Finding Furniture Styles To Blend With The Flavor Of Your Neighborhood: The Garden District


Fleur de Lis Iron Fence in the Garden District. Photo by vxla.

Fleur de Lis Iron Fence in the Garden District. Photo by vxla.


Once you travel up St. Charles Avenue and see antebellum mansions alongside intricate “gingerbread” Victorian style cottages on streets that bear the names of Greek Muses, you will understand the irresistible lure of the Garden District.  With its large oak trees, crepe myrtles, hibiscus, and bougainvillea, the sights and scents of the Garden District make it one of New Orleans’ most beautiful neighborhoods.

Mapped out in 1806 by Barthelemy Lafon as an open, semi-urban system of interrelated parks with basins, fountains and canals, the Garden District is bordered by St. Charles Avenue to the north, First Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south and Toledano Street to the west.  Once plantations that were divided into lots and sold to the rising mercantile elite, this area was perfect for those who wanted to settle outside of the crowded French Quarter.  Named the “Garden District” because each block only had two houses surrounded by a large garden, this area soon became the premier place to design and build a luxurious home.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Garden District remains the city’s most prestigious neighborhood with many of its homes showcasing the prosperity of New Orleans during that time period.

Expanding The Garden

With its stately white-columned Greek Revival mansions and double-galleried Italianate houses, the Garden District wasn’t always about gardens.  In fact, up until the late 18th century, the only residential outdoor spaces in New Orleans were paved areas used for cows.  It was the residents of the Garden District who had the innovative idea to have their backyards serve as a luxurious oasis to the crowded city.  With the perfect southern climate to make a year round garden with camellias, magnolias, azaleas, jasmine, roses, with a tropical flair of palms and elephant ears and Birds of Paradise, the magic and romance of this neighborhood was born.

And when lush outdoor space is at a premium, such as in the backyards of these stately homes, the next natural step was to make it functional by adding a shaded outdoor area.  Amy Freese, Doerr’s Senior Director of Merchandising explained, “The current trend in the Garden District is to add more outdoor living space.  Just imagine getting the best of both worlds, beautiful home situated minutes from all the excitement of Downtown New Orleans, yet the peaceful, restful serenity of your own backyard.”

Certainly if you already have lush dazzling gardens equipped with a water fountain, fancy terrace or gazebos, you would want the ability to entertain in this majestic space.  “Residents began to replace the decorative wrought iron pieces with comfortable chairs and sofas when they started adding covered patios and outdoor kitchens,” Freese added.

To compliment their beautiful gardens, Amy had outdoor furniture recommendations to fit every style and taste. From Klaussner’s, featuring elaborate frame designs that resemble wrought iron to the more elegant Winston and Braxton Culler.

Klaussner’s Simple Elegance dining furniture offers outdoor living that is comfortable, stylish and durable with customized seating and versatile fabric colors that gives you choices to match all your outdoor needs.


Furniture resembling wrought iron but more cozy.

Winston caters to the style-conscious yet discriminating consumer, by offering 29 furniture collections, in 550 different fabrics and 12 frame finishes.  You can special order your furniture in the style, fabric and finish that suits your needs and have it arrive within a few weeks.

Comfortable and durable glider sofa.

Comfortable and durable glider sofa.

Known for their distinctive lightweight Wicker and Rattan, Braxton Culler specializes in beautiful outdoor furnishings, from complete sofa and chair sets to individual swivel rockers.  With your choice of over 1,000 fabrics, 15 unique wood finishes and 20 shades of wicker, there is something for every taste.

Wicker & Rattan adds elegance to any outdoor setting.

Wicker & Rattan adds elegance to any outdoor setting.

5 Steps to Give Your Room a Makeover

Summer is well under-way, and we know you’re busy! So busy in fact, that you probably haven’t had time to give your home that summer feel. At Doerr Furniture, we completely understand this, and have some expert tips to help you refresh your home affordably.

1. Use patterns to add interest, color and depth to your room.

Our first recommendation is that before you mix patterns throughout your room, you can start with accent pillows.  First lay out all your possible pattern choices and group them by color.  Once you group the different shades of color, you can focus on which pattern will work best.  Selecting an odd number of patterns works best, so pick 3 or 5 patterns in three different scales.  A large scale pattern should be the biggest and boldest and incorporate all the colors in the room.  Next pick a medium pattern that incorporates most of the colors and a small pattern that highlights two or three colors.  Finally, look at the relationships between the scale of pattern and color and read the room as a whole.

You can add contrast by working with different colors and different scales of pattern.

You can add contrast by working with different colors and different scales of pattern.

