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Plantation Pleasures: A national historic treasure is updated for family life

The intriguing Rosella Plantation, situated near the tranquil beauty of Bayou Lafourche, has attracted visitors from each of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe. It has exceptional detailing and a number of early features which are rarely found in even the oldest extant Louisiana plantation homes. Antebellum Rosella was acquired by a family with young children and it is no longer available for tours, but a scenic view is afforded ...

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Sleek Bachelor’s Pad: Mandeville resident gravitates to the Warehouse District

The fashionable Warehouse District in New Orleans is becoming increasingly popular among young professionals and second home buyers such as Frank Stuart, a nurse anesthetist who moved from a spacious home on the North Shore to the recently renovated building that houses the Sugar Plantation Condominiums. The handsome building on Tchoupitoulas Street is located next door to Emeril’s restaurant, Tommy’s Cuisine, Cochon, and Butcher, in addition ...

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River Life: Rustic charm on the Amite

“When you come to the party this evening we will ferry you across,” says Marci Hargroder. She resides with her husband, Dennis, in an art-filled, eclectic home situated on a bend in the Amite River that flows 37 miles from southwestern Mississippi through Greater Baton Rouge to Lake Maurepas. The Hargroders enjoy entertaining friends in their charming 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house extended by four decks and a large screen porch overlooking ...

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Paradise Found: At one with nature on the Tangipahoa

“I’ve seen alligators in the river while sitting at my dining table,” reveals Tanya Kilpatrick, who designed a three-story glass house overlooking the scenic Tangipahoa River on Fletcher Isle. Wild turkeys and deer have wandered through Kilpatrick’s yard, and a black panther was once spotted by neighbors. “She is probably hunting the multitudes of rabbit in these woods,” she says. A talented designer and an avid gardener, Kilpatrick moved ...

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Sliding Into Home Base: Famed ballplayer returns to his roots

Former Major League baseball infielder Todd Walker and his wife, Katie, had the privilege of living in many American cities during an illustrious sports career that was launched in the 1990s at LSU, when Todd led the Tigers to their 1993 national championship. The popular ballplayer earned the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award, and in July, he was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. With 107 home runs and a batting average ...

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The Splendor of North House: Creating a legend on the northshore

Twenty years ago, New Orleans residents Dr. James Briggs and David Bourgeois acquired a large pasture on the northshore and began transforming it into what would become North House, a splendid compound that includes houses, a state-of-the-art conservatory, eight beautifully manicured gardens with more than 35,000 plants strewn with 2,000 lights, a fruit-filled orchard, and a large man-made pond stocked with catfish, bass, and brim. The fountain centering ...

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Party House on the River: Waterfront home has natural appeal

After designing a dozen luxurious homes in The Waterfront gated communities of Maurepas, award-wining architect Bobby McKenzie decided to build his dream home near the residences he had created on the water’s edge. “Our house is a culmination of all my designs over the past 25 years,” he says. “I finally got to build for myself.” The stunning home that Bobby and Susan McKenzie completed two years ago takes advantage of the scenic splendor ...

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In the Spirit of Christmas: Ringing in the holidays at a historic New Orleans home

The holidays are a time to create memories filled with love and laughter. It is the time of year to express unique traditions that will be long remembered by family and friends. Aside from the fun of planning special holiday menus, some of us treasure the process of collecting Christmas decorations each year, regardless of how many family heirlooms we already have in our beloved holiday containers. I am always on the lookout for intriguing new decorations ...

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Tuscan Luxury 
in Lafayette: A River Ranch home is redefined

Reminiscent of Tuscan villas and California palazzos, businessman Kent Byron’s Lafayette home has matured beautifully since it was built 10 years ago. Architect Ricky Albert, interior designer Mari McCarron, and builder Bob Romero collaborated with the owner to create the beginnings of a sprawling home in the Village of River Ranch. Byron’s residence was one of the first elaborate homes to be built in this highly popular traditional neighborhood ...

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The International Collector: Updating a traditional art-filled home

Attorney Anthony “Tony” Clesi’s residence in uptown New Orleans reveals a lifetime of collecting art. The handsome Victorian cottage on a quiet, tree-lined street strikes a balance between luxurious and relaxed with its rich, warm colors, sumptuous fabrics, and antique furnishings that serve as the perfect backdrop for a fascinating and diverse art collection. From 16th-century French paintings to Japanese prints, Chinese woodcarvings, and Russian ...

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