Pastry chef Tariq Hanna has called New Orleans home for 9 years. The executive pastry chef and co-owner of the Sucré mini empire, which includes three "sweet boutiques" and the Salon by Sucré tea room, restaurant, and lounge, lives with his wife, Jennifer, and three French bulldogs in a raised Creole cottage in East Riverside. It was the old commercial 8-burner stove that immediately drew Hanna to the house, but its history was also a big selling point for him and Jennifer—it was the first residence built in the neighborhood, erected in the 1830s for the caretaker of the Delachaise sugarcane plantation. Fitting, that a house built on sugar should now be occupied by an award-winning pastry chef and master confectioner. After the caretaker, the house stayed in one family for the next hundred years. "The house is officially haunted," says Tariq.
When they moved down from Farmington Hills, a suburb of Detroit, the Hannas brought with them their favorite mid-century modern pieces and blended them into an eye-catching array of old-meets-new décor. The house is curated with an eclectic selection of vintage ephemera, trendy accent pieces, and an endless array of cool and funky works of art. “It has literally been a seven-year project,” said Tariq, laughing. “And of course, as soon as it’s done, we’re going to change the whole thing again.” From Eames chairs and vintage Catherine Holm cookware to black shelves that hold white objets d’art, here’s your chance to sneak a peek into the Hannas’ carnivalesque Creole cottage.
Jen Laskey is a New York City-based writer and certified sommelier. Her writing has appeared in SAVEUR, In Search of Taste, Food Republic, Playboy, Fodor's Travel guidebooks, and Everyday Health. She is a wine and cocktail columnist for SNOW magazine and the author of Jen's Candy Jar: Artisanal Candy Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions.