FEATUR E S Designer’s Own Nine years in the making, Nomita and Shammi Gupta’s Uptown home has been a design lab for some of Nomita’s favorite ideas 34
Inside Out A local architect takes a refreshing approach to channeling the outdoors 42
STA N DAR D S Editor’s Note Cozy Comfort 8
Design Diary News and events 10
Style Global View: When you can’t go see the world, let it come home to you 12
Get Organized Porch Perfection: Prepping your perch for summer 14
Artist Profile Annie Moran 16
Bon Vivant Hot Water: An afternoon tea ritual for centering amid the chaos 18
Big Easy Cheesy: With a just few bold flavors and simple steps, Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley of Blue Oak BBQ put a smoky spin on an American cook-out classic 20
For the Garden Serenity Now: Creating a Japanese garden for a tranquil visual and physical retreat 22
Master Plan: What to know or do before upgrading finishes or beginning a home renovation or remodeling project 52
The Great Outdoors: Maximizing outdoor space in the era of social distancing 58
The Real Dill: Growing this classic herb for use in countless dishes 24
Home Retreat: Build a personal oasis 54
Plush Perch: Stylish poufs add extra seating, all while softening a space 64
Masters of Their Craft Joyful light: Cynthia Courage creates and restores stained glass at Attenhofers Stained Glass 26
Price Mix Poolside Service: Classic cocktail glasses, with a twist 56
ON THE COVER
The Mid-City home of architect Nathan Fell maximizes a narrow lot and brings the inside, out. (p. 42) PHOTO BY SARA ESSEX BRADLEY
HOMES & LIFESTYLES
SUMMER 2020 / VOLUME 23 / ISSUE 2
EDITORIAL EDITOR Melanie Warner Spencer ART DIRECTOR Tiffani Reding Amedeo
MUCH LIKE EVERY ASPECT OF NAVIGATING LIFE THROUGH A GLOBAL PANDEMIC,
creating magazines during one is a surreal experience. It of course can seem a bit unimportant or frivolous to cover lifestyle when so many are suffering all around us, particularly in New Orleans, with its celebrated hospitality, events and retail industries. Our home design businesses are in scary and unprecedented territory too, and we are doing everything we can to get the word out to you about the many ways they have quickly evolved in an effort to continue serving the public. It’s essential to remain sensitive to the situation and self-aware, but at the same time, we are human beings, and we crave culture and beauty, even amid crisis. Of the four magazines I oversee at Renaissance Publishing, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles was the least affected in terms of the articles we prepared for this issue because, well, we are all stuck at home and looking for ways to make that experience as comforting as possible. We are also likely seeking pleasurable distractions at least once a day if not more often, and what is more pleasant than viewing and reading about well-appointed interiors, delicious dishes and cozying up our décor? Our hearts are breaking for those in our community and throughout the world who are in distress. We hope that at a time when the only thing certain is uncertainty, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, and our online offerings at myneworleans.com, including the newly-revived Bon Vivant home and lifestyle blog, can offer a dose of cozy comfort, even if it’s just for a few minutes during your day. If there is something you’d like to see us cover in the magazine or on the blog, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Above all, we are in service to you, our readers. We are all of course looking forward to when we can emerge from this experience with, I hope, more kindness and compassion, and potentially having learned a new craft or with a better organized pantry. That said, everyone is handling the crisis differently and there are no wrong ways to do it. For some, just getting through it is enough and that is OK, too. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and, if at all possible, cozy.
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PRETTY PRINTS A new line of artwork brings one-of-a-kind collectible pieces to New Orleans homes Perfect for summer decorating, the new Vintage Textile Prints Collection at Ethan Allen includes 53 pieces of artwork. An antiquarian book dealer curated the exclusive compilation from a rare portfolio of 19th-century drawings and paintings by artists of the Brulet Lecomte textile design studio in France. It features never-before-seen giclée prints of textile art including lilacs, daisies, roses, dandelions, ferns and other botanicals; dots, lines and other geometric forms; iconic medallions; French gardens; and lunar eclipses. Each piece ($310-$1,490) is meant to stand beautifully on its own or be combined to make a unique statement in any room. 3750 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-885-1471, ethanallen.com
Fine Furnishings A new offering of custom upholstery furnishings allows total customization Eclectic Home, a 7,000-square-foot showroom and design center, recently debuted its EH Collection — a custom upholstery line for furnishings ranging from traditional to modern styles. The carefully designed and curated line reflects Eclectic Home’s innovative yet timeless design aesthetic. In addition, Eclectic Home’s
creative team of designers and managers work
AERIN’s Miami Edit features home and entertaining essentials inspired by the Magic City
closely with clients on their design projects. 8211 Oak St., 504-866-6654, eclectichome.net — COMPILED BY MISTY MILIOTO
A curated selection of Aerin Lauder’s favorite home and entertaining essentials inspired by coastal living is now available through the AERIN Miami Edit. The handpicked assortment recently was shown at the first-of-its-kind AERIN x Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club Art Basel Pop-Up and channels a beach aesthetic creating a luxurious, rejuvenating atmosphere perfect for a summer décor refresh. The brass Mila Decorative Box features an aquamarine stone. Available at Neiman Marcus, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, 504-522-4269, neimanmarcus.com and aerin.com
When you canâ€™t go see the world, let the it come home to you PRODUCED BY MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX
1. Cockpit desk clock by Pendulux, National World War II Museum Store, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944 (Ext.244), pendulux.com
2. Travel Home by Caitlin Flemming and Julie Goebel, Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 899READ, octaviabooks. com
3. Cape Town candle by Niven Morgan, Little Miss Muffin, 766 Harrison Ave., 4828200, nivenmorgan. com.
4. Santorini tub in hammered polish copper by Native Trails, LCR-NOLA, 2601 L&A Road, 378-8300, nativetrailshome.com.
5. Bermuda coffee table, Doorman Design, 408-1616, doormandesigns.com
6. Cannes crystal table lamp by Aerin, Rivers Spencer, 3909 Magazine St., 6092436, riversspencer. com and aerin.com
BLOWING IN THE BREEZE Porch shades and outdoor curtains offer shade, block the wind and add a bit of privacy, plus loads of curb appeal. Outdoor curtains will effortlessly create a stylish and carefree environment. With so many colors, patterns and styles, finding curtains for your porch should be a snap. They are easily hung by grommets and are usually made from waterproof and mildew-resistant materials.
