-STyle french QuarTer reSidence iS painTed a Salmon color and Trimmed wiTh green and whiTe. evergreen wiSTeria climbS The poSTS SupporTing The balcony and The wroughT iron railing ThaT wrapS iTS Two SideS.

custom cabinets and glass tile backsplash is an exception. Yet that monochromatic combination still acts as a neutral foil for the Michalopoulos painting hanging above the breakfast table. “The painting aspect is the hard part,” Patricia says. “It’s about pulling colors together to make it all blend.” With such a lovely melange of furnishings and art at home, some couples might be tempted to stay in. But the Schonekases take full advantage of the French Quarter’s pedestrian-friendly lifestyle and close-knit community. “You meet more people here,” Patricia says. “There are organizations to join and wonderful parties. A lot of French Quarter residents open their homes for different events. It’s amazing what’s behind those doors. There’s so much history here.”

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Vintage oVersized blouse by nilani, $24, deer necklace by girly, $14, both at The Revival OuTpOsT; teal cutoff shorts by free PeoPle, $68, cork Platforms by charles daVid, $120, all at hemline.


YELLOW MINI DRESS BY DO & BE, $46 AT ARMOIRE; SHEER FLORAL BLOUSE BY TEANROSE; $34 AT FROCK CANDY; ORANGE AND GOLD CUFF BRACELET, $25 AT HEMLINE.

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Ivory blouse wIth black accents by lolIta, $38 at Armoire; whIte floral lace skIrt by Pearl, $149.95, at Hemline.

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On Kristen (left): DarK flOral maxi peasant Dress by free peOple, $198 at hemline; shell penDant, $25 at miss Claudiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vintage Clothing & Costumes. On COCO (right): sheer flOral Dress by r & K Originals, $20, shell belt, $14, bOth at the ReViVal outpost.


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FINGER TIPS NAILING A PERFECT TEN t’s spring — time to put away the mittens and gloves and show off those pretty paws. Of course you’ll have to do something with your nails. With the right supplies, you can become your own nail stylist. “The most important part of any at-home manicure is nail prep, which contributes to the salonquality look,” says Karen Hutchison of Urban Suite Salon & Spa (1925 Sophie Wright Place, 522-8545). First, exfoliate hands with a scrub like Mango Hand Peel to reveal soft, glowing skin. Massage cuticle oil into the cuticles, push them back with an orange stick and rub nail polish remover on the nails with a cotton ball. This keeps color from growing out too quickly and prevents chips. Next, clean under the nails with a

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Sally Hansen pink tartan nail polish strips, $10.49 at Walgreens (citywide; www.walgreens.com).

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nail file, shine them with a buffer and file them with an emery board. This prevents snags and gives nails a uniform length. “(For a traditional polish-only manicure,) apply a base coat to prevent chips and stains, especially when using a dark polish,” Hutchison says/ After the base coat dries, brush on nail polish, making sure to swipe the tip of the nail with polish to prevent chips. Use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to wipe off polish that has gotten on your skin. Wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second coat. After the second coat is dry, brush on a top coat to give nails a glossy shine, prevent chips and stains, and smooth glitter polishes so they won’t snag. To score a creative look, try stick-on nail polish strips, novelty nail polishes, nail stamping kits or nail art pens. Available in fun designs including animal prints, plaids and florals, stick-on strips wear like nail polish. “The strips last up to two weeks when used correctly,” says Michelle White of My Spa by the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; www. myspabythepark.com). “Applying a top coat is imperative.” In addition to glitter nail polish, try shatter nail polish, which gives nails an edgy, broken-glass look. Nail stamping kits make intricate nail art easy to apply as well as change, and nail art pens offer the most creative control.

Sally Hansen orange nail art pen, $8.99 at Walgreens (citywide; www.walgreens.com).

Forte Plus top coat and cuticle stick with oil by Cuccio Naturale, $12.95; OPI shatter nail polish or OPI regular polish $7.50 each; all at My Spa by the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; www.myspabythepark.com).

