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Renovation of the Year
In the Pink
An Uptown Victorian is given a new, artistic life
Stylist Margaret Zainey Roux imbues her familyâ€™s Uptown Victorian with a rosy outlook
6 to-die-for kitchens
CONTENTS 32 Editor’s Note Including the Editor’s Pick 18
Design Diary News and events 20
Style Singing the Blues: Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, is forever fresh and always in harmony 22
Get Organized Double Duty: Rethinking formal spaces 24
Artist Profile Scott Ewen 26
Bon Vivant Spring fling: Simple, fresh, local ingredients create the best treats of the season 28
Gatherings Green with Envy: Chef Alison Vega-Knoll shares her go-to garden party dish that keeps guests craving more 30
For the Garden Cooking Out: New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens’ Kitchen in the Garden flourishes with culinary classes and events 32
Home Grown Ultra Violets: Violets are easy to grow, maintain and gift 34
Masters of Their Craft Miles of Tiles: Mark and Ann-Marie Derby celebrate 20 years of Derby Pottery & Tile on Magazine Street and prepare for the next 20 36
TrendWatch Pet Friendly: Playful décor to honor your favorite furry friends By andy myer photographed by eugenia uhl 38 ON THE COVER
Set in Stone: Selecting attractive, durable, easy-to-maintain finishes 76
A Clean Sweep: It may be one of the simplest of tools for tidying up, but the humble broom is an essential part of a cleaning inventory. We’ve picked several well-made options that are big on both style and substance. 88
Spring Redux: Defining and redefining your home décor 90
Inspiration Board Color Match: Bold hues that complement and enhance Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue 86
Last Indulgence Sweet Dreams: Luxury bedding is the hallmark of a good night’s sleep 96
The owners of this Victorian in Uptown were ready to downsize when they found their dreamhouse. Along with Albert Architecture, they’ve put their creative stamp on this stunning Renovation of the Year. (p. 54) PHOTO BY SARA ESSEX BRADLEY
HOME STYLE FOR MANY YEARS, A BIG PART OF MY JOB WAS PHOTO STYLING. I’d work with the photographers at whatever publication I was writing or editing for at the time and, whether it was on location or in the studio, I would make sure the products, models, rooms or whatever else we were shooting were looking their best. At times, the work would involve using goods as props, turning and tweaking them to perfection; a simple adjustment on a garment; or gathering and arranging flowers, fluffing pillows and rearranging furniture. The stylist also scouts products, clothing and props and then arranges for pickup and dropoff. It’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that most people aren’t aware of, but makes all of the difference in the final photo. I don’t get to do as much styling these days, but the time I spent immersed in the work has given me a deep appreciation for those who do it well. We are fortunate to have several wonderful stylists who scout and primp homes for us. Their work is invaluable, and we appreciate them more than we can possibly express. Which is why, when stylist Margaret Zainey Roux, who produces “Style” and “Gatherings” for us, mentioned her recent home renovation, we jumped at the chance to peek behind the curtain. On page 50, Roux shares her fabulously redecorated interiors and some of her top tips. Also in this issue is our spectactular Renovation of the Year. We are sure this home, reimagined by Albert Architecture, will knock your socks off like it did ours. As always, we have the aforementioned “Style” section with a selection of goods saturated in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, and “Trendwatch” features fun and fabulous goods for your furry friends. If you can’t glean inspiration from this issue, it’s a hopeless case but, we have faith that you will go forth and beautify with confidence after giving it a read. Cheers!
EDITOR’S PICKS Mark your calendar for Coverings 2020 on April 20-23. If you aren’t familiar, Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America. It has been 20 years since the conference was held in New Orleans, so expect a big splash. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles is a media sponsor and we’re conducting both a design panel on April 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (additional details in “Home Renewal” on page 76) and a cocktail hour during the conference (date and time TBA), so be sure to get your tickets and visit us at the event. coverings.com
CELEBRATING Speaking of fine finishes, Stafford Tile & Stone is celebrating 20 years. Owner Peggy Stafford says the company was born at a Coverings conference two decades ago. Stafford has since grown her Magazine Street shop to include a location in Baton Rouge. The company is kicking off its 20th year in style with a recent renovation of the New Orleans location. staffordtile.com
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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Tasty Tome Beloved local chef Justin Devillier — of La Petite Grocery and Justine — has launched his first cookbook with Jamie Feldmar, dubbed “The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine.” It includes a collection of 120 recipes, plus gorgeous full-color photography by Denny Culbert (a frequent contributor to magazines owned by Renaissance Publishing). Devillier, who won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in 2016, shares everything from how to make a proper roux to some favorite time-honored recipes (think duck and andouille gumbo; shrimp and okra fritters; savory bread pudding; and even La Petite Grocery’s soughtafter blue crab beignets).
First opened as a multi-vendor art and antiques pop-up market in January 2019, Magazine Merchant House has now expanded from operating one or two Saturdays per month to establishing regular business hours. Over time, local entrepreneurs, artists and creatives have established an official co-op with approximately 10 merchants offering art, antiques, vintage furniture, clothing, textiles and exotic house plants. Upstairs, the Second Story lounge focuses on jewelry, accessories and shoes for both men and women. 1150 Magazine St., 233-2240, facebook.com/ MagazineMerchantHouse
New Orleans-based Doorman Designs — a furniture brand known for its handcrafted woodwork — has launched a new e-commerce site. Founder Alex Geriner also has been busy moving into a new workshop, where he offers tours and a behind-the-scenes look at his craft. With a focus on sustainability and preservation, Doorman only uses materials from the Gulf South, with each piece telling a unique story. The new line for 2020 includes modern pieces for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and offices. 1400 Brooklyn Ave., 408-1616, doormandesigns.com — COMPILED BY MISTY MILIOTO
HIGH STYLE MUSEUM QUALITY
GRAND GALLERIES M.S. Rau, a 112-year-old antiques business in the French Quarter, has long been the go-to for rare and unique home goods, fine art and jewelry. Now, after a three-year, multimillion-dollar project, the museum and antiques store has unveiled a newly renovated space. Architects Jonathan Tate and Rob Baddour of The Office of Jonathan Tate in New Orleans, and designer Scott Truitt of Boise, Idaho-based Truitt Brand Design, connected the existing space with two historic landmark buildings. The gallery now encompasses 40,000 square feet over three floors and four open courtyards. 630 Royal St., 888-711-8084, rauantiques.com
Kathy Fielder Design | Life | Style — originally begun in Dallas — expanded to New Orleans with a new boutique on Magazine Street. Fielder, whose career started with interiors and luxury bedding, has branched out to clothing, accessories and lifestyle items. Find everything here from candles to glass and dinnerware. 3649 Magazine St., 459-2329, kathyfielderboutique.com
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN BY JUSTIN DEVILLIER, COPYRIGHT (C) 2019. PUBLISHED BY LORENA JONES BOOKS, A DIVISION OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, LLC. PHOTOGRAPHS COPYRIGHT © DENNY CULBERT
SINGING THE BLUES
Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, is forever fresh and always in harmony PRODUCED BY MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX
1. Framed blue agate with double white mat, Haven Custom Furnishings, 300 Jefferson Hwy., 304-2144
2. Handmade silk velvet lumbar pillow backed in silk cotton ikat, Elysian by Em, 236-6096
3. Le Jacquard Francais “Fleur de Kyoto” cotton napkins, Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475
4. Silk ikat pleated lampshade handmade in Istanbul , Elysian by Em, 236-6096
5. Hand-blown martini glasses and champagne flutes by RidgeWalker, Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018
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TRAIPSE THROUGH THE HEYDAY OF FORMAL DINING ROOMS The colorful book, “The Victorian Dining Room” by Brian D. Coleman, looks at a time when more was so much more. It’s a visual journey through the 19th-century dining room, capturing formal dining rooms at their height of popularity with more than 200 photographs. From silver asparagus tongs to silver spoon-warmers in the shape of a shell, these whimsical and beautiful objects continue to astound even the minimalists among us.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Double Duty Rethinking formal spaces It’s Easter, and the heirloom lace tablecloth drapes a table set with cherished china, polished sterling and sparkling crystal. Once again, your formal dining room takes center stage, making priceless family memories. But if this square footage is only used a few times of year, is it really the best use of space? Many homeowners are rethinking that formal space and finding ways for it to perform double duty. — BY PAM MARQUIS
Consider turning the dining space into an inviting library, combining form with function and style with space-saving solutions. Adding bookshelves can create a functional and dynamic backdrop to any dining room. Try shelving reminiscent of an old French library, or opt for custom wallto-wall units. Add a comfortable chair and a reading lamp to a corner and take time to catch up on your reading list.
