Interior Crush: Sara Costello's New Orleans Mansion – A Little Leopard
Interior Crush: Sara Costello's New Orleans Mansion – A Little Leopard

Interior Crush: Sara Costello's New Orleans Mansion – A Little Leopard

Today features a special double-header interior crush/life goals in the form of Sara Ruffin Costello, editor and interior designer extraordinare whose repoirtorie includes such valuted names as VogueThe New York Times and oh, you know, founding creative director of Domino. I guess you could say this also makes her my #womancrushwednesday, to put it very, very mildly.

I stumbled on Costello’s home while reading another of my favorite interior design blogs, Lark & Linen, yesterday. Yep, literally yesterday — that’s how excited I am about this space! When I saw Domino in the post title, I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn’t know just how good it would be until I clicked through…

Costello moved with her family from New York City to New Orleans, Louisiana, into what her husband Paul called “a chic disaster.” With the help of architect Michael Carbine and the home’s original decorator Gerrie Bremermann, the couple turned it from chic disaster to chic, livable family home. And I want to move in, please. It helps that, according to this article in The New York Times’ T Magazine, they hang out with the likes of Solange Knowles and Reese Witherspoon and throw really cool parites (see: below video). #casual

But enough about my total girlcrush on Sara. Let’s take a peek at her New York City meets Southern Charm dream house, shall we? For starters, the exterior looks straight out of Gone With the Wind, and I am not at all mad about it:


Ugh, I could just live in that living room forever! My personal interior style definitely tends more toward “scandi-minimalist with a touch of glam,” but there is something really timeless and lovely about Sara’s eclectic style. It’s a gorgeous space that clearly belongs to New York high-society folks, but it also has a story, and it looks like people actually live here. I love that.

And, for the rest of us peasants who aren’t New York high-society folks, One Kings Lane did a shoppable profile on Sara’s home so you can bring a little bit of that eclectic, urban-meets-Southern look to your own space. Shop some of my favorite pieces inspired by Sara’s home below (some of which are admittedly more budget-friendly than others):

What do you think? Are you a fan of this New Orleans home? (And for those of you in shoeboxes like me…don’t worry. Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool 2016 is here, which means more small space inspiration is right around the corner!)

All images via One Kings Lane.