Judging for Themselves
Janet Daley and Stanwood Duval saw the light in this Uptown home.
The large picture window in the living room provides an unobstructed view of the rear garden and courtyard. New bookcases were added and the yellow walls were done by interior designer Ned Marshall, who gave them a hand-washed Tuscan look; John Stanford was commissioned to paint the landscape over the bibliotheque, which is a view from the deck at their camp in Grand Isle.
The comfortable home of Janet and Stanwood Duval in the old Faubourg Hurstville area of New Orleans began life in 1900 as a camelback shotgun. After a careful renovation by contractor Willem Sypesteyn that included adding four feet to the side to allow for the present setback side entrance, the house took on a new façade and the interior floor plan was completely changed. “The front porch was converted to a closet for the master bedroom, the original living-dining room was changed to an 18-by-22-foot master bedroom and an enormous spa-inspired master bathroom was added,” Janet says.
The couple purchased the house in November 2003, the week they were married. “We fell in love with the house,” she says. “We were drawn to the immense amount of light that pours through the windows. The living room feels like a solarium since the house opens onto a charming courtyard and garden.”
“We immediately liked the mixture of old and new,” adds Stanwood, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. “Flooring throughout the house is charcoal gray slate, with old reclaimed doors adding interest to the historic structure.” The couple also liked the way the contractor used pickled pine pillars and beadboard to define the space between the entrance and the dining room and kitchen.
“The slate floors, which are in reality roofing tiles, also intrigued us,” Janet says. “And then there’s the steel-and-glass stairway railing that adds a fresh new touch to the old.”
Not one who minds a bit of drama, Janet, an attorney and law clerk who is also an actress, painted the dining room Ralph Lauren Indian Red, and a warm yellow custom finish was used for the walls in the adjoining living room. Ned Marshall, an interior designer, created the living room wall color to evoke a hand-washed Tuscan feeling. “When we purchased the house everything was white, and about a year after we moved in, Stanwood said he was tired of living in a sanitarium,” Janet says. “I joyfully took his cue to heart and rushed to the paint store.”
Ned also helped with the selection of the Bergamo-style fabric on the wingchair and chairs that flank the piano in the living room.
The large master bedroom is a private hideaway for the couple with enough room to accommodate a velvet-covered chaise longue and Stanwood’s recliner. “We both enjoy our large spa-inspired master bathroom,” Janet says.
Janet, who finds time in her busy schedule to serve as the president of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, enjoys having her own upstairs office in the house. “It’s my private lair with a window that frames a mimosa tree,” she says. “I find peace in the wonderful space that I painted aqua. It’s where I have a special corner just for writing, one of my favorite hobbies.”
Stanwood is an avid hunter and he has a special space upstairs for some of his trophies, where he has displayed a mounted mallard drake and a male pheasant on the wall over a desk. There is also a watercolor of a pintail duck that Stanwood’s father, Stanwood Sr., painted.
Both Janet and Stanwood appreciate relaxing on the back deck. “We love having this outdoor seating area which leads to our courtyard that is surrounded by a wooden fence for complete privacy,” she says. “We enjoyed the fountain, old brick patio and the lush planting that was designed by landscape architect Michael McClung of Four Seasons Inc.”