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A Live-Work-Bake Space in New Orleans
When blogger and cookbook author Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker) moved into her early 1900s home in New Orleans' French Quarter, the double shotgun–style house already had a storied history. Badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina and then left abandoned, the structure underwent a complete restoration shortly before Wilson moved in. So she started with a perfect live-work space that was perfectly bare. So she called on online decorating service Laurel & Wolf to help her outfit the "Bakeshop" half of the house (the other half is her private quarters) for all her culinary endavors as well as hosting workshops and classes.
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The Short List
While working with Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb, Wilson explains her main goal was to foster a "vibe" that "feels welcoming and warm," adding, "I wanted a space where people could come and feel comfortable, without feeling like they would be invading my personal space." The dining room, she explains, is her favorite area: "I can't wait to gather people around the table!"
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Work Hard, Play Hard
While Wilson's space is completely open, the kitchen still feels like the center of attention. Open shelving that reaches to the tall ceilings and a chevron tile backsplash give it a sense of grandeur, but the smart layout ensures the small square footage works hard. "It was important that everything in the space worked for me and I think [James] hit the nail on the head," she says. "He kept everything functional and beautiful."
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Wilson had a few pieces she knew she wanted to incorporate in the decor but, she says, "I had no idea how to bring all of these pieces together." Tabb combined sentimental finds and artworks with new buys. "He created a cohesive vision for the things I liked," she says.
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Sit and Stay
The sitting area, which features a large leather sofa and impressive wall installation filled with air plants, is another favorite spot of Wilson's. "It's set back a little bit and when sitting in that space, you get a view of the rest of the house," she says.
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In the Details
One corner of the living space hosts a wet bar, complete with a mini fridge, plenty of cocktail essentials and a funny print of a cake decorated with a quote from Drake's Hold On.
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When Laurel & Wolf asked what dish best embodied her home, the cook replied that it was clearly duck confit. "It's very French. It feels romantic, but comforting and those are the vibes I feel in my house now." In the living room a vintage industrial-bookcase plays at the cozy element, while a gold-framed architectural print brings the Continental chic.
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