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The Collected Life

Posted on: July 30, 2009

New Orleanians have a thing for the past. Sometimes it’s a pristine Garden District mansion filled with ‘perfect’ European antiques provided from the French Quarter & Royal Street shops. Sometimes it’s a French Quarter slave quarter filled to the brim with offbeat, eclectic finds that take on a ‘Curiosity Shop’ feel. There’s room in by home for a little of both. I saw these rooms this morning in the paper and did a double take – I was sure these folks were from New Orleans as the seem to have mastered the collected life:

From Today's Times: "The Hoveys' loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has no windows, which means more wall space for deer heads." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

From Today's Times: "The Hoveys' loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has no windows, which means more wall space for deer heads." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

From today's Times: "The link between Mr. Crowley's objects and his impulse to acquire them isn't nostalgia, he said. It's '"the draw of authenticity, whether it's an aesthetic, a recipe or a technique." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

From today's Times: "The link between Mr. Crowley's objects and his impulse to acquire them isn't nostalgia, he said. It's '"the draw of authenticity, whether it's an aesthetic, a recipe or a technique." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

From today's Times: "Their Fort Greene, Brooklyn, apartment is chockablock with Edwardian-style portraits, heraldic devices and mounted antlers." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

From today's Times: "Their Fort Greene, Brooklyn, apartment is chockablock with Edwardian-style portraits, heraldic devices and mounted antlers." Photo: Michael Weschler for The New York Times

You can read the whole piece here or check out the slideshow. I understand that one of the most popular shops in Paris is the world famous taxidermist Deyrolle (46 rue du Bac), though I must admit I’m not so much a fan – and the later slides of Ryan Matthew leave me more than a little icked out. Otherwise, these folks would fit right in with my stylish New Orleans friends.

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2 Responses to "The Collected Life"

Too much “stuff” makes me crazy…

Oh honey,
You been to my house, so you know I live the collected life ha ha.
I love all of it! I retired a pair of life size skeleton charts that I am bringing back to hang up in my kitchen.
Come and visit me at perch.!
xo xo

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Nate and Louis

Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime LaurelStreetNola@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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