Award-winning photographer Kerri McCaffety looks at the city's most invative and iconic interiors in a quest to define the essence of the unique New Orleans style. Sumptuous fabrics, elegant architectural details, intricate collections, bold abstract art, and fresh, contemporary lines are all captured in her stunning photographs. What makes New Orleans different from everywhere else? The answer is its history: three centuries of complex cultural influences--French, Spanish, and African--converging in a unique climate and a strategic location at the mouth of the Mississippi River. It's an alluring but elusive melange of sophisticated and primitive, elegant and raw in a sultry, seductive atmosphere of faded glory. But as New Orleans recovers from the devastation wrought by Katrina, there is an infusion of contemporary energy, manifest in all dimensions--political, social, cultural, culinary, artistic. Interior design is moving toward a fresh elegance while still embracing the extravagance of the past. The grandeur of the Greek revival architecture and the drama of the live oaks are tempered by a fresh, more relaxed elegance that respects classical proportions and details but introduces a more contemporary vocabulary in furnishings and accessories. More than forty houses and apartments are featured from all parts of the city--the French Quarter, the Warehouse District, the Garden District, and the multiple neighborhoods that comprise Uptown. Social commentator and Vogue contributor Julia Reed's introductory essay surveys the traditions of the city, placing its style in a cultural and historic context. Commentary from interior designers, scholars, and antiques dealers creates a rich tapestry of perspectives and opinions on a perennially fascinating place.
Kerri McCaffety is an accomplished interiors photographer who has been hailed as the reigning Queen of New Orleans photography. Her work has been featured in prestigious publications including Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Travel & Leisure, and Town and Country. A contributor to nearly a dozen books, McCaffety is the principal photographer for Bryan Batt's Big Easy Style (Potter 2011) and Thomas Jayne's Finest Rooms in America (Monacelli 2010). As a contributing editor, Julia Reed provides a Southern perspective to social topics at Newsweek, Vogue, Elle Decor, and The New York Times.