New Orleans Homes Autumn 2023

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New Build of the Year

A modern waterfront home in Madisonville stuns with superb architectural design 40

Sophisticated Charm

Proper space planning, and a mix of vintage and modern pieces, creates a welcome abode for one local family 48

Design Masters

Five design pros at the top of their game 54

Best of Home Winners

Your picks for the best home design pros in the area 60


Editor’s Note

Autumn Seranade 18

Design Diary

What’s new 20


Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier shares his must haves 22

Get Organized

Getting ready and organized for grilling season 24

Artist Profile

Colleen Frampton 26


A delectable spoonbread recipe from Crescent City BBQ 28

Home Grown

Foxglove makes for a beautiful, cool-season bedding plant 30

Bright Ideas

Make your midday soriée shine with tips from two hospitality icons 32


Locally made works of art imbue a stylish sense of place 34

Home Renewal New Orleans’ quintessential gas lamps are attractive and easy to maintain 68

Inspiration Board


Our 2023 New Build of the Year in Madisonville puts architecture at the forefront. (p. 40)

A 1970s design revival brings on the nostalgic feels 70

Expert Advice

Trending textures in stone, tile and flooring 71

Last Indulgence

Rugs and runners add a cozy touch to any space 74

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Autumn Serenade

If autumn wasn’t already everyone’s favorite season, my guess is this year it will reach peak popularity. Every year, I’m beyond glad when cooler temperatures prevail, but never more so than after the dog days we’ve just suffered. If you developed seasonal affective disorder from spending too much time in the A/C and not enough in the outdoors, you’re not alone. Fun fact: As a rule, I don’t keep ice cream in the house. Rather, we usually walk to The Creole Creamery, Ice Cream 504 or Lucy Boone when we want a scoop. This year, I broke down and started keeping it in the house. Between ice cream at our fingertips and our daily walks dwindling to about one or two per week, our fitness room has been busy, to say the least. Yes, it has been a brutal season — good riddance, summer.

This issue should prove to be a welcome reminder of the autumnal shift in color, texture, flavors and general vibes. Personally, I’m looking forward to harvesting the fall veggies we planted at the end of summer, getting back to the parks in our neighborhood and time spent in the kitchen without worrying too much about the oven heating the room to unbearable. One dish on my radar is the spoonbread in “Gatherings” that the folks at Central City BBQ shared with us. Tailgating food never sounded so good.

I hope this issue provides inspiration and motivation, however you decide to serenade the season. Cheers!


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Design Exhibitions

Now through Nov. 26, explore a major new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art dubbed Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour. Exploring the past and future of American fashion, the exhibition highlights more than 100 American designers — including underrecognized and under-represented designers — with garments from the 19th century to present day. Another exhibition traveling from the SCAD Museum of Art, Ring Redux: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, runs through Feb. 4 and highlights 100 rings by artists from around the world who have reinvented the jewelry form with a distinctly contemporary sense of experimental craft.

The Art of Entertaining

Michael Harold and Quinn Peeper, two of New Orleans’ most beloved hosts and concert pianists, have released their first book, “Classical Shindig: Amateur Artistry from the Simple to the Sublime” (Susan Schadt Press, $60). The book brings readers into the duo’s New Orleans Garden District home, recounting seasonal celebrations and lavish parties. In addition to hosting, interior design and entertaining tips, Harold and Peeper share more than 60 recipes for every occasion, QR codes for recorded movements of their concertos, illustrations by acclaimed artists Paul Cox and Tug Rice, photographs by 12 renowned Southern photographers and more. Available at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., Ste. 8,

Hotel Renovations

The voco St. James Hotel, originally built in 1833 as the Banks Arcade and, in 1859, converted into the St. James Hotel, underwent a major renovation and conversion into an InterContinental Hotels Group hotel in 2021. Bethany Deac, principal designer with VIVE Collaborative, led the redesign, which included the on-site bar and cafe (Cafe Flamant) and 84 guest rooms. Guests will find a soft color palette of light grays, golds and blues; new mattresses, linens, lamps and lounge chairs; and instances of voco’s three mascots (the finch, the owl and the flamingo) throughout the hotel. “The modern, comfortable voco hotel complements the rich history of the building throughout this renovation,” says General Manager, Aaron Pool. 330 Magazine St., 304-4000,


DIY Design

Floor & Décor, a leading source for hard-surface flooring, recently opened a 70,000-square-foot store in Metairie. The warehousestyle store marks the company’s second store in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the 200th store overall. Floor & Décor offers homeowners and professionals a broad in-stock selection of tile, natural wood, natural stone, laminate and luxury vinyl plank, plus tools, decorative materials, wall tile and related accessories for hardsurface flooring projects. 3609 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie,

City Park’s New Master Plan

City Park Conservancy has partnered with landscape architectural firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., to develop and implement a long-range master plan to address improvements and operations at New Orleans City Park. Areas of importance include serving the greater good, addressing community needs, deepening the park’s historical and cultural context, improving environmental resiliency, and creating a dynamic and enduring sense of place. MVVA will lead the 18-month planning process, with the goal of stewarding City Park throughout the next century. neworleanscitypark. org,

Meanwhile, Le Méridien New Orleans elevated its guest experience through a multimillion-dollar renovation. This 23-story modern hotel now features updated guest rooms (410 luxury guest rooms in all), meeting and event spaces (plus a new meeting room on the second floor with a dining and pre-function area), rooftop pool deck, fitness center (with new cardio equipment), outdoor patio and the restaurant and bar, Longitude 90, plus the a grab-and-go sundries market. 333 Poydras St.,

Additionally, Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans, a hotel that originally opened in 2002, recently unveiled a multimillion-dollar musicthemed renovation. Boston-based Group One Partners upgraded the guest rooms with new furnishings, soft goods, and wall and floor coverings. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based fine art consulting firm Faulkner + Locke chose a complete art package showcasing the city’s storied musical past. The extended-stay hotel features 166 suites (available with one or two bedrooms, each equipped with full kitchens), an indoor pool, a fitness center and 5,561 square feet of meeting space. 901 Poydras St., 581-5599,


Calm and Collected

Floral designer and antiquarian Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier finds peace, love and happiness in the art — and the act — of collecting


Table Matters

Setting a pretty table is a must — no matter the occasion. Inside every hutch or sideboard there should be a set of versatile, colored coupes. Baracco yellow coupes are festive for champagne or decadent dessert. Hilltop Shoppe,


Singing the Blues

I’m drawn to blue and white porcelain and have amassed a treasure trove over time. I love how the old, crusty pieces somehow look fresh and the new ones always feel classic. Dunn and Sonnier Antiques, Flowers and Gifts, dunnandsonnier. com


Asian Enchantment

My very first job was watering plants in the lobby of a very exclusive condominium complex. I was captivated by the hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper and have since been enamored by all things featuring the delicate and detailed Asian motifs. Late 19th-Century Chinoiserie decorated chest of drawers, Balzac Antiques,


In Good Taste

I’m always intrigued by the way others prepare food so, for me, perusing a cookbook is much like going on adventure. I have dozens of tomes, but my favorites are those by the local legends. “The Dooky Chase Kitchen: Leah’s Legacy Cookbook,” WYES New Orleans,

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If storage space is at a premium, a compact grill tool set, like this one from Laguiole, does the trick.