STORE TABLEWARE AND KNOWLEDGE The dining room can also be a great space for homework. The formality of the room helps young students stay focused. Add a functional 2-inch hutch/sideboard that stores fine china, notebooks and laptop computers. A simple versatile serving cart can provide extra storage and can easily be tucked in the corner. Use it for entertaining or as a stand for a young genius’s science project.
EASY MAINTENANCE We can’t fault a sophisticated, classic dining room. If it’s not being used, why not use it? Add a kid-friendly bench with washable cushions or use easy-to-clean slipcovers on chairs. Try an indoor/outdoor rug beneath the table. They dry quickly, resist fading and clean easily. Next, institute regular Sunday night dinners or Saturday brunches giving you more chances to make even more memories.
SCOTT EWEN SCOTT EWEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN SURROUNDED BY ART AND
artists. His uncle is sculptor Bill Binnings; his mother, writer and poet Pamela Binnings Ewen; his grandfather, a successful business owner in the shipping industry, always encouraged an appreciation of the arts. Ewen himself studied film and photography at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and in his 20s and 30s, played music professionally. When the first of his two children was born in 2000, he gave up touring and took up painting as a more family-friendly path for his talents. “I picked up painting because it was something I could do at home while taking care of my son,” he says. For a time, Ewen’s work was almost exclusively figural. But he eventually began exploring a more surreal, poetic style that he describes as stream of consciousness. “I realized I never was all that committed to figurative work,” says Ewen, who grew up in St. Tammany and Houston and later lived in Boston, San Francisco and Austin before returning to his Louisiana roots. “I started to gravitate toward work that is more of a metaphor for life.” His atmospheric landscapes of wild unspoiled areas like Honey Island Swamp and Pearl River, places he’s loved since childhood, look at what he calls “the spaces in between things.”
“I try to find the beauty in the mundane,” he says. He is also drawn to the majesty and symbolism of equestrian subject matter. Though thrown from a horse and injured as a child, he began photographing and painting horses when his daughter took up riding lessons and art buyers immediately responded to the imposing images. “Horses represent time for me,” he says. “I often render them running. It’s a metaphor for life, always moving forward, big, powerful, unstoppable, free.” Ewen’s training is obvious in the way he depicts equine anatomy and volume and many of the pieces are life-size. But their impact also comes from the inspirational, optimistic messages they convey. The artist, who is currently working on a series inspired by the balletic pageantry of the dancing horses of Andalusia, Spain, sometimes weaves words and phrases into his paintings. “It’s like poetry within the paintings,” he says. “I’m getting back to storytelling and narrative painting.” Ewen’s works are included privately and publicly displayed collections, including University Medical Center in New Orleans and The Southern Hotel in Covington. Other works can be seen at the Madisonville Library and the Women’s Pavilion at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. The artist is represented by Saladino Gallery in Covington. — BY LEE CUTRONE
THOM BENNETT PORTRAIT
BERRY JAM 1 cup fresh berries ¼ cup raw sugar 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Combine berries and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Mash and stir for about 2 minutes, or until mixture bubbles. Add sugar, stir and cook for about 1 minute. Add lemon juice, stir and boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a heat-safe jar, bowl or other container. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
SPRING FLING Simple, fresh, local ingredients create the best treats of the season
SPRINGTIME IS HIGH TIME FOR
seasonal veggies and, my favorite, fruits. Thankfully, New Orleans is home to several farmers markets throughout the week, local and national grocery stores committed to carrying fresh, local food and services which bring the goods to your doorstep. Since Hurricane Katrina, multiple programs, such as the Fresh Food Retailers Initiative, The ReFresh Project, Grow Dat Youth Farm, as well as Tulane University’s Prevention Research Center and its Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, have launched and banded together to bring fresh food to
underserved areas and to educate residents about healthy nutrition. Point being, it’s easier than ever to eat fresh, healthy and local in the Big Easy. If you find it impossible to keep the list of what produce is in season straight, there’s an app for that. Consult the Seasonal Food Guide app when making your grocery list or if you like to cook when travelling. Another challenge is consuming fresh goodies before they go bad. There are only two of us at my house, and while I frequently consume a shocking number of, for instance , berries in one sitting — even I have limits. Recently, I found myself in possession of a couple of pounds of strawberries. After eating
them straight, in my oatmeal, blended into a smoothie and muddled into lemon juice and sugar for a homemade vodka cocktail, it was time to pull out the Mason jars. Canning is a bit of a process, so I whipped up quick jam. The beauty of quick jam is it doesn’t involve sanitizing the jars or dealing with pectin. This also means it will only last about two weeks. Long story long, enjoy my recipe for a delicious little batch of quick jam. It’s like spring in a jar. (Editor’s note: A version of this article originally published on myneworleans.com.) – BY MELANIE WARNER SPENCER
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Green with Envy Chef Alison Vega-Knoll shares her go-to garden party dish that keeps guests craving more PRODUCED BY MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX
SEAFOOD SALAD WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING Seafood Salad 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
Green Salad and Green Goddess Dressing 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/8 cup crab boil seasoning
2 bunches green onion, chopped
¼ cup salt
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
4 lemons, squeezed
½ teaspoon diced fresh jalapeño
2 bay leaves 1/8 cup Creole spices
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ gallon water
½ cup sour cream
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, cleaned
¼ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
1. Combine crab boil, salt, lemons, bay leaves, Creole spices and water in a large pot. Bring to a rapid boil and drop in shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes. Strain and let shrimp cool on sheet pan in cooler.
