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Oakland | SOLD

9 Oakhurst Road NatchezMS 39120 | List Price: $975,000


Once Natchez became part of the United States with Territorial Status in 1798, its expansion hit new levels as a major Mississippi River port. With the invention of the cotton gin almost at the same time, the planter world emerged, and left a legacy of great homes.

The Natchez District was settled largely by the sons of major early American families . . . families who had made their mark in the East and whose sons needed new worlds to conquer. They had money, taste, and entrepreneurial ambition.

Many plantations, many intended to impress, were built in these early years on huge tracts of lands in the areas of the Natchez District and its early towns of Natchez, Woodville, Washington, and Port Gibson. But early on fears existed of illnesses emanating from low lying soils of the lands bordering the River and the heights of Natchez gained appeal.

The downtown grid appeared, and simultaneously surrounding the city on the hill, urban villas, as we might call them, also appeared, built on tracts of anywhere from modest 20 acre tracts to 40 and 50 acre tracts as they spread further out.

Oakland, unlike many of the grand homes being built was built in what has become known as the planters style with a more modest exterior but every bit an impressive an interior. Typically built with a center hall, two large rooms on either side, a wide covered front gallery, and a smaller real loggia, flanked by cabinet rooms. Oakland was built of brick and then stuccoed and has a handsome hipped roof.

Sometime later two small matching wings were added . . . on the dining room side to accommodate a kitchen and on the other a library.

The remaining dependency to the rear is a two-story brick structure with a one bedroom unit on each floor; currently used one as a residence the other as an office.

The interior is pure elegance with great scale, sixteen foot ceilings, fabulously simple Greek Revival deep ceiling moldings, and high Greek Revival door and window surrounds. The windows have paneled interior shutters that neatly fold into recessed compartments and the mahogany pocket doors have their original silver hardware so prized during that period.

The house is raised and the topography allows for a usable partially raised basement which today houses a sitting room, a storage room, a bedroom and bath.

In the 1950’s, as often happened, the acreage surrounding Oakland was sold off as lots for homes in a subdivision known today as Forest Lawn. Oakland retains complete privacy and accessibility on over three beautifully landscaped acres.

4 BEDROOMS  |  3 FULL BATHS  |  5,165 SQ. FT.  |  3.5 ACRES  |  MLS 2305319

Dorian Bennett SIR Agent Contacts

Ernesto Caldeira
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Bayou Vista

Bayou Vista | OFF MARKET

913 Highway 182, Morgan CityLA 70380 | List Price: $3,450,000

Bayou Vista

It's rare that a classic architect, knowledgeable clients, an extraordinary historic building site, & 1,250 feet of legendary LA waterfront on the navigable Lower Atchafalaya River or better known as Bayou Teche, a little over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico, are found with one of the most beautiful houses, offering an exceptional view of a long standing natural occurring native state Cypress forest.

In this land of scenic waterways, the Atchafalaya Swamp, and Evangeline Country & French Acadiana, a very rich & diversified culture has developed, & drawn tourism for centuries. New Orleans is 90 minutes east & Lafayette 60 minutes west.

The “front” of our French Manor, which you see when you enter the gates, has a drive that wanders past some of the massive oaks which have survived centuries; but, the “front’ that faces Bayou Teche is jaw dropping with its architecturally rich façade of roof lines, columns, arches and fenestration all finished in a breath-taking monochromatic palate with colossal oaks sweeping the grounds everywhere.

Built about 8 years ago it was a major project coordinated by the Hopkins firm to create a French Style home with the scale, space, ceiling height, and quality of homes built in the past. The floors are largely travertine tile. The kitchen ceiling is 13’ and the living area ceilings are all 12’ but the master bedroom ceilings are 10’.

It has enormous windows and great light and from the moment you step in the front doors the spaces easily open one to the other, from the foyer to the forty foot long great room, with views of the Teche, and a charming formal dining room which, along with an office featuring reclaimed cypress door wainscoting and a custom-built Sinker Cypress bookcase, form the center core of the house.

