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That has one of the best collection of Julie Neill Chandeliers, Aidan Grey accessories, and Hickory Chair upholstery and case goods? A store that is stuffed with edgy accessories, new ideas in garden decor, and lovely Swedish and French reproductions.A shop that tops it off with a talented in home workers, a superb relationship and appreciation of local inside designers and homeowners with nice business sense and even higher style? You name it Home and Backyard in Covington, LA.

Just a brief drive over the Pontchartrain bridge from New Orleans and also you arrive at a mecca of fabulous home design all under one roof. Residence and Garden is owned by: John, Kenny and Jennifer Rabalais. With their excellent taste and glorious enterprise acumen, they’ve a created a beautiful surroundings for designers and homeowners, alike, to create beautiful interiors.Home and Backyard homes the most important show of Julie Neill lighting, outdoors of Julie’s personal store, and the largest number of Suzanne Kasler’s line for Hickory Chair in LA. Above notice the Julie Neill Juliette chandelier and the Suzanne Kasler Choate Dining Table.

With so many great lines available here, and so much inventory to choose from, House and Garden creates some fabulous vignettes. Right here is a superb dining room! Discover how the Julie Neill Ingrid Chandelier Pendants echo the traces of the dining chairs.

As promised in my previous publish on New Orleans, meet Jeffrey McNeely, Director of Retail Development and the namesake of Julie Neill’s new Jeffrey Chandelier above. Jeffrey works exclusively with designers to help them create the proper look for his or her purchasers. Notice the Julie Neill Madeleine chandelier to the left and the Artemis toward the middle backside, and the Jeffrey on the appropriate- Suzanne Kasler Prado Bookcase within the background.
Dwelling and Backyard has literally tons of of interesting equipment. Above is an impressive display of metalware by Beatriz Ball.

Here is a summer season seashore tablescape complete with Aidan Grey candlesticks.

Lovely slipcovered ottomans with unimaginable ribbon detailing and an Aidan Gray lamp.

They also carry a number of slipcovered traces. I cherished this sweet chair with embroidery.

House and Backyard additionally has a number of vintage gadgets and antiques – Right here is an antique lantern, the patina on this piece was wonderful.

Millie, Kenny, Suzanne, Gina

So imagine my pleasure when Kenny Rabalais invited Millie and that i to come to Dwelling and Garden and meet famous designer, Suzanne Kasler! For my readers who could not know, Suzanne has been named by “Home Beautiful” journal, one among the top 100 designers for 2005 and one in all the top 125 designers for 2004; “Home & Backyard” named her one of 50 Tastemakers in March of 2006; and Suzanne was the 2003 Southeastern Designer of the Yr!

Since her launch of her line for Hickory Chair final 12 months, Suzanne has been visiting premier retail places and sharing her visions of design. Home and Backyard hosted a luncheon in Suzanne’s honor and invited native designers meet her and be taught extra about her design inspiration and philosophy.

Probably the most interesting part of assembly Suzanne was studying about lots of the items in her line and what inspired her to have them recreated by Hickory Chair. I realized that many of her items were recreated from antiques she had personally collected over many years, or had found for her elite clientele. She spent over a yr and half working closely with the craftsmen at Hickory Chair to create what she believed were stunning items that might slot in with each fashionable and traditional types. Let’s take a look:

The Frederica Bench is a beautifully proportioned, delicate, hand-carved reproduction of an antique French bench from Suzanne Kasler’s dwelling. Although lovely, the unique, like most antiques, was bit too slim and uncomfortable. She deepened the seat and softened the cushioning and now, its the perfect marriage of beauty and consolation. She couldn’t find a large sufficient stripe for the bench, so she used strong fabric reduce to width to create the wonderful striped impact. Anasthasia bench, Antoinette facet table and Alexandra chair also pictured. Suzanne has identified the Rabalais household for many years and helped decorate John’s house in Rosemary Beach, Florida. The slipcovered Nanette chair was really impressed by a chair Suzanne discovered for John. She fell love the oversized form and scale and convinced him it was perfect for his dwelling. Additionally pictured are the Auburn ottoman and Ainsley chairs.

The unique Campaign Desk, really sits in Suzanne’s home office. It was a bit too slim and likewise fairly warped, as antiques are typically over years of use. The Hickory Chair Campaign desk has a wider proportion for a laptop and naturally no warping. The steel work on the unique was painstakingly recreated. Suzanne commented that she was pondering of switching out her authentic desk with the brand new one, simply because it seemed equivalent and lived a lot better! One in all Suzanne’s favourite pieces in the line is her Anasthasia bench, a Russian antique that she present in Paris. The original, above, sits in Suzanne’s residing room. She said she missed the bench, as Hickory Chair had several of her pieces for months and months, whereas they meticulously recreated them down to essentially the most minute detail.

And right here they are recreated at Home and Garden. I like Suzanne’s signature stripe upholstery. Additionally shown is Suzanne’s new Emory skirted sofa.
Listed here are the Anasthasia benches upholstered in plain linen.

Consolation is very important to Kasler. All her upholstered items were designed with comfort in mind. Here is the Emory chair.
However when we predict consolation we so often suppose unattractive; not so with this line. Suzanne is famous for her dressmaker like particulars. Right here is the Emory chair at Home and Garden. Notice the flange welting and pleated skirting.

She is inspired, she says, by the French antiques and French trendy pieces she collects. This inspiration is then personalized by the addition of signature particulars like grosgrain ribbon trim and dressmaker skirts (mixing dressmaker particulars into upholstery is a favourite Kasler technique).
The result’s refreshing, slightly witty, and versatile enough to work in environments that range from informal to elegant; evident once more within the slipcovered Nanette chair

Other objects recreated by Hickory Chair from Suzanne’s residence include:

The Choate Dining Table which was impressed by Suzanne Kasler’s antique Regency desk.
The Piedmont desk, an ideal wood, farm table impressed by the original which sits in Suzanne’s kitchen. Additionally pictured is the brand new Carlisle Credenza, which Suzanne defined is better because the doorways should not warped like her unique. And the Chastain Chair, which comes slipcovered or with naked legs, which was impressed by a wicker chair Kasler slipcovered for her office.

She additionally has an exquisite line of lighting made by Visual Comfort.
This chandelier is a replica of the one that hangs over her kitchen desk.

Here is her brand new Thornton lamp, just launched at market. I really like this!! It is trendy and traditional at the same time.
Her lights are available at Circa Lighting.

She also has the Suzanne Kasler rug line accessible from Safavieh. A beautiful collection of 10 to 12 hand-knotted wool or mixture wool/silk rugs.
For more details about Suzanne Kasler see this glorious put up by Things That Inspire and this fascinating and really complete put up by Cote de Texas.
Suzanne mentioned that as a designer she was so clear on what she wished to create, but she didn’t know what to name her “signature model”. Her writer talked about they had been very impressed by her interiors and hence came the name for her new e-book: “Inspired Interiors” , which can be released in October 2009. I’m certain it’ll be fabulous and chock stuffed with great information.
I had an unforgettable time in New Orleans, assembly Suzanne Kasler, and naturally the Rabalais family, and their exceedingly talented employees. For those who get to New Orleans, do not miss visiting Dwelling and Garden. You’ll be thrilled and astounded, as I was. Oh, if only I might have stayed longer…