Porch Perfect Prepping your perch for summer Whether they’re wraparound, screened in or versatile verandas, New Orleanians’ porches are the perfect place to peruse the morning newspaper, unwind after a hectic day or gather for an impromptu serenade. Sipping sweet tea or a glass of chardonnay while leisurely swinging on a wide pillow-clad porch swing is the height of Southern gentility. Keeping it organized can take a porch from simple utilitarian to sumptuous with just a few extra touches. — BY PAM MARQUIS
LIGHT THE NIGHT Once the sun has set, a rustic candle chandelier will cast a romantic light and add a calming ambience to the space. Or add the quintessential New Orleans feel by adding gas light sconces. These hand-forged iron brackets by Bevolo’s craftspeople are available in natural gas, liquid propane, and electric. bevolo.com
MODERN CLASSIC When we think of classic white wicker furniture it seems to evoke a certain Victorian sensibility but today’s wicker chaise lounges, swivel chairs, chat sets and loveseats come in modern styles, colors and price points. Go tropical with pieces made from rattan to create exotic getaway vibes. Rattan is a climbing vine-like plant and is an abundant, sustainable resource. Despite its delicate appearance, it is considered one of nature’s strongest materials.
PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE
JUST A SWINGIN’ To complete your porch retreat add an iconic porch swing. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles from a farmhouse porch swing to an extra-deep porch swing, which offers the perfect space for napping after a delicious Sunday brunch. Be sure to add a variety of bold and colorful weatherproof cushions and pillows to capture your unique style. So kick back and enjoy witty conversations, casual visits with neighbors and friends and tender moments with loved ones — porches are where summer memories begin.
ANNIE MORAN AFTER YEARS AS A DESIGNER IN NEW YORK, CANE RIVER NATIVE
and LSU College of Art & Design graduate Annie Moran returned to her Louisiana roots. Today, the artist, illustrator and designer lives in New Orleans, where she produces art, fashion and home goods that reflect her love of nature and local culture. Moran credits her artist father with exposing her to art at an early age and growing up in a rural area with her passion for depicting the natural world. “Our house was on a riverbank,” she says. “I was always getting lost in nature, plants and birds and other animals.” At LSU, she focused on graphic arts as a career path and moved to New York after graduating. For several years, she designed packaging for fashion accessories, then more than a decade designing the products themselves (handbags and other items) for such wellknown companies as Henri Bendel, Kate Spade, Coach, Ugg and Liz Claiborne. At the same time, she rediscovered painting with watercolor and began developing a portfolio of pattern design. Eventually, Moran was drawn to New Orleans, where she visited often and where her parents had relocated. Now in business for her-
self, she creates watercolors, pillows, wallpaper, fabrics, jewelry and clothing items with such indigenous subjects and motifs as palmetto leaves, oak trees, herons and Mardi Gras revelers. “My work is really a love of all nature,” says the artist who uses a mostly pastel palette and admires the art of fellow nature-lover Walter Anderson. “But the swampy things we have here create a mystical mood that I don’t find in other places. What we have in this region is really special to me. What I’m trying to do is paint how the viewer identifies with the subject and comment on a really human level.” Hand-painted one-of-a-kind murals, both residential and public, are her favorite form of expression; she’d especially like to create them for hotels and restaurants. She also teaches a progressive series of watercolor workshops, recently returned to a collection of ink and charcoal drawings and plans to add decorative finishes to her repertoire. Diligence, persistence, the city’s support of local artists, exposure at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the visibility provided by Instagram and other social media have helped her develop a following. Her work is also available at Eclectic Home and through anniemoran.com. — BY LEE CUTRONE
THOM BENNETT PORTRAIT
HOT WATER An afternoon tea ritual for centering amid the chaos
STEP 1: Boil water in a saucepan or tea kettle.
