No one does classic quite like Southerners. And it doesn’t get any more Southern than St. Charles Avenue in the bustling Uptown District of New Orleans. An 1895 Queen Anne Victorian—complete with stained-glass windows, wrought-iron trim, and an adjacent guest cottage—was the ideal setting for our Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse.
In conjunction with the Southern Style Now Festival, 28 designers with strong Southern ties transformed the home of newlyweds James and Brett Lapeyre to benefit the Preservation Center of New Orleans. See why the second stop on our national showhouse tour is a true decorator’s delight.
Shaun Smith ensured the living room met New Orleanian expectations. Exterior views, portable furniture, and whimsical accents were all musts. The classic-but-current arrangement features a clean-lined slipper chair and sofa, a round ottoman, and a vintage armchair in geometric Fortuny fabric atop Stanton’s sea-grass rug.
Monogrammed pillow on slipper chair: B. Viz Design, bviz.com.Pair of chests (antique); Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Black lamps on chests (“Wide Zig Zag”): Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.com.Pedestals (acrylic): Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Stone horse sculptures: Bremermann Designs, bremermanndesigns.com.Large vase holding flowers on coffee table: by Julie Silvers, juliesilvers.com.Bronze sculpture on coffee table and Euro occasional table (17th-century Italian bed finials): antique.Abstract art: by Mallory Page, mallorypage.com.Art over chest (19th-century oil): Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Brass obelisk on chest: vintage.Daybed (antique, French): Bremermann Designs, bremermannsdesigns.com.Daybed fabric (“Camo Isole”/Army #5743): Fortuny, fortuny.com.Bolster-pillow fabric (“Adamo & Eva”/Olive): Dedar, dedar.com.
Eighteenth-century Italian bed finials ornament the acrylic drinks table and glass-and-brass coffee table. “I wanted it to feel collected, not decorated,” Smith says. Flowing, white-silk draperies adorn the windows. Abstract art incorporates bursts of color. A rococo-style mirror crowns an antique console while a Noguchi lantern hangs overhead.
Wall and trim paint (“Off White” #32-31): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.Seagrass rug (“Cameroon”/Natural): Stanton, stantoncarpet.com.White cowhide rug: Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Hanging light (“Akari Light Sculpture” #120A): Noguchi, noguchi.org.Drapery (“Whisper II” #190J6921): JF Fabrics, jffabrics.com.Sofa (“Norman” #SF638G-SK); slipper chair (“Baldwin Slipper Chair” #CH615): Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman, ef-lm.com.Sofa and slipper-chair fabric (“Watermill”/Cloud #30421.101): Kravet, kravet.com.Slipper-chair seat cushion (“New York New York”/Camel); sofa pillow (“Louis”/Oro #006): Dedar, dedar.com.Side table by slipper chair (“Euro Occasional Table” #K220901K): Allan-Knight & Assoc., allan-knight.com.Coffee table (vintage glass-and-brass): The Uptowner Antiques, 504/891-7700.Armchair (vintage brass leg armchair #CHA7805A): Wirthmore Antiques, wirthmoreantiques.com.Armchair fabric (“Dissolvenza”/Ecru and Black #5754): Fortuny, fortuny.com.Ottoman (custom): Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Ottoman fabric (“La Mordoree”/Bois #26872-001): Scalamandré, scalamandre.com.Console (antique); chest (antique); Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Art to right of console: Alexis Walter Art, alexiswalter.com.Mirror over console (Rococo-stye, 18th century): Petricia Thompson Antiques, 504/897-5477.Statue on console (antique Italian); crystal point on console: Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Silver vase on console; black urn under console: antique.Black table lamp (“Wide Zig Zag”); gold table lamp (“Single Gourd”): Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.com.Large vase holding flowers on coffee table: by Julie Silvers, juliesilvers.com.Abstract art (Citron Green/Black Abstract): by Mallory Page, mallorypage.com.Box on coffee table; books; obelisk (vintage): Shaun Smith Home, shaunsmithhome.com.Bronze sculpture on coffee table and Euro occasional table (17th-century Italian bed finials): antique.