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LUXURIOUS LATHER avish, glittery shoe soaps from local skin care line Wabi Sabi Soaps and Sundries (www.wabisabisoaps. com) were quite the catch at Muses. Founded in 2011 by New Orleans native Bridget Gillane, the line boasts handmade soaps, lotion bars, salt scrubs and soaking salts made with locally grown herbs and free of preservatives and parabens. An art teacher by day, Gillane’s experience in art and interior design lends itself to Wabi Sabi Soap and Sundries’ product development and branding: “Wabi-sabi,” a term commonly employed by artists, means “finding beauty in the imperfect,” one of Gillane’s production ideals. Another is providing consumers with natural, spa-quality products. Items are made with olive, coconut, avocado and almond oils, cocoa, mango and shea butters, and therapeutic essential oils. Quality raw materials set products apart from those found in most household-name skin care lines, Gillane says. “Customers notice a difference in their skin’s moisture almost immediately,” she says. “Many people who react negatively to mass-produced products have no irritation when using our products. I also get a ton of compliments on the blends of fragrances and essential oils.” Anyone who didn’t catch a

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shoe soap at Muses this year will be glad to know that they will return next year. She also makes large lotion bars on request and designs seasonal items. Gillane is developing perfume oils with notes of New Orleans scents, including white magnolia, night jasmine and sweet olive. Wabi Sabi Soaps and Sundries products are available for purchase at Salire Fitness and Pilates Studio (4209 Magazine St., 821-4896; www.salirefitness.com) and online at Gillane’s Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/wabisabisoaps). — MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY

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THREADLINES In Designing in Ivory and White (LSU Press), bridal and debutante gown designer Suzanne Perron unveils her creative process as well as her personal history. A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, Perron designed for Vera Wang, Anna Sui and Caroline Herrera before opening her Magazine Street atelier. A captivating read for admirers of couture fashion, the book is $55 at Garden District Book Shop (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com). — MISSY WILKINSON

BUTTON UP f you’re looking to up the bling factor, slide on a vintage designer button ring by Thad Cline. The jewelry designer and his partner Phillip Hefner scour Parisian and Italian flea markets for vintage Louis Vuitton, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent garments, harvest the buttons and repurpose them into custom jewelry. “It’s a unique way to recycle couture buttons,” Hefner says. Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com) hosts a trunk show March 28-31. — MISSY WILKINSON

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ex greets everyone who enters Wirthmore Antiques (3727 Magazine Street, 269-0660, www. wirthmoreantiques.com), but his owner Tim Jones says it’s an extra good sign if he meets you with a toy in his mouth. “He’s very friendly with everyone, [but] if he brings you a toy to play, it shows that he likes you,” Jones says. “He doesn’t do that with everyone.” Rex arrived in New Orleans by way of Ohio, and Jones says it wasn’t his plan to name the dog after the old-line Carnival krewe. The breeder, unaware of the Rex parade, gave the sociable dog the name Rex because it means “noble” and “king.” Yet, seeing Rex in repose among the antiques, wearing his black-and-gold fleur-de-lis collar, it’s hard to imagine him with any other name. Each morning Rex begins his day with a 30-minute walk in the dog park. Upon arriving at Wirthmore, Rex dances around the store, scattering his toys and greeting customers — unless a fire is burning in the fireplace, in which case Rex curls up in a chair near the flames

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and naps all day. The four-year-old Scottish terrier loves to be petted, especially when he’s lounging on a favorite piece of furniture: a 19th-century French gilt wood canape. Once home, Rex likes to play with Simone, a cat. While some dogs do not get along with cats, Jones says Rex is the opposite and is very protective of Simone. “A friend came over with her dog, and her dog tried to get the cat, and Rex got between them,” Jones says. “They’re very mischievous together.” Rex loves people, and Jones often brings him to dogfriendly bars in the French Quarter, where the Scottish terrier sits on the furniture and drinks water. Rex is friendly to everyone, but Jones says the dog’s favorite person is Gay Wirth, owner of Wirthmore Antiques. “When he hears her car, he starts circling the store and grabs the reindeer toy she gave him for Christmas,” Jones says. “They have a routine where he circles [the store] while she throws him the toy.” First opened in 1983, Wirthmore Antiques is a treasure trove of antiques, which Wirth describes as her

little world of France. “It’s a store with a heartbeat,” Wirth says. “I want people to come in and enjoy the ambience. I buy what touches my heart.” Originally specializing in 18th- and 19th-century French provincial antiques, the store also carries Italian and Swedish antiques. “I fell in love with France, and my dream was to be able to understand the French culture better and know its people, then have a shop that would represent the real heartbeat of France, not the tourist heartbeat,” Wirth says. Jones and Wirth had discussed getting a dog — possibly a French bulldog for the shop, but everything fell into place once Rex came to the store. Since Rex became the shop dog, Jones says customers come in the store and immediately ask about him. “[Customers] are more interested in the dog than antiques,” Wright says. “Even those most interested in antiques are more interested in Rex.” a p ril .2 0 1 2 <<<

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