Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Few Fantastic Pieces of Art--Part 1--Mallory Page Chastant, Sidney Creaghan, Erin Chance Fenstermaker, Caroline Chunn McCarthy

The 2010 Symphony Orchestra Decorators Showcase of Homes is over...I am feeling a bit sad about that considering all of the hard work that goes into it and the high that a designer feels seeing a completed room knowing that he has done his absolute best to pull out all of the stops to complete a show stopper of a room. As always, I was blessed to have a wonderful group of artists to select work from to provide the most important aspect of a room, the paintings and photography that bring a room to life.

It is always so interesting to see what folks respond to when they walk into a show house room. And I am always intrigued by what doesn't sell. And I wonder "how could that not sell?". In a two part post, I have selected some of my favorite paintings that are still available.

Part 1: Mallory Page Chastant, Sidney Creaghan, Erin Chance Fenstermaker, Caroline Chunn McCarthy--all of these pieces were featured in the Transitional Cottage. Mallory and Sidney's pieces were in the Guest Room I did, Caroline's piece was showcased in the Hall Gallery I did, and Erin's piece from Galerie Eclaireuse ( was selected by me for Albarado's Master Bedroom

Crazily, all are still available, so please contact me for more info and/or to purchase..


Mallory Page Chastant
Mermaid Rings
Acrylic on Wood
42" x 42"
$2,850.00, available through Jeffery McCullough/Mallory Page Chastant

Sidney Creaghan
Pointe Resurrection
Acrylic on Canvas
17" x 21", framed in floater frame
$450.00, available from Rue du Pont Galerie

Erin Chance Fenstermaker
Oil on Canvas
20" x 25"
$700.00, available through Erin Chance Fenstermaker

Caroline Chunn McCarthy
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
$850.00, available at Rue du Pont Galerie

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Traditional Home--Symphony Decorators Showcase of Homes

The Traditional Home of the 2010 Acadiana Symphony Decorators Showcase of Homes has taken traditionally based Louisiana design to a whole new level. Four designers partnered with the very best vendors to create a sophisticated and classic environment in a four bedroom, four and a half bath, approximately 4,000 square foot LaFosse Construction home at 410 Biltmore Way in Lafayette. You only have a few more days to experience great design and a wonderful shopping experience (everything is for sale!) so plan to come out Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11-5 or Sunday from 11-3.

Here are my favorite rooms in the house:

Gerilyn Roth & Laura Netterville for Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors:

A fantastic dining room showcasing fine antiques from Au Vieux Paris Antiques and Lucullus Antiques mixed with pieces from Albarado's Fine Furnishings, Renaissance Market, and Le Marche Antiques.

I love the balance of painted finishes (mirror from Au Vieux Paris and chandelier from Circa Lighting, one of my favorite resources) with wood tones (dining table from Au Vieux Paris, trellis-y back chairs from Albarado's, sideboard from Le Marche).

And with access to antique china from Lucullus Antiques, who couldn't set a gorgeous table like this??

Master Sitting Room & Master Bathroom by Paige Gary Designs:

We should all be so lucky to have a room like this off of our bedroom...I, in fact, would love it, hint hint.

Paige Gary chose a wonderful color by Benjamin Moore, Rushing River, for both the Master Sitting Room and the cabinetry in the Master Bathroom...this same color was also used for the Syrie wallpaper by Studio Printworks, a wonderful New York based wallpaper company, used for dramatic effect and to give a focal point to the large master bathroom.

With access to a private collector's antique decoys, Paige wonderfully styled the bookcases in the sitting room. A pair of antique chairs from Lucullus Antiques, round antique table from Au Vieux Paris Antiques, and rug from Cyrus complete the elegant setting.

Teenage Girls Room by Jeffery McCullough & Emily Svendson for Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting:

I envisioned this room as a sophisticated teenagers room...a room that isn't too pink and girly and one that will appeal to a teenager through her college years and even beyond.

Swathed in a fabulous Jardin print by Jed Johnson Home fabrics the room boasts a pagoda style gilded bed by Annie Selke for Vanguard Furniture and Dash & Albert rug, both from W Home Furnishings. Custom window treatments, bed hangings, and couture pillow on bed are all by Pauline Hayden.