Prep Perfect

Getting ready and organized for grilling season

Minimize indoor/outdoor trekking by having everything you need outside at your fingertips. These organizing tools keep cooking implements and ingredients ready so you can focus on the fire.

Stash It

Grill caddies come in a range of styles and serve as a single spot for stashing tools, condiments — and even a cold beverage for the chef. Some styles are designed to mount near the grill, while others clamp on or come as a soft-sided tote for portability.

Linens and things

Safety First

Clear a Workspace

Are you looking for the feel of an outdoor kitchen that works with a smaller space (or budget)? Outdoor kitchen islands come in a variety of materials from sturdy metal to chic teak, offering storage and prep space for food and beverages.

A rattan server, like this two-tiered style from Judy at the Rink, transitions between seasons and does double duty for holding napkins, utensils, or snacks.

Work Smarter

An easy-to-clean silicone mat gives your tools a designated resting spot between flips — and even has a notch to tame unwieldy tongs.

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Grill trays keep raw and cooked foods clearly separated and easy to transport.

Colleen Frampton

Several years ago, while assisting ceramic artist Lisa Alpaugh of LiBird Studio, Colleen Frampton found that clay was the perfect medium for her own art. Her first pieces were busts of her three young grandchildren, made by casting molds, then adorning each form with a decorative language drawn from each child’s personality.

“It’s a frozen moment in time, capturing the essence of that child wherever they are in their age,” says Frampton.

Those first forays into clay soon led to miniature busts reminiscent of fragments found on an archaeological dig — and the corresponding realization that each of Frampton’s works contained a fragment or piece of herself as well.

The South Carolina native says the seed for her love of art was planted by her mother who was an artist and who experienced every avenue of art and craft she could.

“I loved smelling the scent of turpentine upstairs in her studio,” recalls Frampton, who grew up on Swan Lake Drive, from which she named her business, Swan Lake Studio (

Frampton pursued nursing as a career and has worked as a registered nurse at the St. Thomas Community Health Center since 2007 when her husband’s career as a pastor brought the couple to New Orleans. She

recently cut back from full time to part time in order to devote more time to art.

As a nurse and an artist, she is fascinated by the human body.

“I’m not afraid of the body,” she says. “The body is beautiful and fascinating.”

She also finds inspiration in how we’ve arrayed the body throughout history with clothing, jewelry, shoes, military regalia and other outward forms.

“I like the elaborate details,” she says. “The designs are inspiring.”

Perhaps because her first works were representations of children, she says she likes her pieces to be whimsical. Some have flowers, vines or butterflies. Others are clothed in mosaics made from cuts of paper. The gold ones call to mind ancient breast plates of armor, or museum-like bits of sculpture mounted on stands. Her custom busts are literally imprinted with meaning. Herbs, flowers and paw prints with special significance have left their mark in her earthen keepsakes. Elements of the corporeal and therefore the temporal are incorporated into each Frampton creation. But what is really at play is the spiritual that lies within and Frampton plans to continue exploring where her “body of work” takes her.

“I’m still an emerging artist,” she says. “This is going to take me somewhere I don’t even know.”

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Fan Favorite

From the tailgating tent to the Thanksgiving table, Crescent City BBQ’s signature spoonbread will have the crowd cheering


Yields approx. 15 servings

9 eggs

1 ½ cups sour cream

1 tbsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

4 14-ounce cans cream corn

1 box Jiffy brand cornbread mix

1 pound butter

1. Melt butter.

2. Place melted butter in a mixing bowl, add eggs, sour cream, baking powder and sugar. Mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined.

3. Add cornbread mix, mix on low speed; add cream corn, mix on low until thoroughly combined.

4. Grease 9-inch by 13-inch aluminum foil pan; add mixture; and Bake at 375 F for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the spoon bread is golden brown and set.

5. Let cool before serving.

About Crescent City BBQ

Founded by third-generation restaurateur and barbecue aficionado Marc Bonifacic and award-winning Chef Aaron Burgau, Crescent City BBQ offers soulful Southern fare in a funky outdoor setting. In less than two decades, it has not only earned street cred for its contemporary take on smokehouse classics, but also has achieved hot spot status as a venue for live music and cultural events.



Foxglove makes for a beautiful cool-season bedding plant



Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) starts as a tight rosette of coarse leaves that remains low and close to the ground. In the second year, an upright flower stem with small leaves emerges from the center of the clump. The spikes grow 3 to 4 feet tall with 20 to 80 individual bell-shaped flowers ranging in color from purple tints to rose and purely white. Some flower varieties even have marks and spots.



Beloved by hummingbirds and bumblebees, foxglove flowers also make for a great background or bedding plant. They are perfect for adding bold, vertical dimension to flower beds and shade gardens, especially on a solid background where the flowers can really show their stuff. The cut flower spikes also are great for bouquets.



According to the LSU AgCenter’s Bedding Plants for Louisiana Landscapes, foxglove should be planted in areas that get full sun to light shade. While foxglove seeds should be sown in late summer (and left uncovered so they can germinate), seedlings can be transplanted November through March. Seeds and transplants should be spaced about 16 inches apart. Foxglove prefers soil that is moist and high in organic matter, but it will grow in almost any soil that isn’t too dry or wet. Beware of powdery mildew and aphids.



This biennial (short-lived herbaceous perennial) flowers during its second year and then dies after seeding. Foxglove is native to Europe, the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands.



All parts of the foxglove plant are toxic if ingested.


Ladies Who Lunch

Make your midday soirée shine with tips from two hospitality icons

Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan likely need no introduction if you live in New Orleans. The cousins have been co-proprietors of Commander’s Palace since 1997, as well as community leaders, innovators and champion protectors of New Orleans’ culture.

Commander’s Palace sets the bar for service. The landmark restaurant opened in 1893, and has earned accolades for hospitality and award-winning food for decades. It’s a storied destination for haute, modern Creole cuisine, but also a bastion of whimsical, Louisiana charm.

The restaurant is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2023, and we sought the advice of these experts of entertaining, to discuss the midday meal. From décor to what’s served, fun ideas and easy tips.

In throwing the perfect lunch party — whether it’s 20 or 200 — incorporate a first, special moment upon guest arrival.

“Having a specialty cocktail pre-batched and ready to serve upon arrival is a nice touch,” says Brennan. Be sure to have proper glassware and proper garnishes. That’s also important for wine or non-alcoholic beverages. Fun-shaped ice is always a good treat. Keep a record of what you served and who was invited so you don’t repeat! Know your guests’ dietary likes and dislikes to ensure that the menu is pleasing to everyone.”

Rethink your tablescape. But, still have one.

