Summer-Autumn 2018

Dear Friends,

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my last newsletter! For 17 years I was so good about getting one out every season. Needless to say, it’s been a busy year! While I usually feature an interesting project, this newsletter is a much needed “news” announcement.

In addition to working on the largest color consultation project I could ever have imagined (Although I can’t say for who or what, you can see how I magically manifested it in the last paragraph of my May 1, 2018 Blog Post), I created an entire new color palette with 17 new colors. PPG Paints started creating their own NexGen pigments which should be available in all stores early next year. Luckily, my local PPG store in Baton Rouge is a pilot store so they were one of the first stores to get it. Because this meant I had to recreate all of my formulas (for the 4th time in 17 years!), I decided to create a fresh new palette. I kept all of my best sellers and added some fun but timeless colors.

The new palette consists of 70 timeless colors that are approved historical colors in most areas. However, these are all created with full spectrum formulas so they never turn muddy or lose their character in low light conditions and are much more luminous and have more depth than standard historical paint colors.

In the past when I’ve had to reformulate colors, it had to be done in a hurry, so some colors changed a bit. This time I had plenty of time, so was able to tweak some favorites bringing them back to their original hue. I also switched from the Pure Performance product to the Manor Hall Paint, Primer & Stain Repellent in One since I’ve come to appreciate how outstanding it is. My deep, saturated colors that used to take several coats, now cover easily in two. The Manor Hall is very low VOC, it has no smell and the Manor Hall Exterior product is so odorless, I recently used it in a local restaurant. I used exterior flat on the upper walls. It looks like velvet yet is as durable as interior semi-gloss!

Cafe Petra Greek & Lebanese Restaurant in St. Francisville. Upper walls custom “Petra Sandstone”, lower walls custom “Petra Blue”, chair rail “Antique Bronze” (in our new palette). All colors are Manor Hall Exterior Paint & Primer in One.

Cafe Petra was a project I collaborated on with the other two designers in town, Caroline Alberstadt and Marc Charbonnet who recently moved here from New York. (Yes, it’s the same Marc I’ve written about often and that my very popular “Classic Marc” was created for.) We all shared LSU design intern Kourtney Russo over the Summer, who quickly became part of our design team. We had so much fun working together, we now call ourselves the “Design Amigos” and agreed to donate our time on one of this year’s Christmas Home Tour projects.

If you’re ever in St. Francisville, don’t miss Cafe Petra, besides great ambiance, it has the best Greek & Lebanese food within 100 miles!

Another bit of “news”: Because my local PPG store only has the new pigments, I am no longer able to create custom colors using the older tinting system. However, with the new system and because I retired so many colors, I have reduced my custom color fee from $200 to $60. If your local store doesn’t carry Manor Hall, I will create a stock color for you in the Pure Performance product at no charge, just give me a few days to create the formula. Also, for my many loyal customers, I am offering a 20% discount on all orders for paint you’ve previously ordered because now is the time to get paint you think you may need for future touch-ups. Just email me for the secret discount code.

I hope you’ll pardon the confusion during this transition. In addition to all the stores in Louisiana, stores in Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington state have the new NexGen pigments and hopefully all stores will by the end of this year. Please note that although the PPG Store Locator lists independent stores, I only work with PPG national stores that have the name PPG Paints.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.

Wishing you all the best!

P.S. A new website coming soon!

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