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Restoration of Eclectic French Quarter Pied-a-Terre in New Orleans

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Logan Killen Interiors was commissioned in 2012 to restore “a bit of aged lavishness” to an historic French Quarter pied-a-terre in New OrleansLouisiana. The courtyard of the circa-1820 Creole mansion that houses TV producer-director Chris Fisher’s duplex is accessed via a street-level passageway once used for horse-drawn carriages.

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Exposing brick walls and structural framing members allowed us to discover original windows and transoms that had long ago been covered and brought new life into this glorious home. The client requested that the place not feel “done” and for the furnishings and finishes to feel authentic. Layered color, meticulous shopping, and some fantastic wallpaper resulted in a romantic and inspiring yet down to earth retreat.

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Fisher specifically requested a pink foyer (visible through the transomed door). A paler hue echoes the entry’s glow in the lofty kitchen.

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In the kitchen, locally sourced antique furnishings and freestanding appliances nod to the space’s past lives.

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Creole-Style Kitchen: The stainless-steel Viking range is a streamlined complement to a burlap-skirted country sink.

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A vintage sofa is the first hint at the home’s myriad patterns.

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During the renovation, the designers uncovered a former exterior wall within the apartment, revealing that the kitchen and entry space had once been an outdoor porch. The old window and ceiling beams were left exposed.

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The windowless living room’s custom-made bookshelves are backed with mirrors to reflect the plentiful light from the adjacent kitchen, adding a burnished gleam to the space.

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The architectural feature feels at home amid the mix of vintage and contemporary pieces.

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The designers exposed the raw brick walls wherever possible. At left, a Templeton pillow tops an antique armchair opposite a wood stool and a throw from Loomed NOLA.

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Marbled wallpaper sheathes the guest bath, where an industrial-style antique sink and gilded mirror embody the dual histories of the home—a lavish mansion and stark servants’ quarters.

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A custom finish gives Ballard’s Collier Bed an old-world air in the master bedroom. Linens by Garnet Hill and pillows from John Robshaw pick up hues from the frame and the sunny walls.

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GP & J Baker’s Roses & Hummingbird wallpaper, in mimosa and sage, provides a jolt of pattern in the master bedroom.

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The loft bedroom hosts a pair of RH Baby & Child spindle beds draped in mosquito nets. The walls are covered in GP & J Baker’s Emperor’s Garden.

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The original space was dim and featured wall-to-wall beige carpeting. After the renovation, the playful room now houses a pair of antique rag rugs from NOLA Rugs and a sweet tent by Saint Claude.

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The master bath proved a troublesome renovation. “There were areas where brick wouldn’t stop crumbling,” states the designers. The result is a mix of antique-style fittings and rustic, exposed walls and ceiling beams.

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Photos: Sara Essex Bradley

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