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AUTUMN 2017 / Volume 20 / Issue 3 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Web Editor Kelly Massicot Contributing Writers Laura Claverie, Lee Cutrone, Jessica DeBold, Fritz Esker, Valorie Hart, Pamela Marquis, Lisa Tudor, Margaret Zainey Roux Contributing Photographers Thom Bennett, Sara Essex Bradley, Theresa Cassagne, Jeffery Johnston, James Shaw, Eugenia Uhl Copy Editor Amanda Orr

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26 features 42. NEw Build of the year

Kendall Winingder and Patrick Schindler combine their talents with a who’s who team of experts to build their dream home

By Lee Coutrone

56. Pretty is as pretty does

A flood-damaged Old Metairie house is given a second chance

By Valorie Hart

64. Industrial Lite

Designer Shauna Leftwich softens industrial edges of warehouse district condo

By Lee Coutrone

70. design masters

By Lee Coutrone

24 in every issue 16. Editor’s Note 18. Style 22. Artist Profile

Joan Griswold

24. Gatherings

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Grandma’s molasses cookies the stuff of memories for pastry chef Jeremy Fogg

26. For the Garden


Shaping Up Add interest, whimsy and elegance to the garden with topiary

28. Living with Antiques

Freeze Frame Antique and vintage frames make a comeback

30. Masters of Their Craft


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Found and Formed Glass artist Mitchell Gaudet finds the extraordinary in the ordinary

33. TrendWatch

Tiny Tables Petite, portable and posh, accent tables put your drink in easy reach from every seat in the house

100. Home Renewal

Enter Here Easy, routine TLC for your doors and windows


Golden Opportunity Pair gold and green for an enviable interior

104. Expert Advice

Mix and Match Incorporating art and antiques with style and penache

110. Resources 112. Last Indulgence

Naked Lunch Oysters on the half shell are on the menu this fall

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On the Cover

Mastering Design


utumn in New Orleans is really more like “summer light,” but that doesn’t mean I don’t still look forward to it. The heat eases up and I once again feel the desire to cook food in the oven (such as the molasses cookies on page 24 by Emeril’s pastry chef Jeremy Fogg) and invite friends over to visit on the porch. Around the house, candles and home fragrances are switched out to spicy and autumnal scents, such as cinnamon apple and vanilla. I once again contemplate swapping out the throw pillows in favor of a more seasonally appropriate color, but then never get around to it. This is one of many reasons I won’t likely ever be in a league with this year’s crop of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Design Masters. Our 2017 honorees are truly masters of detail, form, function and, of course, design. Each one is at the top of, or engaged in a rapid ascent, in his or her chosen area of design, whether it’s drapery, accessories, architecture or interior design. Flip to page 70 to learn more about this who’s who of New Orleans design industry professionals and their work. Be sure to join us at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Sept. 7 to clink glasses in honor of the Design Masters, as well as your picks for the Best of Homes winners, which were announced in the summer issue. The autumn issue also marks the time of year when we announce and shine a spotlight on our New Build of the Year. It just so happens that the project lead and architect of record is one of our past Design Masters, architect Wayne Troyer, principal at Studio WTA. This modern oasis featured on page 42 is a study in streamlined simplicity and worthy of celebration. As we transition into fall, relishing the retreat of oppressive heat and preparing for the upcoming the season of celebration, I’m convinced that this will be the autumn that I finally swap out the throw pillows. — Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor

P.S. For more than 10 years in his Home Renewal column, Peter Reichard, regaled us with stories that were both entertaining and informative. Reichard has taken a new job in a new state and while we are supremely sad to see him go and to lose him as a contributor, we are thrilled for him in this new chapter. The space will now be filled by another wonderful writer, Fritz Esker, so the good news is, we’ll still get our home maintenance, restoration and renewal advice in each issue. On that note, best of luck to Reichard. We will miss working with you. Welcome aboard, Esker! We look forward to reading your pieces.


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New Build of the Year, p. 56 In this issue, we’re taking a glimpse into the modernist home of Kendall Winingder and Patrick Schindler. The couple worked with Studio WTA for a stunning modern retreat that combines form, function and child-friendlieness all under one roof. Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

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The Uptown bungalow where Chef Melissa Martin’s Mosquito Supper Club and Levee Baking Co. make culinary magic is now also home to the vintage and consignment cookware store, Seasoned. Find everything from rolling pins and cast iron to local jams and tableware in this charming shop. Pictured above, the Arcoroc France vintage floral glassware is pretty and practical. The store’s hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seasoned, 3824 Dryades St., 860-604-4650,

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STYL E Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux




1. Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces Acclaimed author Susanna Salk’s “Decorate Fearlessly” is a photographic trove of awe-inspiring homes by renowned designers including Mary McDonald, Ashley Hicks, Alex Papachristidis and Jonathan Adler. Salk captures a wide range of sophisticated spaces — from modern to traditional and from Bohemian to formal — while highlighting rule-breaking design ideas that celebrate personal style rather than predictable, safe looks. Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., 504-895-2266 or


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2. Green with Envy

3. Portably Posh

New Orleans fine-finish artist E. Lee Meade knows how to fake it. Handmade from formaldehydefree plywood and handpainted in her Uptown studio, Mead’s fabulously-faux malachite cube table is bound to be the rock star of any room. E. Lee Jahncke Mead Signature Collection, 504-939-7987,

Never before has a folding chair looked so luxe. One of two, the versatile vintage piece is durable enough to transport to your tailgate yet dainty enough to sit pretty in place thanks to its strong rose gold finished frame and its supple tan leather back and seat. Perch, 2200 Magazine St., 504-8992122,

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4. Well Adjusted

5. Ethnic Ethos

6. Good Housekeeping

Leave it to Ralph Lauren to put a modern spin on a classic midcentury style. Inspired by the utilitarian floor lamps once relegated to doctor’s offices and pharmacies, Lauren’s Warner pharmacy lamp is designed to illuminate chic retreats with its solid brass hooded shade and crystal and brass and tubular base. Beth Clayborne Interiors, 401 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-342-2630,

Woven from raffia leaf fibers found in the Congo, the beauty of the African Kuba cloth goes far beyond aesthetics by telling the story of the artisan who created it and the celebration it was woven to commemorate. Traditionally worn as a ceremonial garment, the cloth transforms into modern art when hung in a floating frame. Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 504-342-2087,

Folding linens is less of a chore when it offers a sensory experience. Niven Morgan’s Gold Laundry Wash blends the subtle fragrances of sandalwood and musk with the sumptuous aromas of vanilla, amber, Egyptian Neroli and Italian bergamot for a refined “scents-ability” and luxe alternative to everyday detergent. What’s New, 824 Decatur St., 504-586-2095 or


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Joan Griswold By Lee Cutrone


oan Griswold always knew she wanted to be in the arts. As a child, she learned from her mother a love of making things, from clothing to woodblock prints. She took drama classes in high school and pursued theater in college. It also was during college that she found her true passion — painting. Today, she is best known for creating what she describes as “architectural interiors and facades with a play of light.” Griswold grew up in Oberlin, Ohio and Rochester, New York. At 16, her family moved to Japan where she graduated from an international high school, then took a year off to study pottery and immerse herself in Japanese culture, while living with a Japanese family. She returned to the United States to attend college and studied classics and acting at Beloit College. After becoming disillusioned with theater, she took a drawing course and has been painting in oils ever since. Influenced by the spare geometry of Japanese architecture and by the loose brush strokes and chiaroscuro of John Singer Sargent’s paintings, Griswold’s early pieces depicted street scenes with day or night-lit facades of buildings. “They were frontal geometric patterns, a play of light,

two colors next to one another that represent light and shadow,” she says. “The geometry was the gateway to the idea of searching for light.” Over the years, her subject matter has expanded to include still lifes, portraits, landscapes and interiors. The latter is marked by the kind of classic comfort that typifies English country houses (Griswold lived in England for a stint), by a keen ability to paint the soul of a place and by what the Japanese call “shibui,” which translates to quiet gentleness or understated elegance. “Even though it’s not my foremost intention, I try to capture a mood,” she says. “A lot of people say ‘your paintings are as if someone just stepped out.’ It’s a portrait of someone without the body.” Griswold and her husband, writer Roy Blount Jr., split their time between New Orleans and the Berkshires. She also offers painting workshops in both places. In 2016, her pieces were featured during the inaugural Southern Style Now design week at Catfish and Henry, author Julia Reed’s pop-up shop on Magazine Street in the former Dunn and Sonnier space. Griswold’s work is also frequently exhibited at Cole Pratt Gallery, which serves as local representation for the artist. n

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Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Grandma’s molasses cookies are the stuff of memories for pastry chef Jeremy Fogg Produced By Margaret Zainey Roux


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Molasses Cookies Yields Approximately 2 dozen Cookies 1 cup shortening or butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup molasses 2/3 cup hot, black coffee 1 tablespoon baking soda 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons ginger 2 teaspoons cloves ½ teaspoon salt

Icing 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 4 tablespoons melted butter ½ cup milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1. Preheat oven to 350 F 2. Place shortening and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. 3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until just mixed in. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition for even mixing.

