Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Be sure to pick up a copy of Saturday's Times Picayune, as the "Inside Out" section will feature my "what's hot for 2010." A big thanks to TP Staff Writer Molly Reid for writing the piece! Below are some of the items in my showroom that will be featured:
Kemp Desk by Julian Chichester: $2595.00
Monaco Armchair by Julian Chichester: $2925.00
Too Sexy Sadie Chair by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams:$921.00
I also want to wish a very healthy and prosperous New Year to all!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Be sure to check out my next live segment this Friday @ 8:40am on Fox8, as I will be sharing all of my ideas for this holiday season, so don't miss it. Also be sure to check back periodically and the video will be posted as it becomes available!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Join us this Saturday, December 5 for our "soft opening." We will be open for retail, so if you are on Magazine St, come stop by and check out the new space. We are located at 3650 Magazine St, on the corner of Magazine and Amelia, so be sure to check us out. I would also like to announce that my next segment on Fox8 will be Friday, December 11 @ 8:40. Check back often for more details....See you all on Saturday!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
We wish Mýa luck as she releases her 6th studio album due out this year on her independent label, entitled Planet 9.
I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the New Orleans African American Museum! This will be one of my most gratifying projects to date and cannot wait to get started! Check back frequently for updates and details!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
October’s New Orleans Magazine features Chet Pourciau Design at its finest. The article walks the reader through a prime example of how Porciau’s unique blend of unrefined genius and malleable client vision come together to create a polished masterpiece. Upon reading, one can take a virtual first hand tour of Pourciau’s work shown through Tony Clesi’s quaint, Victorian Uptown home. Pourciau seamlessly transforms the home into a voyage through a cache of world culture and personal achievement. The design blends perfectly an “eclectic taste for contemporary and traditional art” with an “envelope of color” that makes each room an inimitable and vibrant experience.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Forum For Equality
|Leonard Pitts Jr.||Media Acclaim Award|
|Heidi Nagele Chapman||Community Health Acclaim Award|
|Ricky Graham||Arts & Entertainment Acclaim Award|
|James Wiggins||Political Activism Acclaim Award|
|Judge Michael Bagneris||Political Leader Acclaim Award|
|American Civil Liberties Union||Chair's Acclaim Award|
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Forum For Equality is a statewide civil rights organization that, by educating our communities and making them participate in the political process, dedicates itself to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government.
Saturday, September 26, 6:30 pm the 20 years of service to Louisiana’s LGBT community will be celebrated and Chet Pourciau will be there to sustain the forum as the Master of Ceremony.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Joshua Hill is a New Orleans native. He shares a natural talent for home decor and carries a keen interest in design. Joshua adds a colorful energy to the team with a forte in choosing fabrics. He brings a fresh and unique element to the table that compliments any room. This passionate, associate designer is backing Chet Pourciau with a dynamite design that will blow your mind! Joshua's style of choice is "Eclectic."
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Special thanks to Wish for supplying the chair, and to Janet Noble for creating the pillow!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- Make necessary repairs. If it's broken, fix it! Buyers overestimate the cost of repairs and will often deduct it from their offers. Buyers will also assume that needed repairs suggest that your house hasn't been well-maintained and that there are likely to be other problems they can't see. Pay attention to burnt light bulbs, chipped or peeling paint, nail holes in the walls, peeling wallpaper, leaky faucet, cracks in caulk or grout, ease of opening windows and doors, any unfinished home improvement projects, and any designated mechanical areas in your home (make sure to dust off this equipment and paint the walls and floor). Of all the repairs you should make before putting your home on the market, painting (interior and exterior) is the best place to invest your money, and it is a simple way to make a dramatic change.
- Clean and re-clean. Everything in your home should be spotless, organized, and squeaky clean! Before showing your house, vacuum thoroughly, dust all surfaces (don't forget ceiling fans/curtains/blinds), polish all shiny surfaces (windows, mirrors, appliances, counters, sinks, etc.), wash all walls/light switch plates/door knobs/etc., clean carpets and upholstery, and make sure that your garage is clean and well organized.
- De-clutter. Don't distract your buyers with too much "stuff." Free up space on your walls, tables, counters, and dressers. Get rid of anything you don't use, clear out 50% of the contents in your closets, remove 50% of items in kitchen drawers and cabinets, and remove 90-95% of personal items from the entire house (this includes family photographs, collectibles, awards, trophies, etc.). A good idea is to rent a storage unit for anything you won't need for the next 1-2 months, any out-of-season items, and any collections - including DVDs and CDs. Remember, when staging, less is more.
- Decorate and accessorize. Staging is not the time to show off your own taste and style, but it is important for your space to be attractive to buyers. Make sure rooms have neutral colors, include fresh flowers or live green plants to liven up a room, put out a few well-placed pretty accessories, open draperies, turn on all the lights, and play soft calming music. Don't forget your patios and decks - these should be treated as rooms with well-arranged furniture.
- Remove pets. Send any pets to live with relatives while your house is on the market, and remove all evidence of pets from your home.
- Be attentive to maintenance. Keep your house vacuumed and dusted at all times, make sure shiny surfaces have no fingerprints or smudges, clean and put away all dishes and laundry, don't let mail pile up, and remember to do the everyday little things - making beds, putting toilet seats down, cleaning hair from drains, etc. Buyers will notice!