Crystal lamps from Max & Company in Atlanta serve their purpose of providing a well-lit space but do not steal the show from a wonderful mix of art by Ramsey Gardes Ayers (mixed media collage over left bed-side table), Mallory Page Chastant (pink abstract over W Home Furnishings reading chair), Kelli Kaufman (pastoral minty green landscape to right of front window)

And finally, Jodi Bolgiano of Bolgiano Custom Finishes:

Jodi strategically opted to show a still traditional but a bit more transitional side of her designs in this girls bedroom. Using a custom headboard of her own design and the "Bling" Chandelier from Lamp Designs in River Ranch, Jodi went to town with whites, soft greens, soft blues, and just pops of pink and oranges only in the art by Anne Mcleod and Caroline Chunn McCarthy, both artists represented by Rue du Pont Galerie in Breaux Bridge.

Styled to the nines, the room is tres successful in showing that with a touch of brocade (bedding), bling (chandelier), damask (lamp shades on bedside table lamps from Dunn's Designs), a girly-girls room can be tailored and traditionally based, yet still have a bit of fun!

Don't miss out on seeing a house like Lafayette has never seen before! Open this Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday and then sadly over..
Tickets are $20 and include viewing of all three properties in the 2010 Acadiana Symphony Decorators Showcase...

I will be working all four days and hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Symphony Showcase of Homes-Transitional Cottage

The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Showcase of Homes opened October 15th...rave reviews are pouring in...the nine designers who have completed three properties for this years project have really outdone themselves and taken this five-year old baby of the Symphony to a whole new level this year!

There is only one week remaining for you to see the genius design work and outstanding quality of building featured in the three properties....

Here is a sneak peek of the Transitional Cottage at
110 Levison Way in River Ranch. New construction by LR Mitchell Construction, the 1,700+/- square foot cottage features a wonderful floor plan with great flow for easy entertaining, generous bedrooms and bathrooms, and tons of storage.

Four design firms worked their magic in this house:

First up, Living and Dining rooms by W. Home Furnishings...all items in the rooms are from W Home Furnishings...a scheme of yellows/taupes/grays/whites is very soothing to the eye and made for comfortable living with washable slipcovers on the key pieces of upholstery.

Master Bedroom by Alabarado's Fine Furnishings:

Soft blue/green walls with primarily neutral upholstery including a Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair upholstered headboard...rug from Cyrus Oriental Rugs...abstract paintings by Erin Chance Fenstermaker (the one over the bed is from Galerie Eclaireuse) and Mallory Page Chastant (on side wall)

Guest Bedroom by Jeffery McCullough & Emily Svendson for Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting...features fabulous Papillons paper by Studio Printworks on ceiling, Jonathan Adler light fixture from Lamp Designs in Lafayette, abstract paintings by Marcia Holmes ("Date Night" from Rue du Pont Galerie on side wall in entry to room), Mallory Page Chastant (large abstracts above Albarado's bed and on side wall), Kelli Kaufman (abstract to right of window treatment), Erin Chance Fenstermaker & Joy Gardner (small abstracts above W. Home Furnishings bedside tables), & bedside table lamps from Rita Durio Interiors.

Art Studio by our "artist in residence" Mallory Page Chastant, brilliant young Lafayette native, features abstracts by the artist as well as a custom console table designed by Mallory, hand painted chair by artist Natalie Domingue and custom wood bowls by Dr. Bradley Chastant:

These designers as well as the designers who have designed rooms in the Traditional Home and Contemporary Condo have created the best shopping experience one can have. We have hand-picked our favorite items and put them all in the homes...everything is for sale!

Don't miss this exciting event...Open for you to see tomorrow (Sunday), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11-5 and next Sunday (the 31st) from 11-2...that's it! so get out to River Ranch this week.

Please go to for more information. Purchase tickets ($20) at River Ranch Realty office at Town Square, River Ranch, or at the Transitional Cottage (110 Levison Way) or Traditional Home (410 Biltmore Way)...

I will be working the houses Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & next come see me!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lafayette, LA, is in for a huge treat! Eddie Ross, dear friend, stylist extraordinaire, and finalist on Bravo's Top Design arrives here tomorrow night for a presentation and luncheon at City Club at River Ranch on Wednesday.

There are a few tickets left for the welcome cocktail party (Tuesday night) and the luncheon and private tour of the 2010 Acadiana Symphony Decorators Showcase of Homes. To secure your spot at the luncheon and on the tour led by Eddie, please rsvp with me via email tomorrow (Monday).

Eddie is a hoot, uber-talented, and will be in Lafayette! don't miss the fun....

