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octoBeR 2011

FASHION

what guys want

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Lure him in with fishing gear

heel thyself

Fall’s cutest shoes and handbags

HOME

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BuIlt In style

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hoMe featuRe

Interior decorating color trends

Tom Cianfichi and Bryan Batt’s Uptown cottage

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new&cool

Pretty ways to stay organized

A new perfumery, a blingin’ ring and all-natural sugar scrubs

PERSPECTIVES

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What’s old media is new media

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Balzac of Balzac Antiques

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his month, fashion blogger/ wunderkind/juggernaut Tavi Gevinson launched a new website (www.rookiemag. com). The tale of its creation is a prime example of a trippy, recursive, increasingly common media loop: An 11-year-old Midwestern girl admired Sassy magazine’s tart take on feminism and fashion. She created a blog that was largely an homage to the defunct publication, which caught the eyes of fashion insiders, who helped her launch the afore mentioned website, which was profiled in The New York Times Magazine last month. As of press time, Gevinson’s online interview with The Cut, New York Magazine’s fashion blog, had garnered 494 Facebook likes. Post-structuralists of the 1960s like Roland Barthes were way ahead of the curve when they wrote about intertextuality, but even they couldn’t have predicted all this. And yet in the midst of this complex, fecund and ever-shifting textual landscape, I often hear grim proclamations about “the future of print journalism.” But I think we’re all lucky to be alive during a publishing renaissance. Just look around New Orleans: We have a cadre of sharply stylish bloggers. New magazines like Amelie G and Ballyhoo Vue are springing up online and in newsstands. Pop culture icons

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like Lady Gaga want to edit magazines! Editors like Anna Wintour have become pop culture icons! If I wanted to, I could read War and Peace on my phone! This is a great time to be a reader. It’s also a great time to be a writer. And as the Mobius-strip like narrative of Gevinson’s journey to national prominence shows us, the line between the two grows fainter by the day.

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A purple floral print sweetens a seriously organized agenda, $21 at Gentry (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223). A stylishly embroidered hanging wall organizer features corkboard and hidden cord slots for rechargeable gadgets, $43 at The Occasional Wife (4306 Magazine St., 302-9893 www.theoccasionalwife.com).

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nterior designers and decorators seem to have magical powers when it comes to choosing colors. The ability to see a room “done” and the confidence to act on that vision are rare talents. Here, we round up experts to forecast color trends and pairings for the coming year. Karla Katz, owner of Karla Katz Antiques (4017 Magazine St., 8970061) sees interior color going back to a bright white in a flat finish, but she loves to use color in small spaces like powder rooms. “You can have fun, fun, fun using color in small spaces,” she says. “I love a dark slate-blue gray with gold accents.” Katz says the saturated browns and teals that have been on-trend for the last few years are now passe, and softer colors will prevail. Internationally known color expert Maria Killam spent four years with Benjamin Moore as a color specialist creating exterior and interior palettes for architects, developers, builders, property managers and homeowners. Many of her clients request Benjamin Moore’s Gray Wisp, an excellent foil for almost any other color. Benjamin Moore’s

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BUILT IN STYLE Palladian Blue, a muted blue with a turquoise green undertone, and muted greens and whites are also heavily requested colors. Killam says using the same color throughout the house is a common mistake. She would like to see a return to the days when each room had a unique color identity. To keep this look from feeling disjointed, a balance of clean and muted undertones is required, as well as weaving a thread of color from one room to the next. She advises picking paint color last, after the furnishings and fabrics, and buying a couch in your favorite color instead of opting for the neutral of the minute. Killam sees a return to white walls but cautions that white rooms only work when you have abundant natural light. Unlike gray, which needs to be paired with other colors to keep it from feeling drab, white with the right light can stand on its own. In her home, she has a sunflower yellow couch paired with raspberry, kelly green and crisp black and white accents, all against a backdrop of Benjamin Moore Natural Linen walls. Bryan Batt, actor, co-owner of interior decorating store Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com) and author of design book Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In, says, “Right now, I’m craving mossy greens and moody blues. I’m thinking about redoing a masculine wing chair I have in kelly green linen.” Batt’s go-to Benjamin Moore colors are Barely Teal, Smoke Embers, Sea Life, Davenport Tan, Chocolate Mousse and Cloud White. Joey Helm, owner of Helm Paint (citywide; www.helmpaint.com), predicts more customers will choose bold colors in 2012. His personal favorites include Benjamin Moore’s Caliente, a deep red, and Dry Sage. The most popular colors sold in New Orleans are from a collection of historical colors used in the 18th and 19th centuries in colonial America. Of these, a mid-tone called Bleeker Beige is the most popular. It pairs well with White Dove and Ballet White. Helm notes that customers often choose safe colors with which they feel comfortable. He says as long as colors have a gray undertone, they will be user-friendly.

