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WINTER 2017 / Volume 20 / Issue 4 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo

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Comfortable Elegance

Big Easy Does It

Kitchens & Baths

No Reservations

Serenity meets festivity in this spacious Uptown home

Courtney and Mark Cangelosi transform a French Quarter pied a terre into a striking home away from home

Inspiration and ideas for kitchens and baths that wow

Consider a festive restaurant party with all of the trimmings for your next hosted gathering


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CONTENTS Editor’s Note Including the Editor’s Pick 18

Design Diary News and events 20

Style Room Mates 22

Get Organized Family Affair: Stylish storage solutions for the most shared space in your house 24


Artist Profile Taylor Williams 26

Bon Vivant Well Received: Greet friends and family visiting New Orleans with a festive welcome reception 28

Gatherings A Twist on Tradition: Chef Tommy DiGiovanni puts a Sicilian spin on a Louisiana holiday favorite. 30


For the Garden


Seeds of Change: Winter gardening tips to satisfy your green thumb 32


Home Grown Cyclamens: Keep these beauties blooming all winter long 34

Living with Antiques Burning Desire : Make your fireplace a reflection of your home 36

Masters of Their Craft Celebration in Clay: MaPo Kinnord’s pottery is about form, function and life in New Orleans 38

TrendWatch Under Foot: The look and feel of imported artisan area rugs, the supple welcome of cozy throws and the luxurious calm of fine bed linens offer comfort year-round 40

Inspiration Board

Expert Advice

Pop Life: Mix bold colors and contrasting textures with modern and vintage pieces for a striking, yet comfortable look 102

Romancing the Stone: When, where and how to use stone and tile in your interiors 106

Last Indulgence Price Mix

Home Renewal Home Sweet Home: 6 Tips for first time homebuyers 100


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Cut to the Quick: Japanese chef’s knives for kitchen novices and experts 104

Coffee Talk: The bijou bean with a big, Big Easy backstory 112

on the cover

Built in 1861, this grand, Uptown home features Classical Revival elements. Rodney Villarreal designed the interior to reflect the homeowner’s personalites and lifestyle. Elegance meets comfort with a hint of whimsy. (p. 50) Photo by Kerri McCaffety

editor’s note

Refreshed Magazines are Much like interiors, in that every few seasons it is probably a good idea to do a little freshening up. With that in mind, we’ve been tidying, rearranging and adding a few new, bright, shiny items to our tried-and-true favorites in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. As you settle in with the issue, you’ll notice a new look, which is light and modern. Also, many of the departments and features we’ve all grown to love have been revamped to include even more tips and advice, broken down in easy, bite-sized morsels. We’ve also added our “Design Diary,” which serves up a heaping helping of decorative and fine art exhibitions, as well as design news and events. Our “Price Mix” feature, which in this issue explores what to look for when considering adding a Japanese chef’s knife to your kitchen arsenal, compares three of the best versions of a select home item, taking the guesswork out of finding the one that’s right for you. “Inspiration Board” (which debuted in the Spring issue) provides seasonal ideas and color themes for refreshing your rooms and in “Bon Vivant,” I’ll share my entertaining successes and secrets, as well as confessions of a few not-so-successful endeavors and ways to overcome defeat. Speaking of entertaining, this holiday season, why not skip the labor-intensive party at home and let your favorite restaurant do the work? In “No Reservations,” we’ve put together a chic and festive gathering at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter, complete with all of the decorative and dining trimmings. It doesn’t get more elegant than this for an intimate fête. As always, the homes we explore for this issue are the stuff of dreams. From an Uptown oasis to French Quarter swank, these interiors will inspire ideas and envy. Not to be outdone however, we’ve rounded up a host of eye-popping kitchens and baths that will have you ready to run, not walk to the nearest design showroom. We feel like kids on Christmas day sharing our new goodies with friends and hope you enjoy the new look and offerings. From our house to yours, have a fun and festive holiday season filled with friends and family. Cheers!

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Inspired Design Clothing and jewelry designer, decorator and writer are just a few of the hats worn by the prolific Sara Ruffin Costello. The former creative director at Domino magazine lives and creates in New Orleans with photographer husband Paul Costello. Her latest project, “About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham,” written with the illustrious decorator, is her third book. It published in September and features homes all over the country, including New York, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Memphis and, of course, New Orleans. Classic, all-American glamour, color and whimsy signify Langham’s interiors. The 256-page book is sure to please any design aficionados on your holiday gift list.


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On Tour

Luxe Life In Victorian England, the aristocracy elevated leisure time to an elegant artform. With an all-consuming fascination over 19th-Century innovations and inventions in the arts, science and technology, the Victorians changed the face of art and culture. M.S. Rau Antiques, in connection with New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, highlights this age of awakening in its exhibition “Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain,” which opened in October. “It weaves a compelling narrative about the intersection of entertainment and innovation, and is the first of its kind to explore the culture of Victorian leisure on such a grand and comprehensive scale,” said owner Bill Rau in a press release, which lauds it as the gallery’s most ambitious public exhibition. The show explores four themes: The Great Exhibition, The Grand Tour, The London Season and The Country Estate. Exquisite art, personal and decorative items are all on display, including a pair of silver gilt tazze made for King George III, a first edition numbered copy of the Portland Vase by Wedgwood and porcelain dinner service, which was once owned by the Duke of Hamilton. The show closes on Jan. 20. — By Melanie Warner Spencer


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Get in the holiday spirit while also enjoying a glimpse into New Orleans’ historic architecture during the annual Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 9 and 10. This year, the tour includes a bonus location: the Jackson Avenue Church at 2221 Chippewa St. The residences included on the tour are the Garden District homes of Susu and Andrew Stall (1136 Second St.); Catherine Newstadt Makk (1434 Toledano St.); Annie and Jeff Strain (1424 Fourth St.); Mark Hensgens and Tim Armstrong (2352 Camp St.); Billy and Leigh Bell (2801 Prytania St.); Nancy and Michael McSween (1422 Harmony St.); and Lauren and Ryan Haydel (3230 Camp St.) Attendees can enjoy live music by local musicians and stop by the boutique and tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church (1329 Jackson Ave.) for a little shopping. Tickets are $30 for PRC members; $40 for non-members; and $45 the day of the tour.

Sip & Shop

Louisiana Made On Dec.16, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum celebrates the state during Made in Louisiana. Shop, sip and sample the goods of more than 40 vendors of everything from craft beer and spirits to spices, sauces and sausages. The event is from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $12 for SoFAB members. On Jan. 6, catch a book signing and cooking demonstration by Jamie DeMent, owner of the Piedmont restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. DeMent’s first cookbook, “The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm,” published September of 2017. The event is free with admission.


Go Modern “Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection” showcases the ceramic collection of New Orleans Museum of Art director emeritus John Bullard. The exhibition includes 77 works from 33 artists dating from 1940 through the 20th Century. It charts the evolution of ceramics from decorative and functional to fine art. Related events include Noontime Talks on Jan. 3, 2018 by curator Mel Buchanan and on Jan. 10, 2018 by E. John Bullard, as well as Friday Nights at NOMA gallery talks by Buchanan Jan. 5, 2018 and by Bullard Jan. 12, 2018. On view through summer 2018.




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1.“The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist,” includes more than 100 of photographer Winan’s original recipes, personal stories and never-seenbefore images. Octavia Books,


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2. Evoking memories of fireside chats and cozy sweaters, KOBO’s Cashmere Valley Wood candle recalls fragrant notes of cashmere wood, smoked chestnuts and leather. Relish,

3. Designed from an 18th-century giltwood corbel from Spain and mounted on a wrought iron stand, this end table is finished with a rough-hewn pine plank for a look that is elegant — but not overdone. St. Romain Interiors,

4. The Frenchman Street counter stool (also available in bar height), by interior designer Kathy Slater, puts a contemporary spin on a classic X-back design. Kathy Slater Interiors and Design Collection,

5. Available in both queen and twin sizes and a variety of colored velvets and cottons, this soft but structured pillow can take the place of a headboard or add an extra layer of style. Creative Finishes Studio, creativefinishes

6. The “bac du bain” bath tray piece is one of several locally-made accessories from interior designer Stacey Serro’s new Paris Finds Avoir Collection. Paris Finds Avoir,

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get organized

good read

“Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism,” by Fumio Sasaki Fumio Sasaki offers a memoir-like introduction into minimalism with a step-by-step guide to living a more minimalist lifestyle. The book has plenty of inspirational quotes to help get you motivated and insights on the value of getting rid of unneeded things. It’s a gentle guide to learning how to live with less.