On the bayou side there is a Pennsylvania Blue flagstone terrace. The master wing is luxurious. The 28-foot long bedroom overlooks the bayou and opens, with French doors, onto the terrace and the other half of the wing is devoted to separate bathrooms and beautifully detailed walk-in closets. The floors and counters are a glorious mixture of honed and polished marbles and stones. While the other wing is for entertaining, the kitchen also overlooks the Teche and affords space and just about every convenience imaginable especially with a walk-in butler’s pantry and a cypress wine cellar. But the special part of this wing is with what is known as the grill room, a vaulted room, with a ceiling rising up to a 20 foot ridge, and with an over-the-top 54” Wolf grill and wall-to-wall doors opening onto the terrace, where weather isn’t a factor with outdoor entertainment plans. Tucked away in the corner of the main floor by the side entrance foyer is a guest room or staff bedroom with ready access from the attached garage & steps away from the separate but nearby garage building. A wonderful staircase soaring up from the great room to the second floor where there is an entertainment area, a spacious gym, & 2 guest rooms. The second floor has carpeted bedrooms and rich wide board wooden floors. From it, there is an easy staircase access to the 3rd level high-ceilinged storage attic (so well insulated) as are other attic areas, that the heating and cooling bills are minimal. For power outages a diesel generator will service the whole house. The boat house with a 2nd floor unfinished apartment has parking for several cars beneath and handles a large boat. Nearby there is shore power and mooring pilings available on the riverfront on both the east and west sides of the property.

Of the many attractions available mention must be made of the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild in Patterson, a championship course listed in the top 50 in the US by Golfweek.

With all of its history and nearby natural attractions Bayou Vista is only five miles from the Harry P.Williams Memorial Airport at Patterson, LA, & has easy access to the future I-49.

4 BEDROOMS  |  5 FULL BATHS  |  3 PARTIAL BATHS  |  8,866 SQ. FT.  |  8 ACRES  |  MLS 2277730

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Minimalism—But Make It Warm

Minimalism—But Make It Warm


“Many people have a misconception that minimalism and starkness are the same thing. That’s not true,” says Ximena Rodriguez, principal and director of interior design at CetraRuddy in New York. “Minimalism and warmth do not have to be contradictory principles. For us, a neutral color palette, materials, and textures are the building blocks of warm minimalism,” she says.

At its core, and when designed well, a minimalist home offers a calming environment and a sense of serenity, Rodriguez says. “A cleaner environment creates more space for your mind to concentrate on positive ideas, goals, or tasks.”

Making it feel warm and welcoming is a matter of thoughtful restraint. As Michael Rath, CEO, owner, and director of design services at Trilogy Partners in Frisco, Colo., says, “The path to simplicity is a careful inventory of what is most important and what is not, and that which is becomes the place, and that which is not has no place.”

Nina Magon Minimalism Decor
Nina Magon sticks to complementary hues and textures to create interesting minimalism.


While it seems standard practice, minimalist spaces needn’t be stark white. “Color has a big impact on mood, and we’re seeing a movement away from brighter whites and toward warmer neutral tones that offer a soothing effect,” Rodriguez says.

Similarly, architect Elisabeth Post-Marner, principal at Spacesmith in New York, prefers to use quiet colors and textured neutrals, which instill a sense of calm. “Keeping the palette ‘quiet’ allows you to combine different colors,” she says.

Minimalist spaces don’t need to be monochromatic, either. Post-Marner opts for a tonal vibe or uses colors in the same family. For furniture, this might mean using cherry and walnut finishes, which live in the same midbrown family or a range of neutral tones and textures that complement one another.

Rath also goes for neutrals but adds in a burst of color here and there. He looks to calming contrasts as well, such as lighter straight-grained wood finishes with a charcoal gray backdrop.

To maintain a sleek and consistent vibe, and promote a cohesive flow, Nina Magon, of Nina Magon Studio in Houston, uses a trio of hues that are similar in shade and tone and incorporates a range of tonal textures. “To create visual layering that adds warmth and subtle richness, stick to a certain group of complementary hues and bring in a range of different textures and fabrics for visual interest,” Magon says.

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Texture is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a space feel more inviting. “Mixing texture is essential to creating a warm and interesting space,” says Samantha Gallacher, co-founder of IG Workshop, a Miami-based interior design lab and founder of Art+Loom, a line of handcrafted rugs. Think textiles, such as rugs and window treatments, and layered textures (textured wallpaper, chunkier weaves on furniture), she says.

