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Master of Interior Design

Valorie Hart

Photographed by Greg Miles

When Valorie Hart brought her years of experience in the event planning field to the world of interior design, her distinctive approach was well-received. Clients embraced her use of vivid color and blending of vintage, antique and modern, while magazines, books and websites, (including Big Easy Style, Milieu and Apartment Therapy) published her fresh aesthetic. At the same time, Hart’s popular design blog (thevisualvamp.blogspot.com) became a launch pad for her work as a design writer. In addition to her ongoing contributions to this publication, she’s the author of House Proud: Unique Home Design, Louisiana (with photos by Sara Essex Bradley), published in 2013. Her work also is included in It’s the Little Things, by Suzanna Salk, due out next year. “I have been in the business of creating beautiful spaces for many years,” says the designer, stylist and author. Hart credits both her “mission impossible” database of craftspeople, artists, vendors, contractors and other associates as well as the inspiration that comes from her visually arresting New Orleans environs as part of her success. “New Orleans is filled with a stunning array of talent and an amazing selection of materials to work with,” she says. “People in New Orleans really care for their homes and want them to be welcoming places that shine.”

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