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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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,” ...

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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 ...

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Masters of Design: The opulent touch of Echelon Interiors

“This is a new construction with a very old soul,” says Debi Fremin as she reflects on Richard and Stephanie Huye’s lavishly appointed new home. A decorator with Echelon Interiors in Baton Rouge, which is owned by June Jackson and Stacey Davis, Fremin worked diligently to facilitate the vision of the homeowners. “Stephanie loves New Orleans and its old architecture. We talked for weeks looking at pictures and getting our thoughts together. ...

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A Tiki Hut on the Water’s Edge: Simple abundant living

If you’re a world traveler from Houma, the quickest way to get back home would be to click your heels three times and repeat these words . . . “there’s no place like Houma, there’s no place like Houma, there’s no place like Houma.” This way of traveling beats a plane trip or a long ride home in a car any day. I’ve had the pleasure to turn my lens toward a special place in Houma that sits on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. A quaint ...

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A Splendid Château: Stylish country living on the Northshore

The grand residence of retired businessman Michael Thompson near Covington emulates the charm of a French country château. Its graceful design connects to the past while still looking forward. The stunning 8,000-square-foot home is situated on a 62-acre horse farm with a 20-stable barn, tennis courts, two ponds, and a putting green. The dreamy, pastoral setting reflects the best of country living in Louisiana. “I really like the peace of the country,” ...

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