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Renovation of the Year

Levee Living

Home Grown

Wow Factor

A Classic 1890s shotgun is transformed into a two-story family home where past and present meet contemporary elegance

A neighbor’s insider tip leads to a new-build dream house with a river view

RenĂŠ Fransen transformes the New Orleans landscape with his garden designs

Standout kitchen designs from traditional to modern



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

Design Diary News and events 20



In the Pink 22

Get Organized Kitchen Ninja: Organize the kitchen into an efficient, clean and visually-appealing space 24

Artist Profile Rhonda Corley 26

Bon Vivant Pet project: Creating a cozy space for friends or family when they pet sit in your home 28

Gatherings Beef It Up: Upgrade the classic meat-and-potato dinner with easy and succulent steaks and stuffed tomatoes 30


For the Garden Gold Diggers: Worms are the key to rich compost for your garden 32


Home Grown Heirloom Tomatoes: Tasty tomatoes that live up to the hype 34


Living with Antiques Mapping It Out: Antique maps lend intrigue to your art collection 36

Masters of Their Craft Forging a Path: Artisan Erikdavid Kramer puts his stamp on metal and woodwork with one-of-akind, custom pieces 38

Inspiration Board

Expert Advice

Creature Comforts: Luxe accouterments for the posh pet 40

Geometry 101: Geometric patterns meet neutrals with a pop of color 86

Seasonal Change: Freshening Your Home Décor 90

Home Renewal

Price Mix

A New Coat: Prep and plan with painting tips from the pros for the freshest, most long-lasting paint job 84

Digging in the Dirt Protect your hands from gardening hazards and skin damage 88


Last Indulgence



Satsuma Shindig:Feast on this local citrus as its growing season comes to an end 96

on the cover

René Fransen’s garden designs are the stuff of green, outdoor dreams. Step into his creative landscapes in our “Home Grown,” gardens feature. (p. 64) Photo by eugenia uhl

editor’s note

Spring fling As I’m writing this note, new orleans is still battling a cold snap and Carnival is in full swing. Needless to say, looking ahead to spring is a welcome respite. I’m excited for the flowers to be in full bloom and planning a thorough spring cleaning of the house and refreshing of the décor. The spring issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles is of course always chock full of inspiration, ideas and — for those lucky souls who don’t need to freshen up their interiors — eye candy. First and foremost on the eye candy front is our Renovation of the Year on page 50. This circa- 1890s, classic shotgun was transformed by owners Elizabeth and Adam Keckler, into an elegant, contemporary cottage. It’s easy to see why for them, it was love at first sight. On page 58, we step inside the light, airy Riverbend home of Karen and Mark Gundlach. The modern residence was designed by architect Lee Ledbetter and includes an enviable secret courtyard. If courtyards and other beautifully designed landscapes are your thing, you’ll want to turn to page 64 for our annual gardens feature. We explore three dazzling outdoor spaces designed by fellow of landscape architecture René Fransen. Gardeners rejoice, as this issue not only contains the aforementioned gardens feature and Pamela Marquis’ regular “For the Garden” column, but also, in associate editor Ashley McLellan’s “Price Mix” on page 88, LSU AgCenter Extension Associate Chris Dunaway gives us the dirt on the best gardening gloves for each endeavor. When Mirella Cameran sent us her picks for “Inspiration Board,” my imagination immediately went into overdrive. Neutrals layered with geometric shapes and patters and a suprise pop of color are at once classic and new. Now the only question to ask yourself is, “Do I pick and choose or just invest in all of it and do a complete overhaul?” File that under great problems. As always, whether you are spending the season indoors making your interiors a little brighter or outdoors tending to the landscape, we hope you enjoy the issue and this season of renewal. Cheers!

editor’s pick


Reigning Queens Take a stroll in the gardens of Andrea and Dave Bland’s Garden District home and get ready to be greeted by New Orleans’ finest drag queens at the first “Queens in the Garden” extravaganza, presented by the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. The event will be preceded by a patron party showcasing a queenthemed fashion show, as the queens flaunt elaborate costumes and regale their subjects. Throughout the event, Kitty D’ Litter will share her witty take on the attire of attendees, so dress to impress. The garden party is on April 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. — BECA MILLER




design diary


The Winner Is …

Blooming Art and Fashion One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Art in Bloom is celebrating 30 years. This year’s theme is “Queen of Arts: Celebrating 30 Years of Art in Bloom.” Guests sip and mingle while viewing floral designs created by over 75 exhibitors, many inspired by NOMA’s special exhibition, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes,” on view Feb. 21 through May 28. This exhibition features rare pieces from Alexander McQueen and is NOMA’s first major fashion exhibition. The annual Art in Bloom Patron Party and the Preview Party is March 14, while the Art in Bloom lecture series and the annual Art in Bloom luncheon and fashion show are scheduled for the following day on March 15. Lectures will include Charles Masson, general manager of French fine-dining spot Majorelle, and American fashion designer Lela Rose. — Beca Miller



Start your weekend off a little early with The American Institute of Architects New Orleans 2018 Design Awards dinner on March 29 at the WWII Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion, The Boeing Center. Each year the design awards program focuses on three simple goals: celebrate the best of this region’s architecture; recognize achievement in a broad range of architectural work; and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception at the AIA Center of Design, 1000 St. Charles Ave. Guests will then second line over to the U.S. Freedom Pavilion for dinner catered by the American Sector. After partying it up at the WWII Museum, get ready to join AIA New Orleans chapter and affiliate partners in the second annual Architecture Week New Orleans from April 8 through April 11. The week long program will feature a broad range of events including building tours, a film screening, and opportunities for learning and mentorship.

Spring into a Home Makeover If your house could use a little sprucing up, The New Orleans Home and Garden Show has you covered. The event is jam-packed with three days of events, including home renovation, edible landscapes, expert advice and painting 101. The event is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from March 9 through March 11. For tickets and additional information, visit

Winner Takes All

Susan Currie Design wins “Best of Design” on Houzz Susan Currie Design of New Orleans won “Best of Design” on Houzz. The 13-year old New Orleans-based interior design firm was chosen from more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz where more than one million are active industry professionals. In order to achieve that “Best of Design” status, Susan Currie’s work was considered the most popular category among the voter professionals on Houzz. Currie says in a press release that her mission is to design exceptional residential and commercial interior spaces that focus on the client’s’ unique lifestyle. Currie’s use of color is her trademark. susancurriedesign




in the pink Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux






1. The Palermo chair is wrapped in hand-woven, all-weather synthetic wicker making it the perfect perch for your chic outdoor retreat. Haven Custom Furnishings, 300 Jefferson Highway, Suite 102, 504-304-2144,


winter 2017

2. Made from lightweight composite, lacquered in a high gloss finish and topped with a gold-lined drum shade, this urnshaped table lamp sheds new light on the power of pink. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 504-866-6654,

3. Hunt Slonem’s iconic bunnies are hopping onto custom-designed pillows available in six colorways. Fairfax Fabric Company, 3613 Magazine St., 504-309-9503,

4. In “The Incomparable Magazine Street,” historian John Magill traces the history and culture of the city’s quaint and curvy road. The Shop at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-598-7417,


5. This chic lucite tray is lined with a fine art print by local artist Jennifer Ansardi. The tray is just one of several pieces in the local artist’s new collection. Vita, 1537 Metairie Rd., 504-831-1111,

6. Standing over two-feet tall, this 19th-century Italian carved and giltwood garniture combines the essence of a bouquet with the elegance of fine antique. Ann Koerner Antiques, 4021 Magazine St., 504-899-2664,

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get organized

good read

“The Organized Kitchen: Keep Your Kitchen Clean, Organized, and Full of Good Food and Save Time, Money, (and Your Sanity) Every Day!” by Brette Sember

Repurpose Water bottles are a nuisance. Try placing them on their sides in a repurposed magazine holder. You can also use these holders to store rolls of parchment paper, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Stack heavy glass dishes or lids with the help of wire organizers, the kind you put your manila folders in at your office. Need an island in your kitchen? Try using a secondhand desk. Cover it with 12-inch by 12-inch granite or marble floor tiles. They’re beautiful, easy to sanitize and you can knead bread and dice veggies on them. Store extra napkins and utensils in the desk’s drawers.



