New Orleans is a city of mystery, magic, music and a whole lot of style. New Orleans homes just have that je ne sais quoi. There have been quite a few stunning peeks into the homes of New Orleanians on Apartment Therapy in recent years, and I can't help but notice all the lessons about designing fearlessly — with color, pattern and yes, sometimes a little weirdness!
You know what goes great with art? More art.
There's nothing that fills a home with personality like lots of art, the more the better. If you like the way art galleries feel — or overstuffed, floor-to-ceiling gallery walls — don't be afraid to indulge your DIY desires by creating your own art, or adding to your personal collection one affordable purchase at a time. Fill walls up with gallery walls collages or find odd places for interesting art. Your home will feel like wall-to-wall interest.
Need art inspiration? → Bradley's Post-Katrina Resurrected Shotgun
The only colors that don't go together are...nope they all go.
Sure, a limited color palette is a great way to make a cohesive design in a room and an easy way to make sure you don't go too overboard, creating a busy and overwhelming design. But if you love color, don't feel like there are any rules on how many colors you can have in a space — or which ones do and don't go together. If it looks good to your eyes, it works.
Need color inspiration? → Emily & Andrew's Colorful Uptown New Orleans House
You can buy a house with whomever you darn want to
The American dream of affording a house right out of college isn't in reach for everyone any more (not that it necessarily was in reach for everyone before, but it does seem a bit less so these days). That's why it's particularly nice when you see folks getting creative to get their dream house, like Breeze and Lauren, who went in together one a double shotgun. They each get a side, but together their complementary styles create a whole home you want to stick around in.
See how two friends make sharing one house work → Breeze & Lauren's New Orleans Shotgun Filled With Vintage Charm
The weirder, the better
Anything can be art, decor, style. And looking out for odd or unusual elements — like, say, a defunct but charming typewriter on a table on your front porch — to incorporate into your home that speak to you or tell a story is an easy way to layer in interest and craft an authentic home.
Find unusual object ideas → The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake
(Nearly) nothing is past saving if you've got the guts (and skills)
An old city, New Orleans has no shortage of run-down houses that have seen better times. But as the amazing rehab of Shena and George's home is, you can see that given enough work and creativity, nearly anything can be saved, salvaged and celebrated.
See the full tour → Shena and George's Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home and more before and after photos of their renovation → Real Life Renovating Tips From a Pro Who Took His House From Blighted To Beautiful
Decor can be a celebration
Why restrict your celebratory decor to only the holidays and parties? As Kerry's colorful wall-o-wigs in her New Orleans French Quarter home shows, you can find a space for fun and celebration in your home.
See more inspiration for infusing your home with fun → Kerry's Fun French Quarter Apartment
Exterior paint choices can totally be a bold statement
If your neighborhood association allows it (and I hope that it does!), you don't just have to stick to your interiors when you want to make loud design statements. Skip the beige and brown and go for bold when you pick your home's exterior color palette.
Get inspiration for a great combo of colors → Brian & Emily's Art-Filled New Orleans Home
Style doesn't have to always be serious. It can be fearless. And funny.
Seriously though — don't always feel like you've got to be so Serious with a capital "S" when you design your home. No matter your tastes or your style, there's room for humor! For curse words. For patterns that match because you say they match. For weird things you found in a store that don't "go" with anything else in your home. The more you break your own rules and expectations and the more you try to make yourself laugh with your own home, the more I bet you'll enjoy your living space.
Fearless designing inspiration → Valorie's Fearless and Fabulous New Orleans Home