Author: Photos by Haylei Smith

Perfect Landing

  Sara Ashy has always had a soft spot for oak-lined country roads. She and her husband, Brooke Inzerella, were looking for real estate on Lafayette’s Southside when she heard about a piece of property in Carencro that bordered…

Best Neighborhoods

Charpentier Historic District Lake Charles For families looking to land somewhere safe, fun and with plenty of space to move around, Lake Charles’ Charpentier Historic District is an excellent option. In the 15 years she’s lived in the neighborhood, realtor…

Communal Tables

Kitchen glamour shots are a slam dunk on social media feeds — and for good reason. But take a peek behind the filters, and you’ll see the creative process is as messy and unpredictable as that pandemic sourdough you…

Living the Dream

Designers Dona Designs, Paige Gary Designs, S Clare Design, LaV Designs, Bolgiano Interiors Builder McLain Companies Architect Jarod A. Hebert   Bryan McLain had a distinct vision for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, the 12th one he has…

Saving the Best for Last

If you drove toward Opelousas from Lafayette in the early 1900s, chances are the last home you’d pass would be a gingerbread-laced Victorian. “Everything north of it was just cattle ranch,” says architect Stephen Ortego, of SO Studio Architecture.…

Magic Tree House

  Architect Chase Marshall Architects, ChaseMarshall.com Designer Mary Beyt, instagram.com/MaryBeyt Cabinets Cajun Cabinets, CajunCabinets.com Woodworks Justin Guillory   It has been a year since moving in, but Bill Finley still opens his kitchen cabinets and closet doors with the…

Cooler Ranch

Wall Disk #12, Arthur McViccar; Ode to Shane, Cliff Tresner; Bond at Sea, The London Police; Jelly Roll, Susie Gottardi; Along the Way, Kaws; Swamp Stomp Stuck Boar, Church Goin Mule; A selection of heirloom Royal…

Dreams Come True

Designers Dona Sonnier and Leslie Wooters outfitted the dining and main living space with luxe neutrals that complement the home’s contemporary aesthetic. The show-stopping staircase was designed by Azalea Design Studio and built by Advanced Millworks…

This is Us

“All the things I choose, whether it’s the textiles for drapery or furniture — it’s important to have that feeling,” says Thibeaux, of how she used soft finishes and estate sale pieces to make the home…

Kitchen Revision

As the heart of any dwelling, a great kitchen not only enhances one’s home life, but it may also very well transform it. That is what the owners of the kitchens featured here realized after their spaces were updated to…

The Art of Not Letting Go

Homeowner Renee Landry enjoys the unique indoor loggia-styled space, with stepping stones traversing a pond flanked by found and made art pieces. According to designer Robin Thibodeaux, she and her team were careful to keep the…

Where to Live Next

While we can’t explore every great neighborhood in the 22-parish region, in the pages that follow, we offer you snapshots of some of the best towns and neighborhoods in Acadiana, based on everything from great schools and historic architecture to…