Emily Walker Puckett, owner of Em’s Boutique in Metairie, has an exuberant and high-energy style that is well-curated in both her popular women’s clothing shop and her vibrant Uptown home. As she explains, “my home makes me happy the minute I walk in the front door. I’m always drawn to texture and color and I love all things animal.” Just like in her boutique, which is celebrating its 14th year, this renovated Italianate double shotgun house, bold in color and layered with collected treasures, is an artful mix of pattern, periods, and personality. The house had been newly renovated when Emily purchased it and the floorplan was perfect – public rooms one side and all the private rooms on the other. But Emily, newly married, wanted to put her own stamp on the home the Pucketts use when not in Houston, their home base.


Designer Chad Graci, a master at creating spaces that are as stylish as they are comfortable, brought his expertise to the project. First the bathrooms and closets were updated with a luxurious spa-like vibe and the entire house got a fresh coat of White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The kitchen had just been redone by the previous owners, so Chad focused on changing the existing basic lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware to achieve a more intentional look.

Lacquered pendant lights with touches of burnished gold and sleek brass hardware immediately dialed up the glamour of the honed marble countertops and center island. With a punchy boho rug from Slate Interiors and a papier-mâché cow’s head from Perch, this kitchen quickly became more “Emily.”

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Essentials in place, Chad and Emily tackled the fun part: decoration. Emily had a treasure trove of beautiful elephant porcelains, favorite animal prints, eclectic art, and natural stone sculptures – a testament to the spirited collected look she loves.

Since each room flows into the other, Chad employed a full range of pinks as the unifying thread using dollops of silver, gold, and Lucite as shimmery accents. Chad’s signature style is that confidant mix of vintage and antique finds punctuated with modern statement pieces and visual decorative flourishes, and that totally jived with Emily’s aesthetic.

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A handsome hand-painted floor in the foyer makes a grand entrance. Here, an antique gilt Louis Philippe mirror that Chad found at Renaissance Interiors looks great in a room filled with vintage finds and a contemporary chandelier. A talented, trained eye like Chad’s is required when scanning estate sales, Etsy, and 1stdibs for cool furnishings with potential, and the mod brass lamp, retro acrylic rocker, and large urn with brass stems are all fabulous finds. The pair of carved snakes on the glass console and ceramic elephant bookends on the mantle are pieces from Emily’s menagerie.

In the living room, a beefy emerald green Jonathon Adler velvet sofa anchors the space and the ram’s head coffee table base that Chad found on 1stdibs brings the wow factor. A pair of campaign-style arm chairs with plump cheetah print cushions and an exquisite Indian mosaic accent chair from Perch fit right in.

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It’s in the dining room that things get sexy. As nods to Emily’s fashion sense, the walls are dressed in on-trend Brett Design ombre paper in warm grey with pink and the ceiling is lacquered blush. Chad had the hardware on a pair of spectacular Italian blown-glass lighting fixtures gold leafed and layered a hide rug over a sisal carpet for additional texture and drama. The antique wood marble-topped chest, another Renaissance Interiors score, is granny-chic when paired with a contemporary Saarinen table and swanky Lucite and brass chairs with pink metallic leather seats.

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The bright, sunny family room is all about lounging. Layers of textural neutrals – patterned sisal, hide, silvered velvet, and leather – punched up with color in the art and pillows create an inviting space designed for relaxing. With eye-candy accessories, elements of glamour, and a love for color, Emily’s fresh fashion sense shines just as brightly at home as it does in her popular shop.

This story appeared in the Summer 2019 Issue of Adore.