This (Possibly Haunted) Historic New Orleans Home Is Dripping in Color, Pattern, and Creative DIYs

published May 15, 2023

This (Possibly Haunted) Historic New Orleans Home Is Dripping in Color, Pattern, and Creative DIYs

published May 15, 2023
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It’s not hyperbolic to say that designer Nadia Ramadan is one of the most creative people I know. Friends for a few years now, my fellow New Orleanian runs her own interior design firm, ND Studio LLC, but that’s really only the tip of her creativity iceberg. She’s become a go-to for incredibly detailed, stunning, inventive costumes and headpieces. She’s designed, built, painted, and installed outrageously cool “house floats” around the city. She’s also notorious for attempting feats of design in shockingly short time frames (I know personally she was finishing up design elements in her home mere days before this tour’s photoshoot). So as you can imagine, the 2800-square-foot, three-bedroom house she’s shared with her husband, Tariq Ramadan, and their three cats (Monroe, Luna, and Voodoo) for five years is absolutely dripping with cool DIY projects.

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“We were actually looking for an investment property when I stumbled upon our house listing online (Zillow). We figured it wouldn’t hurt to go take a look at it and instantly fell in love as soon as we walked inside. Although our first house (right out of college) had an amazing backyard, the house itself was a cookie-cutter ranch style that had low ceilings and small rooms,” begins Nadia.

“Walking into our current house was like walking into a dream. Tall ceilings, tons of woodwork, built-ins, and more importantly more space! It also had great history (that we didn’t know about until inspections),” explains Nadia. “The woman who lived in the house before she passed was a local New Orleans actor who was quite celebrated in the community. She did local commercials, acted at the local theater, and even had small roles in some Hollywood movies — one where she was an extremely scary character. We always joke around that our house is haunted. The house is over 100 years old, so it might just be!”

Nadia explains that when the previous owner passed away, the house was “pretty much stripped and sold” at an estate sale. But, Nadia and Tariq stumbled on a few storied treasures they were able to incorporate into their home’s decor. “We found an old metal historical plaque in three inches of mud in our side yard,” she begins. “We had no idea what it was until we started hosing the mud off. I don’t know the story behind it, but it’s a plaque from the Vieux Carre New Orleans neighborhood. Regardless, it’s a great addition to the house decor.”

“Another great find was completely hidden under a cake of black dirt in the attic. After we purchased the house I went up into the attic to explore and found six – eight 12-foot planks of wood in a corner. They looked like trash wood but I had a feeling that they were something special. They definitely were up in the attic since the house was built because I had to cut them in half to get them out. I took one plank to a local woodworker and had it planned; lo and behold it turned out to be pecky cypress, which is a rare and expensive type of wood. I ended up using it all over my house. I used it to build the vent hood and island countertop in my kitchen, wet bar countertop and shelves, office desk and laundry room countertop. It was such a great find and I loved making those pieces.”

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PAINT & COLORS

  • Kitchen, living room, dining room  Benjamin Moore “White Dove OC-17”
  • Primary bedroom ceiling  Sherwin-Williams’ “6331 Smoky Salmon”
  • Primary nightstands (they are IKEA) Sherwin-Williams’ “6188 Shade-grown”
  • kitchen island Sherwin-Williams’ “6339 Persimmon”
  • Costume closet built ins Sherwin-Williams’ “0029 Acanthus”

ENTRY

LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

  • Mostly thrifted

KITCHEN

  • Chandelier Pottery Barn Paxton (not available anymore)
  • Knobs Cb2

GUEST BEDROOM

  • Headboard Estate sale 
  • Pillows William Morris at home 
  • Bedding HomeGoods 

PRIMARY BEDROOM

COSTUME CLOSET

PORCH

Thanks Nadia and Tariq!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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