Audra founded Distressed|Rentals & Revival, a vintage furniture rental company in New Orleans that focuses on vintage and handmade lounges, bars, and tables. She started years ago in home design and fell in love with the way vintage pieces can bring authenticity and warmth to a space. She has worked over 250 events with her furniture collection in NOLA and loves the process of selecting fabrics and textiles. Her furniture and design has been featured in Brides, Martha Stewart, Southern Weddings, and Vogue this year.
What is your favorite thing about events at Stella Plantation: "So many venues in New Orleans can feel like you have to choose between intimacy and space. Since my thing is nooks and creating these inviting spaces that each feel special, I love that Stella lets you flow from an intimate ceremony right into a dynamic reception that doesn’t have to be one big, flat space— it can have a seated dinner, a lounge area, a bar set-up that feels complete, a special area like a man lounge or cigar bar— and it can all flowing together to really create an experience. It’s just such a beautiful backdrop that has space but doesn’t sacrifice the intimacy!"
Tell us something you enjoy about events/weddings in general: "I love seeing it all come together. We aren’t a production company like some event businesses. We create these areas that are made to feel special and evoke all the feels, and I love how on event days, when we see pics of the bride cutting her cake on our furniture or we come in at the end of the night and see crowds gathered around our lounges laughing hysterically or connecting after years apart, we can feel that it worked!"
Tell us something you don't like: "I don’t like comparison! I like for people to go with what feels right to you as you are creating spaces for the experience you want to feel. You would be surprised that it can often create some of the most magazine-worthy results just as a byproduct. And often, the things you think are beautiful were created this way as well. :)"
From a Stella Bride: "Distressed Rentals has great vintage pieces and were very reliable and very responsive and easy to work with. We were able to get some great stand out pieces for various details of our wedding, plus our sweet heart table and some farm tables for various uses. Overall extremely satisfied - highly recommend if you're going for the vintage/rustic look!" - Myra
From Stella's Event Manager - Caroline says: "I have never seen anything but a smile on Audra's face. She must be one of the most positive people I have ever met. Her sweet attitude relaxes you and lets you know she'll be taking care of you! I love that she offers 'White Glove Service' so each piece is placed with care by her team. I watch as they clean each piece once it's in place and are open to last minute changes based on the overall look. Plus, I'm amazed by her upper body strength... girl can lift a table (and then some)! I just love working with Audra, seeing the unique pieces she adds to her collection, and knowing that my clients will be thrilled with their result."