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New Orleans Style Makers 2016: Katie Logan & Jensen Killen of Logan Killen Interiors 

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Baton Rouge natives and long-time friends Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen partnered in 2012 as Logan Killen Interiors to design spaces that reflect their shared vision. The result is classic, natural and eclectic interiors. "We strive to always be authentic to the place, our clients and materials used, creating rooms that feel approachable and easy," say the designers, whose work has been featured in Lonny Magazine, Country Living, Design Sponge and Vogue online. This fall, they'll open an interiors and lifestyle boutique on Magazine Street with a mix of antique and vintage items, textiles, home goods and custom furniture.


KATIE LOGAN

What is inspiring you now?
New Orleans always inspires me. Luke Edward Hall is really doing it for me right now. Garden bathrooms. Black and white. Formal gardens. Mexico. Collage art. Isabella Rossellini. Jenni Kayne. Nickey Kehoe. At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin. Solange.

Favorite local brands?
My latest obsession is Sigourney Morrison's custom chain stitch jackets. They are so rad. Other favorites are Loomed, Bern Ceramics and Smoke Perfume. I love following Lila Fox on her adventures through the Constant Tourist (www.theconstanttourist.com). She is so dreamy. Pied Nu, Appartique and Caravan Finds always have treasures, and Little Flea NOLA seems to be the hippest place in town.

Words of wisdom?
Relax a little when it comes to your home. Think about the colors and places that speak to you, how you dress, what makes you feel at ease. Give yourself some room to breath. Bring the outdoors in, and a stripe never hurt anybody.

Favorite style secret?
Cover your walls with art and fill your home with plants. No one will notice anything else, and you will have something to look at besides the kitchen you want to renovate.

Favorite place to hang out?
My backyard. I love for friends to come over, but when I cannot convince them, I like to wander around the French Quarter. Cane and Table is a favorite. I just love a rum cocktail. And somehow, I still always end up at Molly's at the Market at the end of an evening after 12 years in New Orleans.



JENSEN KILLEN

What is inspiring you now?
Between the people, architecture, and culture of New Orleans, there is no shortage of good inspiration. Sara Ruffin Costello's Garden District home is currently in my dreams — that dining room with the green gray walls, Oscar de la Renta window treatments, chintz settee and red pingpong table. It's so just so easy and cool.

Favorite local brands?
Saint Claude jewelry. Sure, I'm a tad biased since the artist is my cousin, but the proof is in the pudding. I also rarely leave the house without a Cool Brew coffee in hand.

Words of wisdom?
My dad always says, "Everything in moderation." I think this can translate to a lot of different aspects of life — food, exercise, personal style, interiors... It's good to mix things up bit.

Favorite style secret?
You want someone to walk into a space and get a feel for who you are. So start with some simple classics, then find pieces that resonate with you, say something about who you are or where you've been. That personal layer is what makes a space feel authentic. And never be afraid to go dark in a small space — the depth will actually make it feel bigger, and a little drama is never a bad idea.

Favorite place to hang out?
A night in, cooking and watching Downton Abbey is my idea of a good time. But when I do make it out, I like to go somewhere with a good charcuterie board and wine selection, like The Delachaise or Bouligny Tavern.

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