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The Biggest Furniture Stores in the USA

Ask any American the question ”What are the biggest furniture stores in the US?” and 99% you’ll hear the names of Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Ashely Furniture Home Store and LAComfy… In fact, there are more than a hundred stores that are not smaller than the mentioned ones, but somehow those have failed to expand to the concepts rather than just big furniture stores. They Are More than Just Big Stores Any big name is not just a company or a store – it is a concept. Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Ashley Furniture Home Store and LaComfy have managed to create something more than just an assortment and package of services. They do provide these, but do ...

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Plantation Pleasures: A national historic treasure is updated for family life

The intriguing Rosella Plantation, situated near the tranquil beauty of Bayou Lafourche, has attracted visitors from each of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe. It has exceptional detailing and a number of early features which are rarely found in even the oldest extant Louisiana plantation homes. Antebellum Rosella was acquired by a family with young children and it is no longer available for tours, but a scenic view is afforded from Hwy. 308 north of Raceland. Formerly known as the Jean Baptiste Thibodaux House, it was completed in 1814 using cypress and bricks which were hand-hewn and home-baked on the grounds with the service of slave labor. On the eve of the Civil War, ...

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Artfully Green: An art dealer and contractor merge philosophies

A creative couple took a modest 1950s ranch house and converted it into a tasteful Contemporary European home in the peaceful Jefferson Place/Bocage neighborhood located in Baton Rouge. Green building was a priority in the project. A canopy of live oaks and 40 fig trees on the lot served as an attraction to the property. Solid construction, terrazzo floors in excellent condition, brick veneer, and an adaptable floor plan were among the enticing elements of the existing structure. Along with the major renovation, a free-standing outdoor building designed to function as a combination art and music studio/guest house was constructed. Natural light infuses the elegant home, adding drama to the large ...

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Let it Rain: Brad Pitt’s foundation introduces innovative storm water management

When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after hurricane Katrina, he saw the remnants of people’s homes shredded and an entire neighborhood torn apart. While many assumed there was no chance of it ever being re-built, Pitt was drawn to the possibility of creating a viable, eco-friendly solution. He began by working with Global Green to sponsor architecture competitions aimed at generating ideas on how to rebuild sustainable housing. Preserving the spirit of the neighborhood was vital. The dire situation of the residents’ plight inspired Pitt to found the Make it Right Foundation, which is a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Lower Ninth Ward. Since the residents expressed ...

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Tree House in the Wetlands: The home as a platform for art

An artist and designer whose works are exhibited at Ann Connelly Fine Arts Gallery in Baton Rouge, Winifred Ross Reilly (or Fu as her friends call her) is not confined by one medium. She weaves effortlessly from ceramics, screen-printing, casting, encaustics, and painting to large-scale construction. Her enchanting home, which sits on a three-acre flood plain, is raised eight feet in a marsh-like setting. “It is very much like a Louisiana camp, but it’s modern,” says Reilly. “We live in the Bayou Duplantier wetlands. We live out in this wet area with pets, surrounded by cypress trees. The best part is that we have total privacy out here.” Reilly’s colorful abode is an extension of ...

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Of Elegance, Decadence, and Music: A New Orleans Journey

When actor Nicholas Cage purchased an historic mansion in New Orleans on Esplanade Avenue, he was scheduled to be crowned King of Bacchus XXIV. He also began directing his first movie, Sonny, which was partially filmed at his new French Quarter estate. LM Pagano, Cage’s in-house Hollywood designer, was put on task to redo the Esplanade Avenue mansion that was once star-producer Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway studio where Bob Dylan, Cowboy Mouth, Pearl Jam, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and the Neville Brothers had recorded. Prior to Prohibition, the elaborate abode was also the former home of Arnaud’s bon vivant founder, “Count” Arnaud Casenave, and his daughter, the lusty and dramatic Germaine ...

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Entertaining with a View: Living large in a New Orleans penthouse

Perched high atop the Colonial Condominiums bordering the New Orleans French Quarter on the corner of North Rampart and Esplanade, Glen Carimi is taking in the afternoon view from his 1,600-square-foot outdoor living area adjoining the elegant penthouse he lives in with his wife, Carol. “You can hear the church bells from Mount Carmel and all the other churches nearby,” he says. “At night, you can see the twinkling lights from the boats. We have lived in the French Quarter before, but had never seen the city from this side. There is no other view like this in the Quarter.” On hot summer days, the Carimi family enjoys the shallow “martini” pool which is “perfect for the grandchildren,” ...

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Marvels of Main Street: A unique loft emerges from a tattered structure

Greg and Manon Fakier spent two years transforming a dilapidated commercial building located on Main Street in Houma into a chic urban dwelling. The couple took great care in preserving the historic character of the century-old, 10,000-square-foot building during the extensive renovation. They decided to put their living space on the second floor, while the first floor was designed for two rental units and a four-car garage. “My wife had the vision,” says Greg, whose family has lived in Houma for three generations. “She thought it would be a great downtown studio/loft home. She is originally from Montreal, Canada,” he explains. “We were sitting at a café across the street one day and ...

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Sleek Bachelor’s Pad: Mandeville resident gravitates to the Warehouse District

The fashionable Warehouse District in New Orleans is becoming increasingly popular among young professionals and second home buyers such as Frank Stuart, a nurse anesthetist who moved from a spacious home on the North Shore to the recently renovated building that houses the Sugar Plantation Condominiums. The handsome building on Tchoupitoulas Street is located next door to Emeril’s restaurant, Tommy’s Cuisine, Cochon, and Butcher, in addition to hip galleries and shops. Devier Construction handled the renovation of Stuart’s condominium unit. Originally named the Sugar Mill because it was the site of a former sugar mill over 100 years ago, the new Sugar Plantation Condominiums have been ...

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A Clear Approach To a World of Design: Dependable Glass Works blazes the trail for glass manufacturers worldwide

Humans have been using glass in various capacities for the last 4,000 years – as functional vessels, as art, and as building materials. More recently, within the past four decades to be exact, Norman Foxworth, founder of Louisiana’s own Dependable Glass Works, has expertly cornered the international glass manufacturing market through his calculated investments in modern technology, innovative equipment, and sound expertise. In this relatively short amount of time, Foxworth grew his company from a standard glazing operation into an all-encompassing production facility whose daily roster will likely include projects from the most celebrated architectural minds of our day as they execute the ...

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