All the right choices

This home was featured in the Dec/Jan 2010 issue of House Beautiful, and it is a perfect way to start the year here at Verdigris Vie because it reflects many of the design principles this blog represents. When we look at a professionally styled and photographed home in one of our favorite design publications, it's easy to think that this kind of living is completely unattainable. We forget that these homes were not built in just a few weeks. They come together over years. Years of saving for and seeking your favorite pieces of furniture, artwork, antiques, and heirlooms A home doesn't' get painted in a weekend, sometimes you try a colour out for a few months (or years) until you realize you can't live with it. Mouldings and trim can get added over time, doors and windows replaced, until one day, when all the right choices have been made. And that is usually when it gets styled and updated for photos, or when it goes up for sale!
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This Baton Rouge home belongs to Interior Designer Ty Larkins, and is a new construction that is made to look like an old traditional house. The Chevron flooring throughout is beautifully reminiscent of Classic French Interiors. The designer has strong roots in traditional, evident throughout his home, but there is something very young, updated and refreshing here.
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A closed and quaint kitchen is finished in light bright cabinetry. Plenty of natural sunlight and high ceilings keep the space feeling open and spacious. Traditional honed carrera marble counter tops on the island can withstand some abuse from this young family. A smaller separate kitchen, is perfect for a busy family, and for entertaining without the stress of managing a mess.
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10 shades of brown graced these walls until the perfect brown finally made an appearance. In this updated but traditional library, built in shelving house books neatly, comfortable seating and work desk marry under exposed beamed ceilings.
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One of the best quotes from Ty Larkins, that you can read here is,"...buy what you like, first of all. You'll find when you buy what you like, there's a consistency. Those things will usually just go together, seamlessly."
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4 private outdoor seating areas surround this home. Verandas and courtyards are covered with lush green fig ivy that add to the intimacy. Wrought Iron Furniture create the feeling of a European vacation villa. Every room in this home, including outdoor rooms, is an intimate escape to eat, sleep, read, work, chat, and unwind from the restless world surrounding it.
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Also, the amazing Joni of Cote De Texas blogged about this guy way back in April of 2008, can she pick em or what? Her post on Larkins here, has some alternate views of the place, and some additionals as well. Worth a peak.

19 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning home. Beautifuly decorated.
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  2. It is a fabulous home! And yes it is true it takes a few years to "make" your home looks great, ready for a magazine photoshoot!

    Greet

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  3. I really do love just about every room in here. So nice to see new construction look "old" so effectively!

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  4. I haven't ready my copy of this month's HB yet so now I'm anxious to do so. Thanks for the link to Cote de Texas for more details.

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  5. What a beautiful home, Vitania! I love the way all the flowers look like they have just been picked from the yard and put into pretty vases.

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  6. Happy New Year, Vitania! I definitely agree that it takes time to get your home to look the way you want; these things don't happen overnight. Plus, our tastes change, so throw that into the mix and you could have a room that is ever evolving.

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  7. There is not ONE THING in that house I don't love. And I really like how each of the rooms is a bit different, with a different color or texture theme. Purple in the dining room, brown in the study, blue in the living room... gorgeous!

    Cheers,
    Alaina

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  8. I adored this layout too. Especially those floors!

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  9. I love everything here, but the library has to be one of my favorite rooms ever.

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  10. Very dreamy...why do we sell when things are finally painstakingly finished?
    Your right about that point.
    Lee

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  11. Wow, Wow, and more wow. What a fantastic house that feels like a warm inviting home, for new construction, that is not always easy to do. I just can't decide what I like better because I love it all. The library is amazing. Thank you to Joni and thanks to you for re-introducing such talent. Now, if we could only convince others' (the impatient ones) that something like this is not created over night. :) Happy New Year. xo

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  12. Great Post!! Well stated, it is so true what we all see in magazines can take years to pull together, it is not an overnight project (like some clients might think)! It is in this time that the "perfect" pieces are found and pulled together in a seamless way. After all the scouting process can be the most fun! As for my favorite room I would have to say the bedroom and dining room for their elegant simplicity!

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  13. I adore everything about this home! It's such a great mix of styles without being too busy but still being so very very interesting!

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  14. this house is fabulous. love that kitchen, and that bathroom is gorgeous.

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  15. What an absolutely stunning home. Everything about it is gorgeous!! LOVE the dark brown walls in the library -- definitely worth the effort of trying out 10 shades of brown to get it right!!

    Kelly

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  16. What an inviting home! I love all but the dining set. I think that they living room is my favorite -- the large ceilings, beautiful French door and headers, and then there is that flooring. DIVINE. When I move, I will install that flooring -- it is too beautiful.

    Thank you again for an amazing post!

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  17. I loved this home when I saw it in HB. Your words are so true in that it takes years and much tweaking and re-doing to make it just how we want it. Since my husband was in the military for 30 years I 'made do' with many of the places we lived. I have been in my current home just a year and a half and I get frustrated 'waiting' to find just the right things for certain spots.
    Great post!
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  18. I wish you had added the courtyard picture. Elegant and relaxed at the same time... I could spend days there...

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