ditional local purveyors include The Spice & Tea Exchange, Tandem Tea Company and Orleans Coffee’s Royal Tea Company. STEP 3: If you really want to take it to the next level, pair your tea with chocolate or another treat. Honey Mama’s CocoNoNut bar is life changing. STEP 4: Add honey or some other sweetener and your preferred form of creamer if you take it that way. STEP 5: Find a quiet corner and sip. Allow yourself time to finish the entire cup. Consider cueing up music you love. Reintroducing this one habit into my routine has enabled me to find a moment of centering amid even the most chaotic days. After, I come back to work refreshed, de-stressed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. It’s a tiny shift that has made a big impact in my stress level and makes me feel a little more cared for during what has certainly been one of the most surreal, frightening and uncertain times in my life and perhaps, in our shared human history. Let’s take care of ourselves, so we can take care of one another, one warm, consoling cup at a time. – BY MELANIE WARNER SPENCER
STEP 2: Pour the water over loose tea in a basket or use bagged tea. Steep it for the recommended amount of time, usually 3 to 5 minutes. I like several magical blends from New Orleans’ The Tea Witch. Ad-
(Note: A version of this piece published previously on myneworleans.com)
THE ABRUPT TRANSITION INTO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND
self-isolation since the COVID-19 outbreak has many of us seeking creature comforts, distractions, tips and simply a sense of normalcy. I’ve certainly begun clinging to small daily rituals, such as meditation and journaling, cultivated to stay balanced and resumed those that fell to the wayside, such as afternoon tea. Making a cup of tea to sip while you work is certainly beneficial, but I recommend ritualizing it and using it as an afternoon break. My version looks a lot like traditional English tea, which was just that, a respite to energize the aristocracy and the otherwise upper crust between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an aristocrat to enjoy tea. My ritual is simple and with each step, I relax a little more, so that by the time I’m actually drinking the tea, I’m in a pretty good place. Here’s my process:
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ROASTED GARLIC MAC AND CHEESE Ingredients 1 pound macaroni noodles salt, to taste 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup minced garlic 2 tablespoons flour 1 pint milk 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 pound shredded American cheese 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Directions 1. Boil macaroni noodles in salted boiling water until al dente, about 10 minutes. Strain, rinse noodles and set aside. 2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant and begins to brown. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. 3, Add milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and mix in cheese, hot sauce, paprika, pepper and garlic powder and mix until well blended. 4. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni and mix together. Serve warm. Serves 6 to 8
About the Chefs
Big Easy Cheesy With a just few bold flavors and simple steps, Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley of Blue Oak BBQ put a smoky spin on an American cook-out classic PRODUCED BY MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX
NOLA natives and grillin’ gurus Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley started Blue Oak BBQ as a pop-up inside Chickie Wah Wah music club. They officially opened the doors to the Mid-City eatery in 2012, specializing in low and slow-cooked smoked meats and savory side dishes. They are active in the community, and founded “BLOAK Saturdays,” an initiative to provide free meals to furloughed hospitality workings during the COVID-19 shutdown.
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FOR THE GARDEN
SERENITY NOW Creating a Japanese garden for a tranquil visual and physical retreat
AFTER MORE THAN 1,300 YEARS, JAPANESE GARDENS CONTINUE
to provide peace and tranquility. They are studies in balance and harmony, gracefully combining natural beauty with serenity. They can be spacious with large waterfalls, huge boulders, elegant red bridges and stone paths or small, soothing gardens in backyards, patios or courtyards. The key to designing your own Japanese garden is to keep it simple. “The design is the first thing to consider,” says Robin Tanner, landscape architect and installation artist, who was one of the designers of New Orleans City Park’s Japanese Garden. “Focus on the relationship of all the elements in space and their relationship to the space and finally their relationship to one another.” Natural stone is an important aspect of most Japanese-inspired gardens. Rocks can be used as sculptural works of art or small pebbles for paths. Even simply using unplanted beds of sand and rock will suffice in creating a small relaxing retreat. Most gardens will include the element of water. But do not install a noisy fountain. Instead, a simple ornamental basin at ground level will do. Use a tiny pump to keep the water fresh, but set it up to avoid the sound of splashing. When it comes to plants, consider species that are well adapted to our summer heat. Plants can include such things as bamboo, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, pine trees, azaleas, wisteria, lir-
iope and camellias. Also, it’s important to choose small, delicate, pale-colored flowers to avoid a riot of color. Tanner cautions that plant life in a Japanese patio garden should be minimal and restrained. The spaces around the plants are as important as the plants themselves. “The main thing is to put together plants that create an expression that leads to an experience for the beholder,” he says. A commonly used ornament is a stone lantern. Known as a toro, they’ve been a feature of Japanese gardens for centuries but remember simplicity. Man-made elements of Japanese gardens should always be made from natural materials or appear to be natural. But don’t use an object just because you think it needs to be there. Tanner believes you shouldn’t telegraph tranquility and recounts an experience from a garden he designed in Colorado. “After the garden was done, the owner’s wife bought a concrete Buddha to put in the garden and the owner said, ‘Why did you get a Buddha, he was already here.’” Hint: Tanner believes that there is no set formula for a Japanese-inspired garden because it’s not a paint-by-number kind of project. “It’s critical not to think about objects but focus on proportion and scale,” he says. For inspiration, he suggests looking at tea gardens and the temple gardens of Kyoto. – BY PAMELA MARQUIS
The Real Dill Growing this classic herb for use in countless dishes BY PAMELA MARQUIS
1 THROUGH THE AGES Ancient Romans considered dill weed a good luck symbol and ancient Egyptians used it to ward off witches. Many cultures cultivated it for its medicinal qualities, particularly its ability to calm a queasy stomach.
2 IN THE KITCHEN Dill is also a classic taste of summer. It’s used in everything from pickles to tzatziki, and brightens the flavor of fish, eggs and vegetables. It can also be used instead of basil to create a tasty pesto.
3 TIME AND PLACE The time to plant it in southern Louisiana is from October to February. But luckily, dill is an excellent herb to grow in a container and could be grown on a cool porch or in a sunny corner of your kitchen. It has a long tap root so it needs to be planted in a deep pot. Plant in loamy soil as it likes free draining, loose, moderately fertile soil and keep misted.
4 KEEP IT COMING The seeds should sprout within two weeks. Then continue planting every couple of weeks until mid summer to ensure a constant dill supply.