4. Slowly pour in molasses while mixer is running on low speed until all is incorporated. Scrape the bowl again. (If the mixture appears to be broken, add about ¼ cup of the flour from the recipe to bring it back together.) 5. Mix the baking soda into the hot coffee and add to mixer in a steady stream while running on low speed. 6. Sift the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and add to mixer. Mix on low speed until just incorporated. Scrape the bowl and give it one more quick mix. (The batter should soft, but not runny. If it appears runny, add more flour ¼ cup at a time until mixture holds its shape when scooped.) Prepare cookie sheets with lightly-greased parchment paper. 7. Scoop cookies out onto prepared sheets about 1 ½ inches apart. 8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are slightly crispy but the centers are still soft. 9. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 10. While cookies are cooling, prepare the icing by mixing all ingredients together with a whisk until smooth. 11. Once cookies have cooled, spread about 1-2 tablespoons of icing on top.

About Jeremy Fogg Every fall, Emeril’s pastry chef Jeremy Fogg remembers his grandmother by preparing and sharing her “famous” molasses cookies. Fogg, an Orlando native and Mid-City resident, puts a sweet tweak on her original recipe by adding a dollop of homemade vanilla icing.

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for the garden

Shaping Up Add interest, whimsy and elegance to the garden with topiary By Pamela Marquis


aming nature with cooper wire, sharp sheers and patience is at the heart of the art of topiary. Whether the designs are elegant or fanciful, these living sculptures make a big impression and add interest to any landscape. Topiary is the ancient art of clipping evergreen plant material into geometric patterns and shapes such as a classic spiral, ball-on-stem or something as complex as a hippopotamus or fierce dragon. “It’s very expressive; it’s a lighthearted way to create something unique, whimsical, and personal,” said Amy Graham, director of horticulture at Longue Vue House and Garden. Longue Vue has large topiary spheres on its east lawn, some Japanese yew pyramids and a bamboo tunnel in its Discovery Garden, and more than 2,000 Japanese boxwood shaped into parterres on its Portico Terrace and Spanish Court gardens.


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There are two different topiary-making methods. The first involves training a climbing vine to grow over a topiary frame. The second requires you to prune a small to medium-sized shrub into a shape of your choosing. You don’t need a full-time gardener to create topiaries and there are numerous videos online that will walk you easily through the process. Graham suggests the best plants to use are evergreen broadleaf shrubs such as yew, privet and boxwood. “Boxwoods work really well for topiary,” says Chase Mullin, president of Mullin Landscape Associates. “Their deep green, glossy leaves provide plenty of interest despite the fact that their flowers are insignificant. Although they’re commonly seen as hedges in New Orleans, boxwoods can be shaped into nearly anything.” Lana Conrad’s River Ridge yard is full of beautiful examples of topiaries and espalier —the art of growing vines in patterns such as diamonds or swags on jeffrey johnston photograph

resource For wildly creative examples of topiaries, check out the topiaries featured at Mosaïcultures Interationales de Montréal. Graham’s favorite topiary book is “Creating Topiary,” by Geraldine Lacey, 1987. Conrad highly recommends that you don’t use floral wire as it will rust and break. A few things you need to get started: a healthy plant, pruning shears, chicken wire, wire cutters, sphagnum moss, fishing line, dental floss, fertilizer, stakes and covered cable.

walls. For these projects, Conrad recommends using confederate jasmine, as it’s woodier. Throughout the years, she’s worked with Brian Sublette of DalySublette Landscape Architects to create her designs. She finds this kind of gardening satisfying and utterly relaxing. “This is my stress reliever,” she says. “I’m in my yard every week. I like the look and I think it’s much easier than doing colorful annuals every year.” Sublette believes topiary works best with classic architecture, “It can flank an entrance and it can add structural rhythm to a landscape. But it works with more contemporary houses, too.” Experts suggest when choosing a plant to clip into topiary, look for healthy

foliage and dense growth. Also, look for a strong leading stem in the center. If you are making a cone, look at the plant and locate the central stem, which will form the top of the cone. Then, with shears trim around the stem to create the outline. Continually move around the plant, regularly taking a step back to look at your creation. When you are nearly finished, look down at the central stem again to check that the outline of the cone is straight and even. An established topiary should be pruned once or twice a year in midsummer and early autumn. Creating topiary shapes is much easier if you have the right tools and it helps to keep all blades sharp and clean. Though you can use regular garden shears to trim cones and simple shapes, longhandled shears are a better choice. “I really like topiary shears, which come in different sizes and are similar in function to a pair of scissors,” says Mullin. “I prefer these in lieu of mechanically pruning, as they offer a lot more control and allow for a greater level of detail.” Finally, make sure to plant in good soil, water regularly, watch for signs of pest and treat them promptly. Remember, sunlight is essential for the even growth of your chosen topiary plant. While labor intensive at times, topiary requires no special skill besides your creativity and passion. Graham offers this final advice: “Listen to your plants, follow the natural form and be patient.” n New Orleans Homes &



A before and after restoration done by A.L. Lowe (custom picture framing) Donovan Killeen

Freeze Frame Antique and vintage frames make a comeback By Laura Claverie


here is what some are considering a resurgence of interest in antique and vintage frames. These highly sought after treasures can add interest and elegance to a piece of art and transform a space from blah to bold. “A lot of artists I work with describe a frame as the icing on the cake,” says Donovan Killeen, a certified framer and restorer at A.L. Lowe Custom Framing. “A good frame can bring a piece of art to life.” But selecting the right frame for a piece of art can be tricky. Killeen recommends that the frame match the era of the artwork, that is, an art deco piece should have an art deco frame. Likewise, a century-old portrait should have


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a frame of the same era or a replica of the same era. Fine frames can be difficult to find and quite pricey. To learn about the rarest and most beautiful antique frames, read “The Secret Life of Frames” by Julius Lowy and visit his website ( to see his stunning selection of fine antique and vintage frames. Once you have decided what kind of frames you want and your budget, begin your search locally — but how does a novice know if a frame is old? Killeen recommends you look at the back of the frame. If the wood is dark, the corners are joined with a triangular inset to keep it solid, and there are a few dings and scratches from natural wear, it’s a good bet that this frame is old. Also look at the front of the frame and check eugenia uhl photograph

advice Make sure the frame is right for the piece you are framing. Feel free to repurpose the frame and use it as a mirror or some other use. Frames can be inexpensively stabilized by adding a mending plate to the back. Frames can be sized to fit your art depending on the frame’s corners. Ask an expert.

its patina. A soft, rubbed look denotes age. If your frame needs restoration, say it’s missing a piece of ornamentation, it can be restored by an expert craftsman. Killeen restores a frame’s missing details by painstakingly making a mold of a similar piece and casting a new piece from the mold. By carefully mixing colors, he can match the original color to the new piece. Wobbly corners can be stabilized so the artwork will be secure in its new place. This type of restoration is laborious and expensive, but definitely worth the price. “The object is not to make an old frame look new, only to repair the broken or unsecure element so the frame will hang securely on the wall,” he says. “You don’t want a fine piece all wiggly and wonky.” Lest you think antique frames look good only in the Cabildo, think again. An antique frame

can add just the pop to a contemporary setting. So pull that family portrait in its heirloom frame out of storage, and place on your wall. It’s all about balancing the old and new. Locally, the best place to find these wonderful old pieces is estate sales. H and H Estate Sales and The Occasional Wife are two of the best sources. “We are finding that young buyers are especially interested in these old frames,” says Kay Morrison of The Occasional Wife. “Often they do creative things with them — place mirrors in them and hang them in a renovated bathroom or foyer. Or they will place a contemporary piece of art in an older frame. They also paint them bold colors or plain white or black.” Killeen says if you plan to paint an old frame, make sure you know the frame’s worth before you do this. He cringes at the thought of painting a truly fine piece. The really good frames are hard to locate and if the patina is beautiful or the frame is gold leaf, do not paint it. These rare finds are worth preserving as is. Do your homework so you won’t make a costly mistake. As with other antiques, frames can be collector’s items that anchor a room. Take time to search these out, have patience and visit estate sales and antique shops on a regular basis. Then place that treasure on your wall to add just the warmth for which your room begs. n

