Thursday, August 16, 2012

The House on First Street




The September issue of Elle Decor is on newsstands now, and while everyone seems to be talking about covergirl Reese Witherspoon's Ojai retreat (it's lovely), I went CRAZY over this Greek Revival renovation in New Orleans.  Purchased almost one year prior to Hurricane Katrina, the renovation journey was, needless to say, filled with extraordinary challenges.  So much so that homeowner, Julia Reed, wrote a book about her experiences (and her newly adopted city of New Orleans) called, "House On First Street."

The Elle Decor article--written by Julia herself--is charming.  Her friend, interior designer Thomas Jayne, worked with her to design the interiors of the home with input from other friends, Suzanne Rheinstein and Patrick Dunne(!!).  And, one thing that resonated with me, as a fellow home renovator, was how Julia took her time with the restoration.  She saved money for things she wanted (Waterworks fixtures everywhere!), and held out for items on her wishlist.  The result is nothing short of remarkable-- A Greek Revival stunner in the heart of New Orleans that oozes historic charm.  Thanks for the inspiration, Julia. 


















 but wait, there's more...


The landscape and courtyard design was done by Ben Page of Page Duke Landscape ArchitectsHoly moly.  What a talented firm this is.  Here are just a few snippets from the Page Duke portfolio (which is pretty mind blowing).  For more, please visit their gallery HERE.















Visit their websites for even more design inspiration..



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh - what is with the photography lately at elle decor - so dark! Doesn't do justice for this gorgeous home. Thank you for posting the other photos.

Doug Davis said...

Page Duke does absolutely flawless work!

Abby and Andrew said...

I love this post! My hubbs is from NOLA and from the 1st time he took me home I instantly feel in love with the city. It is my dream to one day move back and find a beautiful old house to love and restore...I am sure I will be looking to you Kelly for inspiration and help :)

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