First-Place Finishes

Nettie White, owner of

Nettie White Interiors and The Porch in Wildwood.

Photography by That One Summer LLC


Made through Change: I was a professional singer for 20 years. I loved singing, but I was ready for a change. I experimented with one wall doing a faux finish treatment and the next thing I knew I had people asking me to do the same for them. I eventually poured myself into cabinet finishing and have been in business for over 23 years, and we’ve now evolved into a full kitchen remodeling company. The Porch (where my showroom and studio are located) is a lifestyle boutique that features custom sofas, chairs, lighting, accessories and everything beautiful. The one comment we hear most often is “I want to live here.” I couldn’t be more fulfilled!

Double Duty: Running two businesses plays to my strengths, but it also has to do with the teams behind each business. They are the most amazing, creative, smart, talented, passionate and caring group I could have the privilege of working with every day. I love my job, and it’s all because of who I work with and the customers we serve.

Color Me Inspired: Color inspires me! I could design a whole room based on one color. I’m especially interested in combining colors and making custom finishes. After 23 years of being in business, I’m still excited to create beautiful custom finishes.

Every Detail Matters: Fine finishes are like clothing and jewelry; they can make your furnishings look elegant and refined or inexpensive and ordinary. My team and I labor over the details in every project, making sure that no aspect is overlooked.