A New Orleans House in Disrepair Becomes a Shining Gem Once Again
Name: Wesley & Levi Janssen; their kids James (6), Anders (5), and Julia (1); and the family dog Logan. Location: Mid City — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,690 square feet upstairs; 1,200 in raised basement apartment Years lived in: 4 years, owned It was the second-to-last last day of Wesley Janssen’s maternity leave when a “for sale” sign in front of a stately raised-basement Art and Crafts style home caught her eye five years ago.
Apr 30, 2019
Joy’s Beautiful New Orleans Bakehouse
Name: Joy Wilson, aka Joy the Baker Location: Bywater — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned “New Orleans, you beast. You wild, unpredictable, crazy fun, wholly overwhelming place. New Orleans isn’t just a city… it’s a spirit and culture. It’s a lady and a trouble-maker. It’s palpable and irresistible, and will not be ignored. New Orleans, you excite me. New Orleans, I’m hungry. New Orleans, I love you.
Apr 30, 2019
This Remodeled RV Is a Cute Bohemian Bungalow on Wheels
Name: Elyse DeLisle and Amanda Goelz and their cats Pig and Poe Location: On the road; Currently in Palm Springs, California Size: 240 square feet/ 34-feet long Years lived in: Owned — We began renovating the trailer in Spring 2018 and started living in it in July 2018. There were two things Elyse and Amanda wanted to do together: renovate a home and travel. They were living in Melbourne, Florida, when they decided to buy a fixer-upper.
Apr 29, 2019
James & Mark’s Haute Flea Market Style
Name: James Franco and Mark Goldrick Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1200 square feet (includes an outdoor deck) Years lived in: 8 years; rented When James and Mark first laid eyes on their third floor apartment, they saw past the hideous wall mural in the stairwell, dingy cabinets and linoleum in the kitchen, holes in the walls, and ratty stained carpeting. The dumpy place that scared every other potential renter away filled them with a sense of excitement and possibility.
Mar 29, 2019
Monica & Austin’s Charming Bungalow
Name: Austin White, Monica Rodgers and children, Manon and Shaw  Location: Kingston, Rhode Island Size: 1,850 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned It all started with a ship captain in the 1920’s. He translated his passion for the seafaring life into a nautical-inspired Arts and Crafts home.
Feb 20, 2019
A Cheery & Colorful Rhode Island Dream Home
Name: Alix Flood & Nick Benson, with kids Henry and Hope Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island Size: 2,355 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned For Alix and Nick, moving into their home in the quaint seaside village of Jamestown four years ago was a “dream come true.” Nick had admired the Edwardian house ever since he was a young boy, when his family spent summers in the picturesque island community.
Feb 20, 2019
Joanne and Brian’s Cottage by the Sea
Name: Joanne and Brian King Location: Bay Spring; Barrington, Rhode Island Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 35 years; owned It’s a perfect summer evening. There’s a mellow breeze and a blanket of soft golden light. The Kings are sitting on their deck with drinks and a cheese tray watching sailboats race in Narragansett Bay. A couple sitting in a parked car takes in the scenery from across the street.
Feb 20, 2019
Jill & Dan’s Lighthearted Home
Name: Dan, Jill, Grey and Taavi Ritacco and their dog Apple Location: North Kingstown, Rhode Island Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: almost 3 years; owned Written in chalk above the bathroom door are the words, “Artistry + Function + Simplicity = This Home.” It’s a fitting mission statement for Jill and Dan Ritacco’s small Rhode Island cape, which was gutted and revitalized by the couple themselves.
Feb 20, 2019
A Light-Filled 1772 Colonial House in Rhode Island
Name: Jim and Laura Nelson Location: College Hill, Providence, Rhode Island Size: 3,400 square feet Years lived in: 4 1/2 years; owned There had been no talk of moving in the Nelson family when a house in Providence caught Laura’s eye in the newspaper one Saturday in 2009. Pictures of the sun-drenched kitchen and unusually large backyard jumped off the page. And the charming College Hill colonial, built in 1772, was a mere two blocks from Laura’s childhood home.
Feb 20, 2019
A Warm & Welcoming Newport Apartment
Name: Lara Linn Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 630 square feet + 140-square-foot porch Years lived in: 4 years; Rented Lara Linn enjoys a simple life. She lives right in the heart of Newport, just blocks away from her small art studio and the Newport Art Museum, where she is an active member and ceramicist. She is walking distance from all the seaside city’s best restaurants and nightlife and lives in a spot where it’s easy for friends to drop by and say hello.
