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

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c o n t en t s

30 features 46. As You are

Logan Killen Interiors renews Northshore house to reflect couple’s personalities and lifestyle

By Lee Coutrone

56. URBAN OASIS

Stylish New Orleans outdoor living spaces large, small and everything between

By Valorie Hart

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66. PICNIC CHIC

A vintage-inspired outdoor spread to kick your summer off in style

By Valorie Hart

76. best of home winners

in every issue

14. Editor’s Note 18. Style 22. Artist Profile

Bonnie Maygarden

24. Gatherings

Fresh Perspective Inspired by flavors of her heritage, Chef Diana Chauvin Galle puts a Thai twist on a local favorite

26. For the Garden

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Garden Rule Taking advantage of extension programs like the Master Gardeners of New Orleans

28. Living with Antiques

At Play Antique toys add history and whimsy to any room

30. Masters of Their Craft

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Character Building Carpenter and designer Matthew Holdren creates custom wood pieces with reclaimed materials

33. TrendWatch

Fancy Feast In New Orleans, the best escape from punishing temperatures is to retreat to the air conditioning. Even if dining “al fresco” during the hot summers means eating inside, now is the right time to set the table for a party.

94. Home Renewal Outliers Is opportunity knocking in the suburbs?

96. in the Spotlight

Louisiana Custom Closets (p. 96) Renaissance Doors (p. 97) The Historic New Orleans Collection (p. 98)

100. Expert Advice

The Great Outdoors Creating backyard living spaces fit for your indoor style

110. Resources 112. Last Indulgence

Fruits of Summer The season’s bounty in flavor-packed parcels


editor’s note On the Cover

Summer Lovin’

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hen we entertain, inevitably everyone ends up on our front porch. It’s pretty hard to resist sitting a spell with cocktails or homemade lemonade in one of our white rocking chairs or at the red bistro table. To quell the oppressive heat, we have a ceiling fan and when that doesn’t work, it helps to fill our red beverage tub to the rim with ice and cold beer. Japanese boxwoods, a trellis loaded with Confederate Jasmine, a few ferns and, during spring and summer, a sno-ball door hanger, as well as a rustic wooden ladder in the corner with candles and small plants contribute to the atmosphere and — I hope — distract from the heat. The ceiling is, of course, painted the requisite haint blue and a Bluetooth speaker or two has us covered when it comes to enhancing the auditory environment. We spend countless hours on the porch whether or not we have guests. Often, we’ll take our coffee there in the morning and read or just enjoy watching the streetcar ramble down St. Charles Avenue. On temperate evenings, rigging up the laptop to watch a movie al fresco is a treat, but mostly we post up in the rockers and shoot the breeze over whatever our beverage of choice is at the moment. Like most New Orleanians, our porch has certainly become another room of the house, which isn’t uncommon when you live in a subtropical climate. In this issue, we are celebrating well-designed, well-appointed and well-loved outdoor spaces. From porches and patios to pools, the Crescent City does open-air living like no other. We hope you’ll find all of the inspiration you need to decorate and accessorize your own outdoor spaces this summer. Our entertaining feature takes the party to the park for those who prefer picnics to porch-sits. Whatever your pleasure, cheers to long summer days and cool nights recovering in the air conditioning.

Urban Oasis, p. 56 Small outdoor spaces can still pack a punch. By playng up color and texture, Susan and Charles Booker transformed their Uptown backyard into a charming retreat. The Novogratz outdoor rug ties the space together. Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

Editor’s Pick

— Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor Tropical Breezes

P.S. If there is one “accessory” we can’t resist including in the magazine’s home stories (and our own homes) whenever we have the chance, it’s a dog. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles contributing photographer Sara Essex Bradley also can’t resist and has a knack for capturing our best friends in chic settings. Bradley’s “Dog Décor: Canines Living Large,” is a fun and stylish homage to our furry friends.

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Step inside Sunday Shop, the retail venture of Logan Killeen Interiors. Apart from the swoon-worthy furniture, textiles and accessories, you’ll notice the divine scents in the air. Infuse your own interiors with these heady tropical fragrances by Coqui Coqui aromatic candles — just in time for summer. Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 342-2087, sundayshop.co.


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STYL E Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux

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The flecks of juicy orange on this natural flax background will have you seeing spots. Available in 20-inch square and lumbar sizes, local blogger and decorator Whitney J. designs and handmakes pillows in her eponymous collection to reflect the energy and vitality of a new generation of New Orleans design enthusiasts. whitenyjdecor.com.

The Ro-Sham-Beaux Genevieve table lamp gives off a beachy-chic vibe even in the most urban settings. Its curvy base has a multifaceted matte white finish that softly glimmers when it catches the light thanks to elegant brass accents. An oversized linen drum shade and wispy jute tassel finish the look and enhance its organic design sensibility. Connie Seitz Interiors (by appointment only), 839 Heavens Drive Suite A, Mandeville, 235-1193, ro-sham-beaux.com.

In their eighth collaboration, “Garden Legacy,� local preservationists Mary Louise Mossy Christovich and Roulhac Bunkley Toledano explore the French-American tradition of landscape design and how French settlers in New Orleans adapted garden prototypes from the era of Louis XIV to suit the small-scale gardens of colonial Louisiana. Their sumptuously illustrated survey showcases period maps and prints from North American and European institutions; the 19th-century plan-book collection of the New Orleans Notarial Archives; and contemporary memoirs of early Louisiana settlers and naturalists. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, 523-4662, hnoc.org.

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This season, tiny tables are all the rage and this one truly sparkles. Designed by John-Richard, this faceted-glass end table is perfectly proportioned for a cocktail or coffee cup. Like jewelry for the home, it dresses up a living room, bedroom, or any room in need of a little glam. Haven Custom Furnishings, 300 Jefferson Highway Suite 102, 304-2144, havencustomfurnishings.com.

Kettle-brewed in small batches, The Owl’s Brew is the first ever tea-inspired all-natural mixer made from tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs. Available in a variety of flavors, it mixes well with vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin, or champagne and provides the at-home-entertainer an effortless way to offer craft cocktails. The Fresh Market, 3338 St. Charles Ave., 895-5160 and 755 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 831-0784, owlsbrew.com.

Drawing on today’s bright colors and bold patterns, Hatcher Design has reinvented a classic design staple it in an effortlessly cool way. Their chalky white intaglios are individually cast in porcelain plaster, backed on hand-dyed Himalayan rice paper and presented in neon acrylic cubes giving the Old World favorites fresh flair. Katie Koch Home, 3905 Magazine St., 410-1415, katiekochhome.com.

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A RTIST P ROFIL E

Bonnie Maygarden By Lee Cutrone

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aint is artist Bonnie Maygarden’s main medium. Through paint, she also explores other media, such as digital photography and sculpture. Her vividly colored works look like they are generated digitally, but are completely handmade. Some have a trompe l’oeil three-dimensional quality, yet they are painted on a flat canvas. “We are so based in our online world,” says Maygarden. “One of the things I love about creating trompe l’oeil paintings is that they force people to stop and question what they are looking at.” Maygarden’s love of art flourished early. The native New Orleanian studied art through Lusher Charter School’s Talented in the Arts Program, at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and at LSU before attending Pratt Institute, where she earned her BFA in painting and drawing. When she returned to New Orleans from New York, she obtained her MFA at Tulane. She’s taught art at Tulane, Southeastern Louisiana University and The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2016, she traveled to London to attend an artist-in-residence program sponsored by The Slade School of Fine Art and Camden Arts Centre. Her style is influenced by both the photorealist and West

Coast minimalist movements. Initially, she photographed her subject matter and then painted it as realistically as possible. As Maygarden experimented with the relationship between painting and digital representation and the value of one versus the other (“painting is traditionally perceived as more valuable,” she says), the work evolved. Her current process involves manipulating the surface of the canvas with folds and rolls to create a map for the image, then applying paint to the textured terrain. Her paintings depicting crumpled masses of gold Mylar look like sculpture-in-the-round. “In history, a painting was used as a window,” says Maygarden. “I like the idea of a painting feeling like an object within a space.” Maygarden also uses the work to delve into other questions and ideas: how “materiality” (paint versus digital for example) affects our understanding of art, what connotes luxury, the effects of color, the magical way light interacts with the world around us and the beauty of natural phenomena. Some of her paintings evoke aerial photos of water and sand dunes. “To arrest people’s attention for a few minutes is a challenge,” says the artist. “It’s also gratifying.” n

view more of maygarden’s work Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., jonathanferraragallery.com

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Fresh Perspective Inspired by flavors of her heritage, Chef Diana Chauvin Galle puts a Thai twist on a local favorite Produced By Margaret Zainey Roux

