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January 19, 2015


Ingrid Chandelier


New Orleans native Julie Neill worked for many years as an interior designer before launching her collection of NOLA-inspired lighting.

The company: Julie Neill Designs creates custom, hand-crafted lighting for residential and commercial spaces. The New Orleans company is well known for its hand-painted and hand-applied finishes.

The founder: Neill graduated with a fine arts degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She worked for several years as an interior designer and decorative painter before she began to design custom furniture and lighting. In 2000, Neill opened her design studio and retail shop in New Orleans, where she grew up.

Main goods: Custom chandeliers ($1,500 and up), scones ($650 and up) and lanterns ($1,500 and up) in signature finishes and materials, ranging from iron and crystal to wood and plaster. Neill describes her lighting styles as modern interpretations of classic forms – and definitely New Orleans inspired.

Hot lights: Drum-shaped chandeliers, including the Ingrid (above), Meme and Quinn. Also the best-selling empire-shaped crystal chandeliers (Isabelle and Alynne). The French-inspired wood chandeliers with iron arms and wood tassels also are popular.

Recent (& fun) project: Created the lighting for the newly renovated Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. “Creating the bird-cage like lanterns for the restaurant’s bird-themed bar was an especially fun part of the project,” said Neill.

Big breaks: Being featured in Veranda, Elle Décor and Luxe magazines. Also designing lighting for high-profile locations, including Brennan’s, the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, The House of Blues in Dallas and the Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta.

Where to buy: When you are in New Orleans, visit the showroom at 3908 Magazine St., 504-899-4201.



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