30 years of design and a whole lot of personality! I was amazingly blessed to be asked to speak on the Veranda Panel for Design ADAC 2017! With Veranda heavy weights around every corner, Editor and Chief Clinton Smith, Co-Founder of Veranda Lisa Newsom and my dear friend Veranda’s Interiors Editor Carolyn Engelfeld, I couldn’t help but be star struck! But of course the highlight of my journey was speaking on Veranda’s panel with Editor and Chief Clinton Smith and design experts John Robshaw and Darryl Carter on 30 years of design, perfectly suited for Veranda’s 30th anniversary.
Kicking off the week we celebrated Veranda’s 30th Anniversary with an intimate party hosted by the beautiful Danielle Rollins. It was a night to remember, the chic decor was only matched by the elegant guests of the evening.
I was truly grateful to be given the opportunity to speak on my experience of how design has changed in 30 years. What’s more, I was able to speak on the topic with some very talented individuals! (Editor and Chief Clinton Smith, design experts John Robshaw and Darryl Carter). I love how each of us has a unique vision on design but our experiences have strikingly similar themes. From client stories to the changing tides in the industry, we were able to connect as a panel!
I felt undeniable chemistry with Darryl Carter! I have followed his career for many years and am always in awe over his amazing designs. I was delighted that we were finishing each-others sentences.
Part of the discussion was speaking on my personal journey in the industry. Of course I started my antique importing business by spending 3-5 weeks in France, Italy, Sweden and Belgium looking for one of a kind finds every few months. I’d shipped containers to my warehouse at the Port of New Orleans and sell exclusively to the trade.
In 1999, contributing editors from Veranda came to see me at my warehouse and they asked to also see my home. We were able to form a relationship from this experience. Veranda and I made our first debut together for May/June cover in 2000.
How my business has evolved from the beginning, after my first cover with Veranda, I was approached by Harry Connick Jr. and his wife Jill Goodacre to work on their CT home. They had seen my Veranda article and called to meet with me while they were in New Orleans. They convinced me to expand my business and start taking on other design projects.
The biblioteque pictured is one of my reproduction pieces from my Maison line that launched in 2007. We were considering the 19th Century original for their living room, but I had been entertaining the thought for a reproduction line for quite some time. I kept the original in order to produce the highest quality.
My MAISON line changed my entire business. I became an antiques dealer, designer and furniture designer! The whirlwind I have experienced from the beginning of my career to now still surprises me, and Veranda has been there with me throughout my journey.
This is my second cover with Veranda for May/June 2005, it features Emeril and Alden Lagasse’s home. This was my second home I designed for them.
Again, I was fortunate enough to make the cover of Veranda in 2015 with my personal home, which was photographed by Max Kim-Bee.
This cover is particularly special to me because it features several of my Maison pieces: the Swedish dining table , the smiling chairs, the neoclassical plaster mirror, and Swedish lion bergere.
The table top was shot and featured in Clinton Smith’s latest book – Veranda Entertaining.
Being able to share my story with everyone at ADAC was a true gift. I hope to return next year with new stories and of course new design!
Here are some of my favorite moments from last week!
The iconic Lisa Newsom.
The always stunning Carolyn Engelfeld.
David Netto. He was kind enough to write a beautiful inscription for me!
And of course the fabulous panel.
Thank you all for reading and stay tuned for more adventures!