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Found and Formed Glass artist Mitchell Gaudet finds the extraordinary in the ordinary By Jessica DeBold


lassmaker Mitchell Gaudet uses a variety of found and sourced items to create breathtaking glass pieces. The esteemed, born-and-raised New Orleans glassmaker sees usefulness and potential in the lost and forgotten. “I like the transparency and the seductiveness of glass, it suits me well,” says Gaudet. The dome-shaped exterior of his glassmaking workshop and gallery, Studio Inferno in Arabi, resembles an oven, which is one of the primary tools of Gaudet’s trade. “I was into stained glass and glassblowing at one time, but especially glass casting and sand-blasting now,” says Gaudet. “That’s where you get that old-like surface, similar to patina you see on old New Orleans tombs.” Gaudet was raised Catholic. His family lived in the Bywater for generations. He uses religious idols, both Christian and East Asian in his work. “I feel comfortable picking on the Catholic Church,


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respectfully,” he says. “The holy statues were given to me by a friend after Hurricane Katrina. The church salvaged everything they could, but she offered those remaining to me.” Gaudet’s creations range in size, shape and meaning. Small, pressed-glass bowls, framed pieces and larger projects are comprised of various objects, many of which are from Gaudet’s world travels. “Most of my work is with found objects and toys,” said Gaudet. “I’ve had this small iron-cast hand with a thumb missing that I acquired years ago, and I use it in so much of my work, I would be lost without it.” Most recently Gaudet has begun to not only use the objects he collects to create molds, but he has also started to incorporate the objects into the work, frequently creating around the object, keeping it the main subject so it doesn’t get lost in the piece. “I’m doing this thing where I work with objects people have to create a piece, so someone may come to me and say ‘this was my grandfather’s copper tool

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from when he was a barrel maker, and we want you to create a piece around it’,” he says. “After I get to know the piece and what the client’s needs are I have creative freedom to do my thing.” Gaudet puts on heavy duty mitts to pick up a giant spoon, he then sticks it into a 1,200 F oven filled with lava-red liquid. The spoon, is full of the liquid glass when he pulls it from the oven and pours it into a mold, and then he turns a lever on a century-old glasspresser from 1912. “I got this thing on eBay,” he says, “I am so happy.” The glass immediately begins to harden, so he uses enormous tongs to pick up the now bowl-shaped glass and put it in an oven to continue cooling for the next 24 to 48 hours. “That’s another thing about glass, you make it, and it ends up taking many hours before you get to see the final result,” says Gaudet. Running a production line since 1991 with the opening of Studio Inferno, Gaudet has refined his craft and expanded his partnerships and reputation in the community. Among his projects is the partition wall at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, made from recycled glass. Some of his recent projects

involve interactive art installations, a wall of glass insects and award trophies for schools and organizations throughout the city, including projects for Lambeth House and St. Mary’s Dominican High School. “I do custom artwork, and I do my own artwork, along with large architectural commissions and other benefit projects to support the community and promote art,” he says. He can make anything ranging from $10 for a small item or pointing to some of the work displayed in the Studio Inferno gallery, valued upwards of $30,000. In addition to operating Studio Inferno and using it as his workspace, and an available gallery space to other artists, Gaudet and his wife, artist and fabricator Erica Larkin Gaudet, in partnership with the Meraux Foundation, manage Studio Arabi, which is made up of several studios along St. Claude Avenue. The area is in development as a two-block artist campus with studios, galleries, a theater and ultimately residences for artists at various stages of their careers. Visit Studio Inferno and the surrounding Studio Arabi spaces located at 6601 St Claude Ave., or contact Mitchell Gaudet at 504-945-1878.n New Orleans Homes &



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Tiny Tables

Petite, portable and posh, accent tables put your drink in easy reach from every seat in the house. By Lisa Tudor Photographed by Eugenia Uhl

Lapis side table at Eclectic Home

Top, left: Crocodile gold leaf table at Perch. Top, right: multi-colored nesting tables at Virginia Dunn Bottom, left: Marble and brass “Shimmer� side table at Shaun Smith Home. Bottom, right: Shagreen table in vanilla with Tuscan gold base at Eclectic home

Gold watercolor table at Sotre

Faceted brass drink table at West Elm

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Winingder, Schindler and their 16-year-old terrier mix rescue, Chico, in the kitchen area adjacent to the living room. Painting at left by Ida Kohlmeyer.

New Bui l d o f t h e Y e ar

Kendall Winingder and Patrick Schindler combine their talents with a who’s who team of experts to build their dream home

By Lee Cutrone

Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

H usband and wife real estate developers Kendall Winingder and Patrick Schindler were no strangers to the built environment when they decided to design their dream home. As business partners, they’ve completed a dozen projects, including a previous home for themselves and their two young children. What was exciting about their new home was the group of innovative professionals that helped bring the house to fruition. The couple’s years of experience enabled them to pool a team of top architects, designers, contractors, landscapers and artisans. “I put everyone to the test with these crazy ideas,” says Winingder. “They are the creative geniuses who made it happen.” When Winingder and Schindler purchased the corner lot, located across the street from the former’s childhood home, they planned to renovate a cottage on the property. Ultimately, they tore down the house, which wasn’t deemed historically significant, and built toward their goals. Inspired by their own renovation ideas and by a modern house they visited in California, initial drawings called for a split-level floor plan, a living area with double height windows overlooking a pool and courtyard and specific materials, such as Kolumba brick. To bring the house to life, the couple turned to architects Megan Bell and Wayne Troyer of studio WTA. Architect and interior designer John Chrestia of Chrestia Staub Pierce helped with interiors, finishes and colors, Pierre Stousse of Edifice Builders signed on as contractor and Aaron Adolph of Aaron Adolph Landscaping designed the green spaces. “Kendall had a very strong vision of how

The kitchen design includes custom cabinetry by Henry Built. One area of cabinetry houses the stove, another contains a wet bar, a third frames the oven. A marble island by Exquisite Stone provides counter space for cooking and gathering.

Top, left: Winingder and her daughter on the upstairs breezeway that overlooks the main living area. Custom track lights were created for the space. The ceiling is white oak. Painting in background by Adele Sypesteyn. Top, right: White oak floors are contrasted with the home’s white walls. The floating staircase is supported by a steel plate embedded in the wall. Painting by Ida Kohlmeyer. Bottom, left: The fireplace’s American Clay surface by Ann Marie Auricchio rises two stories. Winingder and Schindler use it as a place to project movies for family and friends. Facing page: The sunken living room has 26 foot ceilings and is surrounded by a second story breezeway with a glass railing. Slide in the upstairs playroom at left is by Play Fort Structure.

she wanted to create her house,” says Troyer. “We took those ideas and developed them and defined them and made them all work.” At just under 5,000 square feet, the U-shaped house includes four bedrooms, five and a half baths, a kitchen, dining and living rooms, indoor and outdoor areas for children, a courtyard, a pool, a pool house and a garage. The centerpiece is a sunken living room with 26-foot ceilings, a breezeway and a wall of glass that floods the house with natural light. While the design — part 1970s Malibu beach house, part TriBeCa loft — reads as simple and lean, countless details and considerations belie the effect. The homeowners love the lack of ornamentation that is synonymous with modernism, but knew that the more streamlined a house, the harder it is to hide imperfections. “With this type of modern house, everything has to be perfectly aligned,” says Winingder. Heated floors, butt-glazed windows, sleek casement openings containing hidden sliding doors, a floating wall-mounted staircase and a roof deck were among the things that had to be finessed from paper to reality. “We would joke that I needed to move my office on-site,” says Bell (now at Bell Design and Architecture). “Sometimes you couldn’t decide something until you were in the field looking at it. Everyone was passionate about getting it right.” When Winingder was told that mitering the corners of the pool house’s epay exterior was impossible, she pressed forward and prevailed. The “creative dreamer” to her husband’s pragmatist and “mastermind of follow-through and efficiency,” she also held to the idea of heating coils beneath the living room’s stone floor and to the installation of a roof deck when others resisted. “The roof deck wasn’t a necessity but it makes living here that much better,” says Schindler. “It’s a hidden amenity.”

