After their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Gentinetta family built a new cottage steeped in history.
Karina Gentinetta has an affinity for old houses, the older the better. When her newly purchased 1930s home—including nearly all its contents—was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she and husband Andrew "A.J." McAlear were left to build a new home on the lot where their old one had stood. "I wanted to pay homage to the architecture and history New Orleans lost," says Karina. Placing emphasis on simplicity, she drew the modest plans herself.
Louvered shutters, corbels, and wood ceilings and flooring lend a historic feel to the exterior.
A wooden chest, painted and then distressed, offers extra storage in the kitchen.
Throughout the house, each piece of wood furniture has multiple coats of paint and an aged patina. Sky blue paint inside the secretary provides an element of surprise.
The mirror that accents this wall wasn't completely man-made. It survived the flooding, but the water damaged the mercury on the mirror, giving it it's unusual sheen.
The homeowners scoured the city for key architectural components, vintage furniture, and accessories, like this pale blue Swedish chest that sits in a niche in the bookshelves.