2. Make “scale” work for you.

How your furniture is arranged in a room not only affects the flow of traffic but also the mood of the room.  “Scale” refers to how the furnishings fit in your room and how they look next to each other.  If your furnishings have a similar scale, you will have a more serene look, however, to add visual interest you can vary furniture with different physical qualities of height, depth and width.  People always think that the room is bigger than it is, so make sure you have your measurements with you whenever you are shopping for furniture or accessories.

3. Pay attention to lighting.

Lighting is extremely important because it affects how we see color.  When a color looks different under varied conditions, it is referred to as metamerism.  Some colors, such as grays, taupes, gray-blue, gray-greens, lavenders, and mauves are more metameristic than others.

Because there is a complex interplay between the reflected colors from furnishings, wall, window, and floor coverings in a room, you need to make your selections under the correct lighting in your actual space.  Natural light will provide the best balance between the warm and cool ends of the light spectrum however it is not consistent.  Pay attention to where your natural light is coming from at different times of the day and under various weather conditions.

Lighting will affect the color of your room.

Lighting will affect the color of your room.

4. Try different textures.

Adding texture not only adds dimension to a room, it also sets the mood.  Silky pillows and velvet slipcovers make a space more formal, while denim slipcovers and corduroy pillows add a comfortable feel.  Note that the texture of a fabric will affect the appearance of color because different textures absorb and reflect light off their surface.  Satin and silks reflect light whereas wool will absorb light and make the color look warmer.

Different textures can bring added depth and character to your room.

Different textures can bring added depth and character to your room.

5. Create an accent wall.

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.  First use similar colors in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings to create a seamless transition from space, then decide where you want the eye to focus for the most impact.  Pull your accent color from your rug or furniture and create a focal point for your art or a particular area of interest, such as a fireplace.

There you have it! Our expert advice from our team of design consultants! Hope these tips help you transform your home into the summer oasis you look forward to enjoying every day.

Finding Furniture Styles To Blend With The Flavor Of Your Neighborhood: The Marigny


A home in the second New Orleans suburb Faubourg Marigny.


Faubourg, the French word for “false town”, refers to a suburb that is governed by a city but is outside of its boundaries.  The second New Orleans suburb, the Faubourg Marigny was created in 1806 by Bernard Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, who after inheriting his father’s plantation, subdivided it and sold the land in parcels.  Originally settled by French-speaking free people of color, working class whites, and immigrants, it is now home to mix of native New Orleans and recent transplants who blend old-style and contemporary bohemianism with an overall artistic flair.


The Marigny suffered from neglect and deterioration in the 1950’s when the working class began moving to larger suburbs.  Located at the corner of Elysian Fields and Burgundy Street since 1938, Doerr Furniture has witnessed many changes to the Marigny neighborhood.  Shane Mutter, President and CEO of Doerr said the neighborhood was at its lowest point when it was filled with abandoned houses and crime was on the rise.  But in 1971 when the New Orleans City Council adopted historic zoning for the Marigny, its revitalization began.  Native New Orleanians and recent “transplants” to the Marigny renovated many of the creole and classic cottages, often saving them from the jaws of demolition.  “Now, the area surrounding us is thriving.  People continue to move here, buy houses and take the time and money to refurbish them.  The best part is you can tell they are doing it from the heart; not just to make a buck and leave,” Mutter said.


With its vibrant architecture, from quaint shotguns and colorful cottages to modern townhomes, history and urban blend into a perfect harmony in the Marigny.  And because people who live there truly appreciate art, they freely mix color and style.  As Amy Freese, Doerr’s Senior Director of Merchandising explained, “In the Marigny, they have the confidence to blend different styles, such as antiques with contemporary pieces, tend to lean towards bold and brilliant colors, and are always on the lookout for creative designs”.

The current trend in the Marigny is to purchase home furnishings that are made from repurposed and recycled materials. “The Marigny, because of its history, is a place that mixes old and new and has an appreciation for revitalized pieces,” Freese added.   For example, the coffee tables from MobCityMetals are made from the hoods of vintage automobiles.  Each piece is unique and comes with its own story and personality.


A unique coffee table made from MobCity Metals on display in Doerr!

Boho themed rugs, such as Surya line are made to look aged.  They have antique patterns that have been updated to add color and artistic flair to any room.


These rugs are made to look aged and have been updated to add color to any space.

Finally, if you are looking for that eclectic piece of functional art, try this wall art from The Recycler.  These wonderful pieces are made from recycled materials bicycles and are not only functional and repurposed, they are also a great conversation piece.


This is one of many pieces made from recycled and re-purposed bicycle parts.

