This New Orleans Studio Apartment is Located in a 140-Year-Old Bakery Compound
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Name: Katherine O’Bryon and Tennessee the dog
Location: Bywater — New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 900 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years renting, but part owner of the Bakery Compound
I first viewed the property on a whim, while searching for smaller renovation projects. I first put eyes on what the MLS described as a “bakery compound.” The confusing barrage of photos online did the property no justice—some areas renovated/ some decrepit/ all mysterious spaces.
My apartment is one of three historic buildings on the property—an original oven, carriage house, and corner store for 1872s Meyer’s Bakery. Every room was seeped in decrepit charm and the courtyards and yards were like an untamed oasis. Through renovation my company was able to restore the historic treasures, while modernizing.
Most days the spacious studio accommodates just my 10-pound rescue dog and I, but the large kitchen island and multiple courtyards make the space surprisingly special for entertaining.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Contempo-Cool Vintage Modern
Inspiration: Exciting neutrals with clean lines, bright light, plants, and treasures from around the world.
Favorite Element: The 1800s original oven and equipment, with original masonry and porcelain subway bricks. It’s impossible to ignore the industrial past, but blending it with personal items makes the space so much more dynamic.
Biggest Challenge: Basically living in one giant room. I worked to create separate spaces with furniture and focal points.
Proudest DIY: Making and installing storage drawers in the thin 15” space in the bathroom. (An original custom design by Drift Design Build—a close friend)
Not surprisingly neither wall was straight or plumb, so every drawer was custom made and installed. It was so frustrating that after installing the three drawers it took close to a year and half before we installed the salvaged barge board drawer fronts.
Biggest Indulgence: My kitchen. The initial scope of work for the whole Bakery Compound didn’t include renovating the kitchen, but soon after starting other demo, the previous kitchen was removed and a small white modern kitchen was added.
Best Advice: Buy expensive linens; you spend almost half your life in bed!
What’s your best home secret? Paint it white! The wooden ceiling is less than straight, flush, or in good shape. But painting it white hid some of the less-than-beautiful historic features.
PAINT & COLORS
- Sherwin Williams — Big Chill SW 7648 (main)
- Sherwin Williams — Rock Candy SW 6231 (bathroom)
- VIMLE Sectional — IKEA
- Various throw pillows — H&M
- Jenny Geometric Shag Cream Area rug — Wayfair
- Steel Flat File Cabinet Coffee Table — Vintage borrowed from a friend
- Green Naugahyde Mid Century Chair — 1960s original chair, from my mother’s house growing up
- Disco Gnome — CB2
- Armoire — Ethan Allen, was left in apartment by previous tenants
- Ladder Bookshelves — Given to me by a friend many moves ago
- Eames Replica White Barstools — Amazon
- Wooden Island — The 13’ wooden island was original in the apartment when we purchased the Bakery Compound. While the rest of the kitchen was completely gutted, I kept this giant beautiful piece to mix with the modern style aspects of the new kitchen
- Turley Upholstered Platform Bed — Wayfair
- Mid-Century Dog Bed — TJ Maxx
- Nomad Quilt and Shams — West Elm, no longer available
- Down Comforter & Duvet — The Company Store
- Wide Lumbar Pillow — Anthropologie- no longer available
- Nightstand — All Modern, this one is similar
- Nightstand HEMNES — IKEA
- Brass Lamps from Target — No longer available