Feb 20, 2019
A Sun-Drenched New Orleans Home Has a Boho Modern Style
Name: Swathi Narra and Jay Miller Location: Marigny — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Swathi is a worldly woman of fashion while Jay is a man of science. Combine these seemingly disparate influences inside a sun-drenched New Orleans “dream rental,” and you get a perfectly balanced environment that’s sophisticated, personal, and inviting.
Oct 8, 2018
An “Urban Bohemian” New Orleans Loft Is Bursting With Books and Art
The building has a modern, minimal style with concrete floors, white walls, sleek cabinetry, and sliding glass bedroom doors.
Jul 17, 2018
“A Child of New Orleans” Honors Her Southern Family with a Bohemian Creole Cottage
See inside a glamorous house with rich velvety jewel-toned furnishings, ostrich feathers, gilded lamps, and candelabras dripping with crystals.
Jun 18, 2018
A Mixed Media Artist’s Colorful, “Thrown Together” New Orleans Home
Name: Ellen Macomber, Kevin Fannon, and their son Donald Location: Central City — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,400 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned Ellen Macomber had given up on the idea of becoming a homeowner in New Orleans. The mixed-media artist, born in New Orleans and raised in a small Cajun town in South Louisiana, was discouraged by a housing market that had skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina. “I figured we’d just rent forever,” she said.
Apr 25, 2018
Megan and Sam’s Mix of Antiques and Art With a New Orleans Speakeasy Past
Name: Megan Workman & Sam Peake, Delia the dog, and Eliot the cat Location: Central City; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,439 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Real estate agent Megan Workman was searching for a house for a client two years ago, when something unexpected happened. When she entered the side door of a small Central City Victorian and stepped into a bright, beautiful hallway, she thought, “I must make this hallway mine.
Nov 12, 2016
Margaret & Gabe’s “Classic with an Eclectic Twist” New Orleans Home
Name: Margaret Sche and Gabe Belgara Location: Uptown — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented Theirs is a Texas love story. Margaret can thank her mom for insisting she join her for some live country music and two-steppin’ on that fated Friday night when she met Gabe at Blanco’s. The beloved Houston dance hall—now closed—was one of Gabe’s favorite honky-tonks, and sparks flew when the two met.
Mar 31, 2016
Olesya’s New Orleans Studio in a Converted Rice Mill
Name: Olesya Ianovitch Location: Bywater; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 785 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented You Are Beautiful. These are the words boldly painted in white on the side of a century-old industrial converted rice mill in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. The upbeat message, rumored to be the work of Banksy, mirrors Olesya Ivanovich’s approach to life.
Mar 18, 2016
Bradley’s Post-Katrina Resurrected Shotgun
Name: Bradley Sabin and his dogs, Cooper and Romeo Location: Mid-City — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 720 square feet Years lived in: 8 years; Owned Artist Bradley Sabin may live alone, but he is always in the company of friends. His 720-square-foot shotgun home, located in Mid-City New Orleans, is filled with artwork. “The art is very personal,” he explains. “I’m surrounded by things people I know made, so I feel like I’m with my friends.
Feb 11, 2016
A Cozy, Charming New Orleans Shotgun
Name: Lauren Wells and Breeze Braunschweig Location: St. Roch — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 6 months; Owned Lauren and Breeze are the kind of friends who only need each another to have a good time. On a Saturday afternoon in late November, the women, sitting together on a church pew in Breeze’s living room, are laughing so hard over inside jokes that Lauren has her hand over her mouth because she just can’t stop laughing.
Jan 18, 2016
A Contemporary & Cool Shipping Container Home in New Orleans
Name: Seth Rodewald-Bates & Elisabeth Davies Location: Carrollton — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Owned Tucked into a long, narrow lot in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans, not far from where the mighty Mississippi bends, is a sight you don’t expect to see among the shotguns, cottages, and bungalows: two giant steel boxes primed in Rust-Oleum orange-brown and stenciled with white numbers once used to identify cargo.
Dec 15, 2015
Out-of-Sight Style: Inspiration and Resources for a Compact Closet Office
We recently featured a House Tour of Joe and Alana’s 160-year-old Newport home. Alana works for a commercial production company and a creative agency, both in New York City, while Joe is the founder and president of a company based in Warren, Rhode Island. To be together, they travel between the Big Apple and the Ocean State, an arrangement which requires them both to work remotely at times.
