Ann Platz – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™

is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of a woman, one that nurtures her strength under a veil of southern grace.

Ann’s marvelous storytelling and gracious Southern charm derive from her earliest days in her extremely distinguished and strong Christian family. Ann’s personal testimony as a struggling single mother for a season and God’s gracious provision through it all – including His divine introduction to Ann’s future husband John during a trip to the Holy Land – illustrates how God is so willing to create beauty from ashes and continue to multiply His Grace in our lives. This woman, a successful entrepreneur, has devoted her life to gift of story telling and Southern hospitality. This awesome power of example for all the Women of our World has a stellar career as a many time published author, as well as, television and radio.

This national speaker, speaking to thousands of women at civic groups, one that encourages women to look to other women as examples of faith, virtue, wisdom, and purpose. Join us as we Celebrate this Life of this warm, hospitable, gracious … also practical and unpretentious powerhouse.




Ann Platz


Ann Platz grew up with a deep appreciation for the art of beautiful living. Her love for southern elegance began in her South Carolina ancestral plantation home where her family’s skill and passion for entertaining was legendary. She has brought this expertise to her Atlanta design firm since 1975.


In her book, The Courage to Follow Your Dreams, Ann encourages women to look to other women as examples of faith, virtue, wisdom, and purpose. She highlights valuable character traits that helped Jackie Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Corrie ten Boom, and other strong women live through difficult circumstances with strength and dignity. Ann’s writing inspires women to look deep within themselves to discover the virtues and courage available to help them conquer new challenges, make important life changes, or face personal trials.


Spoken of Ann


Ann says in this photo “Lilly is such a pose pup. She loves the camera. I have her pictures and painted portraits all over my house, even more than my grandchildren. Lilly is my third daughter.”

Ann Platz offers a wide range of topics for women’s ministry events, church services, civic organizations, garden clubs, corporate events, and juvenile centers and prisons. Her presentations are tailored to the event planner’s goals and vision.

When speaking to troubled youth and inmates, she powerfully and effectively breaks down barriers and captivates the captive. She motivates and inspires corporate audiences and civic groups with power-packed presentations.

Ann brings a life-changing message to church services, and her presentations for women’s events range from deeply spiritual teaching and motivational to light and fun – and, as a former HGTV host and a renowned interior designer, Ann is delighted to include decorating and entertaining ideas when called upon. Women love the fact that Ann (and her mountain vacation home) has appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Great Vacation Home” and on HGTV, as well as features in Southern Living magazine (and many others)!

Audiences are charmed by Ann Platz’s effortless Southern elegance and storytelling wit. Raised on a gracious plantation in South Carolina, Ann now resides in Atlanta where she lives in a home that is the perfect advertisement for her interior design business and is the place where she enjoys practicing Biblical hospitality – Southern style!

Courtney Platz and Ann Platz at a client’s home designed by Ann Platz Interiors.

Ann’s design work has been featured in Traditional Homes, Arts and Antiques, Architectural Digest, and Southern Living. She has been honored in Who’s Who in Interior Design from 1991-1999, Who’s Who of American Women in 1985, Outstanding Young Women of America in 1984, and Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals from 1995-1999.She has appeared on various TV programs which include CNN, HGTV, Turner South, Cope, Cornerstone, TBN, Open House, Positively Texas, and TV-38 Chicago.

In 1995, she hosted the PBS television series Interiors Today. Some of Ann’s radio appearances are Beverly LaHaye Today, Moody Broadcast Corporation, and USA Radio’s Point View.Ann has been a force in Atlanta’s interior design profession. As a noted speaker and author, she has written The Best is Yet to Come, The Courage to Follow Your Dreams, Guardians of the Gate, Reclaiming Your Dream, and co-authored A Match Made in Heaven, A Match Made in Heaven II, The Pleasure of Your Company, Social Graces, From This Day Forward, Social Graces for Your Wedding with Susan Wales. Ann collaborated with author Kay Arthur in A Sanctuary for Your Soul. 


Atlanta, Georgia’s Ann Platz—author, speaker, pro-Israel advocate—attending ZAKA meeting with Meshi Zahav

In 1980, Ann met her husband, John, on a trip to the Holy Land. They were married that same year.