To read more about Eddie, check out

and to learn more about the incredible 2010 Acadiana Symphony Decorators Showcase of Homes, go to

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

Quantum Custom Paint & Drywall

Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting

City Club at River Ranch

Carriage House Suites

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sneak Peak-2010 Symphony Show House-Teenage Girls Room

The starting point:

Jed Johnson Home "Jardin-Aquamarine" Fabric that will be curtains & bedhangings

Dash & Albert "Stone Soup" Woven Cotton Rug

Sister Parish Design "Burmese-Seafoam" fabric for pillows and table skirt

In preparation for a photo shoot for FACE Magazine, the bedrooms at the Traditional Home of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Showcase of Homes are beginning to take shape. It was very exciting for me to receive the photos below after the two areas of my Teenage Girls room that will be shot were installed on Friday by Emily Svendson with the help of art hanger expert Kevin Klump.

I have to admit that doing kids rooms has historically not been my thing. But I have had a great time designing this traditionally driven girly-girl room in shades of soft pinks & greens. Benjamin Moore's HC 117 Hancock Green is the wall color and the two main fabrics (shown at top) in the room are by Jed Johnson Home ( and Sister Parish Design (, New York boutique fabric lines that I now rep.

Those fabrics plus Dash & Albert's "Stone Soup" Rug from W Home Furnishings gave me a great start as Emily & I began finding furniture, art, & accessories to complete the room. Traditional, yet whimsical, casual yet dressy, were our design goals as we shopped. From the looks of these photos, I would say we achieved our goal!

Near the finish line:

In the reading corner:

Juelle Salon Chair from W Home Furnishings (Lafayette): $ 742.50
Circa 1850 Bois Dore Foot Stool from Au Vieux Paris Antiques (Breaux Bridge): $ 1,645.00
Custom Pillow by Kathy Dumesnil: $ 150.00
Robert Abbey Floor Lamp from Lamp Designs (Lafayette): $ 475.00
Garden Stool from Red Door Interiors (Baton Rouge): $ 65.00
Framed Antique Botannical Prints from Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors (Lafayette): $ 165.oo each
Painting by Camilla Drobish (Lafayette): $750.00

In the dressing corner:

Hickory Chair Chest from Albarado's Fine Furnishings (Lafayette): $ 3,049.00
Circa 1790 Louis XVI Painted Mirror from Au Vieux Paris Antiques: $ 1, 400.00
Pink Triple Gourd Lamp from Max & Company (Atlanta): $ 325.00
Anne Mcleod Framed Watercolor on Easel from Rue du Pont Galerie (Breaux Bridge):
$ 330.00
Pink Lidded Jars & Tray from Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors (Lafayette): $ 110.00
(3) Turquoise Bud Vases from Woolworth Walk (Asheville): $ 60.00
Carline Chunn McCarthy Oil on Canvas Painting from Rue du Pont Galerie: $ 625.00
Dash & Albert 8' x 10' Rug from W Home Furnishings (Lafayette): $ 425.00

This is just a sneak peak of all of the wonderful rooms that will be open for your viewing October 15th-31st at three properties designed by Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors, Jodi Bolgiano, Page Gary, Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting, W Home Furnishings, Albarado's Fine Furnishings, Mallory Page Chastant, Dunn's Designs, & The Living Room in River Ranch in Lafayette. For more information and to purchase advance tickets ($15 as opposed to at the door $20), go to

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jeffery McCullough Southern Art & Design and Mallory Page Chastant featured on Branca Scoop du Jour

When I began writing this blog it was simply for me to put pen to paper (well, keys to screen) in order to organize all of the art and artists research that I do. I hoped that along the way I would bring publicity and sales to the artists whose work I love and feel passionately about.

This has morphed into more than I could ever imagine. Turning a love into a career is something that one can only dream of. I have been so fortunate to meet many talented and interesting artists along the way that I knew had the potential to be national stars of the art world if only they could get their work "out there". That is where I felt I could play a role in the artists lives.

Not knowing exactly how this would work I asked Mallory Page Chastant to entrust me with marketing her work by serving as her agent. Mallory and I have shared an incredible year traveling around the South in her big gas guzzling SUV often looking like Sanford & Son we had so many paintings piled and layered in the back!

From New Orleans to Seaside, FL...Jacksonville to Atlanta, GA...Lafayette to Rosemary Beach, FL, we have traveled around bringing her incredible paintings to the wonderful galleries, shops, and showrooms that now rep her acrylic on wood abstract paintings.

Today I feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate that Mallory trusted me to play this role for her. Alessandra Branca, Chicago designer extraordinaire, has a blurb about my blog and Mallory Page Chastant on their "Scoop du Jour" section of their blog today. This is huge for me and the artists that I work with. From Lafayette, LA, this dream began and today it is being broadcast to thousands around the country!

