Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gorgeous at Domaine Home

I love to see where my paintings ultimately call home..... That they are featured on Domaine Home ... well, that's "lagniappe" (as we love to say here in New Orleans)!

Original Acrylic Painting by Karina Gentinetta

Interior Designer:  Melissa Rufty of MMR Interiors
Home:  Sally and Richard Edrington’s Greek Revival row house, designed by architect Henry Howard in the Garden District of New Orleans, LA.

Photograph by Domaine Home

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Friday, September 13, 2013

A Painting to Bond a Friendship

It is always so very humbling and utterly surprising to me when my work in some way touches the emotions and lives of people whom I've really never met, whether they are here in New Orleans or across the world.  I have been so fortunate in the past 3 years since I left the practice of law to take this journey into my creative side to have met individuals, especially women, from all walks of life.  From Australia to Rome to Connecticut .... these women all share my passion for life, diversity in creativity, compassion, design and family.  I have forged great friendships with them that transcend the miles and differences between us.  One such friend is Susanna Salk -- author, designer, television personality, writer, mother and wife extraordinaire.

So when Susanna mentioned in passing one day during one of long distance phone conversations that she loved my paintings (a passion which I only recently have had the courage to pursue), I set out immediately to give her the one gift I knew I could give her from my heart that would in some way repay her for all the pep talks, emotional support and true friendship she has given me over the years since our paths first crossed.  I wanted so much for this painting to convey to Susanna the admiration, respect and love I have for her that it terrified me that somehow the simple strokes on the canvas would simply not do those emotions justice.  Would she like it?  Would she love it?  Would it fit in her beautiful home and world?  But, most significantly, would it be our bond to some secret divine order of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood?

Well, Susanna, in all her Susanna-hood, did more than just accept my gift.  In a way that only Susanna Salk can, she wrote the most beautiful and touching post about my gift wherein she answered all my questions and fears.  I invite you to read it here and then to discover Susanna's world and work.

Susanna's painting (

With five (5) successful design books under her belt, Susanna is currently working on her next book, “Decorate Fearlessly: Using whimsy, confidence and a dash of surprise to create personal spaces,” featuring not only "our" painting but also my own home in New Orleans.  Be on the lookout for it on April 2014 from Rizzoli.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

50 Shades of Purple

It seems these days I'm just mad about purple, every shade of it -- amethyst, eggplant, violet, blue-violet, plum, orchid, magenta, lavender......  As House Beautiful so amply describes it: "It's royal. It's papal. It's eccentric. It's feminine. Most likely you either love it or hate it. But you can't argue: The color purple is looking very good right now."

So I've been busy incorporating all shades of this gorgeous color into all of my creations this season.  Take a look at some of my new inventory on 1stdibs.  Most of these are on display on the 1stdibs floor at the New York Design Center (at 200 Lexington Avenue).

Magnificent Large Amethyst and White Vistosi Disc Chandelier (36" diameter).  Click here.

Pair of Amethyst and Silver Silk Pillows.  Click here.

Breathtaking 19th c. Italian Giltwood Settee with Iridescent Purple Silk Taffeta.  Click here.

Pair of French Louis XVI Painted Armchairs in Purple Velvet.  Click here.

Exquisite Set of 8 French Walnut Empire Style Dining Chairs Upholstered in Magenta Silk Fabric.  Click here.

Decadent Louis XVI Giltwood Armchair in Fuschia Velvet.  Click here.

Breathtaking Pair of Handblown Murano Glass Blue-Violet Lamps.  Just arrived from Italy to my showroom in NYC.  Will be uploaded to my 1stdibs storefront soon!  For questions, call the 1stdibs showroom at 

Original Abstract by Karina Gentinetta, Signed (48" x 48").  Painted on stretched canvas in acrylic with hues of magenta, purples and pinks, with the perfect touch of black.  Click here.

When purple can look this good in a room, why would you go with anything else?????

The elegant French Quarter Pied-a-Terre of Lisa Donofrio and Brian Valzania (photograph by Sara Essex Bradley; designer, Evelyne Clinton). New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine - Winter 2012