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summer 2019 / Volume 22 / Issue 2 Editor Melanie Warner Spencer Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ashley McLellan Web Editor Kelly Massicot Contributing Writers Mirella Cameran, Laura Claverie, Lee Cutrone, Fritz Esker, Valorie Hart, Pamela Marquis, Lisa Tudor, Margaret Zainey Roux Contributing Photographers Thom Bennett, Sara Essex Bradley, Theresa Cassagne, Jeffery Johnston, Eugenia Uhl Copy Editor Liz Clearman Editorial Intern Alice Phillips Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan 504/830-7215 or Account Executive Brooke LeBlanc Genusa 504/830-7242 or Account Executive Alyssa Copeland 504/830-7239 or Director of Marketing and Events Jeanel Luquette event coordinator Abbie Dugruise Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne

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Bold History

Atlantis Found

Caftans and Cocktails

An eye-popping and charming French Quarter pied-Ă -terre

3 outdoor spaces sure to inspire during the hot New Orleans summer

Stay cool with a chic and simple poolside party




CONTENTS 28 Editor’s Note Including the Editor’s Pick 16

Design Diary


News and events 18

Style Patriot Games: Playful patterns in red, white and blue are saluteworthy for summer. 20

Get Organized Grape Expectations 22

Artist Profile Carol Peebles 24

Bon Vivant Inspired Entertaining: Julia Reed’s new book on entertaining in New Orleans is chock full of recipes, tips and good times 26

Gatherings Flexing Mussels: Chef Phillip Lopez’s Vadouvan Spiced Mussels is a light summer dish that’s strong on flavor 28

For the Garden City Greens: Urban farmers transform vacant lots into pretty, productive gardens in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward 30


Home Grown Midnight Rapture: Nightblooming cereus smells divine and grows fast 32


Masters of Their Craft Plaster Master: Fifth generation plasterer Jeff Poree makes his mark on New Orleans’ historic buildings 34

TrendWatch Backyard Oasis: Stylish pieces that seamlessly transition from inside to out for al fresco entertaining. 36

Inspiration Board

Expert Advice

Color Pop: Celebrate summer with vibrant hues 92

Backyard Living: Tips from the pros for high-style and highfunction outdoor living spaces 96

Price Mix Home Renewal Curb Appeal: Make your house stand out with thoughtful landscaping 90

Blender Bender: Mix, crush, pulse and purée summer frosés and more 94

Last Indulgence Cool Summer: A berry-infused champagne cocktail pairs well with rising temps 104

on the cover

The front porch of Sara and Paul Costello’s Garden District home is styled to perfection around the quintessential Southern staple, an inviting swing. (p. 56) Photo by Sara essex bradley

editor’s note

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Heat wave There are only three ways to stay cool in New Orleans during the summer

months: Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a cold beverage or go inside and give thanks and praise to the air conditioning gods. Our annual pools, porches and patios feature is an homage to the first two. In it, you’ll find inspiration for exterior spaces that will not only lure you outside on the steamiest days and nights, but also will give you a few ideas for making those areas a lot cooler — and I don’t just mean visually. There’s a little something for every aesthetic in the spread, so whether you prefer lush and tropical or sparse and modern, get thee to page 56 for a peek into the front and back yards of three fine examples of outdoor living in the Cresent City. Speaking of eye-candy, our featured home on page 50 grabbed our attention from the get-go. It’s a project by Brockschmidt and Coleman, the dynamic design duo based in New York until recently, when Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman flung open the doors to a New Orleans studio at the end of spring. Perhaps while working on their West Texas clients’ French Quarter pied-à-terre, the designers were inspired to create a their own studio version of a home-away-from-home. You won’t want to miss this fanciful interior with its striking pink and aqua, over-scaled ashlar wallpaper. If you are one of those rather intelligent and forward-thinking New Orleanians who plans ahead to escape the summer heat and are reading this from the lodge, this issue might just tempt you to forego the ski trip next year. (OK, wishful thinking, but it is a fabulous issue!) If you are suffering with the rest of us however, grab that cool beverage mentioned above (or make the one I offer up in “Last Indulgence” on page 104) and settle in by the pool for this one. Cheers!

ROCK THE VOTE! Do you have a favorite home interior store, designer, contractor or pet store? If so, your chance to show your love to all of the people and places that help make your house a home is coming up in the next issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. Vote for your favorites using our online ballot, which is available at home. We’ll publish the results in the the Autumn issue of the magazine. Vote now!



In Memoriam The New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles staff was deeply saddened to learn about the death of architect Wayne Troyer of studioWTA in May. Troyer shared his work with our readers many times over the years and was an integral part of the design community. The passion Troyer had for restoration, and preserving the city’s architectural heritage has left an enduring mark on New Orleans and his absence will be felt by anyone who knew or worked with him. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

editor’s pick In May, FAIT Nola celebrated its grand opening inside the new location of The GOOD Shop on Josephine Street. You’ve likely spied the plant purveyor’s mobile solarium Axil Rose around town or have attended a pop-up or workshop. “As a collective of local companies bringing beautifullycrafted, eco-friendly products to New Orleans, The Good Shop is a perfect place for us share our exotic plants and expand into new products, like ceramics from Portland and woven baskets from Morocco,” wrote FAIT managing partner Emily Fields Joffrion in release about the opening. “… We are so excited and honored to be part of this incredible community.”,


design diary

Winning Design In March, the American Institute of Architects New Orleans hosted its 2019 Design Awards. Works of engineers, designers, landscape architects, contractors and others were recognized for excellence. Among the winners were Albert Architecture, which was awarded the Historic Preservation, Restoration and Adaptive Reuse Merit Award and studioWTA with the Residential Honor Award. Visit the AIA New Orleans website for a full list of winners.

Festival of Flavors Kevin Belton’s “New Orleans Celebrations” gives readers a taste of festive cooking in the chef’s third cookbook. Belton, with co-author Rhonda Findley, focuses on festival food and celebration whether recipes inspired by parade-route handhelds, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival favorites or household Cajun classics. The recipes are introduced with anecdotes from Belton’s childhood and experiences at the many festivals in the area. Eye-catching photographs by Eugenia Uhl (disclosure: The photographer is a frequent contributor to this magazine) will make you want to get straight to the kitchen or the nearest festival immediately. — Compiled by Alice Phillips


High Praise The Hotel Peter & Paul was recently named one of the “World’s Best New Hotels” by Travel + Leisure. The property that housed a former church, schoolhouse, rectory and convent is a joint project between New Orleans resident Nathalie Jordi and interior design firm ASH NYC, with restoration and conversion by New Orleans architcture firm studioWTA. The hotel’s 71 guest rooms and carefully preserved original details like stained-glass windows and marble fireplaces, placed it among 75 other hotels around the world. The Elysian Bar has also fast become a favorite on best bar lists throughout the country and for locals as well.


Special Screenings The 2019 Architecture & Design Film Festival: New Orleans is June 20-23 at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. The festival, presented by the Louisiana Architecture Foundation, celebrates the creative spirit of architecture and design in the Crescent City. Documentary films, panel discussions and other curated events present opportunities to engage and entertain those interested in architecture and design.