“The tablescape is important, but a little more casual for lunch,” continues Brennan. “However, just as thoughtful. If you are not creative, look online for some ideas. My go-to ideas are flowers, place cards and to-go gifts. Some ideas include small flower vases as place cards or bud vases at each place setting. You can create a centerpiece made of small vases that will break apart so your guests can take them home. A small box of chocolates, macaroons or pralines are nice gifts, as well. Extend the planning to the powder room with flowers, hand towels, mints and candles.”

Plan, so you can party too.

“Choosing dishes that can be prepared in advance or just thrown together right before serving alleviates a lot of stress and time crunch,’ says Martin. “There are lots of good dishes you can make in advance. Gazpacho is a great example. Also, the guest list deserves advance thought. Who is at the table matters most. Mix it up! At a recent party, we asked guests to all bring a joke or a funny story. It was a blast.”

Think outside the box to make it memorable.

“Music is a great addition to any lunch party,” advises Brennan. “Leave a guestbook for signing on the way out. And, we like to have guests move three seats to the left after the second course. It shakes things up a bit. That way, everyone gets to talk to each other.”

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Art Space

Locally made works of art inbue a stylish sense of place

Deck your walls with one of Ansley Givhan’s stunning textile pieces (“Grasshopper” shown here using ink, watercolor and monotype on muslin), and top any surface with a Pearce Williams Squiggle Pot (a ceramic sculpture made from a combination of coiling, pinching and slabs) and you will be delighted each time you pass, available at Sunday Shop, Life is a hoot with Cynthia Kolls’ owl collage merrily perching and adding cheer to any space. LiBird Studio’s handmade ceramic six flower round base bowl is a delicate yet functional statement piece to display fruit or other culinary delights in the best light. Both available at Judy at the Rink, Vintage, for similar visit Merchant House, or The Occasional Wife, theoccasionalwife. com.


(Clockwise from top left): Handwoven and dyed using 100 percent mercerized Greek cotton rope, Neon Zinn’s Tico necklaces are available in an assortment of colors and work as décor for your home or body. Add a cozy, collected vibe with a mix of colorful pottery including Earth Alchemy’s vibrant turquoise platter with purple rim, Rocketfish Handmade’s clay salt cellar and spoon, deep mixing bowl with green waves by Earth Alchemy, charming green leaf dish and match striker by Rocketfish Handmade and intricately carved red clay bowl with green by Earth Alchemy, all available at The Good Shop, thegoodshopnola. com. Green glass: Beautifully handblown with intricate swirl pattern (offered in a wide range of colors and styles) by RidgeWalker Glass Designs, available at Judy at the Rink,



A modern waterfront home in Madisonville stuns with superb architectural design

This stunning double-height grand living room features an opulent area rug by Aladdin Rugs and Antiques that anchors the space and adds a touch of warmth. The dazzling chandelier, with its cascading crystals and graceful design, is the focal point of the room. Custom artwork by the renowned artist Elsie Saunders adorns the walls, further emphasizing the maritime theme and the room’s waterfront location.

r. Mohamed Elkersh, a double board-certified pain medicine physician at the Advanced Pain Institute in Covington, has always enjoyed traveling the world. In fact, it was his love of South Louisiana culture that convinced him to move from Los Angeles to Madisonville. When he found a site on the Tchefuncte River, he knew he wanted to build a modern home that also preserved the historical aspects of the site.

“Madisonville has a rich historical heritage that is deeply rooted in the community’s traditions and historical artifacts,” Dr. Elkersh says. “My vision was to integrate the preservation of the historical artifacts with modernistic architecture.”

To this end, Dr. Elkersh hired Hugo Mijares, creative director at Miami-based architecture and design firm One Design Build/H2 Architecture. Mijares led a team that also included his partner, Andres Hollmann, and the entire design team in Miami. The team then worked with Mandeville-based McMath Construction and architect of record, Mike Piazza, in order to finalize architectural design and construction. Conceptual design began in March 2019, and construction was complete in August 2022.

“I had the pleasure of meeting the client through a reference, which is a great way to establish trust and credibility from the beginning,” Mijares says. “It shows that someone else has had a positive experience with your work and is willing to recommend you to others. In this case, Dr. Elkersh was specifically looking for a cutting-edge design firm, and we were able to meet that criteria, which likely impressed him and gave him confidence in our ability to deliver a unique and innovative design.”

Top: This view of the dining room from the living room showcases a perfect blend of sophistication and natural elements. A natural whitewash shiplap portal flanks the dining area to enhance the overall aesthetic and to bring a sense of charm to the space. Bottom: The luxury kitchen, designed by architect Hugo Mijares, showcases a harmonious blend of simplicity and grandeur. Facing page: In this luxury kitchen, the combination of rustic wood, massive book-matched stone, top-of-the-line Thermador appliances, Hansgrohe faucets and thoughtful daylighting design coalesce to create an environment that seamlessly blends refinement and practicality.

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Specifically, Dr. Elkersh wanted a home that blended with the environment. As such, the site played an important role in the architectural design. For example, plans called for preserving and integrating a centennial 60-foot-canopy live oak tree, and restoring a World War I-era pier to its original size while using the original pilings.

“Incorporating a tree into the design added a unique feature that connects the house to the natural environment, and provides a sense of continuity between the indoors and outdoors,” Mijares says. “Restoring the 3,600-square-foot historic pier to accommodate new structures and a pool overlooking the river was another suggestion from the client and a great example of integrating the natural environment into the design.

Facing page: Top, left: The guest bathroom features a striking feature wall crafted from a slab of lustrous black marble cut in slices, accentuated by a live-edge countertop — sourced from local supplier Keith Dufour — that’s fitted with an oversized Italian basin by Agape. A backlit round LED mirror equipped with a motion sensor adds a touch of futuristic allure. Top, right: The minimalist primary bathroom has a bathtub by Inbani as its focal point. Natural light floods the room, while the shiplap backdrop adds a touch of coastal charm and texture. A Persian area rug by Aladdin Rugs and Antiques adds warmth and a touch of opulence to the space. Curated objects by Design Shop Miami adorn the bathroom, adding a personal touch and enhancing the visual appeal. Bottom, left: The combination of soaring double-height space, abundant natural light and inspiring installation by Lorena Bracho transforms the stairwell hall into a gallery-like setting. Bottom, right: The primary bedroom features a careful curation of furniture by KMP Furniture, placed to maximize the riverfront view. This page: The dining set by renowned Italian brand Gervasoni combines natural trunk wood and sleek black steel to infuse the dining room with a contemporary yet organic aesthetic. Surrounding the dining table, the iconic wishbone chairs elevate the scene with their timeless design and sculptural curves. Above the dining table, a pendant light by RH Modern takes center stage.

The pier was used by Jahncke Shipyard to build war ships for the United States Navy during World War I. The preservation of the pier is a vital component to connect Madisonville’s proud history to the modernistic design. The design feature allows the house to take advantage of the stunning views of the river, while providing a relaxing and luxurious outdoor space for the family to enjoy.”