Please check it out:

As a celebration of this, I have selected my three favorite pieces by Mallory Page Chastant that are currently available from Max & Company ( in Atlanta, GA, and An Apartment in Paris in Seaside, FL....enjoy!

Mallory Page Chastant
Acrylic on Wood
8" x 8"
available at Max & Company, Atlanta, 404-816-3831

Mallory Page Chastant
Untitled Abstract
Acrylic on Wood
42" x 42"
available at An Apartment in Paris in Seaside, FL, 850-534-0038

Mallory Page Chastant
Muse in Chartreuse
Acrylic on Wood
48" x 48"
available at Max & Company, Atlanta, 404-816-3831

To see more of Mallory's work, visit

A huge thank you to Branca, Mallory Page Chastant, and the other artists I work with: Caroline Chunn McCarthy, Joy Gardner, Yvette Owens...we are on a journey and it is going to be a great one!

If you are in Chicago, visit Branca at 17 East Pearson Street
If you are in Atlanta, visit Max & Company at 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue
If you are in Seaside, FL, visit An Apartment in Paris at Ruskin Place in the Gallery District

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Show House Room in the making

A very exciting thing is happening in Lafayette, LA! Now in its fifth year, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Decorator Show House is changing...This year, the Acadiana Decorator Showcase of Homes will feature three homes all in River Ranch, three builders, nine incredible designers..With a theme of "Three Distinct Homes, Three Distinct Design Styles, One Distinctive Lifestyle", the Showcase begins on October 15th with the Opening Night Gala and continues through October 31st. Louisiana has never seen anything like this years production, I promise you!

The nine designers have been working very, very hard since May to bring those who attend the latest and greatest design ideas mixed with classic Southern style. We were all lucky enough to have incredible resources graciously offer their products and services.

Creating Show House rooms is the best way for a designer to partner with their favorite resources in order to show the world what the designer does best and, at the same time, give their loyal vendors exposure to over 2,000 people in a two-week period. It is a win-win formula for the designer and their vendor friends and, as everything in the designer rooms is for sale, the designers are showing those who attend the best of the best that is available in the home furnishings world. We are serving as the "guides" for what to buy and use in homes.

For the Traditional Home 2nd Floor Study, Emily Svendson, design assistant, and I partnered with Albarado's Fine Furnishings, Au Vieux Paris Antiques, Cyrus Rugs, Lamp Designs, Lucullus Antiques, and artists Candace Greer, Lue Svendson, & Sidney Creaghan to design and furnish the perfect area for teenagers and parents alike to do homework, get a little work done, read and watch TV.

There always has to be a starting point for a design and for this room, one of my favorite club chairs from Albarado's Fine Furnishings, an Aubusson style rug from Cyrus Rugs and two small Oyster paintings by Candace Greer were my springboard:

Jessica Charles Club Chair, $1,299.00
from Albarado's Fine Furnishings, Lafayette

Handwoven 6' x 9' Aubusson Design Rug, $999.00
from Cyrus Rugs, Lafayette

Candace Greer
Cypress Oyster I
Acrylic on Cypress
8" x 10" x 2" thick

Candace Greer
Cypress Oyster II
Acrylic on Cypress
8" x 10" x 2" thick

After selecting the above items, I only had to look as far as Breaux Bridge, Louisiana to source the remaining big items needed for the room. Breaux Bridge is often thought of as just a little country town, but the fact is that the two finest antique dealers in all of Louisiana have shops in Breaux Bridge and one of the finest art galleries in Louisiana also calls Breaux Bridge home. Breaux Bridge is the best (by far) of all of the small towns around Lafayette.

On a shopping trip to Lucullus Antiques to see the divine Holly Tynes, manager of the Breaux Bridge location of dealer Patrick Dunne's New Orleans based business, I quickly lit on this beautiful antique watercolor:

Early 20th Century English Water Color of a Fishing Scene, signed F.E. Jamieson, $850.00
from Lucullus Antiques, Breaux Bridge

On the hunt for additional seating in the small space, I fell in love with this pair of tres, tres elegant slipper chairs..I plopped down in one to do a test run fairly certain that it would not be comfortable...wrong! The fine pair of chairs is incredibly comfortable.

Pair of French Louis-Philippe Period Mahogany Chaffeuses, circa 1840, $3,800.00/pair
from Lucullus Antiques, Breaux Bridge

With the low height of the chairs I needed a suitably scaled table to go between them...this garden stool is perfect..