Patriot Games

Playful patterns in red, white and blue are salute-worthy for summer. Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux






1. Antique Qashqai Kilim rug, Virginia Dunn, 2727 Prytania St. Suite 13, 437-1850, 2. “Splatter” enamelware serving bowl, Adler’s Jewelry, 722 Canal St. and 2937 Veterans Blvd. Suite B, 523-5292, 3. Fish decorative wall puzzle made in Germany, Virginia Dunn, 2727 Prytania St. Suite 13, 437-1850, 4. Arto hand-painted deco ceramic tile Pratt & Larson Bas Relief Filigree 6-inch x 6”-inch Ceramic Tile in Watercolor Glaze; Sonoma Tilemakers Handmade Stellar Collection Ceramic Tile and Trim in Hot Red; Sonoma Tilemakers Handmade Stellar Collection Ceramic 4-inch Hexagon in Hot Red; Matthew Studios Lapis Lazuli and Polished Brass “Hayden” Large Knob, Stafford Tile & Stone, 5234 Magazine St. 895-5000, 5. Kalastyle Swedish Dream hand soap and hand cream in Sea Aster and Sea Salt, Anthropologie, 333 Canal St. Ste.127, 592-9972,



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get organized

Tools of the trade

tag it and track it Whether you have 50 or 5,000 wine bottles, bottle tags, such as the ones from Wine Enthusiast, are a great organizational tool. Also, consider using technology such as CellarTracker, an app that tells you exactly where your bottle of 2010 Château Faizeau Montagne-Saint-Emilion is and when the best time is to drink it.

Tasting room If your collection is well ordered you’ll effortlessly find that perfect bottle to complement a romantic dinner or an impromptu wine tasting. To achieve this begin by creating an inventory; it will give you some perspective on what you have and what you need. Then sort your reds, whites, and sparklings. Next group the varietals together, separating your Merlots from your Pinot Noirs. Finally, break down varietals by vintage, noting a particular region. To store your collection, this beautiful 84-bottle wine rack from Wayfair could provide a good foundation.

Grape Expectations

storage options

“Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life

calling in the pros

cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When

Perhaps you would you rather outsource your wine storage to further protect your investment. Self Storage & Wine Cellar in Elmwood has a 730-square-foot cellar with 70 mahogany lockers that come in three different sizes to accommodate up to 64 cases of wine. It keeps the wine cellar at approximately 55 degrees and 70 percent relative humidity.

not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die,” cautioned Julia Child. If you want to keep your wine alive and accessible here’s a few tips for storing and organizing this treasured libation. — by Pam marquis

temperature control

sideways According to John Keife with the wine store Keife & Co., it’s best to store wine on its side to make sure the cork won’t dry out. Leora Pearl of Pearl Wine Co., says to store wine in a location that never gets above 72 degrees. “You definitely do not want anything in direct sunlight,” she says. “Any extreme temperatures are going to damage the wine.” Perhaps storing your wine in a wine-cooling credenza is the stylish way to go.





artist profile

Carol Peebles Artist Carol Peebles ( has been teaching

for 21 years. In fact, this year marks the 10th anniversary of her drawing atelier, Blue Easel Club, which has more than 300 members who practice the art of drawing portraits, figures, still lifes and landscapes. Throughout her career, Peebles has remained a student as well, devoted to developing her classical realism through consistent work that pushes her to expand her skills. Her latest project is a weekly commitment to drawing the interiors of the churches and synagogues in New Orleans. As an instructor at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, she began taking students to churches to teach perspective. Then last year, she and fellow artist Winston Labouisse began drawing a church a week during a Sunday morning service. “We started going to a church each Sunday and before we knew it we had drawn 33 churches,” says Peebles, a New Orleans native. “We decided to do every church and synagogue. Now we’re on a mission.” For Peebles, the undertaking has proved both exhausting as a lesson in perspective and uplifting as an experience that gives back to the artist. “It gives you an appreciation of the architecture, especially with the old churches that have such history,” she says. “It makes you think about who prayed here in 1899. There is an emotional connection. It’s been such a huge gift.” Peebles’ skill for accurately depicting the architectural form of these places is enhanced by her gifts for capturing light and color, both of which help convey the divinity of her subject. Though she describes some of her depictions of stained glass as more suggestions than exact renderings,



there is no mistaking what each of these interiors looks and feels like. She has successfully embedded the drawings (some rendered in gentle pinks, others in ethereal blues – depending on the church and the mood) with the inspirational emotion that she experienced. “We started with a love of drawing old historic buildings, but the project evolved into a wonderful realization of how much good there is in the world,” she says. “You see so many people trying to find their higher self.” Peebles’ collection of about 200 churches opens at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Academy Gallery Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 30. In July, she will also offer the “Drawing Churches” workshop. For more information, visit — by lee Cutrone

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bon vivant

Inspired Entertaining Julia Reed’s new book on entertaining in New Orleans is chock full of recipes, tips and good times In April during Freret Fest, my dear friend Jenelle

threw a fabulous, casual afternoon gathering to celebrate her husband Neal’s birthday. She had been traveling and in an effort to streamline the planning, she outsourced the cooking to one of everyone’s favorite gas station chicken joints, McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’ on Broad Street in Mid-City. The fried chicken and wings were a huge hit and paired perfectly with the champagne many of us were enjoying throughout the festivities, as well as with the beer and cocktails preferred by other guests. The sides and snacks were rounded out with everything from classic Southern offerings, such as pimento cheese spread, to elegant fare, including a to-die-for shrimp ceviche from a friend who works in catering at Brennan’s. While I’m not sure



if my friend Jenelle has read it, her soirée reminded me of one of the parties outlined by author, journalist, entertaining doyenne and most-of-the-time New Orleanian Julia Reed in her 2016 tome, “Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long.” I’m a huge fan of Reed’s idea of serving Popeye’s with champagne and have employed this suggestion many times at my own parties. The book has become a go-to when I’m looking for inspiration, so I was thrilled when I learned that Reed, who these days splits her time between the Crescent City and her new second home dubbed the Delta Folly in Mississippi, had another book centering on New Orleans scheduled to release in May. “Julia Reed’s New Orleans: Food, Fun and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll,” combines Reed’s signature humor, festive spirit and high-low style, with her journalistic prowess and culinary cunning. Plus, it includes a cast of celebrity chefs and other food-, design- and entertaining-world friends, as well as envy-inducing photos by another talented New Orleanian, photographer Paul Costello (disclosure: Costello is a contributor to this issue). While the book feels in many ways like an extension, or sequel, to the former work, much like her 2007 memoir, “The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story,” it also serves as a love letter to this city Reed loves and, naturally, its people. Oh and also, on top of everything else, there are playlists, restaurant recommendations, tips galore and cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. If you are looking for entertaining inspiration you’ll want to get this new volume in your hot little hands. – By Melanie Warner Spencer

Julia Reed’s Cheese Thumbprint Wafers with Hot Pepper Jelly 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese ½ cup grated Parmesan ½ cup hot pepper jelly, red or green There is almost no combination of sharp cheese and flour and butter that I don’t like, especially as an hors d’oeuvre with a cocktail. This particular cheese wafer is enlivened with a dab of pepper jelly and is a cinch to make. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse briefly to blend. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture has the texture of coarse cornmeal. Add the cheeses and blend until the dough begins to form a ball. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gather it into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to two days. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, using a scant tablespoon of dough for each one, and place 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and press your thumb into the top of each ball to create an indentation. Place about ½ teaspoon of jelly into each indentation and return the sheet to the oven. Bake until lightlybrowned, 6 to 8 more minutes. Makes about 20 wafers. Recipe from “Julia Reed’s New Orleans: Food, Fun and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll.”

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Flexing Mussels Chef Phillip Lopez’s Vadouvan Spiced Mussels is a light summer dish that’s strong on flavor Produced By Margaret Zainey Roux

Vadouvan Spiced Mussels with Coconut, Lime, and Fresh Garden Herbs Ingredients 2 pounds Prince Edward Island mussels (cleaned and debearded) 2 tablespoons whole unsalted butter (1/2 for beginning of recipe and 1/2 for end of recipe) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 each shallots, sliced thin 1 ½ teaspoons freshly chopped garlic 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons Vadouvan spice 1 cup dry white wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio) 3 cups organic chicken stock 2 cans organic coconut milk 2 limes (for juice and zest) ½ cup freshly chopped Parsley ¼ cup freshly chopped Cilantro ¼ cup freshly chopped chives ¼ cup freshly hand torn mint leaves 1 ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper Directions 1. Rinse the mussels under cold running water to remove any exterior dirt and debris. Remove and discard any mussels that will not close shut once tapped or have broken and chipped shells. 2. Once clean, soak the mussels for 10 minutes in salted ice water. 3. Once soaked, strain the mussels and reserve cold until ready to cook. 4. Heat a large round shallow pot to medium high and add the olive oil and half of the butter. 5. Let butter melt into olive oil and heat until it begins to sizzle. Once hot, add the mussels, shallots, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.