Facing page: The dining room is furnished with new and vintage: Winingder designed the custom table with Daniel Bell and the bird-like chandelier with metal artist David Borgerding. Vintage sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani from Katie Koch Home. Painting by Aaron Collier. Top:The floating staircase is supported by a steel plate imbedded in the wall. Bottom: Kolumba brick used on the exterior of the house is also featured inside the home. Chandelier from RH Modern, black chair opposite desk by Theodore Alexander, Navajo floor tiles by Commune, elephant pulls on doors were purchased from a flea market in Thailand while the couple was on their honeymoon.

Above: Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler is a highlight in the master bedroom. The focal wall also has a display niche. Platform bed by Daniel bell, custom end tables were a collaboration between Winingder and Katie Koch Home, sconces by Kelly Wearstler, rug by RH Modern. Facing page: Top, left: The masterbath’s curb-less shower contains large format porcelain slab tiles in calacatta gold by Artistic Tiles from Stafford Tile & Stone and three-function showerheads by Hans Grohe. Top, right:Liam’s bathroom combines white tile walls, a sleek bath cabinet by Ikea, and patterned floor tiles by Sanoma Tiles. Hand-carved nupe wooden stool from Chairish. A custom movable walnut wall by Millwoks by Henry Martin hides the TV. Bottom, left: Ipe wood lines the underside of the cantilever. Swing by Dedon. Bottom, right: The master bath’s custom vanity is by Henry Martin. Fixtures by Dornbracht.

Son Liam’s room. Wall paper by Flavor Paper, chair from Room and Board, bed by Oeuf.

Daughter Sloane’s room. Crib by DwellStudio, rugs West Elm and World Market, ottoman from Eclectic Home, mobiles from Etsy. Art on wall by Diane Killeen. Custom shade by Lele Wood of Silk Source.

Below: Kendall Winingder at home. The use of limestone flooring indoors and out creates a seamless flow between the two living areas. Limestone from Stafford Tile & Stone. Dining chairs by CB2, wooden chairs with white mesh from World Market, coffee table from One Kings Lane, sofa by DWR. Facing page: Stairs leading to one of the courtyard’s two seating areas are illuminated by outdoor lighting chosen by landscaper Aaron Adolph of NOLA+Design. The dining area’s seamless corner window (left) are butt-glazed. The raised lily pond (left) also was designed by Adolph.

A talented designer in her own right, Winingder sketched the kids’ built-in play area, collaborated with metal artist David Borgerding to create a striking bird-like chandelier and joined forces with carpenter Daniel Bell to design furnishings. From the outset, the couple recognized the need to be sensitive to the character of the neighborhood, where 100-year old houses are the norm. They met with neighbors and worked to allay concerns about building a modernist house in an historic area. Though it may not be obvious to the untrained eye, the house reinterprets elements of traditional New Orleans architecture (such as a double gallery) in a contemporary way. Making the house kid-friendly was equally essential. The architects reduced the original size of the pool house to provide more outdoor space for the kids. They also raised the height of the railing surrounding the indoor breezeway for safety. One of the kids’ favorite features is the electric pull-down ladder that accesses the roof deck where family and friends gather for parties,

sunsets and even breakfast. Winingder and Schindler drew on their loves of design, art and travel to finish and furnish the house. “It’s an amazingly custom house and the finishes really drove the boat with that,” says Chrestia. “Kendall and Patrick had very good taste. They went for first class-materials throughout.” Tribal motifs, statement lighting, organic shapes, rough-hewn woods, iconic modernist staples and bespoke pieces are blended throughout. Yet, they clearly see the home as a collaborative effort. “One of the things I appreciate most was the team and how well we all worked together and how much we all respect each other,” says Winingder, who admits to being excited every time she turns the corner and catches sight of her home. “I’m happy and fortunate and blessed to be in a space that is so welcoming and feels so good,” adds Schindler. “The natural light, the tones and space planning have an impact on how you think and live.”

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A flood-damaged Old Metairie house is given a second chance

lesha Kelleher loves to decorate, and is a resourceful shopper. She and her husband Albert purchased their Old Metairie home right after Katrina. It had been flooded with 18 inches of water, but that didn’t stop them from buying it. They were vaguely looking for a larger home for their family of three children and one dog. “We have lived in the house since after Katrina,” says Elesha. “The appeal of the house was that it was interesting and quirky.” The 5,000-square-foot house was built in the 1980s with a traditional floor plan. The Kellehers enlarged

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Facing page: Fortuny Scudo Saraceno suspension light fixture from Villa Vici; painting over mantle by George Marks; the lacquered bookcases in the study are styled with shells collected on the beach. the doorways to open up the space. Much to her husband Albert’s chagrin Elesha redid the kitchen a couple of times until she got it right. They eliminated a full bath downstairs to incorporate a larger closet and second laundry room in the master suite. Since the house is so traditional, it created a challenge to mix contemporary design elements along with French antiques, both things that the couple loves.

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“We thought it was a beautiful house with great bones and so much potential,” says Elesha. “We were able to put the downstairs back together, keeping most of the structural aspects in tact, but conforming the renovation to our taste.” The house is best described as pretty, in the best possible way, light-filled with furnishings that are pale against neutral walls with pops of turquoise, aqua, robin’s egg blue, and fresh green. Wallpaper is used throughout, ranging from a customprinted grass cloth in the downstairs powder room, to a romantic chinoiserie behind the antique Italian headboard in the master bedroom and a kicky print in daughter Ellie’s bedroom. Fun printed fabrics on a bench, drapes and window shade are employed in the breakfast room and kitchen. A murano-style turquoise chandelier in the breakfast area, and the pure white peacock (named Pete by daughter Ellie) perched on the mantle in the living room adds whimsical and quirky touches. Classic

Top, left: A glass top table in the dining room allows the pretty contemporary metal chairs and the antique Oushak rug to be optimally viewed. Chairs from Rivers Spencer; painting by Jamie Meeks. Top, right: A custom-made iron bench in the breakfast room has a cushion upholstered in fabric by Manuel Canovas. Facing page: Elesha Kelleher remodeled the kitchen twice until she got it right. Jim Thompson fabric was used on the custom window shade. French dining chairs in the breakfast have sleek, iridescent, white patent leather upholstery. In the study, lacquered bookcases are styled with shells collected on the beach. A wonderful collection of colorful glassware lives in a built-in, mirrored wet bar in the adjoining hall between the dining room and living room. The dining room’s glass top table allows optimal viewing of contemporary metal chairs and the antique Oushak rug, which also features

At a Glance Who lives here Elesha and Albert Kelleher and their three children Albert, Jr., Ellie, and William, and their dog Franklin Size and age of the house 5,000-square-foot, two-story traditional built in 1980 in Old Metairie The design experts Alix Rico, Maison & Co. Caroline Robert, Perch Gerrie Bremermann, Bremermann Designs Valorie Hart, Valorie Hart Designs

Top left: A detail of the nightstand in the master bedroom with some of the homeowner’s consignment shop “finds”. Top right: The powder room features custom printed grass cloth wallpaper. Fixtures are from LCR Nola. Mirror from Neiman Marcus. Bottom left: The white peacock perched on the mantle in the living room was a display prop purchased from The Plant Gallery. Daughter Ellie named him Pete. Facing page: When one walks into the Kelleher home one is struck by the prettiness of it. It is light filled, and the furnishings are pale against neutral walls with pops of turquoise, aqua, robin’s egg blue, and fresh green. Family dog Franklin looks stylish on the linen sofas in the living room. White leather ottoman is from Villa Vici.