Another important aspect of the design was taking advantage of natural light, available breezes and the beautiful views of the Tchefuncte River. “By designing the house to capture natural light, it helps to reduce energy costs and creates a comfortable and inviting space for the family,” Mijares says.

In fact, the well-thought-out design strategy for the Elkersh residence is a great example of catering to the client’s needs and desires, while preserving and integrating the site. “The open-plan design that is elevated from the ground is an excellent way to capture views of the surroundings, while preserving the natural landscape [and giving] the illusion of being in the treetops. This design feature also creates a sense of openness and spaciousness, making the house feel larger than it is.”

Dr. Elkersh’s home features four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a den, a studio, a media room and a separate guest room overlooking the river. There’s also an open kitchen and a double-height grand salon perfect for entertaining.

Materials used in the design were kept to a minimum and included glass, stucco, natural limestone and composite wood. “Each material was chosen for its durability, low maintenance and ability to create a unique and interesting look,” Mijares says. “Together, they create a modern and minimalist design aesthetic that is both functional and visually appealing.”

A great example is the flooring used throughout. On the first floor, the design team chose to use 36-inch by 36-inch polished tile from Triton Stone that provides a seamless aesthetic while also reflecting natural light.

The second floor features white oak planks in a matte finish providing a more comfortable and cozy ambience for the private areas of the home. Persian rugs, by Parvizian Fine Rugs, lend warmth and visual interest to spaces throughout the home.

Meanwhile, the kitchen, which Mijares calls the heart of the home, makes a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the home. For example, Mijares used natural walnut for the kitchen cabinets and book-matched stone (built in Italy and installed locally) as a focal point for the room. Thermador appliances (sourced through La Cuisine International) further elevate the space.

“In this design, the natural walnut creates a sleek and modern look, while also providing warmth and texture to the space,” Mijares says. “The book-matched stone has been used as a backsplash and as a countertop, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the space.”

Overall, Mijares describes Dr. Elkersh’s home as a combination of modern and Southern architecture. “One of the main characteristics of modern contemporary architecture is its simplicity and focus on functionality,” he says. “This is often achieved through the use of clean lines, open floor plans and minimalist design elements. On the other hand, Southern architecture is characterized by traditional features such as wraparound porches, pitched roofs and ornate detailing. Combining these two styles can create a unique and compelling design that is visually striking and functional. This design approach can also help to create a sense of place and connection to the local community.”

Indeed, the inside-out experience is one of the home’s many standout features. Mijares designed it to have a similar aesthetic to the interior of the house, thereby creating a cohesive and seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

“By applying the principles of elegance, functionality and beauty to the design of the house, the end result is a space that is both visually pleasing and functional,” Mijares says. “The design philosophy influenced every aspect of the project, from the initial concept to the finishing touches, resulting in a home that is a true reflection of the designer’s vision and the client’s desires.”

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Top: The combination of the mural, riverfront views and centennial weeping willow trees connects the lounge to nature. Bottom: This view from the lounge to the primary bedroom further exemplifies the home’s connection to nature, thanks to large windows that allow in plenty of natural light. Facing page: The grand living room comes to life with Italian furniture meticulously curated by Italia Design Lab and Addison House Furniture.

Sophisticated Charm

Proper space planning, and a mix of vintage and modern pieces, creates a welcome abode for one local family

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Scout the family pet settles into the living room, outfitted with custom pillows and an Art Deco chandelier from Eclectic Home, abstract art from the homeowners’ collection and an heirloom family banjo.

This sitting area features a velvet Chesterfield sofa, a glass and chrome table, vintage chairs covered in tangerine fabric with custom pillows, and an antique cabinet door panel and abstract art from the homeowners’ collection.

hen a local married couple, who previously lived in the Marigny, found a home more spacious home in a quiet Lakeshore neighborhood, they decided to make a move. The homeowners (he is a physician who also plays bass in a local rock trio, and she is a writer and research producer who works from home) found Lakeshore’s park-like design to be a big draw, as well as the location of the home along the levee.

“We loved our home in Marigny, which we renovated when the kids were small,” the wife says. “I [need] a quiet space to work, so sharing an office with a bass player worked out exactly as well as you’d imagine. And the kids kept growing. We needed more space, and, with Franklin Avenue and St. Claude Avenue becoming the new Frenchmen, we wanted a bit more quiet. I’ve always loved the Lakeshore neighborhood with all the midcentury architecture.”

While the Lakeshore home had great bones, a gorgeous backyard and enough space to alleviate the crowding the homeowners felt before, it needed serious updates. The homeowners, who had been customers at Eclectic Home for many years, enlisted the help of the company’s principal designer and owner, Penny D. Francis (who also did the interior design at their home in the Marigny).

“I was surprised to receive a call that they had decided to leave their beautiful and beloved home in the Marigny by moving to a completely different home and lifestyle in Lakeview,” Francis says. “My role was twofold: to help develop a plan to renovate the home to make it function for their family and to manage the process. The home was dated, and some areas were functionally obsolete. Once we had a plan and project scope, I recommended Entablature [for the renovations].”

In addition to representing the clients, and managing the design and execution of the plans, Francis acted as the main point of contact to ensure the integrity of the design. Francis and her team also provided the necessary paint, finish, lighting and plumbing schedules, plus detailed elevation drawings for the bathrooms and the inclusion of a gas fireplace in the family room.

“I’ve known Penny and her team for years, and I trust her explicitly,” the wife says. “I had Penny take a look [at the home] so she could start designing before we even closed. I knew Penny would come up with a plan that would be beautiful, interesting and functional for us. Also, I know she and her team are crackerjacks and would take care of everything, so I didn’t have to stress over the details. When we met to go over her design plans, I loved it immediately. I knew from that moment the home would be perfect for us.”

Top: Designer Penny D. Francis of Eclectic Home repurposed an antique dining table for the combined home office and library. The fabricated bookcases are custom, and the light fixture is an antique reproduction. Bottom: The breakfast area features a brass light fixture, and a marble table and chairs, all from Eclectic Home. The mosaic backsplash is from Stafford Tile & Stone.
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Top, left: The jewel-toned dining room sets the stage for opulent dining with Scalamandré wallpaper, sourced through Eclectic Home. Francis recovered the antique chairs in velvet from Opuzen, sourced through Eclectic Home. Top, right: The sleek primary bathroom has ceramic tiles from Eclectic Home, marble chevron floor tile from Ann Sacks, and a tub and bath fixtures from Southland Plumbing Supply. Bottom, left: In the powder room, Francis sourced Schumacher wallpaper, the dainty light fixture and a shield mirror through Eclectic Home. Bottom, middle: A standout feature in the kitchen is this ILVE Nostalgie gas range with artistic tile from Stafford Tile & Stone. Bottom, right: The reconfigured laundry room features geometric wallpaper, and a white and brass pendant, from Eclectic Home. Facing page: In the living room, a gas fireplace from Foster-Taylor Fireplaces features limestone tile and surround. The cabinets and mirrors are vintage, while the console and ottomans are from Eclectic Home.