6. Cook and stir for roughly 5-6 minutes on medium high until the shallots start to become translucent and garlic begins to be fragrant. 7. Add the Vadouvan spice and stir to fully coat mussels. 8. Toast coated mussels in pot with all ingredients for about 3-4 minutes. Continuously stir to prevent the spiced mussels from burning on bottom of pot. 9. Deglaze with dry white wine and reduce by half of the volume. 10. Add chicken stock once wine is reduced and let that reduce by half of its volume. 11. Once wine and chicken stock have reduced, stir in coconut milk and place lid on pot to steam mussels. 12. Lower heat to medium and steam mussels with lid closed. They will be fully cooked and ready to serve when the shells open. 13. Once mussels are fully open, remove the lid and scoop out all the mussels using a perforated spoon and divide into four serving bowls. Leave sauce within the pan and turn heat back up to medium high to reduce. 14. Add the juice and zest from one or two limes to your desired taste. 15. Season sauce with the freshly chopped parsley, chives, cilantro and hand torn mint leaves. Season (to taste) with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. 16. Reduce heat slightly until desired thickness and aromatics have had enough time to infuse. Ladle sauce over cooked mussels and serve immediately with toasted bread or crackers.

About the Chef Chef Phillip Lopez is executive chef at Galatoire’s Restaurant and Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak. Bon Appétit magazine has recognized him as a “Chef to Watch” and he has been nominated three times for Food & Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Gulf Coast Chef.” Lopez has received numerous local accolades including “Chef of the Year” by Eater New Orleans and StarChefs’ “Rising Star of New Orleans.” neworleanshomes&


for the garden

City greens Urban farmers transform vacant lots into pretty, productive gardens in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward

Much like an empty canvas, a vacant lot is full of wondrous possibilities.

Almost fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ninth Ward is still woefully full of vacant lots. However, some enterprising urban farmers continue to create environments full of beehives, bamboo, vegetables, orchards, community, and joy. In 2010 David Young began rescuing bees and planting gardens and orchards on 30 lots abandoned after the storm. He continues to live on his urban homestead and



with the help of volunteers he’s keeping up all of his gardens. “I sell raw honey through my organization, Capstone,” he says. “The proceeds help me make fresh food available to those in need.” On a once abandoned lot, Mark Sanders built Ninth Ward Nursery, a small garden center specializing in non-invasive varieties of bamboo. The nursery sits in an area full of overgrown lots. In the evenings, he can sometimes hear the coyotes howling. “Seeing the small changes taking place at Ninth Ward Nursery is incredibly gratifying,” he says. “That, along with the support of community members, volunteers and clients, is a reminder of how fortunate I am to be working on this plot of land, and how much potential for positive development still exists in the Lower Nine.” Farming New Orleans oversees two lots in the Lower Nine and four in the Upper Nine where it grows vegetables and fruit trees. Directors Scott Roos and Matt Jones believe in reinvesting and rebuilding the blighted neighborhoods and they grow food for the community. “We like making the lots productive and useful and getting neighbors involved in growing their own food,” says Jones. Kat Godfrey has eight beehives on a lot in the Ninth. It’s a hobby, a way to help the bee population, which is in critical decline, and selling honey provides her a bit of income. “There’s a Zen that happens when you work with the bees: the smell, the focus and the hum of the hive is so peaceful.” Since moving his business, Hot Plants, a foodbased plant nursery, to the Ninth Ward, Ian Willson enjoys the fact that many of his regular customers are his neighbors. “While I want people all over the city growing their own food, it’s nice to know that a huge concentration of those interested and acting on their gardening aspirations are right around the corner from me,” says Willson: “In a perfect world everyone with a patch of sunlight in their yard would be growing at least a practical plant or two. I just want everyone who is actively interested in growing food to follow through on their farming dreams, on whatever scale brings them happiness and fulfillment.” – By Pamela Marquis

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home grown

Midnight Rapture Night-blooming cereus smells divine and grows fast By Pamela Marquis






details The Night-blooming Cereus’ bloom is breathtaking. It’s almost 7 inches across and produces a rapturous scent. Look for blooms around 9 p.m. It will be fully open by midnight. The first rays of sun will see the petals wither and die. They flower from July to October.

Moisture Night-blooming cereus is a cactus so it requires minimal attention and needs far less water than other plants. Pot in equal parts sand and potting mix with a handful of compost.

Potting Keep in smaller pots as a rootbound cactus will produce more flowers. Be patient — it will not begin to flower until it is four or five years old.

Sun Night-blooming cereus can get sunburned so make sure to place it in a spot without intense exposure to sunlight.

maintenance These plants grow fast so removal of stems helps control their size. Pruning also stimulates the remaining stems to produce blooms. Be sure to root the cut ends to create more plants for you and your friends.






plaster master Fifth generation plasterer Jeff Poree makes his mark on New Orleans’ historic buildings

With the aid of a cane, Jeff Poree walks spritely to the

entrance of his Mid-City workshop. He ruefully admits his 69-year old body is full of aches and pains and that his work as master plasterer has certainly taken its toll on his bones and joints. But he wouldn’t change his chosen vocation for anything and he shows no signs of slowing down. “I just don’t see retirement in my sights,” he says. “We’re working on 10 jobs right now. Maybe when I do quit I’ll write a book. I’ll call it,‘My Life in Plaster’.” Poree is a fifth-generation plasterer and the owner of Jeff Poree Plastering. He’s the plasterer of record for many of the region’s most important restorations of historic sites such as the Peristyle in City Park. He also maintains the plaster at such places as The Cabildo, The Lower Pontalba and Gallier Hall. According to Jonn Ethan Hankins, founding director of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, the Poree family is legendary for their exceptional skills in ornamental exterior and interior plaster, artistic molds and specialty finishes, including old world Venetian and exotic finishes. Jeff Poree Plastering is a big operation, with a 15,000-square-foot casting shop that employs 32 people, who range from apprentices learning to create smooth walls to gifted artisans working on detailed ceiling roses, lions and gargoyles. His full-time art department can restore almost anything working from fragments, photo-



graphs or drawings. “We are so fortunate to get the opportunity to restore historic works to their original grandeur,” says Christopher Caravella Jones, who’s worked for Poree for almost two decades. Throughout the years, Robert Cangelosi, Jr., architect and president of Koch and Wilson has collaborated with Poree’s company on many projects such as the Napoleon House and numerous historic private homes in the Garden District and French Quarter. “His company has the experience and expertise to do the most complex historic plastering and stucco restoration work preserving our heritage for future generations,” Cangelosi says. This will also be the seventh year Poree will present at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Louisiana Folklife Village. He’s also training the craft of plastering to apprentice plasterers. He’ll soon finish his sixth apprenticeship class, the process takes three years. “Jeff trained under the best generation of master plasterers New Orleans has ever produced,” says Hankins, “Now he is the standard bearer, he’s at the top. Now it’s up to Jeff to make sure that the centuries-old, ‘secret’ skills of the trade get passed along to the best in the next generation. That’s a lot on his shoulders.” Poree a humble and soft-spoken man simply says, “I’ve been honored to work with older craftsmen and now I’m honored to be able to be passing on the knowledge.” – By Pamela Marquis

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Backyard Oasis Stylish pieces that seamlessly transition from inside to out for al fresco entertaining. By andy myer photographed by eugenia uhl

Amanda Lindroth wicker and wood lantern, available in small and large at Ware and Co.,; LRNCE hand-painted ceramic vase, bowl, plates and glasses, imported from Morocco and available at Katie Koch Home,; Sferra Celine throw in Salmon available at Sotre,; faux greenery, The Plant Gallery,



