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This Cheerful New Orleans Home Conceals a Totally Unexpected Interior

published Jul 6, 2023
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Yellow and blue New Orleans townhouse.
Credit: Grisha Tarasov

From its golden yellow facade to its complementary periwinkle shutters, this 19th-century townhouse has cheerful curb appeal on lock. But through the mustard front door, the color scheme takes a surprising twist: Dramatic deep gray paint covers every surface. Not only that, but the paint (sourced from Fine Paints of Europe) has a glossy, reflective finish that makes the entire room glisten like glass. It’s no wonder that the entire floor-to-ceiling paint job took six weeks to complete.

Credit: Grisha Tarasov

The Details

  • Where: New Orleans
  • Price: $775,000
  • Size: 784 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 2
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Custom designed by JL Studios, the home mixes historical charm with modern glamour. Check out the kitchen, where Calacatta Viola marble imported from Italy waterfalls over the island, a polished brass faucet embellishes the sink, and brass-and-crystal pulls round out the cabinets. 

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Between all that and the antique crystal chandelier that hangs over the adjacent living area, the effect is a first floor that feels like a dazzling speakeasy hidden behind a sweet exterior in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

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As you head upstairs, though, prepare for yet another vibe shift. A foil to the lower level’s gray glamour, the upper level is completely bright and airy. You know those black-and-white cookies? This is kind of like that. 

Credit: Grisha Tarasov

The lofty bedroom sports 11-foot ceilings, a decorative fireplace, and a glorious full wall of closet and cabinet storage. Best of all, on the other side of the room’s two full-length windows is a wrought iron balcony you can step out onto when sipping your morning matcha. 

Credit: Grisha Tarasov

When you’re done out there, you can choose to leave those custom milled louvered shutters open against the exterior walls, or close them up. 

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