5 FUTURE PLANNING If you have dill from spring in your garden, it’s easy to create a permanent patch of dill, just allow some of the plants to go to seed — you’ll have plenty of early dill next spring.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
JOYFUL LIGHT Cynthia Courage creates and restores stained glass at Attenhofers Stained Glass “I WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED BY THE BEAUTY OF STAINED GLASS,”
says Cynthia Courage, owner of Attenhofer’s Stained Glass, a full-service art glass studio. Years ago, she needed stained glass for her home. Ken Attenhofer, the studio owner, suggested that she take a stained glass class to make her own project. “This was a six-week class but within the first two weeks I finished all the projects and wanted to know more,” she said. “He saw my passion and ability and kept trying to get me to work for him, and finally I quit my other job and joined him.” In 2002, she bought the business and since has worked with numerous architects, churches and owners of historic homes. Some notable jobs include restoration of windows at St. Louis Cathedral, St. John the Baptist, Notre Dame, Walmsley Chapel, Annunciation and numerous local clients in historic homes throughout the region. “We’ve also removed all the sacred windows at Our Lady of Lourdes on Napoleon and many other sites,” she said. “These works are created and preserved and eventually reseated in their new homes. These types of projects are usually large and require years of work, patience and documentation. I love this type of challenge.” Attenhofer’s also provides services from gently cleaning and performing maintenance on historic glass to creating and fabricating new pieces.
“We usually draw our own custom patterns for the panels we make, but we always take our client’s vision into consideration,” she said. “We try to understand what is most important to our clients. We also take into consideration the lighting and the surrounding view. This often will dictate part of the design, structure or glass selection.” She works with four to seven artists in a commercial triplex and said her 3400-square-foot- studio is a nice sized, breathable space. “I love surrounding myself with other like-minded talented artists,” she said. “I still get excited about projects and I can’t express the feeling of accomplishment when we mount our work. I have been able to be an integral part of several new churches, and it is an honor I never dreamed would happen to me.” She especially loves to see the historic artwork come back from a destroyed condition. “A lot of our work involves science, math and figuring stuff out,” she said. “I’m always looking for the next challenge. Every conservation, restoration job is a new puzzle, a new whodunnit. She believes stained glass can be joyful and make people smile with delight. “It really can change the view with light, color and composition,” she said. “It’s magical to view and the glass medium allows me to continuously push the boundaries and go further and further.” – BY PAMELA MARQUIS
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FACE OF CONSTRUCTION
Colmex Construction LLC As a wife and mother of four, a community leader, and President and CEO of Colmex Construction, LLC, Angelica Rivera stays busy building homes and touching lives. At the root of everything she does is a passion for work done well. A successful trailblazer, she hopes to continue opening doors for future generations while growing Colmex Construction and providing for the community. A mid-size general contracting and construction management firm, Colmex Construction is focused on all aspects of design/build and construction management and execution. Its team of skilled professionals offer experience in all areas of construction while prioritizing performance, schedule, cost management, and high quality workmanship. “My main motivation is not only to serve our clients, but our community as well,” says Rivera. “We care about our environment, too, which is why we incorporate best practices and minimize the impact on the environment while providing an exceptional final product.” Angelica Rivera has been recognized for her achievements in construction as well as her entrepreneurial spirit. Colmex Construction was named to CityBusiness’s 2019 “Excellence in Construction” list and to Telemundo 42 and Gulf Coast Bank’s “Heroes Locales” while also receiving the 2019 Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award. 32
Colmex Construction LLC 4334 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans, La 70125 504.383.8092 colmexconstruction.com
FACE OF ARCHITECTURE
Mark Schroeder Architect AIA Mark Schroeder is a New Orleans native who grew up learning the finer points of construction from his father, G. L. Schroeder, a developer and contractor. After graduating from Jesuit, Mark earned an architecture degree from the University of Southern California. He then worked for some of the largest architecture firms in Los Angeles. Mark returned to New Orleans 24 years ago to work on the Convention Center Expansion project. Since then, he has gone into business for himself and has focused almost exclusively on residential design. Mark values the integrity of European and classical architecture and tries to instill those qualities in every home he designs. He has been a licensed Architect and member of the AIA for over 20 years. Mark is also a painter and sculptor who has been represented by the former Silvia Schmidt Gallery on Julia Street.
400 Harrison Ave. New Orleans, LA 70124 NOW IN LAKEVIEW
DESIGNER’S OWN NINE YEARS IN THE MAKING, NOMITA AND SHAMMI GUPTA’S UPTOWN HOME HAS BEEN A DESIGN LAB FOR SOME OF NOMITA’S FAVORITE IDEAS
t’s not unusual for a designer’s surroundings to be beautiful — and Nomita Joshi Gupta’s are no exception. Since Nomita and her husband Shammi (a physician) first purchased their 1920s house in 2011, it has been the place for Nomita to put some of her favorite ideas to work. “I love the access to everything that I have as a designer,” says Nomita who owns the Magazine Street store Spruce and the eponymous design business Nomita Joshi Interior Design. “On the one hand, you can be crippled by that, but at the same time, I kind of use my house as a lab. I’m always trying things out, experimenting on myself.” The Guptas first made an offer on the Victorian, craftsman-style house in 2004. The house was in a state of neglect and divided into apartments, but Nomita fell in love with its 10-foot solid cypress doors, high ceilings, tall windows and natural light. The offer was rejected and the Guptas bought another house, but in 2011, they had a second opportunity to buy the property and this time everything fell into place. The owner, who was remodeling the house to flip it, had done much needed structural work, including shoring, and had renovated the kitchen. Still, construction on the Uptown avenue where the house is located was just beginning and that meant deferring much of the work the couple wanted to do. Instead of doing everything at once, they turned the concrete parking area into a backyard for their two children and began slowly renovating the house bit by bit. The advantage of the lengthy remodel is that Nomita was able to take her time with space planning, sourcing ideas and materials, and letting the house evolve to reflect the Guptas’ personalities and lifestyle. “As an architect, space planning and designing around the architecture are important to me,” says Nomita. “You have to frame views from every angle. I don’t BY LEE CUTRONE PHOTOS BY SARA want to throw a look together in a month ESSEX BRADLEY or two months and say it’s done,” she adds. “Interior design has a lot to do with the personality of the people who are living there. There is no one formula that is universal. Even for clients, you can do the bones of the house, but the layering takes a while.” The first stage of the interior renovation was the remodeling of the downstairs bathrooms and reconfiguration of the downstairs floorplan. The Guptas eliminated a bedroom and turned the space into a family room overlooking the backyard. Next, they put in a swimming pool. Finally, they reconfigured the upstairs, which had been a separate apartment. Nomita worked tirelessly on the floorplan until it allowed for the master suite she envisioned. That meant designing a large master bath with a tub set against a feature wall. “The goal was to create a spacious bath with a sense of lavishness,” says Nomita.