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a mix of vintage and antique silver. Elesha frequents the home furnishings shops on Magazine Street and Oak Street, and also sources from local antique and consignment shops. The thrill of the hunt, and working within a budget keeps her ever-evolving point of view fresh and exciting. “I know it sounds cliché,” she says, “but I do love French antiques mixed with contemporary, especially contemporary art and Lucite pieces. I have always been drawn to shades of blue, green, and aqua mixed with white.” Elesha says that the secret weapon of the home decorator is to enlist the help of the sources that are readily available. These include decorators and designers and stylists, and using in-house services from home furnishings stores. We do travel a lot and are always inspired by places we visit,” says Elesha. “I love the juxtaposition of a beachy look with a European look.” The home decorating holy trinity is art, books and flowers. The Kellehers have a collection of art by local artists that is used throughout the house, including George Marks, Gretchen Howard, Shelley Hesse, Amanda Talley, John Drysdale and family portraits by Tim Trapolin. Their favorite work of art is a large painting in the breakfast area. “The peacock painting was a blast for the family,” says Elesha. “The artist is from Bay St Louis, Ann Adele Blackledge. We went to her studio in Bay St. Louis to participate in the

Top left: Daughter Ellie’s room has York wallpaper, and playful accessories (a pink papier mache bird from Perch and pink balloon dog bank from Eclectic Home). Drapes, headboard, and bedding from Pottery Barn. Top right: The master bedroom with Chinoiserie wallpaper from Spruce, an Italian antique headboard (from Maison &Co.), and monogrammed bolster from Leontine Linens. The silk draperies are by Gerrie Bremermann. Facing page: The breakfast room features a Murano style chandelier (from Perch); chairs upholstered in iridescent white leather; fabric for drapes from Amanda Talley. Elesha Kelleher says, “The peacock painting was a blast for the family. The artist is from Bay St Louis, Ann Adele Blackledge. We went to her studio in Bay St. Louis to participate in the painting. Each peacock represents one family member. We each chose fabrics, and colors for our own bird, and then glued the pieces to the canvas, personalizing it.”

painting. Each peacock represents one family member. We chose fabrics, and colors for our own bird, and then glued the pieces to the canvas, personalizing it.” A house tells you what it wants and what it needs. It’s a process that can take years of serial decorating until it feels right and becomes a home loved by the entire family. With trial and error, the Kellehers had the vision to transform a flood-damaged, diamond in the rough into something beautiful.

Industrial Lite Designer Shauna Leftwich softens industrial edges of warehouse district condo By Lee Cutrone


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hen the owners of a condo in the comfortable for all who enjoy it. That called for brightening Warehouse District hired Shauna its under-lit interior and making it functional for teens and Leftwich, they were already familiar adults. Leftwich added both recessed lighting and decorative with her work and that of her teammate lighting throughout, toned down the exposed brick walls Julie Skiles of Ashley Hall Interiors. with a smear of plaster and weathered the natural stain of Leftwich had helped finish their primary home in Sorrento, the beams. She worked with a neutral palette of grays and but the assignment for this urban pied-à-terre chose high performance indoor/outdoor fabrics was a departure from the directives given for that could stand up to the regular traffic of Facing page: Sliding barn their full-time residence on the water. While family and friends. She also changed the kitchen doors (with rice paper for privacy) frame the view of the Sorrento home is polished and feminine counters — replacing the old dated granite with the guest room. The plush with Tiffany Blue and white according to new, lighter — more contemporary granite; linen upholstered iron bed her tastes, the New Orleans condo was to re-finished the bathrooms with new cabinets, has a minimalist square be more masculine and industrial according counters, mirrors and sconces; lightened the metal frame. Above the dark barn doors that close off the bedrooms; to his. Within reason that is. bed is a rustic tryptic map. and added rice paper to the barn doors’ glass “They wanted it warehousey,” says Leftwich, panes for privacy. of the condo, which was previously owned by a bachelor. “But she wanted a softer version of industrial. The condo’s durable concrete floors, stainless steel kitchen I encouraged her to think outside of her comfort zone and cabinets and appliances and the partition of mirrored glass look at this project as a way to enjoy a different style.” above the kitchen cabinets were kept as is. The busy owners, who use the condo for a weekly date Once the bones of the unit were upgraded, Leftwich further night in the city, for attending Saints games, cultural events, refined it with fixtures and furnishings. At the front entrance, and festivals, and for weekends that often include their she installed a series of large, dramatic lanterns, a pair of two teenage children or guests, wanted the condo to be reproduction consoles and two mullioned mirrors that act

Top, left: The console behind the sofa doubles as a bar. A handembellished abstract giclÊe by Sara Brown hangs on the wall. Bottom, left: In the entrance hall, dramatic lanterns are paired with reproduction consoles and mullioned mirrors that act like windows by expanding views and reflecting light. All through Ashley Hall Interiors. Right: The balcony offers expansive views of downtown and features appropriately sized furniture. A folding, galvanized aluminum table functions as a bar for entertaining. Facing page: Leftwich brightened the kitchen with a lighter, more contemporary granite and added the clear glass pendant fixtures above the counter.

like windows, visually expanding the corridor and reflecting light. is used as an outdoor bar. Ready-made pieces, such as the console behind the sofa that The same sophisticated touch is carried through to the rest doubles as an indoor bar (with cabinet space for storage), were of the condo. True to its industrial roots as a warehouse, the two-bedroom, two-bath residence has a framework of exposed likewise chosen for appropriate scale and flexibility of use. Leftwich finished the project with muted artworks — mostly pipes, duct work, beams and brick, but the addition of high-end design elements against the primitive quality abstracts selected to complement the industrial of the backdrop makes the space appealing aesthetic and monochromatic color scheme, as Top: A tailored sectional covered in a gray chenille anchors the living to both husband and wife. well as pieces that impart a sense of place. The area. The entertainment center Customization was key to creating a living latter includes a series of sepia-toned photographs was custom designed for the space that feels roomy enough when inhabited depicting New Orleans settings and a framed space. The exposed brick wall was by four or more. blueprint of a Mardi Gras float built by the lightened with a smear of plaster. “Every aspect of design is about size and husband’s grandfather. On the left of the wall is a framed proportion,” says Leftwich, who’s worked for While tailored shapes and shades of gray are blueprint of a Mardi Gras float and Ashley Hall Interiors for 36 years (in 2010, the mainstay in the condo, the master bedroom a black and white picture of the she took over as lead designer for the firm, has a more glamourous, formal look. Built float. Facing page: The dining table now in its 50th year of business). “Everything around a medallion-patterned rug chosen by of ash-colored wood with metal is a calculation. But the smaller the space, the wife, it includes walls of deep mineral blue, banding was custom made to seat the more thoughtful the plan needs to be.” a mirrored armoire, a tufted headboard and a six. Above it, a bronze chandelier with hand rubbed antique brass The large sectional sofa that anchors the crystal-beaded chandelier with a drum shade. and natural paper shades echoes central living area, the entertainment center Still, the main mandate for this home-awaythe movement and coloration of that houses the television, the dining table from-home, according to the designers, was the abstract painting nearby. (which seats six for entertaining) and headmore “his” than “her.” “This project really started as a place for the boards were all custom designed for the dimensions and needs of the condo. Even the small balcony lives husband,” says Leftwich. “I wanted him to feel he was a big large thanks to its downtown rooftop views and its suitably sized part of this. We made sure it would pass the wife’s test. But we furnishings, including a portable galvanized-aluminum table that wanted it to be a place that he would like too.”


design masters Now in its ninth year, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles’ Design Masters feature is always a bumper crop of creative professionals. A dozen standouts in nine categories comprise our 2017 group. Interior designer Maria Barcelona receives the honors for kitchen design, husband and wife architects Kim Payne Allen and Ben Allen for architecture, landscape architects Joe Evans and Barney Lighter for landscaping, drapery designer Renée Lejeune Laborde for drapery, sustainability and resiliency consultant Prisca Weems for green design, artist

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Amanda Talley for textiles, interior designer Whitney Jones for home accents, interior designers Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen for Interior Design, and furniture designer and fabricator Alex Geriner for furniture. Congratulations 2017 recipients. We can’t wait to see what you do next.

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Kim and Ben Allen, Studio BKA Architects Tell us about your background. Kim: LSU Architecture graduate, I have collaborated with international designers, worked with acclaimed brands and managed the architecture of large real estate developments in NYC. Later, I transitioned into boutique architecture firms doing high-end residential and hospitality design before moving home in 2014. Ben: UT-Austin Architecture graduate with experience practicing in Dallas and NYC on a wide range of project types for a wide range of clients. My favorite projects had been urban historic renovations and adaptive reuse with a sustainable priority. That is my focus now, along with using the latest design technology to enhance our projects. Who are the principals of your firm/business? Ben Allen & Kim Payne Allen How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits/ challenges? New Orleans offers a rich urban framework to operate in, but remains varied enough to keep things interesting. It kind of feels like the wild west of urbanism, with so many voices and ideas converging here, which is great in terms of design culture. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? It changes daily, but today we find Francis Kéré’s work to be inspiring in its simplicity and social message.

master of textiles

Amanda Talley, Studio Amanda Talley Tell us about your background. After receiving a BA in studio arts at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia I completed an MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, I worked as an assistant at Gerrie Bremermann Designs while building my inventory and experience as an abstract painter. In 2008, I opened my eponymous studio on Magazine Street and moved to my permanent location in the Garden District two years later. Who are the principals of your firm/business? Studio Amanda Talley, LLC is a sole proprietorship, and I am the proprietor. How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is a creative city, full of art and inspiration. The benefits include a culture-savvy community and a font of everyday experiences that provide stimulation, and a rich backdrop. As far as challenges go…well, the weather is the biggest challenge for everyone, isn’t it? Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? Lee Krasaer was an inspiration to me, more for her ideas than for her actual work. I like the idea of adding beauty to the field of abstract expressionism, and ideally that is what I’m doing.

master of furniture design

Alex Geriner, Doorman Designs Tell us about your background. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communications and Journalism and have worked in communications, interior design and project management. I moved to New Orleans after college and found this great apartment Uptown and quickly realized that my dorm room furniture looked awful in the space. So, I decided to try building my own furniture. Soon after friends and family starting calling and in 2013 I left my job and founded Doorman Designs. I could see the need for handcrafted original furniture that was made right here at home from local materials utilizing talented local artisans and craftsmen. Who are the principals of your firm/business? I’m the owner and work with a team of five talented artists and craftsmen. How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans’ historically colorful vibe inspires my team and me to create unique furniture that is fresh and new while still embodying the look and feel like it came from another era. The most challenging part is building furniture in such humid and rainy climate. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? BDDW, a handmade furniture company in Philadelphia designs some amazing furniture that for me is awe inspiring.

