If you’ve been to New Orleans then you know that there is much more to the city than Bourbon Street and Beignets. The New Orleans historic Garden District boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the South, and more importantly, one of my favorite antiquing destinations, Magazine Street. While many of the antique stores focus on classical antiques, especially French, there’s also a burgeoning mid-century scene that seems to be breathing new life into New Orleans’s antique row. Since I just got back from a quick trip to New Orleans, I thought I would highlight two of my favorite stops, Balzac Antiques and Loisel Vintage Modern–totally different from one another, but equally amazing!First Stop, Balzac Antiques, my go-to destination for the best European antiques (located at 3506 Magazine Street). Isn’t this just the most picturesque New Orleans facade? I’m constantly fascinated by the endless amounts of architectural detail that went into the design of these homes. Show me an inviting porch with floor to ceiling shutters and I’m hooked!
Two Bergere Chairs to love: Left, a stunning barrel back Bergere chair, often referred to as a “Bergere en Gandole.” Can you recognize what period this is? If you studied up on our Louis Who post, you’ll find it’s a great example of a Louis the XVI. Right, the perfect occasional chair. It makes a statement but in such a delicate and refined way. The chinoiserie needlepoint upholstery is just exquisite.I thought this hand-painted green cabinet, above, would be the perfect nightstand for a little girl’s room. It may not be in the most pristine condition but it sure has a lot of charm!If I could have brought one thing home with me it would have to be this Trumeau mirror (above) with Grisaille detailing. For those of you curious as to what exactly the terms Trumeau and Grisaille mean: a Trumeau mirror is a wall mirror often divided by an architectural or decorative element, Grisaille is the term used to reference a painting done in monochrome or near-monochrome. Fancy terminology aside, this mirror is a show stopper!Last but not least, this painted Louis XVI commode looks just as good in one of today’s interiors as it did in the 18th century. Its grayish blue tone works with a wide array of styles. Walk a couple blocks further down Magazine and you’ll feel as if you just passed through a couple generations. Our next stop, Loisel Vintage Modern, brings us some of the best mid-century pieces New Orleans has to offer (located at 2855 Magazine Street).Upon entry, I was immediately drawn to this green tufted sofa. I loved the curvilinear back and how it almost invites you to sit down and relax.This sculptural wood, brass, and glass coffee table, above, has a retro spirit that reads sophisticated, not kitschy. I also loved how it was styled with the Flokati rug–a nice contrast of textures.
I instantly fell for the unique pulls on this 3 drawer dresser, above left. The wood has such a beautiful color and graining to it. Above right, this Travertine side table is great on storage and high on style. I love the textural element that the Travertine brings to the piece.Square coffee tables are practical, spacious, and great for styling. I thought this brass and glass one, reminiscent of Karl Springer, is perfect for the eclectic interior. I’m already envisioning all the coffee table books I could place on it…I was really drawn to the verticality of this 7-drawer dresser. Its clean and simple lines with Herman Miller-eque brass drawer pulls is classic mid-century at its best. Its narrow frame makes it great for those tight on space and could look equally great in an office or a bedroom. I hope that sometime soon you too are able to make your way down to New Orleans, or NOLA, as the locals call it. Don’t forget to visit two of my favorite stores!