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Acadiana Symphony Decorator Showcase: Designers and builders collaborate in Lafayette

The Acadiana Symphony Women’s League and River Ranch Development partnered with sponsors to present a special showing of construction and design talent for the Acadiana Symphony Decorator Showcase 2010. For the fifth year in a row, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory was the beneficiary of proceeds raised by the showcase that was staged in October. Numerous volunteers, top interior designers, builders, and décor suppliers combined ...

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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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Supriya Jindal: Louisiana’s First Lady: Holiday traditions in the Governor’s Mansion

As the wife of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the mother of three young children, Supriya Jindal is devoted to education and encouraging children to build a strong foundation in math and science as well as the arts. She visits schools throughout the state, participates in hands-on science projects, and works tirelessly to modernize Louisiana classrooms. Supriya currently serves as the youngest first lady in the nation and is the only first spouse ...

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Roger W. Smith: A publisher and entrepreneur devoted to Louisiana

Roger Smith, publisher of Louisiana Homes and Gardens, had an idea several years ago to create a magazine showcasing the state’s finest homes and gardens, interior designers and architects, builders and furniture makers, and those businesses related to Louisiana lifestyle. He had previously served as the director of sales and marketing for KMC for 17 years, traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Brazil, and was also the director of strategic ...

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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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Historic Country Retreat: Echoes of the past at an antebellum St. Francisville mansion

While gazing at all of the rose-colored azaleas and camellias, yellow jonquils and daffodils, and acres of blooming bulbs on the property surrounding the country plantation home of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Berry, I could imagine the white-haired, fragile Helene Allain in the garden with her dog, Jean. I visualized her slowly and carefully finding her way through the thousands of blooming flowers that she proudly showed off and lovingly tended. Born in ...

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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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Garland Robinette: Nationally-renowned media icon creates 
official Jazz Fest poster

Although he is best known as a spirited media personality who battles bureaucracy and provokes officials every weekday with his Think Tank radio show, some say that Garland Robinette is actually a Renaissance man. A classical pianist who loves to sketch and paint, his true passion is creating art. Clearly, as I began researching Robinette for this article, I found that there are various sides and dimensions to this media icon, who will always be remembered ...

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Creating an Urbane Resort: A design team transforms a 
property into a luxurious retreat

When Dr. Eric George and his wife Kim purchased a new home near New Orleans several years ago, they contacted Nancy Hirsch Lassen, owner of Interiors and Extras in Old Metairie, to begin updating the two-story, five-bedroom residence. Lassen’s associate, Nicole Ruppel Jones, was brought on board to assist with the project. The two designers initially began with updating the interior of the home, and ended up transforming the entire property with ...

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