We’re off to New Orleans this week for the first Southern Style Now Festival and the Traditional Home New Orleans Showhouse.
This inaugural event is the imagining of Robert Leleux, noted editor, writer, design guru, and native Houstonian with an affinity for all things southern. Robert’s forthcoming book, Southern Style Now (available this fall), was the inspiration for the five-day festival and St. Charles Avenue showhouse featuring the amazing talents of more than 20 designers, all with southern roots.
The 2016 Southern Style Now™ Festival, the first of its kind in the South and taking place along the city’s famous Magazine Street, debuts as a major design event in celebration of Southern design that will include inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, cocktail parties and dinners, book signings, antiques tours, and exhibitions. Among the many outstanding keynotes and panel discussions, you’ll find Crossville’s own Doug Ingham delivering a fantastic talk on tile trends, including the large-format thin tile featured in the designer showhouse, as well as our VP of Marketing, Lindsey Waldrep, moderating a panel discussion on “The Fifth Wall.”
The anchor of the festival is the Traditional Home designer showhouse in New Orleans’ historical garden district at 7618 St. Charles Ave. Considered one of America’s most beautiful streets, St. Charles Avenue once housed the city’s most prestigious families and long been a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming from near and far to tour the mansions and to experience the history and unique architectural charm of each.
Twenty-three gifted artists and designers will lend their contemporary visions to the 1895 Victorian mansion, bringing a modern eye to traditional southern style. Crossville is honored to be the exclusive tile supplier for this showhouse (Traditional Home’s first-ever in New Orleans) which will debut at a gala event May 18 and will be open to the public from May 19 – June 22. The showhouse will also contribute funds to the Preservation Resource Center, an organization that preserves, restores, and revitalizes historic New Orleans properties and neighborhoods. Click here to purchase showhouse tickets.