Southern Beauty – Historical Baton Rouge

Jun 01, 2014

When I went for the book signing in Baton Rouge at Rodgers and McDaniel Home, a must see home furnishings store, filled with antique and contemporary furniture, accessories, and lighting,  I was so fortunate to meet a wonderful Southern lady.  She invited me to an early coffee at her personal home that Rodgers and McDaniel had done the design work for.  Meeting her at 8am before I started the trip back to Houston, it was such a treat both to visit with her and to tour this lovely historical home. Although much of the bones were left as is, there was definitely a complete change in aesthetics of the home through paint colors, wall coverings and furnishings. I hope you enjoy the tour even with my not so professional photography!!

As you enter, you are immediately met by lovely antiques, period furnishings, and a graceful staircase that give a very warm and welcoming feeling.

The hand embroidered drapery, with the stunning Zuber Wall covering and antique rug, provide such a dramatic statement but in a subtle, refined manner to the home’s dining area! Truly using her home, she was working on a school project for her kids on the dining room table! Oh those days!!

The living room is just to die for! It mixes luminous fabrics with antiques and stunning art.  I love the pop of leopard and her accessories, which take this very formal room to an enticing entertaining space that would make any visitor feel comfortable.

I of course adore all the painted pieces in the room!!

The mantel and the mill work are quite exceptional!!

This is a little keeping area.  Love the old marble floors, antique mirrors and the beautiful period grate in the floor!!

The master bedroom is as lovely as the rest of the house and changes the color tones to a soft green.  There is that same fun pop of animal print!

I adored her master closet.  Revamped with the mirrors and brass panel insets, it was so charming!!

The powder tucked under the stairs has that beautiful marbled antique mirror and faucets to die for!!!


This is the butlers or staging room, perfect to lay out a food spread or use as a staging place that you can close off while entertaining!!

The den kitchen area was completely revamped and is so well done!  Looking outdoors to the beautiful backyard, it is so warm and inviting!!! I love the beams and wooden ceiling mixed with the green of the kitchen cabinetry!!

A fab mix of benches and stools!!  Plenty of space to chat with the cook!!!

There is something about the decor in Louisiana that is elegant but no so serious. It creates an inviting feeling in each space.  This pop of color mixed with playful fabrics makes me just want to pull up a chair!!!

A tapestry hung over the tv hung with a simple curtain rod!!!  Brilliant!!!!!

The game room and den are comfy and beautiful with their ceiling details!!

The outside as pretty as the inside. It definitely has that New Orleans flair to it!!!  I hope you enjoy taking it all in!!  Thanks so much to this gracious sweet lady for opening up her lovely home so early in the morning!!! It was such a treat for me!!!




Hope everyone has a lovely week!  Till next Monday!!  xo  Leslie

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  • Shirley@Housepitality Designs
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 June Reply

    What a most exquisite home from the gorgeous interiors to the lush landscaping and porches….I love the many architectural details from the magnificent beams in the kitchen to the millwork and doors in the keeping area…What a treat is must have been to tour this home…every inch of this home has extraordinary detail…Thanks for letting us tour this home too….

  • Lee
    Posted at 23:08h, 02 June Reply

    What a fabulous home, the exterior and gardens are as beautiful as the interior. I love the painted furniture, in fact everything about the house, especially the open plan kitchen/living area, I have pinned this onto my home ideas board. I have an open plan area but very small and always looking for ideas for when we build.

    Lee 🙂

  • designchic
    Posted at 13:35h, 06 June Reply

    So much charm and character in this amazing home. Love all of the millwork and the gorgeous kitchen, but the keeping room with the beautiful floors and doors…stunning! Enjoy your weekend, Leslie ~

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