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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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Artfully Green: An art dealer and contractor merge philosophies

A creative couple took a modest 1950s ranch house and converted it into a tasteful Contemporary European home in the peaceful Jefferson Place/Bocage neighborhood located in Baton Rouge. Green building was a priority in the project. A canopy of live oaks and 40 fig trees on the lot served as an attraction to the property. Solid construction, terrazzo floors in excellent condition, brick veneer, and an adaptable floor plan were among the enticing elements ...

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Let it Rain: Brad Pitt’s foundation introduces innovative storm water management

When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after hurricane Katrina, he saw the remnants of people’s homes shredded and an entire neighborhood torn apart. While many assumed there was no chance of it ever being re-built, Pitt was drawn to the possibility of creating a viable, eco-friendly solution. He began by working with Global Green to sponsor architecture competitions aimed at generating ideas on how to rebuild sustainable housing. ...

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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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Of Elegance, Decadence, and Music: A New Orleans Journey

When actor Nicholas Cage purchased an historic mansion in New Orleans on Esplanade Avenue, he was scheduled to be crowned King of Bacchus XXIV. He also began directing his first movie, Sonny, which was partially filmed at his new French Quarter estate. LM Pagano, Cage’s in-house Hollywood designer, was put on task to redo the Esplanade Avenue mansion that was once star-producer Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway studio where Bob Dylan, Cowboy Mouth, Pearl ...

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Entertaining with a View: Living large in a New Orleans penthouse

Perched high atop the Colonial Condominiums bordering the New Orleans French Quarter on the corner of North Rampart and Esplanade, Glen Carimi is taking in the afternoon view from his 1,600-square-foot outdoor living area adjoining the elegant penthouse he lives in with his wife, Carol. “You can hear the church bells from Mount Carmel and all the other churches nearby,” he says. “At night, you can see the twinkling lights from the boats. We ...

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Marvels of Main Street: A unique loft emerges from a tattered structure

Greg and Manon Fakier spent two years transforming a dilapidated commercial building located on Main Street in Houma into a chic urban dwelling. The couple took great care in preserving the historic character of the century-old, 10,000-square-foot building during the extensive renovation. They decided to put their living space on the second floor, while the first floor was designed for two rental units and a four-car garage. “My wife had the vision,” ...

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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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A Clear Approach To a World of Design: Dependable Glass Works blazes the trail for glass manufacturers worldwide

Humans have been using glass in various capacities for the last 4,000 years – as functional vessels, as art, and as building materials. More recently, within the past four decades to be exact, Norman Foxworth, founder of Louisiana’s own Dependable Glass Works, has expertly cornered the international glass manufacturing market through his calculated investments in modern technology, innovative equipment, and sound expertise. In this relatively ...

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