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Joe Evans and Barney Lighter, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture Tell us about your background. Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture formed in New Orleans in 2014 with the goal of producing significant, thought-provoking, elegant environments. Our designs are guided by advanced principles of sustainability and regenerative design while remaining true to historical context and community. We aim to lift the human spirit and celebrate our ties with the earth and the living systems which thrive upon it. We specialize in integrated stormwater management and ecological systems design. Who are the principals of your firm/business? Barney Lighter and Joseph O. Evans III. How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is an amazing city in which to both live and work. It has tremendous cultural and ecological wealth. There is, however, an abundance of critical challenges pertaining to the sustainability and resilience of the region; some of which, like stormwater flooding and coastal erosion, place a sense of critical urgency to our work. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? We get most of our inspiration from the communities, non-profits, and professionals we work with. Many are producing some of the most important, ambitious and wondrous works of our time.Â

masters of interior design

Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen, Logan Killen Interiors Tell us about your background. We are long time friends who met in Baton Rouge, where we grew up, and both graduated from LSU in Interior Design before we followed our hearts to New Orleans. After working in various fields of architecture and production design for 10 years or so, we started Logan Killen Interiors in 2012. Sunday Shop followed, opening its doors in December 2016. Who are the principals of your firm/ business? Katie Logan LeBlanc and Jensen Killen How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is a constant source of inspiration — from the beautiful architecture to the eccentric people; it’s easy to get creative here. The undercurrent of irreverence allows us to push the envelope when we want to, and the slow, laid back lifestyle works well with our easy going aesthetic. However, shotgun furniture layouts and extremely high ceilings are both a blessing and curse. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? Hardest question… the list is endless! Ilse Crawford for her inspiring design philosophy which reminds us how to incorporate beauty into the everyday. Studio Ashby for always starting with the art. Nickey Kehoe for keeping it real. Kelly Wearstler for being a major boss lady.

master of green design

Prisca Weems, FutureProof Tell us about your background. Shaped by a semi-nomadic upbringing, my first act of independence at age 17 was sending my roots deep into the soils of New Orleans. This has been my home and community ever since. My professional life and training bridge two great loves- architecture and science. I delight in exploring how the built and natural worlds can inform and enhance one another, and connecting the dots. Who are the principals of your firm/business? We’re change makers. Everyone’s a star. How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is at the leading edge of climate adaptation, where the benefits and opportunities derive from the challenges. This has inspired us to broaden our scope from green building to urban water infrastructure and working with coastal communities to design their future, which we now do internationally. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? Those who look beyond what is to what can and should be, and then act on it. To name a few locally: Robert Tannen, engineer, planner, artist, activist; Oliver Houck, head of Tulane’s Environmental Law School; David Waggonner and the team at Waggonner & Ball who developed the GNO Urban Water Plan; Robert Miller, deputy director and CFO of SWBNO; and author John Barry.

master of kitchen design

Maria Barcelona, Maria Barcelona Interiors Tell us about your background. Although Maria Barcelona Interiors was officially founded in 2000, designer Paul Dodson and I worked together in the high-end home furnishings market for several years prior to that, training with some of the top designers in the field. We typically approach each project from different perspectives; I like to view projects with a more artistic eye, while Paul’s approach is more detailed and technical. This combination of complementary skill sets offers our clients the best of all worlds. Who are the principals of your design firm? Maria Barcelona, Paul Dodson How does New Orleans affect your profession? New Orleans’ rich architectural design history is always an inspiration. What we find most challenging, however, is the lack of local resources for designers. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? Right now, we are very much inspired by the work of Aviva Stanoff. She finds the beauty and elegance in the most rough-hewn natural materials and is able to transform them into the most luxurious textiles and home accents.

master of home accents

Whitney Jones, Whitney J Décor Tell us about your background. Before starting my interior design and furnishings (home accessories, pillows and art) business, I thought I would be a physical therapist, but science and math courses in college made me realize that I would only be happy in a creative field. As a little girl, I loved décor and creative space planning, so interior design was a natural next step. Who are the principals of your firm/business? I’m the principal designer while my assistant helps manage design projects and stay on top of sales orders for my online pillow and home accessories shop. How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? Finding unique homes and architecture around the city is one of my favorite things to do and inspires a lot of my design projects. The city could use larger showrooms, though. I’d like a bigger variety of furnishings to shop from. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? One designer that I’m most inspired by is Kelly Wearstler. She has a glamorous, yet wild design style that breaks barriers with each new design project, through her use of color, bold wallpapers and high gloss surfaces.

master of drapery

Renee Lejeune Laborde

Tell us about your background. I am born and raised in New Orleans and studied Interior Design at LSU. My mother sewed and taught me how to at an early age. I started making curtains for myself when I was in my early 20s. Family and friends all wanted me to make curtains for them and it snowballed into a full-blown business. I basically taught myself how to make curtains by looking at some that were already done. Who are the principles of your firm/business? Just me. I am a one woman show. I do all the design work and sewing myself. I am a total workhorse and I am extremely driven, plus I love a challenge. How Does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleanians are very proud of their homes.They want beautiful interiors and that includes beautiful curtains New Orleans homes have beautiful architecture with high ceilings and tall windows, custom-made draperies are a must. The benefit is that I always have work. The only challenge I face is that I wish there were more hours in the day. Who in your field is your greatest inspiration and why? Ann Dupuy, she before anyone decorated, using a neutral palette and mixed modern elements and furniture with antiques. She always had the most beautiful curtains in the homes she designed.

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Featured Homes 1.

Celeste and Michael McNulty 5614 St. Charles Avenue


Suzanne and Steve Dumez 1206 Arabella Street


Mary Satterlee 1435 Nashville Avenue


Hilary & Mickey Landry 1328 Nashville Avenue


Richard Mankinen and Dee Malkerneker 1201 Joseph Street


Linda and Pierre Conner 1137 State Street


Jim Mounger 623 Nashville Ave.


Carro & Billy Gardner 5925 Perrier Street

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1 Celeste and Michael McNulty 5614 St. Charles Avenue Built circa 1905 in the Colonial Revival style, the three-story home of Celeste and Michael McNulty features an asymmetric façade to accommodate the large front porch with classical columns. The façade and front entrance feature decorative details such as three third-floor dormers, dentils under the eaves, and a front door with its own transom, overhanging hood, columns, and flanking sidelights. A year after purchasing the home in 2014, the McNulty’s completed a significant renovation that expanded the kitchen, added a family room and second powder room downstairs, a laundry room and linen closet to the second floor, and converted two bedrooms and bathrooms into a master suite. Architect William Sonner designed the open floor layout, and the McNultys consulted Rivers Spencer for Interior Design and furnishings. Notable interior details include a stained-glass window overlooking the stairway and the dining room’s stunning wainscoting.

2 Mary Satterlee 1435 Nashville Avenue For 14 years, this side-hall cottage has been an ongoing labor of love for owner Mary Satterlee. Originally built around 1880, the cottage consisted of two rooms, one behind the other, before a second gable roof extended the home with a side hall and additional room in the back. In the early 1900s, a large room with a kitchen was added across the back of the house. Typical of an Uptown side-hall cottage, the home features three openings across the front, which Satterlee converted into floorto-ceiling French doors overlooking the front porch. To brighten up the back rooms even more, Satterlee designed a set of 24’ by 9’ steel encased windows and doors that serve as the focal point for the rear of the house. The interior features a wellcurated mix of antique furniture, modern artwork, and dramatic touches such as silver-leafed 11’ ceilings in the foyer.