 Over the last 78 years, Doerr Furniture has adapted to the changing rhythm of the Marigny, by understanding its history and current trends.  Offering a variety of quality solid wood furniture designed to fit the smaller scale of the historic homes as well as mid-century to contemporary furniture, Doerr has a style to fit every taste.

The Great Leather Sell Off

Take advantage of Doerr Furniture’s biggest leather sale ever! In fact this is the biggest leather sale in Doerr’s history! We have too much leather inventory and it all has to go!

Doerr Furniture Leather Selloff

Get this beautiful leather sofa for only $2,069, regularly $3,449.

Leather sofas, sectionals, chairs and recliners all need to be sold off immediately to make room for new inventory!  Stop in and get your favorite furniture by your favorite designers for unbelievable prices. Save up to 35% Off on Stickley leather products. Get 40% off all Palliser leather furniture and enjoy up to 12 months special financing.

Doerr Furniture Leather Sell Off

Save up to 35% Off on leather Stickley furniture.

Don’t miss this opportunity to save on luxury leather furniture only at Doerr Furniture! Also be sure to look into free mattress delivery! On any mattress purchase of $699 or more and within 100 miles of our store.

An Unparalleled Year End Celebration You Can’t Miss

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Enjoy 1/2 Off on this beautiful table and chairs set!

Clean up the excess wrapping paper, put the tape away and lace up your shoes Doerr Furniture is throwing a year end celebration you’ll want to be a part of.

There’s only one week left in 2015, so, here’s the deal. We have too much inventory and we need your help. In order to get rid of this inventory half of the store has been marked at 1/2 Off prices.  That’s right, between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4th get half off half of the store.

Doerr Furniture, Doerr 1/2 Off Sale

1/2 Off on this blue sofa during Doerr’s 1/2 Off Half of the Store sale.

Take advantage of dining sets starting at $569. Get queen beds for as low as $510. Spruce up you living space with a brand new sofa starting at $1,149. Maybe all you need to give your space that extra pizzazz is a new rug? Visit the Doerr rug gallery and enjoy up to 60% savings on unique rugs.

Doerr Furniture, Half Off Sale

Leather Recliner 1/2 Off for Doerr’s Half Off Sale.

During the 1/2 Off half of the store sale don’t forget to take advantage of 12 months special financing and Doerrs complimentary In-Home Design services. Whatever your home decorating needs, Doerr Furniture can help you this holiday season. See you soon!

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Holiday Inspiration. Donate and Save!

There’s never been a better time than now to help our communities while saving on home furnishings at Doerr Furniture during Doerr FurnitureHoliday Donate and Save special.

Doerr Furniture, Vaughan Bassett, Doerr Holiday Donate and Save

A Vaughan Bassett bed set available at Doerr.

This week at Doerr Furniture there’s never been a better time to give back to our local communities and save on new furniture and mattresses. We believe that giving back creates a positive influence in our community and is a part of who we are and why nobody does it like Doerr!


Doerr Furniture, Flexsteel, Holiday Donate and Save

A Flexsteel St. Albert recliner available during Doerr’s Holiday Donate and Save special.

So, here’s how you can pay it forward. Take $50 or more. Pick a charity of your choice, and donate the money to that charity.  When you bring in a donation receipt we will take up to $2,999. The more you donate the more you save!

Doerr Furniture, Magnussen Home, Holiday Donate and Save

Contemporary accents like rustic iron legs, metal casters and rivet-edged metal supports reinforce the subtle character of the distressed natural pine.

Impact your world by impacting someone else’s world this holiday season. It doesn’t matter who you are. Everyone has the ability, especially during the holidays, to make that special magic happen for others. In order to take advantage, you’ve gotta’ pay it forward and make the magic happen for others.

Come one. Come All. You’re All Invited!

Doerr, Holiday Part Century Furniture

Celebrate With Doerr and meet Alex Shuford III.

Look no further for an early holiday soiree! Join us this season to sip and socialize at New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles’ Fete Maison being hosted at Doerr Furniture.

Doerr Furniture, Holiday Party

Quality craftsmanship goes into all Century Furniture pieces.

Register free of charge for Doerr’s Holiday Party and show up Thursday, December 3rd from    6-8 pm for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and good company. Including the company of  Alex Shuford, III, President of Century Furniture. Century Furniture has provided top tier, upper-end residential furniture for the last 68 years. Alex Shufford III took over as Century Furniture president in July of 2013 making the succession of the third family generation to lead the notable company.

Please register, and join us at Doerr Furniture to learn about Century as a leader in the American home furnishings design industry; how they maintain levels of superior workmanship, and about the rich historical Century Furniture craft, quality and process. Don’t forget to bring a canned food item for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank to receive a Doerr Furniture gift certificate.

