I don’t know about you but I’ve already started my spring cleaning—uh, let’s just say I’ve been thinking about starting. Spring motivates me to clear out the clutter in my home and give it a new look. Since I live in New Orleans it seems only natural that I bring a little of that NOLA style inside. It’s an eclectic blend of tradition and whimsy. There six rooms ooze charm and character.
Love everything about this first room. Eagle-eyed Mardi Gras lovers will spot the row of decorated Muses pumps on the fireplace mantle. Muses, a woman’s carnival crew, is famous for tossing glittered high-heeled shoes to parade goers. Above the fireplace is an original by popular New Orleans based-artist David Harouni, who has a gallery on Royal St. in the French Quarter. The Persian rug, green sofa, and colorful throw pillows make the room pop!
This dining room is so far from drab—what fun it must be to dine with a French crystal chandelier high above. Decorating with pretty pink flowers is perfect for spring.
This library is in the same house as the dining room above. I love the intricate woodwork, trellis windows, and the chinoiserie bookcases that frame the room. A perfect place to grab a good book, a glass of wine, and relax a bit.
I’m drawn to any room with 16-foot-high ceilings but this double parlor has much more: Corinthian columns–check! Marble fireplaces—check! Original medallions–check! Built-ins–check! You get the picture.
A double parlor is a thing of beauty and with its arching door frame and ornate columns this room makes a grand statement. It didn’t always look this beautiful. Click here to see the before pictures of this 1860’s Greek Revival in the Treme. The transformation is jaw-dropping.
This foyer in Uptown New Orleans offers a perfect mix of modern and traditional Southern decorating. This lovely room, designed by Melissa Rufty, was on last year’s showcase home tour by Traditional Home magazine. Check out the hand-painted wallpaper panels.
As you can see, New Orleans style is hard to pin down. I hope these rooms inspire you to add a little NOLA flair to your decorating repertoire!