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CUSTOM TRAVERTINE TOPS AN IRONBASED DINING TABLE DESIGNED BY BATT AND CIANFICHI. THE BACCARAT CHANDELIER BELONGED TO BATT’S MOTHER. THE SWAG CHAIRS ARE FROM MARIO VILLA, AND THE PAINTING IS FROM COLE PRATT GALLERY.

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hen Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi laid eyes on a pale peach, two-story Uptown cottage two years ago, they knew they had found an extraordinary space where their design sensibilities could take flight. After renting a St. Charles Avenue carriage house for seven years, the couple had decided to put down permanent roots. Batt likens their 10-month search for a home to the Goldilocks story: “Everything we looked at needed so much renovation, or was too big, or too small,” he says. “This house was just right.” The former grocery store was not only the perfect size for the couple and their Boston terrier Peggy, it made effective use of every inch of space. Originally only one story, the house was raised by its former owner to include a new kitchen and dining room on the ground floor. It also had an abundance of structural details: high ceilings, a kitchen inlaid with gleaming subway tiles, and brass hardware on the doors. “(The former owner) was doing things that people are doing now to houses, only 30 years ago,” Batt says. “The use of the space is brilliant.” One of Batt’s favorite features is a massive oak French armoire with a built-in bar that came with the house and sits in the living room. Closed, it’s an innocuous storage piece; open, it’s an invitation for revelry. A glittering collection of vintage barware pays subtle tribute to Sal Romano, the hard-drinking ad executive on AMC’s hit series Mad Men, the portrayal of whom brought Batt critical attention and acclaim. Both Batt and Cianfichi spent years navigating New York show business while cramped in tiny, one-bedroom Manhattan apartments. They were exhilarated when confronted with the space and possibility their new home afforded them. Aside from tweaking a few paint colors, they found no need for changes. Instead, they concentrated on selecting furniture and decorative pieces that complemented the building’s unique structure and exhibited their aesthetic. “The house itself spoke to us to use more subdued, grown up and monochromatic colors — with a little bit of glamour,” Cianfichi says. Batt points to the living room as a good example of this philosophy, where the decor takes its cue from a large metallic painting by local artist Blake Boyd, which depicts Disney’s Snow White receiving a resurrecting kiss from Prince Charming. Batt and Cianfichi discovered a low, retro couch at a Salvation Army store and reupholstered it in textured white fabric. Iron console tables designed by Cianfichi flank the windows and are topped by an elaborate Sumatran headdress on a display stand. “We decided to let the outside be the accent,” Batt says, gesturing toward leafy treetops visible through the bare windows. “It’s glorious to sit in here any time of day and look out at the view.” The natural surroundings shine through due to the room’s neutral, muted palette and the lack of window treatments. “It’s real fun for the neighbors,” Batt jokes. Never interested in formal design education, Batt cultivated his strong style persona by taking cues from his hometown. “I’m very inspired by New Orleans,” he says. “I grew up loving the interiors and the furnishings here.” His home is full of inherited pieces, as well as objects picked up on trips to places like France and Thailand. The couple also pulls from their personal experiences and interests. The upstairs hallway has a “Wall of Shame” display-

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THE LARGE PAINTING IS FROM COLE PRATT GALLERY AND THE COFFEE TABLE IS FROM MARIO VILLA. OLD WORLD WEAVERS GEOMETRIC FABRIC COVERS THE DAY BED. THE TWEED DRAPES ARE BY JACK MAYBERRY OF PERCH.

