photographed by buff strickland
We have to admit — as much as we’d like to claim scouting credit — that artist Miranda Lake fell into our lap by some sort of strange magic. We’d just been discussing reader comments in a meeting and lamenting that you (our lovely readers) were ready to see something different in terms of home tours. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find something historic? Something colorful… maybe even a little eclectic? The planets aligned for us quickly that week and boom: an email from our friend Buff with an attached photo of Miranda’s backyard. We were intrigued.
When I arrived in New Orleans in April I was overwhelmed by the pure cool of Miranda’s space. Her 1910 Victorian shotgun is a maximalist dream — a home layered with meaningful and magical objects. Talking with Miranda, one quickly recognizes that every piece has a story. Her home is a living, breathing entity. And she herself is 100% artist: we talked about her soul cities (New Orleans is one, Cape Town is the other), the beauty of a jazz funeral procession, and how a humongous chrome double-decker bus came to live in her backyard (“It’s a big, shiny, happy pill for all to enjoy,”). Under the spell of Miranda’s hundred year old house, our photoshoot/interview naturally dissolved into an epic hangout session that lasted all afternoon. Join us as we spend the day with Miranda and discover a magnetic space that only an artist could create.