Duplantier Fine Framing's art wranglers corral wayward images from masterpieces to family photos within the bounds of their well-wrought custom frames. Preserve a 16”x20” or 18”x24” piece between the sleek lines of basic metal moulding, with premium glass and foam-core backing to ensure comfortable displays for well-appointed portraits or oversize lottery checks (pieces start around $100). Prints 14”x18” earn well-deserved breathing room with spacers between the print and glass, the extra air adding unmated buoyancy to newborn pastels. Although prices fluctuate based on size, selection, and Brazil's watercolor harvest, every frame is custom-made, by hand using state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring that memorabilia stays attractively preserved for years to come.
Revelle’s Art & Framing by Design offers high-quality frames, framing supplies, and an assortment of artwork and jewelry designed by local artists. Prices vary according to the size and nature of the project, but frame-seekers can enhance the edges of family photos or rare collectors’-item nude portraits of Herbert Hoover with a custom 11”x14” frame ($50), chosen from a select group that includes black-, gold-, and silver-lined frames featuring anti-UV-ray glass, archival matting and backing, and a strong magnetic attraction to walls. Customers can also opt to shop the shop’s selection of New Orleans Saints memorabilia, soy candles, artisan jewelry, and decorative fleur-de-lis crafts hand-made by modern French monarchs.
The staff at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing works with clients to devise unique combinations of frames and archival materials to protect photos, paintings, portraits, and memorabilia. Under the direction of expert framer Jeff Alltmont, Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing encloses wall hangings of all types in elegant, expertly crafted edgings. Within a large, bright workshop and retail space, customers peruse thousands of frame samples that adorn the walls in a single-file parade of right angles, displaying all available custom-frame colors, styles, and sizes. The friendly craftspersons at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing obligingly advise customers in the process of designing the frame that gives their picture the snazziest hug, including custom mirrors, cork, and chalkboards. Each piece of Alltmont's handiwork is specially fitted to the specific treasure it houses, whether priceless works of art, pride-inducing diplomas and awards, or prized Vincent van Gogh Super Bowl jerseys.
Founded in 1976 by a group of ambitious visual and performing artists, the Contemporary Arts Center still keeps in touch with its roots as an artist-driven community organization. The award-winning design of its ever-changing gallery, atrium, and theater spaces juxtaposes the original architecture of a turn-of-the-century warehouse building with newer materials and aesthetics. Within its 30,000 feet of open event space, the CAC hosts a range of events, such as curated contemporary exhibitions, world and local music performances, and special galas such as the SweetArts Bash.
When not coordinating exhibitions and performances, the CAC staff also leads educational programs such as one-day art camps, which expose children and adults to the arts. In these programs, professional local artists train groups in drama, dance, music, visual arts, and creative writing.
Since 1983 we have been helping out clients realize that you can live as long without art but not as well.
In 1910, Harry Offner opened his first hardware shop on South Rampart Street in downtown New Orleans, setting the foundation for a local network of three retail stores with more than 27,000 items in stock and 90,000 more available through catalogs or the Ace Hardware website. Like a treasured heirloom or the gene for double-jointed elbows, the business has passed through three generations as Harry's grandkids currently mind the store to help homeowners and handy folks find cleaning and painting supplies, lawn-care implements, housewares, and tools from well-known brands. The knowledgeable staff also assists shoppers with a variety of services, from cutting keys and threading pipes to minor household repair jobs performed by licensed and insured handymen.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Catherine and Scott McKearn leave no corner of the world unsearched in their quest to discover artisan furniture builders. The couple frequents faraway destinations in India, Indonesia, China, and Morocco to unearth beautiful solid-wood furniture to import directly to their three shops. In order to save their customers money, they buy pieces wholesale and ship them in 40-foot containers, bypassing both middlemen and price-gun-wielding pirates. Their furniture ranges in style from industrial to French country, and the eclectic selection rotates every few weeks to accommodate new shipments.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.
Every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hotel Furniture Liquidators opens its 6,500 square feet of labyrinthine warehouse space to the public so that you can treasure hunt through stacks of slightly preowned furniture. Keep fillet of snowman from going bad with a refrigerator and icemaker ($150) topped handsomely with a $15 lamp, or give relatives a floor-free slumber option by stocking a sturdy sleeper couch ($165). Bibliophiles can find the ruminating womb they long for in an upholstered chair and ottoman ($60), and washer/dryer combos go for $245 as long as customers agree not to bring about nuclear catastrophe by separating the two. Peaceful standing armies of credenzas, desks, end tables, start tables, and banquet linen add a cozy touch to any room. To get the jump on other buyers, scan some of Hotel Furniture Liquidators' current liquidation inventory beforehand.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up an Aero ivory armless chair ($216.77) and use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Simmons and finish flooring your sleep space with a Roarke Masai 5'x8' rug ($162).
Bursting from the retro ambience of a refurbished art-deco movie theater, the renowned hand-blown-glass art studio boasts a multihued array of gaffer-made accoutrements. Keep wine from escaping on a post-party spree with a decorative bottlestopper ($62), a hand-crafted sculpture complete with elegant metal fitting designed to hold in liquid and libation secrets. Showcase seasonal candies or secret-admirer notes in a fluted dish ($65), available in intricate designs of blue, salmon, white, and more. The New Orleans paperweight adds personality to desks and gravity to astronaut homework with the classic Big Easy fleur de lis etched in a heart shape atop a round paper anchor ($50). For a romantic shimmer, check out the pointed oil candle with a stand, a teardrop-shaped candle perched in a three-pronged mini-tripod that imbues romance with long-lasting light ($50), similar to a triple showing of Gremlins under an Alaskan summer sky.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
Chez Clay's smartly rustic studio authenticates the clay-playing experience without the mess. Ceramic figures and dishes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, blood types, and designs, from bowls ($18–$30) and mugs ($22–$30) to picture frames ($35–$48) and Christmas tree ornaments ($6–$16). Kids can give gifts with a personal touch by painting a coffee cup emblazoned with the words Mom or Dad, or by decorating a whimsical figurine for a grandparent or friend. Once your piece is finished, it will be fired ($1–$3, depending on the size). The studio's BYOB policy allows parents to raise a glass to finding a substitute for children's afterschool specials. Long, brightly clothed tables—designed to hold eight painters or more—make Chez Clay a clever option for a date with an amorous hydra.
Farrell-Calhoun Paint’s premium lacquers upgrade the appearance and resilience of abodes, both inside and out. Residents can refurbish timeworn walls or ceilings with interior flat paint ($33.60+/gal.), a low-odor pigment that ably covers plaster, wallboard, and masonry surfaces and hides scuff marks left from unexpected visits by the Kool-Aid man. Exterior flat paint ($45.64+/gal.) swathes outer walls in a protective coating concocted to retain color and ward off blisters through the harshest weather. Drawing inspiration from historic New England abodes and Abraham Lincoln's favorite crayon, Historic Colors of America dress residences in the classic hues of historic times.