Author: Marie Elizabeth Oliver

Pour la maison: Happy Paper Trails

For anyone with school-aged children, the end of summer means a shift in entryway litter. Sometime around mid-August, wet bathing suits and towels get replaced by backpacks, lunch boxes and lots and lots of paper. Insert face-palm emoji. No matter…

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…

Pour la maison: Shelf Life

Thanks to a certain Netflix special, books and collectibles have recently fallen to the bottom of the home goods power ranking. While your freshman-year Norton Anthology of Literature may not exactly “spark joy,” that doesn’t mean you should shy away…

Lettres d'amour: Red Brick Road

In one of my earliest memories, I’m toddling around the concrete edges of the Girard Park duck pond, looking up at my father. He’s in his 20s, with a backpack slung over his shoulder. The specific details are as murky…

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…

Pour la maison: Command Central

There’s a reason most of your work (and mail) gets tackled at the kitchen table. Despite the best intentions of tidying up, without an organization system in place, your home’s highest-trafficked area defaults as command central. Hello, piles of paper.…

Pour la Maison: Hang Time

When it comes to art for your home, Lafayette interior designer Justine Hebert recommends collecting meaningful pieces over time, rather than shopping in bulk to fill a space. “I tell my clients to look for pieces that evoke a memory,”…

Pour la maison: Closet Master Class

Organizing your home can feel like a monumental task — especially when words like “magic” and “life-changing” are thrown into the mix. The good news? Just a few hours invested in decluttering high-traffic areas, like your closet, can save time…

Burning Love (and Calories)

Does the mere thought of wedding dress shopping have you reaching for your dusty pair of sneakers? If so, you’re not alone. According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed report 31 percent of brides started a new exercise trend or diet in…

Planter Like a Pro

The right planters can boost your home’s curb appeal or add a wow factor to your garden. But what’s the difference between a planter that pops and one that flops? Horticulturist Brooke Inzerella says it’s all about the prep work.…

Too Hot

Three kitchens that deliver high function and maximum style