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ome is where the heart is – and that makes home a pretty important place. Making sure your home is special can be accomplished any number of ways, and finding those that suit you and your family can make all the difference in where you spend your time and energy. As Northshore communities and families consistently grow, a variety of home and home design services are helping find ways to ensure a home reflects not just a family’s needs, but also its personalities. From interior design to custom furniture, cabinetry and closets, the following Northshore and Southshore experts are invaluable resources for those looking to build, renovate or simply add a personal touch to their living space. Famous for preserving Louisiana’s culture and heritage through woodworking and furniture making, Greg Arceneaux builds furniture based on early Creole and Acadian designs using traditional techniques and indigenous materials. Arceneaux specializes in 18th-century joinery and uses a handrubbed oil finish topped with a French wax or his signature painted gold-leaf finish.
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Arceneaux’s Louisiana Heritage Collection includes everything from chairs and benches to tables, shelves and armoires. Arceneaux also does custom work and cabinetry. From Sept. 14 through Oct. 29, his work will be on exhibit in Lafayette at the Acadiana Center for Arts. The exhibit, named “Furnishing Louisiana, Then and Now by Greg Arceneaux,” features the classic Creole designs for which Arceneaux is known and lauded. For a gallery of designs, visit Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmakers online at GregArceneaux.com. If you would like to place an order, please contact his workshop, located at 17319 Norwell Drive in Covington, by calling (985) 893-8782. For a custom closet, pantry, home office or garage, superior service is available in your Northshore neighborhood. Since 2003, Louisiana Custom Closets has been tailoring rooms, shelves, hampers, hutches and more to fit the needs of residents in South Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Don Wise, the company’s founder, has been designing closets for more than 18 years. Wise has an unparalleled commitment to customer service, sometimes spending hours listening to the unique wants and needs a client has for the space in his or her home. Louisiana Custom Closets uses leading technology and software for design, providing clients with computer-generated images. They use high quality materials and custom-build each closet in their warehouse – from the slanted shelves for shoes and the various rods and valets for hanging clothes, to the spacious hutch drawers and cubicles for purses, sweaters and more. With competitive pricing, Louisiana Custom Closets will find an affordable solution to your home needs. Visit LouisianaCustomClosets.com or call for a free estimate: (985) 8710810 or (504) 885-3188. For more than 14 years, Rug Chic has served as South Louisiana’s connection to international markets of fine quality, one-of-a-kind rugs that will last for generations. Beth Assaf has traveled the world in search of the highest quality craftsmen and suppliers using superior quality materials and dyes, and she is careful in choosing only items that are made with 100-percent child-free labor. From street markets in Nepal, Turkey, India, China and Pakistan, Assaf brings an array of antique, traditional and contemporary rugs, hand-selected antique furniture, as well as exclusive fine upholstered furniture, unique accessories and art to clients on both the Northshore and Southshore, providing distinctive looks to homes while complementing today’s interior design. Rug Chic supplies an extensive collection of fine, hand-knotted rugs, Tibetan rugs by Tufenkian, and two upholstered furniture lines by Lee Industries and Baker. The Rug Chic showroom is located in Mandeville at 4240 Highway 22, Suite 6. View the gallery online at RugChic.com or call (985) 674-1070 for more information. Since 1997, Gomez Pine Straw of Mandeville has been committed to offering premium quality ground cover at competitive prices and impeccable customer service year-round. A family business, Gomez Pine Straw takes pride in their product and status as the largest and best pine straw supplier across the state. Gomez Pine Straw has a history of working on key projects in and around Greater New Orleans and enjoys providing that finishing touch for homeowners, commercial landscapes, boulevards and highways across the region.