Durham Furniture savings during Black Friday Offer

Doerr Furniture, Black Friday Offers

Durham Furniture Panel Bed on display at Doerr.

This Black Friday Doerr Furniture is pulling out all the stops for our biggest Black Friday Offer. For the first time at Doerr Furniture get 3 years Special Financing on America’s Best Furniture and Mattresses! Right now you can also get a FREE floor length Mirror with the purchase of select bed frames and two additional pieces.

Doerr Furniture Black Friday Offer

Vineyard Creek sleigh bed on display at Doerr Furniture.

Now through Dec 14 during Doerr Furniture’s Black Friday Offers, purchase any  Durham Furniture bed along with 2 additional pieces and get a floor length mirror free. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and now is the time to revamp the guest room for holiday visitors. Or use the Black Friday Offer to complete a rustic look for your vacation cottage. Whatever your bedroom furniture needs, take advantage of Doerr Furniture’s Black Friday Offer.

Doerr Furniture, Black Friday Offer

Bachelors chest from the Glen Chase collection by Durham Furniture available during Doerr’s Black Friday Offer.

Plus, make your holiday perfect with our complimentary interior design services,a $250 Value. We’ll help you get everything just right. Visit us now through December 14th and be sure to look at all of the Doerr Furniture Black Friday Offers.

Stressless Home Saving Special

Doerr Furniture, Stressless home sale

This classic collection delivers all of the comfort you would expect from Stressless with all of the style you would expect from Doerr Furniture

Right now is a great time to let the stress of daily routine slip off your shoulders. A foolproof way to live stress free is by sliding off your shoes and sinking into a Stressless sofa from Doerr. Take old country quality and forge a new, Stressless life with Doerr’s trend setting, innovative Stressless sofas and recliners.

Doerr Furniture, Stressless recliners

The Stressless Skyline balances between a traditional and modern design, and therefore fits perfectly in both modern and traditional settings.

During the Stressless Home Saving Special at Doerr you’ll have your pick of countless Stressless furniture pieces. Cultivate the ultimate seating environment when you purchase any Stressless home seating and receive up to $1,500 off until Oct. 26. Don’t forget to ask about customizing your Stressless piece. Doerr makes custom design a smooth and pain free process. In fact the process is such a breeze Doerr will even deliver your brand new Stressless pieces right to your door.

Doerr Furniture, Stressless home sale

The combination of soft lines in the cushion and the armrest’s rounded shape creates an exclusive look.

Unrestricted movement is key to true comfort across the board, from daily routine to relaxation. The Stressless home savings special going on at Doerr through Oct. 26 provides just that, unparalleled comfort.

Hardwood Stickley Pieces Available for Fall Sale

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Classic Mahogany dining collection from Stickley.

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays and Doerr’s complimentary Interior Design services can help you make everything just the way you imagine it. There has never been a better time than now to spruce up your home and with Stickley Furniture you’ll be creating memories for generations to come.

“After my husband and I wed, we purchased a Stickley bedroom set instead of airline tickets. The honeymoon isn’t over— with us or with Stickley.” Margaret Young said.

During the Fall Stickley sale at Doerr Furniture you’ll find special savings on Heirloom quality solid wood furniture.  Stickley will compliment any style from Mission to Modern and you can customize just about every aspect of your furniture. Explore the new fabrics and top grain leathers plus there’s even an infinite number of paint colors to choose from. Doerr makes custom design furniture easy and painless. In fact we’ll take care of everything from your imagination to red carpet delivery at your home. Nobody does it like Doerr.

Doerr Furniture, Stickley Louisiana, Fall Stickley Sale

Stickley Fingerlakes dining collection.

“It was our love of nature that brought us to Stickley… The natural and well-made pieces are still innovative today.” Cachelle Caito Said.

These are the types of business practices Doerr Furniture supports. These are the quality pieces we here at Doerr want to provide and offer for you. Now through Oct. 26 Doerr Furniture will be offering half-off on every solid wood Stickley bed and dining room table. Enjoy up to 35 percent off on matching items like nightstands and dining chairs plus 12 months special financing* during our Stickley fall sale.

Doerr Furniture, Stickley Louisiana, Fall Stickley Sale

Upholstered low post bed from Stickley.

“To me, the name Stickley means more than quality—it’s a smart investment” Marvin Riedel said.

Whether you enjoy simple elegance or a more decorative style, you’ll find the style that best suits you.

Doerr Furniture, Stickley Louisiana, Fall Stickley Sale

Stickley solid wood bed collection.