My work in Southern Living magazine!

Where it all started.

A very good friend of mine, was renovating her home. We had met while my youngest, her oldest were in kindergarten together. In the midst of the reno and a few years, we were talking about the frustration of choosing just the right paint finish, for the "feel" of a room. She just was not feeling the color scheme for her cabinetry.I joked to her, just let me do the cabinets then.Well, after a few test samples, paint chips, and sample boards I was hand finishing the cabinets for her kitchen renovation.

That was the first of many "Katie" kitchens.The softness of the blue and cream color scheme is easy one the eyes.Almost as you see it there is blue,gray and a greenish tint to the cabinetry. The process is one of "layers" and multiple finishes. The color itself is P&L minnow, but there are layers that give the color a grayish / greenish tint too!

Since then, there have been Katie kitchens, pieces of furniture and other custom finishes that have been hand finished and created for clients their homes and businesses.

To my surprise, Katie's kitchen was featured in the September issue of Southern Living magazine.Here is a sneak peek at the article.I was able to find a copy yesterday, but you can view it here online:
Family - Friendly Kitchen


I love the layout of her kitchen. There are three area's to relax,eat and play in.
Katie and her baby, at home. A really great girl, friend and mom.

A closer image of the kitchen area of the room.The mix of faded blue, washed walls and a bit of texture really works in her home. It is a great redo.I am thrilled to have had the pleasure of working with all the talented people that collaborated on this project.

The rest full area of the room. Love the Natuzzi leather swivel chairs, just a hint of modern among the Swedish accents. Two of Katie's lil girlie's.

Some closer details of the custom designed cabinetry. The blue / color is a loved shade and hue. My own office cabinetry is finished in this color scheme.

The fabulous butler pantry is adjoining the kitchen. The cabinetry is the same, but the counter top is sleeker stainless steel.

Another view of the butler pantry the opposite side of the kitchen. Of course the bleached floors add a more modern approach to hardwood flooring. Of course they are covered in sea grass rugs.

A big huge hug and Thank You to Katie! I am so appreciative for the mention and the opportunity that has turned into a budding career.
To the party that turned an idea into  a reality!

Special Thank You to Southern Living magazine, David Wiegand, and The Tuttle Family.

Photo credits; Robert Martin @ Southern Living magazine


Scott Waterman said...

well done!

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Scott!
My first major publication!
Hopefullt more to come!

Velvet and Linen said...

Yay! Congratulations on a beautiful job, Leslie.
Here' to the first of many features :)


La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Brooke.
I hope that to be true.

The-Countrypolitan said...

Congratulations Leslie! I love the color and the space looks really comfortable... ~Terri

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Terri!
I am so excited, I did not know until a month ago that it may happen.Saw it in the grocery store this afternoon.

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous colours Leslie....Congratulations, xv.

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Vicki!
It really is so much prettier even in person! Such a fresh and classic take with a twist of modern!

Tara Dillard said...

Girl, you make it simple & POTENT !!! Gorgeous.

Congratulations !!!

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

La Maison Fou said...


Thanks so much for commenting.
I have thought of you this past week, been outside where it has been a cooler temperature, having a gate done and picked up a couple of antique gardening tools at a tag sale yesterday!
Have a good Thursday,

Greet said...

Dear Leslie,
This kitchen is fantastic!! Congratulations with it and with the featuring in the magazine!
That blue you used is just beautiful!
And also at your home!!
Great job you did! Really!!
PS Leslie, thank you soooo much for the comment for Simon ! Kids can be so proud isn't it!

La Maison Fou said...

Thank You Greet.
Love the images of the school ads.
I am so glad that you liked the kitchen.

Content in a Cottage said...

Leslie...You're famous now and I'm so happy for you. I hope your phone is ringing off the hook and your inbox is completely full. Good luck with your budding career.

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Rosemary.
I appreciate it, I don't know about famous but I am really appreciative for the mention.

Visual Vamp said...

You do great work.
I would love to have you work on my kitchen.
Congrats on being magazine worthy!
xo xo

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks VV;

Yes, a trip down to New orleans would be a good escape.....

Have a great day!


MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Congratulations! The kitchen is so warm and welcoming - I would love to spend time in it - GREAT job!!

La Maison Fou said...

Thank You so much for the comment. I really enjoyed your blog.

CL Field said...

I saw your comment at Curious Sofa and had to check it out! Beautiful! Love the color! And congratulations on being in Southern Living!

Anonymous said...

just read the article and was so impressed!! i posted your great newa om my facebook!!!!!!!
love ya sis!!!

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks You for the well wishes!
I love the curious sofa!
Have a great day!

La Maison Fou said...

Anonymous ( my lil sis).....

Thanks for the encouragement!


Boxwood Terrace said...

Hi - Just saw your comment on Mrs. Blandings and had to stop by. The kitchen is beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done and your mention in Southern Living-very exciting!

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Deborah!
I am very evcited too!
I appreciate the comment!
Have a good weekend.

la la Lovely said...

Congratulations.... that is fabulous! And the cabinets are gorge!!!! Great work! Hope you have a lovely weekend!
x T

La Maison Fou said...

La La Lovely;
You too!
I am heading into the country this weekend!
Holding onto the last speck of summah!

Smita Srivastava said...

Wonderful blog !!! Love all the posts ...

- Smita
( fun food ideas for picky eaters )

La Maison Fou said...

Smita S.
Will have to check out yours as well!

paula said...

wow, congrats. Its rather gorgeous.

La Maison Fou said...

Thank You for stopping by the blog and commenting!

Erin said...

Wow, so exciting!! Congrats! This truly is one beautiful, stunning kitchen!

La Maison Fou said...

Thank Yoo Erin!
Thanks for stopping by the blog too.

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