P a r a d e O f H o m e s 2 0 1 5

Did you miss the 2015 New Orleans Parade of Homes tour? No big deal! I have put together some images of what I believe were the highlights from my personal walk throughs during the parade.  

The Parade of Homes is a free event put on every year by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans to give the public an opportunity to see inside the newest homes being built in the New Orleans area. Attendees who are looking to buy or build a new home can meet multiple builders in one day or weekend. The Parade is also great for inspiring ideas for those hoping to renovate their existing home.

Gabriel Estates

3 Royal Palm - Troyer Builders 

Without a doubt, this house was easily one of my favorites on the Parade of Homes Tour. If you can appreciate an interior space that flawlessly combines rustic and modern design elements, then take a peek into this builder's personal house in the pictures above. I'm pretty sure I was drooling by the time I finished walking through this monster house!  If you're in the market for a builder, you should definitely consider Troyer Builders


6325 Milne Blvd- Guidry Custom Homes

Complete with the classic red front door and dormer windows, this New Orleans home definitely has a more traditional personality.  However, it had some lovely modern features as well - making it well worth my time during the Parade of Homes! Take a peek inside this builder's beautiful house in the pictures above. If you're in the market for an elegant custom home of exceptional quality and style, then you should definitely consider Guidry Custom Homes

The St.Jude Dream Home

6919 West End Blvd- Hyman Bartalo Contractors 

The St.Jude Dream Home was a very popular stop on the New Orleans Parade of Homes Tour as visitors had the chance to win $10,000 in groceries or  even the brand new home itself!  Purchasing a $100 ticket meant entering for a chance to win the home while supporting St.Jude, one of the world's premier pediatric care research centers. 

Needless to say, I unfortunately did not win $10,000 in groceries or the brand new home. However, I had a great time walking through it! This house, located at 6919 West End Blvd was built by Hyman Bartolo Contractors and it's absolutely beautiful! With high ceilings, modern fixtures/decor,and gorgeous moldings, this home is definitely being noted as a design success in my opinion! 

Gabriel Estates

35 royal Palm - Troyer Builders

If you love ultra contemporary, then you missed out if you didn't see this house in the Parade of Homes! This house, built by Troyer Builders, is not the typical Mediterranean or Rustic style that one would normally see in a Troyer Home. It was different and unexpected, but still beautifully executed and a pleasure to walk through!  


960 Bragg - decro development 

And finally last but not least...A traditional New Orleans style home with a modern flare on the inside! If you're looking for  a quality, cost efficient, and timely builder to help you achieve your dreams of home ownership, then you should consider Decro Development

New Orleans Home & Garden Show

       This weekend, the New Orleans Home and Garden Show includes a Container Village, where former shipping containers of multiple sizes are on display, retrofitted for daily use. Local designers, including myself, were asked to design and stage shipping containers for this weekend's event to show that these containers can actually be lived in! We teamed up with The Benjamin Collectibles  Collectibles ( for the buildout of this fun, exciting project! Check out how we transformed this shipping container from drab to fab in the photos below! 

       Don't believe me that these containers are really livable? Read this article to see how one young, Uptown New Orleans couple bought two freight containers and turned them into a modern, efficient and eco-friendly home! 

       The home's open layout is roomy enough for a sofa, five chairs, a kitchen island, two bicycles, a standing fan, bookshelves for 400 books and a 10-foot desk -- all in 720 square feet. "That's not an uncommon dimension in New Orleans," said Rodewald-Bates, the homeowner. "If you've lived in a shotgun, the halls are narrow," he said, striding through his home's hall from kitchen to bedroom. " Day-to-day wise, you don't realize it's a container." Container architecture is an environmentally friendly design trend that re-uses steel intermodal containers as a structural building element. The low expense and wide availability of shipping containers -- as well as their sturdy, rectangular shape and weather resistance -- make them easy and efficient to use for new home construction! 

       Come visit me at the New Orleans Home & Garden Show this weekend to check out my booth and learn more about eco-friendly design! Friday 3/13/15 12:00-8:00, Saturday 3/14/15 10:00-8:00, and Sunday 3/15/15 10:00-6:00. 

Buildout and Staging design complete! Ready to advertise! 

Delivery of the shipping container! 

Beginning the buildout! 

Beginning the buildout! 

Framing out the bunkbeds! 

Buildout and staging design complete! 

Buildout and staging design complete! 

Ready to advertise! 

Metal barrel decor on the wall! 

Come see us at the Home & Garden show this weekend! Friday 3/13/15 12:00-8:00, Saturday 3/14/15 10:00-8:00, and Sunday 3/15/15 10:00-6:00.   

Come visit The Benjamin Collectables and myself from Interior Motives at the Home & Garden show this weekend! Friday 3/13/15 12:00-8:00, Saturday 3/14/15 10:00-8:00, and Sunday 3/15/15 10:00-6:00.