This book shares shelf and storage strategies, tips and tricks from master chefs and suggestions for making your kitchen safer. This book will be most helpful to new cooks and would be a great gift for a newlywed.

Kitchen Ninja Organize the kitchen into an efficient, clean and visually-appealing space From a Michelin-starred meal to campfire grub one thing is constant: an organized kitchen is an efficient kitchen. Today’s home cook — who juggles work, kids and housekeeping — wants to get delicious and nutritious food on the table fast, so keeping this room organized translates into saving time, money and stress. – By Pamela Marquis smart solutions

+ Heavy-duty neodymium magnetic hooks are the perfect organizational tool. Positioned on the side of the refrigerator you can hang from them skillets, saucepans or whisks. Use a magnetic knife strip to get rid of that bulky knife block. Your knives will be visible and within reach. Also, consider a magnetic bulletin board for notes, recipes and young artists’ masterpieces.

Next level organizing Make the most of your countertops by using a two-tier lazy susan to hold your kosher salt, Tony Chachere’s, hot sauce and olive oil. This will make those ingredients accessible when you’re cooking your Monday red beans. The bottom tier can hold your least-used herbs and spices.



artist profile

Rhonda Corley Artist Rhonda Corley’s connection to fashion began in childhood.

“I was always thinking about what I was going to wear,” she says. It’s a passion she credits to the fact that New Orleanians love to dress up and to her late mother. After high school at McDonogh 35, Corley took art classes at Delgado and moved to New York to study fashion illustration and advertising design at FIT. There, she fleshed out her favorite subject — women modeling clothing and also clothing and shoes themselves — and developed her technique. “I saw how the models moved and I loved the fashion illustration part of it,” says Corley, who likes the rapid-fire pace of doing gesture drawings of models. “I love movement,” she says. “My lines dance across the page.” Post New York, Corley lived in Richmond, Virginia and Atlanta, where she exhibited her fashion-centric works at art shows. Customers responded to the work and took it a step further, asking whether she sketched people in their wedding gowns. Recognizing the bridal category as a natural extension of her métier, Corley began doing commissions for brides wearing their dresses as well as depictions of wedding dresses on their own. “I think of them as a story,” she says of her bridal pieces. “I try to find something unique to convey.” Other themes in her work include friendship, ballet and emotions like “letting go,” and many of her sketches and paintings include circles, a favorite motif. When working, Corley listens to music and doodles as a way of warming up, then begins to sketch. “It may take over 20 sketches before I say ‘this is it,’” she says.



When teaching kindergarten and first grade students in the aftercare program at the International School of Louisiana on the West Bank, she encourages spontaneity and discourages erasing. The approach is designed to help students tap into their unique style. Corley’s style, which ranges from fluid, almost abstract sketches to brightly colored, more defined paintings, is in demand. Ten years ago, she began licensing fashion sketches for use on items such as notecards. Locally, goods with Corley’s images are sold at Zele, Ariodante Gallery, The Ogden Museum gift shop, Feet First and La Rouge Nail Warehouse. Licensing agreements have allowed a wide market to enjoy her artistry and generate income that enables her to pursue other applications for her work. She is currently considering a book of her shoe illustrations. — by lee Cutrone

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bon vivant

3 Since it’s no fun to use up smartphone minutes, we write down Wi-Fi passcodes and any passcodes and instructions for movie service subscriptions, too.

4 Years ago we got into the habit of keeping the menus of various restaurants that deliver in a folder for easy reference and to keep paper clutter at bay. We’ll place that on the kitchen counter in an easy-to-see spot, in case the sitter wants to dine in.

5 A note with any special instructions for pets, plants or anything else is also a great idea, so your sitter can reference it at their leisure.


Pet project Creating a cozy space for friends or family when they pet sit in your home

Over the years, different friends and family members have volunteered for pet sitting duty for us. In some cases, we had reciprocal agreements and traded off to help one another out. Whether or not that’s the case, we always tried — and still do — to make the sitting as enjoyable as possible for the person doing the job. Here are a few tips for creating a cozy — and fun — retreat for your pet sitter.

Z 1

Whether we have a sitter or not, we always clean the house before going out of town. It’s just a lot nicer to come home to a tidy space. It’s especially important to clean up before your sitter arrives, however, because a messy home is not going to be very inviting. We make sure there are no dirty dishes in the kitchen, and that all of the surfaces are wiped down. The bathroom also gets the once over. Beds are made up with clean linens and everything is in its place throughout the house. Even when the sitter knows his or her way around, if they are staying overnight, we put clean bath linens out on the guest bed.

2 Placing sticky notes around the kitchen so pet food and treats are easily located is also a way to simplify daily tasks for the sitter. Don’t forget to leave the name and contact information for the emergency vet handy too, just in case.



Stocking the house with your sitter’s favorite beverages and snacks is a great way to keep them happy and make them feel appreciated. If he or she isn’t much of a snacker, a six-pack of his or her favorite beer, wine, pastries, fancy coffees and other specialty items also make for a nice little welcome gift pack. Leave a few magazines and books on the coffee table, too.

7 Finally, we always tell the sitter that our house is their house, to make himself or herself at home and to eat, drink and be merry. Comfort is at the heart of the things we do to get the house ready for a sitter. As most pet owners know, even if their pet doesn’t socialize much, it’s easy to tell by the way your dog, cat, turtle or other pet reacts when you get home what level of attention and care they’ve received. Making it so that your sitter has a good time and you don’t get accosted by an angry feline the moment you set foot in the door is a win-win. – By Melanie Warner Spencer






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Beef It Up Upgrade the classic meat-and-potato dinner with easy and succulent steaks and stuffed tomatoes Produced By Margaret Zainey Roux

Dry-Aged New York Strip with Merlot Mushroom Sauce Ingredients (per serving) 1 dry-aged New York Strip ½ cup Merlot mushroom sauce 1 broiled stuffed tomato

Merlot Mushroom Sauce Ingredients 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned and quartered ¼ cups shallots, minced


3 tablespoons lightly salted butter

Directions Evenly season the steak with salt and pepper. Coat the steak with vegetable oil. This may be done up to 3 hours before grilling. Brush the grill clean and lightly oil. Place the seasoned steak over the hottest portion of the grill and cook on the first side approximately 4-5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and cook approximately 3-4 minutes to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest 5 minutes.