Hand-cut and forged brass mobile by Fail Home and painted ceramic garden stool by Reinaldo Sanguino available at Sotre, sotrecollection. com; natural seagrass wrapped pitcher and glasses, Amanda Lindroth at Ware and Co.,; Sika Design Nanny Rocking Chair available at Sunday Shop by Logan Killen Interiors,; Virginia Sin handwoven blanket at Katie Koch Home, katiekochhome. com; faux forest fern drop-in, The Plant Gallery,



Woven canvas thistle and linen pink chinoiserie pillows by New Orleans Dry Goods, available at Perch, perch-home. com; loomed jute basket by The Dharma Door at Katie Koch Home,; pink and green fringed throws available at Sotre,; Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design available at Ware and Co.,; faux succulents, snow queen hydrangeas and stand, The Plant Gallery,





Bold History

by Kerri McCaffet y photography by Paul Costello


he location is pretty hard to beat: the quiet side of the French Quarter near Cabrini Park, where whiffs of burgers grilling at Port of Call float by, along with late night riffs from Frenchmen Street jazz halls. This is where a West Texas couple, Peggy and Timber Floyd, found a slice of vacation heaven, their New Orleans pied-à-terre. In consummate contrast to their vast West Texas ranch, this cozy Creole confection on the Mississippi River is drenched in Old World charm. Although the design mixes traditional and modern, the overall effect brings to mind those early, simultaneously colorful and austere Antebellum New Orleans interiors like the Pitot House, with its tangerine walls, and the Gallier House parlors ringed in baby blue gargoyles. The visual banquet at the Floyds’ holiday home starts with over-scaled ashlar wallpaper in wavy, bubblegum pink cut into blocks with aqua blue. Ashlar, as in “cut stone walls,” is interpreted in this wallpaper as if the stone is pink-veined quartzite. The pattern mimics that of St. Joe brick, a very modern twist on a vernacular Vieux Carre construction material. The pink “veins” undulate through the living room where paintings of magnolia blossoms repeat the curvature like dancing waves. Pair that pastel, dynamic backdrop with beautifully-scarred hardwood floors, weathered whitewashed beams, curry orange trim and inviting antiques, and who could resist kicking off the dusty cowboy boots and ditching the Lone Star beer to say howdy to a barefoot weekend filled with pink umbrella drinks in the Big Easy. Presenting “traditional” in exciting, new ways is the specialty of the New York based architecture and design firm of Brockschmidt and Coleman. Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman are known for their alchemy of modern sensibility and historical references. They love mixing tones that shouldn’t go together like warm and cool turquoise in the living room or the kitchen’s pink stools and ochre trim. The pair also prefer eclectic pieces to anything trendy or designer label. This attitude fits well in New Orleans where it is more important to be fun than fancy. In fact it fits so well that Brockschmidt and Coleman will be opening their southern studio in the Garden District this year.

Previous page: Designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman describe the living room décor as ‘saturated’. The walls are covered in an ashlar pattern Adelphi Paper Hangings wallpaper. The trim is painted a curry color for contrast, and most of the upholstery is Malabar cotton ticking slipcovers fabricated by Leonels, Inc. Tennessee artist John Woodrow Kelley created the four magnolia paintings. A 19th century Aubusson is layered on top of a woven carpet by Merida. This page: In the kitchen, Brockschmidt and Coleman used bright Moroccan tiles. The stools are from Artistic Frame in a custom pink. On the refrigerator is a turtle painting by Savannah artist Bob Christian.

Top: The downstairs bedroom has white walls and curry trim. A French toile complements the ticking. B & C designed the bed without a bedskirt so the room would feel lighter when viewed from the entry hall. Above an antique towel rack is a painting by Bob Christian. The Floyd family’s love of horses is reflected in the set of 18th century hand-colored etching and engravings by Bernard Picart. Right: The living room features a French portrait of a woman holding a bird (1860s-80s). Facing page: Top: An antique French giltwood mirror from Ann Koerner Antiques hangs above the bar in the living room. Bottom: Colorful Colefax and Fowler chintz upholstered wall in the master bedroom.

Coming Soon: Brockschmidt & Coleman / Boutique Sud New Orleans, 4021 Magazine Street New York based architecture and design firm Brockschmidt & Coleman will open a southern studio in the Garden District this year. Boutique Sud, the brainchild of Bill and husband Richard Dragisic, will feature art and antiques of southern Italy and Sicily.

Coleman, a self-described classicist with roots in Mississippi, says that working on a vacation house presented more opportunities for playful and bold design choices like the uber-dramatic wallpaper in all the main living spaces. It turns out, the designers shared a love of New Orleans before they even met. Brockschmidt, raised in Virginia, describes this shared attraction to the juxtaposition of sophistication and wilderness as “refined frontier” and that they find a common denominator in New Orleans’ combination of pretense and wacky charm. “The words that best describe the home are ‘charming’ and ‘fun’,” homeowner Peggy Floyd says. She gives Brockschmidt and Coleman full credit for the creative design of her French Quarter home, but touches very personal to the Floyd family show up in multiple places. Timber Floyd’s family brought polo to West Texas, a history paid homage to by a collection of horse art in the downstairs bedroom. Timber’s passion for gemology inspired the dominant theme of ashlar stone uniting the entry, living room and kitchen. Rancher Timber Floyd, however, had no intention of purchasing a home in the city — that is, until he heard the captivating history of the little house on Barracks Street and knew it needed to be preserved. The circa-1830 building was owned by La Société Hospitalière des Dames Louisianaises, a charity founded in 1879 to aid impoverished Civil War widows. The Société bought the property on Barracks Street and opened the Maison Hospitalière to provide housing for women who were left without any means of support. What started out as a single one-story cottage expanded to include 13 buildings, a large part of the block from Dauphine to Bourbon Street. Later, the Maison Hospitalière evolved into a skilled nursing facility with 100 residences that cared for elderly men and women until 2006 when Hurricane Katrina dealt it and many other local institutions a coup de grace. In its latest incarnation, La Maison Hospitalière has been developed into luxury residences called Maison du Parc, featuring 10 homes around a central courtyard. Thanks to Peggy and Timber Floyd and the design team of Brockschmidt and Coleman, this little piece of history, a Civil War widows’ home, has been restored to a flamboyant 21st century version of classic Creole with more New Orleans charm than you can shake a stick at, as they say in cattle country.


Jennifer and Jim Pacione, installed a cocktail pool when they built their house on a compact lot. Jennifer wanted the pool area to feel like a boutique hotel. She researched small pools and the term “cocktail pool” came up, striking just the right chord. She chose all the finishes, blue glass tile and peacock pavers. Jennifer says, “I just liked the color blue. It looks so vibrant with white.” The home and the pool were built by Centanni.


ew Orleans is a place of water. Lakes and bayous surround it, and its geography is defined by the Mississippi River. A vision made liquid by the chimera of a summer day, the air thick with moisture and humidity, can make it feel as though you’re swimming while walking. Perhaps the lost city of Atlantis is found? New Orleanians thrive and cope in many ways. Seersucker suits and light summer dresses; icy sno-cones; cool libations on covered porches and verandas; air-conditioned everything; and of course, swimming pools. There are so many lovely interpretations of the swimming pool a New Orleans homeowner can include as part of his or her lifestyle. From compact, sleek and modern, written and styled to a sub-tropical oasis or By Valorie Hart boutique hotel-inspired — Photography by you can’t go wrong. Sara Essex Bradley The city’s unique lot sizes offer both challenge and opportunity for expression for a private oasis tailored to your taste, style and hot weather whims.