Francis first focused her efforts on planning functional spaces that would work best for the family. For example, the primary bedroom had a shared bathroom for guests. Francis took space from an adjacent bedroom to increase the bathroom space, and to add his and her closets, all while leaving ample space for necessary furnishings in both bedrooms. The second order of business was to determine what existing furnishings to keep in the new home and how to incorporate them into the new design.

“We started with inventory of the must-keep furnishings and art, and then we incorporated and used that as a reference,” Francis says. “The home is truly eclectic, with a multitude of periods and styles highlighted by color and pattern in the materials selected. Family heirlooms [are now] paired with vintage and modern pieces that reflect the clients and who they are. Unafraid to push the color envelope, as in the dining room, we selected a beautiful teal wallpaper by Schumacher and proceeded to upholster the chairs in two velvets: one solid and one with a tone-on-tone pattern. For added drama and contrast, we introduced a white gesso chandelier. The cabinet is antique with handed-down family treasures, while the opposite side of the room has an églomisé server with gold accents in a modern chevron motif.”

Other space planning included designated spaces for the husband (a music room) and the wife (an office and library). “I have a dedicated office [and] library that I love,” the wife says. “I can look out the windows onto the pool. I can also watch hummingbirds in the jasmine from my desk. I also really love the aubergine color Penny chose. It makes me feel calm even when work is hectic. [My husband] has a dedicated music room on the other side of the house, thank goodness.”

The couple also wanted a gas fireplace added to the 1960s brick two-story home. “It was kismet that the desired location in the family room was near the gas [line], and that the room was long enough to have the caststone surround and not reduce the space needed for seating and gathering,” Francis says. “Large format porcelain tiles wrap the fireplace façade,

while the limestone surround provides a beautiful contrast.”

Yet another challenge was redesigning the master bathroom to have a combined wet space of his and her showers, plus a claw-foot tub in a frameless glass enclosure. “To include all three must-haves took some creative design work,” Francis says. “Seeing double, we played off that premise and doubled up long subway wall tile in contrasting colors that divide the space.”

The kitchen, which previously had ivory cabinets and a forest-green range, needed some grounding and updating. To do so, Francis incorporated a tile splash mosaic and brass pot filler. She also added statement lighting and replaced the hardware for a consistent look.

The central living room, which originally was long and rectangular, has now been divided into two functional spaces: one for watching TV, and another for entertaining and conversation. Inspired by a colorful painting in the living room, Francis paired two large tangerine wing chairs with a blue velvet Chesterfield sofa. Heart of pine floors were also added throughout most of the home, adding depth and warmth.

In fact, Francis found inspiration not only in the homeowners’ art, but also in their furniture and love of color. As a result, the curated and evolved spaces are now a true reflection of the residents. “The library is a great example of utilizing vintage pieces and antiques for a different purpose,” Francis says. “The family antique dining table is now a work desk in the library [and] office. An antique glass-front cabinet and custom wall-to-wall book cases house her vast collection of books. The room looks timeless, and the bold use of dark cranberry on the walls, ceiling and trim makes the room feel grander.”

Overall, it was the backyard that initially sold the homeowners on this particular home. “We’re so happy we renovated and enlisted Penny’s help because now we love the inside of the house as much as we loved the backyard and pool initially,” the wife says. “The whole house really reflects our personalities and is great for entertaining. It’s a happy house.”



Design in New Orleans is a delicate dance between old and new. Skilled dancers preserve the tradition and romance of the city’s visual heritage while adding a distinctly modern perspective. That might mean contemporary lines and materials, sustainable building practices or diverse aesthetic points of view that represent the changing mix of people who call New Orleans home. Our 2023 Design Masters bridge past and present with true virtuosity, choreographing unique design — across neighborhoods and disciplines — made to stand the test of time.

If Michelle Stanard Duhon had her way, more people would listen to the needs of old buildings — and the advice of people trained to preserve them. As an owner and preservationist with Southkick | Rolf Preservation Works, Duhon helps clients navigate the complex world of historic structures.

“A lot of architects, owners, contractors get their hands on an old building and immediately start applying new construction methods and materials to it — because that’s what everyone knows,” said Duhon. “People love to put cement on historic buildings, latex paint … all in the name of making a building perform better. But a lot of times, it lacks background knowledge of how those changes are going to impact the overall performance of a historic structure.”

Duhon grew up in what she calls an “architecturally interesting” modern home in Dallas, but visits to family in Mobile, Alabama exposed her to a different aesthetic. “All these old houses and dripping Spanish moss … it always kind of spoke to me,” said Duhon. “I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with old buildings.” That desire led to a master’s in historic preservation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, a program emphasizing hands-on conservation work, preparing Duhon for the field work — and construction site visits. According to Duhon, the need for hands-on preservation experts outpaces supply.

“Even people coming out of preservation programs aren’t necessarily

interested in working with their hands, learning how to use tools. So, there’s not a very big community of us here that know how to properly repoint old masonry or repair plaster. This city is full of those materials, and those materials need to be restored.”

The increased demand has been fueled in part by historic preservation tax credits. That’s true in New Orleans and, increasingly, the rest of Louisiana. Statewide tax credits rose to 25 percent, and for rural areas (including the Northshore, Gretna and much of Metairie) to 35 percent. “So, we’re starting to see this huge amount of interest from areas just outside of New Orleans,” said Duhon.

Duhon advises patience (especially obtaining permits), putting plans on paper — and setting a realistic scope. “I think people make the mistake of thinking that a medium-level renovation exists. It really doesn’t. You’re either doing cosmetic work or you’re doing the full thing.”

Duhon loves solving the mysteries presented by old structures, like the puzzling addition to an Esplanade Avenue home that turned out to be its first bathroom, a technological wonder in its day. She is also committed to the “green” upside of adapting and reusing existing structures and the energy savings that entails.

While she acknowledges that preservation poses challenges, for Duhon the benefits are clear: “For me, my soul kind of lives off of historic art and architecture.”

MICHELLE STANARD DUHON Owner and Preservationist, Southkick | Rolf Preservation Works

Once Jordan Gurren Rose realized he had the ability to make things — and make them look good — he devoted his career to translating design dreams to reality and helping others to do the same.

Rose left his hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas and set off on a path that ultimately led to New Orleans, where he worked as a scenic artist at the National WWII Museum (crafting walls and bullet holes in the “Road to Berlin” exhibit) and in the film industry making props. “It really opened my eyes to the fact that you can build whatever you can think of,” said Rose.

In 2015, he and his former business partner created GoodWood NOLA, hoping to fill some of the city’s need for custom fabrication. Eight years later, the company has eight full-time employees and a 16,000-squarefoot studio in Mid-City.