¼ cup Merlot

Broiled Stuffed Tomato Ingredients 1 medium size tomato, halved and deseeded ¼ cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tablespoons flour 2 cups beef broth ½ teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, de-stemmed and chopped Directions Melt butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add shallots, thyme, and pepper. Saute until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, and saute until the mushrooms release their juices and all liquid is cooked off. Sprinkle mushroom mixture with flour and immediately stir until there is no visible sign of dry flour. Add beef broth and bring to a boil while stirring thoroughly. Lower heat to a simmer and reduce sauce to two cups. Taste and adjust with a touch of salt if desired.

2 tablespoons olive oil Directions Combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and olive oil. Mix well. Fill tomato halves with crumb mixture. Place a small pat of butter on each tomato half and bake at 375-degrees for approximately 6-7 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Serving Directions Slice steak across the grain to assure a tender bite. Place on a plate, in a shingled fashion, and ladle the Merlot Mushroom Sauce across the steak. Place broiled tomato on plate. Serving suggestion: Go green and serve alongside a mound of steamed haricot verts.

About the Chef Chef Pauly Dauterive was born into New Orleans’ culinary industry. Growing up, Dauterive worked for his family’s catering business before studying hhospitality management and tourism at the University of Hawaii and continuing his education at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. He is currently Chef Partner of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Metairie. neworleanshomes&


for the garden

Gold Diggers Worms are the key to rich compost for your garden

The only time I every got in trouble at school was in the 1st grade, when I chased a horrified James Musso around the playground with a handful of wiggly worms. I loved worms then and I still love them now. These days, however, it’s more because they significantly improve my garden’s soil. Worms do their work by aerating the soil as they burrow back and forth beneath your tomatoes and cucumbers. If you really want to put them to good use, start a worm-composting bin. The bin uses worms to recycle food scraps and other organic material into vermicompost. Worms eat the food and as it passes through their systems it turns into valuable worm castings. “Their castings add active microbial life to soil while slowly releasing trace minerals that helps plants uptake nutrients and stave off root rot,” says Grant Estrade, owner of Laughing Buddha Nursery. “Worm castings are one of the best soil conditioners you can find.” To start a small scale, self-contained worm bin, begin by combining food scraps, a stackable composting system and worms. “One of the best worms for your bin is the Red Wiggler,” said Estrade. “They’ll thrive in the bin but don’t do well outside in the garden.”



Purchase the bin and worms at such places as the Laughing Buddha or online. Or build your own out of two plastic totes. Drill holes in one tote and then place bedding made of newspaper strips or leaves in it. Stack it above the other tote for drainage. Then cover the top container with a loose-fitting lid that allows air into your bin. The totes should be shallow rather than deep, as red wigglers are surface-dwellers and prefer to live in the top six inches of soil. To harvest your compost push the bin’s contents to one half of the bin. Then put fresh bedding and food scraps in the empty side of bin. Continue burying food scraps only in the freshly bedded half. In the next two to three weeks, the worms will move over to the new side. Finally, remove the compost and replace it with fresh bedding. The compost can be directly mixed with your potting soil or garden soil as a soil amendment or the compost can be used as a top dressing for your indoor or outdoor plants. You can also make “compost tea” with it. Simply add one to two inches of compost to a water can. Allow the compost and water to “steep” for a day. Then use it to water your plants. This tea made by worms’ castings gives a nutritious boost to your plants. Worms will always have a warm place in my heart and my garden. – By Pamela Marquis



home grown

Heirloom Tomatoes Tasty tomatoes that live up to the hype By Pamela Marquis

1 Taste Heirlooms vary in size, shape, color and taste. They have meaty textures, thin skins and tons of flavor.

2 types Varieties include Cherokee Purple, Brandywine and Sunset’s Red Horizon. Yellow heirloom tomatoes tend to be mild and red heirlooms are more acidic.

3 space To decrease disease, heirlooms need wide spacing in both directions to improve airflow.

4 garden Heirloom tomatoes grow well in large containers, making them perfect to grow on a sunny deck. In fact, growing them in containers can reduce instances of disease.

The term heirloom applies to tomato varieties that were grown before World War II.



living with antiques

Mapping It Out Antique maps lend intrigue to your art collection

Many years ago when my husband and I were dating, he started a collection of antique maps. They were framed and hung around his small cottage on Calhoun Street. Over the years, the maps have donned the walls of our living room and study and now reside in the upstairs landing of our home. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to them as maps weren’t that interesting to me. Until now. Maybe it’s my love of history and travel, but now see them as interesting and beautiful works of art. I’m even trying to justify buying a few more. Apparently I am not alone. I recently received a brochure from an antique auction house advertising a sale of maps, ranging in price from $1,000 to $250,000. It seems as if maps are charting a course all



their own. “Antique maps add interest to a room and are great conversation pieces,” says Vincent Bergeal, who sells antique maps and botanicals in his eponymous shop on Magazine. “They are very personal to the collector as they usually represent an area the owner traveled to or where his or her family is from. They add an historic element to a room, plus, they are often very pretty.” The oldest maps were made of vellum, or animal skins (mostly lamb) and are quite rare, thus extraordinarily expensive today. Linen maps followed vellum, then cotton rag paper was used as it didn’t yellow. Most antique maps have some sort of deterioration; so don’t let a small tear or bit of water damage deter you from acquiring the piece. Maps can often be restored, if the damage is more than you want to see. “Because most maps were drawn or printed in black ink, color was often added later, mostly by women artisans,” says Jon’l Briles, also of the Vincent Bergeal Gallery. “The added color can sometimes add to the value of the map, depending on the quality of the work.” No matter how old or valuable your map is, make sure it is framed properly to preserve it for its lifetime. “The map should be placed on an acid-free backing with an acid-free mat,” says Briles. “The glass should be UV protected to prevent damage from any light source. If a mat is not used, the framer should place small acrylic spacers so air can surround the map. In framing, do it once and do it right.” Maps can be purchased from dealers and antique stores, auction houses, estate sales and even used bookstores. You can ask for a certificate of authenticity, but these are not often readily available. Use caution when buying an antique map online, unless you know and trust the dealer. You can start a collection on any budget, including European maps from the 1800s Tips for maps for under $100. Some collectors begin by 1. Maps are tradipurchasing maps of an area of the world tional in nature, that interests them. Others pick maps based so frame them on an era. Still other collectors just buy what traditionally they like. In New Orleans, there is a robust 2. Hang maps interest in maps of the city, Louisiana and close to eye level Gulf Coast. With the 300th anniversary of so the viewer can the founding of New Orleans this year, interread the map est in city maps may be at its peak. 3. If you have 3 “There’s always been an interest in colmaps, hang the largest map in the lecting maps, but it seems to be more popucenter with smalllar today than in the past,” says Bergeal. “We er maps above are seeing more women purchase maps, and below often for gifts for a husband or significant 4. Dark woods or other. We are even seeing maps placed in gold are best for children’s rooms, especially nautical maps. frames and enIt’s a gift that always holds its value — and hance the maps even increases — throughout the years.” From John Pecorino, art installer

