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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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The Amazing MaryAnne: A singing sensation moves from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

From time to time, a singer comes along with an amazing ability to transform the way we look at love and life. Singer/songwriter MaryAnne Marino is such an artist. The first time I heard her perform I sat transfixed, and realized that I was witnessing an upcoming national sensation. A young singer destined for greatness, Marino has the hypnotic ability to lure listeners into the moment through lyrics that portray love and emotional vulnerability. ...

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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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A Collector’s Haven: An old New Orleans home showcases a lifetime of antiques

It was a Sunday morning in the spring when Jamie Alexander-Willis and her betrothed, Tom Willis, were viewing a real estate program on television and discovered the house of their dreams. “We were watching Channel 6. The house was featured on the program,” says Jamie of the rambling, Edwardian-style home she purchased on Esplanade Avenue near City Park in New Orleans. Built in 1899 by a German family, the stately residence was bequeathed by the ...

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Masters of Design: The opulent touch of Echelon Interiors

“This is a new construction with a very old soul,” says Debi Fremin as she reflects on Richard and Stephanie Huye’s lavishly appointed new home. A decorator with Echelon Interiors in Baton Rouge, which is owned by June Jackson and Stacey Davis, Fremin worked diligently to facilitate the vision of the homeowners. “Stephanie loves New Orleans and its old architecture. We talked for weeks looking at pictures and getting our thoughts together. ...

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Enduring Style: A Baton Rouge residence is transformed

In the graceful Baton Rouge home of Stacey and Tom Moore located in a quiet subdivision on Highland Road, interior designer Cindy St. Romain of St. Romain Interiors mixed traditional with contemporary, sophistication with practicality, and incorporated the homeowners’ style into the design. “I was trying to mix old world and contemporary, while bringing out the personality of the couple,” says St. Romain, whose well-appointed shop is located ...

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Dinner at the Claybourns: A gala benefiting the Baton Rouge Symphony

It was a magnificent, memorable evening at the elegant residence of Garrett and Beth Claybourn. The couple recently entertained 22 prominent guests to raise an admirable sum for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The lavish dinner, comprised of five exquisite courses and hors d’oeuvres prepared by nationally renowned Chef John Folse, was hosted as the result of Mr. and Mrs. Claybourns’ winning bid on a coveted auction lot during the Baton Rouge ...

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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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Frank Davis: Naturally N’Awlins a TV chef talks turkey

Best-selling cookbook author Frank Davis, who recently came out with the new Frank Davis Makes Good Groceries—A New Orleans Cookbook and The Fisherman’s Tacklebox Bible, is a humorous television personality who appears daily on WWL-TV, which airs In the Kitchen with Frank Davis during the three-hour morning show (they cut back and forth from the news to the cooking set). He also has a gourmet seasoning line. Many south Louisianans watch Frank’s ...

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