Cord Chaos The heart of any family room is its entertainment center. It holds your TV, DVD player, stereo and gaming consoles. It’s often also home to your cable and internet boxes. The end result is total cord chaos. Try covering a cord-filled power strip with a cable management box or a cable sleeve. The idea is, you’re organizing the cords in bulk to make it look like one large cable. Bonus tip: A tackle box can also aid in calming the storm as it can conveniently contain different sized batteries, a small flashlight, USB cables and headphones — out of sight but ready to use.


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Family Affair Stylish storage solutions for the most shared space in your house The family room is where the household gathers to listen to music, cheer the Saints to victory, watch must-see TV and enjoy buttery popcorn during movie night. It’s where you share many of the joys and challenges of being a family. Used on a daily basis, it’s often the room with the most need for organization. – By Pamela Marquis smart solutions

trash to treasure

+ Put your sofa to work. You can toss or loosely fold your throws behind it in a trunk, cabinet or bookshelf. That will give you more storage and can double as a handy place for a remote caddy. Also, try using a shallow plastic container to hold board games. It easily slides underneath the sofa — gone but not forgotten.

Trash accumulates in the family room but a plain plastic bin lacks charm and style. Instead try tossing trash in a deep wicker laundry basket or a tilt-out cabinet. You can find hand-painted cabinets on Etsy, or if you’re handy, repurpose a plain cabinet with a tilt-out drawer. Your now tasteful trash bin will be within reach but out of sight. Cabinet shown by delighful designs at

artist profile

Taylor Williams Taylor Williams grew up absorbing the natural world around him. “Even as a kid, I could name all the different plants and trees,” says Williams, who was raised in River Ridge and loved gardening with his parents. After stints at Tulane and UNO, Williams turned his passion into a career. In 2012, he began studying horticulture at Delgado, intending to eventually study landscape design at LSU. At Delgado, however, he found a complementary form of artistic expression — creating wire sculptures of the trees living in his memory. “I took a 3D design class at Delgado and one of the projects was to use aluminum wire to make a sculpture and I immediately knew I’d make a tree,” says Williams, owner of Will Garden, LLC a horticulture business specializing in design and installation of green spaces. Inspiration for his arboreal works comes from a variety of sources including indigenous trees (live oak and bald cypress), his study of the art of bonsai and wire tree sculptures made by other artists. The sculptures’ proportions and balance are based on the principles of bonsai. Williams’ patience and technical proficiency have been honed by his bonsai work as well. “The thing I try to convey is the architecture, movement, form and trunk lines of trees,” he says. “It’s the same with bonsai. You pause and look into the form of the tree and appreciate the character and suggested aged look of the individual tree.” He eventually developed a technique of his own. Instead of


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wrapping wires together at once, he wraps several strands, then repeats the process. Finally, he works the pre-twisted sections into a trunk. “I start to do one branch and work off of that and let the piece evolve on itself,” he says. Aside from their physical beauty, Williams’ trees are a metaphor for the nature that we take for granted in our fast-paced lives and a springboard for dialogue about conservation. “Trees are so connected to the web of life that goes on around us,” he says. “We need to take time to appreciate nature and find the value in it.” Williams’ works can be seen on Facebook (Will Garden LLC) and Instagram (twillgarden). In October 2018, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania will be the site of two wire tree workshops given by Williams. — by lee Cutrone

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bon vivant


Rosemary Satsuma Punch 6 to 8 satsumas, juiced (peel, toss in the blender and strain juice from the pulp) Rosemary infused simple syrup to taste (Combine one part water, one part sugar and a few sprigs of rosemary, simmer until clear and let it sit until ready to add. Be sure to remove the rosemary before putting it into the mixture) 2 cups of your preferred vodka (I like NOLA Vodka by NOLA Distilling Co.) 3 or 4 healthy dashes of Angostura Bitters Club soda to taste Combine ingredients in a pitcher, stir and serve. I garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary and keep a few sprigs in the pitcher. The club soda is mainly for fizz, so feel free to omit it or for a brunch version (or any time), use champagne in place of vodka and omit the club soda.

Well Received Greet friends and family visiting New Orleans with a festive welcome reception

There are few things more inviting than walking into someone’s music-filled home, getting a great big hug at the door and then immediately being handed a cocktail. Or at least, that’s how I like to be greeted. Which is why upon entertaining our first houseguests after moving to New Orleans from Texas in 2014, my husband Mark and I started a new tradition: The Welcome Reception. Morning, noon or night when friends or family arrive, we have Rebirth Brass Band or Mark’s painstakingly crafted Zydeco Spotify playlist cued up and mimosas, French 75s, mojitos made with Old New Orleans Rum or — during the holidays — my Rosemary Satsuma punch mixed up and ready to hand off in the foyer. Often, I’ll also light a Mad Darling Garden District Charm or Streetcar Geisha Satsuma & Honey soy candle to infuse the house with a gorgeous scent. For those times when we are rushing home from work and have to get the welcome reception tossed together in a pinch, popping the cork on a bottle of champagne and tossing



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a six-pack of mix-and-match local craft beers (consider selections from Wayward Owl, Urban South, NOLA Brewing Co. and Chafunkta) from Martin Wine Cellar into a beverage tub filled with ice is just as festive as a chichi cocktail. We also love introducing out-of-towners to the New Orleans go-cup tradition. We’ll enjoy the first beverage in the living room or on the porch, then take the party on the road for a “booze jaunt” through our Uptown neighborhood or the Garden District to sip and stroll while taking in the gorgeous homes on St. Charles Avenue or ambling down Magazine Street. Personalize your own welcome reception with whatever you love most about the city. The smile that breaks out across a loved one’s face when greeted with a sampling of the sounds, fragrances, flavors and warmth of New Orleans is addictive and you will want nothing more than to recreate it over and over again. – By Melanie Warner Spencer

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A Twist on Tradition Chef Tommy DiGiovanni puts a Sicilian spin on a Louisiana holiday favorite Produced By Margaret Zainey Roux

Sicilian Oyster Dressing Yields 6 servings



2 pints shucked oysters, divided

1. Check oysters for any shells. Pulse one pint of oysters through a processer and mince fine.

4 bunches Italian parsley 1 celery stalk (including leaves) 4 bunches green onion ½ cup minced garlic 1 cup olive oil (preferably high-quality extra virgin) 2 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme ½ loaf day-old French bread 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste

2. Dice day-old French bread into 1-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the minced oysters and any liquid from the container. Stir and let oysters absorb into the bread. 3. In food processer, purée onion, parsley, celery and garlic. 4. In medium-sized sauce pot, sauté the puréed vegetables, adding the bay leaves and thyme to the hot olive oil. Cool until translucent and remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs. 5. Add the minced oysters soaked in bread and let cook 15-20 minutes over medium heat. Stir as needed to prevent scorching the pot. 6. Add the remaining pint of whole oysters and simmer until plump. 7. Mix in Parmesan cheese. 8. Salt and pepper to taste.

About the Chef Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Tommy DiGiovanni grew up working at his father’s neighborhood Italian restaurant. He has served as Executive Chef at Arnaud’s restaurant since 1997 and currently resides in Gretna with his wife and two daughters. neworleanshomes&


for the garden

Winter jasmine can be planted late autumn into early winter

seeds of change Winter gardening tips to satisfy your green thumb The sweltering days of summer, and let’s be honest — fall, are finally over. Now we need to find other ways to indulge our gardening addictions. Several local gardening experts offer suggestions to while away the hours as we longingly await the thrill of spring. Ian Wilson with Southbound Gardens advises to prune citrus after all the fruits have been picked. Pamela Buckman, garden manager of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park, recommends cutting ginger at the first touch of a cold snap. “We find that they regrow more beautifully,” she says. Michelle Charvet, manager of Charvet’s Garden Center, suggests planting winter annuals for instant color and new perennials for spring flowers.