GoodWood creations reside in commercial spaces like Mid-City restaurant Zasu and the six locations of District Donuts Sliders Brew, and in residential projects including the walnut and brass crib Rose made for his baby. He enjoys challenging projects that allow the team room for creative problem solving: “That’s really where I think we hit our stride, solving the problems of fabrication and delivering a really great product.”

His favorite material to work with? Walnut, which he loves for its timeless natural beauty and durability. According to Rose, “You’re never going to look at a nice walnut table and think it looks old or outdated.”

That’s not true of all furniture and fabrication designs, where Rose

sees trends come and go. When GoodWood started out, reclaimed material was in vogue. What Rose calls the “refined rustic” look has given way to brass and curves — on seating, cabinet edges and other spots. “There seems to be this move toward more fluid shapes, things that are not perfectly square but have some movement to them,” said Rose.

Having built a career and a business around fabrication, Rose encourages others to explore the satisfaction of making things. “We live in such a fast economy that it’s so easy to click a button on Amazon and have a cutting board just show up. I’ve seen a big shift to more people — DIYers who are learning on YouTube — valuing the idea of working with your hands,” he said.

GoodWood emphasizes sustainability in its business practices, recycling sawdust and other materials when possible and using sustainable materials and domestic wood sourced from the region. They also engage with the community by partnering with nonprofits like Son of a Saint and LA Green Corps. “We can show these younger people … if you have the right tools, you can make anything,” said Rose. “I have seen a lot of lights go off in people’s minds when they realize ‘Oh, I can make that!’”

He also tries to highlight millwork as an option for people exploring construction-related trades. “It kind of opens up their minds … that there is more than just getting the structure up. You need to fill it with beautiful things as well.”

JORDAN GURREN ROSE Owner and Co-founder, GoodWood NOLA

Whether a striking eatery, chic hotel or their own Lower Garden District home (which has been featured in this magazine and Dwell), Caroline and Sabri Farouki love a project that brings something new to the world. The husband-and-wife team started their firm Farouki Farouki in 2015, after relocating to New Orleans from New York with their young son. According to Caroline, the joint professional venture marries Sabri’s expertise in architecture with hers in interior design: “I think we are a good team because of that pairing.” The couple met while studying architecture as undergraduates at Washington University. Sabri continued that professional path, earning a master’s in architecture from Columbia University. Caroline ultimately completed an MFA in interior design from Savannah College of Art and Design and turned her focus to commercial interior design, which she found to be a sweet spot between architecture and decorating.

Clients, particularly those in the hospitality sector, seek the firm for a perspective that feels innovative but still at home amid the city’s architecture. “What excites me most are clients … who come to the table with some guidance but not a prescribed ‘I want to repeat this historical New Orleans motif,’” said Caroline. “Somebody recently told me as a criticism of us that our designs don’t feel ‘New Orleans’ … I kind of chuckled because that’s not the point of what we do. What excites us is taking people to a different place, almost like armchair traveling.”

Locally, the Farouki Farouki portfolio includes restaurant stunners like Saffron NOLA, Maypop and Ayu Bakehouse. Farther afield, they’ve been tapped for projects in Grand Cayman; Punta Mita, Mexico; and the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla. The firm’s latest local undertaking is a 40-key hotel at 3500 St. Charles Ave. The property will be operated by hotelier Jayson Seidman in partnership with nearby Columns hotel. The design will nod to historic aspects of St. Charles Avenue but with a fresh take. “Even though it’s a very modern-looking building, it has a colonnade on the first floor,” said Caroline, whose purview includes designing custom millwork for the lobby and custom furniture for the sleeping rooms. “The palette is very richly colored, but the lines of the furniture pared down, per our tendency. It’s a more streamlined modern aesthetic.”

A Lafayette native, Caroline attributes the pull of designing hospitality spaces to growing up as part of a “big Cajun family” who enjoyed gathering for meals. Sabri has called many cities home, with a childhood spent in Denver, Tulsa, Houston and Cairo. But they have found a solid personal and professional home in New Orleans.

“When we first moved down here, maybe we were a little nervous, like, is there a place for us here since we’re not going to do historic stuff?” recalled Caroline. “It has not been a problem, not even a question. There are definitely enough people out there who want something fresh and new.”


For Andreina Salazar Snyder, upholstery tells a story. At Threadz Nola, a custom workroom offering upholstery, drapery and design, the owner’s family legacy is stitched into each piece as well. Salazar Snyder grew up watching her mother Jacqueline Salazar grow a one-woman clothing alternations operation in the family garage into a thriving commercial enterprise (Jackie Wackee Designs, derived from Andreina’s nickname for her mother). As Salazar Snyder recalled, “To see her want to learn — she really had an interest in the all-around of sewing. That’s where my passion grew.” Salazar Snyder always adored design. Classmates complimented her well-appointed college dorm room, with its upholstered headboard and frequent décor updates. After graduation, she hesitated to enter the competitive design world, steering toward a hospitality career instead. But she felt something was missing.

Salazar Snyder began helping her mother more with the design business, which in 2018 became Threadz Nola. When Salazar retired, her daughter took over the business, amplifying its reach through social media and growing her skills and staff, including some longtime employees who formerly worked for her mother. Salazar Snyder’s two-year-old daughter carries on the family tradition, pitching in with her own tape measure. “I want her to be an astronaut,” said Salazar Snyder, “but if she’d like to take over this business, I’d love to have her.”

Salazar Snyder treasures the opportunity to breathe new life into heir-

loom pieces, many of which hold deep sentimental value for clients. One such piece originated with a client’s great-great-grandmother. According to Salazar Snyder, “She was a slave on River Road who finally bought her freedom and was able to establish herself and buy this piece of furniture that she was able to pass on. We had the pleasure of redoing it — it was a touching moment to see it revived and new.”

The creative leanings of New Orleans clients offer room to experiment. That might include bold color or funky textures, like the geometrically patterned cowhide wall panels Salazar Snyder installed in a client’s bedroom. Or it could even be something more neutral. “If you want a beige sofa, I’m here for it,” said Salazar Snyder. “It’s going to be the best beige sofa you’ve ever had.”

As younger clients increasingly turn to vintage furniture for its craftsmanship and sustainability, the demand for upholstery remains strong, as does Salazar Snyder’s appetite for continuous improvement. “I want to learn and continue learning,” she said. “Between upholstery and drapery and sewing and décor … there is always something new, always a different method you can use.” She also wants to pass these skills on to the next generation by offering upholstery classes.

Salazar Snyder’s top priority is maintaining the quality, creativity and personal touch that keeps clients coming to Threadz Nola. “When you think of getting a specialty piece, I want people to think of us.”


When Sherry Shirah describes her design approach to a new client or contractor, she likens it to songwriting: “We’re going to go off and write individual lines to the song, but there’s always going to be a refrain … Even though there’s a unique element to each room, there’s a cohesiveness.” The universal language of music seems a perfect medium to communicate Shirah’s knack for connecting distinct pieces with an underlying thread. If the audience is any indication (her designs have appeared in Architectural Digest, Rue Magazine and The Wall Street Journal), Shirah has been writing hits. The path to design entrepreneur has been non-linear. Shirah’s roots are New Orleanian (four generations on her mother’s side), but her family relocated to Atlanta when she was young. Glimpses of the future appeared in Shirah’s tendency to redecorate before hosting sleepovers: “If I didn’t like where my parents had a specific chair, I would put the chair away … That had to have driven them nuts [and] should have been a sign.”

