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Rachel & John Home tour

While we’re busy working on our home I thought it would be fun to share the house of fellow New Orleans residents and friends Rachel and John. It’s a comfortable, beautifully curated space of collected treasures found over time.

Rachel is originally from NYC and moved to NOLA in 1998 to go to college. She moved back to NYC right before Katrina to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology for accessory design but returned shortly after because she couldn’t stand being away from New Orleans. She is now a psychotherapist. John is from Buras LA but has lived in NOLA since he was 18. He is a para legal/court runner.

Aside from their jobs, spending time with John’s daughter and working on the home they love music and are in a synth pop band called Baby Bats!

They spent 7 months renovating their home built in 1899! It reminds me so much of Portland Oregon for some reason which may be why I feel such a connection to it (before New Orleans we lived in Portland) When I was feeling at a loss and like I was hitting a wall in our house all it took was a tour through their space to feel invigorated and inspired again. I hope you feel the same way.

First impression to the home. Original chandelier and a collection of vintage thrifted items.

First impression to the home. Original chandelier and a collection of vintage thrifted items.

Into the living room. Rachel combined two different lights to create these unique hanging pendents.

Into the living room. Rachel combined two different lights to create these unique hanging pendents.

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A dining room made of online thrift scores.

A dining room made of online thrift scores.

A small nook in the dining room, no space wasted in this home.

A small nook in the dining room, no space wasted in this home.

The dining room is open to the kitchen which is my favorite space in their home.

The dining room is open to the kitchen which is my favorite space in their home.

They exposed these beautiful beams in the ceiling!

They exposed these beautiful beams in the ceiling!

What the kitchen used to look like….

What the kitchen used to look like….

First bedroom upstairs.

First bedroom upstairs.

Bold black accent wall to add drama in the space.

Bold black accent wall to add drama in the space.

Collected art and treasures.

Collected art and treasures.

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This bathroom, like most of the house, was completely gutted. I love how they chose a furniture item for the vanity and unexpected mirrors.

This bathroom, like most of the house, was completely gutted. I love how they chose a furniture item for the vanity and unexpected mirrors.

A progress shot in the bathroom.

A progress shot in the bathroom.

Brilliant use of a sconce candle holder with a small ring attached used to hang the towel.

Brilliant use of a sconce candle holder with a small ring attached used to hang the towel.

Second upstairs bedroom.

Second upstairs bedroom.

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The dreamiest closet full of all the fun New Orleans gear you need on a daily basis.

The dreamiest closet full of all the fun New Orleans gear you need on a daily basis.

A small bathroom that makes such a big impact by having the tub situated at an angle. Totally unexpected and totally works.

A small bathroom that makes such a big impact by having the tub situated at an angle. Totally unexpected and totally works.

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Now go create some magic in your home.

Vacant home tour

I took these photos the day we signed for the house and it became officially ours. Even in that moment I already had ideas swarming around in my head for each room. I thought it would be fun to show you the vacant spaces with my mood boards and descriptions of my vision so you could see where it all started…

So, here we go!

To start off with, our home is in New Orleans located in the Central City neighborhood. This area has been going through a lot of changes over the years and we have been renting only 4 blocks from our new house for the last two years. We love this area so much, it’s close to everything, we feel safe and there’s so much character. We are a few minutes walk to St Charles Ave and from there straight into the Garden District which is one of my favorite areas to walk around and take photos.

During our house hunt we looked at so many homes ranging in degrees of work needed. This was the 5th house we put an offer on and it needed the least amount of work. Originally we thought we wanted a fixer upper but now realize that a renovated home really suites our lifestyle at this time with everything else we have going on.

The house itself is over 120 years old. It was renovated right before we bought it by an amazing guy who put so much love and detail into this house. It was apparent when he walked us through the space that he felt a lot of pride in the work he did here. He created a beautiful updated modern space but still retained all the important history and charm that every New Orleans home should have. The house originally was a double (a very common style home in NOLA split down the middle to created two identical sides) but was converted into a single. It has 12’ ceilings which is very common here and I’m afraid I’ll never be able to go back to standard ceiling height after this!

Because the home used to be a double we have two front doors. We chose to make the door that opens into the kitchen our primary entrance.

We are so glad the builder chose to keep the fireplace in here. It’s not functional but it adds so much character to the space. There used to be 8 of these in the home but to make the most functional layout he removed all but this one.

The kitchen is gorgeous but I really want to warm it up with natural tiles, a colorful light fixture, either wood or black cabinet pulls and eventually a rug and kitchen island.

The kitchen is gorgeous but I really want to warm it up with natural tiles, a colorful light fixture, either wood or black cabinet pulls and eventually a rug and kitchen island.

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Next to the kitchen is the dining room. This whole area is so bright with all the natural light it feels like a greenhouse in the morning, my favorite place to be.

I’m choosing bold yellow curtains and a pop of orange in the dining chairs. Going for a simple and clean look in here.

I’m choosing bold yellow curtains and a pop of orange in the dining chairs. Going for a simple and clean look in here.

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The dining room looks into the living room through the original pocket doors. There are no windows in this room which I actually appreciate. We will have our TV in here and I don’t mind a dark moody space for watching movies.

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This room will be all about color. Pink walls, orange sofa, teal and green coffee tables. Plus huge floating shelves along the TV wall.

This room will be all about color. Pink walls, orange sofa, teal and green coffee tables. Plus huge floating shelves along the TV wall.

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Next to the living room is the office.

I didn’t put together a mood board for this room but I see soft grey walls and pops of contrasting bold color.

I didn’t put together a mood board for this room but I see soft grey walls and pops of contrasting bold color.

The guest bathroom is next to that. Yes, this is the GUEST bathroom. Are you shocked? Me too. I still walk in here everyday in awe. I feel like we’re in a luxury hotel and I don’t mind one bit!!

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I would love to change out the mirror for a wooden one to help warm up the space. An updated light fixture and faucet will be in the future as well.

I would love to change out the mirror for a wooden one to help warm up the space. An updated light fixture and faucet will be in the future as well.

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Across the hall from the bathroom is the laundry room. It has my favorite doors in the whole house.

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The next room down the hall is the master bedroom and master bath. Yep, another crazy good bathroom. Feeling really spoiled right about now.

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No mood boards for the master yet. I always seem to focus on decorating the bedrooms last….

No mood boards for the master yet. I always seem to focus on decorating the bedrooms last….

I do know in the bathroom I want to warm it up with some paint. Maybe a deep teal or shade of green with a jungle wallpaper on the large wall across from the vanity. A wood slat accent wall that wraps onto the ceiling would look really great behind the toilet as well with some open shelving.

I do know in the bathroom I want to warm it up with some paint. Maybe a deep teal or shade of green with a jungle wallpaper on the large wall across from the vanity. A wood slat accent wall that wraps onto the ceiling would look really great behind the toilet as well with some open shelving.

At the end of the house is the third bedroom. This room will eventually become an Airbnb. It has it’s own entrance, bathroom and huge closet which will double as a “kitchen” (fridge, microwave, coffee). We have ordered some amazing acoustic panels for this room as well to help keep it more private and quiet. I’m really looking forward to sharing. Stay tuned this summer.

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I plan to paint the tub a fun color and add wallpaper to the walls. We also need to add a shower head and curtain.

I plan to paint the tub a fun color and add wallpaper to the walls. We also need to add a shower head and curtain.

Large closet will have a built in counter and open shelving, fun wallpaper and lighting!

Large closet will have a built in counter and open shelving, fun wallpaper and lighting!

That’s the whole interior of the house! I’ll share the outside of the home and the yard soon.