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January 24, 2012 8 Comments by Regina

Whenever I think of New Orleans style, I always think of it as the Rebel marrying the Debutante — a bit of rule-breaking going hand in hand with refinement.  While you can easily walk the various districts, you rarely (if ever) get a peek into the interiors.  It’s why I always enjoy coming upon books which lushly feature the homes and their design.

I found Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt while walking the French Quarter. It was nestled within an independent bookstore in Pirate’s Alley called Faulkner House Books.  They only had one copy left (MINE!) and while visiting my favorite independent bookstore in the Garden District, Garden District Book Shop, I snagged a few more.

Bryan Batt Big, Easy StyleThe author and the book, Big Easy Style.

What I absolutely love about the book is that Mr. Batt, both a succesful actor and designer, features the work of several designers and artisans, not just his own work.  I think that brings a greater overview and understanding of the interiors of New Orleans.  He also lists his favorite wall colors by several paint manufacturers.  Please note that the spaces were photographed by Kerri McCaffety, Erik Johnson and David Ash.  The book is published by Clarkson Potter.

lacquer walls fabulous color

Peacock Blue Lacquer Walls

A wall of small colorful canvases and a close-up of the drawer itself.

Painted and Gilded Panels – please do click to enlarge!

distressed plaster wall

Distressed Plaster Wall

The book is a fantastic read as well — there are sections entitled “Love Your Booty!”, “All in the Family Room…” and “Guy Walks into a Bar” to name a few.  Normally, I just look at the beautiful photographs but he injects his vibrant personality into the writing and in doing so, makes it easy and fun to fully absorb his take on design and the soulful city which is his muse.

faux finish on yellow walls mardi gras flowers on wall design

Gorgeous yellow walls with a glazed finish (left) and the fun of Mardi Gras float decorations on the walls (right).  Here’s a float with similar flowers!

hand marbled gilt ceiling

Bryan Batt calls this a "hand-marbled gilt ceiling". I call it fabulous!

Mr. Batt opened Hazelnut New Orleans, a popular home furnishings boutique, with his partner Tom Cianfichi.  It is located uptown on Magazine Street and “combines the old-world charm of New Orleans with a chic metropolitan twist”.  Please check out Hazelnut’s website as well as the one for Big, Easy Style itself.

 stenciled wood floorsArtist Gretchen Weller Howard stenciled these gray-washed wood floors. 

Unique decorative elements...

A fantastic artist in New Orleans, E. Lee Jahnke, recently wrote about Mr. Batt’s book as well in her cool blog Inspired. Paint. Repeat.  She advised that the designers, shops and artists he references would all be in her insider’s guide to NOLA.  Great to know — and I hope you enjoy the book recommendation.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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  1. Theresa Cheek
    1060 days ago

    Those gilded panels and distressed plaster wall have my name all over them! Seriously!
    I love the pop of color at the end of the hall with those lavender doors. Great book Regina!

  2. E. Lee Jahncke Mead
    1059 days ago

    I love your opening line…”the rebel marrying the debutante…” describes my whole life and aesthetic! Ha! We should try to meet Bryan when you are here in April.

  3. Patricia Green
    1059 days ago

    Just checked out the book on Amazon Uk and had a look inside. It is now on my wish list! Thank you for featuring.

  4. Regina
    1059 days ago

    Theresa & Patricia — you’ll LOVE the book! It’s one of my faves that has come out recently. Very fresh & inspired. E. Lee – Yes! Look forward to meeting you (finally) and going to see Hazelnut firsthand! So glad the recommendation was enjoyed!

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