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recipe

Red Fish Fillets with Lemon Butter, Garlic and Thai Basil

2 6-ounce redfish fillets, boneless and skinless 1 ounce panko bread crumbs 1/4 ounce crushed pecans (no oil added) 2 tablespoons jumbo lump crabmeat 1 tablespoon olive oil pinch of salt pinch of pepper 1 cup plain, steamed spinach juice of one lemon 2 sprigs Thai basil, torn 1/2 cup cooked plain brown rice 1 teaspoon butter 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In an ovenproof sauté pan, heat oil until simmering. Add coated fillets (turning once) and cook until golden. 3. Transfer fillets to glass baking dish drizzled with olive oil and bake about 10 minutes to cook evenly. 4. In a small saucepan, simmer butter; add lemon, garlic, basil, salt and pepper; and reduce for 5-7 minutes. 5. Add cooked crabmeat and pecans and mix. 6. Serve, place fillet over plate of steamed spinach and top with crabmeat mixture. Serve alongside brown rice and garnish with Thai basil or cilantro (optional). Serves 2

About Chef Diana Chauvin Galle A first-generation Thai and Cajun chef, Chef Diana Chauvin Galle has taken time-honored recipes passed down from both her mother and grandmother and adapted them for the New Orleans palette at her restaurant, La Thai Uptown. When she’s not in the kitchen, the wife and mother of two pursues design projects, practices yoga and supports local charities, including the Fore! Kids Foundation, Louisiana SPCA and Eat Fit NOLA. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.com

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Dr. Joe Willis and Chris Dunaway

Garden Rule Taking advantage of extension programs like the Master Gardeners of New Orleans By Pamela Marquis

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reen Acres,” a sitcom from the late ‘60s, featured a New York City attorney and his dazzling wife who move from their posh neighborhood to the rural community of Hooterville. One of show’s supporting characters is Henry Wadsworth “Hank” Kimball, a bumbling county extension agent. In one episode, some city kids ask Hank how seeds know what to grow into. Kimball replies, “They just look at the pictures on the seed packs.” Kimball is decidedly not your average extension agent. The majority of county agents are prodigiously educated and are valuable resources who are often overlooked and under used. “We offer advice on everything from how to raise your food to what you should do if a possum comes into your yard,” says Chris Dunaway, who has been an LSU AgCenter extension agent for 20 years. So what exactly is an extension agent? The nation’s more than 200 land-grant colleges and universities are charged

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with getting what they’ve learned from their research out into the community. One of the ways they do this is through extension agents, who offer non-formal, non-credit and often free programs to the state’s residents. Besides applying research and providing education in agriculture, extension also offers information on such things as breaking the cycle of poverty, encouraging healthful lifestyles, and preparing youth for responsible adulthood through programs like 4-H. They also provide rapid response to disasters and emergencies and are an especially bountiful resource during hurricane season. In New Orleans, one of the most active extension programs is the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans. Its volunteers are highly trained and provide proven, research-based educational programs to residents in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. “Master Gardeners is a diverse community of men and women — accountants, teachers, entrepreneurs, librarians, jeffrey johnston photograph


resource For great gardening tips, check out the MGGNO’s website at mggno.com. It’s full of valuable information and best practice resources. Learn about the Louisiana Super Plant program. Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil a list of Louisiana Super Plants. They are evaluated and selected for their superior performance under Louisiana growing conditions. You’ll find more information about them on the LSU AgCenter’s website: lsuagcenter.com MGGNO Speakers Bureau is a free community outreach. Master Gardeners speak to groups about gardening. Visit mggno.com/speakers to request a speaker for your garden club, school, church or neighborhood and civic organization.

nurses, physicians, lawyers, dog-walkers — of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds and all are grounded by an interest in the environment and ‘the good earth’,” says Beverly Gianna, who’s been active in the program for many years. Since its inception in 1994, more than 3,500 individuals have participated in Louisiana’s Master Gardeners program. The gardeners receive an intensive, 18-class training. Then they become involved in a wide variety of volunteer programs from refurbishing the Butterfly Circle Garden in Audubon Zoo to manning display tables and sharing knowledge at the Gretna Farmers’ Market.

Susan Goss has been a Master Gardener for more than 15 years, first in Chicago and now in New Orleans. “Plants I would coddle and measure progress with a ruler year after year in Chicago, I nearly have to beat with a stick here in Louisiana to keep from overtaking the windows.” Goss likes the camaraderie of MGGNO and enjoys getting to know and share with other avid southeast Louisiana gardeners. She believes it builds community and friendship. “The difference in neighborhoods seems to disappear when we realize we share the same climate, challenges and triumphs,” she says. Throughout the years, extension has seen its share of budget cuts. Once there were offices filled with agents, all eager to help, but it’s getting harder to get all their research out into the community. “That’s where the Master Gardeners help us out so much,” says New Orleans agent Joe Willis. “They fill that gap. They help with the community and school gardens. They also give lectures at garden clubs on a wide variety of subjects.” Applications to become a MGGNO volunteer are due once a year usually in March. Both Dunaway and Willis say that if you are interested in learning the newest and best gardening techniques, contact them and you will be notified when the next MGGNO training series begins. They can be reached at jwillis@agcenter.lsu.edu or cdunaway@agcenter. lsu.edu. The office phone number is 658-2900. n New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.com

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L I V ING W ITH ANTI Q UES

At Play Antique toys add history and whimsy to any room By Laura Claverie

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uring a recent girls’ trip to Santa Barbara, I visited a number of beautiful private homes, each with its own distinct style. While touring the home of interior designer Lucinda Lester, I was captivated. There in her elegant French country manor home, amid a gorgeous collection of antique and modern pieces, were antique toys. Lester dotted her spaces with antique animals she has collected during her travels to France throughout the last 40 years. Atop the marble mantelpiece in her spacious living room was a white-washed antique horse. On either side of the horse rested bouquets of dried flowers and lavender, creating a charming vignette. In front of the fireplace in her family room, an antique wooden dog slept on the hearth. In a hallway, a hand-carved white-washed clay pig was placed on top of a French buffet. A large antique rocking horse — one

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that obviously gave many children hours of fun — sat on top of a table. Under the table was a wire basket holding two white ducks. Each toy was so subtlety placed that others in my group hardly noticed them until I pointed them out. I found them irresistible. Antique and vintage toys are the perfect accessories to a room. Each toy adds a historic dimension and a touch of whimsy to even the most formal setting. They also add personality and act as conversation starters. “Antique toys work in any setting, formal or contemporary,” says Lester. “They add a human, joyful, childlike feeling to any room. They harken back to a time when we played.” I once visited a home in Old Metairie where the owner had an antique perambulator, or baby carriage, placed in her large foyer. It had been in her family for generations. In it, she placed a few dolls that belonged eugenia uhl photograph


tips Use small, heavy toys as bookends or to break up the monotony of rows of books on bookshelves. Use a toy as the base of a lamp. Large toys (like a sled) can become an end table or coffee table by placing glass or plexiglass on top. Learn the history of the toy so you can share the story with friends.

to her mother. Who could pass such a setting without asking the history behind it? I surely couldn’t. In another home, I saw a vintage toy car, big enough for a three-year-old to peddle down the street. It had chipped paint and some rust peeking through the finish. It looked like a well-worn sculpture in the corner of the library. If you are lucky enough to have a collection of antique sailboats or toy soldiers, display them in a group. Don’t confine them to glass cases; most are meant to be played with and held. If you have one significant piece, showcase it atop a mantel or chest, as Lester does. In my guest bedroom, I have an antique bisque doll (ca. early 1900’s), dressed in a now fragile lace dress and bonnet that once belonged to my late mother-in-law. I placed it on top of a chest of drawers where she watches over the room. Each time I see it, I think

of my mother-in-law as a young girl playing with this precious babe, and I smile. Don’t worry if that toy has a few dings or some chipped paint. Such imperfections give the piece history. Collecting antique and vintage toys is popular right now and prices have skyrocketed — ­ especially early American pieces, according to Lester. You can find some beautiful antique toys on First Dibs, but they are quite pricey. Locally, there are some antique stores that feature collectible antique toys. The Little Toy Shop on St. Ann Street in the French Quarter has a unique collection of Madame Alexander dolls, die-cast toy soldiers, toy musical instruments and more. The Antique Art Collectibles store on Royal Street has a fine assortment of cast-iron toys, antique toy trains and other collectibles. Both of these stores are high-end collectors’ dream stores. At the Magazine Street Antique Mall you can often find less pricey treasures like dolls though, including Raggedy Ann dolls, vintage ceramic figures and piggy banks, books and games. For many, like Lester, finding and caring for these items is a lifetime passion. “We as humans want our homes to be comfortable and safe, a place where we can relax,” she says. “There’s something about looking at a well-loved toy that makes us feel peaceful, restful. A precious toy is good for our psyche and our soul. Doesn’t that make the hunt worthwhile?” n

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M ASTERS O F THEIR CRA F T

Character Building Carpenter and designer Matthew Holdren creates custom wood pieces with reclaimed materials By Jessica DeBold

