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Reclaimed Pieces & Vintage Finds Transform a New Orleans Bungalow

by Garrett Fleming

For about eight years, Patrick was kicking it solo in his New Orleans, LA Craftsman. He’d spend time in the gardens doing maintenance here and cleaning up there, tending to what he admits was a pretty cookie-cutter-style home. Then his partner Alex Geriner, the founder of Doorman Designs, came into the picture. For the first bit of their relationship they made little updates around the house, until one year ago when the transformation truly started to take off and Alex moved in. After the move-in, the two vowed to inject more personality into their home and have since turned the simple space into a treasure trove of vintage finds and reclaimed goods.

Alex’s background in furniture design has had a major impact on the home’s current style. His studio makes everything from dressers to bed frames, all of which are featured throughout his and Patrick’s house. Most of the pieces are made out of found wood Alex has brought back from all over the place: some pieces are from Indonesia, some are from right there in New Orleans. Keep an eye out for the 500-pound cypress table in the living room. It’s a stunner.

Peppered about the reclaimed items is a curated collection of vintage finds. Both men have a penchant for throwback pieces, and when they moved in together they started combing through their existing inventory as well as snagging new items to enrich each room. The pair ended up with so much art, for example, they’ve have been able to create gallery walls in many of the three-bedroom, two-bath house’s rooms. One honors their love of birds, while another captures their flair for the eclectic. Overall, this touch and more has truly transformed what was once your typical Craftsman into a home that captures its owners’ personalities and tastes. Click through to take a look at how the bungalow has come together over the past year. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Alex Geriner

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The canopy bed in the guest room (available here) is one of Alex's favorite Doorman Designs pieces. He just loves making it for customers. On Saturdays you can find him snuggled up here, reading amongst pillows he made from fabric brought back from Cambodia and a fan he found while in Saigon. It's these mementos that make the guest room particularly special.
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Alex moved in with his partner Patrick about a year ago. Since then, Alex has lovingly curated a collection of vintage and one-of-a-kind finds to dot the bungalow's interior. Patrick, on the other hand, prides himself on maintaining the outside of their home. Gardening and keeping the yard spick and span are his passions.
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A bold dresser found at a consignment shop and vintage artwork in the guest room.
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The striking walls -- doused in a richer version of Pantone's color of the year -- get their hue thanks to a couple coats of Valspar "Redstone Osgood Green."
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The dining room table is made from a 2,000-year-old cypress tree and weights 500 pounds. It's "sinker wood," which is a piece of wood that's been on the bottom of a river and preserved by cool water. This process gives it a patina like no other. While beautiful, the table was a beast to handle. Alex and Patrick had to hoist it onto the porch with rope and wheel it into their bungalow. Unbeknownst to them, the cart it was on left marks on the wood floor as they rolled it in. It was that heavy! Once in place, they reinforced the floor below. "We were afraid that we’d come home and the table would have fallen through the floor!" Alex exclaims.
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The living room features one of Alex's favorite finds: a coffee table he constructed from a 25-million-year-old fossil from Indonesia.
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The living room's mixture of the new and the old creates a "warm and cozy" vibe Alex and Patrick adore. The sofa is from Ethan Allen, and the side tables were a stellar secondhand find. Before landing here, they lived in a Harvard teachers' lounge. Those side tables were a no-brainer, but finding the perfect armchair proved to be a point of contention for the couple. Luckily, after months of searching they both agreed on this zippy orange option.
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Pieces salvaged from the Detroit Water Department climb up the wall next to Alex's prized possession: a 1960s record player he got from his aunt and uncle. It always brings forth fond childhood memories. As a kid he'd visit them in Mississippi and together they'd listen to country and gospel music as it chugged out of the piece.
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After a long day, the soothing colors in Alex and Patrick's bedroom beckons them to unwind and settle both their minds and bodies. The bedding is by Robert Allen, and it's topped with pillows by Nate Berkus. Global Views sculptures grace the bedroom walls which are painted in Martha Stewart "Gabardine."
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Patrick and Alex both love birds. So much so, when they moved in together the pair realized between the two of them there was an entire "flock of bird art." The set of matching prints belonged to Alex's grandmother, and New Orleans artist Michael Guidry painted the yellow piece.
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Alex made this dresser out of salvaged cypress wood found in the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. It's one of his team's favorite pieces and sits pretty next to a vintage rug and a lamp from West Elm.
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This painting of a little girl gets snubbed by many houseguests, but Alex loves it. "I think she’s beautiful. She stares at me from the foot of the bed, and it’s like she’s reading my mind," he says. She hangs below a slice of wood Alex's mom gave him for this birthday. The juxtaposing styles fit the room's eclectic look perfectly.
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Alex's best friend gave him this vintage Knoll chair -- which plays guard to Patrick's cacti collection -- in exchange for watching his plants while he was away.
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The back patio used to be a carport, but Patrick ripped off the low-hanging ceiling and replaced it with one of the vaulted variety. Post renovation, the tropical space has become the couple's party hub and served as the backdrop to crawfish boils and pumpkin carving parties. The hammock chairs are from Wayfair, and the dining chairs are from World Market.
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"What I love most about my home is that it embraces my creative dreams," -- Alex Geriner
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Built in 1920, Alex and Patrick's New Orleans, LA home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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