Tuesday, September 11, 2007
By the Light of the Crescent City Moon
Following on the heals of their highly successful New Orleans toile (shown below), former Broadway actors and now Big Easy retailers Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichian have created Pontchartrain Beach, a line of fabric and housewares. The pattern, not unlike the New Orleans toile, celebrates the iconic symbols of the city with fleur-de-lys, gold crowns, the cornstalk fence, magnolias- and even crawdads! - all in a Mardi Gras color palate. A percentage of all Pontchartrain Beach sales goes directly to the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, and specifically its Music/Recreation and Child Life Department and Caps for Kids programs.
Thew award-winning New Orleans toile, designed by New York artist Sonia O'Mara based on sketches by Batt. Landmarks celebrated in the pattern include St. Louis Cathedral, the St. Charles street car, scenes from the historic Vieux Carré and the steamboat Natchez. Available in five aptly-named colorways (magnolia, café au lait, claret, delphine and palmetto), it can be bought by the yard, or sewn into any number of items, from tea towels to shower curtains.
Hazelnut New Orleans
Elegant Home Accessories
5515 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
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