Despite the fact that the New Orleans ShowHouse enters its final week in the Southern Style Now Design Festival, which ends June 12th, I would like to recap on some of the participating designers and artists, all originally with roots from the South, but now many are engaged in businesses from coast to coast. These inspired creators lent their contemporary vision to the 15-room showhouse while also incorporating traditional southern design to their oeuvre.
The 2016 showhouse, an exquisite Queen Anne Victorian built in 1895, is located in the Uptown District on one of the city's revered streets, Charles Avenue. The house is a bijoux, a jewel trimmed with white painted wrought iron and embellished with stained glass windows and beveled glass doors A French Quarter-style courtyard off the house leads to a guest cottage. The oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world, the St. Charles line, passes by the house as it makes its way from Canal Street in the Central Business district through the oldest and most majestic sections of New Orleans.
Denise McGaha Interiors, Dallas, created a powder room that is a statement in femininity. Soft rose trims this bath, while a dramatic floral wall covering from Ashley Woodson Bailey covers the walls and ceiling--its reminiscent of the Garden District that has become synonymous with this beautiful city.
Ware M. Porter, Ware took on the task of the master bedroom and balcony. He began with a custom wool dhurrie carpet from Lisa Fine and Richard Keith Langham. An Empire bed from Bunny Williams and fabrics from Quadrille's archives were carefully chosen to work with the rug. "Tonal striped walls and custom-made lampshades deliver a sophisticated space that works the way people live today," he said. The designer's firm is based in Birmingham, Alabama where he crafts his fresh takes on traditional design "infused with sophistication and happiness."
Though this is just a sampling of Southern Style inquiries about other showstopper designers by contacting traditiionalhome.com/neworleansshowhouse.
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