A Designer at Home

This Covington residence was a pet project
Cheryl Gerber
The large master bedroom takes in the unobstructed view of the golf course and the trees beyond through a bank of windows on two sides; a pair of chairs provides cozy seating in the luxurious space; to complete the eclectic look in the room|!!| Ann used a bench covered in cowhide with Lucite legs.

Surrounded by tall trees with a view of the golf course beyond, the Tchefuncte Estates home of Ann and Dr. Andrew “Andy” Gutter offers an idyllic setting. Ann says they fell in love the with the one-story, 4,000-square-foot home on an acre of land the moment they first saw it 18 years ago. “The pine trees, surrounding golf course and nearby marina allows us to enjoy the beauty of the area.” Andy adds, “Our home has a country feeling with all the amenities of a big city close at hand.”

The exterior of the California ranch-style home with a portico in the front and Caribbean shutters over the large windows gives little hint to what you will find beyond the double front doors. The all-white living and dining rooms are filled with a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces. “I mixed contemporary with traditional, and I enjoyed searching for just the right pieces at the Puce Flea Market in Paris and at antique shops in New York City,” says Ann, a licensed interior and floral designer who just opened The Garden District 410 in Madisonville.

A painted white space is filled with comfortable couches and chairs covered in white fabric or leather. “I always loved the tall ceiling in the large space that encompasses the living and dining rooms,” says Andy, a veterinarian who took care of the animals at the Audubon Zoo for about two decades and now has a busy practice in Algiers. “The floor-to-ceiling windows in the room that overlooks the golf course are one of the best features of the space.”

Then as a finishing touch, the couple searched for just the right art. Work by Stephanie Akers and David Harouni, both from New Orleans, flank the buffet a deux corps, a unique 1780 walnut two-piece antique with the lower part slightly larger than the upper that actually houses the flat screen television. Harouni’s is called “Signed in Pink, while two large stylized acrylic canvases on the other side are from recent shows by Akers entitled, “She Had a Wonderful Dress” and “Girl.” A painting by Akers of “Lexie,” the couple’s late beloved Maltese, has a place of honor leaning on the buffet.

Ann uses the vestibule just inside the front doors as a mini art gallery to display work by Jim Seitz and Robert Cook over the Louis Philippe buffet. Works by Clementine Hunter and William Hemmerling are on display as well as a collection of antique china hot chocolate pots that originally belonged to Andy’s mother.

In the dining room, Ann showcased her floral design skills with three arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, carnations, alstroemerias and boxwood branches to dress the tablescape. “I love doing tablescapes,” Ann says. “So I went all out with my tabletop design.” The long table, upholstered chairs in a linen-cotton fabric and a 1790 hand-painted Italian buffet fit together in the large open area.

The large open space that incorporates the kitchen and breakfast rooms features a cozy fireplace flanked by two comfortable chairs. A handsome antique table and chairs provide seating with a perfect view of the pastoral setting through the wall of windows. “The fireplace was one of the first things that caught me eye when I first visited the house,” Ann says.

“I still feel having a fireplace in the kitchen is one of the most warm and inviting features about our home.” Over the years, the Gutters have changed almost everything in the house.

“The terracotta kitchen floor is the one thing we kept,” Ann says.

One of the most unique rooms in the home is Ann’s golf library. “I love playing golf, and this is an extension of my interest that covers many of the great players, teachers and the history of the game. It also gives me a great reason to visit many used and rare bookstores whenever we travel to search for another treasure to add to my collection.”

The large master bedroom is flooded with light from two large windows. The headboard for the king-size bed was created with two single French antique headboards.

“We love the fact we were able to add an outdoor patio on the level with the home, with a lap pool and spa and additional patio on a lower level,” Andy says. “I never tire of the quiet setting adjoining the golf course and greenery beyond that goes all the way to the Tchefuncte River. Our outdoor living space gives an added dimension to the great livability of our home. It is a perfect retreat for both of us. I feel fortunate to have such a talented interior designer for a wife who has made everything beautiful, yet totally comfortable.”


The breakfast room takes full advantage of the rural setting with large corner windows; antique benches from the men’s locker room in the Murfield Golf Cub in Scotland provide seating on either side of the 1850 walnut farm table.


A gold framed 19th century Louis Philippe mirror is displayed over the painted antique Italian buffet.


Located on a wooded, one-acre site in Covington’s Tchefuncte Estates, the exterior of the Gutters’ California ranch-style home features a portico and Caribbean shutters over the large windows.


Ann’s library of golf books is filled with light from the many windows that are covered with plantation shutters.


The kitchen features oak cabinets and countertops of Calacatta Caldia honed marble.


An 1780 walnut buffet, with the lower part slightly wider than the upper, houses a flat-screen television; art by David Harouni flanks the left of the buffet and two paintings by Stephanie Akers are displayed on the right (She also painted “Lexie” the Gutters’ Maltese that died a few months ago, that is leading against the buffet.); four chairs surround the metal table with a distressed wood top to provide comfortable conversation area in the room.


Large windows overlooking the golf course flank the rock fireplace that features an Alice McNeely painting and “Eloise,” the gemsbok that was given to Andy Gutter for his years of service as veterinarian to the Audubon Zoo; a pair of sofas covered in white provides seating in front of the fireplace, with an iron-and-glass coffee table used between the sofas.


Ann and Andrew “Andy” Gutter, with Madison, a Shiz-Tzu, and Sophie Poo, a poodle cat.



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