– By Laura Claverie

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forging a path Artisan Erikdavid Kramer puts his stamp on metal and woodwork with one-of-a-kind, custom pieces E. Kraemer Fine Metal & Woodwork is the perfect place for Erikdavid Kraemer to hone raw materials into objects that are beautiful, useful and enduring. He hails from four generations of artisans. At 12, he began working for his father, a well-established violins maker, as a luthier’s assistant (a luthier makes stringed instruments). It’s a centuries-old tradition that Kraemer is proud to claim. He and his wife Alyssa own the fabrication studio specializing in metal, custom lighting and woodwork. “We work with all kinds of materials: stainless steel, aluminum, bronze ... copper and all kinds of wood,” says Alyssa. They also work with finishes, like blackened steel. She handles much of the business negotiations, and also often offers insights into the design process. The couple met in New York and almost two years ago



decided to relocate their business to New Orleans. “We were ready for a change,” says Erikdavid. “New York was becoming more tech-based because it made a smaller footprint. It was less noisy. Our workshop used things like a quarter-ton press and we made a lot of noise. It was getting harder to find a space and it was very expensive.” Now their studio is housed in sprawling, 3,500-squarefoot warehouse in the Upper 9th Ward. The office is dark and a bit industrial, but it has an air of downhome hospitality. Strong coffee is brewing in a pot, Lola, the young pup, is curled up on a comfortable couch and through a window Shop Cat Ricky cleaning herself atop an enormous piece of machinery. The six-person crew is engaged in individual tasks as sparks fly and sparkle off angle grinders and the pounding of hammers and chisels provide a cacophonous soundtrack for the noise of precision and artistry. He asks them to “be good with your hands; have the desire to learn something new every day; have an eye for detail, common sense and the patience of a saint; and be the person your mother thinks you are.” The company makes one-of-a-kind, custom-made items such as a brass chandelier made with beer bottles, a hammered brass kitchen sink and modern industrial-looking shelving. “If it’s something that’s already been done, we aren’t really interested in copying someone else’s work,” says Erikdavid. “Or if it’s something the clients [have] seen on a showroom floor and they want us to tweak the design; we tell them, ‘Just buy that one. It will be much less expensive.’ Nothing we do is a standard project. There’s no mass production here.” Whether it’s a gleaming stainless steel bench or a solid brass table weighing in at 1,600 pounds, the work will be done with the pride of artisans skilled in a centuries-old tradition. “And really at the core,” says Erikdavid. “We just like building cool sh--.” – By Pamela Marquis

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Creature Comforts Luxe accouterments for the posh pet By LISA TUDOR photographed by eugenia uhl

Swarovski crystal-studded collars and felt pod sleeping chamber at Petcetera,

Assorted powder coated food stands with stainless steel inserts and melamine bowls at Petcetera.



Chewy Vuiton bone and convertible cuddle drawstring bed in luscious, plush fabrics to fit all sizes at Relish,; B. VIZ Canine Couture Fortuny fabric collar handcrafted in Louisiana by Rebecca Vizard,, available at Bremermann Designs.



Pooch Portraits of your favorite breed at Perch Home, perch-home. com; Manalo Barknik Shoe and Chewy Vuiton ball toys at Relish,



Found My Animal nautical rope leads and collars with marine-grade hardware that allows the lead to be clipped, worn around the waist or over the shoulder for hands-free control. Available in sizes to fit your pet at Plum,



Canine Couture handmade Fortuny fabric collars for dogs of all sizes and custom artisanal antique textile pillows by Louisiana textile artist Rebecca Vizard,, available at Bremermann Designs; Fringed Alpaca throw at Katie Koch Home,


Facing page: Elizabeth ordered the dining room’s monochromatic mix of books from strandbooks. com in keeping with the neutral palette.


lizabeth and Adam Keckler wasted no time deciding to buy their Uptown cottage. The couple — she hails from Jackson, Mississippi, he from the Dallas area — met at Rhodes College, fell in love, chose New Orleans as a place to build a life together and soon found the perfect house where they could put down roots. “My mother and I were driving and we turned down the street and saw the for sale sign in the driveway of the house,” says Elizabeth. “We made an appointment to see it and fell in love with it.” It was seven years, however, before the Kecklers decided to renovate the traditional Victorian shotgun and transform it into a family home. Elizabeth, who knew that such an undertaking would require the couple to move out of the house, looked at other real estate listings to make sure that renovating was the way to go, but none of the properties seemed as appealing as the one the couple already owned. In mid-2016, they moved to the French Quarter and began a year-long renovation. “My husband was all for it,” says Elizabeth. “We said ‘if we’re going to do this, let’s do it right.’”

of the Year A Classic 1890s shotgun is transformed into a two-story family home where past and present meet contemporary elegance By Lee Cutrone Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley



Top: The Keckler’s bumped out a wall that previously contained a laundry closet to create a breakfast area with a banquette. The wall of windows opposite the kitchen overlooks the yard and floods the space with light. “We wanted the yard to be part of the house,” says Elizabeth. Callacatta light marble countertops from Tuscan Stone Imports. Bottom: A minimalist kitchenette inspired by a bar in a South Beach hotel and designed with white washed wood and marble adds to the privacy of the master suite upstairs when guests are staying downstairs. Facing page: Elizabeth chose an antique from Antiques de Provence for her kitchen island and glass front cabinets from Campbell Cabinets to showcase her china and glassware.



As luck would have it, Adam, a Project Manager at EDG, and Elizabeth, who worked in the field of non-profits, were connected to talented people in the fields of architecture, construction and interior design. Elizabeth’s family is the force behind Splinter Creek, a contemporary development near Oxford, Mississippi, which is focused on simple, green design that leaves a minimal impact on the rural environment surrounding it, and Elizabeth has collaborated with her mother and sister on multiple design projects. The couple worked with Mississippi architect John Weaver to design the house and then turned to another family friend, Will Erickson of Yazoo Restorations, a local company named after Erickson’s hometown of Yazoo, Mississippi. To furnish the space, Elizabeth once again worked with her mother and sister, with whom she traveled to Paris, New Orleans, New York and Jackson in search of everything from furniture to lanterns. The Kecklers wanted the interior to be light and airy and to combine modern style with a clear respect for the history and architecture of their house. The new design left the original house as is with its period character and details intact and turned what had been a side porch into a glassed-in hall that marries the old house with the new addition. “The windows are what pulled all this together,” says Elizabeth of the sun-lit space. “When we finally got the windows in, I knew it was going to be perfect.” Today, the house, which occupied a double lot with plenty of room to grow, is an L-shaped two-story structure with three bedrooms and three baths. The original portion of the house includes one bedroom. The new portion includes the master suite and a third

Top: A painting by Evert Witte (Cole Pratt Gallery) hangs to the right of the living room’s original mantel and an antique mirror from Antiques de Provence hangs above it. The vintage round table was found at New Orleans Auction, all curtains are from Neil Peyroux. The pair of antique chairs is from Karla Katz Antiques. Bottom: Elizabeth designed the library around the curved sofa found at auction and the vintage modern chairs from Uptowner Antiques. Table with wood base and marble top from DWR. Facing page: The Kecklers found the antique doors used above the bed at an architectural salvage in Jackson, MS, then stripped them down, white washed and framed them like a work of art.





