Southern Style Now Festival & Showhouse in New Orleans


{This chic palette is the inspiration and jumping off point for the bedroom I am designing for the Southern Style Now Showhouse. I am so excited to debut one of deGournay’s latest techniques on a custom-designed silk wallpaper that is being hand-gilded with 12 carat white gold and aluminum for our room!}

Have you heard about the fabulous Southern Style Now Festival and Showhouse taking place in New Orleans this May? I’ve been invited to design a bedroom for the showhouse and could not be more thrilled. Housed in an 1895 Queen Anne Victorian on St. Charles Avenue, the Showhouse is part of an exciting new initiative, Southern Style Now, created by the brilliant Robert Leleux and sponsored by Traditional Home. I had the pleasure of working with Robert while he was Editor-in-Chief of Domino when they photographed my home for the magazine. A fellow Houstonian, Robert has an affinity for all things Southern. His love of design and the South has culminated in Southern Style Now— a festival which will take place May 18-22 in New Orleans and will include inspiring keynotes and panel discussions; exhibitions, antiques tours, exclusive dinners and cocktail parties, and of course, the showhouse. Southern Style Now “pays homage to our region’s cultural traditions, while exploring the innovative ways they are being reinterpreted and redefined.” It is all about burgeoning talent and Southern Style through a modern lens.

southern style now showhouse

Robert has culled the best and brightest in Southern design talent for this momentous occasion. I am honored to participate alongside luminaries and talents who either live in, originate from, or have spent extensive time in the South, including Bunny Williams, India Hicks, Sophie Donelson, Lisa Fine, Sara Ruffin Costello, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Suzanne Rheinstein, Amanda Nisbet, Melissa Rufty, Shaun Smith, William McLure, Brian Patrick Flynn, Gerrie Bremermann, Reagan Hayes, and many others. Southern Style Now is sure to be one of the most incredible design events of the year and it is certainly one you shouldn’t miss! There will be an abundance of inspiration and a grand time had by all. After all, we will be in New Orleans! The full schedule was recently published and the festival promises to be filled with can’t miss events including inspiring key notes from Serena Dugan of Serena & Lily, India Hicks, and Bunny Williams as well as lively panel discussions on topics ranging from Southern Bloggers including yours truly (come see us on Friday, May 20th at 9:00 am) and other topics such as The New Traditional, PR Legends of the Interiors Trade, and Southern Entertaining. Be sure to register for this fantastic event before tickets sell out!


I can’t wait to share more with you about the bedroom I am designing. I am especially thrilled to be working with some fabulous partners including deGournay for the most incredible custom wallpaper, Williams Sonoma Home for some furnishings and accessories, Schumacher for exquisite fabrics, New Orleans artist Alexis Walter for beautiful art, New Orleans lighting designer Julie Neill for a gorgeous, custom chandelier, Circa Lighting for chic table lamps, and Woodard for the outdoor furniture on the terrace adjacent to our bedroom. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at some of  the renderings my talented assistant, Devon created.
Paloma Contreras Design | Southern Style Now Showhouse

Don’t miss out! I’ll see you in New Orleans at Southern Style Now!

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  1. The De Gournay wallpaper you showcased is breathtakingly beautiful. How fabulous with your silk, trims, and then pops of pink and green! We will be waiting for the pictures afterwards! Congratulations!