Simple Living Inspiration: ‘Katrina Patina’

by Landis Carey on April 8, 2011

I spent too much time on Thursday watching HGTV. I was feeling under the weather and it’s all I could do. After several shows of watching these experts go to town over-decorating and acting fab-u-lous, I realized HGTV was making me feel totally insecure in my moment of weakness. Yes, our house needs tons of work (remember, you’ve only seen what we’ve finished!) and yes our yard is dead from last summer, but we have to space out improvements as our budget allows.

The entire experience left me feeling less than stellar until I picked up The New York Times and read the article A New Cottage in New Orleans with ‘Katrina Patina’. And there it was: the inspiration I so needed.

As the story unfolded, I was touched by Hurricane Katrina rebuilder Karina Gentinetta. She not only rebuilt her home with her family but she also ditched her corporate job to do what she loves, designing and giving old objects new lives. She says, “Happiness is not a big house…It’s being in each other’s way. That’s what bring memories.” A can-do type of gal, Gentinetta furnished her post-Katrina newly-built home with $12,477 and a lot of creativity.

It’s a sweet story, check it out if you have time. I’m sure you’ll feel inspired by Gentinetta’s humanity and creativity.

Happy Weekend, Friends! XO

(Image: Sara Essex Bradley for The New York Times)

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Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio April 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

So true! Glad you were inspired as I.


Landis Carey April 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sandy! I just went over to your blog and I’m in love. Your style is beautiful and soft and lovely!

Then after clicking around, I realized that the little Catskills cottage I read about in the NY Times last summer, and often dream about, is yours! Oh, wow, I’m awestruck. It was during a relatively difficult time that I read that article and I remember day dreaming about it for weeks. Thank you for your work, talent and the inspiration you provide, as well!


Karina Gentinetta April 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing my story with your followers. I’m so glad you found inspiration in my house! It was my wish that many would find hope and creativity. Thank you again.

Karina Gentinetta


Landis Carey April 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

Karina, I’m amazed it’s you, here commenting on Mint Peach. I’m honored to share your story with my readers; I know they will feel the same way as I do. We can all learn from your story of resolve and resourcefulness, and not to mention your style. I’m here looking at the article and falling deeper for your eclectic style.

Last weekend I began a home project where I’m creating a vision board for our home and family. I plan on posting an image of your home there, where one a daily basis we can be reminded of your hope and persistence as well as the soft nurturing environment you’ve created.

All my wishes to you and your family.


Heather Austin April 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Thank you for sharing – the article and the quote “Happiness is not a big house…It’s being in each other’s way. That’s what bring memories.” I agree but need to be reminded that my favorite memories are often prefaced with … there were too many butts in the kitchen, or remember when we had all kids sleeping like cord wood on the double bed… It is the people in our lives and in our homes that make the memories. Not the things that fill the space. Thank you both for continuing to inspire me.


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