A New Orleans Shotgun Apartment Has the Cutest Little Plant-Filled Balcony Oasis

published May 6, 2021

A New Orleans Shotgun Apartment Has the Cutest Little Plant-Filled Balcony Oasis

published May 6, 2021
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Name: Danielle Lindsey and three hairless chihuahuas: Ace, Opal, and Ginger
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 990 square feet
Type of Home: Raised Shotgun
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Artist Danielle Lindsey lucked out when she found this apartment on Craigslist without seeing it in person first. “I lived out of state at the time, but decided it was worth the drive to check it out, and was praying the whole way there it looked as good in real life as it did in photos,” she admits. “When I arrived at the beautiful tree-lined street and pulled up to the raised, adorably pink shotgun, I was pleasantly surprised that it looked even better in person. As soon as I walked through the front door and saw the original hardwood floors, transom windows, and soaring 12’ ceilings, I knew it was the perfect New Orleans shotgun I had been dreaming of!”   

Danielle is a full-time artist, and she says she’s loved every minute of the last two years that she’s been both living and working in her New Orleans home, especially since her landlords allowed her to make some updates to the space. “Some of my favorite transformations include turning the little balcony into a plant-filled oasis and putting up a fun and colorful leaf print wallpaper in my studio,” Danielle describes.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, Grandmillenial

Inspiration: The home was actually built in the 1930s but renovated right before I moved in. The designer, Robin Goldsmith, did an amazing job of keeping original elements like the hardwood floors, solid detailed doors, and transom windows while bringing in newer, updated elements. I really admire this mix of old and new and used this as inspiration while hunting for the perfect pieces to fill the space.

Favorite Element: EVERYTHING! But if I had to narrow it down, I love the gold and marble mirror console table set turned bar cart that was handed down from my grandmother. It is such a statement piece and really highlights my love of crafting the perfect cocktail while hosting loved ones.

Biggest Challenge: Being a visual artist, I am highly influenced by my surroundings. My biggest challenge was finding a balance to make the small shotgun feel like a beautiful and comfortable home while also being an organized and inspiring studio work space.

Proudest DIY: The front porch balcony turned jungle oasis! I started with just a few plants here and there, but then had the grand idea to turn it into a solid plant-filled patio for a little privacy and an outdoor escape. Working on the balcony project became my meditation, my therapy, and many times my workout after long nights painting and running my small business.

Biggest Indulgence: If I’m being honest, I probably spent the most on plants. There was a lot of trial and error trying to find my green thumb resulting in far too many plant murders and many, many trips to local nurseries. But the end result and the lessons learned were definitely worth it.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? The shotgun is actually raised eight feet or so off the ground making the space underneath a perfect covered patio for outdoor gatherings and crawfish boils!

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? My art collection! I love supporting local artists and finding handcrafted treasures anytime I travel. Filling up rooms with handpicked mementos is my favorite way to transform a house into a home!

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: My biggest advice for small spaces would be to make every piece intentional and multipurpose! When shopping I always try and envision exactly where the piece will go and what it will be used for to keep myself from impulse purchases.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Just stay true to what you love! It can be so easy to give in to trends or stick with cookie cutter styles because they’re more widely accepted, but if you follow your own style and choose the pieces that make you go “WOW YES” when you see them you’ll be so much happier and less tempted to redecorate again and again.



  • Exterior Siding — Valspar “Brushed Rose”
  • Exterior Trim — “Functional Gray”
  • Windows — Olympic “Colonial White”
  • LR/Kitchen/Hall — “Intense White”
  • Bedroom — “Gray Owl”

Thanks Danielle!

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.