½ cup blended oil 3 heads, washed and torn Bibb lettuce 1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If the dressing is bitter because of under-ripe avocados add a pinch of sugar to balance flavors. Toss three heads of washed and torn Bibb lettuce with ½ cup Green Goddess dressing and place in serving bowl. 2. Toss boiled shrimp and crabmeat with 1 cup Green Goddess dressing and arrange seafood mixture over lettuce. Garnish with French- fried onion straws. Serves 6
About the Chef Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Alison Vega-Knoll spent her childhood in the kitchen learning the art of French and Creole cooking from her grandmother. Prior to opening Vegas Tapas Café in 1996, she gained experience in local kitchens and under the tutelage of Chefs Daniel Bonnot and Susan Spicer. Most recently, Vega-Knoll and her husband Drew Knoll opened Station 6, which has received acclaim and awards, including New Orleans Magazine’s Seafood Restaurant of the Year in 2017. NEWORLEANSHOMES&LIFESTYLES.COM
FOR THE GARDEN
If you have the space, add a wood-burning stove to your backyard. And be sure to include a large counter for people to gather around.
COOKING OUT New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens’ Kitchen in the Garden flourishes with culinary classes and events
“EVERYONE’S LIFE IS SO HECTIC, AND THERE ARE SO FEW PLACES
you can relax,” says Paul Soniat, Director of the New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens. “Our new Kitchen the Garden is a great place to come and just chill out.” Last October, New Orleans Botanical Garden opened its Kitchen in the Garden. It’s located within the Plano Demonstration Garden, which displays seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. The kitchen is used for classes, culinary demonstrations and special events, which highlight garden produce and feature visiting chefs and instructors. It can also be used for televised cooking segments. “The programming focuses on nutrition and healthy living and often uses the vegetables, herbs and flowers grown in our gardens,” says Soniat.
The Kitchen in the Garden was designed by Baton Rouge-based CARBO Landscape Architecture. It features concrete flooring, industrial-grade appliances, a pizza oven, protective covering and a wood-burning stove. “We’ve known so many of our local chefs didn’t have access to a wood-burning stove, and, so far, they’ve been excited about the possibility of using ours,” Soniat says. The park sponsors many and varied events there but people can also rent the space, in conjunction with Garden Study Center, for private events. According to Soniat, the space can accommodate 64 people for a sit-down dinner or 150 people standing. “Our goal for the project was to create a unique space in the Botanical Garden that allowed for the culinary culture of New Orleans to explore and demonstrate farm-to-table concepts,” says Zach Broussard, project manager with CARBO. So far, the community seems to be embracing the space. It’s been used for dinners, brunches, seminars and classes. “We’re pleased,” says Soniat. “Everybody seems to love it.” – BY PAMELA MARQUIS
UPCOMING KITCHEN IN THE GARDEN EVENTS Morgan Angelle of Bellegarde Bakary Angelle will offer a hands-on demonstration of a few of Bellegarde Bakery’s most popular breads and explain how to maintain and work with a sourdough starter. March 18 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm $40 Arrangements from the Southern Landscape Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier Antiques-Florals-Gifts will demonstrate how to use plant material and flowers from your garden to create beautiful arrangements. Participants will be cutting flowers and foliage from the Botanical Garden and also supplementing with flowers from the florist. April 7 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm $60 Wine Tasting with Joe Briand from Bacchanal Wines Briand is bringing his knowledge of wine to the Kitchen in the Garden, and he’s picking some favorite wines to sample. Learn about their tasting notes and taste several wines paired with nibbles to highlight their flavors. April 14 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm $40
Does your business or organization have an upcoming public gardening event? Email Pamela Marquis at pam5e8@ gmail.com.
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Ultra Violets Violets are easy to grow, maintain and gift BY PAMELA MARQUIS
1 WINDOW DRESSING Travers C. Koerner, Priest Associate with Christ Church Cathedral and violet enthusiast, says, “I’ve been very successful with them in a windowsill where they get a couple of hours of full early morning sun.”
2 HUMIDITY RULES Because they love humidity, consider placing pots on a tray of pebbles and add lukewarm water to the tray as needed. And if your bathroom has a good light, your violets will thrive in that location.
3 POT LUCK In their native Tanzania, violets are found growing in crevices of moss in limestone cliffs, so calcium is a must. African violets require a good-quality, well-draining soil. Keep them in pots that are one-third the diameter of the plant and usually not more than two or three inches deep. Violets bloom when their roots become crowded.
4 GREAT FOR GIFTING African violets make delightful impromptu gifts. To propagate, simply cut a leaf from the “mother plant” and stick it into sterile soil. If you keep it watered, you should have a baby African violet plant within six weeks to give to a friend.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
MILES OF TILES Mark and Ann-Marie Derby celebrate 20 years of Derby Pottery & Tile on Magazine Street and prepare for the next 20
YEARS AGO, A YOUNG COUPLE OF URBAN POTTERS BEGAN
quietly building a joyous life and a thriving business on Magazine Street. This year, Mark and Ann-Marie Derby will be celebrating 20 years of business as the owners of Derby Pottery & Tile. “It was a risk,” says Ann-Marie. “There wasn’t a master business plan; we didn’t even carry business cards. But thankfully, our business grew organically, doing what we loved to do.” Mark Derby is an artisan tile maker and master potter. For many years, he successfully created gallery-quality art. Ann-Marie apprenticed with Mark and is now also a skilled potter. The Derbys apply the same high-quality, handmade standards that Mark used in the fine art world to create functional art, such as mugs, vases and trays. But the couple’s bread and butter is their reproductions of the iconic blue and white letter tiles found on Crescent City street corners. “One day in 2002, Ralph Brennan came into the store,” says Mark. “He was creating a restaurant in downtown Disney and wanted a version of the tiles. So, we started making them specifically for him.” But Mark wanted to take it further and be truer to the original encaustic tiles, which means the pattern on the surface is not a product of a glaze but of different colors of clay. The pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design remains as the tile is worn down.
