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 in Covington. “We started by gutting the house and we repainted it a cream color,” she explains. “The very first things we picked out were the gold velvet sofa and the aqua drapes in the living room. Everything was built from those two,” she says. “We wanted bright, fun colors to complement the monochromatic look. The house is monochromatic cream and I wanted to give it a pop.”
The Moores purchased the four-bedroom, one-story home built in the 1990s after extensive damage occurred when a tree fell into the master bedroom of their former home during hurricane Gustav. The Moores and their three children moved into their new home last November after a substantial renovation. “We had a purchase agreement on this home and we were still living in our old home, so we pushed the closing date back and we scrambled to redo our other house that had all the damage,” Stacey reveals. “Our builder, Jerry Walter, brought his crew in and they renovated the old house. Then we took him to the new house. Cindy St. Romain was a big help, especially with the kitchen.”
“There was a doctor from Russia and an economics professor living here before us,” says Tom of the former owners. Stacey adds, “It was brick, stucco, and wood in all different colors so we painted it one color, a creamy white, and added gas lanterns. We painted it inside and out.”
“We also added light taupe shutters. That took the curb appeal from a zero to a 10,” St. Romain adds. “Where we started and where we are now is entirely different,” Tom notes.
“There were sliding pocket doors with transoms. We removed the pocket doors, took out the transoms, and opened up the doors, making the house seem a lot larger,” explains St. Romain. “Painting the house one color also made it larger. We wanted to open it up and make it flow,” she says. “The floor plan is very open and livable,” notes Stacey.
The interior of the home is bathed in natural light and is enhanced by beautiful 12-inch heart of pine flooring. “The floor was one of the main things that attracted my husband to the house,” Stacey explains. Ten-foot windows in the living room, which overlooks a courtyard, sit atop three inches of molding. “What attracted us to the house were the bones of the house and the vision of what we could do with it. We loved all the natural light and the heart of pine floors,” remarks Tom. “The floor planks are not typical tongue and groove,” he explains. “There is no uniform spacing; it’s a real rustic layout. They were laid out like that to give them the ability to move.”
In the living room, French Bergere chairs were added to complement the gold velvet sofa. “They’re antiques from my shop,” says St. Romain. “I wanted to mix them with the contemporary sofa.” Contemporary barrel chairs were also selected for the living room “so that we have a combination of old world and new world,” St. Romain explains. A Louis Philippe period mirror in a gold gilt frame with a crown motif was placed over the mantel, and aqua taffeta silk drapes (custom made by St. Romain Interiors) were installed to enhance the elegant setting. “That color looks good with old world artifacts,” says St. Romain.
Carrying the color theme of the gold velvet sofa in the living room, curtains of a similar color were added in the master bedroom. “We did bright yellow gold taffeta drapes to help bring that color through the house and complement the white walls and white bedding while offsetting the dark furniture,” she adds. A pair of white slipcovered club chairs were placed in the bedroom to blend in with the bedding and monochromatic backdrop.
“We lost some of our furniture in the old house, so I took the pieces we had and worked them into the new house. Cindy and I worked together on this,” Stacey points out. “We kept our farm table that was made by an LSU grad student and put it in the breakfast room. He made it from an old cypress door with crisscross picnic legs. We had it custom made for our old house,” she says. “We also kept our dining room table which seats eight.”
In the dining room, an Italian-style chandelier and French chairs embellished with golden white toile from St. Romain Interiors complement the stately dining room table from the couple’s former home. “I put toile on the chairs to carry the color through with the gold velvet sofa,” St. Romain comments. “I brought in the chairs and the mirror to give the room some of that French old world feeling.”
French urns were selected as centerpieces for the table. “Whenever I can I like to use architectural pieces as centerpieces to make a statement,” says St. Romain. “We had so much fabric that we needed architectural pieces. It is all done in autumn colors to bring the outside in.” A French Trumeau mirror, circa 1800, is complemented by a pair of wooden Italian balustrade lamps with original pig skin shades from St. Romain Interiors.
The keeping room is the central focus of the Moore household, and incorporates the kitchen, a breakfast area, and a seating area with a 42-inch flat screen television near a fireplace. A new island was installed with Soapstone countertops, a large one-basin sink replaced a two-basin sink, and the electric range was converted into an industrial-grade GE Monogram gas range.
“When we bought the house the kitchen had two islands. We ripped them out and made one larger island since we are a family of five,” explains Stacey. “We wanted to be able to sit down together. My husband is a great cook and we do informal entertaining. We designed the kitchen so that it could be the hub of the house.” A built-in bookshelf near the fireplace was removed to streamline the area. “It was sheetrocked and painted the same monochromatic cream color as the fireplace,” says Stacey. “We were going for something sleek and simple.”
Saint Romain points out, “They had a small mantel over the fireplace and we pulled it down and painted the brick all one color to open up the area. Again, we were trying to make a small area look bigger.” An 18-carat gold painted cocktail table with a glass top was used as an end table, and a Florentine nesting table from St. Romain Interiors became a coffee table. A slipcovered sofa and two club chairs with ottomans embellish the child-friendly setting. “The furniture is all slipcovered in white,” Stacey says. “It is so much easier to wash that way.”
Stacey and Tom have settled into their new home with ease. The residence exemplifies their shared desire for a casual, relaxed place to enjoy their children and entertain friends. “We were going for simple, easy, and comfortable,” Stacey reveals. “We love to have friends over and we like to have a good time.”