bedroom, which Weaver drew as a nursery next to the master. The couple is expecting their first child this month (March 2018) and the house lives just as they hoped it would — comfortable fresh and modern. Its striking beauty comes from the interplay of purposeful simplicity and artful contrast. A stream-lined dining table is juxtaposed with an elegant 19th-century chandelier, sleek sophisticated fixtures are highlighted against stripped down, organic wooden surfaces, whites and neutrals are balanced with darker wooden floors and French doors and dramatized with pops of color from carefully selected art. “I’m a minimalist,” says Elizabeth. “The pieces speak for themselves. There are not a lot of distractions. Each piece was a very deliberate decision.” Most of the time, Elizabeth worked a room around a favorite piece. In the kitchen she began with an antique purchased on Magazine Street as the center island. In the dining room, she made the chandelier the focal point, by keeping the furnishings clean and minimal. In the master bedroom, she found inspiration in weathered shutters lightened with a white-washed finish. Though she designed the décor to blend from room to room, she also made an effort to alternate light, bright rooms with darker, cozier ones such as the library and the dining room. Some bring the outdoors in, others provide a feeling of privacy and seclusion. As a homeowner, Elizabeth is happy with both her collaborators and her design choices. “Everything came together brilliantly,” she says. “I think we got it right.” As a ssoon-to-be-mother, however, she reserves judgment on whether the house might eventually need some additional tweaking. “When you’re introducing a family, your needs become different,” she says. “We’ll mold this house to fit our growing needs.”

Top: Wallpaper from Serena & Lily provides a focal point that helps balance the narrow shape of the nursery. Beaded light fixture, Serena & Lily. Bottom: The guest room’s painted iron bed was Elizabeth’s childhood bed and the seashell prints on the wall were a gift from her sister. Bedside lamp from John Derian. Facing page:Clean lines, surfaces of tile (Ann Sacks porcelain tiles on floor) and slate, and iron furniture by Janus et Cie create a serene haven that merges indoor and outdoor spaces. 56




Facing page: Gundlach purchased the painting by Amanda Talley hanging in the dining nook before the house was built. “I had no idea where it would end up,” she says, “I just loved it.” Cabinets create a hiding spot for a television or tech hub. The chandelier was found at Loisel Vintage Modern.

Levee Living A bike ride, a chance encounter and a neighbor’s insider tip lead to a new-build dream house with a river view. By Lisa Tudor • Photographed by Eugenia Uhl


struck a compromise the first time the couple started a house-hunt. “Mark had very strict parameters about where he wanted to live,” says Karen. “The duplex we were in had zero privacy. I told him if he didn’t loosen up on his location requirement, finding something we both wanted wasn’t happening anytime soon.” He did, and by 2013, the two had finally settled into a home on Audubon Boulevard they purchased and renovated a few years earlier. She never dreamed his parameters would later expand to include their current location in the Riverbend. They weren’t shopping for real estate. “I was riding my bike on the levee path when I ran into Danny Keiffer, an old friend from high school days,” says Mark. “He gave me a tour of his contemporary home with amazing river views.” “Then, Danny told Mark he might know a property in the neighborhood that wasn’t on the market yet,” says Karen. Three years after closing on that property, the couple and their beloved Clumber Spaniel, Otto, enjoy their own river view from the third floor balcony of a precise, efficient, elegant home designed by Architect Lee Ledbetter. Known for his contemporary residential

Karen and Mark Gundlach

designs, the Gundlach commission gave Ledbetter further opportunity to bring modern architecture to a city famously resistant to change. Edifice Builders signed on as contractor and top area artisans handcrafted the defining details. The property’s existing structure, a 900-square-foot building facing the street, was home to the previous owner. “We weren’t sure what to do with it,” says Karen. Ledbetter’s first design solution was to leave it in place. Not only would it conform to Historic District Landmarks Commission guidelines, it also informed the design of the new building. “Rather than presenting a challenge, the existing barge-board cottage offered a great opportunity to hide the house from the street by wrapping the new construction around and behind it and to create a courtyard linking the old and new,” says Ledbetter. “This helped achieve what Mark and Karen wanted, which was a ‘secret’ house, one that wasn’t visible from the street. “There’s a great New Orleans tradition, particularly in the more urban French Quarter, of getting a glimpse of life behind walls or through carriageways. The attitude behind wanting this — the utter lack of pretense or ostentation — appeals to me.”


Facing page: Open bookshelves flank the fireplace. The fireplace hearth and surround are also clad in Bateig Blue limestone. The solid wood coffee table made by Jimmy Gundlach sits on a metal base by artist David Borgerding. Painting by Nicole Charbonnet. Pottery totem by Karen Gundlach. Area rug by Stark. Right: Honoring mid-century indoor-outdoor design, sliding glass doors and windows showcase the flow between interior and exterior spaces, and pull back to unite the living room, swimming pool and guesthouse. Doors and windows from Southern Walls & Windows. Pool by Gulf South Pools. Bottom: Otto, the couple’s Clumber Spaniel, lounges in the family room. The stained-walnut screen by Henry Martin is mounted into metal posts by artist David Borgerding and divides the stairwell from the family room.

Renovated as a two-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse, the cottage includes a spacious sitting area, kitchen and dining room, and sometimes serves as Karen’s extended pottery studio. Sliding glass doors showcase the flow between interior and exterior living spaces. “On the new construction, the surface treatment of horizontal banding is established as soon as you enter the driveway gate,” says Ledbetter. “The raised bands lead your eye up the sidewalk to the front door, and the treatment becomes less dense as you go. The bands become louvers on top of glass and finally, once inside, the material changes from painted wood to stained walnut and embellishes a partial height room divider and also a screen membrane that defines the stairway.” Ledbetter, widely respected for his integration of architecture and interiors, led the couple through the design process in his signature hands-on style. The placement of the elegant walnut partition, prominent glass doors and windows, fireplace and built-in furnishings are examples of the minimalist aesthetic and become a distinguished part of the architecture. Karen called on Grace Kaynor and Lise Kuhn to help fine tune the décor. “It was a group effort,” she says. The couple’s new home illustrates an aspirational collaboration between designer, builder and client. “Lee and his team were great to work with, and their construction management skills were fantastic,” says Mark. “We always agreed with Lee,” adds Karen. “It was a great fit.”




Top, left: A Cube Collection bathtub by Wet Style is centered on the tiled wall set in a stacked bond pattern opposite a double custom vanity by Henry Martin. The set of etched glass doors enclose separate shower and toilet areas. Tile from Stafford Tile & Stone. Shower doors from Crasto Glass & Mirror. Large pottery vases by Jane Greenberg. Bottom, left: A framed drawing by Enrique Alferez hangs in the master bedroom. “My dad had it rolled up — not even in a tube — literally wadded up. You can see the wrinkles,” says Karen. The linen drapery treatment adds color, texture and privacy. Bed from Villa Vici. Bedside lamps from Sotre. Right: Mark’s father, Jimmy Gundlach, handcrafted the dining room table. Karen found the chairs at Renaissance Interiors and the chandelier was a gift from Dr. Nia Terezakis, who Karen refers to “as my second mom”. A painting by artist Paula Landrum hangs over the floating credenza designed by Lee Ledbetter. White clay urn by Julie Silver. Shallow glazed pottery bowl with signature orchid by Karen Gundlach. Facing page: A large pottery vessel by Karen Gundlach sits on top of the kitchen’s Caesarstone island. Gundlach’s desk is opposite, facing the courtyard. Open shelving offers display space for pottery. The kitchen cabinets and Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances are from Nordic Kitchens & Baths. The woven runner was a gift from Dr. Nia Terezakis.