On hands and knees, Mark diligently traced every number, then carved the drawings into a clay mold. Perhaps 50,000 or more handmade tiles later, the couple is still making street tiles for big construction projects, humble homes and local businesses. “Mark had previously done some custom tiles for the post-Katrina renovation of our Mid-City home,” says Jennifer Weishaupt, CEO of the Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group. “We loved the idea of bringing this piece of New Orleans street art to our restaurants. We just installed a set of Derby’s tiles at our 15th restaurant, Ruby Sunshine in Chattanooga.” Most of the work done at Derby Pottery & Tile is created on-site — from the plaster molds to the proprietary glaze that coats the tiles. As well as every step of the process — the mixing, application and firing is done by hand. Moving forward into their next 20 years, Ann-Marie and an assistant have recently taken over the production of the street tiles so Mark can develop new products and create more gallery-type work. And the couple is doing more to promote the store locally. They’ve even begun carrying business cards. “Tourists have known about us for years. Now we want designers and architects to know we have artisan tiles that can be used as accents to a backsplash, fireplace or shower. And that they’re beautiful.” – BY PAMELA MARQUIS
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Pet Friendly Playful décor to honor your favorite furry friends BY ANDY MYER PHOTOGRAPHED BY EUGENIA UHL
Vibrant, mix and match melamine serve ware and whimsical hedgehog bar towels, available in a large range of sizes and styles at Hazelnut, hazelnutneworleans. com; “Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There” by Nicole England, available at White’s Mercantile, whitesmercantile.com; customizable trivet featuring the pet of your choice, available at Queork, queork.com.
Framed Napoleon dog print, available at Perch, perch-home.com; Himalayan wool cat cave, feather mice and Capri Collection dog and cat bowls made of resin composite in a woven rattan style, available at Petcetera, petceteranola. com; La Croix chew toy and rainbow bow tie available at Phina, phinashop.com.
Yellow and white stripe and colorful oriental print dog beds (available in a range of fabric choices and styles) through Perch, perchhome.com; adjustable Found My Animal ombre rope leash with brass accessories, available through Whiteâ€™s Mercantile, whitesmercantile.com.
SCHNEIDER CONSTRUCTION & RESTORATION, INC. Larry Schneider, President
5301 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 schneiderconstruct.com 504.371.5658
What sets you apart from your competition? Building or renovating a home can be stressful. A lifesucking event! Our processes are designed to put our customer’s experience first. Using quality materials and sound construction techniques are table stakes for contractors who want to stay in business. An overlooked consideration is what is it going to be like for the homeowner during the construction process. All construction projects have challenges but our clients enjoy the process because we work to make the experience pleasant and fun. Creating your dream home should be fun and pain free.
What types of projects are the most fun? Over time I have identified four criteria that contribute to fun and successful projects. 1. A winning construction team - that’s us! 2. Tasteful and detailed design. 3. Reasonable Clients. 4. The right budget. These projects are always slam dunk winners. We jump at the opportunity to work on projects that meet these conditions.
Where do you find inspiration? I take a goal oriented and disciplined approach to life. I have developed a routine over the last couple of years of meditating every morning when I wake up. I find that my meditation practice brings clarity to my approach to work and life and provides a calmness needed during stressful situations. I keep my goals on paper and in front of me and review them each day. Doing this helps me to stay focused on the kind of incremental improvement my clients value.
What do you enjoy most about the job? I love to “wow” people. I was the Tulane Baseball team captain in college and when I was able to contribute to something positive on the field, I loved the response from the fans. I get the same charge when my clients are thrilled with the work we do.
RENOVATION OF THE YEAR by Lee Cutrone
photography by Sara Essex Bradley
Facing page: The living roomâ€™s furniture, from the couplesâ€™ previous home, was a perfect fit for the space. Judy chose a subtle pink for the ceiling (and for the ceilings in the dining room and foyer) to highlight the white of the medallion and the moldings. The mantel, from The Bank, was retrofitted for the fireplace. The chandelier is from Kevin Stone Antiques.
Beneath detracting layers of previous renovations, Judy and Bob Hendel found a house with good bones for a remodel of their own
W hen empty nesters Judy and Bob Hendel relocated to New Orleans from Miami so Bob could head up Tulane University’s Heart & Vascular Institute, they originally thought they wanted to downsize to a smaller home. But after touring a huge Victorian Uptown, the Hendels put aside any notions of compact living. Both Judy and Bob were taken with the beautiful architectural details of the house, and the property conveniently included a carriage house where they could live while renovating. “The original bones were good from the get-go,” says Judy. “When I walked in the door and saw the medallions, I had never seen anything like them. They were sculpture. I was sold.” Other amenities that enticed the Hendels were the sizeable pool area, where they could build an outdoor kitchen like the one they enjoyed in Miami, and the house’s legacy of artist owners. It was originally owned by well-known artist and Tulane professor William Woodward and later by artist and Tulane professor Pat Trivigno and his wife, Eva, also an artist. It was Trivigno’s studio that drew Judy, herself a painter of vibrantly colored large-scale florals and underwater scenes, to view the listing in the first place.
Facing page: The kitchen’s cabinetry by hides appliances as well as a pantry that includes a desk area. The island is topped with Quartzite. Bottom: Judy had the dining room table made with bargeboard taken out of the house during the renovation. Table made by Chip Martinson of Monkey Wid-A-Fez. The chandelier of vintage Venetian glass is by Louise Gaskill.
Top: Judy spray painted the foyer’s existing chandelier the same color as the walls. “The monochromatic look updates the space and accentuates the glorious staircase,” says Judy. The painting above the stairs is by Judy. Facing page: The wine room combines a masculine palette of navy blue and brown. The tufted leather chair, a favorite of Bob’s, is from Restoration Hardware. Light fixture, from Arhaus. The painting above the mantel is by Judy.
Facing page: Top, left: The house was originally built by well-known artist, architect, educator and preservationist William Woodward. Top, right: Reclaimed bricks were used for the steps outside the combined kitchen and family room. Judy continued the same “Nantucket blue” accent color used inside for visual continuity. The first floor was extended four feet and is now flush with the balcony level. Bottom, left:The Hendels transformed an unfinished storage space attached to the guesthouse into an outdoor kitchen modeled on the one they had in Miami. Bottom, right: An addition made during the 1960s was gutted and redesigned with French doors for views of the outdoors. The Tufenkian rug and sunny yellow and white Ikat chair were brought from the owners’ previous home in Miami. The kitchen island is stained slate gray (exposing the wood grain) to suit both the pale gray cabinets and dark brown floors. Pendant fixtures with gunmetal shades, from Pemba Electric.
