Before & After: Post Remodel, a Creole Cottage In New Orleans Is Filled With Fresh Local Finds

A jaguar mural, bold yellow butterfly wallpaper, and a spirited collection of artwork and furnishings by local makers complete the family home.

The city of New Orleans has an array of architectural styles spanning three hundred years that includes everything from shotgun homes with Italianate flourishes to the Art Deco of the Charity Hospital. Among the city’s oldest housing styles is the Creole cottage, typically two rooms wide, two deep, and one- to one-and-a-half stories tall with a side gable that runs along the street. Its small size and simple plan has, historically, made it ripe for reinvention.

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