A Neutral New Orleans Apartment with Eclectic Style
Fitness blogger Lindsey Calla creates a relaxing retreat with the help of online interior design service Laurel +Wolf
When your day job involves criss-crossing the globe at a moment's notice, from New York to Denver and Vancouver to Provence, your home base should be more than just a place to lay your head—it must be a sanctuary where you can also clear it. Such was the case for Lindsey Calla, a fitness and lifestyle blogger, who relocated from Manhattan to New Orleans in an effort to manage the chaos. Thankfully, her new apartment had all the makings of a relaxing retreat: huge windows to provide ample natural light, gorgeous marble fireplaces, spacious rooms that don't feel the least bit claustrophobic, and timeless touches with a soft design footprint. To make it her own, all Calla needed was a little guidance to add style and personality without overpowering the existing details.
Enter Laurel + Wolf, a digital interior design service that virtually connects decorating experts with clients across the country. "I've spent my whole career putting outfits together for people, but when it comes to a room I'm utterly confused," says Calla. "So I had to really trust their guidance and expertise and I learned a ton about home design in the process." To start, she and her Charleston-based Laurel + Wolf designer settled on a neutral color palette, incorporating texture and items from Calla's extensive travels to add interest. In the living room, an eclectic assortment of patterned throw pillows—each contributing its own tactile element, from frayed threads to pointe de diamant metal studs—sits on a classic linen-tufted chesterfield sofa from RH. "I have a hard time committing to one complete style but I do know that I like a space to feel calm, warm, and inviting," says Calla.
The Zen-like atmosphere continues in the bedroom, where Calla's shell-hued linen headboard fits the apartment's neutral aesthetic and a fringed Moroccan wedding blanket plays off glossy hardwood floors. In a well-lit corner, a marble-topped vanity is embellished with a vintage gold-framed mirror, which takes advantage of the room's generous ceiling height and calls to mind some of the more ornate French design on display throughout the city. Calla streamlined the room, making it more conducive for sleep, by moving an antique desk made with architectural corbels sourced from an old house in New Orleans to the living room, converting it into a multi-purpose work space.
The result is a home that feels modern yet traditional, comfortable yet undeniably stylish—a place that inspires Calla while allowing her to unplug. "It's been such a fantastic experience living here and in such a beautiful location," she says. No doubt leaving it now will be all the more difficult.