Sylvia T. Designs is a full-service decorative arts firm with over 20 years of experience delivering top-quality work in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area.

We have an extensive background in commercial, residential, and historical projects, both small and large-scale.

Historic Restaurant Renovation in the French Quarter

All of our projects start with the building. We find old buildings with great bones that deserve to be preserved and reintroduced to everyone so that they may experience the history and sense of place in New Orleans. Sylvia is literally the person single most responsible for bringing them back to life with her restoration and decorative arts work. Once we have an amazing old building that we think people should experience, we create an idea for what type of restaurant would be authentic to the space. We then work with Sylvia to bring those ideas and the place to life.

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T19:06:35+00:00

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

All of our projects start with the building. We find old buildings with great bones that deserve to be preserved and reintroduced to everyone so that they may experience the history and sense of place in New Orleans. Sylvia is literally the person single most responsible for bringing them back to life with her restoration and decorative arts work. Once we have an amazing old building that we think people should experience, we create an idea for what type of restaurant would be authentic to the space. We then work with Sylvia to bring those ideas and the place to life.

Fireplace Refinish

Sylvia was very attentive to my style and wishes. She made a sample piece so I could see how it would look before she started. She was prompt and professional. Her price was reasonable.

Arnold - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T19:00:30+00:00

Arnold - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia was very attentive to my style and wishes. She made a sample piece so I could see how it would look before she started. She was prompt and professional. Her price was reasonable.

Kitchen Renovation

We engaged Sylvia during the renovation of our kitchen. The work entailed changes to the wall colors, floor finish, counter tops, and repainting of the cabinets and island. Sylvia was instrumental in identifying the mix of colors and paint style that would complement the other aspects of our home. The overall creativity and knowledge of color matching and paint finishing were key factors in the overall success of the project. She always conducted herself very professionally and completed all work in a timely manner. Sylvia was very easy to work with both in the design and the implementation of the work. In addition, Sylvia developed a plan for repainting the wrought iron stair rail in our house. She worked to provide a truly unique product which aligns with and highlights the lighting and furniture in the foyer. Everyone who comes into our home is impressed with Sylvia’s work. We will use Sylvia again for future projects.

Lisa - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T18:27:47+00:00

Lisa - Covington, Louisiana

We engaged Sylvia during the renovation of our kitchen. The work entailed changes to the wall colors, floor finish, counter tops, and repainting of the cabinets and island. Sylvia was instrumental in identifying the mix of colors and paint style that would complement the other aspects of our home. The overall creativity and knowledge of color matching and paint finishing were key factors in the overall success of the project. She always conducted herself very professionally and completed all work in a timely manner. Sylvia was very easy to work with both in the design and the implementation of the work. In addition, Sylvia developed a plan for repainting the wrought iron stair rail in our house. She worked to provide a truly unique product which aligns with and highlights the lighting and furniture in the foyer. Everyone who comes into our home is impressed with Sylvia’s work. We will use Sylvia again for future projects.

Historic French Quarter Creole Cottage

The results that Sylvia and her crew created for my cottage in the French Quarter exceeded my expectations. From the consult, to the color selection and previews of samples she created, to the professional way the work itself was conducted, but mostly to the final outcome. Not only do I admire the walls every day, but the number of compliments I hear also proves that the job is fantastic. The cost was more than for some other finishes, but it seemed very reasonable for the work involved and certainly for the result, which is so beautiful!

Corky Willhite - French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-11T14:39:18+00:00

Corky Willhite - French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

The results that Sylvia and her crew created for my cottage in the French Quarter exceeded my expectations. From the consult, to the color selection and previews of samples she created, to the professional way the work itself was conducted, but mostly to the final outcome. Not only do I admire the walls every day, but the number of compliments I hear also proves that the job is fantastic. The cost was more than for some other finishes, but it seemed very reasonable for the work involved and certainly for the result, which is so beautiful!

Kitchen Cabinet and Bar Refinishing

We recently did a small renovation which included our 22-year old kitchen cabinets and bar being refinished by Sylvia. They are our favorite part of the project. The finish is much prettier than I have seen on new factory cabinets coupled with a significant cost savings. Her work is really amazing.

