Designing a Home in New Orleans
We’re thrilled to be working with “second time” clients who have moved back to New Orleans from a sojourn in New York. They’re now proud owners of a magnificent Italinate-style double gallery house in the Garden District. Built during the middle of the nineteenth century, this house personifies American architectural grace. We’re thoroughly enjoying the process of researching period rooms of the time as inspiration, and ruminating on how to refresh these elegant, expansive rooms. With 11 foot ceilings throughout, the windows play a huge role in the architecture of the home, and thus, require some serious attention.
For a recent presentation, we drew inspiration from style of window treatments above, simplifying it a bit because, well, it suits this young couple better. We sketched an elevation and rendered curtains over the actual windows as a way of demonstrating how this particular style would suit the windows in their own dining room. The ceilings are 11 feet tall, so by mounting the window valances as close to the ceiling as possible we’re accentuating the grandeur of the room.
In the living room, we chose a slightly more tailored valance concept, inspired by other period rooms with extraordinarily tall ceilings, like the two images below below.
We love the idea of a silk and linen stripe in a subtle pale blue and off white coloration. This pattern is dramatic, but will still be so compatible with the prints and graphic patterns we plan to use on the some of the upholstered pieces and pillows in the room. But more on that later!
In the master bedroom, we wanted to add a little whimsy, so we’re hoping to fabricate a ruffled edge on the inside edge of the panels.
In this house, a more powdery aqua blue strie fabric will be the material selected.
In the library, we’ve selected a colorful floral print from Bennison which we are proposing to be fabricated using a classic pinch French pinch pleat mounted on round edge return curtain rods.
In the grand long hallway of the house, there is a side window in need of a dramatic roman shade window treatment.
We chose this graphic pattern for the shade to set the tone for what will surely be a colorful, happy home.
More details to follow as they develop!