The LeJeune House
This Louisiana plantation dating back to the 1800s is just as charming today as it was when it was originally built over 200 years ago. Take a step inside and see how owners Randy Harelson and Richard Gibbs have maintained its authenthicity while showcasing the home's stunning craftsmanship.
Name of House: The LeJeune House
Year Built: Circa 1800
Architect: Unknown, most likely designed by its first owner, François Samson
Style: Louisiana Creole with Neoclassic elements added later
Current Owners: Randy Harelson, a horticulturist, and Richard Gibbs, an architect
Randy and Richard painted the living room a warm white based on the earliest paint color their scrapings revealed. The light blue of the coffered ceiling was a more whimsical choice. An Early American sofa is covered in dusty rose silk velvet.
The home boasts 12 french doors. Richard and Randy believe that viewing a 300-year-old live oak is even more enchanting when looking through old, wavy glass windows.
Rocking chairs beg guests to sit and relax on the front porch that runs the entire lenth of the house.
Richard and Randy say to decorate a 200-year-old home you should use materials that are true to the period of the house. Natural textiles, wood, clay, glass, and candlelight are just as beautiful in the 21st cetnury as it was in the 19th.