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Name: Carly Sioux, with Maine Coon Cat, Winston
Location: Lower Garden District — New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 1600 square feet
Type of Home: Craftsman Style Bungalow
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
I currently live in a Craftsman Style Bungalow home located in the heart of the Lower Garden District. My home was built in 1909 and was designed by renowned New Orleans Architect Thomas Sully, who also designed The Columns Hotel. What I love so much about this space are the quintessential traits of the Craftsman style. My home features a large covered front porch, abundant natural light, fireplaces throughout, a beautiful stained glass window in my entryway, built-in bookshelves and just great all around storage. If you live in New Orleans, you know exactly what kind of luxury I’m talking about. There are also these great little nooks where you can create little moments and vignettes of play. My front parlor also has these large red pocket doors that allow me to partition the space. I can either keep it open and fluid or I can close the doors and create a little intimate moment that feels secure and snug.
I am the owner and founder of NO ERA Design and specialize in vintage interiors; I have an Instagram shop, @shop_noera. I also do interior styling, staging, sourcing, design, all with a focus on vintage interiors. I use this space as my home studio for all my product photography and design inspiration.
My Style: Is always evolving. Previously, I coined the term “Regency Goth” to describe my aesthetic. This current space however, has me moving into a fresh new direction. At the moment I am mostly inspired by the 1970s and early 1980s aesthetic of Milan, Italy, and New York City. No matter what direction inspiration takes me, mirrors, plants, and original art are always the unifying elements that tie in all of my work.
Inspiration: My background is in arts, both as a practicing artist and my degree is in Arts Administration. So I approach interiors more so with the mindset of an artist rather than a traditional designer. I prefer the uniqueness and warmth of collective objects rather than achieving perfection through custom design and contemporary furnishings. Art, cinema, and music are the biggest influences that guide my creative process and I think a lot of that comes through on my Instagram Reels.
Favorite Element: Mirrors and plants. Lots of them and everywhere.
Biggest Challenge: Adapting to white walls. With all the fire mantels, wainscoting, and built-ins, the walls needed to stay white. I’ve always preferred darker, moodier palettes but I’ve really been embracing the crisp, freshness of white walls and all the natural light that radiates from them.
Proudest DIY: I shoot all of my own interior design photographs, which is no cakewalk. I have a background in darkroom photography, as well as I taught myself video and video editing. It’s a real competitive edge in this industry. I absolutely love making Instagram Reels and so many people are missing out on this huge opportunity to do something really interesting and creative with this technology.
Biggest Indulgence: The space itself I would say is my biggest indulgence. When the pandemic hit, I decided to invest more into the space I live in, since so much time is being spent here. It’s really been worth the investment.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I use my home as my photography studio. Lifestyle photographs are essential in this business so that people can imagine how some of these pieces can and will work in their homes or lifestyles. I often stage furniture and decor vignettes to feature on my social media as well as my online shop.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Mirrors. They just work for all spaces large and small. They open up space, reflect light, and just double whatever you put in front of them. Mirrors are magic.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Incandescent bulbs. Nothing kills a vibe faster than LED lighting.
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Don’t follow trends. Spend some time to find out what it is you like and what works for you and your particular lifestyle. Less is more, so slowly collect and invest in pieces you love instead of just filling up space.
Practically everything in my home has been purchased through thrifting and estate sales. I’ve also spent a considerable amount of time developing relationships with dealers and wholesalers who I source from on the regular. Some of my more notable pieces featured in these photographs are as follows:
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.