Sylvia T. Designs is a full-service decorative arts firm experienced in delivering artistry, craftsmanship, and our clients’ vision for nearly 25 years in the New Orleans Metro Area.

We’re a native New Orleans firm with extensive experience in commercial, residential, and historical projects, both small and large-scale.

Historic French Quarter Creole Cottage

The results that Sylvia and her crew created for my cottage in the French Quarter exceeded my expectations. From the consult, to the color selection and previews of samples she created, to the professional way the work itself was conducted, but mostly to the final outcome. Not only do I admire the walls every day, but the number of compliments I hear also proves that the job is fantastic. The cost was more than for some other finishes, but it seemed very reasonable for the work involved and certainly for the result, which is so beautiful!

Corky Willhite - French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-11T14:39:18+00:00

Corky Willhite - French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

The results that Sylvia and her crew created for my cottage in the French Quarter exceeded my expectations. From the consult, to the color selection and previews of samples she created, to the professional way the work itself was conducted, but mostly to the final outcome. Not only do I admire the walls every day, but the number of compliments I hear also proves that the job is fantastic. The cost was more than for some other finishes, but it seemed very reasonable for the work involved and certainly for the result, which is so beautiful!

Fireplace Refinish

Sylvia was very attentive to my style and wishes. She made a sample piece so I could see how it would look before she started. She was prompt and professional. Her price was reasonable.

Arnold - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-01T19:00:30+00:00

Arnold - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia was very attentive to my style and wishes. She made a sample piece so I could see how it would look before she started. She was prompt and professional. Her price was reasonable.

Historic Restaurant Renovation in the French Quarter

All of our projects start with the building. We find old buildings with great bones that deserve to be preserved and reintroduced to everyone so that they may experience the history and sense of place in New Orleans. Sylvia is literally the person single most responsible for bringing them back to life with her restoration and decorative arts work. Once we have an amazing old building that we think people should experience, we create an idea for what type of restaurant would be authentic to the space. We then work with Sylvia to bring those ideas and the place to life.

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-01T19:06:35+00:00

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

All of our projects start with the building. We find old buildings with great bones that deserve to be preserved and reintroduced to everyone so that they may experience the history and sense of place in New Orleans. Sylvia is literally the person single most responsible for bringing them back to life with her restoration and decorative arts work. Once we have an amazing old building that we think people should experience, we create an idea for what type of restaurant would be authentic to the space. We then work with Sylvia to bring those ideas and the place to life.

Drum Table Refinish

Thank you for doing such a beautiful job on our drum table. What a transformation! The piece looks great in our updated living room. We are grateful for your wonderful work!

Lisa - New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-10-08T20:53:51+00:00

Lisa - New Orleans, Louisiana

Thank you for doing such a beautiful job on our drum table. What a transformation! The piece looks great in our updated living room. We are grateful for your wonderful work!

Cabinet Refinishing

Sylvia was great to work with. She provided me with several samples of stains for my cabinets and beams. She was flexible in her schedule and met all deadlines. Her work is very beautiful and I love all she did. I will hire her again for additional work I am considering.

Michelle - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-01T18:50:34+00:00

Michelle - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia was great to work with. She provided me with several samples of stains for my cabinets and beams. She was flexible in her schedule and met all deadlines. Her work is very beautiful and I love all she did. I will hire her again for additional work I am considering.

Kitchen Cabinet and Bar Refinishing

We recently did a small renovation which included our 22-year old kitchen cabinets and bar being refinished by Sylvia. They are our favorite part of the project. The finish is much prettier than I have seen on new factory cabinets coupled with a significant cost savings. Her work is really amazing.

Rain Dance Irrigation & Landscape, Inc. - Mandeville, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-01T18:53:34+00:00

Rain Dance Irrigation & Landscape, Inc. - Mandeville, Louisiana

We recently did a small renovation which included our 22-year old kitchen cabinets and bar being refinished by Sylvia. They are our favorite part of the project. The finish is much prettier than I have seen on new factory cabinets coupled with a significant cost savings. Her work is really amazing.

Working with Sylvia T Designs

Sylvia and I have collaborated on numerous projects which include decorative finishes on walls, ceilings, millwork and cabinetry, as well as, murals, artwork and glass door panels. Working with Sylvia gives me a chance to create designs that are brought to life through her many artistic talents. She lends her expertise to each project and ensures the client's satisfaction. You will not be disappointed working with Sylvia T Designs.

Etalon Studio - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
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2018-09-01T18:30:21+00:00

Etalon Studio - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia and I have collaborated on numerous projects which include decorative finishes on walls, ceilings, millwork and cabinetry, as well as, murals, artwork and glass door panels. Working with Sylvia gives me a chance to create designs that are brought to life through her many artistic talents. She lends her expertise to each project and ensures the client's satisfaction. You will not be disappointed working with Sylvia T Designs.

Kitchen Renovation

We engaged Sylvia during the renovation of our kitchen. The work entailed changes to the wall colors, floor finish, counter tops, and repainting of the cabinets and island. Sylvia was instrumental in identifying the mix of colors and paint style that would complement the other aspects of our home. The overall creativity and knowledge of color matching and paint finishing were key factors in the overall success of the project. She always conducted herself very professionally and completed all work in a timely manner. Sylvia was very easy to work with both in the design and the implementation of the work. In addition, Sylvia developed a plan for repainting the wrought iron stair rail in our house. She worked to provide a truly unique product which aligns with and highlights the lighting and furniture in the foyer. Everyone who comes into our home is impressed with Sylvia’s work. We will use Sylvia again for future projects.

Lisa - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T18:27:47+00:00

Lisa - Covington, Louisiana

We engaged Sylvia during the renovation of our kitchen. The work entailed changes to the wall colors, floor finish, counter tops, and repainting of the cabinets and island. Sylvia was instrumental in identifying the mix of colors and paint style that would complement the other aspects of our home. The overall creativity and knowledge of color matching and paint finishing were key factors in the overall success of the project. She always conducted herself very professionally and completed all work in a timely manner. Sylvia was very easy to work with both in the design and the implementation of the work. In addition, Sylvia developed a plan for repainting the wrought iron stair rail in our house. She worked to provide a truly unique product which aligns with and highlights the lighting and furniture in the foyer. Everyone who comes into our home is impressed with Sylvia’s work. We will use Sylvia again for future projects.

Longway Tavern – Historic French Quarter Restaurant

Each of our projects consist of two components. The first is the preservation of the history, culture and tradition of New Orleans and the sense of place implied by these old buildings. The second is populating these buildings with a team that embodies exactly what we think the 21st century New Orleans experience should be. Sylvia allows us to do both at the same time.

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T19:09:22+00:00

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Each of our projects consist of two components. The first is the preservation of the history, culture and tradition of New Orleans and the sense of place implied by these old buildings. The second is populating these buildings with a team that embodies exactly what we think the 21st century New Orleans experience should be. Sylvia allows us to do both at the same time.
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“Sylvia T. Designs has been honoring tradition and progress for nearly 25 years in the New Orleans area. We’re dedicated to respecting and perpetuating the craftsmanship and artistry that built the city. We celebrate NOLA’s history and culture through our work on every single project, every single day!”

~ Sylvia Thompson-Dias, Owner & Artist, Sylvia T. Designs

@SylviaTDesigns | #YourSpaceasaWorkofArt | #HonoringTraditionandProgress

Phone: (504) 435-8081 | Email: Contact “at” SylviaTDesigns.com

Wallpaper? Think Decoratively Painted Finishes Instead!

Wallpaper? Think Decoratively Painted Finishes Instead!

Searching for a great look that will bring your space to life and also avoid the pitfalls of wallpaper? A decoratively painted finish on your walls or ceiling is the answer! Wallcoverings (wallpaper) are often one dimensional. Even textured...

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Sylvia T Designs – Specializing in a Wide-Range of Plaster Finishes, Products, and Techniques

Sylvia T Designs – Specializing in a Wide-Range of Plaster Finishes, Products, and Techniques

Sylvia T Designs has been delivering beautiful and long-lasting plaster finishes for well-over 20 years. But, that doesn’t mean we have been resting on our laurels! We always strive to keep up with the latest trends, products, and techniques...

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French Quarter Creole Cottage Plaster Wall Finishes

French Quarter Creole Cottage Plaster Wall Finishes

One of Sylvia T Designs specialties is plaster finishes in both new construction and historic properties. We take great care in working with owners, designers, and architects to develop finishes that enhance their space and produce their vision....

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Longway Tavern Opens

Longway Tavern Opens

We're proud and excited to have completed another terrific project for the LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group. Longway Tavern, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans is now open at 719 Toulouse Street. Here's our project press release and, below, see a...

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Sylvia T Designs – “Healing the Bones” – Historic Properties

Sylvia T Designs – “Healing the Bones” – Historic Properties

When working in historic properties, it's imperative to do things properly from the beginning. Often, you will find stopgap or "band-aid" work that may be more expedient, but prone to short-term failure, in these situations. Here, we re-pointed the brick,...

