Peek Inside Joy the Baker's New Orleans Home
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.
THE LIVING ROOM
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.
2016 Idea House: The Dining Room
Step inside our 2016 Idea House in Birmingham, Alabama. In the stately Southern dining room, traditionalist Margaret Kirkland pulls together a colorful eating area, complete with punchy modern art and coral-colored chairs with velvet seat cushions. Margaret's room was inspired by a vintage dining room from the March 1989 issue of Southern Living, which was full of deep colors and dramatic drapery.
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.
THE DINING ROOM
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.