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When it comes to high-style decorating John Wade defers to longtime friend and
interior designer Emily Adams.

It was an approach that worked when Wade decided to leave the St. Charles
Avenue condominium he had occupied for 23 years and buy and 1850s two-story
home Uptown las August. Because they have been friends for years with a
standing weekly lunch date. Adams knew Wade's personality and tastes as well as
his love of New Orleans' architecture and culture. She also had decorated his
condominium and knew his preferences in furniture, art and style.

"He gave me a budget and let me go with it," says Adams, who specializes in
17th, 18th and 19th century French and English antiques and focuses her
business on high-end residences.

"(As a designer) I'm completely intuitive. I have an impression of [my clients] and
try to see them as interior design. I try to put their inside out. They are the
project. Some people like high drama, but John needs, serenity."

"I worked up all the color systems for the house, and it has that Old World feel,"
said Adams, who lives in the Pontalba in the French Quarter and loves antiques

HOME SMART February 2004
By Kandace Power Graves
Photos By David Richmond
New Orleans, Louisiana 985-515-7677