By Kendall Drake
At long last, we are completing our study of the work of Alix Rico, the often-published interior designer in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have recently returned from France, after a lovely stay in the Rico's home in Provence, and I suppose it is time to get back to work!
The fall/winter edition of Country French magazine is brimming with lovely photos of Alix's work. Not only is the Rico's Provence home featured (see our blog entitled Alix Rico Part II), but also the home of two of her clients, Laurie and Richard Milani.
Like so many people in and around New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina displaced Laurie, Richard and their three children. After losing their home and all of their beautiful French antiques to the storm, the Milani family started over in a different part of town. Their new home was to be a 1907 three-story raised center-hall home. Having worked together on previous design projects, Laurie and Alix embarked on the home's extensive renovation. Alix cultivated the home's sophisiticated and clean look by collecting beautiful antique pieces in France and combining them with lovely silk and velvet fabrics in a soft palette of cream, wheat, gray, and pale blue. The addition of modern art and fresh accessories ensures that the space remain friendly and accessible--never stuffy!
Upon the completion of the home's interior, the Milanis focused their attention on the exterior. In an incredibly unfortunate accident, the house caught fire when a painter was using a blowtorch to remove lead paint. While this was certainly a disappointing setback, the Milanis focussed on their many blessings. The family was safe and their recently acquired collection of antiques and art was salvaged. Laurie and Alix immediately began restoring the home. The following pictures showcase the Milani's twice-remodelled home in historic New Orleans.
This is a lovely view of the Milani's dining room as seen from the living room.
I particularly love the line drawings to the left of the fireplace. I must ask Alix about these!
Alix cleverly mixes fine French antiques with modern pieces such as this acrylic coffee table.
Alix's use of light plaster walls provides a beautiful backdrop for the dining room's gold accents.
The family room is a very comfortable space. The painted buffet deux corps, found
by Alix in Provence, helps to further develop the home's palette.
I love how the absence of upper cabinets in the kitchen provides an opportunity
to showcase interesting modern art.
Maison & Co. has 2 French tians available for sale, similar to the one shown
We love the collection of framed city maps.
Beautiful French trumeau and chandelier.......
The expansive entry hall invites so much light into the space.
The Directoire mirror in Laurie's study is terrific.
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Another example of how Alix combines important antique pieces with pops of modern art.
This powder bathroom, with its beautiful boiserie, is truly a special space.
Thank you, Alix, for sharing your beautiful work with us.
We at Maison & Co. have enjoyed this opportunity to explore and celebrate your style.
This article is the ninth in a series, highlighting interior designers who inspire us with their beautiful designs and use of French and/or Swedish antiques. Click here to subscribe to the Maison & Co. Notebook and receive blog articles delivered directly to your email address.
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