At the same time, the house was in dire need of TLC. Of the five existing bathrooms, none was fully functional. Working with Leslie Raymond of Albert Architecture, the Hendels had their contractors peel away dated layers from renovations that had taken place over the years — pickled oak flooring and paneling, aluminum replacement windows, and faux brick laminate floors to name a few — and saved and restored as many original features as possible, including plaster walls and medallions, heart pine floors and elaborate moldings. “Our plan for the house was to bring it into this century while restoring its antiquity,” says Judy. “Though many renovations are successful due to the contrast and juxtaposition, we wanted a subtle transition from old to new.” The project called for updating the house with new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, a new master suite and new bathrooms. It also meant gutting and redesigning an addition made during the 1960s to include outdoor views and a chef’s kitchen with immediate access to an outdoor
kitchen newly carved out of the existing carriage house. The couple grills outside most evenings. “Leslie was really good about carrying over the feel of the front of the house, but the kitchen and living space in the back is a little more contemporary and meets our needs of today,” says Judy. By bumping out the exterior wall, removing drop-down ceilings and dated fixtures, and emphasizing outdoor views, the redesign accommodated the couple’s desire for open concept living and helped the space feel more appropriately in scale with the house. Raymond’s use of a large cased opening between the kitchen and family room also makes the addition feel consistent with the rest of the house. “Leslie was right,” says Judy. “The two rooms present as one, but they don’t look like we created a new space. The cased opening showcases the kitchen, like a beautiful frame and helps to define the space. It anchors the kitchen so it’s not floating in the room.” Judy was trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and decorated all 5,000 square feet of the house, using showrooms and resources in New
Judy transitioned from Sherwin Williams’ Agreeable Grey downstaires to a neutral beige upstairs in the master bedroom, which also has a grape-colored wall for interest. Facing page: Top, right and bottom, left: A doorway was eliminated in the guest room to create a full wall for a bed. The ensuite bath, added during the 1920s was gutted and remodeled as well. Bottom, right: The floor tiles and textured tiles on the shower wall of the master bath are both porcelain. The vanity is topped with aqua Quartzite from Triton Stone.
Orleans, Miami, Denver and Chicago and an organized “gigantic” file kept in a notebook that her sister sent her for the remodel. “Judy is an artist, so she took the lead on the interiors,” says Raymond. “We worked together on the general style we were trying to achieve, but she has a great design sense and knows what she wants, so it was an easy collaboration.” “I was not afraid to just hoof it,” says Judy. “I went to every store around for a two-year stretch.” Many of the Hendels’ design choices were custom. After stockpiling bargeboard removed during the renovation, Judy had the wood used to make a trestle table for the dining room and an accent wall in her studio. She spent hours researching salvaged materials at Ricca’s and The Bank. She did hands-on jobs, including repairing tilework on several fireplaces, spray-painting light fixtures in the foyer and wine room, and repurposing narrow windows as closet doors. But most importantly, she made sure that the renovation was designed in sync with how the couple lives. “I’m from Miami; I love the water and I’m big on views,” says Judy. “I didn’t want to see a house next door; I wanted to be able to look out and have the sunlight come in. I wanted a lot of windows.”
“They love to swim and the outdoor space was one of the main attractions for them,” says Raymond. “We did try to design the renovated spaces to have extensive views of the side yard, and the connection of the kitchen to the outdoor kitchen was very important to them, down to the way the door would swing when Bob was walking in with dinner from the grill.” Judy has an extensive collection of silver and china, so incorporating a large pantry into the kitchen design was important. Because the couple are wine enthusiasts, a first-floor parlor was turned into a wine room. There is also, of course, a studio where Judy can paint. “I loved the whole process and would do it all again,” says Judy. “And my husband takes a lot of pride in this house. Even when he wasn’t sure where I was headed with something, I’d usually get to win the battle, and he’s happy with the results.” After all, the couple says they fell in love with more than a house. They fell in love with a city, its friendly residents and its love of impromptu gatherings. “One of the things we love about New Orleans is that we know our neighbors,” says Judy. “It’s easy to entertain in this town. It doesn’t take much.”
I’m not a designer or decorator — I’m a stylist.
THE Stylist Margaret Zainey Roux imbues her familyâ€™s Uptown Victorian with a rosy outlook By Lee Cutrone Photography by Sara Essex Bradley
ooking back, Margaret Zainey Roux recalls that her love of old houses and interior design began early. “Growing up in the early ‘80s everybody wanted the Barbie Dream House, but I wanted an old school Victorian dollhouse,” says the native New Orleanian. “Even as a child, I was more intrigued with that type of environment. My mom said I used to ask if I could paint the walls inside the dollhouse.” The interest of her formative years led to a career as a writer and stylist for a list of local and national design and shelter magazines that currently includes Traditional Home, Flower, Southern
Home, and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. It also led Margaret, her husband, Tre’ (an attorney) and their two young sons, ages 11 and eight, to a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian with timeless architecture and exquisite details that she is still discovering. The Rouxs were at a crossroads with their previous house when their current abode, located on the same street just five blocks away, went up for sale. They knew they either had to renovate or move and were determined to stay in the same neighborhood next to Audubon Park. Having been updated by previous owners, the Queen Anne was in excellent condition, and though it meant redoing the kitchen, adding a mudroom and re-landscaping to achieve their final ideal, it checked a laundry list of boxes, including lots of natural light and a floorplan that flows well for family and entertaining.