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he term “unique” is often overused in marketing, design, writing and everyday language. What makes something truly unique is a rarity. Mass production and cultural assimilation make it especially difficult to find pieces that are actually one of a kind. We are blessed, however, to live in a city of creative geniuses eager to accept the challenge of crafting something special. One of those creators is a scruffy, blue-eyed carpenter, who is building a custom housing complex, and owns a furniture making business, which creates eye-catching pieces

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found in various retail stores and shops around the city. His name is Matthew Holdren. Holdren, a New Orleans-transplant hailing from Vermont, began working with wood when he was in the first grade, building tree houses using scrap materials that his father (also a carpenter) would bring home from work. “Growing up watching him build our second house from scratch got me very in tune with it, I was just observing and absorbing,” he said. Holdren is often contacted to beautify interiors and exteriors of buildings for commercial retailers

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and restaurants; he recently appeared in an episode of “The Deed” with Sidney Torres. You may have seen his colorful and rustic-feeling handcrafted designs in popular spots such as Blue Oak BBQ, Hale Stewart, Toast’s Fair Grounds location, Friend menswear store at the Ace Hotel or The Parker Barber in the Central Business District. He also creates custom pieces for residential buyers including staircases, shelving, benches, tables and chairs, handmade to each customer’s specific needs and home’s space. Regarding uniqueness, none of Holdren’s pieces are exactly alike, although most hold true to his taste and unmistakable design. “I work primarily with reclaimed materials,” said Holdren. “These materials have beautiful patinas, they have saw marks, chips and some dents, so I try to do a straightforward design with my approach.” Falling somewhere between the realm of modern and contemporary, Holdren points to his signature technique of using cubes studs in all of his pieces and the natural beauty of the reclaimed materials used. While he has made furniture to sell each year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s market, this year he took a break from the event to focus on his business.

“In the past three years or so, my business has been working on a lot of interiors, where I will go into restaurants or a retail space and learn about how the client wants to use the space,” Holdren says. “I will come to them with materials I want to use and hand sketches to show them my vision.” Eschewing high-tech tools to come up with his proposals, Holdren says he begins by trying to understand the client’s intentions and what they are looking to embellish. A significant amount of the process involves getting to know the client, their space and how they will use the piece. Asking questions about the floor color and covering, how the client likes to dine or entertain and whether or not they have children helps him determine the design. While he doesn’t have an open showroom, the restaurants and retail stores in which his work is housed, act as a showroom for him. “People will walk into these places and notice the shelving, or the counters and stools and they will ask about the builder and designer and I will get a call from someone who wants that look and feel in their home or shop too.” Follow Holdren on Instagram, @ matthewholdrendesign or email at mtholdren@ gmail.com. n

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TREND W ATCH

Fancy Feast

In New Orleans, the best escape from punishing temperatures is to retreat to the air conditioning. Even if dining “al fresco� during the hot summers means eating inside, now is the right time to set the table for a party. By Lisa Tudor Photographed by Eugenia Uhl

Synthetic turf at Modern Flooring, used throughout the spread; Mud Australia flared plate at Pied Nu; Dwell Studio linen napkin at Eclectic Home.


By Caroline Robert for Perch Home: pineapple topper (cut-glass ice bucket not shown) and ceramic “Artichoke” tulipiere at Perch; Jade Fisherman, Leontine Linens placemat, sterling julep cup, Regency bone china bread plate and Raynaud Limoges “Si Kiang” dinner plate from Robert’s personal collection.


By Penny Francis for Eclectic Home: handpainted hardback placemat in ctrine, all-white Portuguese ceramic dinnerware, milk glass stem and tumbler and hammered flatware at Eclectic Home.


By Katie Koch for Katie Koch Home: paper clayceramic “bottigle colorate� handmade in Italy, placemat fabric by London Designer Virginia White exclusively at KKH; Crate & Barrel plate and bowl, Marimekko goblet, sterling silverware, Mud Australia red ceramic bowl and small mirrored vase from Koch’s personal collection.


By Azita Clark for Pied Nu: Mud Australia handmade porcelain plates, bowls, platters, and vessels; Vintage Japanese cloth; decoupage “Sardines Tray� and dessert stand by John Derian at Pied Nu.


By Katie Logan LeBlanc and Jensen Killen for Sunday Shop: African woven textile runner, vintage candlewick goblet and coupe, woven brain coral and sea fan, Alexandria Cummings signature ceramic plates and bowls, Jenny Pennywood napkin, small terra-cotta bowl and Turkish terra-cotta urn at Sunday Shop.


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Logan Leblanc and Killen used curved banquette seating that hugs the lines of two round tables combined with Windsor chairs from Serena & Lily and a peacock chair from Etsy so that the breakfast area would not be repetitive of the dining room located next door.

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d esigners Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen began to formulate design ideas for Kate and Carl Camp within minutes of meeting the couple. “So much of our style direction was really based on our first impression of Kate,” says Killen, one half of the design duo the Camps hired after seeing their work on Houzz.com. “She had Pinterest boards with lots of color and was so excited about bringing in cool crazy chairs,” says Logan Leblanc. Kate is a veterinary surgeon with a love of rescuing animals and crafting, while Carl owns a compounding pharmacy and spends his leisure time hunting. Together with their 10-year old daughter Kelly they recently moved to a larger home to accommodate their growing pet family and hobbies. Rather than gut the somewhat-dated house and start from scratch, the designers and their clients settled on a course of refreshing the groundwork with paint, new surfaces and fixtures and then furnishing the house with a combination of elements that spoke to the Camps and reflected their lifestyle. The designers say Kate has a vibrant, spunky, yet down-to-earth personality that

informed the groovy traditional style. Using this style as a base, they layered in a bit of southern charm and masculinity for Carl by highlighting his taxidermy collection and going a bit moodier in rooms like the library and master bedroom. Logan Leblanc and Killen began with the living room, where the family spends the bulk of their time, using images from Pinterest, putting together an image board, pulling fabrics and paint colors to make sure they were headed in the right direction. “We worked on the living

Facing page: Top: The traditional dining table was made by Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge and paired with two different styles of chairs. End chairs from Villa Vici with Caroline Irving fabric and side chairs from Etsy with Nate Berkus fabric. Christina Foard painting from Gallery Orange. Bottom: Instead of removing the built-in cabinetry (which the owners use for glassware) between the living and dining rooms, the designers painted it and added new hardware. Top: Built-in cabinetry in the dining room and between the living and dining rooms houses the family’s glassware collection.


room and breakfast room simultaneously because they’re adjacent and we wanted them to be cohesive,” says Killen. The look, as seen in both the original design board and the rooms themselves, is, in Killen’s words, “light, sunny and happy.” A similar vibe reigns in the kitchen, where the designers whitened all of the maple cabinets and wooden surfaces. Rather than rid the kitchen of its existing granite counters, no longer in step with current kitchen trends, Logan Leblanc and Killen changed the look of the counters by adding a backsplash of Calacatta subway tiles and replacing the island’s counter with the same Calacatta. “We were viewing the Santa Cecilia granite kind of like tortoise shell, so we brought in the Calacatta with gold tones to play off of it,” says Killen. The same lightening and brightening approach was carried through to the bedrooms (of the six, two are used for the family, two as guest rooms, one as a craft room and one as an exercise room) and the bathrooms. Cabinets, layouts and the locations of fixtures were retained, while surfaces, plumbing and lighting fixtures, tile surrounds, bathroom floors and wall-to-wall carpeting were renewed. The two exceptions are the master bedroom, where grass-cloth

walls and rich layers create a relaxing, slightly darker retreat within the home, and the library, where a more masculine aesthetic prevails. In Kelly’s room, the designers worked to craft a more grown-up space than she’d had in the family’s former home and, as they had elsewhere in the house, found inventive ways of circumventing and concealing less-than-appealing surfaces and architectural oddities. An alcove beneath a dormer window that might easily have been wasted footage, became a desk area framed with cork walls for pinning images. The one room that was gutted and

Facing page: Logan Leblanc and Killen used grass-cloth walls and a toasty camel-colored drapery fabric to make the bedroom a cozy retreat. Desks used as end tables from Serena & Lily, baskets from West Elm, drapery fabric and fabric on Mitchell Gold bench, both Peter Dunham. Top: The kitchen’s dated maroon walls and maple cabinetry were transformed with white paint. The designers lightened the existing Santa Cecilia granite counters with a subway tile backsplash and an island, both of Calacatta. Benches by Lee Industries through Villa Vici.