Facing page: Rather than fight the off-center placement of the original ceiling medallion, Nomita made the rest of the rear parlor asymmetrical as well. Globe light fixture, Aerin Lauder for Circa Lighting; Jonathan Adler sofa, through Nomita Joshi Interior Design; vintage chinoiserie cabinet and black console from Renaissance Interiors. Above mantel, sculpture by David Borgerding from Callan Contemporary and geometrical work by local artist Courtney Simon de Montfort represented by Nomita Joshi Interior Design.
This page: The previous owner remodeled the kitchen, but Nomita designed a new plaster hood and countertops and added new appliances. Facing page: Top: The dining roomâ€™s vintage cabinet and lamps were found locally. The dining table and rose gold light fixture are Jonathan Adler through Nomita Joshi Interior Design. Nomita recovered the chairs bought at auction with a chartreuse patterned velvet. Bottom, left: A tropical Cole & Sons wallpaper from Spruce Wallpaper adds interest to the dining room bookshelves. Bottom, right: A Saarinen tulip table and chairs in the breakfast nook. Custom paper shades through Nomita Joshi Interior Design. The banquette is covered with an Amanda Talley fabric.
Nomita re-covered the sofa in the front parlor with an indigo velvet and paired it with vintage wire Bertoia chairs from Chairish. The rattan coffee table is a thrift store find. Custom shades made with handmade Japanese wallpaper, through Nomita Joshi Interior Design. Uncovered French doors flood the downstairs living room with light. Sconces from Heirloom Furnishings.
With 6,500 square feet on three floors, she had plenty of room to flex her design muscle and use some of the furniture she’d acquired through the years. “I have a furniture addiction,” confesses the designer who has started representing local furniture designers and artists at her Magazine Street studio. True to her preference for what she calls “organic modern,” she contrasted the beauty of the massive cypress doors with sleek white minimalism, a combination of vintage and modernist furniture and shots of saturated color (indigo being one of her favorites at the moment). In the downstairs living room, a cypress door that is not used between rooms became a panel-like highlight next to a plaster-over-wood mantel Nomita designed to replace the ornate one that was original to the room. In the master bath, she put the same juxtaposition into play by placing a pair of matching reclaimed doors found at the Green Project on either side of a sculptural egg-shaped tub. Wallpapers were already one of her signature design elements, but she put them to use in creative ways. The showstopping master bath is designed around a cubist wallpaper mural that she found at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and had framed as a stunning work of art. She also used wallpaper as window coverings (designing double shades so that the rear shade could be raised to allow light while the top shade can remain closed for privacy), and as an added layer behind bookshelves. “I don’t like heavy drapery,” says Nomita. “I started using wallpaper for window coverings at my house and then I started doing it for clients after.” Her experience as an architect prompted her to listen to the house rather than force it into compliance. When moving the delicate off-center medallion of the downstairs living room was not an option, she made the rest of the room asymmetrical, effectively striking a balance so that it’s not even noticed until pointed out. “I decided to play on the asymmetry,” she says. “I had been eyeing the Jonathan Adler sofa for a while and I used all asymmetrical things in the room. I thought ‘let’s just make it a thing’.” Nomita’s love of geometry is repeated throughout: in fabric patterns, light fixtures and even works of art, many of which the couple have given as gifts to one another on birthdays and anniversaries. Diverse cultural influences are also part of the mix. “I have been lucky to travel and experience many countries, people, cultures and continents and I love bringing cultural and global references into a modern vision,” says Nomita, who immigrated to New Orleans from India in 1989 to attend LSU’s School of Architecture and became a citizen in 2007. My latest obsession is Buenos Aires, Argentina.” “You can mix it all,” she says. “It has to do with shapes, colors and textures no matter what culture they are from. But at the end of the day, you have to be in love with it. Finally, after nine years, it all came together. It’s a comfortable happy house.”
Top, left: Geometric shapes appear in the master bedroom’s headboard, art, rug and pillows. Custom drapery and bedding through Nomita Joshi Interior Design. Bottom, left: Shades of orange and sky blue are mixed with natural woods in the guest room. Side chair found at the Green Project’s annual Salvation auction. Painting by Louisiana artist Anne Cooper. Bottom, right: Nomita designed the master bath’s vanity, made by Legend Interiors. The paint color (Benjamin Moore Dragonfly) was inspired by the wallpaper mural that is the centerpiece of the room. Italian modernist chair from Renaissance Interiors. Mirror and sconces, through Nomita Joshi Interior Design. Facing page: The wallpaper mural behind the tub, made from an abstract work by L.A. artist Jessalyn Brooks, was the inspiration for the Deco modern master bath. Black terrazzo flooring by Emser through ProSource, black terrazzo countertops made by Legend Interiors, Jonathan Adler light fixture.
