City Social Magazine

MAR 2013

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Before and After The Residence of Keith and Nicole LaNasa Photography by Suzanne Arceneaux When Keith and Nicole LaNasa purchased their new home in Baton Rouge, it had a lot of great things to offer. Built in the mid-1990s, the house had been well maintained, and the previous owners had updated the master bath and created a large and airy upstairs game room. The house was an inviting space to host friends and the exterior had a spacious and nicely landscaped backyard perfect for their children. There were, however, some areas that needed to be addressed before the house would be perfect for their family. The couple's primary concern was the kitchen. "We immediately knew that the kitchen needed to be changed. We felt like the kitchen didn't really match with the rest of the house. At first we thought that we would just paint the cabinets and change the tile to help freshen the space up, it just felt so dark. We quickly realized, not only was it dark, but it also wasn't very functional," said Nicole. The kitchen and its surrounding area would not work at all for the way the LaNasas live. The Mexican tile floors throughout the area had become cracked and dull over time. The cypress cabinetry in the kitchen was dated and not spatially adequate for their needs. The overall layout of the area didn't work to accommodate daily living or hosting family and friends. The adjacent breakfast area was well-sized but required a bit of attention, as well. The space opens onto a lovely sunroom, but the French doors that had been put between the rooms were awkward to use and too small for the scale of the room. Because of their busy lives, Nicole a veterinarian at Sherwood South Animal Hospital and Keith, general manager at Air-Nu, a filtration company specializing in liquid, air and gas filtration, the couple turned to Beth Claybourn Interiors and designer Jerad Gardemal. "Jerad came highly recommended, so we set up our first appointment and brought some pictures to show him, even before we closed on the house," said Nicole. "His first visit to the house was within a week of us moving in. He was able to measure and study the space and also get a feel of the house as a whole unit. One week later, he arrived with a hand drawn sketch of our newly designed kitchen. I was amazed at the transformation Jerad came up with! That sketch became the backbone for everything that followed." It was decided that although the architecture of the space was strong, the entire space needed to be gutted and a new plan fitted into the existing framework. This would then allow them to incorporate a fresh, modern approach to the design that would still blend seamlessly with the overall Louisiana style of the house. 24 Read us online at Before Before

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