Calm, Classic Southern Home
When Jeff and Mia James started renovations on their newly purchased home in an older tree-lined neighborhood of Baton Rouge, the last thing they expected was a call from a neighbor telling them their house was falling down. But that is just what happened. “It changed everything—budget, design, everything,” Mia says. “I had never built a new house and I was terrified to do it, but we were so attached to this neighborhood.”
Ten-foot-tall plantation shutters give a historic look to this newly built home.
Mia found style inspiration from a historic home on the Mandeville lakefront and arranged cut pieces of paper to show residential designer Billie Brian her desired room layout. Once the new West Indies-style home was finished, the decorating was easy—she’d been collecting her treasured furnishings for decades. Mia has a style that’s more about meaning and tranquility than any period of furniture or medium of art.
The Jameses’ home has more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor rooms, including an inviting front porch.
Shutters and shutter hardware: custom color by Southern Plantation Shutters; 225/292-2278.
Custom trumeau mirror: Jon McArthur; 225/288-2105.
Lamps: For a similar look, try the Bruges Table Lamp by Aidan Gray.
Chairs: For a similar look, try the Louis XVI Dining Chair or George III Rattan Chair by Wisteria.
Chandelier: For a similar look, try the Paris Flea Market Crystal Basket Chandelier from Shades of Light.
Bird paintings: Woodland Respite I and Woodland Respite II by Jennifer Goldberger through The Garden Gates; 504/833-6699.
Bedding: Pearl Embroidered Duvet Cover and Sham by Pottery Barn.
Headboard: Leonel’s Fine Upholstery and Furniture; 504/469-0889 and James Snowden, Jr., Juniors Furniture Service LLC, Zachary, LA; 225/654-3949.
Headboard fabric: Ozborne Powder Blue by Premier Prints through Forsyth Fabrics.
Steal this Idea: A high coffee table allows a seating area to pinch-hit for dining
Many of Mia’s most treasured furnishings, such as the antler chandelier in the kitchen and the china cabinet in the dining room, were purchased during shopping trips with her girlfriends to the antiques fairs around Round Top, Texas. Spread out over the course of two weeks, multiple events cover fields and fill barns with booths overflowing with the best antiques and flea market finds. The next fair is scheduled for around September 18 through October 1. For more information visit roundtop.org, roundtoptexasantiques.com, and roundtop-marburger.com.
Steal this Idea: Camouflage a blah kitchen island with a cypress table topped with walnut limestone.