Meet The Young Designers Bringing Cali Cool To NOLA
The new SoCo: Southern Cool.
New Orleans is one of the most inspiring cities in the country (arguably, the most). Art, architecture, food, and music: what makes the city tick is also what makes it unequivocally unique. Interior design is a different beat. For a long time, the interior aesthetes of the Big Easy have been ignited by gilded chandeliers, investment antiques, and delicate relics of Southern entertaining (talking to you, hand-painted oyster plates).
Needless to say, when we stumbled across an interior design firm that felt decidedly anti-Old School NOLA — with dashes of California cool, tropical, bohemian, and more — we stopped dead in our tracks and started pinning our hearts out. That firm is Logan Killen Interiors, and they’re not only shaking up New Orleans’ distinct brand of design, but they’re redefining what it means to have a chic interior everywhere. In this era of Internet copycats, Logan Killen’s interiors feel irreplicably sophisticated and cool… and isn’t that the very best kind?
Read on for an interview with Logan Killen cofounders Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen.
Describe your typical client. Who are they and what are they looking for?
"There are a lot of younger clientele coming up and moving to New Orleans that don’t identify with the more formal aesthetic that this city can be known for. They want spaces that are easy, clean, and unique. We find that a lot of our clients want to use color, which we love, and they identify with a more eclectic, relaxed aesthetic."
What are some of your favorite resources for furniture and decor?
"Our own store, Sunday Shop, is, of course, our favorite place to source from! We carry a variety of custom and vintage furnishings, textiles, and accessories, all hand selected by us. Fireside Antiques is our go-to for sourcing fine antiques, and you can’t go wrong with Jayson Home. They always have a solid collection of clean-lined upholstery pieces and unique furnishings. CB2 is killing it lately also!"
What are you most excited about right now, be it trends, materials, finishes, brands, or something else specific?
"Specifically in New Orleans, there has been an influx of people from the Northeast and West Coast over the last few years, which has broadened the local design aesthetic. Those influences have combined with an already unique point of view to create a wholly original design perspective… or at least we think so! Traditional French, African, California Cool, and Tropical... all with an understated slightly decaying vibe."
What projects are you working on lately?
"We have a large new construction Mediterranean-inspired home that we have been working on for the past year that we can’t wait to share. We are also a part of a fantastic team working on the new Virgin Hotel that will be located in the New Orleans Central Business District. To be a part of a project with a brand as dynamic as Virgin is most definitely a dream project."
You recently opened Sunday Shop, a lifestyle shop in New Orleans. How would you describe the Sunday Shop brand, and what can expect to find there?
"A direct extension of LKI, Sunday Shop is a carefully curated lifestyle store with a focus on interiors. We carry unique home accessories, a variety of textiles, new, custom, vintage, and antique furniture, art, fragrances, candles, florals, and botanicals."
"While every inch was designed by us and the products carefully selected by us, we intentionally named the store Sunday Shop so that it could have its own identity separate of our design firm, Logan Killen Interiors. Sometimes interior design showrooms can be intimidating to the everyday patron; We wanted to create a space that felt welcoming for everyone but still represented both of our brands. "
"We are so lucky to represent some really amazing brands like Byredo, Aesop, Redecker, and Lambert et Fils. We have piles of custom pillows created from one of our favorite textile designers, Zak+Fox. But perhaps our deepest love is our vintage inventory, hand-selected and refurbished by us."
"We work exclusively with local artisans and makers on our custom-designed collection that is growing every day, including furniture and home accessories. We love to support our community, but also feel like it is important to represent brands that cannot be found elsewhere in New Orleans, such as Portland-based ceramicists, Ashley Hardy and Alexandria Cummings. One of our favorite local collaborations is our partnership with the florist Emily Eberwine of Pick-a-Petal, who stocks us every week with unique blooms and greens that are available by the stem or in stunning arrangements."
What’s next for Logan Killen?
"We feel so fortunate to be doing what we’re doing, all housed in this beautiful space on Magazine Street. It really is a dream come true. For the foreseeable future, we plan to just focus on making Sunday Shop a success and working on LKI projects. We do have some exciting collaborations this year coming up, as well as releasing some new custom furniture pieces."
And lastly, what’s on your holiday wish list?
"The list of things that each of us want for our homes is endless, and we both love each and every thing in our shop, so we will probably treat ourselves to a couple of our favorites this holiday season. Byredo candles and Turkish towels please!"