Friday, January 28, 2011

A Visit to disegno Karina Gentinetta: Antiques Shop in New Orleans

The prettiest armoire ever, now owned by the very lucky Daria Pew
I hope she blogs about it when it’s installed (hint hint Daria)!

The Fanciful Designs paper rose napkin rings on the edge of the mantle made it in
nearly every picture I took.   I won a Fanciful Designs paper rose in a giveaway
and will be blogging about owner Noel Solomon’s art in late February.

Architectural detail, layer upon layer, everywhere in this sensuous city.

Karina at home with her poochies Thelma & Louise.

Lucky for me, I came across Karina’s blog  for her gorgeous fine antiques store disegno Karina Gentinetta as a novice blogger.    Eventually, whenever I needed a picture of the prettiest antique I was trying to emulate with a yard sale find for a blog post I automatically emailed her instead of googling.

I found her via Claudia Strasser’s Paris Apartment blog, intrigued by a post about a designer that started an antique shop after life-altering tragedy.

What touched me the most about Karina was ‘the voice behind the blog’.   She’s down-to-earth, self-effacing, and asks about the mundane as well as the marvelous in my life when we correspond.   After a shoot at my studio for Romantic Country magazine where the stylist used bright red props I didn’t delight in, she put her lawyer hat on and counseled me over the phone when I stressed over a solution that would make all parties happy.

When I thought I had a December deadline for shooting photos to include in my book, I automatically emailed Karina asking if I could cite her shop’s dream furniture (it's the real deal and priced to reflect that) for leading broke folk like me to good ‘lines’ when yard ‘sale-ing’.

I flew to New Orleans (very French and rife with its own culture) in October 2010 and took pictures of her home and shop.   I couldn’t control my reaction (gasping, jaw-dropping) when I came through the door—it’s the drama of entering a palace.   Or a dream.   Everything was going so well for the 2-day shoot; her pretty city (well-healed) bewitched me, I saw Spanish moss hanging from live oaks for the first time, I didn’t accidentally call her “Katrina”.   Her great cook of a husband made an excellent shrimp dish and I learned the very hard way I’m suddenly allergic to shellfish.   He spent most of the night in the emergency room with me when he should’ve been sleeping for a job interview in the morning.

Tragedy struck again--her husband was laid off and now only her shop (and his temp work) supports them.   Like her city with its occasional bulldozed lots next to neighborhoods of the cutest twee Creole cottages nestled in subtropical landscaping, Karina dances on.   She’s put her wares on 1stdibs, the New York Design Center, and even as props for the next Twilight movie.

If you ever need a French furniture fix, dash over to disegno Karina Gentinetta and linger in her shop and its piquant New Orleans flavor.   And, if you hope to own a shop someday, believe in it.   Anything can happen.

Until next time, stay shabby!

I’m sharing Karina’s magic with the White Wednesday blog party at Faded Charm, come join us!

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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What an amazing story, Sandy! And I've never seen more beautiful photos! What a gorgeous, gorgeous place. Can't wait to see more! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Karen said...

I've visited this gorgeous shop online before.I can only imagine what it's like to see it in person. Thanks for sharing the story and your wonderful experience with the rest of us.

Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
Oh so lovley, I will have to pop by her on-line store and dream... sweet dreams for sure:-)
Thnaks for the share!

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

That was a very informative and educative post! Lovely things to be seen and admired. The story about your visit with Karina is very special and so sorry for your shell fish experience. But it makes you love such a couple even more!!!

Have a great weekend.


Burlap Luxe said...

Perfect beauty!
I love her style, and it is a perfect posting for your beauitful site.

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

Beautifuel furnitures.....
hugs hugs

Villa Klaraberg said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful shop! Sorry to hear that you had to learn the hard way about your allergi to shell fish, good you had such caring people around you. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs from Jorunn

Australienne Home said...

i LOVE that cabinet, I've been searching for one forever here in Aus!

Love your blog btw!!

Rhiannan xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful post about your friend and enchanting New Orleans! I plan a trip there soon (visit whenever I get a chance)and would love to stop by her beautiful store. How have I missed it???
New Orleans just has a unique "atmosphere" that I've never experienced anywhere else.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful place as well and for the inspiration. :)
Blessings and Hugs,

NanaDiana said...

Sandy- What a great post..and how sad about her hubby's job. God works in amazing ways though and I believe there is something better out there for him somewhere, don't you?

Those pictures are just awesome..I could cry they are so pretty...and so is she (Karina)~ beautiful lady...

Thank you for once again transporting me to a sweet and lovely space. Hugs- Diana

à la parisienne said...