Sara and Paul Costello relocated to New Orleans some years ago, now living the dream of a large house in the Garden District. (Disclosure: Paul Costello contributed to this issue.) The house has several porches and verandas providing the quintessential summer experience. The front porch has a perfect swing, while a side veranda is styled as an outdoor living room. Another veranda off the living room overlooks the pool that the Costellos added after they moved in. Their design point of view is a minimalist nod to the famous Grey Gardens in East Hampton, New York. “The Francois Carre sunburst back metal spring chairs were the inspiration for the whole design,� Sara says. The couple designed the double chaise lounges with striped cushions. Several areas of the garden offer a perfect spot for alfresco dining.

Jennifer Brussiere was so excited to acquire her historical home, which was the caretaker’s house on the old Delachaise Plantation in the Bouligny section of New Orleans. She says, “When I bought the house it really had nothing but cement in the backyard, so I cut away the cement into the organic shape to fit around where I wanted the pool,” The colorful tuffets are from Design Within Reach made from recycled flip-flops. Jim’s Pools constructed the pool, and Magnolia Pools is in charge of upkeep and maintenance. The European hanging pod chair is from Bios Hide. Jennifer spent years searching for the right plants. “I didn’t want the typical Uptown English garden type plants,” Jennifer says. She spent years cultivating the creeping fig that covers the fencing to create a green oasis. Plants are from Urban Roots. Landscaping by Fleur de Lis Landscaping. Rocks are from Jim Stone. Philippe Starck dining chairs are used for outdoor dining on the poolside patio.

In 2008, Sarah and Spencer Ott added a pool to the key lot upon which their Uptown house is situated. The urban myth is that the lot was once acquired to host a previous owner’s daughter’s debutante party. There is a long alley leading to the back area where the pool is. It’s utilized for an outdoor serving area with a grill, which was added in 2014 with the help of Beverly Katz. “The only furniture that is special to me are the yellow benches I bought at Garden Gates, which is no longer n business,” Sarah says. There’s a lovely sitting area poolside nestled under a covered portico. On the far side of the pool is a dining area. Paradise Pools did the pool construction, the container plantings are by Niki Epstein and the couple worked with Sean Maytas Landscaping.

Written and styled by Valorie Hart Photography by Sara Essex Bradley

s n a t f Ca s l i a t k c o &C The Menu The Cocktails: Shochu Sunset & The Sweet Dream The Food: Spicy Shrimp Deviled Eggs Lemongrass Sausage Meatballs with Sambal Glaze Vegetable Cutlet with Tomato Chutney Thai Chicken and Glass Noodle Salad in Lettuce Cups Grilled Pineapple with Banana Kaya

W When summer beckons us poolside, what better way to enjoy the late afternoon than with a cocktail party? Suggested attire — caftan. Caftans evoke exotic glamour, or Bohemian chic, bringing to mind Elizabeth Taylor in her heyday in the 1970s, and of course the sultry places in faraway countries on the other side of the world. Regal comfort meets beautiful color ripe for visual impact by accessorizing with statement jewelry and beautiful sandals — more is more. Thus attired, you and your guests become part of the festive atmosphere. What better summer entertianing inspiration is there than a poolside retreat with a group of self-proclaimed “girl bosses,” entrepreneurs and businesswomen, and most importantly friends, at the Uptown home of interior designer Nomita Joshi. It was a perfect opportunity for Joshi to use the textiles she has been collecting from her native country of India. The restaurant MoPho was called in to do the honors of providing its unique and delicious blend of Southeast Asian and Creole food, and also contribute to the libations portion of the caftans and cocktails. Chef Paul Chell of MoPho put together a perfect collection of cocktail party food that complements the overall happy elegance and casual atmosphere.

Food and cocktails: MoPho, 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845,; Flowers: Hazelnut, 5525 Magazine St., 891-2424,; Caftans: Amanda Stone Talley, 1382 Magazine St., 595-3136,; Pool and outdoor space design and decoration: Nomita Joshi Interior Design, 2043 Magazine St., 616-7073,

The Sweet Dream 1 ounce sugarcane rum 1 ounce pineapple juice ½ ounce Ramazzotti Rosato ¼ ounce Pimento Dram ¼ ounce simple syrup 1 egg white Shake and serve in a coupe; top with Peychaud's Bitters.

From left to right: Jennifer Gardner, Sally Crawford, AimĂŠe Sedky, Colleen Snyder, Nomita Joshi-Gupta, Tricia Mansour, Sarah Allee-Walsh

Shochu Sunset 1 ounce Lemongrass Shochu ½ ounce lemon juice ½ ounce hibiscus ginger syrup Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling sake; garnish with a lemon peel.

Spicy Shrimp Deviled Eggs 12 hard boiled eggs 1 tablespoon shrimp paste (found in Asian markets) ½ cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon minced lemongrass 1 teaspoon minced ginger 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons Creole mustard 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon paprika pinch of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon salt optional – 12 poached, number 90 shrimp cut lengthwise for garnish fresh dill Peel eggs. Cut in half. Separate yolks and whites. Push yolks through a sieve into a medium bowl. Fold in all other ingredients except for optional shrimp garnish. Put the mixture into a piping bag, and pipe it into the white halves of the eggs. Garnish with shrimp if using or a sprig of dill.

Lemongrass Sausage Meatballs with Sambal Glaze 1 pound ground pork 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon chopped lemongrass 2 tablespoons chopped ginger 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon white pepper 3 teaspoons fish sauce (found in Asian markets) 2 tablespoons sugar

Put ground pork in medium bowl. Add other ingredients, and combine with gloved hands. Form into two-ounce meatballs. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. To serve, let cool and place two meatballs on the end of bamboo skewers. Makes 8 meatballs.

Sambal Glaze 1 cup of Sambal Oelek (Sambal and shrimp paste found in Asian markets) 1 cup of sugar 2 teaspoons shrimp paste Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Brush glaze on meatballs.

Vegetable Cutlet with Tomato Chutney 2 medium potatoes, preferably Idaho 1 zucchini, grated, excess moisture squeezed out 1 squash, grated, excess moisture squeezed out 1 carrot, grated 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen 1 teaspoon whole cumin 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed 1 teaspoon whole fenugreek (found in Indian markets) 1 teaspoon black mustard seed 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons coriander powder 1 teaspoon amchur (optional - found in Indian markets) 1 teaspoon asafoetida (optional - found in Indian markets) ¼ cup mint, chopped ¼ cup cilantro, chopped Boil potatoes whole in salted water until tender. Remove from water and cool. When able to handle, remove skins. Put in medium bowl and mash slightly with a fork. Fold in other vegetables. Heat a medium size pan over medium heat. Add oil, and when oil is hot carefully add all spices and fry for 30 seconds. Be careful of mustard seeds, as they will pop. Add spices and oil to potato mixture. Add powders and fresh herbs and fully combine. Using a 10-ounce scoop, form the mixture into balls. Then flatten on both sides to make a disc. Chill discs for 30 minutes until firm. For the breading 2 cups chickpea flour 5 cups water, approximately (or enough to make a slurry) Panko bread crumbs Dredge cutlets in slurry, then coat in breadcrumbs. Heat fryer to 350 F and fry until golden brown (3 minutes). Tomato Chutney 2 cups whole cherry tomatoes 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 Thai chili minced with ¼ cup minced ginger 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed 1 teaspoon black mustard seed 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed 1 teaspoon fenugreek (found in Indian markets) 1 tablespoon Korean chili flakes

Put whole cherry tomatoes in a medium, non-reactive pot with the cinnamon stick and rice wine vinegar and simmer over medium heat until tomatoes burst and vinegar has reduced. It will resemble a slightly loose marmalade. Put this mixture into a medium bowl. Add chili, ginger, halved tomatoes, and combine. Heat a small pan over medium high heat; add oil. When oil is hot, add all seeds. Fry for thirty seconds. Add oil and seeds to tomato mixture. Add Korean chili flakes. Spoon chutney on vegetable cutlets.

