Author: Photos by Haylei Smith

La Maison: Artists’ Residency

Celebrated as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Robert Rauschenberg left an indelible mark on the world through his boundary-pushing creative work. Although his collections are carefully curated in some of the world’s most prestigious museums,…

All in Good Taste

Ah, the kitchen. No other room in the house is capable of accomplishing so much. This hive of activity is where we feed and nourish ourselves and our loved ones, where we sip that essential first cup of coffee and…

Home: Finding Its Voice

The challenge was to give a voiceless house a voice,” says designer Lance Thomas, one half of the duo that runs Room Service, a Lake Charles interior design business and store specializing in Southern traditional mixed with a current and…

La Maison: Art House

Downsizing is daunting, especially after living in the same home for 30 years. Combine that with a homeowner whose lifelong passion includes art and collectibles, and the last thing you might expect is for her to describe the entire process…

La maison: Out of the Box

When Leah Halverson began planning her dream home, she envisioned a beautiful space, but wanted to avoid making it “feel like a museum.” In fact, with two young boys and two dogs, she and her husband needed exactly the opposite.…

La Maison: Welcome, This is a Farmhouse

When their real estate agent called to tell them a rare empty lot opened up in the Saint Streets, Tanya and Gil Zaunbrecher didn’t think twice. Even though the couple had recently finished building a home for their family in…

La maison: It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts

After 12 failed attempts to purchase the perfect sofa, an exasperated client contacted Monique Breaux, hoping the interior designer could offer a fresh perspective on the home she and her husband recently poured their hearts and souls into building. The…

La Maison: Tower on the Teche

When architect Herman Gesser, Jr. began designing a home for Edward T. Weeks, III and his nature-loving family of five in 1971, he had one directive. “All they said was they wanted something different,” says Gesser. More than 45…

La maison: Building Character

Coffee House Making the most of the home’s original picture window, a custom banquette filled with seating and storage is the ultimate multitasker. In addition to a view of the backyard, the nook overlooks the kitchen…

Naturally Chic

Reaching for a hand towel in the Griffard residence requires sliding a dark wood panel past a golden grid of speakers on a 1950s Grundig hi-fi sound system. Above, the vinyl turntable has been supplanted by a shining, modern sink…

La Maison: Passion Project

Designer Joel Breaux spent almost a decade conceptualizing and building his one-of-a-kind residence, which doubles as a physical metaphor of his design philosophy. “Most people think of architecture as protecting you from the world,” says Breaux. “I see it as…