Personal Empowerment Embodied in NOLA Snapshots in “Quit Playing Yourself”

About four years ago, I interviewed up and coming Rhode Island-born transplant and self-taught interior designer Holly Owen for my Spaces & Design column in New Orleans Living Magazine. Armed with a good eye for stylish (and affordable) design and a vivacious, can-do attitude, Owen went from staging real estate properties and sprucing up short-term rentals to curating whole-house interior design projects in New Orleans.

After spending a few years in the Crescent City, Owen moved up north to Maine, but it seems New Orleans never left her soul. After traversing some difficult relationship struggles, as well as several thousand miles, Owens has come out on top launching her first book Quit Playing Yourself, a sort of coffee table photography book combined with life lessons one can only truly learn the hard way.

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, Owen found herself wandering the unusually quiet streets of New Orleans, taking photographs while reflecting upon a rather difficult break-up. Not only did she capture a unique perspective of the city on her walkabout, Owen was able to recapture her own self-worth and previous determination, and now she’s sharing it with you.

Quit Playing Yourself by Holly Owen

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