The house, which features a double gallery, wraparound porches and a turret, was built in 1903 by Joseph Dreuil, who hired the reknowned architecture firm of Soulé and MacDonnell to design/construct the residence in the classic Queen Anne Victorian style. In addition to being a good fit for the family (there is a large front yard, where the two boys often play football or soccer), the house spoke to both Margaret’s traditional aesthetic and her husband’s love of history. “I’m a writer so, naturally, I’m drawn to pieces that tell a story,” says Margaret. “I paid respect to the home’s rich architectural roots by bringing in crusty antiques and décor drenched in patina. Anything too new, too minimal or too sleek just wouldn’t feel at home in this house, but anything too ornate would feel staid and stuffy.” As she did in the Rouxs’ previous home, Margaret interjected her sense of style into every room by striking a balance between lightheartedness and formality, juxtaposing old and new, high and low, serious and playful whenever the spirit moved her. She also enlisted youthful appointments that reflect her family’s modern lifestyle and her passion for pink. “For better or for worse, I brought it with me,” she says of the rosy color scheme, which is comfortable enough for the male majority and casual enough for daily life. “I chose saturated hues like coral and melon to make a bold statement and threw in some black and gilded accents to invoke a little edge. Together, the look is fresh, fun and not overly feminine. It captures who we are as a family.” Her eye for detail, honed over her years as a photo stylist fussing over the fold of a bed skirt or the drape of a curtain, is played out in the way a delicate antique desk is modernized with a Lucite and sheepskin chair, the pairing of pink armchairs and a zebra rug, the mixing of a carved Swedish console and a quintet of Native American vases with a similar marbleized look. “The nuts and bolts are traditional,” she says, “but I give myself the liberty to throw in something unusual if it makes me smile.” Among the things she’s come across unexpectedly over the years and used in this house are a collection of Mayan, Incan and Eastern Indian ceremonial vestments that her husband had stored after they’d been given to him by his father, and a pair of vintage French sconces she picked up at an estate sale and tucked away until she found a place for them. A sofa from her parents’ first house has found a forever home in her living room. Once chintz with exposed legs, it is now reupholstered in cotton-velvet with a skirt. The spacious foyer, high ceilings and grand carvings of the house also called for the addition of some new, more copiously-sized pieces. In the sunroom, which had to be furnished almost from scratch, Margaret chose roomy, sink-in seating. Inspired by the views of the ginger, holly and sweet olives that can be seen through the room’s 7-foot windows and 9-foot French doors, the color green is the focus. She designed new window treatments for every room in the house and changed all of the lighting as well. The selection of art in the house includes works by one
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TIPS FOR STYLING As a writer and stylist, Margaret has completed projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and, most recently, New York for both local and national magazines including Traditional Home, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Flower, and Southern Home, among others. “I’m not a designer or decorator — I’m a stylist,” she says. “They create spaces, whereas I create ‘snapshots’ — those pretty little moments on a coffee table, book shelf or mantel that might not make an overwhelming first impression when you enter a room, but will hopefully leave you with a lasting impression once you’ve sat down and absorbed the details.” The following are her top three styling essentials: Books. They’re not just for reading! Beyond the obvious information and inspiration they provide, they’re invaluable assets when it comes to bringing color to a bookshelf or height to a table. When browsing (either in a shop or in your own personal library), look for those books with eye-catching spines for a vertical display or for elegant cover art if they’ll be stacked jacket-up. Boxes. Whether it’s rustic, lacquered or painted, a decorative box is perhaps the prettiest and most practical of all home accessories. Aside from its aesthetic function, it can work double duty to corral remote controls on a coffee table, tech chargers on a desk and corks and coasters on a bar. Take off the lid and it becomes an unexpected alternative to a traditional planter or vase.
of Margaret’s oldest friends, Alexis Walter, as well as new friends like Tony Mose and Evelyne Clinton. But, as layered, lovely and rose-colored as the house is thanks to Margaret’s talents, she praises the bones of the house as the groundwork for all that came later. “The architectural detail set this house apart and knocked us on the head,” she says. “I’m, still three years later, noticing things: a beautiful brass doorknob on the inside of the laundry room, the spindles of the banister in the foyer, the marble mantle, the arch underneath the staircase, the rosettes on the columns, even the little cups on the pocket doors. You could never replicate this or source all the details.”
Something bizarre. An architectural fragment, a papier-maché mask or a natural curiosity like coral or quartz can recall a memory, convey your interests or become a conversation starter all while lending dimension, color and texture to any surface. Elevate your piece with an easel; and it instantly transforms into an objet d’art.
Inspired Kitchens Photography by Jeffery Johnston
Contractor: Jeremiah Watson Designer: Sherry Shirah Designs Cabinets: Shakerstyle, custom built by Jeremiah Watson; Paint â€“ Sherwin-Williams Rookwood Sash Green Flooring: 5-inch white oak, Jeremiah Watson Countertops: Caesarstone Quartz Backsplash: White beveled subway tile Lighting: Pottery Barn Classic Rod Pendant, Glass Globe (in brass) Door knobs: Schoolhouse Ruth knob in satin brass Furniture: Earhart counter stools, Doorman Designs Notable art: Sourced from R. Stephanie Bruno on loan Appliances: Samsung, white porcelain apron sink
Contractor: Dan Nitschke Designer: KHB Interiors New Orleans by Kelly Hopkins Brown Cabinets: White Shaker wood cabinets from Campbell Cabinet Co. Flooring: Heart Pine wood flooring, custom stain color mix, Minwax Countertops and backsplash: Neolith from Omicrom Granite and Tile New Orleans installed by Mediterranean Marble Fixtures: Brizo plumbing in polished nickel from LCR Lighting: Visual Comfort Door knobs: Signature Hardware Furniture: Barstools: Gabby Home; Dining table: Bernhardt; Dining chairs: custom by Masterfiels Furniture, 12-foot custom linen drapery Notable art: 6-foot wide custom Michael Guidry art: Alligator over dining room table Appliances: Oven: 36-inch by 6-burner commerical from Kitchenaid; Refrigerator: Stainless Steel French Door from Kitchenaid; Sink: 3-inch cast iron apron from Kohler; 7-foot custom brass and zinc hood: Forsyth Metal Works
Contractor: Ducar Construction Designer: Sherrie Hope with M2 Studio Cabinets: Ambiance Cabinets Flooring: White oak wood flooring Countertops: Kitchen: Calcutta Lincoln Marble Slabs, Wet Bar: Calcutta Lincoln Marble Slabs OR White Vicostone Quartz Backsplash: Kitchen: Calacatta Lincoln marble slab; Wet Bar: Calacatta Lincoln marble slab; Fixtures: Kitchen Sink: Galley Ideal Workstation Sink #4; Kitchen Faucet: Dornbracht Tara Ultra Faucet Door knobs: Emtek Furniture: Davis Furniture bar stools Appliances: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove appliances Additional vendors: Triton Stone provided the Calcutta Lincoln marble slabs for kitchen backsplash and counter; eKraemer Fine Metal & Woodwork custom fabricated the steel shelving in wet bar; Stone Interiors, all countertop fabrication; Nordic Kitchen, all kitchen and wet bar appliances
Kitchen designer: Randall Shaw Designer: Dionne Coulon Cabinets: Smithport Cabinetry from Nordic Kitchens & Baths Flooring: Mahogany Countertops: Vicostone quartz color, Statuario Backsplash: Ann Sacks Fixtures: Franke Door knobs: Ribbon and Reed pulls by Alno Furniture: Stools by Worlds Away Appliances: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, CornuFe, Modern-Aire from Nordic Kitchens & Baths
Contractor: Craig Brouillette with Monarch Contractors Designer: Jacquelyn Lindsey with JL Studio Designs Cabinets: Gary Sticker with Gulf Breeze Cabinets Flooring: Monarch Plank Lago Euro Oak 7-inch wide from ProSource Countertops and backsplash: 2-centimeter Corchia Marble (6 slabs) from The Stone Gallery Plumbing fixtures: Brizo Light fixtures: Matteo Door hardware: Leblanc glass and hardware Furniture: CB2 Barstools Appliances: Fisher & Paykel integrated refrigerator and freezer columns with custom panels; 48-inchThermador gas range with griddle; Thermador panel-ready dishwasher; 24-inch Sharp microwave drawer: 46-inch pro hood insert, 900 CFM Additional vendors: Custom faux finish on the range hood by Sylvia T Designs; Bookmatched stone installation by Pierre with Paris Stone
Contractor: Crane Builders of New Orleans Designer: Legend Interiors Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodel Cabinets: North American Cabinet Evolution MaxxiGloss, Glittery White Flooring: Bardiglio Polished Porcelain, Rectified Color Bianco Countertops: Tuscan Stone, 3cm Manhattan Quartzite Backsplash: AKDO Immersion Crystallite Peak White Metallic Appliances: Range/oven/microwave: Wolf; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; sink: Elkay; faucet: Brizo; hardware: Top Knobs Stone fabrication: A Plus Marble & Granite Design Metal inlay detail for stone countertops: Workhaus, LLC, Eric Lynn Focal tile wall and all backsplash tile install: Keller Marble & Tile
Campbell Cabinet Co.
