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Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography

We recently attended the inaugural Southern Style Now Festival in New Orleans, and the absolute highlight was Traditional Home magazine’;s showhouse, a Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in the Uptown District on St. Charles Avenue. Aptly described by Curbed New Orleans as a “;veritable funhouse for design lovers,”; the showhouse is a spectacular homage to the region’;s rich and colorful cultural traditions.

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More than 25 local and national designers, all originally from the south, were invited to lend their contemporary vision to this uniquely southern-style house, and we were excited to have the opportunity to work with some of them by providing furniture and decor. One of those designers is Brian Patrick Flynn of Atlanta, who designed a grand bedroom suite. Below, we talked to him about the project.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this space: Griffin Club Chair, Olivia Chair, Bornova Coffee Tablebaby pillow set, Bornova Side Table, Olivia 30″; Round Mirrored Table, Natural Cowhide Rug in Salt &; Pepper, and Layla Chandelier

Ballard Designs: Tell us about the room you were assigned and how you envisioned a homeowner using this space.

Brian Patrick Flynn: I was assigned bedroom number two, but due to the size and proportions of the space, I saw it more useable as a second floor lounge to kick back and read or enjoy company privately upstairs away from the common areas. It has two super tall windows and gets amazing natural light, plus it has a fireplace, so I wanted it to be more of a hangout.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography;In this photo: Layla Chandelier, Griffin Club Chair, Bornova Side Table, Bunny Williams’; Campbell House Dinnerware, and Bunny Williams Silver Wire Cachepot

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: Olivia Chair, Bunny Williams’; Woven Cachepot, and 72″; Fringed Burlap Tablecloth

BD: This project was about reinterpreting traditional southern design through a modern lens. How did you go about that while adding your own unique stamp?

BPF: Overall, I tend to use a lot of color and modern lines in my work, but a lot of New Orleans homes are draped in French traditional lines and use lots of soft neutral tones mixed with furnishings that are often feminine in style. I stuck with neutrals for the most part, using a greige grasscloth on the walls, brown leather on the sofa, white accents and lots of navy blue upholstery. To add a quirkiness and tons of Southern flair, I commissioned Louisiana-centric art from artist Celery Jones and created a gallery wall with subjects ranging from pralines and music legends to fried chicken pop art and photography of bayou alligators.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: Bornova Side Table, Bunny Williams’; Silver Wire Cachepot, and Natural Cowhide Rug in Salt &; Pepper

BD: How much did the host city influence your design? How did you incorporate the distinct charms of New Orleans?

BPF: The host city largely influenced the design, especially with all of its European character. I used a lot of European lines including the antique white chairs with the blue and white striped upholstery, the Spanish-inspired carved wooden tables, dainty burlap covered end table and then added a masculine touch with navy and dark brown accents. The distinct charm of New Orleans can be seen in the space plan. I laid the room out for long hours of conversation and cocktails, complete with four separate occasional tables for guest to gather their drinks on or simply use for impromptu late night guests.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: Beaudry Mirror, Found Olive Bucket, and Bunny Williams’; Potting Room Cachepot

BD: What are the hallmarks of every southern house that you felt compelled to include?

BPF: I feel like every southern house has heirlooms handed down from family members. So to highlight all of the European inspired pieces from Ballard, I brought in some local antiques from sources in the Bywater neighborhood and also had some unique art made, which looks like mom and dad portraits, but instead of people, they’;re of crawfish. Wow, that sounds really weird!

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: Olivia Chair, Bunny Williams’; Woven Cachepot, and 72″; Fringed Burlap Tablecloth

BD: How did Ballard fit into your vision for your space?

BPF: Ballard was my first choice because of its European flair with traditional spins. There’;s a massive French influence in New Orleans, and I stuck with French lines (also some English lines) on my seating and then also chose some of Bunny Williams for Ballard to accessorize it all with classic edge.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: Spencer Leather Chair

BD: Was there a particular Ballard item that surprised you in some way or that you fell in love with?