Rugs in particular add visual interest, dimensionality, warmth, and texture without cluttering a space or taking away from the bare beauty of minimalism, Magon says. Incorporating a few different textures can help keep a space varied and welcoming—especially if the colors are neutral and complementary, Rodriguez says. “This is where materials play a role. For kitchens and bathrooms, there’s interest now in stones that feature unique patterns and colors, such as blue and green tones, which bring a much warmer feel than a standard white marble,” Rodriguez says.

Gallacher brings the color palette to life using a gradation of neutrals throughout a space by way of natural elements such as wood, marble, and concrete. Lighting also comes into play. “Lighting that’s concealed or integrated into millwork, for instance, can be very minimalist, but it can also adjust over the course of the day to match circadian rhythms and have a positive influence on mood,” Rodriguez says.

Rath recommends organics such as wood and leather. “Wood and other organics introduce subtle natural patterns that are interesting to behold. Sheen is relaxed, not shiny, and warmer in appearance. Simpler straight grain woods in cabinetry are the way to go,” he says.

Artwork can also bring a sense of dimension, interest, and texture. “Featuring your favorite artwork, or a few curated accessories displayed in smaller moments, can go a long way toward adding style and warmth,” Rodriguez says. And when well-placed, art adds personality and makes a space feel like home, says Anne Carr of Anne Carr Design in Los Angeles. “While you don’t want to over-accessorize, make sure to incorporate personal touches such as vases, framed photos, and coffee table books,” she says.

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“Plants bring life and energy, and their rich colors are wonderfully contrasted against a simple neutral palette,” Rath says. They also lend a sense of tranquility and a connection to nature that has proven health benefits like air purification, Rodriguez says. “If your home offers great views of a natural green landscape, you might not need much greenery within your interior spaces. Even so, it only takes a few strategically placed plantings to bring that feeling of nature into your home in a way that contributes to a warm minimalist mood,” she says.

Rodriguez also prefers to incorporate greenery on balconies or other indoor/outdoor spaces. “Landscaping or adding plantings to these areas visually integrates nature into your living space without crowding and cluttering the home,” she says.

Post-Marner loves to incorporate philodendrons, in particular, but with restraint. “When purchasing plants, a minimalist philosophy should be used as well. One five-foot-high philodendron in a living room as opposed to five smaller plants,” she says.

If you don’t have a green thumb, Carr suggests using fresh, rotating arrangements. “They’re a great way to keep things interesting while bringing some life to the room.”

Contemporary Home by Nina Magon Studio
A contemporary home designed by Nina Magon Studio.


The first principle of minimalism is a clutter-free space. For that, storage is essential. “It should be everywhere and yet not obvious,” Rath says. “I recommend incorporating flush-mounted surfaces that hide everything with an option to open and grab whenever you may need it.”

“The beauty of minimalist design is the ‘less is more aesthetic,’ so the less clutter that is visible, the better,” Magon says. She suggests hidden storage elements such as benches, ottomans, furniture pieces with drawers, and flush push-to-open millwork.

Getting creative with storage is key to successful minimalist design, Rodriguez says. “We like to find ways to conceal storage within our designs for a room by integrating closets into wall paneling, for instance.”

Dining Room by Ximena Rodriguez
A dining room with pops of color by Ximena Rodriguez.


Lounge by Elisabeth Pot-Marner
A lounge area by New York-based Elisabeth Post-Marner.

Originally posted by Sotheby's International Realty.

The Lure of Linen

The Lure Of Linen


As relaxed as it is regal and as approachable as it is precious, there’s a duality about linen fabric that makes it work for both a casual space by the sea or a chic loft in the city. “Linen is at once both elegant and organic. It truly lends itself to any style of space from the most minimal to truly traditional,” says Grant Trick, of Grant Trick Furnishings in Irondale, Ala.

Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen has an earthy touch that renders it versatile for drapery, upholstery, bedding, and wallpaper. “It feels simultaneously modern and earthy,” says Marea Clark of Marea Clark Interiors in San Francisco. “Inherent textural qualities make it interesting.” It’s that same versatility that enables it to be iterated in many different weaves and finishes, from the lightest translucent to the heaviest weave, says Susie McLaren, creative head of residential interiors at SHH, an architecture and interior design practice in London. It can be woven into jacquard patterns and multicolored herringbones, and can be hand, screen, or digitally printed. “Either natural, bleached, or dyed, its character always comes through,” McLaren says.

