I personally adore her work and an coveting a bright “color spot” in my life.
We also must be soul sisters because we both adore Iris Apfel.
Enjoy getting to know a little story about her brave and bold spirit first…
“I wanted to include one story that didn’t necessarily fall under one of your questions but that has recently been very monumental to my work. On June 1st a fire consumed the building where my studio was in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. No one was hurt thankfully. It was a shock, and very sad. I had just recently pushed out a lot of new work and was in the process of sharing this new collection with galleries across the south. All the new work was lost. I do believe everything happens for a reason, and it taught me that no matter what you have to keep going with your head up. It pushed me into a new series and challenged my work. ” Logan Ledford
Photography by Leah Pipes Meltzer
“You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life’s challenges: you get to find out that you’re capable of being far more than you ever thought possible.”
― Karen Salmonsohn
New Orleans, Louisiana
What is your training?
I went to Louisiana State University and received a B.I.D, Bachelor’s of Interior Design in 2010. I also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art in 2015. I spent my first 5 years out of college working as a graphic designer, 4 of those years at an advertising company in New Orleans.
What inspires you and your designs?
What is your favorite piece?
My favorite piece I have painted to date is on a birch panel 36″ x 36″ titled “OMG, I Love That So Much”, which is an obvious ode to it being my favorite. I just loved the way the colors popped against the raw birch panel.
How has the your area influenced your work?
New Orleans is amazing. So much to do, see, and be involved in. The people are welcoming and inspiring all at the same time. The architecture and brightly colored houses have influenced the way I use and pair colors together. No color combo is too crazy for a historical shotgun house. My color spots remind me of all the little stories you hear throughout the city.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Orleans?
That is a hard one! New Orleans has incredible food and drinks, a foodies dream city. There is an insane amount of talented chefs and mixologists here and we literally live to eat and drink. With that said, I go through phases of loving one place or another, currently my favorite restaurant is Kin.
What is your favorite cocktail?
A Sazerac or Jameson neat
How do you balance personal life and work?
Haha, I don’t, BUT I try really hard. I don’t typically work on the weekends so I can spend time with my family, boyfriend, and friends. That is important to me. Every week is different schedule wise, but consistently I try to eat healthy and get 7 hours of sleep nightly. I’m still searching for the perfect balance formula, hopefully I’ll get there one day.
Bali to relax. I can’t get that little hut from Eat, Pray, Love out of my head.
I would die to do a commission for Iris Apfel. She is the Queen of interiors, style, color, textiles….I could go on and on.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
A small lacquered or acrylic box with one of my signature color spots on top.
Who is your style icon?
Iris Apfel (me too!)
Your favorite up and coming artist?
and Luke Edward Hall
What is your most treasured possession?
A few family heirlooms and old family photographs. Everything else is just stuff and can be replaced.
What are you reading?
A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
What are you listening to?
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
Here is a look at her work by series:
Gold Spot series:
Color Spot Series:
Some work in situ:
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