Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church Restoration

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

For nearly 175 years Our Lady of the Gulf Church has served the parishioners of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The current church, completed in 1908, has been through many storms and repairs most recently after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While those repairs left the building serviceable, much remained to be done. Plaster damage dulled paint, outdated lighting, and time-worn cabinetry and millwork left this holy space less than inspiring. Also, the marble altar rail remained crated up in storage awaiting its return.

The project scope included updates to all of these areas once the new roof was installed, pointing of brick and protective coverings to windows was complete. The interior surfaces were cleaned, repaired, and painted from floor to ceiling with a crisp new color scheme based on the original but updated to enliven the space. Artists were commissioned to repair and improve the decorative figures and stenciling painted throughout the space, and lighting was updated to current standards using efficient and color correct LED lamps. New historically accurate pendant fixtures were purchased and installed above the side aisles.


My husband and I worked with Nora on the redesign and updating of our kitchen. Nora did a great job of taking our kitchen into the present day without taking away from or altering the style of our 1860's cottage. Nora was a great help in rethinking the way we use our rooms, suggesting turning the formal parlor into our dinning room which resulted in a fresh more open layout of our home accented by her paint color selections.

--Pamela Yoder, Client


Nora was a dream to work with and did an outstanding job on our sorority chapter room! The women are beyond excited about their new design and everything was done professionally and on time. I would certainly use her services in the future! I can not say enough about how pleased we are!

--Sherri Arias, House Corporation Board


After working with Ed and Nora on several historical projects, I have come to greatly admire their respect for the existing structure as well as respecting their clients' wishes. The attention to detail is unmatched and their designs blend seamlessly between old and new. The results are always happy clients.

--Ed Madden, Ed Madden Woodworks


My husband and I worked with Nora on the interior re-design of our home and she was absolutely fantastic. She did a great job identifying our style and blending it with her vision of what our house could become. We are thrilled with the results! Nora also helped us make design choices on window treatments and furniture upholstery. She was very professional and her expertise saved us countless hours and energy. Nora put us at ease and we never felt awkward when we had to re-evaluate an idea and stick within our budget. She offered a range of options at different price points. Most importantly, she helped us make the most of the treasured items we already owned and transformed this house into our home. Her ideas, eye for design, and talent make Nora a real joy to work with!

--Stephanie Myrick, Client