Linen is generally strong and hard-wearing, and its character improves with washing and age. Light and midweights are perfect for formal pleating and embroidery, while washed and stonewashed varieties are ideal for a more relaxed look, McLaren says.

The material is also naturally anti-microbial and resistant to mildew, “which is especially good for humid climates,” says Kristin Hildebrand, lead designer and CEO of KH Interiors based in Southern California. “Its fibers are so tightly woven, they won’t loosen over time, making whatever linen you have in your home last longer,” she says.

How and where to render this fabric within your walls is only a matter of the style you seek for your home.

Modern & Earthy Design by Marea Clark
San Francisco-based interior designer Marea Clark uses linen for upholstery and drapery, since she sees it as both modern and earthy.


Linen can be used in just about every room in your home—as furniture fabric, upholstery, or as “linens” for the bedroom or dining room. For a beach bungalow, lightweight linen curtains look breezier when unlined. Heavier weight-lined and underlined linen drapery befit a more formal living space. Phillip Thomas, founder and principal of Phillip Thomas Inc. in New York City, often uses a heavy flannel as lining when he wants to give panels more structure.

Hildebrand loves to use linen for roman shades in window treatments. “Sometimes we select solid neutrals for a shade, and other times we mix it up with a patterned linen. In both scenarios, the soft organic feel of the fabric has a beautiful effect,” she says.

As upholstery for furniture, linen can be rendered in myriad ways. Sofas can be tightly upholstered or swathed in loose covers for a more casual and versatile look, McLaren says. Slipcovers are a smart choice for high traffic seating because they can be easily switched out and laundered. Linen also partners well with other fabrics. “Linen upholstery with leather piping is always a smart combination,” McLaren says.

In the bedroom, linen is perfect for headboards and bed bases. “It’s absorbent and breathable, which makes it naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s ideal to use in bedrooms and particularly for bedding,” McLaren says. She also uses embroidered antique linen sheets as throws for sofas and embroidered linen for window blinds. “Vintage linen sacks can be reused for upholstery and cushions and mixed with other fabrics for a totally unique look,” McLaren adds.

And instead of the often-used grasscloth wallpaper, try a linen option. “It really warms up spaces by softening walls that might otherwise feel stark with paint,” Clark says.


“Linen is available in a wide variety of textures and patterns that open up the opportunity for dynamic and creative interiors,” Thomas says. The beauty of it is it can be integrated into both formal structured furnishings as well as more relaxed, informal furnishings, he says.

Trick suggests using washed linens for slipcovered pieces wanting soft and imperfect textures. “Expect cushion covers to grow a bit over time; flip often and fluff feather inserts,” he says. He also loves linen velvets for upholstery, which he says can be formal or relaxed. “I love that they come from the mill already having a gorgeous patina that just gets better with age. Linen velvet ‘wears in’ and doesn’t wear out like cottons and synthetics. The more you live on it, the signs of use just add a layer of authenticity that you don’t get with some other velvets,” Trick says.

As a breathable fiber, it’s cool in the summer and warm in winter, McLaren says. For cooler months she suggests layering it with other materials such as wools, cashmeres, and faux fur for a cozier vibe. “In summer, floaty unlined white linen at open windows and loose linen couch covers in paler, more summery colors” are ideal, she says.

Miami-based designer Constanza Collarte of Collarte Interiors considers linen a go-to fabric because she’s able to use it year-round. “I tend to favor laundered or washed versions—in fact, the more wrinkled and casual looking, the better for that lived-in look,” she says. “It’s organic and adds a ton of texture to any room and it takes on color beautifully in more muted tones.”

Chic Linen Bedroom by Constanza Collarte
A bedroom designed by Miami-based Constanza Collarte uses linen to pull off a chic lived-in look.


It is important to understand (and embrace) the potential for wrinkling with linen, Thomas says. “If that’s not something you can stomach, then I recommend staying away from the fabric or using a blend, such as linen cotton, which is called union cloth.”

Although linen is strong, the lighter weights can eventually deteriorate in time with excessive washing, McLaren says. “Open weaves on upholstered furniture can be vulnerable to catching and tearing, but this would be similar to any open weave fabric.”

And, like every upholstery fabric, linen benefits from regular maintenance. “Vacuuming at least once a month to remove surface dirt will extend your linen life a lot. And if you have an accident, probably best to call a professional upholstery cleaner,” Hildebrand says.