Ann and John work together in their company, Ann Platz & Co., which houses a successful interior design company.


This is also a place where Ann authors books and provides information concerning her speaking engagements.


Mary Jean Gardner, 55, was killed in the bomb blast at the central bus station in Jerusalem. She was a well-regarded Bible translator who came to Israel at the beginning of the year to study Hebrew at Hebrew University before embarking on a translation of TANAKH into Ife, a language spoken in Togo, W Africa [Photo from Wycliffe press release at]. |
ZAKA Search and Rescue volunteers stayed on the scene, recovering all of Mary’s body, because, created in the image of God, it was a holy vessel. |
See ZAKA’s related Press Release at |

Ann is well known for her Southern charm, gift of story telling and Southern hospitality. She has brought this forth in her design company. She comes from an extremely distinguished and strong family herself. Ann grew up on a gracious plantation in South Carolina. Ann is accustomed to entertaining effortlessly. She makes sure everything she does is done from that viewpoint. She extends that to clients and is used to doing things graciously. She does everything to the highest denominator. She is not pretentious and is very much appreciated by her clientele.



Elegant Ladies Hat Luncheon


Personal good taste is Ann’s strong suit. She has high standards in everything she does … the way she lives and the way she relates to people. Her own home setting is perfection. It expresses her and it offers comfort to everyone who enters.



Warm, hospitable, gracious … also practical and unpretentious … Ann Platz epitomizes the qualities people admire about the South. Family is extremely important to Ann. She is the mother of two daughters, Courtney Platz and Margo McDonald, and the grandmother of Ivey, Dickson and Morris as well as John’s grandsons, Jonathan and Jeremy. Catherine and Stuart were added to the family when daughter Margo married their father Nelson McDonald.

Co-Author of Snow White Ladies of the Third WeekAnn is the author of 15 books from various publishers, including A Match Made In Heaven, Vol. I, Social Graces, and The Best Is Yet To Come.

With many conferences and events planned each year, Ann Platz speaks to thousands of women at civic groups, antique shows, church and design occasions. She also has appeared on HGTV, PBS, Turner South Broadcasting, CNN, Travel Channel, TBN, Moody Broadcasting and others. Ann has been featured in Southern Living magazine.

Designing Your Future With Style. Author Ann Platz encourages such a realization in all women, helping readers embrace the liberating joys of maturity as they become ready to go deeper in their relationship with God. Writing with enthusiasm and elegance, Ann guides women to develop their unique style, recognize treasured family heirlooms, and pass them on, step out in faith toward a new ministry, become mentors, and pass on wisdom to younger women. Ann Platz’s emphasis is always on awakening women to what they are uniquely empowered to give. From being the gracious hostess to mentoring spiritual daughters, Ann covers it all with style!

Interior Design Projects
Private residences in: Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Other projects include the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, 1982, the Southern Living Idea House (Georgia, Cuscowilla, 1999), the Southern Living Idea House (South Carolina, Wren House, 1998).


Art Institute of Atlanta, Interior Design Degree
Charter member of ISID
Atlanta Decorator’s Show House for 10 seasons
Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Atlanta

Ann is listed in:

Who’s Who in Interior Design 1991 – 1999
Who’s Who of American Women, 1985
International Who’s Who of Professionals
Outstanding Young Women of America, 84
Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, 1995 – 1999
Advisor for the Atlanta Women’s Network

Published In:

Traditional Homes Magazine Arts & Antiques Magazine
Southern Living Magazine The Rob Report
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Victorian Sampler
Southern Homes Magazines Southern Flair
Atlanta Magazine Kitchens & Baths
Better Homes & Gardens The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Home Plan Ideas from Better Homes & Gardens
Showcase of Interior Design – Eastern Edition
100 Designers’ Favorite Rooms – Third Edition


HGTV Christmas Special 1999 Channel 14 “Talk of the Town”
PBS “Interiors Today” “Open House” Canadian TV
Travel Channel “100 Huntley Street”, Canada
TV 38, Chicago “Cornerstone”
Family Net “Cope” “Positively Texas”
“It’s Time for Herman and Sharon”


“Beverly Lehaye Today” WSB “Sounds of Atlanta”
USA Radio “Point of View” Moody Broadcasting

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