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“And, it’s time to weed and apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent the germination of weed seeds,” she says. “I adjust irrigation times to be less frequent in the cooler months,” says Kelly Casey, an associate landscape architect with Mullin Landscape Associates. It’s also the perfect time to catch up on movies, TV shows, magazines and books that exalt the joys of gardening. “‘The Identification Selection and Use of Southern Plants for Landscape Design’ is what we call our bible,” says Charvet. Wilson recommends reading “Gaia’s Garden” by Toby Hemenway and “Teaming with Microbes” by Jeff Lowenfels. Hapreet Samra, an avid gardener, reads the magazine Better Home and Gardens because she likes looking at what other people have done with their gardens, while Casey likes Garden & Gun Magazine. “It is a modern appreciation of life in the South and highlights southern gardens, homes and lifestyles.” Charvet’s staff recommends watching the Seuss-based environmental movie, “The Lorax.” Casey suggests “A Man Named Pearl,” a documentary on Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary artist. Netflix also offers “Rosemary and Thyme,” a British TV series that features two gardeners who solve crimes in lush gardens and “Greenfingers,” an amusing comedy starring Clive Owen and Helen Mirren. If you like curling up with a great seed catalogue, Wilson suggests Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Richters Herbs, Territorial Seed must see garden Company and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Louisiana Charvet thinks it’s best to work Houmas House Plantation with the Seed Savers Exchange, a and Gardens in Darrow; Rip non-profit organization dedicated Van Winkle Gardens to saving and sharing heirloom on Jefferson Island seeds. While Casey and Sampra National prefer simply buying transplants Portland Japanese Garden in from local nurseries such as CharOregon; The Garden at Filoli in Woodside, California vet’s or Banting’s. All these experts agree on International one thing–winter is a good time Butchart Gardens on Vancouto plan tours of other gardens. ver Island near Victoria, CanaNew Orleans has many splenda; Kirstenbosch National did ones but if you’re itching to Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa view gardens outside of the city, the specialists have plenty of Sculpture gardens recommendations for their faNasher in Dallas, Texas; vorites from around the world. Storm King in the Hudson Valley of New York

– By Pamela Marquis



home grown

Cyclamens Keep these beauties blooming all winter long


By Pamela Marquis

Cyclamens come is several colors including a gorgeous ombre pink with blush and fuschia tones

Fertilize Fertilize once a month with a fertilizer high in phosphorus and they will bloom from Christmas to Mardi Gras.

2 Water Water on the crown of the plant can cause it to rot so water from below the leaves and keep on a pebble-filled tray.

3 Roots Because pigs enjoy its bitter roots, the European cyclamen earned the nickname ‘pig bread.’

4 Sunlight Keep it in a cool place in a north window or where the sunlight is not too strong.

5 Bloom As a flower fades, remove the stalk from where it attaches to the tuber. New flowers will appear from one of the buds waiting below the foliage.


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living with antiques

A pair of French, 18th-century Louis XVI bronze andirons.

burning desire Make your fireplace a reflection of your home My husband and I recently took a long weekend trip to Chicago simply because we hadn’t been to the Windy City in years. While wandering through the Magnificent Mile, the city’s epicenter, we found the Driehaus Museum, a faithfully restored 19th-century home. As we walked through the ornately decorated house, I was dumbstruck by the many massive fireplaces. Equally impressive were the variety of andirons and fireplace tools, some almost as tall as me. If you are one of the lucky ones with a fireplace (this is the tropics, after all), consider the look and function of your fireplace. Start with the andirons, tools and accessories. Andirons are those wonderful sentinels that stand in the fireplace and hold the wood. The French call them chenets. The English call them fire dogs. They can be made of hand-forged iron, brass, bronze or any durable, flame-proof metal. In centuries past, the andirons often had a hook welded on to it that could hold a pot or two. Homemakers could cook a pot of soup or stew while warming the home. “Andirons are first functional, then a source of beauty,” says Gay Wirth, owner of Wirthmore Antiques on Magazine Street. “Adding the perfect andirons and tools can make your fireplace work better and


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also be a lovely accessory to the fireplace, which is often the focal point of the room.” Wirth says in the past, there was a mathematical proportion to making andirons work, but today that standard is more flexible. She recommends the homeowner first decide the size of the wood to be placed in the fireplace. Once you know how large the logs will be, then decide the size and style of andirons you want. There are no hard and fast rules to picking a style. “It’s fine to match the style of andirons to the room,” she says. “If your room is mostly French, you might want some beautiful, formal French bronze andirons. But it’s also fine to use something less formal, like simple, rustic hand-forged iron andirons to the fireplace. Sometimes adding an accessory that is unexpected is just what a room needs.” Likewise, Wirth adds that a room with a modern look can also benefit from antique andirons. It’s all about balance. “Experiment with several different styles of andirons and let the fireplace and the room tell you what works,” she says. Once you have decided on the andirons, think about the tools needed to keep the fire blazing. Newer tools often come as a matched set, while antique sets are often mismatched. Wirth says that the tools do not have to match the andirons, but should be compatible. No matter what style of tools you select — antique or modern, matched or mismatched — make sure your tools serve their proper function. The poker pushes the wood Fireplace around and keeps the fire aerated. safety tips Pence (or tongs) are used to move the logs when they are hot. A shovel helps 1. If at all possible, keep a window lift ashes out of the fireplace, and the cracked open while broom sweeps up the remaining ashfire is burning. es. A fire screen keeps the embers from 2. Make sure the floating or popping into the room. damper or flue is Last, consider adding a fender to open before your fireplace. Usually made of metstarting fire. al, a fender can keep ashes and debris 3. Use dry, wellfrom scattering out from the hearth. It aged wood. can be in one large piece, with curved 4. Clean out ashes edges, or in three separate pieces. from previous fires. Ashes should be “Decorating a room is like writing no more than a piece of music, it has to flow,” says one-inch thick. Wirth. “Look at the design of the fire5. Have the chimney place and accessories. Do the shapes checked annually by have movement? Do the pieces capture a professional. the light? Do they add that certain look 6. Never leave a firethat draws the eye to the fireplace? If place unattended. you can answer yes to these questions, then you have found the andirons and For more tools that will stand the test of time.” information visit:

– By Laura Claverie

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Celebration in Clay MaPo Kinnord’s pottery is about form, function and life in New Orleans

For more than 40 years, MaPo Kinnord has been working with clay. Kinnord is a ceramic artist who uses stoneware, porcelain, raku and low-fired pottery to create her body of work, much of which has a strong architectural base and varies from large, well-engineered sculptures to elegant funeral urns. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Arthur Roger Gallery, Stella Jones Gallery, Baltimore Clayworks and Imago Mundi. Kinnord was raised in Cleveland and earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Ohio State University. She moved to New Orleans in 1995 after attending a conference and falling in love with the city. She is now an associate professor at Xavier University of Louisiana. “Teaching takes up much of my time these days,” she says. “It’s the best of two worlds. I love seeing young people mature. It’s a privilege to see how their lives grow both artistically and emotionally.” While all forms of ceramic art are in Kinnord’s repertoire, she says her improvisational work is more enjoyable because she’s nev-


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er sure where it’s going. “It’s like jazz,” she says. “You create within a structure allowing yourself to be free. For me it’s the physical act of creating that is the most fun. It’s always exciting to see what clay can do.” Kinnord still occasionally creates functional art as she also likes the idea of being a part of someone’s life on a daily basis when they drink a cup of tea or break bread with their family and friends. In the heart of Mid-City, Kinnord lives in the ultimate studio and home. At the entrance is an ample studio full of ongoing projects, tools of her trade and plenty of space to create. Up a few steps is her residence, which is full of her lovingly collected artwork. Her gallery gloriously represents the art of the African Diaspora and includes artwork from friends and some of her favorite artists. Kinnord’s work is about form and functionality; it’s also about space, both exterior and interior and she says much of her work is about celebrating life in New Orleans. “Working with clay is a celebration,” she says. “I am tremendously lucky, I literally have my dream job.” – By Pamela Marquis

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Under Foot The look and feel of artisan area rugs, the supple welcome of cozy throws and the luxurious calm of fine bed linens offer year-round comfort By LISA TUDOR photographed by eugenia uhl

French wrought iron bed, Bella Notte Linens, lace Olivia bolster, Lillian cotton shams and custom Italian linen and cotton coverlet at Virginia Dunn New Orleans; Zenit grey linen throw and Maison de Vacances reversible linen throw at Katie Koch Home.




