Penny D. Francis

Neighborhood: Uptown

Principal Designer & Owner

Eclectic Home

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Describe what you love about what you do.

I find that creating beautiful spaces that reflect my clients and how they live to be an amazing opportunity. I continue to love every moment of the process and execution of design. I feel it's an honor to help create memories for families for a lifetime.

What about New Orleans inspires you?

It's so hard to name one thing. There is a reason so many are born and raised here and never leave, or they return. It becomes part of your DNA.

Describe what you see as our future.

What I would like to see is a city where there is equity in education, business opportunities, housing, and where all families feel safe raising their children. I see our future as continued growth in the arts and tourism.

Describe the greatest influence on your life.

The greatest influence I had in my life has been my parents. They instilled an incredible work ethic, independence, and support that anything is possible if you are willing to do the work.

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Favorite restaurant: Doris Metropolitan

Favorite bar: Bar Marilou

Favorite simple indulgence: Cheetos and Lemonheads

Best book you've read in the past year: The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley

Favorite album of all time: Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

Name a necessary extravagance: International travel

Favorite musical concert ever: Prince

Interviews have been edited and condensed.

This article appeared in the A-List 2021 Issue of Adore Magazine.