Tips: 1. Use textiles as table coverings. Mix color and pattern within a specific palette. 2. Go faux for flowers! These are not your granny’s plastic flowers, but botanically-specific and beautifully-crafted stems that won’t wilt in summer heat. These beauties came from Hazelnut on Magazine Street. Mix in cuttings of real greens (cut from the yard) to further fool the eye. 3. Elevate a basic outdoor umbrella by adding fringe. 4. Drape outdoor furniture with pretty throws or large pieces of fabric. 5. Bring toss pillows from inside the house outside for the event. 6. Gather your pretty stemware and dishes. “Shop” your house for pieces to use that, tell your color story. In this case it was a collection of turquoise platters, pink glassware and mix and match plates. 7. Limit your menu to a few special things that will stand out. 8. Do use the services of a chef or restaurant you love so you can be a guest at your own party.

Thai Chicken and Glass Noodle Salad in Lettuce Cups 2 bone-in chicken quarters equal parts of salt and sugar Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Season the chicken with salt and sugar. Roast for 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Pick the meat; discard skin, bones and cartilage. Slightly shred the meat. ½ grated carrot ½ grated daikon radish ½ cup blanched sliced snow peas ½ cup mung bean sprouts ½ cup mango (not too ripe), julienned 2 bundles of cooked glass noodles Lime dressing 2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice 1 cup Golden Mountain seasoning sauce (from Asian markets) 3 Thai chilies, minced 1 cup granulated sugar pinch of salt 1 head of Bibb lettuce, separated into individual leaves In a medium bowl combine vegetables, mango, noodles, chicken and dressing. Using gloved hands, thoroughly combine. Adjust salt and Golden Mountain seasoning if necessary. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter; fill each leaf with the salad.

Grilled Pineapple with Banana Kaya 3 bananas 1 pineapple 1 jar Kaya (from Asian markets) chili flakes

Heat oven to 350 F. Roast bananas in skins for 20 minutes. Let cool. Peel bananas and put in food processor. Add one jar of Kaya. Remove skin from pineapple and cut into large dice. Place on skewers. Season it with salt and sugar. Grill on prepared charcoal grill, medium-high heat until caramelized. Sprinkle on chili flakes. Serve Banana Kaya as a dipping sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of your favorite granola.



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The Historic New Orleans Collection

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Entablature, LLC

Doorman Designs

Design-Build General Contractor,






Sutton House by Kelly Sutton


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10356 River Road, St. Rose, 504/275-6617,

The Plant Gallery

Leonel’s Fine Upholstery and Furniture

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2843 Piedmont St, Kenner, 504/469-0889,

TAG Homes, Inc.

Louisiana Custom Closets


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Chase’s Landscape Services, LLC

Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc.

Pieri Tile and Marble Co., Inc.


1818 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 504/888-2300,

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Eclectic Home

Renaissance Doors

Ruffino Custom Closets

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

Tuscan Stone Imports 720 S Galvez St, New Orleans, 504/837-1511,

Stafford Tile & Stone 5234 Magazine St, New Orleans, 504/895-5000,

Valerie Legras Atelier 4236 Canal St, New Orleans, 504/265-8475,








For decades, the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District neighborhoods, nestled just upriver of the CBD, suffered from disinvestment and demolition of their historic built fabric. In recent years, vacant lots have given way to innovative new homes, creating a vibrant neighborhood where nineteenth century mansions and shotguns coexist with the best of contemporary design. On Sunday, May 19th, the New Orleans Architecture Foundation, in partnership with New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, hosted their inaugural self-guided tour of contemporary homes which re-knit the fabric of the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District. TROYER/COLE RESIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL MANTESE




NOAF Contemporary Home Tour New Residential Design in New Orleans Introduction and Residence Descriptions by John P. Klingman


wo nineteenth century Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods with complex histories provided the locus for the NOAF’s Inaugural Contemporary Home Tour. The venerable Lower Garden District was a fashionable place to settle in the early nineteenth century, boasting a unique layout that included Coliseum Square as a focal point. Meanwhile, across Magazine Street the Irish Channel developed as a working class neighborhood closely connected with the port activity along the Mississippi River. Following a period of decline in the late twentieth century, today both neighborhoods are thriving; the recent renovation of the Coliseum Square fountain is a noteworthy indication of neighborhood pride, and renovations and new houses are occurring on almost every block in the Irish Channel. Among the new houses being built in these neighborhoods, the majority are reflective of nineteenth century New Orleans building types, particularly the townhouse and the camelback. There are also a number of contemporary designs; and these are the focus of our attention. One may be surprised to see contemporary design in neighborhoods that are under the jurisdiction of the city’s Historic District Landmarks Commission; however, this is consistent with the HDLC guidelines, that allow for a complementary relationship between old and new. The most appropriate architecture reflects its time, its place and the cultural values of its builders. With respect to place, it is the elements of New Orleans architecture that are more fundamental than stylistic features. Beginning with the interaction between the building and the street; typically porches, balconies or galleries allow for neighborly connections. Second is the provision of shading in our semitropical climate, with vegetation and building components like deep overhangs, shutters and louvers. Third is establishing the scale of the building that is commensurate with that of the surroundings. Finally, there is the relationship between the building and its garden or courtyard, perhaps hinted at from the street. It is the careful attention to these elements that connects a contemporary design approach

to New Orleans history. A less commonly recognized advantage of contemporary design in the historic city concerns legibility. One can argue that the true value of a historic building is more easily recognized when set in contrast to a contemporary neighbor. Instead, we often attempt to show appreciation for the past with a twenty-first century recreation of a nineteenth century style. There is some uneasiness that arises from this approach however. The fine residential structures of the nineteenth century accommodated a lifestyle that is no longer the norm. For example, in earlier times kitchens were service spaces, sometimes not even located within the principal structure; today they often form a hub for family life and entertainment. Newer technologies like the automobile, air conditioning and rooftop solar power have changed the way people think about buildings. The labor-intensive handcraft available in the nineteenth century is less prevalent, and building materials have changed appreciably; New Orleans is a city built with wood, but cementitious siding has replaced old growth cypress. Synthetic stucco, a thin veneer, competes with true stucco, and slate roofs are prohibitively expensive. Often metal roofs are preferable to asphalt shingles. New Orleans is something of an outlier with respect to embracing contemporary residential design. Of course, one thinks about Los Angeles or Miami as primary examples of the dominance of the Modern, but contemporary residential designs exist in historic cities like New York City and Philadelphia. Cities abroad also provide exciting examples: Montreal, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Dublin come immediately to mind. In Kyoto, the capital of Japan for a thousand years, contemporary houses sit alongside of ancient buildings. The projects that were featured on the Home Tour provide a variety of approaches to contemporary design. However, they all expand the tradition of New Orleans residential architecture. The projects featured on the Home Tour provided a variety of approaches to contemporary design. However, they all expand the tradition of New Orleans residential architecture.