After college, Shirah worked for an architecture and interior design firm but felt trapped behind a computer. She moved toward marketing and public relations and ultimately product development in the tech sphere. “I got a lot of great business experience,” said Shirah. “Then it dawned on me one day during an introspective life moment… that I didn’t want my boss’s job and didn’t want to be doing this forever.”

In a leap of faith, Shirah pivoted toward her longstanding passion for

design. One of her first projects was renovating the historic shotgun home she bought in New Orleans. Rue Magazine featured the renovation, giving her fledgling business an early boost. An art enthusiast, Shirah enjoys guiding clients through the process of selecting and placing artwork, whether longtime collectors or those with a blank canvas. She gravitates toward projects that allow her to “bridge old world and modern” elements and create spaces highly personalized to each client. Shirah recently exercised this talent in an undertaking she calls “Project 1834,” a historic French Quarter home that blended a reverence for the property’s history and Vieux Carré setting with the client’s love for modern lines. She incorporated antique Spanish pieces and “kind of went wild with French fabrics” to create a look that brought her client to happy tears on install day. “That just shows me — you’re creating a life experience for somebody,” said Shirah. “It might be furniture and draperies and rugs … but it’s more about the feeling and the experience you’re giving somebody. When it comes together, and they have that visceral, spiritual reaction ... that’s really what we’re looking for.”

Shirah tries to stay focused on doing high quality work and creating a meaningful experience for everyone involved. “One client jumped on one of our project calls and said, ‘This is my favorite call of the week.’ I want every client to say that. Once you get that client having fun with you and immersed in it — and they trust you — you can really shine.”

SHERRY SHIRAH Founder, Sherry Shirah Design







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Best Architect

Albert Architecture

Best Art

Eclectic Home

Best Bank

Home Bank

Best Bathroom Remodeling

JLV Construction

Best Bedding

Bedding Plus

Best Cabinets

Campbell Cabinet Company

Best Closet Design / Installation (TIE)

Pomar Gutierrez Renovation

Ruffino Custom Closets

Best Construction Company

JLV Construction

Best Contractor

Entablature, LLC

Best Demolition (TIE)

Demo Diva

JLV Construction

Best Doors

Jefferson Door Company

Best Fencing

Impact Fence & Deck

Best Flooring

ProSource of New Orleans

Best Gardening Supplies

Perino’s Home & Garden Center

Best Gas Lighting

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

Best Gutter

C3NOLA Construction Services

Best Home Builder

JLV Construction

Best Home Décor

Eclectic Home

Best Home Hurricane Preparation

LAS Shutters + Windows

Best Interior Designer

Penny Francis of Eclectic Home

Best Kitchen Design

Campbell Cabinet Company

Best Landscaping


Best Lighting

Eclectic Home

Best Modern or Contemporary Furniture

Eclectic Home

Best Mortgage Lender

Home Bank

Best Outdoor Fountains


Best Outdoor Furniture

Eclectic Home

Best Paint

Helm Paint & Decorating

Best Patio Design


Best Pest Control

DA Exterminating

Best Pet Supplies

Jefferson Feed

Best Plumbing

All Hours Plumbing

Best Plumbing Fixtures (TIE)

Ferguson Plumbing Supply

Southland Plumbing Supply

Best Pool Design


Best Private Chef or Home Catering

Amy Sins

Best Real Estate

Entablature Realty

Best Restoration

JLV Construction

Best Roofing

C3NOLA Construction Services

Best Rugs

Nola Rugs

Best Security

Toca Alarm Service

Best Shoring

Abry Brothers, Inc.

Best Stained Glass

Attenhofer’s Stained Glass

Best Stone/Granite

Stone Interiors New Orleans

Best Tile

Stafford Tile & Stone

Best Tree Cutting

Zeigler Tree & Timber Inc.

Best Vintage or Antique Furniture

Dop Antiques

Best Window Treatments

Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design

Best Windows

LAS Shutters + Windows

Best Woodwork (TIE)

Bergeron Woodworks

Doorman Designs

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Mood Lighting

New Orleans’ quintessential gas lamps are attractive and easy to maintain


of the Crescent City’s architectural landscape for centuries. They remain an attractive part of home décor in residences across the city, as well as a signature part of the French Quarter.

Historically, gas lamps were an important development, not only in New Orleans, but also across the United States. Sarah Duggan, decorative arts of the Gulf South project manager for the Historic New Orleans Collection, said gas lamps meant evening activities no longer had to center around a fireplace or a single parlor table. In a social city like New Orleans, that’s a big deal.

The lamps also made New Orleans a safer place, eliminating dark corners and improving visibility for pedestrians and police officers.

The first gasworks opened in New Orleans in 1834 and mostly supplied streetlights and commercial spaces. By the 1850s, gas fixtures became a popular feature in private homes. Some homes had decorative gas chandeliers called “gasoliers.” These fixtures usually featured round glass shades and elaborate decorations like scrolling leaves, characters from literature or even mythical creatures. Decorative ceiling medallions, which remain in many of New Orleans’ historic homes, highlighted the gas fixtures. Reflective furnishings like mirrors, gilded clocks and silver dining services further enhanced the brightness of gas lights.

“The lighting evolution was not unlike the development of the internet in our own lifetimes,” Duggan said. “Originally expensive inventions reserved for businesses or the very wealthy, both utilities became more accessible, reliable and affordable until they were ubiquitous tools for everyday life.”

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights has been making gas lights in Louisiana since 1945. Andrew Bevolo, Sr., an immigrant from Northern Italy, founded the company. He used experience he gained from working for Higgins

Industries and the Sikorsky Engineering Corporation during World War II to improve gas lighting. Switching to rivets from the traditional soldered connections was an important Bevolo contribution to gas lighting.

What does a homeowner need to do if they want to install gas lamps in their own house? Chris King, technical support manager of Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, said the process can be easy if you already have gas in your home. A shotgun house with a gas line running under the house is particularly easy.

But if you do not have gas, a plumber needs to run the line. A slab house can be more challenging. King said questions a homeowner needs to answer are “Is natural gas already available? Or do I need to get a propane tank and decide where to put it?”

Because individual home situations are different, it’s hard to estimate a price range, but King said many people should expect to pay $350 to 800 for gas lamps. There are a wide variety of styles and sizes a homeowner can choose from to best suit their unique house.

When installing a gas lamp, the lamp will bolt directly to a wall or ceiling. King said one of the big selling points of Bevolo’s gas lamps is their longevity. The brackets are weather resistant and the glass is designed to withstand both the heat and storms endemic to the New Orleans area.

