‘s design career began when she met John Loring (Tiffany’s Design Director of 28 years) and invited him for cocktails at her Pacific Heights, CA “Mansion”. At a very young age, Diane (who was a teacher at the time), had purchased the magical house and property and had just completed the renovation and decorating.
She had imported almost everything from France including 18th century boiseries (wood paneling), fireplace mantels, antique furnishings and many architectural elements that all fit beautifully into her design. She hired a small army of artists to execute her ideas of painted effects, murals, faux finishes, hand painted floor designs, trompe l’oeil, and cabinet makers to install the boiseries.
John Loring, then New York bureau chief for Architectural Digest, was so impressed that he called Paige Rense, the editor in chief of AD to inform her that Diane Burn’s house was a “must see”.
Within six months, her masterpiece was on the cover of AD followed by an impressive ten page article. Thus began a thirty year design career journey, leading Diane to Italy, France, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and now Panama…always creating her highly romantic “signature design style”. Diane is also a specialist in renovations, with most of her designs being a complete transformation, from the bare structure to the end finishing touches.
In 30 years Diane’s extensive design career has taken her to Italy, France, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach and Panama.
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