“She has both polish and mischievousness, and that comes through in her home.”
Once owned by a railroad tycoon, this historic 1868 home in New Orleans’ Garden District is what made Sara Ruffin Costello—founding Creative Director of Domino, interior designer, author, and mother (among other things)—relocate to the south. Once living in a comparatively crowded Manhattan apartment with her husband Paul and three children, she fell in love with this grandiose house. “Houses that speak to you come so rarely into your life, and when they do, you have to seize the moment” says Sara.
“It’s got kind of a formal flow to it with the center hall and voluminous rooms on each side and this grand staircase, but it’s not so formal that you feel like you can’t have a ping-pong table in the dining room”.
Sara Ruffin Costellos’s style is more than just combining old and new. “It all boils own to tension, which I find exciting” she says. “The theme of light and dark—of old and new and curvy and straight—is established at the front door, and it weaves through the whole house”. Keeping to a strict color palette (she chose black, white and wood) is her key to building harmony in this eclectic mix of styles.
A seasoned entertainer and mother of three, Sara knows the value in pieces that are already a little worn or teared. Most furnishing in the house are low-maintenance, allowing both children, and guests to roam freely and without care. Shop Sara’s exclusive sale on One Kings Lane.
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Photos: Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane.