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Few books have captured the beauty of New Orleans interiors and Creole-style design quite like Richard Sexton’s New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence. Published in 1993 (Chronicle Books) and again in 2003, the book was dubbed “the best photography book ever done on the city.”

A resident of New Orleans, Richard Sexton is a noted photographer, artist, writer, critic, teacher and author. Sexton specializes in photography of architecture, design and landscapes.

Several of Sexton’s photographs are featured in this month’s roomplanners magazine.  We dedicated the entire issue to New Orleans homes and his shots helped us capture the flavor of this unique city and its one-of-a-kind interior design. To find out more about eclectic New Orleans interiors and Creole-style room designs, furniture, paint colors and architecture, click on this link to open the magazine:

Richard Sexton’s photographs have also been featured in The Cottage Book, In the Victorian Style, American Style: Classic Product Design from Airstream to Zippo, in addition to books profiling New Orleans’ architecture and interiors, Louisiana plantations and the Gulf Coast. 

New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence. Richard Sexton, photographer



It’s been 5 years since hurricane Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans.

 The Crescent City didn’t just suffer severe damage to 200,000 homes. It suffered damage to some of the most unique homes in America. With so many of those homes still in need of repair, we dedicated our June 2010 roomplanners magazine issue to highlighting what makes New Orleans homes and Creole-style interior design so special.

Much more has been written about New  Orleans’ music, food and festivals than about its interiors. But it’s the city’s homes and interior design that let us glimpse into America’s golden age of home design, and its most unique creations.

You don’t need to decorate in New Orleans style to appreciate it (though you may be tempted to!). But we hope this issue peeks your curiosity about New Orleans enough to put it at the top of your list of places to visit. No other city in America offer such a unique, indigenous mix of European,  American, African and island culture.

Sadly, at the time of this publication, the people of New Orleans are again under siege; this time by an oil spill that threatens their wildlife, seafood industry and tourism. The tragedy of the past months motivated us even more to bring the beauty of this city’s culture, seen through its homes and interior design, to our pages this month.

Click on the magazine cover above, or the link below to open the issue! Enjoy!

M & M, "Green", Mars Incorporated

What’s good about the color green isn’t just its connection to healthy vegetables and the planet. Turns out green is good for a balanced state of mind and poise, among other things! It even treats nausea, claustrophobia and over-active kids.

And who would know more about the color green than some very famous green folks… Kermit, Shrek, Green M&M, Green Giant, the Incredible Hulk, Gumby and Oscar the Grouch.

Find out more about green color psychogy and green color symbolism from the folks who know it best… in our April issue of RoomPlanners magazine.

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