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Facing page: Artisan rugs from the collection at Virginia Dunn New Orleans; antique Kalleghi wide runner; Kalahari by New Moon Rugs; peacock mosaic by New Moon Rugs; Oushak reproduction rug; Gerhard Concrete by Tufenkian Artisan Carpets; 4 x 6 fringed Kurdish blanket at Katie Koch Home; antique Turkish Oushak; Marlowe Honey Gold by Tufenkian; reproduction Oushak rug on floor. This page: The Good Egg swivel chair by Milo Baughman for thayer coggin and antique Oushak rug at Virginia Dunn; marled basketweave acrylic throw at West Elm.



Antique French daybed and Bella Notte Linens silk velvet quilted coverlet in “mineral� at Virginia Dunn New Orleans; tassel pillow at West Elm; Nielsen indigo plaid wool throw at Pied Nu.


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Sling ottoman with brushed bronze frame by Milo Baughman for thayer coggin; antique Oushak rug (hanging) and reproduction Oushak rug (on floor) at Virginia Dunn New Orleans; Merino wool blanket at Katie Koch Home.



Facing page: The relaxed elegance created by designer Rodney Villarreal flows from the dining room to the living room, a continuation of color and style to create one cohesive whole. The draperies he calls “soft buttery yellow” and light blue leather on the Louis XV style chairs are Villarreal’s way of bringing colors of nature, sun and sky, into the design. The traditional Turkish oushak rugs are from NOLA rugs.

Comfortable Elegance Serenity meets festivity in this spacious Uptown home

W R I T T E N A N D P H O T O G R A P H E D by K erri M c C a f f et y



r odney Villarreal designed this 1861 home among sprawling live oaks in Uptown as an oasis in the lives of its busy homeowners. Always on the run between Houston and New Orleans, the couple wanted a space that would make them say “ahhh” when they walked in the door, a place to relax the soul and mind and a home base for the family. The cool gray walls invite you in from the heat. Buttery yellow draperies and soft accents of blue and green echo the hues of nature. To tune in to his clients’ tastes, Villarreal asks questions that help build his pallet. “Are you an indoor or outdoor person? Do you prefer sunny or rainy days?” He also peeks inside their closets for color choices. “Whatever colors a woman looks gorgeous in should be the colors surrounding her in her home,” says Villarreal.

Facing page: Grand Antebellum arches frame the entry hall showing off the fourteen-foot ceilings. Jeffrey M. Poree, Sr., fifth generation of the Poree family master plasterers, created exact replicas of the original living room and dining room ceiling medallions for the hall.


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Top: A modern painting by Texas artist Kathleen Earthrowl helped inspire the soothing palette of colors and neutrals in the rooms. Mixing eras and blending antiques and modern pieces, is at the core of this designer’s genius and results in a unique New Orleans style that celebrates three centuries of history in a “new” look. Left: A painting by George Rodrigue gives the entry an extra bit of Louisiana flavor where Villarreal combined old and new textures, an antique settee and sconces with modern acrylic and glass occasional tables. Facing page: The masculine, yet elegant, book-lined study features a gilt chandelier from Empire Antiques. In a subtle pun, the homeowners placed a painting by William Henry Buck under a mounted deer head.


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Classical Revival elements and grand-scale spaces surrounded by lush gardens exemplify Uptown architecture of the city’s Antebellum Golden Age. Fourteen-foot ceilings, Baroque archways, and ornate medallions make a gracious setting for Villarreal’s décor magic. By painstakingly discovering the homeowners’ personalities, tastes and ideas over two years, he created an atmosphere of comfortable elegance so beautiful that the homeowner says, “I feel like pinching myself because I can barely believe it’s really ours and how lucky we are to get to appreciate it every day.” Villarreal “realized a dream I didn’t even know I had. He taught me to express a vision I could not even see,” she says. The couple asked for a soothing, comfortable space where you want to take your shoes off and relax, just be, or stay at a dinner party for four hours. Villarreal accomplished this with a tasteful blend of old and new furnishings combined with art ranging from Louisiana landscapes to abstracts. But the serene also needed to contain an element of the festive. In the living room, Villarreal created intimate seating areas that easily transform into larger areas for entertaining. Glass and metal accents glimmer among the soft textures for a little sparkle, like the occasional, colorful pop of contemporary art.


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When Villarreal reupholstered family pieces, he and the homeowners looked at dozens of fabrics before choosing. Villarreal says he insisted on using only fabrics that look beautiful and feel soft against your skin. “The blue leather chairs are creamy like butter,” says the homeowner. “They are my favorite.” A bright kitchen, a masculine, book-lined study, a master suite fit for a grand Parisian hotel, and a sexy little bar round out the main floor. The couple loves the intimate solarium off the living room for morning coffee and cocktails in the bar in the evening. They admit that Villarreal sometimes had to convince them of a design idea, like the copper-colored Murano chandelier in the master bedroom, but now the couple wouldn’t change a thing. During the holidays, children and grandchildren fill the delightful second-floor bedrooms. “You should see the fun when we put up the 14-foot Christmas tree!” says the homeowner. “The house makes us really happy.”

Top: Minimal décor in the dining room includes a Niermann Weeks Empire style chandelier, a trumeau mirror, and a landscape by Louisiana artist Robert Rucker. Facing page: The bright white kitchen features an over-sized Italian chandelier.



Top: The home, built in 1860, features Victorian and Greek Revival elements typical of Uptown architecture before the Civil War. Left: The homeowners found the wood figure, their “solarium beauty,” at a shop in Texas and Villarreal liked it so much that he made it the focus of the solarium design. The couple commissioned South Carolina artist Michael Gray to create the Louisiana swampscape. Facing page: Villarreal’s uncluttered elegance continues to the bedrooms with fine antiques and Murano glass chandeliers.




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ouston native and resident Courtney Cangelosi grew up with a love of New Orleans. With close family ties to prominent New Orleanians (among them: her great-grandfather Archibald Higgins was a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court and her great uncle, WWII veteran Archibald Higgins Jr., was a founding member of the WWII Museum), she and her family visited New Orleans often. As an interior designer, she also worked on design projects in New Orleans. After marrying, Cangelosi and her husband Mark, who is an entrepreneur in the industrial market, made it a goal to own a home away-from-home in the French Quarter. Six years of looking and another year of renovation later, they say the dream was worth the wait. Today, the Cangelosis, their two young children and friends enjoy escaping to the historic beauty and slowed pace of the Big Easy in a home of their own. The Cangelosis had several things on their must-have list while searching for a suitable property: a prime French Quarter location and a covered balcony, where they could spend time relaxing. “Even though this city has a lot of things to do, for us, it’s about not having do anything,” says Cangelosi. “We usually don’t have an itinerary. When we’re here, we don’t worry about our phones or our computers.” They ultiBy Lee Cutrone mately found an upstairs condo in an Photos by Sara Essex Bradley 1880s masonry building in the center of the Quarter. One of just two units in the building, it occupied an entire floor, had 1,150 square feet and an extra deep balcony. They wasted no time buying it and lining up the necessary permits for a thorough renovation. “We knew if we found the right one, we had to jump on it,” says Cangelosi, who started her own high-end residential design firm (Court | House) after working for an architecture and design firm that specialized in hospitality venues. The couple took the interior down to the studs, rearranged the layout to their needs, renewed plumbing and electrical, and updated kitchen and baths with modern finishes and conveniences. The former two-bedroom residence now has three bedrooms, two baths and an open living/dining/ kitchen area. At the same time, they maintained a sense of history and warmth by highlighting historic elements and bringing in reclaimed materials. Workmen spent days chipping away layers of plaster to expose the brick wall beneath and ceiling beams were left in their original rustic

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The kitchen is anchored with an 8’ island with black honed granite counter tops. Custom cabinetry hides the modern appliances, creates height, and enhances character features such as the handpainted ceramic tiles used on the backsplash. Tiles, from Walker Zanger. A polished brass faucet adds shine to the understated finishes.

Courtney and Mark Cangelosi transform a French Quarter pied a terre into a striking home away from home



Left: Cangelosi purchased the 9’ long, velvet tufted sofa on Etsy from a Tennessee couple who delivered it in person. The primitive wooden coffee table was discovered at an antiques store in Houston. The gothic-style chandelier is from Restoration Hardware. Facing page, top, left: Cangelosi designed a space-saving, built-in bench (with storage) connecting the island and dining table. Two vintage-style oversized globe pendants from Rejuvenation hang above the dining table from Restoration Hardware. The dining chairs are Danish. Facing page, top, right: The Cangelosis repurposed a 9’ wide, old wooden window panel with mismatched stained glass panes by replacing the panes and turning it into a sliding door for the bar. During the renovation, discarded bricks were saved and reinstalled on the bar wall so it did not look like an afterthought. The two brass cage wall sconces, purchased in Galveston, Texas, were retrofitted from an old ship.