BY MISTY MILIOTO PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA ESSEX BRADLEY
OR NATHAN FELL, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPLE OF NATHAN FELL
Architecture, long and narrow site constraints — those typical of New Orleans — informed a unique solution when designing his personal home in Mid-City. He decided to create space below the second story of the home, effectively situating a heated pool and hot tub alongside the main living area, kitchen and dining room. Expansive sliding-glass panels serve the dual function of delineating and integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing for versatile and functional living. “Being outside on most New Orleans summer days only seems bearable if there is shade and a breeze — also a pool helps,” Fell says. “The project augments a small backyard A LOCAL ARCHITECT that would otherwise be underutilized, so that threefourths of the outdoor space is shaded.” TAKES A REFRESHING Fell, who originally is from South Carolina, moved to New Orleans in 2010, after spending one too many winters APPROACH TO in Chicago. Late last year, he opened his eponymous archiCHANNELING tectural firm, with a focus on residential and smaller commercial projects. “It is gratifying to design projects that are THE OUTDOORS built soon after they are conceived,” he says. “Large-scale projects, on the other hand, have other virtues. They tend to value innovation, durability and wellness a bit more. It is my intention to apply these values to smaller projects as well.” Describing his design aesthetic as “humanistic modernism,” Fell likes to condense and edit the qualities of a space in order to make it more hospitable. “An uncluttered space is visually transformed by its occupants, so they are the primary focus,” he says. “By embracing and understanding the virtues of modern building materials and construction techniques, a warm, inviting and livable architecture is feasible.” Indeed, a more traditional approach to architecture would be to encase the first floor space as interior square footage, while allowing for only a small slit of backyard. Fell instead decided to turn the outside in with this duplex project that he designed on nights and weekends, and completed last July.
FELL AND HIS FAMILY ENJOY AN INTEGRATED INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACE AS THEIR PRIMARY LIVING AREA.
FACING PAGE, TOP: THE POOL AND HUT TUB ARE SITUATED IN A WAY THAT CREATES A BREEZEWAY. BOTTOM: THE SENO EXTENDABLE WALNUT TABLE FROM ARTICLE PAIRS PERFECTLY WITH CLEAR-STAINED WALNUT CABINETRY. BELOW: THE HEATED POOL MEASURES 53 FEET LONG AND IS MORE THAN 4 FEET DEEP, WHILE THE HOT TUB SEATS SIX PEOPLE.
THE WIND-RESISTANT SLIDING-GLASS PANELS FROM LACANTINA DOORS MEASURE 12 FEET HIGH BY 5 FEET WIDE AND WERE CRUCIAL IN MAKING THE EXTERIOR SPACES AS LARGE AS POSSIBLE.
He and his wife, Danielle, and their two children, Roscoe,11, and Donovan, 6, occupy the 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath rear unit, and they rent out the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath front unit. While each unit features a separate roof deck with great views of downtown, Fell as his family use their primary indoor and outdoor living space for everything from reading, cooking and eating to swimming, playing games, watching the Saints (maybe from the pool or hot tub) and socializing. “The outdoor space feels secluded, shaded, breezy and relaxing,” Fell says. “We love to be outside — it’s great for psychological wellness — but no one wants to go outside when it feels like you’re melting.” To take advantage of wind within the space, Fell designed a large opening by the hot tub that allows ample cross-ventilation. He also added six 62-inch Minka Aire ceiling
BELOW: THE KITCHEN FEATURES A MINTA SINGLE-HANDLE STAINLESS STEEL FAUCET BY GROHE; AN ACTIVESMART REFRIGERATOR BY DCS; A MICROWAVE, OVEN AND COOKTOP BY WHIRLPOOL; A RANGE HOOD BY ZEPHYR; TWO DISHWASHERS BY MAYTAG; TWO SMALL BEVERAGE REFRIGERATORS BY GE; AND COLORFUL MOLDED FIBERGLASS CASE STUDY FURNITURE ARM SHELL DOWEL COUNTER STOOLS WITH A WALNUT AND BLACK WIRE BASE FROM MODERNICA.
fans for days without a breeze. Yet his Mid-City abode posed a challenge: determining how to build the load-bearing wall on top of the above-ground pool. Gunite — a material much stronger than standard concrete — formed the foundation, but it also had to be reinforced to support the concrete-bearing wall and the second floor. The placement of the wall, however, also had to take into account the wall finishes. “[The gunite] was formed prior to the bearing wall on top but needed to be slightly inset from the face of the concrete wall so the plaster and tile would not protrude,” Fell says. “Fortunately, strength wasn’t an issue, but the plumbing and lighting for the pool all had to be worked out beforehand.” Building materials certainly take center stage with wood slat-formed concrete walls, interior concrete floors, exterior concrete tiles, ipe wood decking, clear-stained walnut cabinetry and black granite countertops. The colorful interior design further highlights the home’s beautiful bones. “I think it’s good to use a saturated color wherever something is dyed, such as a fabric or a molded plastic chair,” Fell says. “It helps to draw vibrancy into a space and distinguish the more natural materials.” For example, Fell sourced two blue Split Rail chairs with arms from Modernica to pair with a custom pink sofa from Joybird to add pops of color to the living space. “When my wife and I saw the bubble gum pink, it was like the other colors didn’t even exist,” he says. “[The kitchen stools] are available in a multitude of colors, and, because there are six of them, the different colors help to accentuate the beauty of their form so they didn’t seem like a wall of chairs.” The dining table, a Seno extendable walnut table from Article, and the Gage Dining Chair Collection from Arhaus define a separate dining area. And while Fell considers his home almost perfect as is, he and his wife would like to add a few more rows of planters with bamboo to aid with privacy. “We are drawn to New Orleans because of its beauty, walkable neighborhoods and culture,” Fell says. “It is unique for an American city to have so many courtyards and lush gardens immersed in an urban context.”