Facing page: Top, left: A nook created by a dormer window in Kelly’s room was turned into a desk area accented by cork walls that serve as a pinboard. Quadrille drapery fabric. Drapery by Wren’s Tontine. Desk lamp by Schoolhouse Electric. Top, right: A subtle lattice stripe wallpaper by Farrow & Ball and green floral drapery fabric by Michael S. Smith for Templeton add pattern to the breakfast room. “It’s nice in a house this big to have some surfaces that aren’t painted,” says Killen. Prints by Leslie Peebles. Bottom, left: beadboard detailing topped with coral toile wallpaper by Cole & Son bring color and pattern to the guest bath. Bottom, right: An English antique from Fireside Antiques is used as a console in the entryway. Oly mirror, vintage lamps.

Top: The library’s laminate floors were removed and replaced with wall-towall sisal. A rich hunter green and royal blue palette provides a backdrop for the couple’s art. Lamps, side tables and rug from Sofas & Chairs. Taxidermied animals from Carl’s collection add to the masculine feel of the room.


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reconfigured was the master bath, deemed unworkable due to an awkward layout that included a corner tub. The designers say the master bath embodies the look they were working to achieve. Addressing the family’s entertaining needs was important to the renovation as the Camps have a large extended family and host gatherings for as many as 25 people at a time. To avoid repetition in the neighboring breakfast area and dining room, the designers opted for different seating arrangements in both. The dining room offers the more traditional of the two concepts, with a table and chairs that seat eight. The breakfast area consists of two matching round tables paired with an L-shaped banquette and a set of Windsor style chairs. Because the home has such a large footprint and so many solid painted surfaces, the designers were keen on bringing in pattern with wallpaper and fabrics. They also added antiques and vintage pieces that convey a feeling of age, Bohemian elements, which are a mainstay of their eclectic approach to design, and worked with the couples existing art collection, comprised largely of folk art and art by locals. “We love to add pieces that feel like they’ve been around for a while or were inherited,” says Logan Leblanc. The result is a house that’s pleasing to both the design team and the homeowners. “It’s always rewarding when you work with clients who trust you,” says Logan Leblanc. “It doesn’t mean they didn’t give their opinions, but they did let us make a lot of design decisions and in the end, they were really happy.” n

Facing page: Top: A chest from Pottery Barn Kids with a vintage basket lamp from Etsy does double duty as both storage and bedside table. Bottom: A symmetrical arrangement in one of the two guest rooms: headboard from Serena and Lily, lamps West Elm, throw from Anthropologie, side tables from Etsy. Window treatments by Wren’s Tontine. Pillow fabric by Caroline Irving. Top: A custom valence and shades (Wren’s) disguise dated glass block windows. Morrocan-style Rug from Etsy. Calacatta marble from Triton Stone. Custom vanity. A pair of mirrors from Wisteria, ideally sized for the custom vanity, and sconces from Circa Lighting lend detail to the master bath.


Susan and Charles Booker created a modern space with a lap pool, a charming covered porch, and a larger patio in their somewhat diminutive Uptown backyard. Gulf Coast Pools and Alvarez and Basik landscapers worked with the couple to achieve their vision. In lieu of a lawn, an outdoor rug designed by The Novogratz is placed on the patio.


Urban Oasis

Stylish New Orleans outdoor living spaces large, small and everything between Written and styled Valorie Hart Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

Summertime (and year round) outdoor living is a given in New Orleans.

string of lights, all nestled into a compact footprint. Others are more

Many homeowners create an outdoor living space, facing the challenge

elaborate with swimming pools, lush landscaping, outdoor kitchens

of the unique shape of city lots that permeate the area. Pools, patios or

and dining areas, plus multiple outdoor seating situations as plush as

courtyards are hidden treasures, often glimpsed through an open gate

anything found indoors. Style knows no limits in this collection of the

or a thick hedge of greenery. Layouts can be a simple charming space

urban oasis, because after all this is the visual banquet of individual

created by using outdoor furniture, potted plants and an overhead

expression that is distinctly New Orleans.


Architect and interior designer Lee Ledbetter and his partner Douglas Meffert live in an iconic mid-20th-century modern home, a rare gem Nathaniel C. Curtis designed for himself. The house has an impressive number of courtyards and water features. The homeowners have kept to the spirit of the house by using vintage midcentury outdoor furniture, including pieces by the designers Billy Haines, Salterini and Knoll, all culled from years of collecting. Landscape designers Luis Guevara and Aaron Adolph created the lush hidden gardens. Alexander Pools designed the fountains.


Renée and Peter Laborde are blessed with an unusually large Uptown lot, where they have created several outdoor living spaces: pool, a large kitchen, a covered outdoor family room, a dining area, and a putting green. Everything is pristine white and modern. “Reed Richardson was our pool contractor,” says Renée. “I knew exactly what I wanted the pool to look like and where I wanted it to be in the yard. We had a pool before but it was in a different location and butted up right to the house. So we filled it in and built a new one. I wanted to look from the front door of the house and to be able to see all the way back to the very end of the yard and I wanted the pool in that sight line. Of course, I had to have the pool have straight modern lines.”


Mickey and Melanie Loomis’ backyard in Old Metairie has room for a small pool, a covered dining area and outdoor patio space. Landscaper Patrick Grimley installed the lush faux grass lawn for low maintenance, and as an ideal play space for the children. Shaun Smith Home did the furnishings with a chic and clean black-and-white palette, using fabrics and textiles that are weather friendly. “Our outdoor area is great for entertaining and relaxing,” says Melanie. “But, [it] is mostly used as a playground for the kids, with lots of creative ways to hide all of the toys.


Artist David McPherson renovated and restored a French Quarter property. He says the outdoor space “is a collection of small courtyard spaces that feel very comfortable and flow well. It doesn’t feel cramped at all. I like that it has multiple seating and dining areas.” He is a home gardener, and did the planting himself. The plants are from American Aquatic Gardens, Lowes, Home Depot, The Plant Gallery and Harold’s.


Larry and Julie Robinson have an unusual outdoor space on either side of their Irish Channel cottage. Both spaces are driveways, with one being dedicated as the patio off the side entrance and porch at the back of the house. Julie is an avid gardener who loves to buy plants at Urban Roots. Affordable furnishings are vintage. Pots, hanging baskets, and lights strung overhead all add up to a charming space the Robinsons use for entertaining.


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Lun ch Tarragon chicken salad sliders with pickled onions on Challah Smoked ham sandwiched with pecan cheddar spread, pepper jelly, and arugula on sourdough pain de mie Desser t Madeleines, flourless chocolate bites, almond frangipane mini cakes, Sable Breton mini cakes, mini pecan tart, mini chocolate caramel tart Cocktails Principe de los Apostoles gin and tonic; pink sparkling wine

ummer is the perfect time to call your girlfriends, pack a picnic lunch, croquet set and head out for the afternoon to one of New Orleans’ verdant and sprawling parks. Dress up, wear hats and pretty sundresses, bring a folding table and chairs

tip Keep cocktails simple. Serve classic gin and tonics, and pink sparkling wine packaged in pop-top individual cans. Vintage glasses and cocktail stirrers add pizzazz.

along with a stack of pretty blankets to spread on the grass and a couple of lightweight poufs to perch on. In lieu of plastic plates and glasses or paper napkins, opt to make it special with vintage tableware. If each friend brings one key element to the party, a pretty setup is a snap.


tip Use a colorful quilt for a tablecloth. Mix and match vintage plates, cocktail napkins, cocktail stirrers and retro drinking glasses. Shot glasses hold a single strawberry. Choose a special gin to elevate the classic gin and tonic. Principe de los Apostoles comes from Argentina and is infused with botanicals such as yerba mate, pink grapefruit and eucalyptus. Within the realm of New World gins, Apostoles differs from the classic winter flavors of the London-style dry gins. The nuanced profile of tropical flavors makes it a perfect summer libation.


Cater your picnic. Premade sandwiches and sweets make summer entertaining effortless. We asked Chef Megan Forman, co-owner and pastry chef at Gracious Bakery to pack the lunch. Everything is made from scratch, including the breads for their delicious sandwiches. Get breakfast and lunch catering packages with free delivery for orders of $100 and ordering is as easy as visiting the website, graciousbakery.com

tip A vintage croquet set adds charm to the party. Use a vintage picnic hamper placed on a folding chair as the bar. Place a large bowl and ice bucket filled with ice in the opened hamper. Clothing and accessories are from St. Claude Social Club in the Lower Garden District.


Madeleines 3 ¾ ounces of all-purpose flour 4 ½ ounces of granulated sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large room temperature eggs 3 ¾ melted butter 1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 2. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract, just to combine. Stir in butter. 3. Place plastic wraps directly on the surface of the batter and refrigerate until chilled. 4. Spray madeleine molds with non-stick spray. Preheat convection oven to 375 F. 5. Transfer batter to a piping bag, and pipe batter into molds. Bake the madeleines for 9 to 10 minutes, or until cakes feel set when touched. Makes 12 to 15.

