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Louisiana kitchen: before & after

This is kitchen is one of my favorite projects ever!  I enjoyed working on this home so much and especially this room.  I thought I had shown before pictures but when I was last in Louisiana and we were discussing, I realized I had here it goes!



and now with new cabinets, refinished floors and appliances!


Updated farm kitchen with original door to laundry room

We removed the peninsula where the stove was before and opened up the breakfast room to the kitchen proper and added a thin island and penandts…this moved the stove to an outside wall which the homeowners were fine with but overall the general footprint is very similar..we did add more butler pantry area and close one door but laundry room door stayed the same..and of course we had to add some open shelving and lighting! oh the lightning! I love how the lighting is different but all flows.

We also moved the dishwasher and lost the double ovens but they gained an amazing Viking range with shelf!

Notice the tongue and groove wood ceiling and the beadboard backsplash..they add so much..there is no subway tile in this kitchen..we used glossy white paint on beadboard and that has been fine ..and this is a cook’s kitchen..not just for show.  The carerra and farm sink are also holding up well.  The homeowner says she is careful with her winebottles and they use a big butcher block a lot but the carerra and wood top on island are holding up great!

New cabinets and more storage

I love to visit this faucet!

Kitchen updates

A few sources:

The faucet is Rohl
The school house lights are from Rejuvenation
Cute light over sink also Rejuvenation
Stove is Viking
Carrerra honed marble..honed is important!
Wall color BM Edgecomb gray
All trim and cabinets are semi gloss BM white dove, ceiling is their pearl finish!
Restoration Gilmore hardware on cabinets
The thing I love most about this kitchen is its not just for show…the family really uses and enjoy it everyday and its full of wondeful food, love and hospitality.  It was a pleasure and blessing to be a part of this project!

Louisiana Home Tour!


I have been working on this beautiful home in Louisiana for nearly two years…since the beginning stages and plans!  So its such a delight to see it come to fruition and finally be a warm, cozy home for my client’s family!  I posted about the construction here.


And now it has boxwood and Christmas decorations and the sounds of children inside !


The homeowners were asked to participate in a local home tour that will be this Saturday evening, December 10th, in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Details are here and  at the bottom of this post if you would like to attend and or donate to the cause of the tour.

Here are a few sneak peeks! (these are just phone pics so they do not give this home justice but they are better than nothing right) enjoy!

Homebuilder on this project was Chris Ledet Homes and the architect was Mike Bougeois. The fresh garlands and wreaths from Green Acres in Thibodaux, with magnolia woven in by yours truly;;  They were all so patient and as you can see, extremely talented!


Of course we decorated with lots of magnolia, simple satin ribbon (it is red not pink;) and oyster trees! I love that the house is new but has such a historic feel…so many Louisiana elements like brick floors, wood walls and floors, Audubon prints, elevated porches and gas lanterns! I had to add some of my faves too like the brass lights in kitchen and the art from Lindsay Letters for the season.


The house is such a pretty setting too..the trees down there just make me gasp..such beauty.

The dining room is right inside the front door with study to right…classic central hall design.


This antique french dining table that I baby’d in storage for over a year came from Marburger Farm.  So fun to see it finally decorated with greens ready for entertaining!  The drapery fabric is Pierre Frey and the chairs were monogrammed and reupholstered via Gracie’s Custom Interiors in Houston! All of the drapes in the home were constructed by Ronda Crockett of Jouli Designs (you can reach her at 985-232-2519).


The outdoor ribbon is actually a red herringbone..its reads a soft red/pink from a distance but you get close it is red is from True Blue fact many of the accessories in the home came from True Blue Home as well as new furnishings from Ethan Allen (the kid friendly sofas) and antiques from Leftovers Antiques in Brenham!

This particular light from Visual Comfort is discontinued so glad we got it for this house..along with gray cabinets, old rug and brass faucet.


Chairs below…Schumacher floral on front and stripe on back…and the secretary is an early Round Top find by the client!


Upstairs is a nice great play space with natural light..that entire front shed window IS PLAYROOM!


Les Indiennes pillow from True Blue Home (i get all of my Les Indiennes and John Robshaw pillows there fyi) worked in with Christmas gifts and pillow!


Notice the Lindsay Letters 12 days of Christmas cards on the garland, big blue dot pillow from True Blue Home

and street signs from Old Glory Antiques!  And the mudroom, back downstairs entrance is on the left with more Les Indiennes pillow From TBH and banner from my pop up shop…so cute!


I love this entire extended family..the hospitality down there is amazing and I wish I could be at the tour but I hope some of you can attend.  I will be home with my own Bebes;; but I will be there in spirit!


You will not be disappointed with the tour and especially the beautiful people!


This is Mandy who started this ministry for which the tour proceeds benefit.

All tickets can be purchased online at under the “tour of homes” tab”
There is also a donations tab if people would like to donate online.
If anyone would like to donate with check you may mail to

P.O.Box 5582
Thibodaux, La. 70302
Checks made out to Refuge127
All donations are tax-deductible

Contact is Mandy Holloway and her number is: 985-414-0217

When your purchase tickets you will receive an email with the addresses of the five homes on the tour.

Homes will be open from 5:00 pm to 8:30 PM There will be light refreshments at each home.

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