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Facing page: top: A transom was added above the door to the second bathroom. All of the condo’s doors and hardware were salvaged and repurposed. The framed photo of Lionel Batiste came from an art market on Frenchman Street. Bottom, left: This shower was one of the biggest challenges of the renovation: its three large Calacatta Verde honed marble slabs were fabricated and trucked from Houston, then hoisted over the balcony by crane. Bottom, right: Cypress French doors on the second level were found at The Bank in New Orleans and sanded and re-jambed to fit the opening. The wide central hallway is new to the floor plan. Cangelosi found the vintage flat weave runner on Etsy and the painting of the Pope hanging at the end of the hall at an estate sale. This page: The back dressing room’s brick wall was exposed and painted so that that it’s textured and subtle. An oversized round brass-framed mirror from Wistera hangs over the custom floating vanity.

state. Courtney combed through salvage shops in order to outfit every one of the condo’s 20 doorframes with a solid cedar door and each one of the doors with vintage brass hardware. The couple also brought in 200-year old, two-inch thick pine floors removed from the former Schlitz Brewery Distribution Center in Bryan, Texas. “Because the brick and the beams were the only original things left, it was very important to have old things,” she says. “I wanted to hear creaks in the floor.”

Despite the logistical challenges that went into remodeling an historic property in the Quarter (the street had to be blocked off for the bathrooms’ marble slabs to be hoisted over the balcony and wheeled into the condo, for example), Courtney insisted on creating an interior that feels effortless, by combining an appreciation of age and an eye for contemporary design. She balanced the kitchen’s new stainless appliances with hand-painted ceramic tiles, honed black granite and a polished brass faucet. With no particular agenda, she frequented vintage stores, estate sales, Etsy and eBay in pursuit of the unusual. The living room’s tufted vintage sofa, was purchased on Etsy from a Tennessee family who delivered it to the French Quarter in person. She also paid special attention to illuminating the space with different levels of light, including lamps and track lighting, which can be adjusted according to the desired mood. “I wanted it to feel retrofitted, like we added to what was existing,” she says. Having both been in the design business for years, the couple brought in Houston tradespeople with whom they’d built long-standing relationships, in-



cluding Mark’s family’s business, Cangelosi Marble. “There was a lot of coordinating on the labor and trade end,” says Cangelosi. “But it’s a good feeling to know all those people worked on the space. It reminds you how much this place means. “It’s the most challenging property my husband and I have done together, but it’s been the most rewarding too.”

Top, left: Wall sconces from Circa Lighting and formal roman shades, custom-made by The Shade Store, were chosen for their timeless quality. Top, right: The 30’ long gallery has Bevolo gas lanterns and flower baskets that are changed out seasonally. The iron furniture was found in Houston. Facing page: A rear addition made to the condo before the Cangelosis acquired it sits at a lower level. The bed has a painted cane frame, a charcoal pinstriped duvet cover and three custom square pillows for color. An antique drop-leaf secretary serves as a nightstand.

Kitchens & Baths photographed by jeffery johnston

Contractor: David Boihem of Southern Builders Designer: Vikki Leftwich Cabinets: Custom full overlay flat panel wood cabinets Flooring: Pickled wood floors Backsplash: Glass mosaic tile Lighting: Bubble chandelier available at Villa Vici Door knobs: Cabinet hardware available through Nordic Kitchen Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf range and microwave Notable stores: Villa Vici, Nordic Kitchen


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Contractor: Protocol Construction Designer: Rivers Spencer Cabinets: Classic Cupboards Flooring: Artistic Tile from Stafford Tile & Stone Backsplash: Walker Zanger from Stafford Tile & Stone Tile: Artistic Tile from Stafford Tile & Stone Tub: Victoria Albert Fixtures: Kohler Artifacts Lighting: Rivers Spencer Door Knobs: Architect, Brian Gille Furniture: Rivers Spencer Art: Julie Neill Mirrors: Restoration Hardware



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Contractor: McMath Construction Architect: George Hopkins Designer: Vikki Leftwich Cabinets: Vanity by Wet Style – stainless steel console supports a molded high gloss countertop and sink Flooring: Limestone Tile: Glass mosaic tile Fixtures: Kohler Lighting: Sonneman Sconces Notable stores: Villa Vici


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Contractor: Entablature Inc. Designer: Penny Francis and Casi Francis St. Julian of Eclectic Home Cabinets: Shiloh through Mattix Cabinet Works Flooring: Refinished by Prestige Flooring Backsplash: Eclectic Home Countertops: Caesarstone quartz tops through Mediterranean Tile & Marble Fixtures: Southland Plumbing Supplies Lighting: Eclectic Home Door knobs: Emtek Furniture: Eclectic Home Accessories: Eclectic Home Appliances: Nordic Kitchen and Bath: all Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances installed cook top, dish drawers, electric range, wine refrigerator, beverage center and glass front refrigerator neworleanshomes&


Contractor: Ray Chatagnier, RMC Construction Cabinets: K&S Woodworks Architect: Flynn Designs Flooring: Toca Flooring Light Fixtures: Flynn Designs Plumbing Fixtures: Brizo from Ferguson Tub: Kohler from Ferguson Tile: Calacatta Gold polished marble


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Designer: Grace W. Kaynor Cabinets: Nordic Kitchen and Bath Flooring: Fine Wood Production & Trade Backsplash: Stafford Tile Applicances: Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf store, Asks Dishwasher, Franke Sink Chairs: CB2



No Reservations Consider a festive restaurant party with all of the trimmings for your next hosted gathering Written and Styled by Valorie Hart


winter holiday season in New Orleans starts at Thanksgiving, barreling through December, January and February to Ash Wednesday. There are countless opportunities for winter entertaining in your home but — consider the restaurant party. Reserving a small private dining room in a beautiful setting where you don’t have to clean the house, prepare the food, serve the food and then clean the house again when your soiree has ended, is an alluring option. Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter has been a popular New Orleans fixture since 1918. Family-owned and operated, the elegantly rambling space is made up of several townhouses tied together with striking décor. The private dining rooms evoke a well appointed and gracious home, which in fact could be your home for a few hours for a holiday gathering. Each room has a distinct style, and is dressed with classic white linens, flatware and silver. The food, cocktails and service are outstanding, and you can tailor the menu. The dining room in the Bourbon Suites features festive wallpaper by Scalamandre called Venetian Carnival. Playful animals and revelers are a perfect backdrop for a party anytime

Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

during the winter entertaining season. It’s easy to personalize a restaurant space by bringing in a few special decorative touches to make the fête feel like an extension of your home. The colors and motif of the wallpaper are the jumping off point. Add special tablecloths with a hint of sparkle, bring in family silver julep cups and fill with simple greenery clipped from the garden. Place twinkle lights and votive candles around a gilt leaf wreath laid flat on the table to provide a base for the splendid croquembouche centerpiece by Rebecca Krebs, pastry chef at Arnaud’s. Just like at home, employ hostess elements, such as napkins tied with ribbon and party favors at each person’s place. Decorate the mantel with gilt garland, pillar and votive candles, and more julep cups filled with boxwood. Organize everything at home and pack into boxes for easy transport to the restaurant. Arrive an hour early to personalize the space. The staff at Arnaud’s is extremely helpful, and will add an extra pair of hands. Your guests will undoubtedly applaud your efforts. The best part of it all: You can be a guest at your own party, enjoying the delicious cocktails and food, the homey and beautiful environment and the familial service. Bonus: You don’t have to do the dishes.



The Menu Cocktails The Raspberry Beret El Guapo Old Fashioned First Course Creole Onion Soup en Croute Second Course Rock Cornish Game Hen Redfish on the Half Shell On the Table Creamed Spinach Cranberry Sauce Mushroom Sauté Dessert Croquembouche Café Brulot

The featured recipes for the menu are from “Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook: New Orleans Legendary Creole Cuisine,” by Kit Wohl. The recipes for some of the dishes pictured are not included in this piece. The book is available at Arnaud’s and at

The Raspberry Beret 1 ounce Pineau des Charentes ½ ounce Peychaud’s Aperitivo ¼ ounce agave nectar 2 ½ ounces champagne brut 2 raspberries Muddle, shake and strain. Top with champagne and raspberry garnish.

