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A Designer’s Guide to New Orleans

A Designer’s Guide to New Orleans

A Designer’s Guide to New Orleans

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Designer Amy Row visits the Crescent City and shares where to stay, shop, eat, and see inspired interiors.

Photos by Amy Row

When Homepolish designer and Say Collie store owner Amy Row went on an epic, cross-country road trip this winter, she decided to swing into the Crescent City. To say she was surprised upon arrival is to put it mildly.

“I absolutely loved New Orleans—there was music spilling out of all of the shops and restaurants,” Amy said. “It’s such a cool interesting design mix. Very French Country-meets-jungle-meets-Wes Anderson. Such a fun combination.”

The juxtaposition of baroque influences against palm trees (not to mention the humidity) can be jarring for those who aren’t familiar with the city’s lineage. While most people know the “French Quarter”, the city’s architectural styles run the gamut. From neighborhood to neighborhood you might find Spanish Colonial-style buildings, Victorian townhouses, Creole cottages, and technicolor shotgun houses.

“I didn’t totally expect it because I didn’t know what to expect,” Amy explains. “The different neighborhoods all have so much personality. Even just being in the bayou is so foreign to me. It feels like another country all together. It’s otherworldly.”

Read on for Amy’s itinerary, and a few of our favorite spots.

WHERE TO STAY:

The Drifter
“I loved the design. The rooms are around this pool with a disco ball out there, which casts a cool shadow. It’s a party hotel—the people were giving us suggestions of clubs to hit and DJs that were playing and Matt and I have been driving all day and going to bed at 9 pm most nights, ha.”

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Hotel Peter & Paul
“This hotel was transporting. I felt like I was immersed in a fairytale. They have created a space that is rich with history and soul. The combination of colors, textures and patterns and every minute detail is thought out and exquisite. It was a unique and memorable visit.”

Other faves:
Pontchartrain Hotel 
Ace Hotel: New Orleans

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WHERE TO SHOP:

Freda
“This store was so fun and really inspired me to do a little bit more color in my own design. There were so many beautiful installations in the shop. Their visuals were really art.”

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Sunday Shop:
Really beautiful and expertly curated. Modern, but still had that New Orleans French Country sensibility with pops of color

Other faves:
Krewe Eyewear 
Defend New Orleans 

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WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:
Anywhere truly. Decadent seems to be a word invented to describe this city. Load up on seafood and Cajun classics like po-boys and gumbo, but experiment with the city’s modern food scene as well. There’s a huge Vietnamese food scene and hip, nationally lauded restaurants like Shaya and Compère Lapin offer breaks for when you are feeling full of the town’s heavier offerings.

Drinking is also an important pastime. From the debauchery of Bourbon Street to chic cocktail bars there are plenty of options. Amy managed to do a little bit of both of course.

“We grabbed Happy Hour at Barrel Proof ($5 Old Fashions) and sat outside while live music poured out onto the streets. Then off to Cochon Butcher for our favorite local delicacy the muffuletta.”

Other faves:
Commander’s Palace
Casamento’s Restaurant
Turkey and the Wolf
The Carousel Bar & Lounge
Bacchanal Wine
Cure

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