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Retailer Spotlight: Villa Vici

Tanga Winstead

Cheryl Gerber Photograph

Villa Vici is a one-stop interior design resource center offering an extensive variety of furniture lines, fabrics, lighting, wall coverings, original art and accessories ranging in style from traditional to contemporary. It also offers its clients the opportunity to plan their projects with
top interior designers. One of those designers consultants is Tanga Winstead, with 15 years of experience designing and furnishing residential and commercial spaces.

How would you summarize your design philosophy? “Less is more,” but I love to layer and problem-solve. Design is all in the details, but it comes together when balance, scale and textures meet. I like to create a look blending old and new, expensive and inexpensive. Sometimes I deconstruct or reconstruct items for a one-of-a-kind look.

Can you comment on what you see in current color trends? Gray is the new white in architecture and design and the new black in fashion. So it’s showing up everywhere; at the same time gold and brass accents are coming back into vogue. It’s a great accent but just like here at Villa Vici, white always stands the test
of time and looks continually fresh and inviting – not to mention it’s also extremely practical.

How does living in New Orleans influence your design style? We are a vibrant city, alive with characters, color and textures. I try to reflect this uniqueness in my design choices while capturing the essence of the client. With unique architectural spaces you have to get creative with how you use certain rooms and pieces of furniture to serve multi-purpose functions. So many people assume they can’t do modern in a Victorian or Colonial house, but it can give it a fresh and unexpected look. Formal double parlors are seen as wasted space, but the way this city loves to entertain, it becomes the perfect conversion space and less stuffy than originally intended.

Villa Vici
4112 Magazine St.

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