Melissa Rufty & Statement-Making Powder Rooms

Powder rooms have so much potential. While small in scale, these spaces practically beg you to think big in terms of design. Melissa Rufty of MMR INTERIORS shares her pearls of wisdom for how to decorate the petite room:

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“Powder rooms are like little jewel boxes for the house. Because they are small, you can be less retrained than you might be elsewhere. Consider incorporating rich colors, bold patterns, and textures that will leave an impression on your guests.” – Melissa Rufty

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Use wallpaper or tile that you’ve always coveted but were too afraid to splurge on. A little goes a long way in a tiny space.

Use sconces on either side of a mirror. This will make the light more evenly distributed, which is far more flattering for lipstick touch-ups. I love customizing sconce shades in a coordinating fabric and trim for added effect.

Get creative and customize a sink base. Paint out sheet metal to resemble a chinoiserie tole, or convert an old altar.

Monogrammed linen hand towels are always a nice personal touch. I like to use different sets for different occasions.

Fresh flowers from the yard and scented candles are a must. These are easy touches that go a long way.

Screenshot 2014-04-22 10.14.28 Remember, your guests spend more time in the powder room than you do, so make sure you really give them something to talk about…because they always do!

MMR Interiors 

3806 Magazine Street, Suite One


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America, 2013

Will Ryman

New Orleans Museum of Art

Ryman’s ambitious sculpture America was inspired by the origins of capitalism within the scope of American history. The materials used in the cabin’s walls, trusses, roof, and fireplace provide a simulated “timeline” of the economies found within the United States. Arrowheads symbolize the economy of the indigenous peoples and their eventual warfare with the colonists. Shackles and chains make up the cabin’s foundation, alluding to the role of slavery in shaping the U.S. economy. The cabin structure is a direct reference to the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln, a figure who emblematizes the struggle of the Civil War and the quest for America to redefine its identity.

The cabin also includes bullets collected from the Civil War and World War II, pills representing the pharmaceutical industry, railroad ties representing transportation, cotton representing textiles and slavery, corn representing agriculture, coal representing energy, soda tabs representing fast food, phone cords representing the telecommunications industry and keyboards, iPads and iPhones representing recent technology.

Inside the cabin, these materials are arranged in geometric, mosaic-like panels and coated in gold paint and resin. Visitors will be able to enter the cabin, walk on the glass floor, and view the materials underfoot. Glass barriers protect the materials on the cabin’s interior walls.

TSG Tip: Admission is free on Wednesdays at NOMA.

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SCOUTED: The Perfect Frames

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Paul Wilcox, owner of Art & Eyes, is our local eye glass expert. He is the perfect guy to help you find the proper shade to fit your face, mood or style. He has SCOUTED the world for high quality, one-of-a-kind frames to his store on Magazine Street to create New Orleans’ most cutting-edge, chic optical shop. Their collection is for customers who understand luxury to be quality craftmanship rather than branding, who value innovative design rather than trendiness.


First to see glasses as fashion accessories, first to make sunspecs, first to make ‘winter sunglasses,’…first to work alongside fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the catwalks, first to appear in Vogue and Queen, and first to be endorsed by celebrities and Royals, Oliver Goldsmith pioneered a whole new concept. Eye Wear.

Sunglasses continued to gain high profile status during the 1960’s & 1970’s and a selection of unusual designs started to appear. OG’s were becoming not only a means of protecting eyes from the sun, but also a fashion statement. Dress designers such as Dior and Givenchy commissioned Goldsmith to create frames that would complement their seasonal collections. The stars regularly visited Goldsmith’s Poland Street showroom included Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers, Nancy Sinatra, Ursula Andress and Nina Simone. The visitors’ book they autographed can still be seen in the OG showroom today.

Think 20th Century icons. Grace Kelly. Peter Sellers. Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles. Audrey Hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. Iconic style makers – Givenchy, Dior and Vidal Sassoon.

