If you're a design enthusiast and a New Orleans fanatic like me, you know Bryan Batt as a co-owner (with his partner Tom Cianfichi) of one of NOLA's finest décor boutiques, Hazelnut. I featured the boutique back in February of '08, and now Batt is set to ink his own home décor book. If you're just mad for Mad Men, you know him as Sterling-Cooper's in-the-closet, recently fired art director Salvatore Romano.
This month, House Beautiful is getting to know him, too. The shelter glossy has the lowdown on Batt's bedroom behavior, from his no-TV rule to his underbed storage, and of course, his bedroom décor resources.
I'm always interested to see where people get their design inspiration. So it was fun to hear about the jumping off point for his bedroom design:
The painting is the whole point of the room. It's by a friend of mine. Suzie Allain, who's a local artist and designer here in New Orleans. She showed some things at Hazelnut, my store here, and I fell in love with this series of bamboo stalks. She did this for me custom and then the room evolved around it.
See more excerpts from the issue.
One of my favorite tidbits from the magazine's Q&A was also his response to the question of how he juggles life as an actor and still runs Hazelnut:
Life is not an either/or proposition. You can do many things — you just have to be organized! And thank God for Tom Cianfichi, my partner in life and in the store. We both love design, entertaining, and giving just the right presents, so that's why we've focused on gifts, furnishings, tabletop objects, and beautiful home accessories. Everything is new. There's a lot of color, and a sense of whimsy. I love things that make you smile.
lt's very true that "Life is not an either/or proposition." Batt, who appeared in nine Broadway shows before you ever knew him as Sal, has really solidified himself as a man of many talents — something that few actors do.
If you're ever in New Orleans, you really must make a point to stop by Hazelnut. I've bought countless gifts there, and it's also been a great source of inspiration for me. Cianfichi, who is warm and lively with wonderful taste, seems to run the shop day-to-day, but you may get a glimpse of Batt, too.