Greg's Mid-Century Shotgun

Greg's Mid-Century Shotgun

Paul Zansler
Jan 6, 2015
(Image credit: Paul Zansler)

Name: Greg Barnes
Location: Lower Garden District; New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Owned

The typically expected interior for a New Orleans home is one of exuberance and excesses, fringe, heavy damasks, and saturated colors. Greg’s home is about as far as one might get from such an aesthetic, but is not lacking in character. A few well chosen mid-century and reproduction pieces are punctuated with lively local artwork giving the home the air of a gallery.

(Image credit: Paul Zansler)

Greg originally moved from the DC suburbs to New Orleans back in 1998. Over the years, NOLA became home and, post-Katrina, he was committed to return.

Greg owns one side of the double shotgun with his friend and work colleague Mary. They wanted to do little to no renovation, which was a challenge, particularly in a Post-K New Orleans. After much searching, they found this just-renovated double shotgun with a small guest house in the rear in their desired Lower Garden District neighborhood. He shares his side of the 1850s structure with Iggy (or Ignatius), a Brindle pitt bull mix (in New Orleans affectionately known as a “Barbeque Pitt” because of his striping).

The home's renovated, simple interior allowed Greg's style to be showcased without much distraction. The modern pieces read well in sparsely furnished rooms where the art adds the whimsy in relatively austere spaces. Greg’s job often keeps him on the road, so a simple, easy interior to match a busy lifestyle suited him best. Even the way that Greg uses the shotgun layout is a bit atypical, flowing from office, to dining, to kitchen, and living room in back. This too works well for him, as he can often be seen sitting with neighbors on the front stoop, glass of wine in hand.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Calm, cool, un-cluttered

Inspiration: Old issues of Metropolitan Home

Favorite Element: The house itself; it is one of the few remaining double Creole cottages in the Lower Garden, dating from 1850. In the details, the carved panels below the windows in the front two rooms.

Biggest Challenge: The leaking windows (there are water stains everywhere) and the landscaping.

What Friends Say: Cool, inviting.

Biggest Embarrassment: After ten years I still haven't gotten around to replacing the contractor stock ceiling fans and lights.

Proudest DIY: Painting the entire interior by myself.

Biggest Indulgence: Any piece of Eames furniture.

Best Advice: If you find a good contractor, let him/her fix everything for you.

Dream Sources: Design Within Reach

(Image credit: Paul Zansler)

Resources of Note:



  • Paint: Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige
  • Table: Pottery Barn
  • Chairs: Pottery Barn
  • Sideboard: Pottery Barn
  • Lamp: Miss K Table Lamp - DWR
  • China Hutch: Pottery Barn
  • Drapes/Hardware: Pottery Barn
  • “Abstract with Paris Hilton Pink” - Allen Melton (New Orleans, LA)
  • “Happy Birthday” – Natalie Boos (New Orleans, LA)
  • “Running Around a Small Circle”, “End of Sidewalks”, “In the Sun”, “Trapped by the Demons” – Marcel Flisiuk (New Orleans, LA)
  • Mardi Gras blocks – Jax Frey (New Orleans, LA)
  • Cerulean Crackle Coral Bowl – Heather Knight (Asheville, NC)
  • Wire Bowl - DWR


  • Paint: Benjamin Moore Georgian Green
  • Alessi Blow Up Citrus Basket - DWR
  • “Pink Lemonaide House” – Natalie Boos (New Orleans, LA)
  • “Homesick”, “The Only Saltine for Oysters”, The Best”, “Tuna Lover”, “Wings” - Bird (Fairhope, AL)



  • Paint: Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige
  • Curtains: Pottery Barn
  • Small Writing Table: Great-grandmother’s writing desk from England
  • Headboard: Pottery Barn
  • Bed Linens: Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware
  • Bench: Nelson Platform Bench - DWR
  • Nightstands: Pottery Barn
  • Fan: Allaire Telescoping Floor Fan – Restoration Hardware
  • Memory Blocks – Sid Dickens (Vancouver, CAN)
  • Black & white photographs – James Danis (Redondo Beach, CA)
  • “Poured Green Hanger” - unknown (New Orleans, LA)
(Image credit: Paul Zansler)

Thanks, Greg and Iggy!

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