Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home Girl

The Nola design community is bursting with pride over one of its own being featured in this month's House Beautiful.  Not that Melissa Rufty hasn't been lauded the world over for her explosive design talents, but her very own home is the featured this month.  Pretty cool for her and New Orleans, no?  

Exterior of her Uptown home.
I am tres stupide...I pass this home all the time and just never knew it was MR's!

Melissa Rufty is one of my favorite designers because she captures the pitch perfect essence of the "New" New Orleans....a balanced combination of incredibly traditional antiques and old artifacts with fresh and vibrant punches of color and pattern. 

Trad family pieces combined with perfect punches of ikat on antique chairs.

Signature MR!  The banquette under the entrance foyer stairwell.  Cozy, yet grand, don't you think?
...check out the nailheads on the custom seating.  Love the interplay with the pattern on the cocktail table.

Custom wine closet off of the dining room.  MR calls it a "filling station."
Editor's Note: I am totally stealing that term.
Beautiful textured walls in the dining room, too.

Natch, Leontine linens abounding.   

Curvaceous bed from Bush Antiques set against pale pink walls. 
Tres Nouvelle Orleans!

Genius combination of patterns throughout the home.
Those suzani pillows up against that wallpaper.  Ooh la la...would have never thought.

Now-iconic Amanda Talley paintings abound in New Orleans homes these days and rightfully so.   
MR did her daughter's room in perfectly sweet pinks layered in patterns. 
 (The bold and utiliatrian toy storage under the antique bamboo side tables is a fabu foil, too.)

Blurry pic of a gorgeous tortoise shell.
I have wanted one of these for a long time.  Such a curiosity!

Check out the full spread of Melissa Rufty's beautiful home in House Beautiful this month.  I picked up my copy here and you can too! 



P.S.  I discovered that perch's blog has some far bigger scans than I do...and it sources the fabrics featured throughout the home for you.  Check it if you want to see more pics or purchase some of the fab fabrics for  Chez You. 


  1. LOVE the banquette under the stairs. Most people would've put in a half-bath or something, but I love the idea of a cozy place to curl up with a cocktail!

  2. Hey! Whose pics are you calling blurry?! I had to scan those teeny images from the mag! LOL
    Love that we are all blogging on her and getting her name out there on the internet!
    xo xo

  3. MMR is a rockstar, no question. One of my favorite parts about her is she has such sophisticated taste but is after comfort as well. For example she probably wouldn't buy an antique just for it's looks; it would have to be functional and comfortable as well. I must tell you though, these photos don't really do her crib justice! The whole house has a wonderful light about it that you miss in the pics. We may have to request the "Gimlet exclusive tour"!

  4. Beautiful, I am particularly lusting after that bomb "filling station"...a term I know plan on using too! Delightful Talley painting as well!