Great Work By Interior Designers In New Orleans
A visit to New Orleans can feel like a trip abroad because the city’s culture is so distinct. It’s this same culture — that particular mix of Southern, French, Spanish, Caribbean and Louisiana Creole — that informs local aesthetics and designs.
So, while we pour out some of our Abita for the Saints’ season, we also want to shine a spotlight on some of the interior designers in this great city. Below are 16 interior designers who draw inspiration from New Orleans and use the city’s various traditions to create great-looking spaces.
Montgomery Roth, a Best of Houzz winner in 2013 and 2014, first opened for business in 1998. Since then, the company’s work has been featured in Hospitality Design, Lagniappe, and New Orleans Magazine.
Four-time Sonata Interior Design Award winner Maria Barcelona Interiors is among the top choices in New Orleans for high-profile clients. This includes members of the Saints. Barcelona’s funk and eclectic styling has been featured in the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and Living Magazine.
Brother and sister Patrick and Monica Melancon know how to manage a project from the initial idea to completion. Since 2007, they have been offering interior design services across for all kinds of residential renovations, and they also work withrestaurant and corporate interiors.
LSU grads Katie Logan LeBlanc and Jensen Killen partnered up to create their own design firm because both shared a common vision of making everyday built spaces both good-looking and easy to use. “Logan Killen are not just designers – they are design partners,” wrote one client. “They customized the entire experience for us and the result was perfect.”
Lee Ali is a veteran interior designer, with more than 35 years of professional experience, who aims to create timeless designs with an emphasis on individuality, function, and continuity. Her design studio is in the French Quarter, too, so you can imagine an easy inspiration is infused in every project she takes on.
The company’s name is an anagram for “life is a never-ending story.” L.I.N.E.S.’s principal designer, Taina, graduated from The School of Design in Helsinki, Finland, and she draws from Finnish culture to create clean, modern, traditional designs in a warm home environment. Also, how many New Orleans designers get their work picked up by Finnish design magazines?
Lee Ledbetter was described by Metropolitan Home as “one of the twenty outstanding talents in the design community.” Ledbetter is an architect and an interior designer, and his company integrates these two disciplines perhaps more thoroughly than many other firms would, taking into account things such as furniture placement when drawing up designs for a client’s home.
Jon Vaccari is an interior designer with a special interest in reawakening old spaces. “I really love renovation,” he says. “Seeing beauty in the bones of a place, and giving it a new life — keeping an old work charm, but creating a new flow for the way we live now.”
Leland vanDeventer is an interior designer with a wide range of skills. Not only has he personally overseen the renovation of more than 75 homes and built several new ones, but he also has 10 years of experience as an instructor of Interior Design at the Art Institute of Houston.
Penny Francis, the principal at Eclectic Home, is an interior designer who strives to present an unexpected mix of styles in her designs without diminishing the functionality of various spaces.
Curtis Herring specializes in an upscale turn-key renovations. A former contestant on HGTV’s “Design Challenge,” Herring works with individual clients on their homes as well as commercial clients such as restaurants, boutiques and special event spaces.
Chad and Christina Graci have a keen eye for juxtaposing high style antiques and vintage finds alongside modern pieces while evoking the standards of classical interior design.
Melissa Miles Rufty was named one of the Architectural Digest’s Ones to Watch 2013. As an interior designer, she is known for her modern takes on classic Southern design.
John Chrestia and Sandy Staub, who have been working together for more than three decades, started their company with the goal of offering clients comprehensive, award-winning design services with an emphasis on each client’s needs. Today, they are one of the most respected firms in the region.