- Create curb appeal. The exterior of the home is the first thing buyers will see, so this is your first chance to make a positive impression. Start off the buyer's experience with a neat yard, bright flowers, clean pathway, and inviting front door. Remove clutter, leaves, garbage, and lawn ornaments; create an attractive atmosphere by planting fresh flowers, trimming trees and hedges, and making sure grass is freshly cut. The outside of your house should show no chipping or peeling paint, your siding and gutters should be power-washed free of debris, and your screens and shutters should be hung straight. Ensure that walkways are clean and safe for buyers, and make entering your house a positive experience - put out a new doormat, shine up your door hardware, and make sure that your doorbell works and key turns easily in the lock.
Before: The seller's home office had a LOT going on - shelves loaded down with books and knicknacks, a messy desk, and children's toys scattered on the floor.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Furniture designer Joel Hester and his company The Weld House have created really awesome pieces out of industrial steel and sheet metal, much of which comes from old cars, making these amazing heirloom pieces.
Especially notable are the beds, which comes in a variety of styles. They are edgy and definitely would be the focus of a room!
Go to The Weld House to check out more of his creations!
Also, I will be taping my first LIVE segment on Good Morning New Orleans this Thursday between 5-7am!!! Make sure you tune in or set your DVR!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This past weekend’s New Orleans Home & Garden Show was a huge success in spite of the terrible, terrible weather (yuck!). Of course, my set could not have been as splendid as it was without the help of all my supporters and contributors! I want to give a big thank you to Perch, Bellanoche, Scandinavia Furniture, Arthur Roger Gallery, Urban Earth and Ariodante Gallery.
I’ll keep you posted on when my next segment will air on Good Morning New Orleans!
Here's a peek at what was going on at the Home & Garden Show...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
If you missed it this morning, my new segment on ABC 26’s Good Morning New Orleans aired highlighting the artwork of the kids of YaYa, Inc. (Young Aspirations/Young Artists). The organization is about 20 years old, and gives local kids an opportunity to create artwork which they later sell and use the profits to develop college funds for the participants.
Host Anna Adair and myself visited Helm Paint for this segment to show you how to make beautiful mosaic tiles and use your creative skills to upcycle chairs by painting them in the same manner as the YaYa kids. The tiles are great to make as gifts or to decorate your home with…and our one of a kind painted chair idea is a great way to add pizzazz to your home while keeping eco-friendly and inexpensive. Make sure you use Aura paint, one of the greenest around, when painting your chairs and you can find it at Helm Paint.
For a step-by-step guide, watch the clip below!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The long awaited first segment of Crib Crashers on ABC 26’s Good Morning New Orleans has debuted! Watch as host Anna Adair and I take over SAG award winning actor Bryan Batt’s home in search of fun and inspired design.
You can really see that Bryan’s New Orleans heritage is present throughout his design scheme as he includes pieces that have unique character and infusion of the local flavor. Some highlights are his original brick flooring stamped with plantation initials, an extremely lifelike dog sculpture, and a distinctive bar setup and collection of glassware.
If you missed it Wednesday check it out now!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If you really want your dog to stand out from the rest, play around with these costume ideas and make a jester collar, a glittery vest, or a Mardi Gras themed dog bed made of recycled fleece. Your pooch is sure to love these, and when embellishing for the holiday always remember…the more the merrier!
Canine Culture is a great local boutique for all your dog’s needs, so visit canineculturenola.com to find out more or stop by their store at 8110 Hampson Street in Riverbend.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
New Orleans, LA – November 19, 2008 – As the current economic situation remains uncertain, the real estate market, in particular, is in an especially precarious situation. Many current homeowners can no longer afford their homes and are looking to sell quickly, but are finding it increasingly difficult to sell their properties. This crowded and competitive housing market can be a seller's nightmare, and many times the key to selling a home lies in differentiating it from the crowd.
'Home staging' refers to the concept of making a home more attractive to potential buyers by making relatively minor cosmetic changes.
"The ultimate goal of home staging is to minimize the amount of time your house is on the market while maximizing the amount that it sells for. Staging can allow a homeowner to emphasize or highlight the best aspects of their home while downplaying its flaws, and can lead to a very positive first impression on potential buyers, " said Chet Pourciau of Chet Pourciau Design.
Home staging provides a competitive edge for those looking to sell quickly and at the right price, and is often what sets apart a house that sells from a house that sits on the market.
While staging might initially seem like an unnecessary expense, there is overwhelming evidence proving that it works. Studies have shown that home staging often adds a significant amount to property values, with even the most minimal of investments in staging netting huge returns. In a 2007 Home Gain Survey of over 2000 realtors, it was discovered that sellers who spent as little as $500 on staging services for their home recovered over 343 percent of the cost in the sale of their home. In fact, according to a recent report by the office of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, a staged house sells, on average, over 17 percent higher than an un-staged house.
"Using just a few simple staging techniques can make a real difference in getting your home sold," explains Pourciau. Changes such as cutting down on clutter and personal items, painting rooms neutral colors, increasing curb appeal with basic landscaping, and using the appropriate-sized furniture for each room can have a huge impact on how potential buyers see a house. Hiring professional home stagers who are aware of housing and design trends and are well versed in 'what sells' can provide a significant advantage as well.
Chet Pourciau Design is a premier interior design firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chet Pourciau attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Delgado Community College where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design. He has been featured in several publications including New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Gambit Weekly and The Times Picayune Wish Magazine. Chet is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. For more information, visit www.chetpourciaudesign.com.