(Photo by Kerri McCaffety for Southern Accents Magazine)

"Color is one of the most powerful elements in design. Color is light and energy; the most effective door to emotion, yet the least expensive element to work with. By simply changing the color of a room, you can literally transform your life." - Ellen Kennon



Since 1982, interior designer Ellen Kennon has been creating environments often described as magical and healing. In addition to running her own design firm, Ellen was head of interiors for Peter Marino Architect's Manhattan office whose clients included Valentino, Yves St. Laurent and Calvin Klein. Ellen has decorated numerous residences and offices in New York and the Gulf South and also created the architectural design for several country retreats including Harmony House, debuted as a decorator showcase house in Saint Francisville. Ellen's holistic approach to creating interiors is featured in House Beautiful The Home Book: Creating a Beautiful Home of Your Own.

In 2001 Ellen created her line of Full Spectrum Paints and although she has never advertised, they have been featured in numerous national publications including Architectural Digest Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Southern Accents Magazine, New York Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Renovation Style, Home Living Connecticut, Palm Beach Cottage & Gardens and House Beautiful Magazine and House Beautiful books Colors for Your Home, Style 101: 400 Designer Secrets to a Beautiful Home and 500+ Favorite Paint Colors. House Beautiful's articles have featured Ellen as one of "twelve major players in design" and "three of the best color consultants".

Ellen created a custom color palette for renowned artist Hunt Slonem's exhibit at the Ogden Musuem in New Orleans that was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and is also featured in Slonem's books, When Art Meets Design and Pleasure Palaces: The Art & Homes of Hunt Slonem . Her philosophy on color therapy is quoted in James Morgan's critically acclaimed book Chasing Matisse.

In addition to paint, Ellen offers a collection of custom furniture for home and garden. She won an Alpha Award in New Orleans for furniture design and designed a collection of iron and limestone furniture which was featured in Architectural Digest Magazine.

Ellen is a public speaker who recently spoke at D&D Building's Fall Market in NYC and her seasonal newsletter, Living Well, has over 5900 subscribers.


"Exquisite interior design, and most luxuries imaginable. Very private. Repeatedly described as magical."

-Fodor's Gulf South Travel Guide on Shadetree Inn (created by Ellen Kennon)

"Ellen is a magician with color, texture and space. Walking into one of Ellen's creations becomes a spiritual experience. She captured the spiritual essence of Hemingbough."

-Arlin Deese, Hemingbough Conference & Convention Center, St. Francisville, Louisiana

"Ellen is very intuitive at assessing exactly what it takes to create an environment that helps put the client in touch with his inner self. She's like a 'ghostbuster'. She can clear a room with hundreds of years of negativity, lighting the dark corners so that angels can come in and play."

-Iris Williams, Spiritual Counselor & Intuitive

"She has a tremendous amount of innate design talent. Also, her confidence is remarkable: She doesn't know what she can't do therefore she can do anything."

-Architect Steven Bingler as quoted in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana




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