Because linen is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs moisture from its environment, don’t expect perfection, Trick says. “Drapery, in particular, will almost always stretch and shrink. When it’s installed and steamed, it will grow; when heat is running in cold months, it loses moisture and shrinks,” he says. “This is what makes it special and what makes it more fabulous than synthetics—like a living, breathing thing.”

For upholstery, Trick recommends having the fabric knit-backed to improve the tailoring and help prevent some of the natural stretching that occurs on cushions, pillows, and bedding. Just ensure you use the correct weight and finish for its function, McLaren says. She suggests using a robust heavyweight linen for fixed upholstery and a soft fluid finish for drapery. “Embrace its character and tendency to crease; it’s all part of its relaxed charm. Washing it will soften the structure and may lighten the color, but that’s part of its appeal and character to be celebrated.”

Originally posted by Sotheby's International Realty.

What’s New In Art, Architecture, And Design


Art is building on its scientific cred, residences are getting multiple primary suites, and the down-to-earth cottage look is back. Here are the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.


High-tech science has become a creative force in the art world.

London-based artist Susan Aldworth explores the human identity, or as she puts it, “what makes us who we are,” in works that are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and Guy’s Hospital. Her interest in the “human mind, especially consciousness and our sense of self,” has led to collaborations with scientists.

For her suite of prints Transience, she helped develop a technique to capture the authentic marks of the brain on an etching plate. And her large-scale installation Out of the Blue, comprising 106 antique garments embroidered with words spoken by epileptics and suspended from the ceiling, is moved by computer-programmed pulleys to correspond to the algorithms of electrical activity in an epileptic brain. “Science,” she says, “offers fascinating explanations and methodologies to explore the world with.”

Klari Reis, a painter based in San Francisco, experiments with new materials and methods for her scientifically themed works. Using epoxy polymer, she explores its interaction with a variety of dyes and pigments, creating compositions on aluminum and wood panels that are characterized by colorful under-the-microscope smears, bumps, and stains. Her installation Hypochondria consists of hand-painted petri dishes mounted on walls in groupings of 30, 60, or 150 pieces. Reis, whose work is on display in the Peninsula Shanghai hotel, Morgan Stanley in New York City, and the Stanford University Medical Center, collaborates with biomedical companies. She says she is “driven by curiosity and my desire to explore and document the natural and unnatural with a sense of wonder and joy.”

Klari Reis’ work includes hand-painted petri dishes.
Klari Reis’ work includes hand-painted petri dishes.


In grand estates, one of the latest luxuries gaining popularity is a series of primary bedroom suites akin to a five-star hotel. Sometimes they are two separate suites; in other instances, a pair of bedrooms shares a central bathroom.

Bobby McAlpine, the founder of the interior design and architecture firm that bears his name, says he’s designed several over the years. “When a pair of homeowners such as two couples or siblings share a vacation property, double master suites are the order of the day,” he says. “Other requests are for an upstairs master for use now and a ground-floor master for the homeowner to ‘age’ into in the future.”

The look of two primary bedrooms can create a symmetry, he says. He created mirrored primary suites in his first house, a move he described as “smart and downright pretty.”

For a client with a summer home in St. John, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Elissa Morgante, a co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects in Evanston, Ill., designed a pair of main bedroom suites—one on the first floor and one on the second, creating chic symmetry.

A primary suite—one of a pair— in a St. John home designed by Morgante Wilson Architects.
A primary suite—one of a pair— in a St. John home designed by Morgante Wilson Architects.


Cottage style—that humble-chic aesthetic—is making a comeback, particularly in accessory buildings such as carriage houses and pool houses.

“The human scale of the cottage is a perfect mix of softened roof lines and quaint, well-scaled facades,” says architect Kevin ten Brinke, a principal of KT2 Design Group in Sudbury, Mass. With interiors characterized by painted or decorated furniture, weathered finishes, floral fabrics, a garden-in-bloom color palette, vintage features, and natural textural accents like baskets, cottage style is “a great way of exploring more fun expressive details that would otherwise be too informal for the main residence,” he notes.

A kitchen by KT2 Design.
A kitchen by KT2 Design.
Cottage chic kitchen
Feels cottage chic.

Originally posted by Sotheby's International Realty.