Parisian opulence and Big Easy bonhomie meet in a New Orleans loft designed by Lynne Uhalt where the European grandeur — and the party — never stops.
In the living area, the 19th-century screen with a painted scene of Venice inspired the room's color scheme. Uhalt looked for furnishings that would reflect light, including a pair of French mirrors and iron coffee tables with antiqued mirrored tops. A Louis XVI bergère, seen at right, is accessorized with a B. Viz Design pillow. At left, an antique French chair is covered in a Zoffany fabric. The rug is an antique Oushak.
Uhalt hung a pair of antique Provençal doors on a wall to make the loft seem bigger by creating "the illusion of another room."
An early-19th-century mirror that once hung behind a bar in the French Quarter helps to bounce light into the dining area, while its gilt frame creates contrast with the brick wall. The console was fashioned out of a vintage Paris balcony railing and topped with marble. An antique crystal-and-bronze chandelier illuminates a Directoire dining table from Petricia Thompson Antiques. Curtains in a Scalamandré silk satin hang on silvered and gilded rods.
Classic Parisian apartments inspired Uhalt's design of the loft, which is in a converted 1907 warehouse. The Gallic touches include an antique French buffet and Louis XV–style dining chairs in a Scalamandré stripe.
New Orleans is all about hospitality, so a flexible guest room is a must: "Twin beds are always a good idea," Uhalt says.
A Louis XV–style painted bench upholstered in a Chelsea Textiles fabric is nestled between a pair of Louis XVI–style wardrobes that provide closet space and hide a television. The walls are covered in a Manuel Canovas floral, and the accent pillow is by B. Viz Design.
The master bedroom is serene in its blue, white and taupe palette; the headboard is covered in Zimmer + Rohde's Cuba stripe, and the bed is dressed in crisp white Leontine Linens.
A soft and feminine seating area features a decorative mantel painted in Benjamin Moore's Gray Wisp as well as a table skirted in Chelsea Textiles' Wisteria; paintings of the Louisiana landscape by Alexander John Drysdale remind the homeowner of her bayou birthplace.
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This story originally appeared in the December/January 2017 issue of Natipernavigare.