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n his 2010 memoir, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother: A Memoir, Bryan Batt paid homage to his beloved mom, Gayle. Now, in his second book, Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love To Live In, available Oct. 4, Batt salutes the elegant yet effortless style found in some of New Orleans’ most beautiful homes. “New Orleans is the city that care forgot,” Batt says. “We don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. We’re not all fussy and we’re not all buttoned up. There’s a great sense of style, but it’s never contrived. There’s an authenticity to the rooms we put in this book.” Written by Batt with Katy Danos and photographed by Kerri McCaffety, Big, Easy Style is instructive, entertaining and visually satisfying. Batt, Tom Cianfichi and Danos spent a year styling a stunning array of photographs, while Batt and Danos put together a compendium of information celebrating the diversity and individuality unique to New Orleans. Lighthearted text and chapter headings (“Don’t Be Afraid Of Color, What Did It Ever Do To You?”) capture Batt’s humor as well as his fearless approach to design. “New Orleans style is eclectic in the best sense of the word,” he says. “That’s reflected in the book. Every time you turn the page, there’s something new and different.” There will be a book signing at Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, visit www.bigeasystyle. com. — Lee Cutrone

ing family photographs, both poignant (their mothers’ wedding portraits, side by side) and playful (Cianfichi and Batt at a Vegas costume party, dressed as Liberace and Liza Minnelli). A travertine and iron table, also designed by Cianfichi, holds court in the dining room, and works of art by Batt are scattered throughout the house. No particular era has claimed their devotion, Batt says: “There are beautiful design elements of every place and period, but I want to live in the here and the now.” The couple’s offbeat humor and lack of pretense are palpable in every corner of the house — and not by accident. “Your home should reflect your personality,” Batt says. “And I like to think we’re fun.” Although their care and precision is evidenced by the stunning visual effect of each room, the home feels lived-in and unassuming, perhaps because things never stay the same for long. Batt has plans to reupholster a pair of chairs in the downstairs den with a funky, mohair-like fabric, and to repurpose his grandmother’s old furs into new throw pillows. It’s an evolving process of trial and error in search of perfection. “I firmly believe you have to inhabit a space for a while before you can develop a lifestyle in it,” Batt says. “I do want to get it done. But when you’re done … it’s over.” Fortunately, there’s Hazelnut, Batt and Cianfichi’s Magazine Street home furnishings store,

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to provide further outlet for their aesthetic inclinations. “Someone told us once that when you own a store, you carry a certain percentage of things you like, but also a certain necessary percentage of things you don’t like,” Cianfichi says. “We don’t buy into that. We’re attracted to everything we put in our store.” Available merchandise ranges from coffee tables and Italian china to signature New Orleans and Pontchartrain Beach toile fabrics, all handpicked at market by the store’s owners. Like his latest book, Big Easy Style (see sidebar), it’s another way for Batt to convey his and Cianfichi’s design philosophy to other visionaries. “Every morning, I wake up, and my mantra is ‘I love my house,’” he says, smiling. “It’s a good feeling to be happy where you are.”

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earing a perfume is like wearing a dress,” says Celso Fadelli, president of InterTrade Europe. “You don’t have one dress. You shouldn’t wear one perfume.” InterTrade Europe recently opened Avery Fine Perfumery’s (527 St. Joseph St., www.averyfineperfumeries.com) first U.S. location in the Warehouse District. Modeled on an aviary, the perfumery eschews labels and gaudy packaging on its products, preferring to let the scent speak for itself. “An aviary is a metaphor for perfume. We like the idea of perfumes being something flighted, and we also like to acknowledge the mysterious part of creating perfume,” says interior designer Lilian Driessen. “Every store is based on an aviary where birds live.” Driessen’s design for the New Orleans location differs in some ways from its predecessors in London and Modena, Italy: She incorporated more salvaged