BPF: The Spencer Leather Sofa is definitely my new favorite item from Ballard. It’;s so classic and also generously proportioned without taking over a space or valuable square footage. And even though it comes in leather, it would also look great in a wide variety of solids and prints.

Photo: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography; In this photo: 72″; Fringed Burlap Tablecloth, Bunny Williams’; Campbell House Dinnerware, Bunny Williams’; Woven Cachepot, and Bunny Williams’; Bamboo Tortoise Flatware

BD: Was there anything you learned with this project as a designer that might influence your next project?

BPF: I learned to like using neutrals a bit more. If you have a strong accent color that’;s still in the neutral family —; navy blue in this case —; and stay away from creams that have yellow undertones, the overall look can still be considered somewhat colorful but in a less-is-more, never-gets-old manner.

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Well, no. At least not anyone we’ve encountered.The idea seems very Old Hollywood, like a challenge actors Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford might have given the housekeeper up at the PickFair Estate in the 1920s.

Ever walked into a room and instantly got a good vibe? A room that’s well put together is no accident.It’s amazing how small decorative items and accessories can make a huge impact in a room. Designers know the influence that rugs, lighting, throw pillows, art, and other accessories can have in a space and know how to use them wisely.Summer is here and so is the heat wave! So while you go all out and invest in air conditioners and coolers, you should know that these might cool you down, but not change the home’s atmosphere. While the contents of any room are unique to each person, at its core, home décor is based on a set of sensible guidelines, if not rules. Here are some of them.Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Unfortunately, accessories and small decor can also break a space. Decorative items are the most inexpensive way to freshen or add a new look to a room, but if a decorator is not careful these items can quickly overtake the home. Cramped and overcrowded interiors can leave any place feeling more humid than the outdoors. So, here are some summer home decor tips to make your home fresh, welcoming and lively as the mercury rises.Let’s face it. Summers are getting hotter every year. It’s probably reached a point where an AC or cooler is really necessary to beat the heat. But hey, there’s a lot more you can do with your home to make the weather bearable. Summer decorating is so much fun — it’s a great excuse to update your decor. Summer activities can take you inside and out this season, and that means you’ll have plenty of spaces to decorate.GIVE YOUR ROOM A GREEN UPGRADENo, no. We didn’t mean paint or wallpaper. We’re talking about plants. From your patio to your living room, fill up all those empty spaces with plants. You can even try vertical gardening. Placing floral plants like lilies can also be a good idea if you want things to be more vibrant. But here is a tip: if you’re using a vase, go with a white or crystal one.GET THE BEST FROM ROOM ACCESSORIESMass produced items are inexpensive and readily available at your local home goods store, but is that really what you want to fill your home (and your life) with? When it comes to room accessories, less is often more. One unique piece may work better in your space than loads of tiny knickknacks that have no value beyond price.DRAW ATTENTION WITH NEGATIVE SPACESummers can be stuffy and hot, but that doesn’t mean your home has to feel the same. Space out the furniture towards the wall to give it an airy feel. Keep your windows open to let in fresh air but if privacy is an issue, go for sheer curtains which lend a breezy and light touch to your home interiors. The end result should be a breathable space with easy movement to avoid a cramped appearance.PAINT SMALLER ROOMS IN SOFTER, LIGHTER COLORS TO HELP MAKE THE ROOM FEEL LARGERIt is a generally known fact that light colors make a room look bigger and brighter. Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy, which helps maximize the effect created by natural light. Dark colors, on the other hand, tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller.LET YOUR FURNITURE BREATHEIt’s easy to find home decor inspiration online - and it’s just as easy to get carried away by these. A common problem in many Indian homes is that the decor is a perplexing mix of styles, inconsistent from one room to the next. It simply doesn’t ‘flow’. Nothing can beat a breezy open space, whether it is on your terrace, balcony or patio. Create a casual atmosphere with plenty of seating options like bean bags, ottomans and poufs for a relaxing vibe. Sipping tea in an open space can help make summer evenings more enjoyable.

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