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Tree House in the Wetlands: The home as a platform for art

An artist and designer whose works are exhibited at Ann Connelly Fine Arts Gallery in Baton Rouge, Winifred Ross Reilly (or Fu as her friends call her) is not confined by one medium. She weaves effortlessly from ceramics, screen-printing, casting, encaustics, and painting to large-scale construction. Her enchanting home, which sits on a three-acre flood plain, is raised eight feet in a marsh-like setting. “It is very much like a Louisiana camp, ...

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New Orleans Chic: Historic home is transformed into a contemporary platform for art

When President Barack Obama arrived in New Orleans on August 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of hurricane Katrina, the first place he visited was the historic Bayou St. John neighborhood. He stood in line for a shrimp po-boy at the modest Parkway Bakery and Tavern, a century-old restaurant that reopened 88 days after the levees broke. “Barack, your order is ready,” resounded throughout the popular eatery, to the delight of surprised diners. The ...

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Cultural Influences: A Lafayette home displays a love 
of travel, gardening, and the arts

Devoted arts patrons who frequently travel abroad, Mike Huber and his wife, Dr. Carolyn French, reside in a palatial home in the heart of Lafayette. Both are financial advisors and partners in a leading financial service firm. The couple regularly hosts formal receptions for nonprofit organizations at their residence, which is always decorated for celebrations tied to the seasons. For Easter, their extensive collection of porcelain bunnies and vintage ...

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A Loft Lifestyle: A developing art collection enhances an urban dwelling

As New Orleans residential conversions march deeper into downtown, architects and developers are tapping into history while paying homage to the pioneers of old. Many of the buildings are enjoying a revival as they are converted into high-end lofts and pricey condominiums. Such is the case of one particular loft, where each piece of art has its own story. Redefined by interior designer John M. Stephens, who purchased the space with cultural patron ...

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The clock tower condo: A unique, contemporary dwelling is created in a former cotton mill

“You don’t get many jobs like this,” says general contractor Toni Wendel, the owner and president of Olde World Builders and Remodelers. This is quite a statement coming from a woman who has been involved with overseeing the construction of hundreds of homes and interesting projects throughout the state. Wendel was the former president of the Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association, and was voted City Business Woman of the Year. In June, ...

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Reviving a Bygone Era: A new generation of mid-century enthusiasts embraces fundamental modernist ideals

Given the recent popularity and commercial success of fashionable publications like Atomic Ranch, a monthly magazine based out of Portland, Oregon, which exclusively celebrates mid-century design from the 1940s through the 1960s, young professionals and seasoned architectural buffs alike are actively seeking out and reviving these once overlooked masterworks of functional simplicity. Luckily for Baton Rouge natives John Kaufman and Lesley Kernan, ...

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