Design Detail: Painted Doors

Living in such a culturally rich city as New Orleans, with its centuries old architecture, you come to appreciate all the color and beauty found on every street corner. With my recent move back to New Orleans, I enjoy seeing the city through new eyes.

One thing that has caught my “design eye” are the all the beautifully painted doors. New Orleans has a unique style of its own, which is easily displayed through the exterior storefront of our French Quarter and neighborhood shops and restaurants.

Painted doors aren’t unique to just New Orleans. A painted door can enhance the curb appeal for your home as well. Take a look at some of my favorite painted doors below.





Change the look of your home’s exterior this summer with a fresh coat of paint.

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Passion for Purple

In ancient times, purple was one of the most difficult colors to make.  It was created by squeezing the murex sea mussel, called ‘porphura’ in Greek.  Because of the challenge and expense to make purple, it became associated with royalty and power.

Saturated purple walls can make a powerful statement in an interior space.  So to tone it down, consider lavender which can be just as soothing as the plant’s fragrance.  A perfect solution since purple is believed to hold the power to heal.

Purple also was one of the trends featured at High Point this Spring.  Check out these great ideas for using purple.

Purple Passion

I love purple so much that I recently added aubergine draperies to my living room.  The old curtains faded into the walls and lacked contrast.

purple chair

Blase' Before with Plain Cream Curtains

The new deep purple draperies add color, interest and enlivens the space.

purple draperies

And After...What a Difference!


Let me know about your passion for purple and how you might add it to your home.


Proud To Be Published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I am proud to be published in the June issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles along with my fellow designers who worked on the 2012 Inspiration House as part of the Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour.  So if you are out and about, please pick up the June issue or take a few moments to view the article online.  You’ll enjoy Clint Smith’s feature article “Inspiring Spaces.”   Thank you, Clint and hats off to your entire team who worked on this issue.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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The Colorful Wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating six decades as queen this year, and the Diamond Jubilee celebration took place June 2-4.

As a designer who loves color, I was especially excited to see Leo Burnett London and Pantone’s take on Queen Elizabeth II’s colorful wardrobe—together they released a “limited edition colour guide of the Queen’s coordinated ensembles,” according to Yatzer. As the website explains:

“Colour is powerful and often used with purpose; something that the Queen has learned over the years. We have witnessed some of her most notable moments in her reign through the colour she wore on any particular occasion.”

Visit to see what Pantone’s executive director had to say about several important shades from the wardrobe over the last 60 years. Perhaps the royal palette could even help you pick coral, blue, purple or green tones for pops of color in your home design!

You can find out all about the stylish monarch at

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