Brannan limited the dining room to only two dark wood antiques: a set of graceful yet sturdy French dining chairs and a classic sideboard.
Located right off the foyer, the dining room was deliberately designed to be a lively greeting for guests—the palm tree muraled walls in particular.
Gracious curtains in a warm rust color and an 8- by 11-foot trompe l'oeil screen make the necessary formal, old-world references.
Abstract art by New Orleanian Amanda Talley and a gallery white fireplace add contemporary accents.
The walls in the study are painted in Farrow & Ball's Smoked Trout.
"Children (and parents) deserve rooms that will grow along with them," says Brannan, who used the classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood in her daughter's otherwise neutral room. Learning to live with antiques comes with the territory of being a child in New Orleans. So Brannan wisely incorporated an older cabinet as a bedside table and outfitted it with a pair of fragile but not priceless porcelain lamps.
(Read more about Bowood here... it is one of my favorites!)
"I'm a traditionalist, an old soul, and a chintz fanatic who was heavily influenced by my grandmother, but I'm also not into fuss," says Brannan.