Tarragon Ch i c k e n Salad 1 ½ pounds poached chicken, small dice 2 ounces golden raisins, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped 1 ounce sliced almonds, toasted and crushed

tip For dessert serve an indulgent selection of bite-sized mini desserts with pink sparkling wine. Store boxes and containers, hiding them under the quilt that is draped to the ground on the folding table. After the main course switch out savories for sweets on the table.

1 ounce shallot, minced 5 ounces mayonnaise 1. Mix ingredients together and serve on mini slider rolls with pickled onions and Romaine lettuce. Recipes by Gracious Bakery


Smoked ham sandwich with pecan cheddar spread (spread can be purchased at Gracious Bakery), with pepper jelly (sold at Gracious Bakery) on sourdough pain de mie, dressed with arugula.

tip Dress up for your picnic and croquet party. All clothes and accessories are from St. Claude Social Club. Colorful quilts and poufs add a festive feeling (from Discoveries Furniture and Finds.)


WIN NERS Each year our readers vote by paper and online ballot for their favorite home design industry professionals in New Orleans. The businesses cover the scope of everything homeowners need to make and maintain a beautiful abode. The votes have been tallied and we present our 2017 Best of Home winners.


Best place to buy vintage or antique furniture: Maria Barcelona Interiors Best place to buy modern or contemporary furniture: Eclectic Home Best place to buy outdoor furniture: Modern Market Best place to buy home décor (accents, rugs, accessories): Maria Barcelona Interiors Best place to buy art: Gallery Orange Best place to buy window treatments Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design Best place to buy lighting: Eclectic Home Best place to buy tile or stone: Triton Stone of New Orleans Best place to buy flooring: Adda Carpets and Flooring Best place to buy bedding: Maria Barcelona Flooring Best place to buy handmade woodwork: NOLA Boards Best place to buy cabinets: Huey Brown’s Kitchen Best shoring company: Abry Brothers Best interior designer: Maria Barcelona Interiors Best place to design your kitchen: Huey Brown’s Kitchen Best place for closet design/installation: California Closets Best restoration company: MLM Incorporated Best landscaping company: Mullin Landscape Associates Best place for pool/patio design and installation: Mullin Landscape Associates Best place to buy gardening items (plants, mulch, tools): Perino’s Garden Center Best outdoor fountains: Mullin Landscape Associates Best solar panel installation: PosiGen Best builder/contractor/construction company: Entablature LLC Best architect/architecture firm: Mouton Long Turner Architects Best security company: Halo Best audio/music company: New Orleans Audio and Visual Best fencing company: Impact Fence & Deck Best hurricane preparation company: LAS Enterprises Best paint company: Helm Paint Best pest control company: Terminix Best window company: Window World Best place to buy animal supplies: Jefferson Feed Best demolition company: Demo Diva Best roofing company: All Weather Gutters Best gutters company: All Weather Guttters Best tree cutting service: Bayou Tree Best private chef or home catering: Pigeon Catering Best realty company: VanCourt Bourgeois at Keller Williams Best plumbing installation: Tie between E&E Plumbing and Clem’s Plumbing

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Adda Carpet & Flooring 5480 Mounes St. Harahan 504/736-9001 addacarpetsandflooring.com

studioWTA 504/593-9074 studiowta.com

Doorman Designs 504/408-1616 doormandesigns.com

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Flynn Designs, LLC 504/667-3837 flynndesignsnola.com

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

Rug Chic Home Décor 4240 Hwy 22, Ste 6 Mandeville 985/674-1070 rugchic.com Floor & Décor  2801 Magazine St, Ste A New Orleans 504/891-3005

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Campbell Cabinet Co. 220 Hord St. Harahan 504/733-4687 4040 Highway 59 Mandeville 985/892-7713 campbellcabinets.com

The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St. New Orleans 504/598-7147 hnoc.org/shop

LAS Enterprises 2413 L & A Road Metairie 504/887-1515 1-800-264-1527

Villa Vici 4112 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/899-2931 villavici.com

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Cameron Kitchen and Bath Designs 8019 Palm St. New Orleans 504/486-3759 cameronkitchens.com

Terminix 2329 Edenborn Ave, Metairie 504/834-7330 501 West Airline Hwy, Laplace 985/652-7378 75297 Home Estates Drive, Slidell 985/643-6542 935 Derbigny St, Gretna 504/368-3680 terminixno.com

Louisiana Custom Closets 13405 Seymour Meyer, Suite 24 Covington 985/871-0810

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

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Leonel’s Fine Upholstery 2843 Piedmont St., Kenner 504/469-0889 leonels.com


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 10356 River Road St. Rose 504/275-6617 mullinlandscape.com

Lambeth House 150 Broadway  New Orleans  504/865-1960 Lambethhouse.com

Greige Home Interiors 2033 N. Hwy. 190 Covington 985/875-7576 greigehome.com

Virginia Dunn, LLC 4023 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/899-8604 virginiadunn.com

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MLM Incorporated 3500 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 160 Metairie 504/322-7050 South Shore 985/231-0233 North Shore mlm-inc.com

Stafford Tile & Stone 5234 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/895-5000 4273 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge 225/925-1233

Ruffino Custom Closets 111 Campbell Blvd. Mandeville 985/809-7623 ruffinocustomclosets.com

Susan Currie Design 504/237-6112 susancurriedesign.com

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shop Entablature, LLC 8438 Oak St., Ste C New Orleans 504/322-3822 entablature.net

Perino’s Home & Garden Center 3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie 504/834-7888 perinos.com Toca Flooring 2809 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson 504/464-7878 tocaflooring.com

Maria Barcelona Interiors, LLC 9501 Jefferson Highway River Ridge  504/975-5098 mariabinteriors.com

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

Beth Claybourn Interiors 401 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans 504/342-2630 bethclaybourninteriors.com

Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc. 1818 Veternas Blvd Metairie 504/888-2300 nordickitchens.com

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HOME RENEWAL

Outliers Is opportunity knocking in the suburbs? By Peter Reichard

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t has been nearly 20 years since I bought my first house — the first of five houses, the first of five renovation projects. That first place, in Mid-City, lacked central A/C and was a little rough around the edges. Looking back on it, the $125,000 price was a bargain for a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1930s-era house of more than 2,000 square feet, near City Park. Back in the late 1990s, it was easy to find an inexpensive house in New Orleans. You could buy an Uptown double for $200,000. I remember a house on Esplanade Avenue asking $115,000. Bywater was sometimes still just called the Ninth Ward, and it was cheap. I thank my stars that I bought into this market as

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a young man. Looking around at the prices now, I often ask myself, “What if I were starting all over today? Where would I begin a renovation odyssey?” To bring this query to life, I recently conducted a search for single-family homes. First I had to think about how to make a good comparison. When adjusted for inflation, the $125,000 I paid in 1999 would be about $183,000 today. This is nearly in step with median sale prices today. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price of a single family home in the U.S. in 2016 was $236,000; in the South alone it was $209,000; and in the New Orleans metropolitan area it was $188,000. A 30-year mortgage on $200,000 at roughly four percent interest would

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require a monthly payment of about $1,000 — not bad compared to the cost of renting an apartment. Based on all of these factors, the following criteria seemed reasonable: a maximum of $200,000 for two or more bedrooms and bathrooms and at least 2,000 square feet of living space. I looked up properties with these criteria on a real estate website and found plenty of spacious and well-maintained properties. When I placed them into map view on the website, a striking pattern emerged. It was as though a force-field had settled upon almost all of historic New Orleans. From Carrollton to Bywater, almost nothing was available. There was one $150,000 property in Central City. There was a $134,000 property in Hollygrove, at the Jefferson Parish line. On the opposite side of town, in Holy Cross, there was one property asking $189,000. Nothing was available anywhere near my first home. Similarly, there were only about 10 properties scattered across the entirety of East Jefferson, and not a single property available anywhere between Clearview Parkway and Orleans Parish. By contrast, almost every neighborhood in eastern New Orleans had available properties. Gentilly alone had about a dozen properties. Ditto Algiers — except for Algiers Point, the historic section. In west Jefferson, there were plenty of properties available, running from Terrytown,

west along Lapalco. Chalmette had its share of properties too. On the Northshore, heavy concentrations of homes clustered in and around Slidell. On the western side of the parish, I found only a smattering of properties running from Mandeville to Folsom. So if I were starting over today, I could not start in the core city. I’d have to start in Chalmette, Gentilly, New Orleans East, Slidell or the West Bank. And with 20 years now past, I might be looking to renovate a house from the 1950s, rather than the 1930s. There’s good news and bad news here. The good news first: there are still plenty of perfectly fine homes available for first-time home buyers. The bad news: in some circles there is a stigma attached to the suburbs. For nearly a generation, popular culture has romanticized urban living and made the suburbs out to be everything from lame and boring all the way to environment-destroying factories of soulless conformity.  A few older suburbs face a double-whammy. They get none of the glamour recently associated with the cosmopolitan core but some of the same social pathologies — crime and poverty — long associated with the urban core. Still, there was a time when living in a beat-up old house in Mid-City was not the coolest thing you could do. Regeneration has to start somewhere. n New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.com

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Louisiana Custom Closets Don Wise By Pamela Marquis

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ccording to the American Demographic Society, Americans waste more than nine million hours each day looking for lost or misplaced items. According to an article in “Newsweek,” the average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things they own but can’t find. Don Wise, owner of Louisiana Custom Closets, wants to change that by helping his clients say farewell to hunting through disorganized piles of shoes, clothes, tools, crafts, and anything else that clutters and disorders their lives. Some people are passionate about the arts, others are passionate about their politics, but Don Wise is ardent about one thing: making all things more efficient and streamlined. “He chose this career because he enjoys helping people organize their homes,” said Ann Wise, co-owner and Don’s wife. “His greatest strength is listening and working with our customers.” Louisiana Custom Closets started in 2003 from Wise’s garage, and within the first year he moved into his current warehouse, office and showroom. Now the company provides their services from Baton Rouge to Biloxi. It’s abundantly clear that Wise is a very busy man. He does, however, find time to relax by playing a few rounds golf and spending time with his beloved grandchildren. “Renovating parts of your home can be an intensive experience,” says Ann. “At Louisiana Custom Closets, we work hard to make the process as pain free as possible.” It’s a bit of passion for them.

