When staging a house to go on the market, you should probably highlight the home's character while also allowing enough room for buyers to imagine how they might make it their own — it's called "de-personalization," according to so many HGTV slideshows. But this is New Orleans, where de-personalization of any kind is not a thing, so many homes on the market are chock full of the previous owners' odd decor. Sure, if you buy any of these houses chances are you're not going to inherit the African art, Buddha statues, and taxidermy you see on the house tour, but they certainly give you an idea of the colorful identities of the previous owners. Behold, some of the most interesting decor we've seen in homes on the market.
↑ The 1,888 square-foot Bayou St. John cottage of furniture designer and sculptor Mario Villa, described in the New York Times as "an exuberant fellow who with a few dollars and some gold swags could probably transform a 7-Eleven into a nightclub," is stuffed to the brim with marble statues, giant painting and other art.
↑ "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" A creepy bunny man leads you through this French Quarter Creole cottage.
↑ One of units in this Victorian five-plex in the Garden District has bonkers decor that includes taxidermy, giant urns, mismatched makeshift curtains and all manner of statues — Buddhas and other Asian iconography, ships, angels, and so much more.
↑ The artist owners outfitted their charming Marigny camelback with all sorts of artful details, like a side hall with New Orleans-style windows and shutters.
↑ This mansion in English Turn, the Westbank neighborhood always serving up odd opulence, has some nice details like giant windows and a screened-in pool. But the stained glass pseudo-Grecian tableau, featuring a casually exposed boob, in the master bathroom? Hmm.
↑ From the outside this Bourbon Street home looks like a perfectly tame shotgun — but inside the decor is "FIT FOR A ROCK STAR," as the listing screams. It's the real estate version of a "lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets." A golden rhinoceros head on the wall, metal ceiling tiles, reclaimed wood walls, orange accents, and a light-up "French Quarter" sign let you know exactly where you are.
↑ Walk into this Metairie contemporary on the Lakefront trail to see white walls decorated with so much African art: masks, shields, hides, loincloths ... you could start your own primitive army in the event of an apocalypse. There's also ceiling-high totem polls and what appears to be a skull in a glass container.