Nordic Kitchen and Baths Inc.
220 Hord St., Harahan, 504/733-4687; 4040 Highway 59, Mandeville, 985/892-7713, campbellcabinets.com
1818 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 504/888-2300, nordickitchens.com
Shotgun Design Group
4404 St Peter St., New Orleans, 504/233-4442, shotgundg.com
2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504/266-2135
Demoran Custom Homes
504/810-5346, 985/788-7857, demorancustomhomes.com
4852 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, 504/443-4777, stores.sleepnumber.com/la/metairie/4852-veterans-memorial-blvd
M L M Incorporated
3500 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 160, Metairie 504/322-7050, 985/231-0233, mlm-inc.com
8211 Oak St., New Orleans, 504/866-6654, eclectichome.net
Louver Shop of Louisiana
Dan Jarratt, 985/969-5532
2345 Metairie Rd, Metairie, 504/275-6664, dmgnola.com
The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street New Orleans, 504/598-7137
3933 Magazine St, New Orleans, 504/304-9475, sotrecollection.com
Chase’s Landscape Services
Pieri Tile and Marble Co.
3622 Toulouse St., New Orleans, 504/488-1509
1000 Edwards Ave., Suite B, Harahan, 504/344-6994, renaissancedoorsllc.com
Stafford Tile & Stone
5234 Magazine St, New Orleans, 504/895-5000, staffordtile.com
4112 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504/899-2931, villavici.com
6010 Magazine St, New Orleans, 504/265-8983, visionwood.com
Floor & DĂŠcor
Tuscan Stone Imports
2801 Magazine St, Ste A, New Orleans, 504/891-3005
720 S Galvez St., New Orleans, 504/ 837-1511, tuscanstoneimports.com
The Plant Gallery
Design-Build General Contractor, entablature.com
9401 Airline Hwy, New Orleans, 504/488-8887, theplantgallery.com
1200 Annunciation St., New Orleans, 504/896-2206, modernmarketlifestyle.com
10356 River Road, St. Rose, 504/275-6617, mullinlandscape.com
Louisiana Custom Closets
Sutton House by Kelly Sutton
13405 Seymour Meyer, Suite 24, Covington, 985/871-0810, louisianacustomclosets.com-
To the Trade, 3937 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504/302-2547, kellysuttoninc.com
300 Jefferson Hwy #401, New Orleans, 504/891-3304, nolarugs.com
IF YOU’RE considering an upgrade or renovation to your home or building a new one, choosing the right tile or stone for floors and countertops is an underrated but important part of the process. Like everything related to your home, doing a little homework in advance goes a long way. TILES
“When selecting tile, homeowners should first look at where the tile is being used,” says Leslie Raymond, senior associate architect at Albert Architecture. Will it be installed in a high-traffic area? Or an area that often gets wet? It is also important to remember that you are likely to be stuck with your choice for a long time (most people would not want to spend the money to redo something they just did). What are some of the pros and cons of different materials? Raymond says porcelain tiles are the most durable and maintain their color and finish long-term, even in high-traffic areas. Glass tiles are also durable and easy to maintain, but edge conditions can be challenging, as the tiles can easily break or chip when cut. Glass tiles can also change color depending on the grout used. Stone tiles have a strong aesthetic appeal, but must be carefully sealed before grouting and require upkeep and re-sealing to withstand dirt and water damage. COUNTERTOPS
For countertops, Raymond says quartz has become the go-to material. Homeowners love the durability of a man-made product that has the look of stone.
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money but end up costing themselves more time, money and heartache in the long run. Social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest give people ideas for home design, but they also make people think they can do it all themselves. This is not the case. “The biggest mistake people make is not hiring an interior designer,” says Nomita Joshi-Gupta, principal at Spruce. Joshi-Gupta says an interior designer will understand the practicality of specific bathroom and kitchen layouts, as well as how much certain choices will cost. She says homeowners can get beautiful tiles for anywhere from $5 to 100 per square foot Designers will also be knowledgable about the less flashy parts of the process, like choosing the right grout (yes, you can choose the wrong type of grout for a job). An interior designer can be hired on an hourly basis for about $125 an hour. – BY FRITZ ESKER
Selecting attractive, durable, easy-to-maintain finishes
“If you were updating your kitchen countertops, I recommend you go for a timeless look that you will always love. Styles and trends come and go, but what’s important is that you are happy with the color and type of material you select,” says Katie Jensen, the owner and president of Triton Stone Group in New Orleans. Jensen agrees that quartz is popular for countertops and added that engineered stone is another trendy choice. “As a man-made product, this
offers more consistency in color and veining than a natural stone choice,” Jensen says. Marble remains in demand, too. Jensen says it sometimes gets an unfair rap for being difficult to maintain. “Marble has been around for centuries on buildings across the world,” Jensen says. “As long as you like the ‘aged’ look of marble, it is a wonderful surface.” PROFESSIONAL HELP
All too often, homeowners try to cut a corner or two to save
SUSTAIN AND MAINTAIN: USING TILE AND STONE ON THE GULF COAST
Join New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine’s editor Melanie Warner Spencer April 21, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Coverings 2020 for a panel with the Magazine’s 2019 Design Masters. Katie Jensen, owner Triton Stone Group of New Orleans, Nomita Joshi-Gupta, principal at Nomita Joshi Interior Design + SPRUCE and Leslie Raymond, senior associate architect at Albert Architecture. will discuss best practices for tile and stone, sustainability and the use of local materials, design trends, the use of tile and stone, where and why, and include planning for flooding, heat and humidity. Sponsored by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.
