While researching images for my Gray & Gold post last week, I fell in love with this room and the story behind it. I thought you might enjoy it, too, since it is so beautiful and inspiring.
This home belongs to Karina Gentinetta and Andrew James McAlear of New Orleans. In 2005, their home was destroyed when a nearby floodwall broke during Hurricane Katrina. After losing everything and struggling for years after the hurricane, they were finally able to rebuild this beautiful cottage.
What I found so inspiring was that after enduring so many setbacks, they persevered, and their new home gave this family a new beginning. Karina found comfort and inspiration in decorating magazines and in refinishing furniture that she salvaged. She has since left her career as an attorney and now sells stunning antiques here.
Just take a look at how amazing and beautifully styled this home is. I can't stop looking at these photos! I love every perfectly imperfect detail.
The tray pictured below, an anniversary gift, was one of the very few pieces they were able to salvage from the wreckage. The family refers to the age and distress brought to these pieces as their "Katrina patina."
Want to know something else amazing about this home? It was furnished for $12,500 (excluding appliances and electronics)! Can you believe it? I am in awe!
You can read all about this family's home and inspiring journey here.
all images via Sara Essex for The New York Times