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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…