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Instagram post 17909248576343795 Here’s more form the luxury condo project we’re putting the finishing touches on just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans! This is the bedroom where we created a 2-color metallic plaster finish in the style of broken ombre. The finish really pops in the sunlight and makes the space warm and comfortable. Also, it compliments the beaded pendant lights – one of the few features held over in the unit from before the extensive remodel we delivered. More soon!
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#yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #plasterfinish #metallicplaster #plaster #interiors #lighting #lightingdesign #kitchencabinets #cabinetryrefinishing #interiordécor #frenchquarter

Here’s more form the luxury condo project we’re putting the finishing touches on just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans! This is the bedroom where we created a 2-color metallic plaster finish in the style of broken ombre. The finish really pops in the sunlight and makes the space warm and comfortable. Also, it compliments the beaded pendant lights – one of the few features held over in the unit from before the extensive remodel we delivered. More soon! . . . . . . #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #plasterfinish #metallicplaster #plaster #interiors #lighting #lightingdesign #kitchencabinets #cabinetryrefinishing #interiordécor #frenchquarter ...

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Instagram post 17847165436574291 We’re putting the finishing touches on the major remodeling project we delivered in an 800-square foot luxury condo just outside of the French Quarter in New Orleans! Here, you can see one of the walls where we created a layered, distressed plaster finish that gives off an upbeat vibe. You can also see part of the factory finished kitchen cabinets we reworked, adding a second layer of upper-cabinets and creating a modern crown cap. We selected a great color tone for them that fits right in. Also, you can see a bit of where we refinished an old door and had it suspended from the 16-foot ceiling over the kitchen to make the area more intimate. From the door, you can see the hanging lighting pendants we selected and had installed at different heights to further the funky feel of the space! More to come on this cool project…
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#yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #plasterfinish #plaster #interiors #lighting #lightingdesign #kitchencabinets #cabinetryrefinishing #interiordécor #frenchquarter

We’re putting the finishing touches on the major remodeling project we delivered in an 800-square foot luxury condo just outside of the French Quarter in New Orleans! Here, you can see one of the walls where we created a layered, distressed plaster finish that gives off an upbeat vibe. You can also see part of the factory finished kitchen cabinets we reworked, adding a second layer of upper-cabinets and creating a modern crown cap. We selected a great color tone for them that fits right in. Also, you can see a bit of where we refinished an old door and had it suspended from the 16-foot ceiling over the kitchen to make the area more intimate. From the door, you can see the hanging lighting pendants we selected and had installed at different heights to further the funky feel of the space! More to come on this cool project… . . . . . . #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #plasterfinish #plaster #interiors #lighting #lightingdesign #kitchencabinets #cabinetryrefinishing #interiordécor #frenchquarter ...

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Instagram post 17887860862381193 Here’s a picture from a recent photoshoot for an upcoming feature in New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazine. Sylvia T Designs will be the “Face of Interior Design” for the fall issue and we’ll also be quoted in the “Ask the Experts” column where we give advice on breathing new life into antique furniture and other elements in your space. We’ll let you know when it drops!

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles and Jeff Strout.
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#yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #frenchquarter #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #restoration #historicpreservation #neworleanspreservation #preservenola #mural #plasterfinish #plaster #plasterrestoration #interiors

Here’s a picture from a recent photoshoot for an upcoming feature in New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazine. Sylvia T Designs will be the “Face of Interior Design” for the fall issue and we’ll also be quoted in the “Ask the Experts” column where we give advice on breathing new life into antique furniture and other elements in your space. We’ll let you know when it drops! Photo courtesy of New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles and Jeff Strout. . . . . . . #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #frenchquarter #neworleans #itsyournola #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #showmeyournola #remodel #restoration #historicpreservation #neworleanspreservation #preservenola #mural #plasterfinish #plaster #plasterrestoration #interiors ...

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Instagram post 17846362993535072 We love turning residential spaces into works of art! On this project, a luxury condo in downtown New Orleans just outside of the French Quarter, we transformed the entire space for the owners based on their vision and how they want to enjoy its use. Here, in the foyer, we delivered a reflective metallic finish on the walls and ceiling. We also added a hand-painted classic Damask stencil to the walls. The metallic plaster finish, especially on the ceiling, mimics the feel of the sky and gives this small area a sense of greater space! Much more on this project coming soon!
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#yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinish #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #handpainted #stencil #plasterfinish #metallicplaster #damask #plaster #plastering #decorativepaint #wallfinish #ceilingfinish #residential #remodel

We love turning residential spaces into works of art! On this project, a luxury condo in downtown New Orleans just outside of the French Quarter, we transformed the entire space for the owners based on their vision and how they want to enjoy its use. Here, in the foyer, we delivered a reflective metallic finish on the walls and ceiling. We also added a hand-painted classic Damask stencil to the walls. The metallic plaster finish, especially on the ceiling, mimics the feel of the sky and gives this small area a sense of greater space! Much more on this project coming soon! . . . . . . #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #artisan #craftsman #craftsmanship #craftsperson #craftswoman #decorativeartist #fauxfinish #fauxfinisher #artist #designer #interiordesigner #interiordesign #nola #neworleans #nolaphotoguild #iheartnola #handpainted #stencil #plasterfinish #metallicplaster #damask #plaster #plastering #decorativepaint #wallfinish #ceilingfinish #residential #remodel ...

