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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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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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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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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 Tiki Hut on the Water’s Edge: Simple abundant living

If you’re a world traveler from Houma, the quickest way to get back home would be to click your heels three times and repeat these words . . . “there’s no place like Houma, there’s no place like Houma, there’s no place like Houma.” This way of traveling beats a plane trip or a long ride home in a car any day. I’ve had the pleasure to turn my lens toward a special place in Houma that sits on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. A quaint ...

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A Splendid Château: Stylish country living on the Northshore

The grand residence of retired businessman Michael Thompson near Covington emulates the charm of a French country château. Its graceful design connects to the past while still looking forward. The stunning 8,000-square-foot home is situated on a 62-acre horse farm with a 20-stable barn, tennis courts, two ponds, and a putting green. The dreamy, pastoral setting reflects the best of country living in Louisiana. “I really like the peace of the country,” ...

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Party House on the River: Waterfront home has natural appeal

After designing a dozen luxurious homes in The Waterfront gated communities of Maurepas, award-wining architect Bobby McKenzie decided to build his dream home near the residences he had created on the water’s edge. “Our house is a culmination of all my designs over the past 25 years,” he says. “I finally got to build for myself.” The stunning home that Bobby and Susan McKenzie completed two years ago takes advantage of the scenic splendor ...

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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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Keepers of the Flame: A home designed as an artist colony is redefined

“They call it the bottle wall house,” says Michelle Vallot, a Lafayette attorney, owner of Zydeco Foods, LLC, and an avid arts patron who regularly appears in the society pages for her charitable arts events. Vallot and sculptor Russell Whiting’s intriguing home in Breaux Bridge is set on five acres of gardens filled with blooming jasmine and contemporary sculpture. Hidden away in a secluded area with a pond, the house is bordered by unique ...

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A Dream House Realized: A notable new construction 
takes shape on 
the Northshore

A New Orleans couple finally decided to build their dream home on the Northshore, which is known for its peaceful neighborhoods, good schools, and prime real estate situated near golf courses, boating, and water sports along Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River. The owners envisioned a grand residence with a pool where their children could play and the family could entertain in style. The attractions of the Northshore among New Orleans residents ...

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