The estate of beloved writer Julia Reed, will be offered online in Neal Auction’s Important Winter Estates Auction February 5–7, and in celebration of Julia’s life, today we will revisit her beautiful New Orleans homes. Julia was a consummate hostess and lifestyle known for parties that “laissez bons temps roulez” – New Orleans’ unofficial motto for “let the good times roll!” Today we will take a peek inside her apartment in the city’s historic Garden District and her former home which she documented in The House on First Street.
“Above all else, people were core and essential to Julia’s life, and her decorating followed suit,” said Julia’s interior designer Thomas Jayne (a TGP favorite), of Jayne Design Studio. “She was deeply influenced by her grandmother’s houses in Nashville. She was sentimental, and her rooms and things had a lot of sentiment.”
First let’s start with a few highlights from the auction… proceeds will benefit the Julia Evans Reed Charitable Trust.
The Homes of Julia Reed
Julia’s Garden District apartment, was actually two apartments the previous tenant had knocked into one. The flat has more square footage than her previous home, and Julia faced the challenge of repositioning furniture and decor that had lived in a series of rooms (two parlors, a dining room, a library, and a big sunroom) into essentially two big rooms. One of her biggest challenges of decorating her apartment was arranging furniture without a fireplace as a focal point. “My old house had two big fireplaces in both of the parlors,” she told One Kings Lane. “It was kind of weird having these huge, huge, almost loftlike rooms.” So she called upon her friends Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt of Brockschmidt & Coleman to help. “Right now I think the best description for my style would be ‘magpie.’ All the things I’ve collected over almost 30 years have been dropped in here with me—into my giant nest!”
Julia’s Garden District Apartment
The House on First Street
Julia’s celebrated former home, a three-story 19th century Greek Revival in the Garden District, was decorated by AD100 interior designer and historian, Thomas Jayne. It has been featured in numerous pulications and documented in Julia’s book, The House on First Street.
About Julia Reed:
A Mississippi native, Julia Reed began writing about presidential politics and fashion for Vogue before focusing on Southern life and food. She later wrote about food and culture for publications including the New York Times, Elle Decor, Garden & Gun, and The Wall Street Journal. She authored several books including One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood; Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style for All Year Long; But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry; Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena; The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story; and Julia Reed’s New Orleans: Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll. Julia Reed died of cancer in August 2020. She was 59.