Bringing Early American Style to the University Area

CHERYL GERBER

Located in the University Area of New Orleans, the circa 1920s Federal-style home of Timothy “Tim” Fields is a study in simplicity. “I have always admired all things in the Federal style, from architecture to furnishings,” Fields says. “The architecture is associated with the early American Republic, and I like it because it’s balanced, symmetrical and simple, while I enjoy Federal-style furniture that I consider elegant, classic and timeless.”

Enter the iron-fenced front garden through the vine-covered gate, and view the tree-shaded two-story home on a corner lot. It is definitely classic Federal-style architecture. “I liked everything about the house when I first saw it in 2006,” continues Fields, an attorney with his own law firm. “I especially noted that it had large living and dining rooms, since I enjoy entertaining.”

Now filled with fine Federal-style furniture, the main formal rooms are much in keeping with what Fields learned to love growing up in Virginia. “My grandmother, Nannie B. Patrick, loved Federal antiques and I always wanted a house with formal rooms furnished elegantly just like hers. Fortunately, I inherited many of her fine antiques that now fit perfectly in my home.”

For guidance, Fields brought in Chet Pourciau, a well-known designer. “I needed Chet’s talent to help me make the formal, yet comfortable, home I envisioned,” he says. “While I wanted the living and dining room to be formal, I also wanted my new kitchen, den and outdoor entertaining area to be modern with lots of style.”

Pourciau gave Fields everything he asked for and more. “In the living room and dining room, I showcased his fine antiques, art and accessories, while I designed a dramatically handsome new den and kitchen across the rear of the house,” Pourciau explains. “Then I addressed Tim’s desire for the perfect outdoor entertaining location by adding a large deck and an adjoining courtyard with a formal fountain.

“It’s the perfect house for entertaining,” Fields explains. “I have had seated brunches for 24, birthday parties for 50 and indoor-outdoor celebrations for 100. This house has everything I want, and I never tire of enjoying the modern kitchen, den and outdoor entertaining area.”

You Might Also Like

Renovated Home of the Year

The Lake Vista home of Donna and Tom Russell is a work of art.

Clean Sweep

Spring is the perfect time to de-clutter and freshen up your home.

Judging for Themselves

Janet Daley and Stanwood Duval saw the light in this Uptown home.

On the Move

With the right tools, even moving day can be infused with little luxuries.

Preservation Resource Center: First Time Renovator Training

Suzanne Blaum discusses the PRC's "Renovate Right" program.

Add your comment:

Latest Posts

On the Move

With the right tools, even moving day can be infused with little luxuries.

Five Cheap Red Wines

Some grapes and the wines they make are available at lower prices than you might have imagined.

Checking in on New Year's Resolutions

Trying to stick to fun New Year's resolutions

Preservation Resource Center: First Time Renovator Training

Suzanne Blaum discusses the PRC's "Renovate Right" program.

Preserving Jazz History

Four places in New Orleans to explore the city's jazz history