Dec 3, 2015
Before & After: Megan & Sam’s Bathroom Gut Job
When Megan and Sam bought their New Orleans Victorian two years ago, they decided to tackle a complete bathroom renovation on their own. Thankfully, Sam has a lot of construction and renovation work under his belt, so the job was familiar terrain. Here’s what Megan had to say about the project: After ripping out all the ugly brown and beige tile on the floor and walls (and one trip to the hospital for stitches–always wear work gloves!
Nov 29, 2015
Joe and Alana’s Newport Home Full of Bold Colors and Patterns
Name: Alana and Joe Hearn Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Owned The first thing you see when you enter the living room of Joe and Alana’s 19th century Newport home is a dynamic multimedia painting of a woman. Head thrown back, pink mouth wide open, eyes crinkled shut—you can almost hear her laughing. Her hair, made of repurposed piano keys, sticks straight out as if an electric current is running through her.
Nov 18, 2015
Before & After: Real Life Renovating Tips From a Pro Who Took His House From Blighted To Beautiful
We recently featured a House Tour of Shena and George’s Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home; owner George Peake’s transformation of this 19th century house from a decrepit property on the brink of demolition to the gorgeous home it is today is staggering. George graduated from The Tulane School of Architecture and has been renovating historic houses in New Orleans since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina forced him to rebuild his first property.
Nov 6, 2015
Shena and George’s Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home
Name: Shena Troia & George Peake Location: Marigny; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Just three years ago, Shena and George’s New Orleans home was the embodiment of urban blight. The house, built in 1850 as guest quarters for the Masonic Lodge next door, was on the city’s list of neglected properties slated for demolition. Graffiti covered the exterior walls, weeds were growing out of the roof, and all but two sets of doors were missing.
Oct 26, 2015
The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake
Name: Miranda Lake Location: Uptown — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,400 square feet including the studio Years lived in: 15 years; owned Stepping onto the grounds of Miranda Lake’s New Orleans home feels like being transported into the whimsical world she depicts in her artwork.
Oct 26, 2015
Lara’s Tucked-Away Creative Haven
Name: Lara Linn Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 320 square feet Years lived in: 4 months; Rented Lara knew it was time to find a space outside of her Warm, Welcoming Newport Apartment to tackle her many creative projects when she found herself surrounded by over 300 marshmallows in her small one-bedroom home. She was using them to construct a whimsical curtain for a winter white event, and they took over the counters, floors, and even her bed for two weeks.
Sep 9, 2015
A Vibrant, Colorful, Art-Filled New Orleans Home
The couple’s vast collection of folk art covers the interior walls like a modern day version of the storied Parisian salons. “We like to pile it on thick,” Emily says with a laugh.
Jul 6, 2015
Tiffany’s Modern Meets Sentimental in New Orleans
Name: Tiffany Napper Location: Uptown; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned When Tiffany Napper was house hunting in New Orleans five years ago, she couldn’t get her mind off the first place she saw. The little white shotgun, located near the Mississippi River, was previously owned by a 93-year-old woman who had been born in the house and lived there until she died. It had drop ceilings, faux wood paneling, and dirty wall-to-wall carpeting.
Jun 22, 2015
Sarah & Jeremy’s Quirky ’70s-Inspired New Orleans Apartment
Name: Sarah Smith & Jeremy Ballard Location: Carrollton; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; Rented When Sarah and Jeremy met in Savannah, Georgia, they bonded over a shared love of collecting vintage toys, oddball objects and natural specimens. She was studying painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and he was a glassblower working at a new studio in town. Their dates consisted of hunting for treasures in thrift stores and junk shops.
May 27, 2015
Kerry’s Fun French Quarter Apartment
Name: Kerry Maloney Location: French Quarter — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented Six rows of neatly displayed wigs decorate a brick wall in Kerry Maloney’s French Quarter apartment. They’ve been collected from Mardi Gras costumes throughout the years. They’re decked out with stars and plumes, birds and elaborate handmade crowns. There’s the French aristocrat, the drum major, the conehead, and the wizard.
May 11, 2015
Kelly, Al & Ava’s Art-Filled Bow House
Name: Kelly, Al and Ava Milukas Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island Size: 2,600 + square feet Years lived in: 15 years; Owned Early in their courtship, Al asked Kelly to share her philosophy on life. Without hesitation she said, “live the live!” He cocked his head to the side, and with a puzzled expression, asked, “live the life?” “No,” Kelly explained, “Live the live is much simpler and more authentic.
