With an interior design that strikes a balance between modern and traditional, Pat and Kathie Haney’s Baton Rouge residence is an ideal setting for entertaining, complemented by a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and living area and beautifully manicured grounds. It is an elegant house with low-key sumptuousness that is at once warm and inviting.
“My husband loves to barbecue and entertain,” says Kathie. “We wanted an outdoor living space so that we could enjoy watching the LSU ball games.”
A handsome loggia with graceful archways runs along the rear portion of the 3,300-square-foot, two-story house, which opens onto an outdoor living area that includes a large dining table. “The loggia is one of the things that attracted us to the house, which is very open,” Kathie points out. “Our kitchen opens to the living room and breezeway. There is a bar right off the kitchen that we use a lot. We enjoy our morning coffee in a sitting area with wicker furniture that is just outside.”
This time of year, the Haneys take full advantage of the beautiful weather in their lovely home situated in the Country Club of Louisiana, known for its quiet style and graceful setting. Residents and guests can enjoy the Jack Nicklaus, 18-hole signature golf course that expands over 228 acres of lush landscape. “As you come into our subdivision, there are lakes and it is very peaceful,” Kathie notes. “It is gated and very safe. I like the security aspect when my husband is out of town.”
“When the weather is nice, we are outdoors all the time,” Kathie continues. “The outdoor kitchen features two cooktops, a refrigerator, a 50-inch flat screen TV, and a big Green Egg combination smoker and grill. My husband loves his Green Egg. He enjoys cooking turkeys, brisket, and ribs.”
The couple hired landscape architect Eduardo Jenkins of Baton Rouge to create a beautifully landscaped yard with bursts of color. When they first moved in, they hired interior decorator and artist Roy Phelps, owner of Roy Phelps Gallery in Baton Rouge.
“Roy made the mirror in the dining room, and he also made the mirror in the master bedroom. He is a very talented guy and he is also an artist. We have some of his paintings.” This includes a painting over the bed in the master bedroom.
The eclectic art collection in the home ranges from George Rodrigue paintings to contemporary art and Impressionism. “I used to be in the art business,” Kathie point out. “I represented Robert Cook and sold his work to galleries all over the United States. We would go to the New York Expo every year, and we picked up various artwork through the years.”
While the main living area is complemented by rich, warm colors, including the dining room and renovated kitchen, a more serene palette was selected for the master bedroom.
“The dining room was painted red when we moved in. It was somewhat traditional, so we worked around that color. I added the gold ceiling in the dining room when we renovated the kitchen,” Kathie says. “I knew I wanted brown walls in the kitchen and also in the breezeway in the back. We wanted new appliances and we put in granite counters. When we used to show Robert’s art in New York, we did the walls in that same brown color and I loved it. I have so much white trim and white cabinets that I felt the contrast would work really well.”
The master bedroom has a soothing aura. “I wanted our bedroom to be serene, so it was painted a cream color and we added the plantation shutters. We also redid our master bath at that time,” Kathie remarks. “It was originally black, and we wanted to remove that color. I wanted something really serene and neutral that would look good 20 years from now.”
The renovation of the master bath included the installation of travertine flooring, granite countertops, his and her sinks separated by a soaking tub that replaced a built-in Jacuzzi, seamless shower doors and a double-headed shower, and a dressing area with beveled glass mirrors that extend from the vanity to the ceiling.
Just off the master bedroom is a sitting room with charcoal-colored walls, 14-foot ceilings, and a working fireplace painted white for contrast. A white loveseat and brown leather recliner add a relaxed element to the space. “It is a cozy place where we can go and watch TV at night,” Kathie notes.
“We really enjoy this house and its location. It is great for casual entertaining, and I can hop in my golf cart and just run over to the golf course. Our friends come over to cook and watch the games. We love it out here.”