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Instagram post 18083777926024729 @marzzattackk is a key factor in @belleepoque_fq team!
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#womenempowerment #womeninbusiness #decorativeartist #artisan #designer #craftsperson #craftsperson #interiordesign #plaster #plasterwalls #neworleans #nola #historicarchitecture #plasterfinish #customstencils #stencilart #graphicdesign #graphicartist

@marzzattackk is a key factor in @belleepoque_fq team! . . . . . . #womenempowerment #womeninbusiness #decorativeartist #artisan #designer #craftsperson #craftsperson #interiordesign #plaster #plasterwalls #neworleans #nola #historicarchitecture #plasterfinish #customstencils #stencilart #graphicdesign #graphicartist ...

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Instagram post 18056606644142087 @belleepoque_fq is sexy! Visit a step back in time.

@belleepoque_fq is sexy! Visit a step back in time. ...

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Instagram post 17906873842329923 Verre Eglomise at Belle Epoque! @carmenomonoxide so happy to have you at my side!

Verre Eglomise at Belle Epoque! @carmenomonoxide so happy to have you at my side! ...

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Instagram post 18062122915123400 Thank you @deathandcompany, @dkproprietors, and @sylvainneworleans  for entrusting us to deliver the signage for the Death and Co popup takeover at Sylvain this evening!
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#honoringtraditionandprogress #signage #signpainter #graphicartist #graphicarts #artisan #decorativeartist #talesofthecocktail @tales_of_the_cocktail #designer #bar #bardesign #cocktails #craftcocktails

Thank you @deathandcompany, @dkproprietors, and @sylvainneworleans for entrusting us to deliver the signage for the Death and Co popup takeover at Sylvain this evening! . . . . . . #honoringtraditionandprogress #signage #signpainter #graphicartist #graphicarts #artisan #decorativeartist #talesofthecocktail @tales_of_the_cocktail #designer #bar #bardesign #cocktails #craftcocktails ...

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Instagram post 17990286910247266 Installing the signage for @deathandcompany pop up takeover at Sylvain this evening during @tales_of_the_cocktail. Take down tomorrow morning.
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.#honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #talesofthecocktail #signpainter #signage #graphicartist #graphicarts #designer @dkproprietors

Installing the signage for @deathandcompany pop up takeover at Sylvain this evening during @tales_of_the_cocktail. Take down tomorrow morning. . . . . . .#honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #talesofthecocktail #signpainter #signage #graphicartist #graphicarts #designer @dkproprietors ...

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Instagram post 17901721786344359 A perfect kickoff to @tales_of_the_cocktail! @belleepoque_fq has opened! We are proud of our design and finish work in this amazing Absinthe lounge. We are happy to be in the company of a talented team of women!
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#honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #interiordesigner #designer #bardesign #absinthe #absinthebar #restaurantdesign #plasterfinish #plaster #limeplaster #venetianplaster #verreeglomise #talesofthecocktail #historicarchitecture #craftsperson #craftswoman

A perfect kickoff to @tales_of_the_cocktail! @belleepoque_fq has opened! We are proud of our design and finish work in this amazing Absinthe lounge. We are happy to be in the company of a talented team of women! . . . . . . #honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #interiordesigner #designer #bardesign #absinthe #absinthebar #restaurantdesign #plasterfinish #plaster #limeplaster #venetianplaster #verreeglomise #talesofthecocktail #historicarchitecture #craftsperson #craftswoman ...

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Instagram post 18048996469156197 We're excited for Tales this week! Welcoming friends from out of town and hanging with dear friends in town! See you Wednesday!
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#onenightonly #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #craftswoman  #imbibegram #drinkstagram #totc2019 #bartender #mixology #signage #handpainted #handlettering #frenchquarter

We're excited for Tales this week! Welcoming friends from out of town and hanging with dear friends in town! See you Wednesday! . . . . . . #onenightonly #yourspaceasaworkofart #honoringtraditionandprogress #decorativeartist #artisan #craftswoman #imbibegram #drinkstagram #totc2019 #bartender #mixology #signage #handpainted #handlettering #frenchquarter ...

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