Jan 19, 2015
An Eclectic Seaside Cottage Full of Texture & Pattern
Name: Vanessa Faye Wurman and her dogs Solomon and The Dude Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 15 years; owned You don’t even have to enter Vanessa’s home to know that it’s not your typical seaside cottage. Unique bullseye glass details embellish bright green doors and custom-designed bamboo fencing. A horse made of rusty metal tools grazes on the front lawn.
Oct 3, 2014
Valorie’s Fearless and Fabulous New Orleans Home
Location: Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 9 years; owned Valorie Hart is fearless when it comes to style. Her bright pink pixie coif, bold wardrobe and oversized eyeglasses, reminiscent of fashion icon Iris Apfel, make clear that this decorator, interior designer and stylist loves to have fun and make a splash.
Jun 4, 2014
Matilde & Gustavo’s Art-Filled Warehouse District Apartment
Name: Matilde Alberny and Gustavo Duque Location: Warehouse District — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 710 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned Apartment living is the key to happiness for Matilde Alberny and Gustavo Duque. These New Orleans artists never imagined they would end up renting their beloved home in the Lower Garden District to move into their 710 square foot investment property.
May 16, 2014
Kathie’s Eclectic Rhode Island Live/Work Space
Name: Kathie Narcizo Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 13 years; rented When Kathie moved back to her hometown of Newport 13 years ago, her brother Dave knew he had found the perfect spot for his artistic sister to thrive.
May 6, 2014
Emily & Andrew’s Colorful Uptown New Orleans House
Name: Emily Rosenzweig & Andrew Hunter Location: Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 9 months; owned All it took was one weekend for Emily to fall in love. It happened during a girls’ getaway to New Orleans with her best friend last January. When she returned to her home in rural upstate New York, she handed a New Orleans real estate magazine to her husband and said, “Andrew, it is incredible. It is an old-house-lover’s paradise.
Apr 25, 2014
Jane & Dan’s Multifunctional Live/Work Studio
Name: Jane, Dan, Georgia and Lily Wright Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned The temperature is in the mid 20’s and the ground is covered in a layer of snow that crunches with each step when I arrive at the Wrights’ Jamestown studio on a weekday morning in early February. Jane, a painter and printmaker, welcomes me into the tranquil space where she spends her days working.
Mar 3, 2014
Miles & Antena’s Laid Back Coastal Home
Name: Antena and Miles David Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1900 square feet Years lived in: 11 years; owned When Miles and Antena bought their Newport home eleven years ago, they loved the bones of the traditional Victorian structure, but envisioned a transformation that would infuse the 1892 building – filled with drab colors, floral wallpaper and period decor – with the bright coastal charm of a seaside cottage.
Feb 16, 2014
David and Jennifer’s Handmade Home
Name: David, Jennifer, and Tupelo Clancy Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island Size: approximately 900 square feet Years lived in: 16 years; owned Long rays of golden light stretch across the Clancy lawn and fill their small cottage with a warm glow as the sun rises over Narragansett Bay.
Oct 30, 2013
Erik & Maaike’s Tranquil Country Cottage
Name: Maaike, Erik and Harper Bernstrom Location: Middletown, Rhode Island Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned It’s hard not to fall in love with the bucolic land along Aquidneck Island’s Eastern shore. Stone walls line winding roads covered by canopies of green.
Sep 26, 2013
A Dreamy New England Houseboat
Name: Kristen Coates & Chris Wyllie Location: Newport Harbor, Rhode Island Size: 34′ Houseboat Years lived in: 18 months; owned It all started with a wildly imaginative dream, sketched on a cocktail napkin one summer night in 2011. Chris and Kristen wanted to design a boat to use as a creative outlet and a place for entertaining summer guests. Never mind the fact that neither had experience with boat building.
Jul 18, 2013
Daniela & Damon’s History-Filled Home
Name: Daniela, Damon and Sidonie Burton (17 months)Location: Newport, Rhode IslandSize: 1,200 square feetYears lived in: 4 years; owned While a young Czech girl spent her summers at a family cottage built by her great-grandfather in the country outside of Prague, playing hide and seek with her great-grand mum and eating cherries right off the tree, halfway around the globe a young Florida boy, immersed in the world of NASA, was developing a lifelong love of space travel.
May 8, 2013