El Guapo Old Fashioned ¼ ounce Cocktail & Sons Spiced Demerara Syrup ½ ounce Amaro Meletti 2 generous dashes of El Guapo Chicory Pecan Bitters 2 ounces Jim Beam Stir with ice, garnish with orange twist and rosemary sprig.


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Creole Onion Soup Yields 8 Servings

Ingredients: 4 yellow onions thinly sliced ½ gallon veal stock 2 cups white wine 2 cups chicken stock 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs fresh thyme 12 peppercorns salt and pepper to taste Melt butter in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions and caramelize, stirring onions so they do not stick about 15 minutes. Add wine, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns and chicken stock. Deglaze until the liquid almost dissipates about 5 minutes. Add veal stock and let simmer about 10 minutes. Add roux (1 cup at first) and let simmer until roux is cooked out. If you desire a thicker soup, add 1⁄2 cup more roux. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Puff Pastry Tops for Onion Soup Yield: 8

1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough 1 whole egg 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350 F. Flour a clean surface and lay the pastry flat atop the surface. Using a round dough cutter about 1/8-inch over the size of the bouillon cup. Cut the dough rounds out and lay flat on parchment paper. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and lightly place the round atop the soup filled cup egg wash side down, and lightly press the dough to the cup on all sides. Repeat. Place the cups on a sheet pan about 1½ inches apart. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Creamed Spinach Serves 6-8, yields about 3 cups

2 ten-ounce boxes frozen chopped spinach, completely thawed 4 tablespoons lightly salted butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1-cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt ½ teaspoon fresh ground white pepper ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg 1-tablespoon cornstarch 4-ounce block of cream cheese Using your hands, squeeze as much water as possible from the thawed spinach. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the onion, stirring occasionally, until tender, about five minutes. Stir in the cream and bring to a simmer. Add the spinach, salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Stirring occasionally bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for three minutes. In a small bowl, blend the cornstarch and one tablespoon water until smooth. Add to the spinach mixture, then add cream cheese and continue stirring until thickened, about two minutes. Taste for seasoning. Serve at once, or keep warm for up to thirty minutes in the top of a covered double boiler over barely simmering water. Or, cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in a double boiler before serving.


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Rock Cornish Game Hen Serves 4

This dish is complex, but it’s all worth it in the end. To break up the preparation over two days, prepare and refrigerate the Bordelaise sauce and the stuffing a day in advance. If you choose this method, additional time in the oven will be required. For the stuffing: 2 ounces pork tenderloin, cut into ½-inch cubes 8 ounces veal top round, cut into ½-inch cubes 1-ounce fatback or salt pork, cut into ½-inch cubes 2 shallots, finely chopped 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream ½ cup ruby port 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper 4 Rock Cornish game hens, about 8 ounces each 4 slices bacon 1-quart veal stock 2 tablespoons clarified butter 8 ounces white mushrooms, quartered 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 cup Bordelaise sauce Kosher or sea salt and white pepper, preferably freshly ground 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley cherry tomatoes and sprigs of flat-leaf or curly parsley for garnish 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. First, make the stuffing: Chill the cubes of meat and fatback for 30 minutes. Place in a food processor and pulse into a smooth paste. Transfer to a large bowl and add the shallots, egg, and 2 tablespoons of cream, port, parsley and thyme. With a fork blend until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. (The mixture should be very moist, but not loose; two more tablespoons of cream may be added if necessary). 2. Season the birds inside and out with salt and pepper and stuff loosely with the stuffing mixture. Wrap a slice of bacon around each bird, wrapping across the opening to hold the stuffing in. Secure the bacon with toothpicks. Place the hens in a roasting pan and pour the veal stock over and around them. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and braise in the oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender and the juices at the thigh joint run clear when pierced with a small, sharp knife. (If the birds were prepared and stuffed the night before, use the longer cooking time). 3. While the birds are braising, place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the clarified butter. When it is hot, add and sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and Bordelaise sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat through, stirring, then add the parsley and remove from the heat. 4. When the birds are done, transfer them to a warm platter, discarding the bacon. Garnish the edges of the platter with cherry tomatoes and parsley sprigs and re-warm the sauce, if necessary. Drizzle the sauce over the hens and serve immediately.

Orange Cranberry Sauce 1-pound fresh cranberries 2 oranges, zested and juiced 1 cup white sugar Water to cover Stir cranberries, orange zest, sugar and enough water to cover berries together in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until cranberries begin to bust, 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, stir in orange juice, and simmer until flavors blend, about 1 hour. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until a gel consistency is reached, at least 1 hour. neworleanshomes&


Chargrilled Redfish Yields 6 servings

6 filets of redfish with skin & scales intact 2 lemon zest & juice 6 sprigs fresh oregano ½ tbsp red pepper flakes ½ cup extra virgin olive oil kosher salt to taste Lay out the fish filets flesh side up on a sheet pan. Zest the 2 lemons above the fish and spread out evenly amongst the filets, lightly coat the filets with olive oil. Lightly tear the oregano leaves apart and place atop each filet, sprinkle the filets with the pepper flakes. Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons over the filets, sprinkle the filets with salt. Place on the chargrill skin and scale side down, once placed do not move the filets till they are cooked it should take about 7-9 minute depending on the heat output of the chargrill. Garnish with lemon wedges as desired.

Wild Mushroom Sauté Serves 4-6

4 ounces Shitake mushrooms 4 ounces Oyster mushrooms 6 ounces mushrooms 1 tablespoons minced shallots 1½ cups whipping cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese sea salt to taste fresh cracked black pepper to taste pinch of chopped flat leaf parsley Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash the mushrooms as needed; pat dry. Julienne the mushrooms. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium high heat and sauté the minced shallots until translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté until al dente. Add the cream and reduce heat by half. Fold in half of the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small casserole dish. Spread the remaining Parmesan and parsley atop the mushrooms and broil in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown. Serve with toasted baguette.




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Coconut Cream Profiteroles (used for the croquembouche) Coconut cream 1 ¼ cups half and half 2 egg yolks ½ cup sugar 4 tablespoons cornstarch 1-teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon salt 1-tablespoon coconut extract 2 tablespoons butter 1-cup heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 cup water, sugar, and corn syrup, and bring to a boil over high heat. Do not stir. Cover pan, and boil until steam dissolves any crystals. Uncover, and boil 5 more minutes, or until syrup is amber in color. Remove from heat. Dip the bottom of each puff into the caramel, and arrange puffs in a pyramid. To make a spun-sugar web to wrap around the croquembouche: Cut the looped ends of a wire whisk with wire cutters, or use 2 forks held side by side, and dip the ends into caramel. Wave the caramel back and forth over the croquembouche, allowing the strands to fall in long, thin threads around it.

Décor Tips Bring a special tablecloth. The shimmery one shown was rented from Event Rentals. Use family heirlooms such as silver julep cups with seasonal greens for a centerpiece. Clip greens from your garden. We used boxwood. Assemble the day before at home and transport them finished and table-ready. Use holiday décor you have on hand. We used a gilt leaf wreath and garland with battery operated twinkle lights, and pillar and votive candles. Tie the restaurant napkins with ribbon to coordinate with tablecloth. Tie each party favor gift box with same ribbon. Choose a keepsake party favor themed to the décor and season. We used bejeweled whimsical trinket boxes in the form of animals that looked like they leapt off the wallpaper in the dining room.






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home renewal

home sweet home 6 Tips for first-time homebuyers







Old vs. New

Simple Solutions

Buyer Representation

Flood Insurance

Selling Price v. Maintenance

Title Insurance

Before purchasing a recently constructed home, says Chris Kornman, owner of New Orleans general contracting company Entablature, visit the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors website (lslbc.louisiana. gov). “Just because it’s new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s built well,” he said. There, you can find out if the builder has a residential license. Also visit OneStop ( onestop), to verify that the builder has permits, the house’s inspection status and other helpful info. Finally, ask for referrals from previous clients.

Kornman said a long list of issues from the inspection will sometimes scare off buyers, but many problems have easy, inexpensive fixes. For example, he said almost all old Uptown houses have some form of termite damage to their joists. But unless the joists are almost entirely gone, it’s not an expensive fix.