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MASTER PLAN What to know and do before upgrading finishes or beginning a home renovation or remodeling project
I F YO U A R E T H I N K I N G A B O U T H O M E R E N OVAT I O N S , there are a number things to consider before spending time and money on a project. The more homework you do in advance, the more money and headaches you will spare yourself down the road. Once you begin the process, expect it to be time-consuming and arm yourself with large amounts of patience. Architectural Digest notes that many people want to start renovations shortly after moving into a new house. This is a mistake. You should live in it for a while and truly get a feel for the space and the traffic flow within it before you make any decisions with long-term consequences.
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Zachary Tyson, co-owner of Tyson Construction, said the first step is to investigate anyone you hope to hire. Check with the Homebuilders Association of Greater New Orleans. Also, ask any potential contractor for referrals from previous clients, which they should be able to provide upon request. Don’t be afraid to ask any other questions of your contractor. It’s better to address as many issues as possible before the work starts to limit potential headaches and misunderstandings. If you decide to move forward, remember it will not be as simple as calling a contractor and receiving a near-immediate estimate. “An estimate is not going to happen overnight,” Tyson said. “There’s a shortage of skilled labor … This has been a challenging last few years … Everyone seems to be as busy as they’ve ever been.” Pre-planning is often an extensive process for contractors. Permitting takes time, as does scouting the property and coming up with the best strategy for moving forward. Part of being patient is managing your expectations. The bigger the scope of the project, the more potential problems that might arise that delay the project or raise the costs. Tyson said if you open up walls or remove floors or cabinets, you never know what you might find. “You have to be prepared for additional expenses,” Tyson said. This is especially true in the New Orleans area, where many people live in older homes. If you do extensive work on these houses, the contractor might discover foundation issues, termite infes-
tations or other problems. For those looking for ballpark estimates on projects, Tyson said he recently did a kitchen and living room remodel that cost about $100,000. The homeowner wanted to create a more open space. Tyson had to open up a wall and reroute pipes. He said it is always good for a homeowner to expect to spend as much as 5-10 percent extra over an initial estimate. He added that retrofitting open concepts onto kitchens and living rooms is one of the more popular renovations people are choosing these days. Tyson said it is also common for people to remove carpeting and linoleum tile flooring and replace it with ceramic tile or hardwood floors. He said customers should expect this project to cost $5-15 per square foot, depending on the materials and labor costs. “People have to understand that a lot of labor and time goes into removing old flooring,” Tyson said. Vinyl plank flooring is a popular budget option. Tyson said it’s replacing laminate flooring in that regard because vinyl looks better, responds better than laminate to moisture, and is more resistant to scratches from pets or moving furniture. There’s also padding underneath that makes it more comfortable to walk on. If you are looking to do counter work in your kitchen, granite countertops have come down in price. Tyson said marble and quartz look beautiful but will be much more expensive. If you want to jazz up your kitchen but you are on a tight budget, he recommended painting cabinets instead of trying to remove them entirely. – BY FRITZ ESKER
Home Retreat Every home needs an oasis of calm. A zen-like space, free of clutter, with comfy, plush fabrics, mellow lighting and materials evoking natureâ€™s peaceful presence. Take inspiration from these pieces to build a personal oasis, all available for purchase online from local retailers. BY MIRELLA CAMERON
Pink Stairway Framed Print and Sheepskin Wool Rug in Taupe from Arhaus, arhaus.com
Rust Linen Lumbar Pillow from Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co
Filmore Sofa in Theater Granite from Arhaus, arhaus.com
Ivory Ceramic Glaze Lamp Accented in Gilded Gold Base and Neck from Eclectic Home, eclectichome.net
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Vert Coffee Table, Sunday Shop, sundayshop.co
Poolside Service Classic cocktail glasses, with a twist Relaxing by the pool is a favorite summertime activity. But what to do when happy hour rolls around? Who wants to bring the party inside? We’ve searched and found the most stylish acrylic cocktail glasses in classic shapes and cool colors so that you can keep the party going, poolside. - BY ASHLEY MCLELLAN
$23 ITALIAN FLAIR For the ultimate in poolside entertaining, these acrylic, double face highball glasses will fool even the most discerning drinker. Designed by luxury stemware designer Mario Luca Giusti, these will be the toast of the party, without the worry of broken glass, and let you serve up your Negroni, in style. Available in scarlet or blue/green. Mario Luca Giusti acrylic double face highball glass, Neiman Marcus, $23 each.
$16 PITCHER, $5 GLASSES MODERN MODE West Elm’s stackable and endlessly fashionable “Fluted Acrylic” highball and double old-fashioned glasses bring the party, Marty. Available in silver pine, pink grapefruit and clear, they are created by London designer Aaron Probyn and bring a splash of refreshing color to your patio party. Bonus: The “Fluted Acrylic” set also has a matching fluted acrylic pitcher, available in clear, to mix-up and serve up big batch margs, daiquiris or mojitos. Pitcher, $16; highball and double old-fashioned glasses, $5 each; all from westelm.com. $15.96 SET OF FOUR RUSTIC CHIC These textured highball glasses are made to mimic rustic, blown glass, but are made from BPA-free acrylic, for worry-free entertaining and imbibing. A chunky matching pitcher is perfect for serving freshly chilled sangria. Pitcher, $14.99; textured highball glasses, $15.96 set of four; worldmarket.com.
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$79.95, SET OF SIX COSMOPOLITAN COLOR Taste the rainbow with Williams Sonoma’s set of six multi-colored double old-fashioned glasses, ready for their backyard party debut. Made from extra-durable DuraClear Tritan BPA-free plastic, they are made to withstand even the most fabulous parties, picnics and festivities without cracking, breaking or discoloring. Another Tom Collins anyone? Multi-colored double old-fashioned DuraClear glasses, $79.95, set of six, williams-sonoma.com.com.