Karina is the whole package-very intelligent, talented, determined, and genuine.

The images of her store and of her home are like a dream. One of these days I hope to visit her shop and meet her!

And a photoshoot of her store??? Sounds like you two have made quite the pair- two ladies with a goal that no one and nothing can impede!


Busy As Can Be said...

I love the mirror I have the perfect spot for it...LOL You blog is so fun and I am glad i found you.

Karina Gentinetta said...

Wow, Sandy!!!! I am so humbled and honored. I am so glad you came to visit and I hope you pop on over back to the Big Easy soon. Your room is here waiting, always. You are much to kind to share this with your readers. Thelma and Louise are delighted they made the cut! Next time, we will do steak for you. :)

Marion said...

Okay, this post makes me want to head to The Big Easy for a shopping trip. I live 3 hours north of N'Orleans and haven't been there since the week before Katrina. Your post is just perfect and the photos are fabulous. She sounds like an amazing person.


Daria Pew said...

Beautiful blog Sandy as always!! I cannot believe the armoire when I look at it in your photo! Also isn't Karina beautiful! Love you both! xo Daria @

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Sandy,
I love Karina's beautiful shop. Actually "shop" isn't grand enough for her style, it's so serenely beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Come by my blog if you get a chance, I'm giving away the next JdA Living, if you haven't ordered it already.

Have a fab weekend, dear lady!

It's me said...

O my...this is so so so beautiful !! thanks for sharing it with us....happy weekend love love Ria....

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

ahhh...I'm in love with that white armoire! Everything was gorgeous!

Madelief said...

What a great looking shop. I wish we had one like this in town. Love the names of her dogs :-)!!

Happy weekend!

A Cottage Muse said...


Absolutely breath taking!

Her beautiful shop has been put on my road trip list!

Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

What fun, I love this, thanks for including me! I just posted about you two too! Come over!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Found your blog from Paris Apartment and I have seen you in the papers and on Nate! You have a gorgeous studio!! I would love to go to New Orleans one of these days. Looks like a beautiful store!

Fay said...

what fun Sandy Ive just found you AND Karina ( whose blog I subscribe to ) on a little journeythis morning Ive subscribed and will follow and looking forwrad to sharing so may things fay xx

Home and Heart said...

Just stunning! I have a mirror almost exactly like the 7th pic down. You always show inspiring and lovely things!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

You're the best, Sandy. Thank you!

Tanya said...

What a beautiful shop. That is the. perfect. armoire.

Motherkitty said...

Absolutely exquisite. What more can be said?

Anonymous said...

Dear Sandy!
I really really do love all your words an pictures....
And my heart is beating...
Lots of greetings

The Ruffled Mama said...

I am just visiting for the first time...such a beautiful story...So much inspiration here! I'm just starting blog #2 project...all about design and project inspiration...because i love this stuff!

SizzleandZoom said...

I love your eye candy website. I will be following it. I want to put the photo of your Christmas tree on my blog next Christmas 2011
Find me at

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing the prettys.................TALLULAH'S

Nancy said...

I loved reading this post. The photos are stunning. I'd have gasped at all that beauty too! What fun.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for telling us about Karina, I'll go check her out later. What a story.

Lisa x

It's me said...

Thanks Sandy are such a kind and lovely friend to me !!! love love

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandy ~
Thank you for introducing us
to Karina ~
Her shop is so very beautiful !
I love to visit New Orleans and
now I have a wonderful new
place to visit ~


Gustaviana said...

I love that cabinet,oh so lovley....
Thank you for sharing this wonderful post ...I Like your blog very much... thank you...
xx gustaviana

Burlap Luxe said...

Sandy mon cher ami,
(My dear friend)
Thank you ever so much for your beautiful visit. Come visit my latest antique foot board love!!

We would make such a white painting team :)
Still would love to create in your surroundings.

solene said...

Sandy, je suis sous le charme de votre blog si ravissant, si divin !
vos photos sont magnifiques ....
les photos d'intérieur sont comme j'imagine ma décoration de maison ...
C'est très, très beau ... it's so lovely and so beautiful ....
Thanks .. I come back as soon as!

Candylei said...

I agree...jaw dropping home. What a wonderful trip for you, too.

I saw your sweet little cottage in Mary Jane magazine!! So exciting for us homesteaders.

Have fun,(even in the snow)

Anonymous said...

What magnificent pictures. You feel such a sense of peace and tranquilty jsut looking at them.

El Baul de las oportunidades said...

Wow! your furniture is wonderful ... amazing ... Congratulations
I follow you ... I attached to my blog
Greetings from Barcelona, ​​Spain


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