This photo was taken before the room was finished but even then the Julie Neill “Diego” chandelier was the star of the show.
She also used it as the wall sconce on either side of the mirror.
New Orleans Designer, Shaun Smith, collaborated with Julie to custom design a “Mississippi Magnolia” Sconce for the front door of the showhouse.
Julie explained how she hand chose special fabricators to do each style of chandelier. One fabricator is better at gliding or crystals, another is better at plaster, but each chandelier has one finisher which produces that specific style, so the quality is always up to Julie’s standards. Her attention to detail and desire to produce top quality products is unparalleled in the lighting industry.
The artwork is designed by Julie, and the dresses are crafted from the pages of books like hymnals or self-help books which often have uplifting or mentions of love among the pages. After she finishes the piece, she looks for the title from the sentences from the pages of the book used to create the dress.
She has made replicas of christening gowns and wedding dresses for clients. Julie said crafting these pieces were therapeutic for her. I loved each piece because I could see the love Julie put into each one. I think she should call these works her “Pieces Collection” because a little piece of Julie is shared in the crafting of each one.