On BlogTour’s most recent jaunt to New Orleans, traditional architecture and, admittedly, fabulous food, were on everyone’s mind. The Crescent City is replete with design that runs the gamut from flirtatious French in the Vieux Carré to awe inspiring Antebellum in the Garden District and from a gentrified warehouse district to Make It Right’s modernist enclaves in the 9th Ward. The emphasis remains, for now, on a proud display of its rich and diverse history through artfully carved mill-work and beautifully forged iron work.
So the questions arises, how does this love for a rich past, transition into today’s requirements and desires for modern styles, clean lines and spaces where function dictates form? How does traditional architecture support a modern life? What is inside these traditional homes, in New Orleans and around the country, that helps connect two worlds?
BlogTour sponsor Poggenpohl’s “Kitchens Unmasked” presentation during our visit to New Orleans enlightened us and showed the beautiful juxtaposition between traditional exteriors and modern interiors.
This first, New Orleans’ based, home is the perfect example of “old meets new”. The charming bungalow strikes a positively modernist note as you enter, with the generous Poggenpohl kitchen, unapologetically, assuming the lion’s share of the living space.
A nod to the color scheme of the home’s exterior connects this spacious modern kitchen to its Houston Texas based home’s Southern Traditional style but aside from that it clearly sets a different tone. We love that, despite a distinctly modern feel, the space is warm and inviting and underlines the style of the home without competing against it.
Our final example shows how well a modern kitchen system can integrate into not just traditional but even rustic design. The neutral white cabinetry beautifully emphasizes wood flooring, rustic beams and soap stone counter tops whilst connecting to the modern country exterior. If you would like to see the full project under way, head on over to This Old House who has featured this home.