"I have committed the last decade to helping others learn how to make life beautiful." That's how Lisa Rickert, the creative force behind the specialty furniture retailer and the paint brand , describes her professional background.
But in addition to serving as a resource for others, Rickert has, without a doubt, made her own life beautiful, too. One example is her four-bedroom home in a New Orleans lakefront community. At 10,000 square feet, it's a reflection of all the design lessons she has mastered over the years, including those from her childhood days pretending to be an interior designer. "I was that kid who was always rearranging furniture, decorating, and painting walls and furniture," she says. Little did she know that would prove to be valuable training for her successful career in the design business today.
When she's not overseeing her multi-faceted businesses, Rickert is enjoying time with her husband, Scott, and their kids at home—an Instagram-worthy space with an alluring combination of French Mediterranean and transitional design. Adding to the home's visual interest are accents that showcase the couple's love of travel. For instance, there's a well-curated mix of furniture that spans from 18th-century French to mid-century modern, and one of their favorite finds is a rosewood Art Deco sideboard by Raphaël from a Paris flea market. "What I love most about interior design is the way in which you can completely transform a space when you understand balance, lines, and form layers with the use of texture, patterns, and color," Rickert says.
Here, Rickert shares how she created the New Orleans abode of her dreams.
"My husband had one request when I was designing our home–that he has a leather sofa in the family room. He gives me so much freedom to create in a way that makes me happy, so I wanted to really exceed his expectations here. The cognac leather sofa with a double chaise lounge has plenty of room to snuggle up with our kids, and no one is fighting over the 'good spot.' Ironically, my favorite place to sit is really in the white leather mid-century Italian chairs."
"Our master bedroom is by far my favorite room in the entire house. It is my sanctuary, my calm, my peaceful place where I can unwind. The master suite overlooks the lake, so I really wanted to incorporate elements of water and nature. The light fixtures used throughout the closet, bedroom, and master bathroom are made with shells and raw crystals. There is so much natural sunlight that pours though the many windows, that I designed layers of drapery that can be closed off around the cozy velvet- and satin-covered bed. The color scheme in our bedroom is soft and muted, accented with hints of gold, of course."
"Our last home had custom painted cabinetry, which I loved, but I was ready for a bright white kitchen. I became obsessed with a black and brass Lacanche range, which is now the focal point of the room. I helped anchor it with an antique fireback from the 1800’s, featuring Napoleon’s coat of arms, so that the range was not the only dark contrasting element in an otherwise light space. I also chose hardwood floors for the kitchen versus the white marble that we used throughout the rest of the first floor, so that the kitchen did not feel too washed out."
French Grey Paint, Jolie Home, $40
"I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking meals for the family or eating casually at the large Calacatta Gold marble island. This also tends to be the space that our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels hang out in hopes of scoring some extra treats throughout the day."
"I intentionally designed our home to feel bright and airy with white walls () and chose to introduce color through artwork and furnishings. In the library, a big opportunity for color was to paint the custom-built shelving and cabinetry in color. The gold and brass features on the and Carlyle Desk from Ave Home complement the warm velvet sofa and leather of old European books. The cabinets are filled with children’s books, my old textbooks that I refuse to part with, and a multi-generational collection of family photos and archives that are safely stored on the second floor away from any flood waters that, God forbid, ever comes our way again."
Carlyle Desk, Ave Home, $2,111
“I wanted my office to feel very classic and chic so I chose a black and white color scheme. The club chairs used for meetings are from my Ave Home Carlyle Collection that celebrates clean lines and an early Hollywood Regency style. Both my home office and work office are accented with muted pinks, whether it be through fabric, art, or paint. Soft pink can feel both calming and feminine which empowers the girl boss in me, while keeping my stress level in check."
"My husband calls our formal living room 'Lisa’s Room' because he has no plans to spend any time in there. We entertain often and I wanted a space that felt feminine and inviting. This room offers tons of seating, perfect for conversation and catching up with good friends. I fell in love with the bold work of New Orleans artist , and commissioned a pair of black and white abstract paintings to bring a strong sense of modernism into an otherwise traditional space."
"Skyline" Painting, Karina Gentinetta, $9,850