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Renaissance Doors Matthew Durish By Pamela Marquis

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hen he was 21, Matthew Durish, owner of Renaissance Doors, drove to Alaska with an old backpack and older steel mountain bike to work on the Alaskan Railroad. “Working on the rails I met a great network of people with shared interests,” he says. “We camped, hiked, biked and explored with every opportunity. The train from Anchorage to Fairbanks travels through Denali National Park and is rich with wildlife from bald eagles to grizzly bears.” Another one of his life’s adventures was the work he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when he came as a volunteer to help the city rebuild. In 2006, in a continuing effort to help people rebuild albeit no longer a volunteer he started his specialty millwork shop, Renaissance Doors. His 5,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse now offers such things as millwork, decking, windows, and, of course, an extensive array of doors. Durish says that New Orleans and the infectious spirit of the locals totally captured his heart. He especially loves New Orleans in springtime with all of its festivals. He’s active in the community as he continues his volunteer efforts with such organizations as CASA, the Special Olympics of Louisiana and Girls on the Run New Orleans. “I’m lucky that I choose to come to this amazing city,” he says. “It’s such a fun and challenging environment. I do, however, hope to go back to Alaska again one day but not in winter.”

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The Historic New Orleans Collection Teresa Devlin By Pamela Marquis

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uffused in a rich historical atmosphere, the French Quarter is an exhilarating neighborhood. It’s full of grand cuisine, one-of-a kind antiques and hidden gardens. Adding to this rich experience is one of the region’s certified treasures: The Historic New Orleans Collection. It’s a resource that might be unjustly ignored by residents, perhaps eschewing it as simply a tourist attraction, but to do that would be a big mistake. The private archive and exhibit complex with thousands of historic photos, offers access to one million items that document everyday life as well as momentous historical events spanning more than three centuries. “Resources like The Historic New Orleans Collection connect people with the past and give it relevance,” says Teresa Devlin, THNOC marketing manager. “We’ve seen visitors make new discoveries about their family histories, and homeowners gather insight into the people who lived in their houses. What is so remarkable to me is that our holdings chronicle not only the momentous events, but also the everyday occurrences that define the character of this place we call home.” At the THNOC one can experience more than just research they can: take a variety of tours, discover cartography, engage in a culinary symposium, buy an intriguing book, attend an antiques forum or kick back with a craft beer while listening to music in the courtyard. THNOC has a bit of everything for the tourist and the native.

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EXPERT ADVICE

Backyard Living

The Great Outdoors Creating backyard living spaces fit for your indoor style By Kelcy Wilburn

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veryone loves the comforts of the home — that’s why we spend so much time, energy and money on architectural and interior design, not to mention the softest sofas and chairs, the most accommodating mattresses, and kitchen accessories that make our cooking not only easier but better. Over the years, the draw of the outdoors has extended those comforts to backyard and patio spaces as more of us choose to take advantage of the region’s largely agreeable climate and gather with friends and family in the warm sun and cool breeze or by the light of the moon and a glowing fire. A few decades ago, the backyard served as merely a gardening space, a play area for the kids and pets, or as a setting for a pool and a grill for steaks. Today, the home’s outdoor space can accomplish so much more.

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This season, we checked in with a number of local experts on ways to use and improve your backyard, patio, porch or courtyard, from additional living spaces and kitchens to spas, pools and more. For 25 years, Villa Vici has served as a design resource for area homeowners. They work with clients to create a custom design plan that fits their style, budget, and space. When it comes to outdoor living, owner and designer Vikki Leftwich emphasizes shelter, seating and dining while always keeping style in mind. Villa Vici offers outdoorfriendly furniture items, including all-weather wicker furniture with powder-coated aluminum bases in a variety of contemporary or traditional styles. “Combined with Sunbrella cushions for durability and comfort, these furniture pieces are a must-have in any theresa cassagne photographs


outdoor space,” says Leftwich. “In addition, our olefin marine-grade fabric umbrellas are a must-have in any southern location withstanding winds up to 60mph and keeping us cool in the hot summer months,” she says. Design consulting firm and furnishings boutique Eclectic Home offers a diverse inventory in a range of styles and periods. In addition to the popularity of waterrepellant upholstered sofas and chairs, vintage and retro outdoor furnishings are making a comeback, according to Owner and Principal Designer Penny D. Francis. “Your grandmother’s metal glider is back,” says Francis. “Also, the days

of all the pieces matching are gone. As with interior spaces, a collection of pieces that make a space look highly evolved is transitioning outside.” She also notes that statement pieces such as resin, concrete, or iron accent tables are highly sought while outdoor floor and table lamps are improving outdoor ambiance. Francis recommends anchoring every space — patio, porch, garden, etc. — with seating for lounging and enjoyment. While enjoying your outdoor space, you may want some privacy from neighbors and relief from the sun. With a porch or patio, outdoor drapes offer one way to achieve both shade and privacy, but

according to Blythe Wren, Owner of Wren’s Tontine, outdoor drapes are best used for décor, while solar or sun shades are much more effective at providing privacy and shade while not blocking your view. While closed drapes can be unwieldy in wind, roller shades stay in place and can be adjusted to a variety of heights. The shades’ “openness factor” indicates how much light comes through and how easily you can see out. A one percent openness factor would significantly reduce UV glare and provide a lot of privacy and shade, while a factor of 10 percent would bring in more light and allow more visibility. According to Wren, solar shades come

in a variety of fade- and mildew-resistant fabrics such as Sunbrella and can be motorized or operated manually. Plants naturally play a significant role in a vibrant outdoor living area, and whether a large garden or a layered courtyard, flowers and foliage add to your style. Perino’s Home & Garden Center features a variety of plants, 80 percent of which are grown by the company in Covington greenhouses. Meanwhile, Perino’s home center offers 5,000 square feet of outdoor furniture, home décor and gifts. “In terms of plants, container gardening and mixed containers have been very popular for back patio areas,” says Megan

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Perino Scully, operations manager. “For summertime, bright, blooming tropicals like bougainvillea, mandevillas and hibiscus are always incredibly popular.” Scully recommends familiarizing yourself with the sunlight and watering requirements of the plants you plan to buy, as well as their eventual size. “And if you don’t already have irrigation, it may be something to consider if you don’t want to be outside watering every day in the summer time,” says Scully. Mulch is a common consideration when landscaping, and pine straw is beginning to take the place of cypress mulch at a number of homes and businesses in the region. According to George Gomez, Owner of Gomez Pine Straw, the straw doesn’t require the harvesting of trees and reduces the susceptibility of your home to termites. Straw also gives your landscaping a natural look, rather than an unnatural bright red, yellow, or black color that wood mulch is often dyed. “Azaleas love pine straw,” says Gomez, noting that the breakdown of straw is particularly healthy for plants such as azaleas, crepe myrtles and roses. Known for offering a variety of amusements for the home, AMA Entertainment specializes in fun-focused items like Brunswick pool tables, arcade games and card tables.

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Adding excitement can improve your backyard living, and from Ping-Pong to traditional outdoor games like cornhole, croquet and bocce ball, you’ll find a variety of items at AMA that play into your competitive spirit. They also offer items for relaxing with family and friends such as Caldera spas or Primo grills, an American-made ceramic kamadostyle cooker. “In November 2016, we partnered with Caldera Spas to become the only distributor of this hot tub brand in the Greater metro area,” says general manager Keith Beba. “We have 13 models on the showroom floor, including one that is designed for a ‘wet test,’ where consumers can actually test out the uniqueness and comfort of these spas.” Outdoor kitchens have evolved dramatically over the last few years, and what was once a stucco or brick structure with stainless access doors and drawers can now have the look and texture you want. New, outdoor custom cabinetry from Brown Jordan offers powder-coated finishes on top of stainless steel that won’t rust and can last a lifetime, according to Randall Shaw, President of Nordic Kitchens & Baths. You can build in a number of products, from gas grills and kamado cookers to drop-down power burners that — with up to 65,000 BTUs — offer a convenient way to steam lobsters, boil shrimp or fry fish. theresa cassagne photographs


Outdoor kitchens are no longer just for entertaining outdoors; they’re now being used for extensions of the kitchen and the cooking people don’t want to do indoors such as frying, blackening or roasting that heats up the kitchen over long hours. From outdoor kitchens to fireplace installations, brick patios, and pool houses, Mullin Landscape Associates sees a number of outdoor projects from design through completion as a full-service design build and maintenance company that also offers landscaping, irrigation, drainage, and maintenance services. In outdoor spaces, President Chase Mullin sees a large trend towards combinations of fire and

water installations. Pools have been around a long time but are currently on the rise in both new builds and renovations. Similarly, Mullins sees an increase in fire features such as built-in fire pits and fireplaces whether for ambiance or heat. “You’re seeing a lot less grass and a lot more paving and hardscaping, and that’s where maybe a pool would be included,” says Mullin. According to Charles Elfert, owner of Pleasure Pools, people are getting smarter about pools and better understanding their value. Gone are the days of 20-foot by 40-foot pools with diving boards — they trend is towards smaller, shallower “cocktail”

pools that can be better customized to families’ uses. “If you customize pools with benches, alcoves and chairs, you get both ambiance and the practical value of swimming and recreation with children and grandchildren,” says Elfert, who also notes that pools provide a wholesome meeting space for friends and a great alternative to cellphones and videogames for kids. Pools, of course, offer their own new technologies and features now, from fountains and LED lights to automatic cleaners and convenient controls. According to Pepper Tregre, owner of Backyard Living, in-ground, gunite pools today require little

maintenance and are automated with phone accessibility. “History always repeats itself, and we are finding our customers want to go back to simple rectangular pools with hot tubs attached — simple and sleek. But automation is still desired, and some waterfall features are still suitable,” says Tregre. According to Tregre, trending items for pools are tanning Ledge Loungers with cascade bubblers lit in a variety of colors. Whether it’s an outdoor kitchen, porch, pool. or patio that you want, every expert agrees on the need for professional help. Even outdoors, the old adage rings true: measure twice, cut once. n

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June 3-4 and June 10-11, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Welcome to the 2017 Parade of Homes! There are 25 homes on this year’s Parade, and they’re all over the map – literally. There are homes as far west as Kenner and as far east as Chalmette, and they range in size and features. Each year the Parade of Homes reflects the larger real estate market, and this year is no exception. We’ve had years when half of the homes are in one neighborhood, like Lakeview in New Orleans. As land becomes less available in the city, homebuyers are rediscovering pockets in places like the West Bank, Chalmette, and Gentilly. It’s exciting to see building booming again in Greater New Orleans. The Parade of Homes is an unparalleled resource for anyone considering building a new home. Most builders have their own unique style and feel that you’ll see when walking through, and all of the homes on the Parade will have a builder or a representative there to talk details. For those of you just looking for inspiration to update your current home, you definitely won’t leave disappointed! Some of the homes on the Parade are also for sale – so be sure to ask while you’re there. As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, the 2017 Parade of Homes plans to donate funds and time to the

New Orleans Education League of the Construction Industry (NOEL.) NOEL is a non-profit organization that, via their program Jefferson Joining Forces (JJF) and in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Community Development, is dedicated to helping repair code violations for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in Jefferson Parish. JJF and the Parade of Homes will be repairing a 90-year old man’s Gretna home this summer. Check out the HBA Facebook page at the end of June to see before & after pictures of the project. We hope you enjoy the Parade of Homes!

Zachary Tyson Tyson Construction of LA, LLC 2017 Parade of Homes Chairman

The Parade of Homes is made possible by the support of our sponsors.

Builder: Hyman L. Bartolo, Jr. Contractors Lakeview: 6632 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans (800) 327-2559 or DreamHome.org


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Builder: Troyer Builders Gabriel Estates: 12 Royal Palm Boulevard, Kenner Contact: Greg Troyer, (504) 400-5150 greg@troyerbuilders.com, TroyerBuilders.net

Builder: StrongHold Construction Gabriel Estates: 50 Palmetto, Kenner Contact: Joshua Camper, (985) 649-7266 or (504) 782-2402 info@strongholdconstruction.com, StrongHoldConstruction.com

Builder: J. Caldarera & Company, Inc. Louisiana Trace: 157 Dogwood Drive, Kenner Contact: Nancy Collier, Broker, (985) 960-0535 Iron Horse Land Company, LouisianaTrace.com

Builder: Tyson Construction of LA, LLC Metairie: 425 Sena Drive, Metairie Contact: Zachary Tyson, (504) 905-1042 zachtyson@gmail.com, tyson-construction.com

Builder: Landcraft Homes Old Metairie: 223 Lemon Street, Metairie Contact: Joseph Scontrino, (985) 651-3007 or (504) 355-6897 scontrino@bellsouth.net, LandcraftHomes.com

Builder: Mark Treadaway Builder, Inc. Terrytown: 240 Oak Dale Drive, Gretna Contact: Mark Treadaway, (504) 915-5836 mark@marktreadaway.com, MarkTreadaway.com

Builder: Morse Homes, Inc. Builder: Creative Builders of Louisiana Builder: Guidry Custom Homes, Inc. English Turn: 184 Forest Oaks Drive, New Orleans Garden Park Estates: 52 Derbes Drive, Gretna Lakeview: 929 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans Contact: Frank W. Morse, Jr., (504) 393-7777 or (504) 669-3977 Contact: Adam Bertuglia, (504) 952-7919 Contact: Stephen Guidry, (504) 218-5455 or (504) 613-8209 info@morsehomesinc.com, MorseHomesInc.com wecare@creativebuildersofla.com, creativebuildersofla.com stephen@guidrycustomhomes.com, GuidryCustomHomes.com

Builder: Creative Builders of Louisiana Lakeview: 6424 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans Contact: Adam Bertuglia, (504) 952-7919 wecare@creativebuildersofla.com, creativebuildersofla.com

Builder: Creative Builders of Louisiana Oak Park: 1441 Burbank Drive, New Orleans Contact: Adam Bertuglia, (504) 952-7919 wecare@creativebuildersofla.com, creativebuildersofla.com

Builder: Chisesi Signature Homes St. John Trace: 3125 Trafalgar Street, New Orleans Contact: Realty Group NOLA, (504) 312-9768 info@stjohntracenola.com, stjohntracenola.com


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Builder: Chisesi Signature Homes St. John Trace: 3129 Trafalgar Street, New Orleans Contact: Realty Group NOLA, (504) 312-9768 info@stjohntracenola.com, stjohntracenola.com

Builder: Titan Construction, LLC Builder: Landcraft Homes Uptown New Orleans: 3810 Constance Street, New Orleans The Oaks: 122 Oak Tree Drive, New Orleans Contact: Stephen Fleishmann, (504) 455-5411 Contact: Joseph Scontrino, (985) 651-3007 or (504) 355-6897 or (504) 913-3030 scontrino@bellsouth.net, LandcraftHomes.com stephen@titanconstruction.com, titanconstruction.com

Builder: Troyer Builders Springwood Estates: 101 Ginger Court, Belle Chasse Contact: Greg Troyer, (504) 400-5150 greg@troyerbuilders.com, TroyerBuilders.net

Builder: Sigfredo Construction, Inc. Parks of Plaquemines: 111 Kellywood Court, Belle Chasse Contact: Mayelen Martinez, (504) 250-7654 m@sigfredoconstruction.com, sigfredoconstruction.com

Builder: Corne Construction, LLC Buccaneer Villa: 3816 Dominique Drive, Chalmette Contact: Scott Corne, (504) 312-1764 scott@corneconstruction.com, CorneConstruction.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1904 Benjamin Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1909 Benjamin Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1931 Rose Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1935 Rose Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1917 Karl Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com

Builder: LaGraize Builders, LLC The Heights: 1923 Karl Street, Arabi Contact: Lara Schultz - NOLA Realty, LLC (504) 419-8161 or (504) 338-2584 lasnola@yahoo.com, nolarealty.com


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advertising resource directory Bank Home Bank 1600 Veterans Blvd. Metairie 504/834-1190

Home Builder Demoran Custom Homes 504/810-5346 985/788-7857 demorancustomhomes.com

Greige Home Interiors 2033 N. Hwy. 190 Covington 985/875-7576 greigehome.com

building materials Adda Carpets and Flooring 5480 Mounes St. Harahan 504/736-9001 addacarpetsandflooring.com

