NOLA INSPIRED DESIGNS
BY JULINE MORELAND
We can be inspired from just about anywhere, but there is something special about the inspiration you bring home from your travels.
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras and was completely taken aback by the great appreciation of design & art in the city. NOLA is nicknamed The Big Easy for a reason - it is a dramatic, fearless place! Between the music, food & decor, the richness of the city’s culture is everywhere!
Each home that I entered tastefully displayed the various types of art the owners had collected. Meticulous but simple acrylic-floated sketches, ornately framed huge oil paintings, eclectic photo gallery walls - whatever it was, was executed with purpose.
Traditional French aesthetics are prominent, especially when it comes to the cast iron gates & balconies that so define New Orlean’s look. Also elaborate chandeliers dripping with crystals, & gilded & tufted love seats make the homes feel so glamorous!
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz & its importance to the city’s culture dominates the decor. From the bright, bold color palettes, to spiral staircases & mixed metals - especially brass, which is clearly inspired by the big band musical instruments. Framed Art Deco posters or paintings of jazz artists were also fixtures in most places.
The style of NOLA combines every aspect of design & decor that I just love - classic & traditional, with a lot of glam & boldness, as well as a bohemian & modern flair. All of the different styles are mixed in such a way that it just works beautifully!
Where have you gone that has made a lasting impact on your decor style?