H ome Grown René Fransen transformes the New Orleans landscape with his garden designs By Lee cutrone

Photographed by Eugenia Uhl


egendary British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll credited gardens with teaching many useful things, including patience, industry, thrift and trust. She also wrote, “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” The homeowners on these pages know that happiness firsthand. With the help of one of New Orleans’ most experienced garden designers, fellow of landscape architecture René Fransen, each has cultivated an enviable, not to mention inspirational garden.



Twenty years ago, when Susan and Bill Hess bought their Garden Lane home, their plan for renovating the fullacre property, included house and garden. For the garden, they turned to René Fransen and spent eight months mapping out the design. “I told René I wanted to live in a garden, not with a garden,” says Susan. Two concepts — the country-like setting and the idea of creating a series of garden rooms — set the course. In front, the renewed design involved removing an orchard-like arrangement of citrus trees that obstructed the view of the house and replanting the trees in new locations in both the front and back gardens. Winding brick-edged flagstone encircles a large center lawn surrounded by trees and greenery. The back yard also has a central lawn as well as a flagstone terrace, fieldstone walls, and a pool designed to look like a naturally-occurring rivulet (Susan sketched a bend in the Pearl River as a model). A stone path connects the garden rooms, which include a “Renaissance Garden” named for its gargoyles, a jasmine-covered walk, a small shaded space with a sundial and fruit trees, and a paved sunken garden with a fountain. All stone and greenery removed during the renovation were recycled into the new space.





Linda and Gordon Kolb purchased their Uptown home in 2004, then renovated and enlarged the elegant 1850s Greek Revival cottage with renovation and restoration expert Michael Carbine. The final stage of the stunning renewal was the garden, designed by René Fransen. The idea behind the design, which includes an L-shaped lawn, a pool (by Reed Richardson), and a rose parterre (inspired by a picture in a garden book that Linda wanted to emulate), was that it should be in sync with the traditional quality and formality of the house. “We wanted it to be formal and I know bushes don’t grow round and square,” says Linda, who was keenly aware of the maintenance required. The garden also was designed with the Kolbs' grandchildren in mind. “We wanted a yard where our grandchildren could play,” adds Linda. The green space incorporates boxwood, camellia sasanqua, holly trees, crescent-shaped azaleas, roses and jasmine. Fransen and Linda visited an Alabama nursery to personally tag each of the hollies themselves. The garden is meticulously kept by Franklin Andara of Crescent City Horticultural Services. Rosarians Eddie and Sue Sanchez care for the roses, which bloom nearly year-round. “When we pull into our driveway, [the garden] is like a little oasis,” says Linda.





Janet and Leonard Tallerine’s classical European-style garden was a response to the classical nature of their Garden District home’s Regency architecture and interior design. “We brought the inside out so the garden reflects the interior,” says René Fransen, who designed it. “They wanted a very sophisticated, polished look.” To achieve the manicured vision, Fransen used red thermal flagstone, (which has a lavender hue), decorative urns, clipped boxwood hedges, shrubs trained into geometric shapes and forms, a fountain, two paved areas (one visible and accessible from the breakfast room, the other off the den), a lawn with clipped edges and a parterre next to Janet’s office. The structured formality of the garden is underscored by the use of patterns: the driveway has a continental pattern; the front walk and terrace are diamond patterned. Plantings include dwarf sasanqua, a variety of camellia japonica so that there is always something to bring inside, white sasanqua, dwarf roses, climbing roses and angel trumpet. Both Leonard, who loves “clipping, snipping and puttering in the garden on weekends,” and Janet, who never tires of its refreshing beauty, admire Fransen’s creation of a private sanctuary, which they describe as being “in perfect harmony with the home’s elegant architecture and interior aesthetic.”



Wow Factor Standout kitchens designs from traditional to modern photographed by jeffery johnston

Architects: Zangara + Partners Contractor: Demoran Custom Homes Cabinets: Custom cabinets by Conner Millworks Flooring: European White Oak from Elite Flooring Backsplash: Ceramic and marble from Floor & DÊcor Fixtures: Galley, kitchen and faucets by Hansgrohe from LCR: Armstrong’s Door Knobs: Davis Sales Appliances: Galley sink/Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator and ice maker/Miel steamer, oven, microwave, coffeemaker and cooktop all from Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc.

Contractor: El-amm & Associates, LLC Designer: Penny Francis/Casi St. Julian with Eclectic Home Cabinets: Eclipse by Shiloh, frameless full overlay doors and drawer fronts from Mattix Cabinets Flooring: Reclaimed Antique Heart Pine from Crescent Hardwood Supply Backsplash: Elongated iridescent glass hex from Eclectic Home Fixtures: Southland Plumbing Supply Doors: Riccas Architectural Sales Lighting: Eclectic Home and Dop Antiques Door Knobs: Riccas Architectural Salvage Quartz Top: Caesarstone from Tuscan Stone Imports Furniture: Eclectic Home Appliances: Barto Appliances neworleanshomes&


Contractor: Supreme Restoration and Dado Construction Designer: Callie Nelson Designs in collaboration with homeowner Cabinets: Shaker cabinets SW Extra White from Kitchen Depot Flooring: Liberty Lumber clear, 1-inch by 6-inch Arkansas pine Backsplash: New Ravenna, custom “Mist� mosaic from Stafford Tile & Stone, counters Tuscan Stone Imports Caesarstone quartz Statuario Maximus 3 cm and fabricator was Neauxla Imports Fixtures: Visual Comfort Darlana Medium Polished Nickel Pendants from Lume, LLC in kitchen, Worlds Away McKenzie Chandelier in silver from in dining area Lighting: Lume, LLC Door knobs: Emtek Contemporary Collection brushed stainless steel kitchen and appliance knobs from Furniture: Villa Vici Cameron adjustable barstools, 86-inch reclaimed lumber buttercup dining table from, dining chairs from Lumens Appliances: Kohler kitchen faucet and Elkay sinks, GE Monogram side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, Thermador wall oven, Thermador gas cook top, Thermador dish washer, Vent-A-Hood, Hoshizaki Ice Maker 72


Contractor: Tyson Construction Designer: Patricia Tyson with Tyson Construction Cabinets: Majestic Interior Specialties Flooring: Heart Pine from Majestic Interior Specialties Countertops: Carrara marble from King's Marble and Granite Island Countertop: Reclaimed Heart Pine from Southern Comfort Trim Carpentry Backsplash: Carrara marble from King's Marble and Granite Plumbing Fixtures: Delta fixtures, Kohler farm sink from LCR Light Fixtures: Ferguson Appliances: Range Ilve in Cobalt Blue from Comeaux Furniture & Appliance All others from GE appliances from Ideal Appliances Hood Vent: Custom built from Reclaimed Heart Pine by Southern Comfort Trim Carpentry Wood Ceiling and Shiplap Walls: Southern Comfort Trim Carpentry neworleanshomes&


Contractor: Chad Melancon with AllType Construction Designer: Maria Barcelona Interiors Cabinets: Custom cabinetry supplied by AllType Construction Flooring: Porcelain plank tiles from ProSource Backsplash: ProSource Countertops: Cambria from Whitney Jewel Collection Fixtures: Kohler from Ferguson Lighting: Elegant Lighting from Maria Barcelona Interiors Door Knobs: Emtek from Bristol Furniture: Vapor Barstools from CB2 Appliances: All Thermadore from Ferguson 74


