The mission was deceptively simple. Interior designers with roots in — or connections to — the southern U.S. were enlisted to contribute their talents to transform a grand, but aging New Orleans home into a stately, livable house. The exact call stated that designers would “lend their contemporary vision to a 15-room show house, while also incorporating traditional southern design.”
The complexity of the mission arose at the intersection of “contemporary” and “traditional.” Designers were challenged to incorporate existing elements of the home — from aspects of its interior architecture to surfacing materials — that still looked great and held their appeal. Also, even though many designers were contributing their unique takes on the transformation, the house needed to hold continuity from room-to-room.