Spring 2017

Dear Friends,

Meet Liza Plauche'. Liza has been a dear friend and client for many years. Back when she was Liza Sharp, she hired me to help with the renovation of her home in Natchez. When it came time to make decisions about the renovation, she would always say "Let me make sure my boyfriend Steve likes it" to which I would always reply "It's your house, right?? Forget about Steve, this is your house!" So imagine my surprise when one day Liza stopped by to pick up some samples and when I went outside to greet her and meet her boyfriend, I was shocked to discover Steve was the same Steve Plauche' I was friends with back at Lake Charles High School!

Years later, they asked me to help with a new home they were building on a beautiful live oak-filled property in Natchez. Although their furnishings consisted mostly of antiques, they both loved contemporary furnishings and their house plans were a mix of Spanish and contemporary styles. My task was to help them pull it all together.

An antique barn door opens onto the small bar off of the dining room. Wall color is "Silk Road Plum" and "Driftwood" cabinetry showcases Liza's collection of antique crystal decanters. Photo is by Liza's son, Will Simonton of Swamp Photography of Baton Rouge.

The Living-Dining room shares a modern fireplace with the Kitchen beyond. The fireplace wall was faux painted by Kevin Wood of Nashville using "Dove" which was used throughout the house as the main color on walls, ceilings and trim. He also used "Smoke" and "Driftwood" which are derived from the same formula. Doors are "Chestnut Bronze" created to match the Jeld-Wen window & exterior door color. We reupholstered existing chairs in moss green velvet to match the new custom sofa. Likewise, we ordered a new slipper chair and reupholstered the old one in the same fabric. Antique Queen Anne dining chairs were also reupholstered in plum diamond cut velvet.

Walnut floors are throughout the house with the exception of the bathrooms and catering kitchen that opens off of the dining room beyond the pair of antique doors. Mirrors reflect the opposite wall of windows with views of beautiful old live oak trees. All lighting was ordered through Scott Kirkland, lighting consultant, in Baton Rouge.

Liza's outstanding culinary skills are well known in Natchez. She was a restaurateur when I first met her and now she caters for special events, so she has two kitchens. The main kitchen is where family can gather and dine overlooking the pool. A pass through leads to Liza's catering kitchen where she creates some of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. As I write this, I'm anxiously awaiting one of her tomato pies. Once she called to tell me she had a tomato pie for me that she meant to drop off when she was passing through town so she left it in an outside refrigerator at her sister's house in Jackson, Louisiana. Well, I drove all the way there just to get it! It's that good!

When it came to the kitchen, Liza wanted a fully modern kitchen so she had custom cabintry made by Wood-Mode. Liza had Kevin Wood Venetian Plaster the walls. We also had a custom banquette and swivel chairs made, as well as a sectional sofa, all upholstered in Sunbrella fabrics. Two new custom gray leather chairs flank the sofa. The chef's jacket is actually of hand-carved wood made especially for Liza by artist friend Fraser Smith of Tampa.

The pass through above connects the main kitchen to the catering kitchen outfitted in Sub-Zero Wolf appliances from Appliance Distributers in Baton Rouge. I especially love the floor which is vinyl lined with cork underneath. It's almost like walking on pillows!

Cabinets line the long hallway from the back door to the kitchens and have many special features like the open one above that stores dog food and bowls. Another cabinet is a charging station for phones and other electronics. An antique barn door closes off the catering kitchen.

Liza wanted a glitzy powder room and emerald green is her favorite color, so I created "Liza's Emerald". We used "Very Black" high gloss on millwork. Other colors in the home's palette included "Ashen Green" for the Master Bedroom, "H2 Ahh!" for all of the bathrooms and "Sandy Lagoon" in Liza's office. The bedrooms upstairs are "Verdant", a new color I created, shown below.

"H2 Ahh!" was used on all dressing and bathroom walls with "Dove" millwork.

It took over a year for the house to be completed and I'm incredibly sad to report that Steve passed away a couple of months before it was finished. His grown children and grandchildren were in that weekend for his birthday. He'd been battling a respiratory illness for several years. Although you'd never know it from his always cheerful demeanor, I know from personal experience there's nothing more stressful than building a house, so I can't help but think it contributed to his heart failure. He had many friends, lived life to the fullest and was loved by many, including me. He adored Liza and was so happy to be building this house for her. I'm in awe of Liza who is the quintessential southern Scarlett for finishing this project despite the worst of circumstances. Extra kudos go to Mark Carter of Wilmar Construction who not only took the architect's original design reducing its size and adding many custom features, but also pulled out all the stops to get it finished expediently.

June 21st marks the 16th anniversary of Full Spectrum Paints. Yes, my first colors were serendipitously created on the Summer Solstice in 2001. It's been wonderful meeting so many amazing people all over the country, all from the comfort of my little cabin in the woods. I can't thank you enough for being such loyal friends and clients. To celebrate, we're having a Summer Solstice sale through the end of June. Just enter the word "solstice" in the box at checkout when you order paint online.

I wish you all the best for a fantastic Summer!

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