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A New Coat Prep and plan with painting tips from the pros for the freshest, most long-lasting paint job Painting the inside or outside of your house with a fresh new color is a great way to put your personal stamp on your home. While it may look as simple as dipping a brush in paint and going to work, painting is like many other jobs, requiring preparation and a plan in order to get the best results. “People underestimate the painting process,” said Joe Helm, general manager and co-owner of Helm Paint and Decorating ( “It’s one of the easiest home projects to do, but there are steps you have to take for it to work out.” Helm said a common mistake New Orleanian homeowners make is painting over oilbased paint that has been in place for decades with a latex paint. As a result, the new coat of paint will not stick; rather, it will peel easily and make a mess. On a more general level, many homeowners fail to research what kind of paint should go on a specific surface. There are a few things you can do to make sure your paint will be long-lasting. Most importantly, the paint needs something to hold on to. You can physically abrade the surface by sanding it, which helps the paint grip to the wall. You can also use a coat of primer paint. Selecting the right primer paint depends on the job. It’s a good idea to research whether solvent-based primer paint or water-based primer paint would work best. Helm said another common error is people select a color they think will look good in their house, but don’t try out samples first. This can end up being a $120 to $150 mistake if a



person buys a couple of cans of paint in one color and then decides they don’t like it. It’s wise to spend a few dollars on samples to be sure and then do the painting. Another element Helm says aspiring painters should consider is lighting. Is there a lot of natural light in the room? Do incandescent bulbs provide the right kind of light? These are just some of the factors that can change how the color of paint can appear in a room. “You need to get your color in your home in your light in order to make a good judgment,” said Helm. On interior walls, Helm says it is not a good idea to use paints with flat finishes. as they’re not very durable. When people inevitably put hands or fingers on the wall, the paint will hold on to the oils and dirt and the wall will look grimy. It is better to use paints that are washable or wipeable, like those with an eggshell finish. “Eggshell finishes are much more functional in everyday life,” said Helm. Selecting a brush can also be an important step. The Ask Sherwin Williams website ( says natural-bristle brushes are best for applying oilbased paints, varnishes, shellac, and polyurethane. Because the tips of these brushes are prone to splitting, it holds more paint and creates a smoother paint release and finish. Blended nylon/polyester brushes are easy to clean and work well with all kinds of latex paints. These brushes are also durable and able to handle multiple projects. They can last for years if cared for properly. Polyester brushes are also good for latex paints. They hold shape and stiffness in any paint and apply paint smoothly and evenly. Like many things in life, doing your homework before you paint will go a long way towards finishing a successful project. It’s also important to know your limitations and not be afraid to admit you don’t know something. “When in doubt, ask,” said Helm. – By Fritz Esker


Geometry 101 Geometric patterns meet neutrals with a pop of color By Mirella Cameron

Twelve-light Eos chandelier featuring brushed brass and smoked glass rods in a Sputnik burst design. Eclectic Home,

White prism bar with detailed doors framed with pewter finished sides and base featuring a silvered interior with mirror shelf and two drawers. Eclectic Home,

Framed black and white giclee. Abode,

Teal upholstered sofa with side panels and light coral upholstered modern chairs with button tufted seat cushion. Eclectic Home, Diamond rug. Abode,





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$5 to $15

Digging in the Dirt Protect your hands from gardening hazards and skin damage As winter turns to spring, gardens and flowerbeds beckon gardeners, weekend warriors and urban farmers alike. Many home gardeners overlook basic protection when digging in and experts such as LSU AgCenter Extension Associate Chris Dunaway recommend investing in simple gardening gloves as an easy solution. “While gardening provides many healthful benefits, there are many hazards in the garden that may seem innocuous but can cause minor irritation all the way to serious health concerns,” he said. “It can be important to select the proper glove for your intended use; in fact it could save your life.” Dunaway notes several potential hazards lurking among the lilacs: “Mother Earth: Viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasitic worms can all potentially live in the soil and be transmitted to humans. Cuts, scrapes, and punctures: While painful enough on their own, bacteria and other foreign material can be introduced into the wound leading to infections and other complications. Biting and stinging bugs: There are many ‘unfriendlies’ including: fire ants, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bees, wasps, and caterpillars. Chemical exposure: There are numerous chemical products used in our gardens including insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Poisonous plants: Many plants in our gardens contain compounds that can cause rashes, hives, swelling and itching of the skin.” Gloves are also the best way to protect a recent manicure, prevent blisters, shield hands from damaging sunrays and eliminate the need to scrub hands with harsh soaps post-gardening. Let’s face it, gardeners take pride in their green thumbs, but don’t want their hands to literally reflect their penchant for digging in the dirt. Your glove needs will vary and there’s a bewildering number of choices. Here are our picks for three common backyard uses. . - By Ashley McLellan

+ Glove maintenance Wash canvas gloves between uses to reduce chronic exposure to pesticides and other contaminants. Wash your hands while still wearing chemical resistant gloves to make cleaning easier and to reduce exposure when removing them.



Canvas Cotton canvas gloves are the most common and some of the most affordable gardening glove solutions for all levels of activity. Versatile, lightweight and easy to wash, canvas gloves can be used for most everyday gardening activity. Protection level: Basic; canvas gloves offer protection from sun, some insects, and dirt, but will not provide sufficient protection from chemicals, biting or stinging insects or cuts and abrasions from sharp items.

$10 to $20

Chemical Resistant According to Dunaway, gardeners should always wear chemical resistant gloves when handling pesticides. “Chemical resistant gloves are recommended to be worn when mixing and applying pesticides. The degree of chemical resistance required depends primarily on the formulation of the product as well as the method of application.” For maximum protection, invest in “unlined, liquid-proof neoprene, butyl, or nitrile gloves.” Protection level: These materials provide good protection under most conditions, are durable, and are reasonably priced.

$10 to $40

Leather Leather gloves are like the Swiss Army knife of gardening gloves – they are handy in many garden situations. Leather options, including rose pruning gloves, are versatile, available in a wide range of sizes, styles and prices, provide protection from many garden hazards and, when properly cared for, last a long time. Protection level: Leather provides excellent protection when working with tools, such as shovels and shears, as well as protection from basic cuts and scratches, insect bites, and encounters with thorny roses or prickly vines.


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seasonal change Freshening Your Home Décor Since the hard freezes this winter, many of us are dealing with sagging, drooping, wilted and browned tropical plants. Outdoor spaces have gone from lush to nearly apocalyptic. Thank heavens for spring, when renewal is the name of the game, and color and life return to South Louisiana. While many of us have outdoor spaces we’re scrambling to spruce up, spring is the season for indoor home renewal as well. Freshening up décor on the indoors is just as important to restoring life in the home as freshening up your flowerbeds and lawns. This season, we’re asking local experts for their best tips on updating home décor and “springing” it to life. “We like to encourage our clients to freshen up their home because styles change over time,” says Kristine Flynn, owner and interior designer at Flynn Designs. “No matter how classic of a style one’s home may be, it is nice to update even just in decorative accessories. People are constantly updating their wardrobe to replace items. That is exactly what we do, just for your home.” Bringing the outdoors in is one way of looking at spring home renewal, and updating lighting is one way to accomplish a brighter



feel. Flynn warns, however, against misguided light bulbs. “With the addition of LED bulbs people often think the brighter the better,” says Flynn. “Anything over the brightness of 2700 will affect the color of the room.” Layered lighting comes recommended by Penny Francis, principal designer and owner of Eclectic Home. Francis’s love of lighting is evident with just a glance through her shop’s Oak Street windows — the store is full of lamps and fixtures. “By adding layers of light, the room’s environment and ambiance can change. Layer light is ceiling lighting, art lighting, table lamps, floor lamps and candle light,” she says. Another method Francis uses for making a room feel new is to rearrange your furnishings. “Perhaps take the sofa off of the wall and float it in the room, anchored by a pair of accent chairs,” she says. “Moving art around provides a different and new perspective.” Rearranging (or changing out) the pieces you already own is also an affordable way to update a room and may help you develop a new appreciation for items you forgot you had or are used to overlooking.

