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Ann Koerner Antiques, New Orleans
19th-c French bench and African rug

19th-c French bench and African rug

What I love most about Ann Koerner Antiques (4021 Magazine Street, New Orleans, http://annkoerner.com), other than the updated Gustavian decor, is Ann’s skill at creating unexpected yet entirely harmoneous collages of art, furniture, and decorative objects. Rooted in history, inclusive, and surprising, her selections perfectly express Southern Cosmopolitan style.

Written about in House Beautiful, Southern Accents, The New York Times, and other publications, Ann shares the secrets of her approach to collecting and decorating with you here:

koerner-chair-detail“I always go for the really fine, extraordinary pieces like this 18th century Italian arm chair. The carving is a flawless expression of the time and place this piece represents. I also like the fact that this is the original finish. It looks old. If you leave the finish alone–and even the upholstery, if possible–the true quality of the piece comes through so beautifully.

koerner-shop-chairs2This 18th century Swedish cabinet has very fine, champfered paneling. Its size, the texture of its worn paint, and detail gives it a lot of presence in any room. The chairs (also Swedish) are rococo in style, with beautifully carved cabriole legs. I love the color and texture of the old leather seats and painted wood. They go so beautifully against the pale gray cabinet.

koerner-shop-window-resizedThe  iron-frame orangerie window (French, 19th century) is one of a pair. I mirrored the other one with silver leaf. The 20th-century Lucite chair has wonderful, true lines, which is why it can mix well with pieces from another period. I love putting modern pieces with very simple lines next to older ones. Clear pieces like these play beautifully with the light–and almost disappear.

18th c. Swedish cupboard & English regency chair

The experience of shopping at Ann Koerner Antiques is not just an acquisitive one, but an inspirational one as well. Even if you’re “Just looking…”, you’ll go home and look at your own surroundings in a new way.
Ann Koerner at home
Swedish cabinet & Balinese table in Ann's house

Swedish cabinet & Balinese table in Ann's house

Ann, who is also an interior decorator, expresses this open-ended aesthetic in her nearby house, featured in The Southern Cosmopolitan. In the living room, a Swedish cabinet, Balinese table, and 20th century American painting create a dynamic yet serene composition.
21st c. Italian glass & 19th c. chairs chez Ann

21st c. Italian glass & 19th c. chairs chez Ann

In the dining room, bold contemporary Italian glass contrasts with delicate 19th c. American chairs.

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