John P. Klingman is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Tulane University where he served on the fulltime faculty for thirty-five years. His book, New in New Orleans Architecture, is available at local bookstores. For more information about each home on the tour, please visit


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Troyer/Cole Residence 1521 Camp Place On a verdant street near Coliseum Square, architect Wayne Troyer has completed a major renovation/addition to his own house. It respects the linear footprint of the original midcentury modern dwelling, but brings a new vertical scale into play. There is a compelling quirkiness to the exterior composition, particularly with a large corner clerestory window acting as an architectural exclamation point. Vertical board siding introduces another level of syncopation to the dynamic exterior, while inside the dramatic new kitchen and dining spaces provide a new level of amenity. studioWTA, Wayne Troyer, Natan DiaconFurtado, Daniel Kautz, Ross Karsen


Aitken/Diaz Residence 1113/1115 St Mary Street This is the most unusual of the contemporary house tour projects. From the street the two party-wall buildings appear to be well-behaved nineteenth century townhouses. However, their renovation and connection have allowed for the creation of a twenty-first century residential compound within. A most engaging aspect of the new spaces includes linear skylights that bring natural light down through the deep plan. Apart from the smart interior renovations, the focus of contemporary design is an extensive, exotic series of water gardens in the shared courtyard. Designer Ramiro Diaz, who has been working on urban water issues for years with Waggonner and Ball, has created a connected series of water elements that enhance runoff water quality while providing a high degree of amenity. Jaime Ramiro Diaz, designer and project manager; 1113 St. Mary: NANO, architect of record; 1115 St. Mary: James R Diaz, Kaplan/ McLaughlin/Diaz; architect of record; Christopher E Johnson consulting architect; Evans + Lighter Landscape Design

Stetler Residence 500 Jackson Avenue Here is a street-friendly house that holds a corner on Jackson near the river. It is a simple two-story mass with a single pitched roof, clad in metal siding like many of the warehouses nearby. It establishes residential scale with the carefully designed porches that enfront the avenue. The porches use a perforated aluminum panel surround as a signature element. Like many of the contemporary houses in the area, it uses some wood siding judiciously on the exterior to provide some visual warmth. A pleasant side garden accompanies the house on the lake side, and a roof terrace on the rear outbuilding provides an additional amenity. Peter Kilgust, architect




Bandzuch Residence 2322 St Thomas Street This project in the Irish Channel is a two family residence, a very common program in the city. However, its organization, contemporary architectural treatment and emphasis on sustainable systems are less typical. There is a single story rental unit on one side. The owner’s unit, for builder Robert Bandzuch, is beside it and occupies the entire second floor. Architectural interest is enhanced by the use of multiple cladding materials. Dark, wide siding enhances verticality while areas of natural finish wood mark front entries and much of the garden façade. Here, extensive development includes a pleasant pool and pavilion. Jonathan Marcantel, designer; Gene Guidry, architect of record

Gilmore Residence 608 Fourth Street This contemporary house in the Irish Channel has a striking presence thanks in part to its crisp, careful detailing. It has a simple thin shape, resulting from the narrowness and small size of its lot. From the street, visual interest is created by the contrasting hardwood siding marking the entrance as well as the dark trim around the two pairs of exterior windows. The efficiently planned, light-filled interior provides three bedrooms and combines a vertical second floor space with a third level loft. The entrance is from the side, articulated by an overhang that provides shelter, like a side gallery; and the bright yellow door is visible from the street. A handsome natural finish seven board fence encloses the side garden. Mary Gilmore, architect; Kyle Gilmore

home renewal

Curb Appeal Make your house stand out with thoughtful landscaping

The old cliché says, “You never get a second chance

to make a first impression.” This is true for people and houses. The first impression a visitor will get of a home is the exterior. There are many things owners can do to make the exterior beautiful, increase its resale value and make it look attractive to potential buyers. “The first thing buyers will see before they even get out of the car is the ‘curb appeal’,” said Greg Jeanfreau, a realtor with Latter & Blum. Sarah Martzolf, a realtor with The Martzolf Group, said landscaping leads prospective buyers to believe the previous owners cared about the property. If it’s in a neighborhood full of well-landscaped homes, it will make buyers think it’s a warm, welcoming neighborhood. The most simple and obvious thing homeowners can do (yet many fail to do) is to keep the grass cut often. Edging the lawn is just as important as mowing. It keeps the grass from growing over the sidewalks. Mulching can improve the health of the soil and reduce the amount of weeds. Speaking of weeds, if you see them in the lawn or on the sidewalk, pull them out immediately. Flowers and shrubbery can add a splash of color to the outside of a home, catching the eyes of visitors. If you are not planning on selling in the near future, Jeanfreau said you can beautify the exterior by planting shrubs that will do well in the climate but not overtake the front of the house. Something like oleanders can look good at first, but eventually overgrow even substantial spaces. Gardenias and sweet olive are examples of slower growers that are easier to control. “One of the most common mistakes people make when landscaping is not having knowledge about the plants they choose … You want to



install plants you like, but you also need to know what the form will be over time,” said Kim Alvarez, a landscape architect with Landscape Images Ltd. Alvarez added that it is important to consider the size of your house when planting trees in front of it. The trees should be proportional to the house, not overwhelm it. If you already have bushes or trees in front of your home, make sure you trim them on a regular basis. If a tree has too many branches or a bush is overgrown, it can obscure the view of your house. Martzolf agreed with Alvarez. “Covering up architectural details can be a problem,” Martzolf said. Martzolf also noted that landscaping can be a challenge in New Orleans because many homes, especially those Uptown, come on small lots. However, careful placement of greenery like box hedges or Savannah holly trees can work well and make the house appear bigger to prospective buyers. “A clean, crisp, tailored yard will always make a small space look its largest,” Martzolf said. offered another easy trick — paint the front door a jazzy color that blends well with the house. A wreath on the door and potted plants by the entrance can also create a warm, welcoming vibe. If your home has a driveway, it’s important that it be presentable to visitors or buyers. Recycling bins or trash cans are not pretty, so keep them out of sight. If you have minor cracks in your driveway, patch or reseal them yourself for approximately $100-150. “Just as you don’t want to have a cluttered interior, be careful not to overdo it outside,” Jeanfreau said.– By Fritz Esker




Color Pop

Art by Kate Tova from Perch,

Celebrate summer with vibrant hues By Mirella Cameron

Vintage pink Moroccan Boujad Rug from Sunday Shop,

Rhoda Chair in pink cotton velvet from Eclectic Home,

Erica Wakerly wallpaper from Spruce,

Mustard linen lumber pillow from Sunday Shop, Crystal Tic Tac Toe Game from Eclectic Home,



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Blender Bender Mix, crush, pulse and purée summer frosés and more Do you like pina coladas? Do you dream of wasting away in Margaritaville? Mixing up a pool or porch side frosty cold drink is one of the best things about summertime in New Orleans. We’ve selected the ultimate ice-smashing, smoothie making blenders for power, style and even an economical (read, replaceable) option for the pool house or beach house. - By Ashley McLellan





All Business

Design and Function

Vitamix has a name and reputation that promises (and delivers) professional quality blending for almost any occasion. With five preprogrammed settings, the Vitamix is equally at home in a busy family kitchen as it is behind the bar — pureeing for soups, blending for smoothies and crushing for frozen drinks. Available in brushed stainless, copper, black and red.

A blender that is so hip, you’ll want to keep it on your countertop instead of banishing it to the appliance barn with your mixer and pasta maker. The SMEG retro blender even won the “Good Design” award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. It has four speeds and three pre-programmed settings for smoothie, ice crush and pulse Even better, it’s available in eight colors, from cherry red to pastel blue, mint green and pink



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Beach Bum

The Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO may quickly become the workhorse of your kitchen and bar. The Ninja comes with a full-sized, 72-ounce blender and a single-serve 20-ounce cup for smoothies or blended drinks on the go. It also is a tech-lovers dream, with an easy touchscreen display and seven, pre-set programs for the ultimate in shakes, desserts, soups and daiquiris.

Sometimes you need a basic blender that does one thing, really well — mix up margaritas, daiquiris and frozen drinks at the beach house or, better yet, poolside. The Oster Classic Series Basic Blender does the job. A specially-designed “Crush Pro” blade is made professionally to crush and blend ice. The Oster has 10 different blade speeds and a power boost, that will frappe your drink in minutes.