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Designer Maria Barcelona agrees. Floating furniture away from walls creates a more inviting, conversational atmosphere, she says. These furniture items often interact with area rugs, especially in homes with hardwood, tile or stone floors and Barcelona recommends ensuring your rug is the appropriate size for the room. “A good rule of thumb is that all furniture in a living room should at least have the front feet on the rug,” she says. “In a dining room, chairs should still be entirely on the rug when fully pulled out.” Rugs are the expertise of Sharon Schenck, who has 45 years of experience in the rug business on three different continents. Owner of NOLA Rugs, Schenck recently received a large shipment of brightly covered Kelims that she recommends utilizing to create a new vision for a room at a reasonable price. “Rugs are one of the best opportunities for expression in a room and are usually the largest area of color, giving you a chance to choose the colors you love,” she says. If you want something that can transcend the four seasons, Schenck recommends a classic oriental rug for its timeless nature. Katie Koch, owner of Katie Koch Home enjoys freshening up a home by showing some love to its walls. Fresh paint — whether a new color or a new coat — is a go-to option for Koch and other designers. Another option for the walls is wallpaper, which is making a big comeback with a variety of eye-pleasing designs. “Freshening up your home is good for your soul,” says Koch. “After all it’s the place you come home to in the evening and where you start your day. I love my small home office, as the upholstered walls, matching sofa, and window treatments make me smile ev-



ery time I open the door.” It’s important to love your space and incorporate your own sense of style. Principal Designer of Susan Currie Design, Susan Currie emphasizes an openness to change. Not only is keeping your home décor fresh good for maintaining the value of your home, it can also increase your appreciation for things you already own. “It’s doesn’t mean throwing away things you love,” she says. “It’s about showcasing your collections while freshening up with new décor. This is what keeps a home vibrant.” Another way of bringing the outdoors in is adding color with flowers, which add vibrancy to any room. If you collect unique accessories, Currie recommends picking up vintage containers that can be filled with flowers. For those who enjoy the hunt, picking up a new piece (or pieces) to improve a space can be a fun adventure. Whether your taste is contemporary, antique, mid-century or vintage, Renaissance Interiors is a one-stop shop for a wide array of home furnishings. With furniture, artwork, lamps and other unique items, the ever changing inventory acquired from both Europe and local consignment might spark an idea for a home update. “Our tastes change; trends change, and our own needs change as we go though life — frankly, a lot of people who are conscious of design in the home after a period of time just get bored and want something new like we would in our wardrobe,” says Larry Mann, owner of Renaissance Interiors. Whether the change in your aesthetic preference is from Louis VI to mid-century modern or a change in colors like beige and gold

to silver and bold, making the update should be satisfying and fun. Grace Kaynor, co-owner of Sotre, enjoys making changes by incorporating new fabrics. With furniture, everyday wear and tear may necessitate new upholstery. A change in bedding is also recommended. “Change out heavy velvets and silk satins to linens and cottons in fun prints,” says Kaynor. She also recommends taking off heavy duvets and replacing with silk inserts that wick away moisture. Bedding is also big for Beth Harris, founder of Relish New Orleans. Harris is obsessed with Bella Notte linens, which come in a variety of both standard and seasonal colors. “A lot of what we’ll do in spring is change out the linens — it’s a real simple way to make a bedroom look totally different,” says Harris. “I like to bring out a white linen duvet for my bedroom. White is cool and clean and really brings out a freshness.” A “lifestyle store,” Relish New Orleans offers a number of home goods in addition to gift items and clothing. While most of what Harris carries is imported from Europe, Harris is drawn to Cali-based Bella Notte for bedding and Moss Studio for upholstered furniture. Harris loves the sofas from Moss Studio, whose customizable slipcovers allow you more color options and seasonal flexibility. Slipcovers are a huge designer trick for renewing a room. New drapery and shades are another option for updates and can help dress or redress your windows while improving function as well. In spring and summer, they can also help block the heat.

Even sheers and solar shades can help tremendously without blocking your view, according to Blythe Wren, owner of Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design. Wren suggests updating your drapery or shades and says don’t be afraid of color. “Neutrals with a pop of color looks amazing,” she says. If you haven’t already, do protect your drapery, furniture, flooring and artwork from damaging UV rays by adding window shades. Don’t just experience spring through windows, though — updates to outdoor spaces are also advantageous this season. According to Sean Killeen, co-owner of Demoran Custom Homes, “The best way to update for spring is to add an outdoor feature for enjoying the great weather.” Killeen recommends pergolas, outdoor kitchens, gazebos, and water features as great additions for refreshing the outdoors. Whether indoors or outdoors, Killeen stresses that your home is your getaway from the world, and updating that space is important for relaxation with friends and family. Vikki Leftwich, interior designer and owner of Villa Vicci says, “When freshening up your home, trends can be fun; but lifestyle is the most important thing to consider.” Lifestyle and recent or upcoming changes should play a giant role in the refreshing of your home. “Kids, pets, empty nests — these things impact the way our homes need to function,” she says. “We can design any room to look fantastic — designing a fantastic room that suits our clients needs is what makes a successful project.” •




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last indulgence

Satsuma shindig Feast on this local citrus as its growing season comes to an end

The beginning of spring singnals the end of satsuma season. Satsuma lovers might argue that this is the only drawback of the season. There are still a few glorious weeks left, however, and there are myriad ways to indulge in this highly-flavored citrus before switching to the more typical spring fruits. Satsumas were introduced to the west by Japan and are commonly grown by Louisiana homeowners. Prized for being easy to peel, with few seeds and for easily separating into segments, it’s a wonder there isn’t one in every yard in New Orleans. The ample amount of juice produced by even one satsuma makes it a prime cocktail ingredient. Splash a few tablepoons in a glass of champagne, or use it in place of orange juice for your next round of



screwdrivers. Bayou Rum’s Satsuma Rum is an excellent addition to many cocktails if you don’t feel like juicing. Recipes for satsuma muffins abound and are a heavenly alternative to the more typical blueberry or banana styles. Whip up a quick satsuma marmalade and slather it on everything not nailed down. Of course, there is one other way to get your fix while the satsumas are still plentiful and that’s to simply peel and eat. Enjoying your satsumas while leaning over the sink and letting the juice run down your arm is encouraged and will get you into practice for homegrown tomato season, which is blessedly right around the corner. Whichever way you consume satsumas or their sweet, divine juice, get ‘em while you can and relish them until they come back around next year. – By Melanie Warner Spencer