items as an homage to New Orleans’ past. “Because of the flooding, there’s a lot of salvage — I saved doors, locks, details and some of the metal wear which is so recognizable,” she says. “I incorporated balconies into the shop as well. The spirit of the old town is still in here, attached to the perfumes.” Avery’s perfumes range in price from $70 for a solid balm to $850 for a perfume and include brands like Carthusia, Nasomatto, Nez a Nez and Czech & Speake. Fadelli’s target customer is welltraveled, curious and artistic — traits embodied by many residents of New Orleans, he says, which is why he chose it as the international perfumery’s third location. “The soul of the concept of Avery is very close to the soul of the city of New Orleans,” Fadelli says. “We have an ingredient of art in the creation of the perfume, and New Orleans is one of the most artistic cities in America.” — Missy Wilkinson

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ould you enjoy watching 186 brilliant-cut white, yellow and black diamonds coruscate as you pump your fist to Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)? Stop by Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999; www.aucoinhart.com) to purchase a raffle ticket for $20 (or six for $100) for a chance to win this $15,000, 3.4-carat ring. All proceeds benefit Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation for needy children. Payton will sign autographs and raffle the ring and other prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Aucoin Hart Jewelers. — Wilkinson oc tob e r.2 0 1 1 <<<

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n a cozy boutique full of French antiques, a white standard poodle sits when commanded to assieds-toi. Upon hearing bonjour, he holds out his paw to give a nice handshake. It sounds like a scene straight out of Paris, but it unfolds regularly right here in New Orleans. “(Balzac) understands my antique-dealer French,” says Sarah Scott Thomas, owner-operator of Balzac Antiques (3506 Magazine St., 899-2668; www.balzacantiques.com). The antiques store is named after the dog, who in turn is named after 19th-century French writer Honore de Balzac. The writer was a quirky character, making him a fitting namesake for the store, which Thomas seeks to fill with unique pieces. “I inevitably gravitate toward things that are a tiny bit quirky,” she says. “They’re going to have a twist.” Like his namesake, Balzac is a bit of a quirky dog. “He’s elegant to look at, and he sits like a king, but he’s just still a goofball,” Thomas says. “If you’re talking to him, he’ll continue to walk, and he’ll look at you over the shoulder and bump into a wall.”

Though the name may be appropriate, Thomas’ son, who was around 10 years old when Thomas bought the dog, was not such a fan of it. “He was very upset that I named the dog Balzac,” Thomas says, pausing. “Because it sounds like anatomy.” Fortunately for those who are uncomfortable with the name’s homophonic quality, the dog also answers to Zac. Thomas does her antiques shopping in France and Italy. The shop includes tables, armoires, settees, tapestries and artwork, but Thomas has a special affinity for certain antiques. “Drawings, chandeliers and mirrors are things I really, really love,” she says. Every piece has a story, and Thomas does thorough research to learn the history. She takes pride in steering customers toward the right pieces for their budgets and aesthetics. Like Thomas, Balzac also has favorite items. “Balzac usually picks a piece of furniture that he loves,” Thomas says. He can often be found curled up on one of those favorites, be it a settee or a chaise

longue, which generally draws customers’ attention. “They feel guilty when they buy it, and I have to assure them it’s OK; he’ll get over it,” she says with a laugh. One habit of Balzac’s could actually deter people from purchasing certain items: taking the price tags off furniture. “People are like, ‘Why don’t you have a price tag on this?’ and I’m like, ‘I do, I do! I did,’” Thomas says. “The really funny thing is that he’s kind of a sneak about it. It’s not like I find him under my desk chewing paper, I’ll find him in a corner chewing on paper.” Thomas enjoys being able to spend time socializing with her customers, many of whom become good friends, and looks forward to mingling with them when Balzac Antiques participates in Art for Art’s Sake on October 1. “There’s a comfort zone with the dog, with me, with the approachability of the things I sell, and so it’s nice to have a special event after hours,” she says. “And people won’t leave. It’s like they won’t go to other stores.” oc tob e r.2 0 1 1 <<<

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