Gold Chandelier from Katie Koch Home at katiekochhome.com
Color Match Bold hues that complement and enhance Pantoneâ€™s Color of the Year, Classic Blue
Antwerp Blue Luisa Carafe from Sunday Shop at sundayshop.co
BY MIRELLA CAMERON
Strawberry Vine art from Eclectic Home, at electichome.net
Capri Coffee Table Book and Circular Gold Mirror from Rivers Spencer at riversspencer.com
Kipton Sofa in Chalet Paprika from ARHAUS, at arhaus.com
Bird Leg Table and Assorted Fabrics from Katie Koch Home at katiekochhome.com Cahlo Copper Bar Cabinet from ARHAUS, at arhaus.com
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A Clean Sweep It may be one of the simplest of tools for tidying up, but the humble broom is an essential part of a cleaning inventory. We’ve picked several well-made options that are big on both style and substance. BY ASHLEY MCLELLAN
Sometimes getting back to basics is a good thing. The eco-friendly Full Circle Clean Sweep Broom from the Container Store has a simply designed bamboo handle and angled recycled plastic bristles that help reach into corners and under cabinets. Full Circle Clean Sweep Broom, from containerstore.com.
This handmade classic Shaker design features a sanded pine handle and a wide 10-inch broom head, with wire-secured broomcorn. Haydenville Broom Works also has “cobweb,” “European hearth” and “fireplace” brooms in its collection of fine made brooms. Even Cinderella would be thrilled with the selection. Shaker Broom, from haydenvillebroomworks.com.
Neat as a pin describes this French apartment broom. Designed by brush maker Andrée Jardin at the same Nantes factory that has been making brooms since 1947, this handmade brush has traditional horsehair and synthetic and silk bristles with polished wood handles. Vintage-Inspired French Apartment Broom, from food52.com.
The Magò Broom with coordinating wall hook was created by Italian furniture designer and sculptor Stefano Giovannoni for the Magis furniture company in 1998. Its fun, pop art-inspired design is lightweight, features sturdy polypropylene handle and polyester bristles and comes in two colors. This is one broom you won’t mind hanging on your mudroom wall. Magò Broom and wall hook, from dwr.com.
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SPRING REDUX Defining and redefining your home décor N OT H I N G K I L L S T H E J OY O F A
beautiful spring breeze wafting through the open windows like seeing it blow winter’s dust off the picture frame of your room’s focal artwork. Or, perhaps you find yourself relishing a beautiful ray of spring sunshine and then suddenly grimace when you realize it shines on old, drab accent pillows. The light and
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warmth of the seasonal shift is an inspiring time to make old things new again, and home design experts often use this time of year to freshen up décor. Home design is a profession for some, an interest for others and a mystery to many — is design different from décor? Does freshening up décor mean a simple update or a full remodel? Experts in interior design and ar-
chitecture offer their thoughts this season on what it really means to freshen up décor and provide tips on both simple and bold ways a homeowner can go about achieving a new look. So, what is home décor, exactly? According to Kristen Mason Klamer, principal at Mason Ros Architecture & Interiors, an easy definition is the adorning items not affixed to the architecture of your home. “Décor accentuates the architecture and helps create an ambiance for spaces,” says Klamer. As both an architecture and design practice, the Mason Ros team is always considering how these two separate components, architectural style and selected décor, complement or complete one another. Blake Erskin, partner at Shotgun Design Group, LLC, echoes Klamer’s definition of décor as anything not permanently attached: pictures, art, pillows, lamps and rugs. This definition can offer peace of mind to homeowners who are either too busy to tend to large changes or who are intimidated by home design — freshening up your décor can simply mean new artwork, a different paint color or swapping out an area rug. When looking to make just one single change, something that requires little effort but offers big reward, both Erskin and Klamer recommend changing a room’s paint color. “This can make a dramatic difference,” says Erskin. “For the price of a gallon of paint, a homeowner could easily change the mood and appearance of the space.” Valerie Legras, principal designer at Valerie Legras Atelier, is also drawn to walls for a singular change. She recommends choosing the wall with the most surface area and turning it into an accent wall. The limitless options in wallpaper, paint, stencil, color and blocking allow for an immediately powerful change. “The beauty of this lies in that it is only one wall,” says Legras. “It will not be overwhelming, leaving you able to take great-
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er risks and be bold.” If the room doesn’t have a wall big enough to achieve the desired effect, Legras recommends going for an accent ceiling instead. To get started on your décor refresh, Legras recommends first finding your inspiration. What are the meaningful elements that currently exist in the space? An item from previous travels? An antique furniture heirloom? “The inspiration you draw from revisiting these special pieces could determine what new color palettes, styles and arrangements to introduce,” she says. Sherrie Hope, designer and proprietor at Modern Market, also emphasizes individuality in décor. She believes the home should be a reflection of who you are and tell a story about the home itself and its occupants. Her suggestions for the simplest changes include rearranging items you already own, trying new lighting or altering something as minimal as the room’s candle or diffuser scent. Lighting changes also appeal to Kelly Sutton, owner of Kelly Sutton Design. “Light fixtures can be a game changer,” says Sutton. “They can be the jewelry of a space, and sometimes that one update of a fixture can really make a dramatic difference.” Interior designer Grace Kaynor of Grace Kaynor Designs recommends rugs and carpets as a change that can also serve as the starting point for a larger décor overhaul. “Always begin with the carpet and then layer and match the colors to the carpet — window treatments can be reserved for last, but if there’s a larger budget, I make them an integral part of the design,” says Kaynor. This season, Kaynor intends to switch around her ac-
cent pillows, another common and simple approach to updates. For bedrooms, she recommends this along with a new coverlet or duvet to transform a space and make it feel more comfortable. As previously mentioned, homeowners can achieve a new look with items they already own, which requires no budget at all. At his home, Blake Erskin commonly does what he refers to as a “complete shuffle” to update a space. “I will empty out a room and then change the furniture arrangement, swap art from another room or swap a rug from another room,” says Erskin. “This makes your home feel new and fresh again.” Penny Francis, principal designer and owner of Eclectic Home, intends to do this with her artwork this season. Moving art gives new perspective, says Francis. Kristen Mason Klamer also often switches her art around. She likes purchasing sculptural or “designer” focal pieces that also have functioning qualities — items like lamps and rugs. “You don’t have to have a lot of money to have style,” says Klamer. When you do have a budget and the desire for big change, it’s always helpful to engage a professional to help with your décor investment. “Costly mistakes are made every day by not knowing materials, properties of scale and proportion,” says Penny Francis. According to Francis, space planning and determining functionality are the first steps in any large-scale project before any design decisions are made. “Use the internet for inspiration and not imitation,” she says. Francis recommends creating a space that reflects your own voice. If you aren’t sure what that is, she says to trust in a good designer, someone who will listen and help guide you. - BY KELCY WILBURN
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