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3 Hilary & Mickey Landry 1328 Nashville Avenue Built around 1896, the Victorian style home of Attorneys Hilary & Mickey Landry boasts ornate detail work and wide columns along its spacious front porch overlooking Nashville Avenue. Purchased by the Landry’s in 2015, the home underwent a one-year renovation by architect Patrick Melancon, which preserved the original exterior look with refurbished siding, columns, and ornamentation. More significant changes to the home included expanding the kitchen, converting all bedrooms to en suites, additions such as master closets and a master dressing area, a large mudroom, and a pool house with outdoor kitchen. Hilary Landry sourced many interior design materials from local designers such as Abode’s Erin Jacobs in addition to Dionne Coulon and Katie Koch. Between the home’s pool, pool house, and proximity to the children’s schools and Audubon Park, the home is a hub of excitement for this active family.

4 Linda and Pierre Conner 1137 State Street Linda and Pierre Conner’s Victorian home was originally built in 1900 as a duplex before being converted to a single family home in the 1940s. In 2016, the home underwent a renovation that was a collaborative effort between the Conners, Jeanne Barousse Designs, and Shuler Construction. The renovation resulted in an intimate living room, new gourmet kitchen, and a spacious dining room that spans the width of the house, distinguished by its custom beam detail on the ceiling and a dramatic gold lacquer paint finish on the walls. The other downstairs rooms feature a neutral paint to accentuate the Conners’ art collection. The kitchen opens to the family room with a large picture window overlooking the backyard. Rear French doors open to a terrace, brick patio, and wading pool designed by Susan Hall of Shuler Construction. Eric Nemeth of ENC Landscaping designed and installed the grounds.

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5 Carro & Billy Gardner 5925 Perrier Street Built in 1898 and purchased by Carro and Billy Gardner in 2002, this Raised Center Hall Cottage is distinguished by its 12’6” ceilings, charming central hall and Heart Pine flooring. A previous owner added a rear guesthouse in 1975 on the site of the home’s garage, a second-floor master to the main house, updated the kitchen, and converted the original rear porch into the current family room. The Gardner’s renovated the home with architect Brian Gille and interior designer Jeanne Barousse, which included the addition of a first-floor master suite, reconfigured the secondfloor bedrooms, and added a wet bar and breakfast area. In recent years, Landscape Images and Jon W. Drennan Construction assisted with the addition of a pool and rear yard improvements, and interior design updates have been made by Shawn O’Brien.

6 Suzanne and Steve Dumez 1206 Arabella Street Built around 1920, the home of Suzanne and Steve Dumez underwent an extensive renovation in 2011 that updated the original 2,200 square foot house and included a 1,500 square foot addition. As part of the renovation, the ground floor was reconfigured to accommodate a more open living arrangement and contains a single open kitchen/living space with an expansive new window wall connecting it to the rear yard and pool. The downstairs includes a study, guestroom suite, and master bedroom with a large master closet. The master bath was relocated to the rear and now opens onto the pool by means of a large sliding glass door. Features of the home’s modern design include the kitchen’s large marble island and a screen wall of wood slats along stairs that lead to the children’s bedrooms and a large playroom/den.

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7 Richard Mankinen and Dee Malkerneker 1201 Joseph Street In 2014, Richard Mankinen and Dee Malkerneker purchased this century-old corner cottage from painter and sculptor Jamie Meeks, who acquired the property in 2010. With the help of architect Marion Cage McCollam, foreman Pedro Yanez, and engineer Chuck Mintz, Meeks completed a renovation which opened the spaces of the home and highlighted her contemporary, art-centric style, while maintaining the look of the historic shotgun double. The great room is distinguished by a vaulted ceiling and large architectural window spanning the back wall, which Meeks designed to increase the home’s light and bring the newly landscaped outdoors in. Since 2014, Maniken and Malkerneker have added their own personal touches to the home, including a new steel front door from Crittal, wood flooring upstairs, custom cabinetry, a decorative tile wall in the powder room, and an exterior bluestone walkway.

8 Jim Mounger 623 Nashville Ave. The Queen Anne architecture of Attorney Jim Mounger’s home may be what first greets the eye, but the interior of the home is known for its contemporary style and vast art collection. Built in the late 1800s, the house was later converted into four apartments. Mounger purchased the property in 1999 and returned it to a single dwelling with the help of contractor Sam Farnet. Mounger’s love of art informed the renovation, which included removing most of the interior walls on the first floor to create a largely open floor plan with a gallery-like atmosphere. The centerpiece of the home is a large glass chandelier sculpture by Dale Chihuly that greets guests upon entering from the 14’ ceiling of the center hall. John Crestia oversaw the interior design, John Pecorino handled art installation, and Mounger’s famous holiday decorations are designed by Bentley Graham.


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Easy, routine TLC for your doors and windows By Fritz Esker


oors and windows aren’t perhaps the most interesting elements in a home, but they do need to be functional, attractive and energy efficient. Regular maintenance will keep them working well and looking good. “When autumn arrives and the temperature starts to drop, this is the ideal time to put a fresh coat of varnish or clear coat on your stained exterior door,” says Matthew Durish, owner and manager of Renaissance Doors. Durish gives homeowners steps to check if this is needed. First, run your hand over the surface of the door. If it feels rough like sandpaper, then it should be refinished. Second, check for damage from the


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summer sun and thunderstorms. If the stain has faded, it’s usually worse at the bottom of the door. Durish says think of faded stain like you would your car’s paint. There should be a color repair, followed by a new layer of clear coat. The clear coat will protect the color underneath and, if properly maintained, will keep the color from needing repairs. Durish adds that if you need color repair just on the door’s bottom, sand it with 180 grit, followed by 220 (for novices, grit size refers to the size of the particles of the abrasive materials on the sandpaper). Once the area has been evened out, apply the color. He recommends a traditional rubbing stain, but gel can work, too. The longer the stain sits, the darker it

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gets. Next, wipe off the excess stains and let it dry. Once you like the color, then put on the clear coat. For a long time, oil-based urethane was the standard for clear coats, but Durish says many water-based topcoats provide the same results with less fumes and easier cleanup, but make sure it’s made for exterior use. Finally, apply the top oat in thin coats — three thin coats is much better than one thick coat. If the grain gets raised between coats, try lightly sanding in between coats. Once the color and top coat are squared away, move on to proper sealing of doors and windows on the exterior to ensure energy efficiency. If they’re not properly sealed, it can lead to higher utility bills. Zachary Tyson, owner of Tyson Construction, says you should use a good latex or silicone caulk (rated for exterior use) to caulk any visible cracks or gaps. Tyson adds it is also a good idea to check wood windows for signs of rot and apply additional coats of sealer, especially on the exterior side, every few years. If the door and frame are older (a common issue in New Orleans), weatherstripping may not be present. Home improvement stores can retro-fit weatherstripping on your door to help keep unwanted cold or warm air from

entering your home. If you do have weatherstripping, check that it isn’t damaged. New Orleans’ heat and humidity, combined with the amount of wood in local houses, poses some unique challenges. “Remember that doors, especially wood doors, are always expanding and contracting with the temperature and humidity,” says Tyson. “A good seal one day may not be a good one the next. It is a constant battle, but properly maintaining the doors, frames and windows will go a long way to ensuring they last and perform.” Richard Maia, manufacturing manager of LAS Enterprises, says the most common problem he sees is people failing to clean their window’s weep holes (holes on the frame of your window that allow rain to drain out from it). Many times, he inspects windows whose weep holes have molded shut over time. When this happens, water will leak into the house. To fight this, Maia recommends cleaning the outside of your windows once a year. Every 2-3 years, use water with a little bit of vinegar to clean the windowsill. With a minimal investment of money, time and effort, you’re doors and windows will be in tip-top shape and you will have staved off more expensive repairs down the line. n New Orleans Homes &


i n s p i ra t i on b oard The Alisha Chandelier by Julie Neill Designs, 8 lights shown in Gretna Grey and Russet Gilt,

Golden Opportunity Pair gold and green for an enviable interior By Mirella Cameron

The “Val Chair” upholstered in white faux leather and brushed stainless frame, luxury pillow in tropical Palm Beach print with silk front and linen back both available at Eclectic Home,

Go bold with dark green walls while adding green accents in your room to tie it all together.