Rain Dance Irrigation & Landscape, Inc. - Mandeville, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T18:53:34+00:00

Rain Dance Irrigation & Landscape, Inc. - Mandeville, Louisiana

We recently did a small renovation which included our 22-year old kitchen cabinets and bar being refinished by Sylvia. They are our favorite part of the project. The finish is much prettier than I have seen on new factory cabinets coupled with a significant cost savings. Her work is really amazing.

Longway Tavern – Historic French Quarter Restaurant

Each of our projects consist of two components. The first is the preservation of the history, culture and tradition of New Orleans and the sense of place implied by these old buildings. The second is populating these buildings with a team that embodies exactly what we think the 21st century New Orleans experience should be. Sylvia allows us to do both at the same time.

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T19:09:22+00:00

Robért LeBlanc, proprietor of LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group - New Orleans, Louisiana

Each of our projects consist of two components. The first is the preservation of the history, culture and tradition of New Orleans and the sense of place implied by these old buildings. The second is populating these buildings with a team that embodies exactly what we think the 21st century New Orleans experience should be. Sylvia allows us to do both at the same time.

Cabinet Refinishing

Sylvia was great to work with. She provided me with several samples of stains for my cabinets and beams. She was flexible in her schedule and met all deadlines. Her work is very beautiful and I love all she did. I will hire her again for additional work I am considering.

Michelle - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T18:50:34+00:00

Michelle - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia was great to work with. She provided me with several samples of stains for my cabinets and beams. She was flexible in her schedule and met all deadlines. Her work is very beautiful and I love all she did. I will hire her again for additional work I am considering.

Working with Sylvia T Designs

Sylvia and I have collaborated on numerous projects which include decorative finishes on walls, ceilings, millwork and cabinetry, as well as, murals, artwork and glass door panels. Working with Sylvia gives me a chance to create designs that are brought to life through her many artistic talents. She lends her expertise to each project and ensures the client's satisfaction. You will not be disappointed working with Sylvia T Designs.

Etalon Studio - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia T Designs, Decorative Artist, Cabinet Refinishing, Plaster Finishes, Faux Finishes, Murals, Historic Restoration, Historic Renovation, New Orleans
5.0
2018-09-01T18:30:21+00:00

Etalon Studio - Covington, Louisiana

Sylvia and I have collaborated on numerous projects which include decorative finishes on walls, ceilings, millwork and cabinetry, as well as, murals, artwork and glass door panels. Working with Sylvia gives me a chance to create designs that are brought to life through her many artistic talents. She lends her expertise to each project and ensures the client's satisfaction. You will not be disappointed working with Sylvia T Designs.
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“It’s the Tricentennial of New Orleans. As always, but certainly during this very special year, Sylvia T. Designs is dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the craftsmanship and artistry that built the city. We celebrate NOLA’s history and tradition through our work on every project every day!”

~ Sylvia Thompson-Dias, Owner & Artist, Sylvia T. Designs

Sylvia T Designs – Specializing in a Wide-Range of Plaster Finishes, Products, and Techniques

Sylvia T Designs – Specializing in a Wide-Range of Plaster Finishes, Products, and Techniques

Sylvia T Designs has been delivering beautiful and long-lasting plaster finishes for well-over 20 years. But, that doesn’t mean we have been resting on our laurels! We always strive to keep up with the latest trends, products, and techniques...

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French Quarter Creole Cottage Plaster Wall Finishes

French Quarter Creole Cottage Plaster Wall Finishes

One of Sylvia T Designs specialties is plaster finishes in both new construction and historic properties. We take great care in working with owners, designers, and architects to develop finishes that enhance their space and produce their vision....

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Longway Tavern Opens

Longway Tavern Opens

We're proud and excited to have completed another terrific project for the LeBlanc+Smith Restaurant Group. Longway Tavern, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans is now open at 719 Toulouse Street. Here's our project press release and, below, see a...

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Sylvia T Designs – “Healing the Bones” – Historic Properties

Sylvia T Designs – “Healing the Bones” – Historic Properties

When working in historic properties, it's imperative to do things properly from the beginning. Often, you will find stopgap or "band-aid" work that may be more expedient, but prone to short-term failure, in these situations. Here, we re-pointed the brick,...

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