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A Collector’s Haven: An old New Orleans home showcases a lifetime of antiques

It was a Sunday morning in the spring when Jamie Alexander-Willis and her betrothed, Tom Willis, were viewing a real estate program on television and discovered the house of their dreams. “We were watching Channel 6. The house was featured on the program,” says Jamie of the rambling, Edwardian-style home she purchased on Esplanade Avenue near City Park in New Orleans. Built in 1899 by a German family, the stately residence was bequeathed by the ...

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The International Collector: Updating a traditional art-filled home

Attorney Anthony “Tony” Clesi’s residence in uptown New Orleans reveals a lifetime of collecting art. The handsome Victorian cottage on a quiet, tree-lined street strikes a balance between luxurious and relaxed with its rich, warm colors, sumptuous fabrics, and antique furnishings that serve as the perfect backdrop for a fascinating and diverse art collection. From 16th-century French paintings to Japanese prints, Chinese woodcarvings, and Russian ...

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The Cajun Collector: A restaurateur passionately inspired by his heritage

“It’s the American dream,” says Mulate’s owner Kerry Boutté, whose journey as a businessman and an avid art collector began very modestly in Breaux Bridge and without much capital. In 1980, he launched a down-home Cajun restaurant with a three-person staff in a weathered little nondescript building, not far from his hometown of Arnaudville. “Mulate’s used to be a little nightclub,” says Kerry. “The owner retired in 1975. We decided ...

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Passionate About Antiques: A collector and a 
folk artist combine forces

Maria and Simon Hardeveld have created a magical world at their quaint shop filled with unusual treasures. Unlike the more traditional furniture galleries along Magazine Street, Antiques on Jackson pays homage to the intrinsic character of New Orleans, where anything goes. Located on a large corner lot at Jackson and Magazine streets, the charming store displays an atypical combination of elegant antiques juxtaposed with rustic folk art. Popular with ...

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