“Our lights are meant to last longer than you,” King said. “It’s on there to stay.”

King said some people opt for cheaper, machine-made, imported gas lights but those will have a much shorter lifespan. Bevolo makes every lamp themselves for the customer when it is ordered.

Once the lamps are installed, King said maintenance is pretty easy for homeowners. Oiling hinges and cleaning the glass on the lamp is all that is needed. The light itself can enhance a home’s aesthetic appearance.

“The light’s not bright, but it gives off a warm glow like a fireplace,” King said. “It’s not as harsh and bright as an electrical light.” —

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Blast From the Past

A 1970s design revival brings on the nostalgic feels

Recent design design trends are gearing toward the 1970s, a period known for its warm color schemes, geometric shapes and patterns and natural elements (think velvet and rattan). This resurgence lends to a laid-back and comfortable environment, and we can’t get enough.

The Kinnan Bed features a low-slung silhouette, soft curves bordering the frame and three simple channels on the headboard for a minimalist design statement. $4,899-$5,199, Arhaus, 939 Girod St.,

This Vintage Alabaster Grape Cluster adds a touch of whimsy to a 1970s design theme. $295, Malachite Home, 3806 Magazine St., Ste. 4, 754-0066,

Taking cues from an oversized sunhat, the Abaca Rope Shade Light is crafted from tightly handwoven natural rope. $2,790, Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St.,

This 49-inch-by-39inch (framed) “Self Portrait” by Ansley Givhan combines ink, watercolor, natural pigment, thread and monotype on muslin for a natural feel. $3,100, Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St.,

These Farrow & Ball paint swatches (in Tanner’s Brown, Deep Reddish Brown, Charlotte’s Locks, Dutch Orange and Orange Coloured White) epitomize a 1970s color scheme. $120-$150 per gallon (depending on finish), Spruce Wallpaper and Fabric Showroom, 2043 Magazine St.,

This Carl Gustav Hiort style black leather and wood tufted armchair is not only sleek but also acts as a grounding design element. $200, Merchant House, 1150 Magazine St.,

Surface Heat

Trending textures in stone, tile and flooring

SUCH A HOT SUMMER GOT us all talking about heat. When it comes to stone, tile and flooring, what’s “hot” continues to evolve. This season, we’re looking at the surfaces of the home and checking with local experts what’s trending and what’s slated for more sizzle. If you’re building a new home or thinking about a kitchen or bathroom renovation, here’s what to know.

In the world of stone slabs, man-made quartz still reigns, but other stones are beginning to test its sovereignty. Often readily available, quartz offers consistent colors and patterns with significant durability. According to Legend Interiors Kitchen and Bath Designer Nicole Ruppel Jones, quartz has come a long way since its traditional polished application, and adding texture and feel changes the dynamic of a room. Nicole Ruppel Jones recommends a honed finish for a matted suede look, while a leathered finish provides organic appeal.

“They all lend different looks yet keep the same functions and durability,” she says. “That’s the great thing about quartz. You are never locked in and working around one thing.”

While quartz still has its place atop the market, Triton Stone co-founder Rachel Jones says the natural stone pendulum is swinging back with full force. Jones sees a shift away from whites and toward the warmth of stones like quartzite and marble that feature more browns, golds, greens and creams. A lot of customers are choosing to make a statement in the kitchen or bathrooms with intricate installations on kitchen islands and “wow factor” backsplashes in bold patterns and deep colors.

Looking ahead at developments on an industry level, Rachel Jones notes new finishes and three-dimensional applications on the rise, including scored surfaces and fluted tile, which speak to texture and depth being the way of the future. Meanwhile, some great news for end consumers worried about stone protection — according to Rachel Jones, the quarries are continuing to develop higher quality resins and sealers for protection and strengthening.

With regard to tile, experts say large format tile is everywhere — literally. “Not only is it a flooring favorite, it’s making its mark on backsplashes and shower walls for a seamless look,” says Ashley Biscan, senior editorial manager at Floor & Decor. “It’s ideal for spaces with a large footprint and

open concepts because you cover a lot of ground with impactful stone and stone-look detail. Of course neutrals are a mainstay, but metallic accents and some bolder earthy hues are making waves.”

While tile flooring continues to grow in size, Biscan expects design interest to eventually cycle back to include more small-scale looks. She anticipates homeowners and designers will lean into mosaics and petite tiles that embrace hearty grout lines and artisanal style.

“The look creates character and texture that pushes the envelope,” she says.

Stone-look tile continues to do well, offering homeowners the durability of porcelain while fooling the eye with its naturalness. Collections offer various sizes within the same style, allowing for versatility in creating a cohesive space. At Adda Carpets and Flooring, owner Chris Judge sees a growing number of porcelain tile manufacturers offering large-format “bookmatched” tiles that can enhance the boldness of their application and open the door wide for patterned surfaces.

Beyond tile, our experts acknowledge the popularity of vinyl and laminate flooring in certain applications with LVP (luxury vinyl plank) seeing some use in wet areas or laundry rooms.

That said, tile, natural stone and wood continue to win out. Judge continually sees clients turn to beautiful engineered hardwoods and large-format stone or porcelain. His current favorite item is a French oak engineered hardwood with sizable planks measuring 9 inches by 86 inches. It comes with a 50-year residential warranty.

Carpet doesn’t get a lot of attention these days, but we asked Judge if there’s anything new to know.

He notes a move toward natural fibers and polysilks. Polysilks resemble natural fibers but provide added resistance to stains. He also recommends Tencel fiber, which is derived from eucalyptus and has the sheen of silk.

It’s amazing what the surfaces of the home can do — whether grounding you with their feel underfoot or inspiring you with bold movement along the wall or countertop, these meaningful textures are often the pieces you build around.

As they evolve, so will our homes, and now lets hope for cooler temps to enjoy them in.

ASK THE EXPERTS Legend Interiors Kitchen and Bath

Fall Finds

Rugs and runners add a cozy touch to any space

WITH COOLER WEATHER COMES CUDDLE season, whether that means curling up with a significant other, a pet or a good book. At the same time, it’s a great idea to add special touches to our homes that provide a sense of warmth. Examples could include candles, plush (or weighted) blankets and especially rugs and runners. Not only do floor coverings make for happier mornings — not having to immediately step onto hard, cold floors — but they also add a pop of color and texture to a space. We found a selection of handmade Moroccan rugs and runners

at Voyage, a local online-only store that sources one-of-a-kind home goods from around the globe. Rugs are available in 3 by 5 feet ($239) and 5 by 8 feet ($549), while runners typically measure 2 by 10 feet ($449). “All our rugs are handmade in Morocco by our artisan and friend, Kabir,” says Gigi Forget, founder of Voyage. “We bumped into Kabir while meandering in Marrakesh. He offered us tea and to share a meal with his family, and we have been friends and partners ever since.” Voyage is hosting popups at Little Flea at Hotel Saint Vincent on Sept. 16, Oct. 29 and Dec. 3 from 12-5 p.m.

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