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A Louisiana home on the bayou gets reimagined for comfort and relaxation

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Historical Concepts in collaboration with Carter Kay Interiors has reimagined this home on the bayou, nestled along Contraband Bayou, a large bayou that runs through Lake Charles, Louisiana. The residence was originally designed in the 1970s by architect A. Hays Town, but was quite formal and no longer fit their lifestyle needs.

The owner’s children are all grown up with children of their own, so they wished for their home to be completely remodeled for entertaining with relaxed living spaces. A new design provides a Creole-style home that melds tradition with comfort, accentuated by details that are informed by the region’s vernacular.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Historical Concepts INTERIOR DESIGN Carter Kay Interiors LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Hooten Land Design

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The architects gave thoughtful consideration to the building materials used in this home, especially the brick and mortar, traditional to the region. The landscape architect incorporated these materials into the front hardscape, becoming an integral feature of the arrangement of structures of this home (a two-story garage and dovecote flank the central home). An auto court was devised in place of a traditional landscape front yard.

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Step inside to find soaring ceilings that provide light and airy living spaces while dissipating heat and allowing for airflow.

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For the interior furnishings and finishes, Carter Kay Interiors introduced the homeowners to designer pieces from Atlanta showrooms and esteemed artisans, intermingled with treasured heirlooms and antiques. The overall aesthetic is welcoming and relaxed with an air of sophistication, perfect for the owner’s lifestyle needs.

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A neutral backdrop of wood planking is layered with rich textures in an earthy color palette that is inspired by this home’s picturesque natural setting.

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What We Love: This home on the bayou is all about taking advantage of the idyllic views of the surrounding natural landscape. With a wonderful interior color palette inspired by the surroundings, this dwelling feels warm and welcoming. This is perfect for the next chapter of the homeowner’s lives — all about relaxation and entertaining family and friends. Overall, we are loving the feel of this home, its comfortable yet stylish and the setting is spectacular.

Tell Us: What details in this home renovation project do you find most appealing? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Louisiana: Restoration of Eclectic French Quarter Pied-a-Terre in New Orleans and Colorful Details: An Extraordinary New Orleans Victorian House.

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On the exterior facade, exposed rafter tails provide a classic touch, along with the large open porch that travels the length of the rear of the dwelling.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Followill

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