Author: Marie Elizabeth Oliver

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…

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…

Bling in the New Year

Punk Rock Vamp up your look for a grunge-meets-glam aesthetic. 1. Skinny gold bangles, M…

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…

Seasons of Change

When Caitlin Gossen and her husband bought their two-story, Acadian-style home in 2007, her daughters were just growing out of the baby stage. The house, built in the 1980s, underwent a full-scale renovation before they settled in — including a…

La maison: So Fresh, So Clean

When embarking upon the interior design process for this waterfront home, Lance Thomas, of Thomas Guy Interiors, knew he had to strike the right chord. On one hand, the homeowner Dr. Richard Roe, a Lake Charles physician, had a specific…

La Maison: Artists’ Residency

Celebrated as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Robert Rauschenberg left an indelible mark on the world through his boundary-pushing creative work. Although his collections are carefully curated in some of the world’s most prestigious museums,…

La Maison: Art House

Downsizing is daunting, especially after living in the same home for 30 years. Combine that with a homeowner whose lifelong passion includes art and collectibles, and the last thing you might expect is for her to describe the entire process…

La Maison: Art House

Downsizing is daunting, especially after living in the same home for 30 years. Combine that with a homeowner whose lifelong passion includes art and collectibles, and the last thing you might expect is for her to describe the entire process…

A la mode: Have a Ball

In fact, it’s the perfect excuse for an upgrade. Celebrate Mardi Gras and the kickoff to 2020s with Gatsby-approved glamour. Spring is the perfect time to shimmer and shine. 1. Black fur jacket from Little Town 2. French Connection metallic…

Pour la maison: Metal Harmony

Ask any designer for advice about creating a classic look, and chances are they’ll talk about mixing: old with new, highs with lows, bolds with neutrals. Just like your mawmaw’s gumbo, there’s not an exact recipe to follow. It’s all…

La maison: Out of the Box

When Leah Halverson began planning her dream home, she envisioned a beautiful space, but wanted to avoid making it “feel like a museum.” In fact, with two young boys and two dogs, she and her husband needed exactly the opposite.…

A la mode: At Your Leisure

BOOTS Go ahead, show up in boots. These vintage, knee-high leather Wranglers are never going out of style, at Rock + Paper + Scissors. Cool, Ranch You can embrace the latest Western fashion trends without going all the way down…

Pour la maison: Sur la table

It’s one of the first chores we’re taught as children. Dutifully filling ice water glasses or carefully creasing napkins is a rite of passage in many Southern households. Although our daily dining habits may not call for Downton Abbey-level servingware,…

La Maison: Welcome, This is a Farmhouse

When their real estate agent called to tell them a rare empty lot opened up in the Saint Streets, Tanya and Gil Zaunbrecher didn’t think twice. Even though the couple had recently finished building a home for their family in…

Exotic Elegance

STYLING: Marie Elizabeth Oliver PHOTOGRAPHY: Theresa King Cassagne MODELS: Lauren Shipp, Ibrahim Nofal, Darby Miles and Brianna Hunter HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kelly Snesrud TREND WATCH: Megan Romer THANK YOU TO: Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel Viktor&Rolf Mariage…

Pour la maison: Shelf Life

Thanks to a certain Netflix special, books and collectibles have recently fallen to the bottom of the home goods power ranking. While your freshman-year Norton Anthology of Literature may not exactly “spark joy,” that doesn’t mean you should shy away…