Author: Photos by Haylei Smith

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…