Think cult films of the fifties and sixties – The Ipcress File and Harry Palmer, Charade and Two for the Road. They’ve all got one thing in common. Oliver Goldsmith. In the second half of last century, when it came to eyewear, Oliver Goldsmith was synonymous with stars and style.

Finding the perfect frame with Paul is more fun than you can imagine (as you can see below!). He will whisk you away to the French Riviera or the ski slopes in Aspen, to then bring you back down to earth and remind you that you’re scouting the perfect frame so that you don’t have to wear your Ray-Ban’s to Jazz Fest just like everyone else. Now, I am a girl who loves a good pair of Ray-Ban’s, but having your own style exuded through a fine pair of glasses gives you that oohlala feeling like nothing else. Trust me, I have the OG’s above, and I am in love.

Art & Eyes

3708 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115

Tues – Sun, 11am – 7pm

(504) 891-4494

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Just In…New Art at Eclectic Home

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8211 Oak Street


OPEN M-F 10:00AM – 5:30PM  SAT 10:00AM – 5:00PM

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A Taste of Covington

The Four Day Wine and Food Fest known as A Taste of Covington is the perfect weekend to SCOUT out downtown Covington and the fine shops and restaurants they have to offer. TSG’s favorites are History Antiques and Interiors owned by Lisa Wilson and the forthcoming Southern Hotel scheduled to open in May, and recently recruited chef Jeffrey Hansel from Veranda on Highland in Birmingham to head up their new restaurant Ox Lot 9 scheduled to open mid-summer.


Spend the morning biking on the St. Tammany Trail Trace. Its one of my favorite things to do! And I, of course, love to stop at the Abita Brew Pub to quench my thirst and taste the latest brews from one of our favorite local breweries. After you finish, spend Saturday afternoon shopping the boutiques and perusing the art galleries. The shops are open late (6-8 pm) and they will be serving wine! After you finish scouting, there are several fine restaurants located in the area including my favorite, del Porto.


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TSG Scene Around Town


Art in Bloom Preview Party Beth Biundo and Sarah Vizard of Bremermann Designs // Sally Cockerham, Allison Tiller, Co-Chair of Art in Bloom and Taylor Morgan, TSG Editor // Casi and Penny Francis of Eclectic Home

Art In Bloom Participants Tablescapes Top Left to Right: Shaun Smith // Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group // Dunn & Sonnier Flowers & Antiques // Leontine Linens


Art in Bloom Luncheon Danielle Rollins, author of Soiree Entertaining with Style, showcases her flower arranging techniques at the lecture // Karen Gundlach, Kelly, Elinor Bright and Marley LeBourgeois // Susan Boyd Bright, Manny Bright, Banana Reily and Anne Sutherlin (Not A Boring Person At This Table!) // Brooke Minto and Allison Gouaux with NOMA // Luncheon Guests received a copy of The Scout Guide New Orleans in the swag bag.

La Petite Grocery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

LPG 10th Anniversary LPG Birthday Cake // Party Go-ers // Taylor Morgan and Mia Freiberger-Devillier, Owner and General Manager of La Petite Grocery // Three Generations of Barnett Ladies of the famed Hall-Barnett Gallery // Music by Linnzi Zaorsky

LINENS by Jane Scott Hodges Launch Party

JSH Party Taylor Worrell and Kirstin Keiser of Leontine Linens flank Jane Scott Hodges, Owner of Leontine Linens and Author of Linens: For Every Room and Occasion

JSH Party 2 Winnie Brown, Jennifer and Anne Redd (in a fabulous top from Weinstein’s) // The Famous Leontine Linens // The Books // Shaun Smith and Michael Carbine

JSH Party 3 Jane Scott Hodges’ Proud Son Nalty and Husband Philip flank Kerry Bruno of Azby’s // A Lavender Affair Complete with Food by La Petite Grocery and Macarons from Sucré with event coordination by Clandestine NOLA