Buyers should have a knowledgeable professional looking out for their interests. Matt Davis, a realtor with Amanda Miller Realty Group, said buyer’s representation is not an out-ofpocket expense for homebuyers. The seller pays the commission for both the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.

Davis said many people roll the dice and take their chances if they are not in a zone where flood insurance is required. The zones can vary wildly even in the same part of town and can seem random. Davis bought a home in Chalmette that took seven feet of water in Katrina, but flood insurance was not mandatory for him. He pays $386 a year for his current flood insurance policy. It’s worth it for the peace of mind. “It’s a very cheap policy in areas where it’s not required,” Davis said.

“The real price is the sales price plus the annual upkeep,” Kornman said. New buyers should investigate when the house was last updated. How old is the A/C unit and water heater? A home that was last updated in 2000 will not have as much annual upkeep as a house that was last updated in the 1980s. The energy efficiency will also likely be better in a more recently updated home.

There is a chance when you buy a property that there could be a lien on it. Liens should be discovered in a public records search before buying, but Davis said sometimes a homeowner won’t find out about a lien until after the purchase. If the previous owner did not pay a contractor for work done on the house, then the contractor can get a lien placed on the property, meaning the responsibility is on the new owner to repay him. Title insurance, which Davis said is a one-time purchase of approximately $500, will cover buyers if there is a lien. – By Fritz Esker


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Pop Life Mix bold colors and contrasting textures with modern and vintage pieces for a striking, yet comfortable look

Gild pendant ceiling light by Hatton. Perch,

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Ashley Woodson Bailey wallpaper from the Frida series inspired by Frida Kahlo, featuring deep red peonies, Spruce,

Palomino Brazilian cowhide rug and vintage claw-footed black and brass firewood caddy, Sunday Shop,

Custom swivel chair by Perch and CR Laine, upholstered in cranberry and ivory linen. Perch,


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Acrylic coffee table with glass top by Jody Hammett at The Market at Magazine,

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Cut to the Quick Japanese chef’s knives for kitchen novices and experts Celebrity chef, traveler and author Anthony Bourdain knows knives. For Bourdain, equipping a kitchen, home and professional alike, need not be difficult. Forget elaborate knives of varying sizes and shapes, and stick to the essentials: “Please believe me, here’s all you will ever need in the knife department: one good chef’s knife, as large as is comfortable for your hand,” he notes in his groundbreaking, culinary tell-all book “Kitchen Confidential.” A chef’s knife will perform all of the kitchen duties a home cook requires, using the tip for detail work and the remainder for larger jobs. Additionally, he goes on to note that many professionals move away from noted brands like Henckel and Wüstoff for the more elegant and useful handmade knives from Japan. Brandt Cox, local chef and co-owner of Coutelier NOLA, agrees with Bourdain’s advice. “Japanese knives, specifically the Gyuto [chef’s] knife, are thinner, lighter blades,” he says. “Many knives are created by small-time bladesmiths that have multi-generational knife-making heritage. The 8-inch size is the most popular for both chefs and home cooks. It is typically the style knife that we recommend for both home cooks and professionals.” We visited Coutelier, an Oak Street shop which specializes in knives, boutique accessories for both home and professional cooks and blade sharpening services and classes, where Cox helped us select top options for all price points. - By Ashley McLellan

+ Sharp and to the point Coutelier NOLA offers professional sharpening, priced per inch, on Japanese water stones and leather. All sharpening priced per inch, $1.25 double beveled blades, $2 single bevels and serrated blades. Coutelier also sharpens hatchets, meat cleavers, axes, food processor blades, mandolin blades, straight razors and restores antique blades. Coutelier NOLA, 8239 Oak Street, 504-475-5606,


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Starter Kit

Modest Investment

Tojiro three layer stainless steel knife. Balanced, durable and easy to sharpen, the Tojiro is a terrific knife for a young cook who is entering their first professional kitchen or a home cook who wants great performance without breaking the bank. Also an easy line of knives to build a set or give as a gift for a culinary friend.

Sakai Takayuki, hammered Damascus steel and red pakka wood handle. A thinner, sharper, lighter knife, the Sakai Takayuki also maintains its edge a little longer and features a tsuchime, or hammered, finish. This knife is appropriate for a seasoned line cook, a graduation present for a culinary school student or home cooks who want their knives to reflect the seriousness and thought they put into their food.


Top of the Class Takeshi SAJI, rainbow Damascus carbon steel, Arizona Desert Ironwood handle. Handmade by Takeshi SAJI, this knife is a one-of-a-kind blade from one of the most highly respected bladesmiths in Japan. Decked out with rainbow Damascus steel, inlaid layers of copper and brass, an Arizona Desert Ironwood handle and mosaic copper and brass pins, this knife is an eye catcher and a jewel for the serious knife collector.


Adda Carpets and Flooring

romancing the stone When, where and how to use stone and tile in your interiors

Options in floor and wall coverings continue to grow as technology and trends introduce new possibilities in materials, colors, sizes and textures. Tile and stone is an area that, even as time goes on, has one foot in two different worlds — the timelessly classic and the unapologetically modern. Between the timeless, elegant look natural stone provides and the modern shapes, textures and strength now possible in porcelain tile, finding the right material for your floor, backsplash, shower or other surface requires a number of considerations. This season, we sought advice from a number of local tile sellers and interior designers for tips on what kinds of tile to use and when and where they’re most appropriate. Why tile and stone? The first consideration is function. “When working on a design project, our client’s lifestyle is a big part of what leads us to stone, tile flooring. We like to discuss with the client how they plan on using each space and how much time is spent in certain areas to determine what type of material is used,” says Kristine Flynn, Owner & Interior Designer at Flynn Designs. Considerations include the effects that kids, pets and activities have


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on certain areas of the home. “Porcelain provides a level of durability that carpet and hardwood floors do not offer. The residents of Houston who just endured the terrible flooding — they are all switching from carpet and hardwood to tile flooring,” says Olivia Boone, President of Horizon Tile, which has showrooms in both Texas and Louisiana. Not only can a durable floor provide for less headache down the line, it can also increase the value of your home. According to Lindsay Swenson, chief executive merchant at Floor & Decor, carpet doesn’t enhance the value of a home and has downsides such as a difficulty to keep clean and a tendency to harbor allergens. And while hardwood can increase home value, it is unfortunately sensitive to moisture and prone to scratching. “Natural stone tends to be the expectation in higher-end homes. We advise customers of this so the material they select matches the resale value of their home,” says Swenson. For home owners concerned with maintenance and the potential staining of natural stone, especially in a high-traffic area like a kitchen, Swenson encourages them to go with an non-porous, man-made material such

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as porcelain tile, which these days can mimic natural stone surprisingly well. “Natural stone comes in many sizes and patterns and laser cutting stone has allowed manufacturers to come up with some stunning designs that can turn heads,” says Interior Designer Susan Currie. “On the other hand, digital imaging has come a long way so now porcelain tile is made to mimic the look of natural stone. I consider this technique ‘the new trompe l’oeil’ for the tile industry because it can fool the eye.” At Horizon Tile, Boone recommends customers determine whether or not they’re comfortable with the changes that happen to natural stone over time due to their porosity and sensitivity to acids. While there are many homeowners who love the beauty and patina of natural stone, there are others who would rather avoid the maintenance, polishing or sealing that stone can require. Chris Judge, owner of ADDA Flooring, brings up another point of consideration for the stone tile versus porcelain tile debate. “One of the beauties of many natural stones is their variation,” he says. “If a client desires a more uniform appearance, porcelain tile is often the best choice.” Variation is a big consideration according to our experts, who recommend doing your best to explore a stone’s variation before purchase and to hire setters who know how to work with it. At Palatial Stone and Tile, Owner Amyre Romain emphasizes that natural stone inherently has a much wider range in color and veining than other products. According to Romain, viewing the natural color range of that lot for approval is imperative before ordering. It’s also important to get your numbers right — a last-minute or-


