NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 19, 2016) Traditional Home, the leading upscale shelter magazine reaching

4.7 million readers, is opening the doors to its first-­‐ever Southern Style Now Showhouse in the heart of New Orleans’ Uptown District from May 19-­‐June 12, 2016. Participating designers and artists, all originally from the South, will lend their contemporary vision and southern traditionalism to the 15-­‐ room Showhouse, which serves as the centerpiece of the inaugural Southern Style Now design festival taking place from May 19-­‐22.

To kick off the 4-­‐day festival and Showhouse opening, Traditional Home will host a black tie gala on Wednesday, May 18 to benefit the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. Design enthusiasts and festival-­‐goers are invited to purchase tickets to the event, which will culminate in the presentation    of the first annual Gerrie Bremermann Award for Interior Design, awarded by Bunny Williams and Shaun Smith to local living legend Gerrie Bremermann.

Of Traditional Home’s participation in this first-­‐of-­‐its-­‐kind festival, Editor in Chief Ann Omvig Maine says, “New Orleans is a unique destination where style and design are rooted in tradition, but designers aren’t afraid to have a little fun and experiment. We’re so excited to see what our talented friends have come        up with to reflect their personal aesthetic and the flavors of the South.

The 2016 Southern Style Now Showhouse designers include:

Betsey NixonHazard New Orleans, LA

Brian Patrick Flynn – Atlanta, GA

Catherine Brooks Giuffre – Houston, TX

Catherine Olasky – Houston, TX

Chad Graci – New Orleans, LA

Christina Graci Javanmardi – Houston, TX

Clary Bosbyshell – Atlanta, GA

David Ecton – Marietta, GA

Denise McGaha – Dallas, TX

James Farmer – Perry, GA

Jennifer Rabalais – New Orleans, LA

Jonathan Savage – Nashville, TN

Kenneth Rabalais – New Orleans, LA

Lance Jackson – Marietta, GA

Laura Burleson – Tallahassee, FL

Lindsey Coral Harper – New York, NY

Lisa Mende – Charlotte, NC

Maximilian P. Sinsteden – Houston, TX

Melissa Rufty – New Orleans, LA

Michel Smith Boyd – Atlanta, GA

Paloma Contreras – Katy, TX

Reagan Hayes – West Hollywood, CA

Shaun Smith – New Orleans, LA

Tina Lagasse – New Orleans, LA

Ware Porter – Birmingham, AL

William Rankin McLure IV – Birmingham, AL


"We are thrilled to be hosting our first New Orleansbased showhouse to coincide with the Southern

Style Now festival," says Traditional Home publisher Beth McDonough. “By doing so, we—along with our partners—are celebrating the unique design that is central to the city’s cultural identity, while supporting the efforts of the Preservation Resource Center to ensure that these architectural treasures will be safeguarded for generations to come."


The Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse will be open 7 days a week from 10:30am-­‐   5:30pm. Tickets are available for $30 online at Tickets to the May 18 gala reception are available for $315. A portion of the proceeds from Showhouse and gala ticket sales will benefit the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. Sponsors of the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse include Azek, Ballard Designs, Bevolo, California Closets, Circa Lighting, CR Laine, Crossville Tile, DXV, James Hardie, Pratt & Lambert, Stanton Carpet, Thermador, and Woodard.

For more information on the Southern Style Now Showhouse and gala please visit



As the country’s largest upscale shelter magazine, Traditional Home inspires 4.7 million design lovers to reinterpret classic elegance in a thoroughly modern, personal way. From home, garden and green living to fashion, beauty, entertaining and travel, Traditional Home is a celebration of quality, craftsmanship, authenticity and family – a trusted resource that respects the past, lives in the present and embraces products designed for the future.



The 2016 Southern Style Now™ festival (May 19-­‐22) will be a celebration of design, marked by keynote presentations, panel discussions, cocktail receptions and dinner parties, special exhibitions, and the Traditional Home showhouse. The debut of a major annual design event, the 2016 festival will be the      first of its kind in the South—offering incomparable networking opportunities, while helping one of America’s most beloved cities regain its footing as a global design capital.


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