Early 19th Century Indo Chinese Glazed Ceramic Garden Stool, $825.00
from Lucullus Antiques, Breaux Bridge

Considering this is a room for reading, studying, and doing homework, I need to have good lighting..Never a fan of overhead lighting except for dimly lit ambient light and because of the disparate items going in the room, I opted to put three (for balance) of the same floor lamp (one by the Jessica Charles chair and one by each slipper chair), an adjustable apothecary style lamp by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey which is represented locally by Lamp Designs, the newest lighting store in the Lafayette area.

Jonathan Adler "Meurice" Adjustable Apothecary Style Floor Lamp, $495.00
from Lamp Designs, River Ranch, Lafayette

A dealer that I turn to often for clients who are able to allow me to specify fine antiques is Robert Smith of Au Vieux Paris Antiques...This time, no exception...I found this fabulous desk/dining table that is the perfect size for the room..

Directoire Cherrywood Desk/Dining Table, circa 1795, $5,800.00
from Au Vieux Paris Antiques, Breaux Bridge

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that even in a Traditional Home I require a bit of modern, the juxtaposition that I find so important for a room to be successful..check this groovy desk lamp out:

Robert Abbey "Astro C" Desk Lamp, $235.00
from Lamp Designs, River Ranch, Lafayette

and a classic design style, the Parsons Chair, will be the perfect (and comfortable) desk chair:

CMI Parsons Skirted Desk Chair, $375.00
from Albarado's Fine Furnishings, Lafayette

To complete the room I found these seven paintings at Rue du Pont Galerie in Breaux Bridge. The two larger ones will go on walls above the grouping of chairs and the three small pieces by Lue Svendson ( will join Candace Greer's Oyster paintings to complete the bookcase styling.

Lue Svendson
A Day at the Beach
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

Sidney Creaghan
Saint Francis Finds His First Church in the Woods
Oil on Canvas

Lue Svendson
Provincetown Harbor in the Morning
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

Lue Svendson
Cloudy Cape Cod
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

Lue Svendson
Soft Landscape
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

Lue Svendson
Swamp Oaks I
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"

Lue Svendson
Swamp Oaks III
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"

Stay tuned as I keep you updated regarding the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Showcase of Homes...if you are anywhere in Louisiana, you MUST come to Lafayette between October 15th and 31st to see what nine incredible designers are doing! And all for a wonderful organization to continue their extraordinary educational and performance programs.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mallory Page Chastant at Max and Company Atlanta

with Eddie Ross, Phoebe Howard, Mallory Page Chastant, & Jaithan Kochar

I have had an incredibly busy summer. Mid-July I was able to steal away for a quick 24 hour trip to Atlanta for a very special night. Phoebe Howard, the mastermind and incredibly talented designer behind Mrs. Howard and Max & Company (, the best design showrooms in the South, hosted an opening reception for the new "Summer Series" by Mallory Page Chastant ( of Lafayette, LA, and Seagrove Beach, FL. With Georgia being my home-state and always close to my heart, I was able to see some wonderful Atlanta based friends as well as my loving Mother and beautiful niece. A surprise guest was New York based pal Eddie Ross ( who I will get to see again in October in Lafayette, LA, where he will be giving a presentation for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Showcase of Homes.

with Patrick Emmet, Reed Howell Roberts, Ginna Dunlap Emmet

with the staff of Max & Company and Mrs. Howard--center stage: Mallory with Anne Patterson

As dazzling as my friends and family are, the real jewels of the night were the fantastic paintings by Mallory Page. All acrylic on custom wood panels, this grouping represents my favorites from the show which is still hanging at Max & Company at 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue in Atlanta.

Just posting these tonight brought me back very quickly to what has been a wonderful summer...thanks Mallory for the beautiful paintings and the places they take me! and a huge thank you to Phoebe Howard for recognizing the talent of the brilliant artist, Mallory Page Chastant.

One of my all-time favorites by Mallory:

app. 10" x 10"

An incredible diptych that looks great hung together with a few inches between or separated flanking a large window in a room:

Need & Want Diptych
3' x 4' each

The largest single piece Mallory has ever done:

An Unusual Repertoire
4' x 6'

An Unusual Repertoire in a beautiful bedroom at Max & Company

A new color scheme that is very European:

Muse in Chartreuse
4' x 4'

For more information on these pieces or Mallory Page Chastant, please contact me and please check out Mallory's

Thanks Mall for another incredible body of work! Here's to many years of working together..