Aug. 23

 

Interior Design by The Blind Side’s Leigh Anne Tuohy: A Mystery

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Suddenly all of my kids are in high school!  Whoa, how did that happen??

So what does that have to do with the design work of Leigh Anne Tuohy, made famous for her inspirational story told in the film The Blind Side?  Well, today my newly minted freshmen, Chris and Peter, begin pre-season football.  Since football plays a starring role in the  movie, and like me, Leigh Anne Tuohy has a career in design, featuring her work in my blog today seemed like a good idea.

Problem is that despite an exhaustive internet search, I couldn’t find any photos of Leigh Anne’s work.  Sure, the address and phone number of her interior design firm, Flair 1 Interior, pops right up, but she does not have a website for her business.  Imagine that.  I didn’t think that was even possible in this day and age.

I read in several places that the sets for the Tuohy home in the movie were intended to reflect Leigh Anne’s style and her actual home.  Click here to see photos from the set from the Hooked on Houses blog.

I also found a quote from Leigh Anne in the Brentwood Home Page where she commented on the interior design in the movie.  Leigh Anne said, “You think I would have drapes like that in my own house?  Those are the ugliest drapes I have ever seen.”  Here is a shot via Hooked on Houses of the movie’s living room showing what may be the offensive drapery.  So what kind of drapes would she have?

I also learned that Leigh Anne participated in an episode of the reality TV show Extreme Home Makeover this season and she will become a regular on the series next fall.

In this season’s episode for the Williams family, TV squad blog reports that Leigh Anne  bossed around one construction worker and another team member, but I guess things weren’t so bad because they asked her back.

Photo from TV squad

Click here to see a clip from the episode that aired last May.

Finally, I visited the Extreme Home Makeover website to look for examples of Tuohy’s work.  Here are some website photos from the episode that included the Tuohy family.  I read that Leigh Anne took a leadership role in the project and that she was in charge of a locker room, but there were no photos of her space.  These shots are interesting though.  Like a lot of the design on the show, the rooms have a theme park quality.

This first shot is the digital media room by Paul.

This next shot is the daughter’s bedroom designed by Paige and known as the “haystack room” for obvious reasons.

Here is the room were the Williams’ handicapped son will be able to receive therapy.

I guess I will have to tune in to Extreme Home Makeover next fall to see what Leigh Anne’s designs are all about.  I wonder if she will continue the general theme park method of design previously seen on the show?  If you have any photos of Leigh Anne’s design work, please share them!

In the meantime:  GO CHRIS!  GO PETE!  I AM ROOTING FOR YOU!!

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3 Responses to “Interior Design by The Blind Side’s Leigh Anne Tuohy: A Mystery”

  1. That really is a mystery! Most designers do have at least some of their work online these days. How curious! And you’re right–the rooms from “Extreme Home Makeover” do have a “theme-park quality” to them. Ha. Well put.

  2. decorarts says:

    HI Julia,
    I was wondering if perhaps she pulled her website after the publicity of the movie. I plan to watch the show this September. It premieres Sunday, Sept 26 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
    Best,
    Lynn

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