Entablature 504/322-3822 entablature.net

Haven Custom Furnishings 300 Jefferson Hwy #102 New Orleans 504/304-2144 havencustomfurnishings.com

Floor & Décor Design Gallery 2801 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/891-3005 4 Westside Shopping Center Gretna 504/361-0501 flooranddecorneworleans.com Horizon Tile 626 Baronne St. New Orleans 504/500-2016 Palatial Stone and Tile 2052 Paxton St. Harvey 504/304-2229 2033 N. Highway 190, Suite 9 Covington 985/249-6868 palatialstone.com Toca Flooring 2809 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson 504/464-7878 11811 Industriplex Blvd, Ste 3 Baton Rouge 225/406-7676 tocaflooring.com gardening/landscape Exterior Designs, Inc 2903 Octavia St. New Orleans 504/866-0276 exteriordesignsbev.com Mullin Landscape Associates LLC 10356 River Rd St. Rose, LA 504/275-6617 mullinlandscape.com Perino’s Garden Center 3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd Metairie 504/834-7888 perinos.com

M L M Incorporated 3500 N.Causeway Blvd.,Ste.160 Metairie 504/322-7050 mlm-inc.com Tyson Construction 504/905-1042 tyson-construction.com zach@tyson-construction.com home furnishings & accessories AMA Entertainment 1525 Airline Drive Metairie 504/835-3232 amaentertainment.com Arhaus Furniture 939 Girod St. New Orleans 504/581/6684 arhaus.com Beth Claybourn Interiors 401 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans 504/342-2630 bethclaybourninteriors.com Connie Seitz Interiors, LLC 839 Heavens Drive a, Mandeville 985/630-7102 connieseitzinteriors.com Doorman Designs 504/408-1616 hello@doormandesigns.com doormandesigns.com Eclectic Home 8211 Oak St., New Orleans 504/866-6654 eclectichome.net Flynn Designs 8903 Jefferson Hwy River Ridge 504/667.3837 flynndesignsnola.com

Maria Barcelona Interiors 9501 Jefferson Hwy River Ridge 504/305-5095 maria@mariabinteriors.com mariabinteriors.com Rug Chic Home Décor 4240 Hwy 22, Suite 6 Mandeville 985/674-1070 rugchic.com Susan Currie Design 504/237-6112 susancurriedesign.com The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St. New Orleans 504/523-4662 hnoc.org Villa Vici 2930 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/899-2931 villavici-furniture.com Virginia Dunn, LLC 4023 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/899-8604 virginiadunn.com Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design 1533 Prytania St. New Orleans 504/525-7409 wrenstontine.com HOME IMPROVEMENT Helm Paint 8180 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans 504/861-8179 5331 Canal Blvd. New Orleans 504/485-6569 2801 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/891-7333

6820 Veterans Blvd. Metairie 504/888-4684 3659 Hwy 190 Mandeville 985/626-0166 2108 W. Thomas Hammond 985/542-4356 helmpaint.com Leonel’s Fine Upholstery 2843 Piedmont St. Kenner 504/469-0889 leonels.com Southern Refinishing, LLC 708 Barataria Blvd. Marrero 504/348-1770 southernrefinishing.com Insurance LCI Workers’ Comp 1123 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville 985/612-1230 lciwc.com kitchen & bath Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs Inc. 8019 Palm St. New Orleans 504/486-3759 cameronkitchens.com Campbell Cabinet Co. 220 Hord St. Harahan 504/733-4687 4040 Hwy. 59 Mandeville 985/892-7713 campbellcabinets.com Ferguson 901 S Labarre Rd Metairie 504/849-3060 ferguson.com Kings Marble and Granite 11 5th St. Gretna 504/366-6680 kingmarbleandgranite.com Mattix Cabinet Works 415 N. Solomon St. New Orleans 504/486-7218 mattixcabinet.com


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

NOLA Boards 4304 Magazine Street New Orleans 504-516-2601 nolaboards.com

Stafford Tile & Stone 5234 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/895-5000 4273 Perkins Road Baton Rouge 225/925-1233 staffordtile.com

Ruffino Custom Closets 110 Campbell Ave. Mandeville 985/809-7623 ruffinocustomclosets.com

retirement living Lambeth House 150 Broadway New Orleans 504/865-1960 lambethhouse.com Poydras Home 5354 Magazine St. New Orleans 504/897-0535 poydrashome.com specialists Abry Brothers, Inc 3319 Orleans Ave. New Orleans 504/488-2671 abrybrothers.com Bayou Closets 2537 North Rampart St New Orleans 504/944-8388 Rob@BayouClosets.com Jefferson Feed Pet & Garden Center 2949 Veterans Memorial Blvd A-4 Metairie 504/875-4810 Jefferson Hwy 504/733-8572 Carrollton/Mid City 504/488-8118 Magazine/Uptown 504/218-4220 Baton Rouge/Perkins 225/757-5877 Baton Rouge/Airline 225/753-9582 jeffersonfeed.com

StudioWTA 1119 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans 504/593-9074 studiowta.com Terminix 2329 Edenborn Ave. Metairie 504/834-7330 River Region 985/652-7378 Northshore 985/643-6542 West Bank 504/368-3680 terminixno.com The Linen Registry 200 Metairie Rd., #102 Metairie 504/831-8228 thelinenregistry.com Windows and Doors LAS Shutters and Windows 2413 L&A Rd. Metairie 504/887-1515 Renaissance Doors 1000 Edwards Ave. Harahan 504/344-6994 renaissancedoors@gmail.com renaissancedoorsllc.com •

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

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RESOURCES The area code is 504, unless otherwise noted.

For the Garden, PG. 24 Garden Rule

LSU AgCenter extension, JWillis@agcenter.lsu.edu or CDunaway@ agcenter.lsu.edu, 658-2900, lsuagcenter.com Living With Antiques, PG. 26 At Play

The Little Toy Shop, 513 St. Ann St., 523-1770, littletoyshopnola. com; Antique Art Collectibles, 818 Royal St., 524-6918, antiquesartcollectibles.com Trendwatch, PG. 31 Fancy Feast

Modern Flooring, 3619 S Carrollton Ave., 488-1364, modernflooring. net; Pied Nu, 5521 Magazine St., 899-4118, piednunola.com; Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654, eclectichome.net; Perch Home, 2844 Magazine St., 899-2122, perch- leontinelinens.com; Katie Koch Home, 3905 Magazine St., 410-1450, katiekochhome. com; Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 342-2087, sundayshop.co

As You are, PG. 40 Logan Killen Interiors, 2025 Magazine St., 875-4429, logankilleninteriors.com; Fireside Antiques, 14007 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-752-9565, firesideantiques.com; Villa Vici, 4112 Magazine St., 899-2931, villavici-furniture.com; Gallery Orange, 819 Royal St., 875-4006, gallery-orange.com; West Elm, 2929 Magazine St., 895-2469, westelm.com; Wren’s Tontine, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409, wrenstontine.com; Schoolhouse Electric, New York and Portland, 800-630-7113, schoolhouse.com

URBAN OASIS, PG. 50 American Aquatic Gardens, 621 Elysian Fields Ave., 944-0410, americanaquaticgardens.com; Harold’s Plants, 1135 Press St., 947-7554, haroldsplants.com; The Plant Gallery, 9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887, theplantgallery.com; Urban Roots Garden Center, 2375 Tchoupitoulas St., 522-4949, urbanrootsnola.com; The Novogratz, thenovogratz.com; Shaun Smith Home, 3947 Magazine St., 896-1020, shaunsmithhome.com

PICNIC CHIC, PG. 60 Gracious Bakery, various locations, graciousbakery.com; Principe de los Apostoles gin available at Keife & Co., 801 Howard Ave., 523-7272, keifeandco.com; St. Claude Social Club, 1933 Sophie Wright Place, 218-8987, saintclaudesocialclub.com; Discoveries Furniture and Finds, 2850 Magazine St., 267-2000, discoveriesla.com n

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Fruits of Summer The season’s bounty in flavor-packed parcels By Melanie Warner Spencer

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y grandmother had cherry trees, grape vines and an apple orchard, while our neighbors raised blackberries and strawberries, so growing up, making preserves was a must if we wanted to avoid wasting all of that delicious fruit. As an adult, I shunned the practice until a few years ago, but found that like riding a bike, it came back to me and isn’t very labor intensive if you have the right tools. (I can’t recommend a hand-crank sieve highly

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enough.) The burst of flavor that comes in every jar is well worth the labor and I find that friends and family are thrilled to receive homemade preserves as a gift. For those who aren’t culinarily inclined, there are countless options at farmer’s markets and at your favorite grocery store that will elevate your morning toast or biscuits, as well as yogurt, brie and your cocktails this summer. But making them yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labor is the cherry (preserves) on top of the ice cream. n


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