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Maximizing outdoor space in the era of social distancing
WHILE A STAY-AT-HOME ATTITUDE DOESN’ T TYPICALLY
describe the New Orleans way, it’s fair to say that recent events and recommendations for social distancing have given locals a new way to experience their homes, neighborhoods and community. Thank goodness for the beautiful weather that provided a pleasant backdrop for getting reacquainted with our outdoor spaces — from small front porches to large gardens and backyards, homes’ exterior spaces became the place to be in March and April. Welcome to what many experts believe is the “new normal,” a lifestyle that includes more time at — and more enjoyment of — the home. Summer is also a great time for enjoying the backyard, whether by cooling off in the pool and under the shade of trees or by enjoying a cold beverage as you fire up the grill in the evening. The era of social distancing gives us more reason than ever to maximize all of the space that home offers, including the perhaps previously under-appreciated outdoors. “With most people staying home, people are spending a lot of time in their own gardens,” says Kenny Rabalais, owner of The Plant Gallery. “At the garden center, herbs and vegetables are the most popular. Our landscape division has been slammed — we are installing plants, irrigation, and lighting every day.” Located on Airline Highway in New Orleans, The Plant Gallery’s Garden Center & Boutique is currently open daily. In addition to its garden center, the company offers florist services, landscape design
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and installation, plant maintenance and plant rentals. For those looking to improve their outdoor space, Rabalais recommends first asking how you see yourself using the space — as a peaceful seating area, a gathering space, a place to cook outside? Rabalais emphasizes planning early in the process, especially with a new home. Tips like installing sleeves for irrigation and lighting wires under sidewalks and driveways before pouring concrete and leaving sufficient room for tall plants or trees along your fence for privacy can save you money in the long run. For Beverly Katz, owner of Exterior Designs, Inc., planning can’t be emphasized enough. “Without a master plan, we find homeowners often severely underutilize their available space,” says Katz. “We can work in phases to help the homeowner create the outdoor living space they have always dreamed of without blowing their budget.” Katz is known for her ability to incorporate lush landscaping with hard surfaces such as brick or pavers to create French Quarter-inspired courtyards complete with a proper drainage plan. According to Katz, poor drainage can cause a host of issues, so having a plan for moisture is of utmost importance. In addition to offering landscape design, Exterior Designs, Inc. also offers build and maintenance services and has been hearing from a number of clients thankful for the investment they made prior to recent events.
“It seems as though many have been forced to slow down during the stay-at-home order, allowing them to truly enjoy the outdoor spaces we have created and continue to maintain for them,” says Katz. During spring, the company was busy offering clients basic cleaning of gardens, lawn cutting, pruning and mulching. Katz emphasizes that working within a client’s budget is crucial now, and the company is offering payment arrangements. An increased interest in outdoor space has also been felt by landscape design+build and maintenance firm Mullin, where President and CEO Chase Mullin is seeing a large focus on recreational space: swimming pools, putting greens and usable lawn space. During the stay-at-home order, the team at Mullin was able to continue assisting clients with planning by taking advantage of video conferencing technology. They were able to virtually “walk” the properties with clients and offer design presentations. “We’ve been fortunate to be able to continue most of our design work with minimal interruption through working remotely,” says Mullin. As a first step in the design process, Mullin encourages prospective clients to gather images of spaces they’re drawn to in addition to any other information that can prompt Mullin’s landscape architects in the right direction. “We most often encounter clients desiring to bring the indoors outside by expanding their living spaces into their backyards,” he says. “More often than not, both the interior décor and exterior spaces are a direct reflection of the owners’ taste and personalities.” In the summer time, pools are indeed one of the most coveted additions to an outdoor space, and during the stay-at-home order, Paradise Pools and Spas, Inc. received countless photos and stories
from former clients who were able to find enjoyment outside — from relaxing by the water to getting exercise, pools offer an escape from the confines of the house. “Most clients we meet with today are looking for a sanctuary for their family,” says Earl Hardouin, Owner of Paradise Pools and Spas, Inc. “They are looking for the ability to attract their family to hang around home, to create memories with their family or simply cool off on our hot summer days.” When considering adding a pool to your exterior space, Hardouin suggests first pinpointing how you want to use it functionally and what amenities and features you might want to incorporate. Pictures are always helpful, too, he says. “Balance is also important,” adds Hardouin. “Many clients want seating or outdoor cooking areas to complement their pool projects. Space planning and understanding how the flow of the yard will finish is very important.” Outdoor cooking is one of the specialties of Nordic Kitchens & Baths, where customers interested in exterior pizza ovens, grills, and stove tops can find a wealth of options from high-end manufacturers like Alfresco, Kalamazoo, Artisan, Kamado Joe, Lynx, Primo and others. Currently, President Randall Shaw is seeing a rising interest in “simple” outdoor kitchens — not full construction projects that require contractors and structures, but rather a little cabinetry that can be assembled in place and perhaps a stone countertop and appliances. “I do think this will change the way we live,” says Shaw. “I think by spending this time at home, people are thinking ‘What can we do to make this a more enjoyable space?’” - BY KELCY WILBURN
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tio this summer? Of course you are! Poufs also are available in indoor and outdoor versions that are superb for poolside perching. If you have multiple poufs, you can even line them up for a soft sunbathing surface. One example is the Capitola indoor and outdoor pouf from Arhaus, which features a flat-woven texture in a gray and white geometric design. The 16-inch cube is lightweight and perfect for sunny summer days. Arhaus, 939 Girod St., 504-581-6684, arhaus.com â€” BY MISTY MILIOTO