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der of more stone tile may not be available from the same lot and could differ from your original order. “When setting the stone, your tile setters should open all the boxes and select randomly when setting,” says Penny Francis, interior designer and owner of Eclectic Home. “Don’t set one box then move to the next. You want a blend of the materials.” This tip can go along way in avoiding an accidental gradient effect with one side of your room being heavier in color or veining than the other. Francis also recommends making sure your setter has prepared the surface and waterproofed and sealed properly, especially in wet areas like a bathroom or kitchen. Once you’ve considered how your tile should function in the house, you can get to the fun part — design. From a stone mosaic in your shower to large-format tile for your master bathroom floor, or an imitation wood plank porcelain tile for your living area, there are looks, sizes, shapes and textures for every palate. “Porcelain tiles and manmade quartz products have come a long way,” says Amyre Romaine of Palatial Stone and Tile. “Due to advancing technologies, tile can now mimic not only the look of natural stone but hardwood, fabrics and more. Larger and thinner format and plank tiles are still on the rise.” Before you fall in love with your tile choice, make sure it’s suitable for your intended use. Some tile is rated for walls only and some can only be used indoors and not out. Once you know what kind of tile you need, it’s time for the fun. At Stafford Tile, tucked Uptown near Audubon Park, Owner Peggy Stafford loves working to create one of a kind tile and stone designs. She notes the lack of opportunity you have to customize or

get creative with carpet and wood. “I am seeing a more prevalent use of color than in the past,” says Stafford. “Strong colors and exotic patterns in different shapes and sizes are much more widely used in our projects. We also now have a wide array of very well priced, stylish porcelain tiles that can perform in a high traffic commercial area but are attractive in a residential environment.” At Adda Flooring, large format tiles are sought for their ability to create a seamless appearance and fewer grout lines with sizes as big as 24 by 48 inches or 32 by 32 inches. Wood-look tile is popular at Floor & Decor, where they offer planks as long as 72 inches in addition to large format tile. Likewise, large porcelain “slabs” are available at Horizon Tile, and Boone notes their popularity for walls, countertops, shower walls and exterior cladding. “Porcelain is very versatile and suitable for almost every project,” she says. Other popular porcelain designs include wood- and textile-look tile, encaustic or concrete looks and porcelain terrazzo. Interior Designer Susan Currie calls vibrant color one of her design trademarks, and currently she’s loving the look of encaustic tile, which dates back to medieval times and was originally created with clay. Today, many manufacturers are making encaustic tile with cement and others are creating the look on porcelain. “Encaustic tile can add pattern, color and interest to a space.” says Currie. “When it’s used, it’s like creating an inlaid floor. When paired with white or neutral cabinets in kitchens or bathroom, a design using this type of tile can become the main focal point in a room. The array of matched patterns and the use of colors are to die for if you are a color enthusiast like I am.”

Waterjet and laser-cut stone tiles are expanding the world of mosaics, another key part of the tile and stone industry. Mosaics can create a focal point for a room, be it a backsplash, a shower wall or a fireplace surround. Currie fell in love with an Ann Sacks laser-cut pattern made with a mixture of Calacatta Gold marble, frosted glass and clear glass tiles for her home. “The circular pattern added just the right level of interest in my master bath,” she says. “I achieved the right mix of scale and pattern with the combination of 6 inch by 12 inch tile on the shower walls, one-inch square stone mosaic for the shower floor, along with a bold floral wallpaper, making the bathroom one of the rooms in my home that my guests most inquire about and admire.” Likewise, Francis used a stone mosaic as a feature wall in her bar and incorporated a stone and glass mix in her kitchen backsplash. For recent clients, Flynn has been using a lot of shaped mosaic tiles in tub surrounds such as fish scale and picket mosaic patterns. “They are a fun surprise when you open the shower curtain,” says Flynn. Another important part of the tile and stone equation is price, and fortunately for homeowners, thanks to technology, you can largely achieve the look you want with reasonably priced materials. While a custom, hand-made tile or mosaic is going to cost more than machine-cut basic shapes, you can find well made products that make a statement in a wide price range. “You really can pay as much or as little as you want to,” says Olivia Boone of Horizon Tile. “It is like buying a dress — there are many choices in style, quality and price.”




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Nordic Kitchens & Baths Inc. 1818 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504/888-2300

Demoran Custom Homes 504/810-5346 985/788-7857

Horizon Tile 626 Baronne St., New Orleans 504/500-2016

Eclectic Home 8211 Oak St., New Orleans 504/866-6654

JADE 324 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504/875-4420

Exterior Designs, Inc 2903 Octavia St., New Orleans 504/866-0276

Katie Koch Home 3905 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/410-1450

Ferguson 901 S Labarre Rd., Metairie 504/849-3060

Kings Marble and Granite 11 5th St., Gretna 504/366-6680

Floor & Décor Design Gallery 2801 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/891-3005 4 Westside Shopping Center, Gretna 504/361-0501

Lambeth House 150 Broadway, New Orleans 504/865-1960

Flynn Designs 8903 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge 504/667.3837

LCI Workers’ Comp 1123 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville 985/612-1230

Haven Custom Furnishings 300 Jefferson Hwy #102, New Orleans 504/304-2144

Louisiana Custom Closets 13405 Seymour Meyer Blvd. #24, Covington 985/871-0810

Sofas & Chairs 123 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504/486-9622

Helm Paint 8180 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans 504/861-8179 5331 Canal Blvd., New Orleans 504/485-6569 2801 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/891-7333 6820 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504/888-4684 3659 Hwy 190, Mandeville 985/626-0166 2108 W. Thomas, Hammond 985/542-4356

MLM Incorporated 3500 N.Causeway Blvd., Ste.160, Metairie 504/322-7050

Sotre 3933 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/304-9475

Mullin Landscape Associates LLC 10356 River Rd., St. Rose 504/275-6617

Spectrum Capital Pete Farris 781 Larson St., Jackson, MS 601/351-2077 601/862-1409 pfarris@spectrumcapitalre. com

Land Rover New Orleans 4032 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504/887-2969

NOLA Boards 4304 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-516-2601

Palatial Stone 2052 Paxton St., Harvey 504/340-2229 2033 N. Hwy 190 Suite 9, Covington 985/249-6868 Poydras Home 5354 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/897-0535 Relish 600 Metairie Road, B, Metairie 504/309-3336 Renaissance Doors 1000 Edwards Ave., Harahan 504/344-6994 renaissancedoors Ruffino Custom Closets 110 Campbell Ave., Mandeville 985/809-7623

Stafford Tile & Stone 5234 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/895-5000 4273 Perkins Rd.,

Baton Rouge 225/925-1233 Southern Refinishing, LLC 708 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 504/348-1770 Susan Currie Design 504/237-6112 The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St., New Orleans 504/523-4662 The Linen Registry 200 Metairie Rd., #102, Metairie 504/831-8228 The South Market District O’Keefe Ave. and Girod St., New Orleans 504-301-0014 Trinion Properties LLC 307 Tchoupitoulas St., Ste 350, New Orleans 504/529-3494 Triton Stone Group 6131 River Rd., Harahan 504-/738-2228 Tuscan Stone Imports 720 S. Galvez St., New Orleans 504/837-1511 7150 Pecue Lane, Baton Rouge 225/753-5870 Villa Vici 2930 Magazine St., New Orleans 504/899-2931 Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design 1533 Prytania St., New Orleans 504/525-7409 •

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Coffee Talk The bijou bean with a big, Big Easy backstory New Orleans has a storied coffee history. According to “Coffee: The Times-Picayune covers 175 years of New Orleans History,” in the 19th and 20th centuries, New Orleans was the biggest coffee port in the country and for decades home to countless companies, roasters and distributors. As the nation’s premier coffee handling port, New Orleans has “14 warehouses, more than 5.5 million square feet of storage space and six roasting facilities within a 20-mile radius, as well as the world’s largest coffee silo,” per the Port of New Orleans website. From famous coffee houses, such as Café du Monde, founded in 1862, to roasters, such as the 30-year-old, certified organic and free trade Orleans Coffee, it’s no surprise that the beloved bean’s “third wave” has in the last few years hit the city with a jolt. Third


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wave refers to artisanal beans produced, imported, roasted, crafted and consumed with quality, sustainability, innovation and the customer experience at the forefront. Spitfire, HiVolt, Cherry Espresso Bar and French Truck are a few of my regular haunts, but I also love to brew — or press — a cup at home. Lately, that has meant a hot, fragrant mug of New Orleans Roast’s Southern Pecan or French Truck’s Big River. Sipping a cupful while curled up in a fuzzy throw blanket on the sofa reading is an essential part of my morning ritual. I read on that coffee “became so deeply incorporated into Turkish culture, a law was created that gave any woman the freedom to divorce her husband if he didn’t provide her with the necessary amount of coffee.” We keep an extra pound on hand to ensure it never comes to that. – By Melanie Warner Spencer