Blogger Joy Wilson, also known as Joy the Baker, has us green with envy when it comes to her newly redecorated 1900s double shotgun in New Orleans. Not only is it the place she calls home, it also doubles as a bakeshop and test kitchen.
Wilson has the same problem that a lot of us face: she knows what she likes, but doesn’t necessarily know how to put them together. Enter, Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb. Tabb and Wilson worked together online (that’s right, he was in LA and she was in New Orleans) to create a space that showcased her collected style in a beautiful and functional way. The result is a space that’s the perfect marriage of work and play.
The hallmark of a shotgun home is its open floor plan that’s typically long and narrow. The dining room, kitchen, and living room all flow from one to the next so they need to work together, but also have their own identity.
A variety of patterns and textures come to play in the living room. The leather couch is topped with a collection of pillows that soften the angular piece. A cowhide upholstered bench and wine racks with air plants tucked inside give an earthy feel to the space.
The kitchen also has to function as a space for cooking classes and photo shoots. Open shelves display her grandparents wedding china and her collection of antique cake stands. Top it off with a herringbone backsplash that runs from the range to the ceiling and you have a dreamy kitchen that truly is the heart of the home.
One of Wilson’s friends made the live-edge wood table that anchors the space. Overhead, enamel pendant fixtures provide ample lighting. Chairs upholstered in French ticking allow for plenty of seating, which is ideal for Wilson’s frequent entertaining.