That being said, many of them are very traditional and a little too, well, traditional for my taste. Of course, I am sure that they are all beautifully executed and sit within incredible homes. I will certainly check them out in person...just not in a limo this time around!
Here are my two favorites of the bunch.
I wouldn't necessarily want this kitchen in my own home, but I applaud the owners for their risk taking, especially in a town where trad tends to still, overall, rule the day.
I love the slick table paired with the softer chairs...although scarily impractical for my own kitch!
The formal write up:
bill metcalf and cindy chassaniol
1228 Pleasant St.
Sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone
Bill Metcalf and Cindy Chassaniol created a contemporary white kitchen when they renovated their home in 2009. Alex Tefel of ATH Painter Contractors Inc. served as the kitchen’s contractor, and Shawn O’Brien of Shawn O’Brien Interiors did the interior decorating. Cabinets by Design provided the white Brookhaven cabinets, installed by Becky Richard. The quartz and Corian countertops by Marques Countertops complement the pickled, bleached white flooring installed by ATH. The main lighting is by CX Design of New York and Jonathan Browning Studios of San Francisco, and there is also LED under-cabinet lighting. All appliances are from Cabinets by Design. The shattered glass backsplash from Stafford Tile & Stone tops off the immaculate modern look.
Can't wait to check this one out in person. This home has been featured in a local design rag, and I am just itching to see the whole thing!
Formal write up:
nick mayor and jessica bride
1741 Coliseum St.
Sponsored by Nordic Kitchens and Baths
Nick Mayor and Jessica Bride completely gutted their Garden District home but were careful to save original architectural features, earning them a Renaissance Award from the Preservation Resource Center and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. After two years, their vision of a modern loft-like kitchen came to life at a grand 600 square feet. Bride, a graduate of New York’s French Culinary Institute, works for the corporate side of restaurants, so the kitchen was a vital part of the home renovation. Randall Shaw of Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc. and Bruce McNally of BKLN Design Studio in Brooklyn did the interior decorating. The CaesarStone Blizzard countertops combined with the “Glass” Venetian Plaster wall finish – a custom color created and applied by McNally – brightens up the room. Rounding out the modern look is the Cellula Chandelier from Design Within Reach on Magazine Street. The layout was perfect for Bride and Mayor because, they say, it allows kids to run around without fear of hitting an open oven door – contemporary is kid-friendly in this home.
If you are in Nola, I highly recommend that you check out the JLNO Kitchen Tour on April 16, 2011. If you are considering a kitchen renovation, it is a great source to meet contractors, renovators and get ideas. OR...it is also a fun thing to do if you are a looky loo like myself.
Let me know if you are interested in trekking through the Garden District and Old Metairie with me!