“Desert Sand” Tufenkian Artisan carpet handwoven made in fine Himalayan wool, linen and bamboo silk in beige and taupe tones, available from

Vintage Maitland Smith box in faux Malachite with brass inlay and hand detail available from


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Hand forged Martini table in gilded iron, available from Rivers Spencer,

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Mix and Match

Incorporating art and antiques with style and panache By Kelcy Wilburn


ow can I incorporate my grandmother’s late 19th century dresser into my master bedroom design? Where do I hang her beloved collection of still-life oil paintings from that famous artist I don’t particularly like? Can I buy that marvelous midcentury dining set from the consignment store when I own nothing else of the sort? A lot of homeowners struggle with questions of when and how to incorporate antiques, vintage items and art into their homes. Statement pieces can introduce home design challenges whether they have only sentimental value or they’re new favorites. Sometimes it’s hard to know when the room should revolve around the piece or when the piece should revolve around the room. From store owners and interior designers to interior designers with their own stores, lots of local experts


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have ideas about how to achieve the perfect room design while incorporating pieces that may differ from your other stock of furniture and art. There are, of course, some no-nos as well. According to Michiel Dop, owner of Dop Antiques and importer of European antiques, the mix of modern and antique can give a home an eclectic look that often works quite well. However, Dop advises against cluttering your rooms with too many pieces, and that’s where designers come in handy. He also advises against mixing certain styles. “I would not have midcentury modern pieces mixed with Rococo in the same room for example,” says Dop. The minimalist approach and straight lines of a white 1950s sideboard paired with the elaborate ornamentation of a mahogany ribbonback chair from the 1700s would certainly be a striking duo. A room’s decor should not theresa cassagne photograph

turn heads for the wrong reasons however. In New Orleans, we’re fortunate to have several ways to shop for antiques and art, from enormous showrooms of importers like Dop to boutiques on Magazine and Royal to consignment stores like Renaissance Interiors, LLC. Larry Mann, co-owner of Renaissance Interiors, agrees with Dop that mixing contemporary furniture with carefully curated antiques can produce a visually intriguing home style. For Mann and his customers, the search is the most fun part of the process. “Our customers are unified in that they enjoy shopping and the challenge of mixing different items

together to create a unique home space,” says Mann. With 17,000 square feet of store space, Renaissance Interiors specializes in fine consignment furnishings and home accessories including fine European antiques along with contemporary furnishings and accessories such as art, lamps, silver, china and collectibles. At M.S. Rau Antiques, rare and important fine art and antiques are the focus, with pieces spanning from the 16th through the 21st century. M.S. Rau employs a team that also enjoys the hunt, and according to owner and CEO Bill Rau, they work tirelessly searching the world for one-of-a-kind rarities you can’t find anywhere

else. Third-generation owner and published fine art expert, Rau believes the right work of art or antique can breathe new life into even the most modern living spaces. “I’ve always believed that you should choose your art with your head and your heart, then your pocketbook,” he says. “You can never go wrong with decorating around a quality work of art or antique you truly love. In the end, you will be happier in the long-term with a much finer collection.” Penny Francis, owner of Eclectic Home, agrees. As an interior designer with her own home furnishings boutique, Francis enjoys starting with a client’s art, noting that it’s important

to see the scale, compositions, sizes, and feel, which can then inform color and patterns for a room. When it comes to mixing the old with the new, Francis says that the juxtaposition is the statement, adding to the interest and diversity of the design. Francis believes this makes the interior look more evolved, as if it were collected over time. “We try to educate clients and show them updated looks on the classics,” says Francis. “For example, we just took a pair of antique wingback chairs and recovered them with a large-scale houndstooth fabric. Now they are modern. Modern finishes and materials can bring the pieces back to life.” This trick is also a

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favorite of owner and designer Maria Barcelona of Maria Barcelona Interiors. She enjoys getting the most out of an upholstered antique frame by using a current fabric selection. Offering color planning, furniture purchasing and placement, rugs and custom draperies, Barcelona works hand in hand with clients during a building or renovation project. Currently, she finds herself drawn to the clean lines of Neoclassic and Regency periods that appeal to a more streamlined aesthetic and are easy to include in any design plan. “We advise our clients to keep one or two key pieces as a statement,” says Barcelona. “We try to steer clients away from overdoing it with entire rooms filled with antiques, as this takes away from one or two making a statement in the room.” As interior designer Villa Vicci owner Vikki Leftwich stresses, the antiques you decide to keep or purchase should provide function in addition to their “wow factor.” “I do not believe in purchasing furniture just to fill up space, but I love using antique buffets or armoires for hiding unsightly mechanicals for televisions and sound systems and also antique chests for bedside tables,” she says. Leftwich notes that midcentury modern vintage pieces are popular now, and she loves finding that one-of-a-kind


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bar, chair, or coffee table that can set a room apart, as well as serve as a utilitarian piece. When purchasing an antique, it’s easy to choose for both design and functionality. But what do you do with the family heirlooms you’ve inherited? “My favorite types of antiques to incorporate in a home are family pieces,” says interior designer Kristine Flynn, owner of Flynn Designs, LLC. Flynn loves the inherent story that goes along with an antique being used by numerous generations. “The only time I try to avoid antiques is when someone is keeping it simply because they feel too guilty to get rid of it. If the piece doesn’t speak to you, then you most likely won’t be happy with it being in your home.” Kirsten Agnelly is a designer at Greige Home Interiors, a Covington-based store carrying upholstered furniture, accent furniture pieces, accessories, area rugs, lighting and antiques. She also loves incorporating antiques into a design, especially when they can be used as a focal point upon entering the room. Examples of these big-ticket items include antique beds or armoires. “The time to be concerned about incorporating an antique piece into the design is when its functionality is no longer useful or safe; for instance, an old rocking chair that may break when someone sits in it,” says Agnelly. theresa cassagne photograph

Rooms should emit emotion, according to Beth Claybourn, owner of Beth Claybourn Interiors. Antiques and art play into that emotion, and the former can provide a historical appreciation of time and craftsmanship to any room. Claybourn recommends designing to the strength of the piece. “The positioning of an antique in a rooms should allow you to appreciate its aesthetic value,” says Claybourn. “Antiques may be surrounded by antiques, but no one should be shy to position an antique as the centerpiece of a room surrounded by contemporary pieces or mixes and matching of styles.” Claybourn recommends

taking one of two approaches to art. Once you have a piece you love, you can either surround it with things that complement it, or you can contrast it as the focal point of the area. Allowing the art to set the tone helps you create an environment that is emotionally satisfying to you. As an historical and cultural epicenter, New Orleans is not only a great place to find remarkable antiques and works of art, it’s also often their place of origin. As a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to sharing the history and culture of New Orleans and the region, The Historic New Orleans Collection

collects objects that document the material culture of Louisiana history; a mix of French, Spanish, American and nascent Creole furniture, silver that represents New Orleans craftsmen, one of the largest collections of Newcomb pottery, and decorative arts and material culture related to Mardi Gras. According to Lydia Blackmore, decorative arts curator, buying antiques is the ultimate green purchase; reducing waste and preserving materials, and the usefulness of antique furniture does not go out of style with age. “The best way to preserve your old silver is to use it,” says Blackmore.

“Regular use and cleaning (not in the dishwasher!) will keep your silver sparkling longer than locking it away in the silver chest.” The same could be said for fine china. “My favorite ways to incorporate historic decorative arts in my home design is to mix and match pieces of silver and china in a table setting,” she says. “The patterns don’t have to match; you can make a set based on common colors, gilt edges or floral embellishments.” Take a look at your antiques and art with fresh eyes; renewed interest can lead to finding a lot of hidden potential lying in plain sight. n

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Naked Lunch Oysters on the half shell are on the menu this fall By Melanie Warner Spencer


ntil about six years ago, I wouldn’t go near an oyster — raw or otherwise. Nearly eight years into living near the Gulf Coast my palate has shifted and now I love enjoying a few salty, briny mollusks — especially with champagne. That oysters are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially zinc, is like a dollop of cocktail sauce on top. It’s a treat to share a dozen with friends during happy hour at Superior Seafood or to order up a couple as an appetizer at Kenton’s. This spring, I


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slurped down the freshest I’ve ever consumed at Hog Island Oyster Co., while overlooking Tomales Bay on the coast of Northern California. They were plucked out of the water a couple of hours before we arrived and shucked right there at our picnic table. Even though it’s no longer considered the rule to eat oysters only during the “R” months, I still tend to think of September as the start of the season. I look forward to many occasions to belly up to the bivalve for this local, nutritious, sharable delicacy. Pop the bubbly! n