Backyard Living Tips from the pros for high-style and high-function outdoor living spaces

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” sang Ella Fitzgerald — these are lyrics New Orleanians know well. Every season has its charm and while often hotter than we might prefer, summer is no different. Backyard living has become as big a focus for homeowners as indoor living, with more people requiring the same comforts outside as they do inside. From kitchens and dining spaces to casual sitting areas, pools, fireplaces, and gardens, outdoor living space can serve a variety of functions while extending the home’s aesthetic design. Interior designers and firms are often now bringing their interior expertise to the outdoors. As clients want interior comforts available outside, designers like Erin Nelson of Abode are incorporating more outdoor products in their designs and stores. “A lot of our clients are actually surprised by the fact that we offer outdoor furniture, cushions, lighting, [and so forth],” says Nelson. “I usually tell clients to make a list of all the things they want to do in their outdoor space—I really try and approach it from a functionality standpoint because, for us, the easy part is making it look great,” she says. According to Penny Francis, owner of Eclectic Home, the lines are



blurred now between designs and materials used both indoors and outdoors. Aluminum, natural materials like raffia, rattan and teak, and upholstered pieces are all being mixed into outdoor environments. When considering your outdoor living space, Francis says to start as you would with the interior. “Look at properties of scale and look at defining your groupings areas, whether with rugs, lighting, fire table, cabana, [and so on],” says Francis. “Look at what will have direct sunlight and what will be covered.” Once you know what you want to do with a space, figuring out how to make it work with and under Louisiana’s summer sun is a significant consideration. How do you stay cool while taking advantage of the outdoors? How do you take advantage of natural light without burning up in July and August? Everything can make a difference — from the building materials and finishes, to the flow of the space and the shading, whether by plants and trees or walls and shutters. Outdoor design is the expertise of Matt Quitzau, associate landscape architect at Mullin Landscape Associates, a residential and commer-

cial design build company offering everything from pools, hardscape, and outdoor structures to planting, drainage, irrigation and landscape lighting. Quitzau acknowledges that swimming pools are an obvious option for staying cool in summertime, but he also notes how shade structures like pavilions and pergolas with fans are a great way to make outdoor space enjoyable when the summer heat rolls in. “I’ve noticed that the more successful spaces are the ones that don’t have every possible landscape element crammed together,” says Quitzau. He has noticed that rather than fitting in a pool, hot tub, outdoor structure, fire pit, fountain and kitchen, more people are focusing their budgets on a couple of custom, high-end elements to go with their landscaping. “Usually incorporating two to four of these elements instead of all of them makes for a nicer overall look and functionality,” says Quitzau. “The simpler style can open up the space and make it feel less cluttered.” Homeowners want to utilize their space year round. To be comfortable in every season, consider a shade structure to keep an area of the yard cool in summertime while adding a heating element such as a fireplace to make it more comfortable in fall and winter. To create a room-like feel, Quitzau utilizes vegetation and large canopy trees for screening, which in some cases can also help shade. “Large Eagleston hollies are a great perimeter plant that offers immediate screening,” he says. “I also love mature specimen trees that can stand alone and offer interesting color or texture like Japanese maple and Chinese fringe trees.” While vegetation can provide one solution, convenient wall systems can also be helpful. LAS might be best known for windows and shut-

ters, but the company’s products also include a variety of wall and door systems. “Customers are coming to us to solve issues with their new outdoor living spaces such as blocking that eyesore in the next lot or mitigating wind and sunlight so that they can enjoy the space as envisioned,” says Richard Maia, chief operations officer. “Our wall systems include arrangements such as gates, operable walls, and folding walls to provide solutions.” LAS wall systems were developed to pair with the company’s shutters both aesthetically and functionally. According to Maia, there are options to custom enhance the products for an individual’s needs. “Since we completely machine all wall system components in house, we can custom tilt and space the louvers to address any target issue such as blocking sunlight or wind from coming through an opening,” says Maia. “Similarly, we can open louvers or increase spacing to increase airflow or fine tune visibility to a specific desire.” Surprisingly, many customers who want wall systems don’t know what kind or why — Maia recommends knowing beforehand exactly what you want to address. If you’re looking to fill an opening and want to stay on budget, he recommends avoiding accents like bricks and trim that might change the opening to something other than a square shape. When it comes to outdoor flooring and decking, wood is commonly used. Located at 6010 Magazine St., Vision Wood offers wood flooring, exterior wood decking, reclaimed wood cladding, custom wood furniture and more. There, Owner Greg McGavran and Head of Design James Berault provide a total wood resource for the architectural and design community as well as homeowners doing new construction and renovations.



According to McGavran, tropical woods are being utilized less by nature of their sourcing and dark colors, which retain heat and are hot in the sun’s exposure. Rather, he recommends sustainable woods that weather to a light grey. “The materials we offer for exterior use are all natural and all wood,” says Berault. “You will see a lot of companies offer plastic and PVC composite materials for decking and other exterior use — these products get very hot when exposed to direct sunlight, and we’ve even seen this material melt in some cases.” Instead, Berault and McGavran recommend Ash and Spanish Chestnut for decking options, noting its comfort underfoot and lack of heat retention. According to McGavran, Vision Wood customers are surprised to learn that natural options like thermally modified Ash and Chestnut will last 25 plus years in this climate. Berault adds that companies are now harnessing science and technology to create durable, long-lasting wood materials out of fast-growing wood species that have not traditionally been well suited for exterior use. Customers considering natural wood should be aware of the maintenance schedule when installing for an outdoor application. “If the client wants to maintain the appearance of the wood the same as the first day it is installed, an exterior-grade clear sealer will need to be applied every year or so depending on exposure,” says Berault. “We prefer allowing the wood material to age naturally and beautifully. Our wood materials gain a beautiful silver patina after a few months of UV exposure.” Outdoor surfaces make a big difference in the feel of the space, and



outdoor kitchens — one of the hottest trends in outdoor features — utilize a lot of surfaces. At Nordic Kitchens & Baths, President Randall Shaw keeps a finger on the pulse of the latest outdoor kitchen surfaces and appliances. “We’re seeing a change in outdoor kitchens, going from stone or brick enclosures with access doors and now moving towards powder-coated cabinets and stainless steel,” says Shaw. These options offer more practical storage as well as the easier maintenance, he says. There’s no fear of mold as there might be with stucco and brick, and in some cases cleaning can be as easy as hitting them with the hose. High-end cabinetry brands such as Kalamazoo are starting to offer 316-grade stainless steel, a marine-quality grade higher than the 304 grade used in many homes. The higher grade of stainless is more resistant to oxidizing and rusting. According to Shaw, Kalamazoo is at the top end when it comes to outdoor cabinetry, creating beautiful powder-coated finishes and features such as rain gutters around the cabinet doors that keep water out of the interior of the cabinet, even if sprayed. The sun can be a factor in the comfort of your outdoor kitchen, though in a different manner than the usual summer heat — Shaw recommends planning both your finishes and the location of your surfaces so that you don’t end up with painful glares of sun reflecting in your eyes throughout the year. It sure would be a shame to mix the perfect mint julep, relax onto your porch swing, and have to shield your eyes from the glare of your top-of-the-line appliance. This expert advice should help you stay cool and comfortable outdoors this summer. - By Kelcy Wilburn

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last indulgence

Cool Summer A berry-infused champagne cocktail pairs well with rising temps

Melanie’s Berry Champagne Cocktail 3 strawberries 3 raspberries

The New Orleans summer heat is upon

us, which means finding any and every way to stay cool. An icy, bubbly beverage is at once essential and decadent — especially when the bubbles are derived from champagne. If you were thinking ahead during strawberry season, you will have frozen a few batches of this sweet, spring fruit. If not, your favorite grocery store is sure to have loads of organic strawberries flash frozen at the peak of



freshness. If strawberries aren’t your jam, feel free to double the raspberries or substitute with your favorite berry. Sometimes I’ll also muddle a little fresh mint in with the berries and lime juice to add another layer of flavor. To share this treat with others simply multiply the ingredients based on the number of guests (for four guests you’ll need 12 strawberries and 2 tablespoons of lime juice, for example). Enjoy inside, poolside or on the porch or patio. Cheers! – By Melanie Warner Spencer

½ tablespoon fresh lime juice Champagne Rinse berries, remove the tops of strawberries, muddle them with two of the raspberries and lime juice or puree them in blender. Add mixture to flute or coupe, top with champagne and garnish with remaining berries.