This New Orleans Home Has a Round Living Room, Plaster Quatrefoil Ceilings, and Other Must-See Details

published May 3, 2021

This New Orleans Home Has a Round Living Room, Plaster Quatrefoil Ceilings, and Other Must-See Details

published May 3, 2021
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Name: Blair Price
Location: The Milan neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans
Size: 700 square feet
Type of Home: Back apartment of an eight-unit Victorian mansion.
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Lead designer and owner of Petit Atelier, Blair Price, first thought this rental apartment in New Orleans’ Milan neighborhood would be a lot smaller when she first saw the listings’ photos on Mardi Gras day three years ago. “It looked like the living room and bedroom were the only ‘true’ rooms, and the round living room would be a small niche to place a chair, and maybe a large plant,” she admits. But Blair says she was romanced by the shape of the living room and the many architectural details, like intricate woodwork.

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“When I toured it in person, I decided that I couldn’t pass it up,” she begins. “I have a massive kitchen and bedroom, with a pretty standard sized living room, that serves multiple purposes. The curved wall hosts my oval dining table. This table can roll out into the center of the room and seat six to eight people for dinner parties. I also use this space as my design studio, as well as a sitting room. I love to sit on my settee and listen to vinyl records. The kitchen is large, with lots of cabinet space. I have a work table, and space for all of my vintage serve ware and appliances. I love to cook, so a functional kitchen is a necessity. The bedroom has the most beautiful plaster quatrefoil ceilings, incredible woodwork, and enough space to fit a full-sized sofa, so believe it or not, I do quite a bit of entertaining in my bedroom.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: It’s hard for me to describe my exact style. I am a lover of antiques and oddities. I love layering these things to feel both formal and approachable at the same time. I like to use traditional elements in unexpected ways, or highlight them to make them feel more modern. I want my home to feel like a whimsical, romantic mix of a Parisian flea market and an old, Caribbean, Creole home.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by Madeleine Castaing, Gert Voorjans, and absolutely everything that I saw while visiting Havana.

Favorite Element: I love waking up to the view of the quatrefoil, plastered ceilings from my canopy bed.

Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge has been maximizing storage. I am a maximalist, who loves to rearrange and change up accessories. This means that it cannot all be out at the same time. On top of that, being an artist and running a design studio, with fabric and wood samples, client accessory orders, etc. can start to take over. This apartment has been a lesson in smart storage solutions. I have to regularly revisit how things are used, how they are put away, and what I truly need. I have one closet, and it’s for clothes. There’s nothing for utility storage, so I have to be very creative with every single piece of furniture.

Proudest DIY: The black and white French chairs in my bedroom are probably my most satisfying DIY. They were purchased at a hotel liquidator’s furniture store. I painted them with a friend, and have upholstered them twice since purchasing. I came across that fabric and had to have it. I am by no means an upholstery master, and will probably never do it again, but it is so nice to be able to say that I’ve done it.

Biggest Indulgence: My sofa is the costliest thing in my apartment. It is also one of the best investments that I have ever made. It’s extremely comfortable, elegant, and versatile. With the back cushions removed, it’s almost as large as a twin mattress, so it’s a great option for guests to sleep on.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I use my bedroom as my living room, and lounging area. If I’m not entertaining in the kitchen, we are in my bedroom, because that’s where my comfortable seating is. My living room is more formal. It is a design studio by day, and a dining room by night.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? My products are all on display, so they have to be both effective, and beautiful. My bath and beauty products are from a boutique, Parisian apothecary called “L’officine Universelle Buly 1803.” They are plastic-free, and their bottles and branding are gorgeous. I reuse the bottles for hand soaps and shampoo bottles. Santa Maria Novella apothecary is another favorite of mine. I reuse these beautiful spray bottles for homemade cleaning products. The Laundress is my favorite detergent brand, and their packaging looks so chic on your counter.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: It takes time to figure out how you truly use a space. Don’t immediately buy in to pricy storage solutions. I was surprised by just how much I already had that worked just as well.

What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Do not stress over whether things match! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t spend money on anything that you don’t love. Use something free, and wait until you find the perfect piece.



  • I have no idea what color my walls are. My landlord used the same color in every room. It’s a very light blue. It’s never bothered me, so I decorate as though the walls were white.


  • Resin mirror that I gilded myself
  • Vintage fishing pole stand holds umbrellas, and rolls of fabric


  • Parisian cornice double shelving — Restoration Hardware
  • Coco ottoman — Ethan Allen
  • Iridescent gourd lamp — Ethan Allen
  • Chandelier— Julie Neill
  • Vintage settee — Local Antique Mall
  • Barcelona chair — Flea Market
  • Purple chair — Curb
  • Green chair — Consignment Shop



  • Glass table — IKEA (thrifted)
  • Large ginger jar lamp — Ethan Allen (no longer available)
  • Chairs — Habitat for Humanity Restore
  • Desk — Thrifted


  • Bed — Overstock (can no longer find)
  • Phoebe Sofa — Ethan Allen
  • Julian Chest — Ethan Allen
  • Calais & Martinique Bedding — Julia B
  • Everything else — Thrifted/vintage

Thanks Blair!