Lucky 13

Edie and David Darraghs' home was meant to be

An antique Baccarat chandelier from Keil’s Antiques in the French Quarter is featured over the large dining room table that seats 10.

CHERYL GERBER PHOTOGRAPH

Imagine a more than 600-square-foot master suite – more than some small apartments – and a wine cellar for 800 bottles, not to mention an 800-square-foot carriage house in the rear garden. Yes, there’s much to be excited about in Edie and David Darragh’s home on a quiet Uptown street. “It was simply meant to be our home,” Edie says. “I found the house on November 13, my birthday, and the address was 1113, another good omen, and I thought it would be the perfect reminder for David to never forget my birthday.”

Built between 1895 and 1903, the historic house sits on three lots. “The carriage house was originally used for carriages,” says David, President and CEO of Reily Foods Company “We enjoy our historic neighborhood where everything is within a few blocks.” Then he ticks off that there are five restaurants, a single-screen movie theater, coffee, ice cream and yogurt shops, grocery and drug store, dry cleaner, bank and wine and cheese shops all within easy walking distance.

Edie agrees that the large lot is a great plus. It allows their children – William, 8, and Thomas, 13 – plenty of space to play with friends, a pool to keep them cool during the summer months and a formal garden for more adult gatherings,” she says.

Inside the 4,300-square-foot home, it’s the large master suite at the front of the house that Edie is quick to mention as one of her favorite spaces.  “It has a comfortable sitting area where our family often congregates to talk and catch up on our day. I also especially like the foyer, where I spent a lot of time choosing just the right wallpaper and furnishings when we were getting settled. One of my favorite things in the space is the handsome 1890 French chandelier with ormolu and crystal flowers that we purchased from Peter Moss at Keil’s Antiques on Royal Street.”

David considers the wine room his favorite space in the house. “While I have much to learn about wine, it’s an interesting and fun hobby of constant discovery,” he says. “It is also the only room in the house I can truly call my own, with Edie’s permission.”

The couple hired noted architect-interior designer John Chrestia (Chrestia, Staub and Pierce) to help modernize the rooms to give everything an updated feeling. Robin Roberts designed the new layout for their kitchen and Denise Pierce was responsible for the new layout of the family room and master bedroom. David is quick to give accolades to Sonny Bonvillian of BHL Construction. “Sonny has great intuition about construction and space,” he says. “His ideas and conception of our project were spot on.”

The couple’s extensive art collection has been a joint undertaking. “We think collecting art is a very personal decision and one that requires the love and approval of both of us.”   

“This is a perfect home for our family,” Edie says. “We enjoy everything, especially the way you can see the progression from formal to informal as you move through the length of the home.”

“It seems to me that the house has a perfect ending when you go down the steps to the lower level of the raised house,” David says. “Here you’ll find a great play space for the children and my ever intriging wine cellar that I hope someday to fill.”


Light floods the foyer of the home.
The historic raised cottage on a quiet Uptown street was purchased by the Darraghs 10 years ago.
The living room was modernized with fabrics and furnishing selected by the couple with the guidance from the team from Chrestia Staub Pierce, with John Chrestia, Denise Pierce and Robin Roberts all contributing. Inset, below: The historic raised cottage on a quiet Uptown street was purchased by the Darraghs 10 years ago.
The kitchen design was handled by Robin Roberts (formerly of Chrestia Staub Pierce and now with Robin Roberts Detailed Design, Baton Rouge).
The 70-square-foot, 800-bottle capacity wine cellar accommodates David’s hobby as a wine collector.
The Darragh Family
The comfortable den at the rear of the house is flooded with light from large windows and two pairs of French doors.
 

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