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SEP-OCT 2017

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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54 R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M A very wise man once said, "There's nothing prettier than a new coat of paint on a wall or a woman!" And for Pat Brown, that was a call to not only paint, but to totally revive the d├ęcor of the 1986 home in Lake Sherwood Acres that she and her late husband Bill bought when their children were young. Pat said she was thrilled when Bill was transferred to Baton Rouge for his position with Albermarle. Describing herself as an "Army Brat," she imme- diately loved Louisiana and the thought of a permanent home here. "I always loved this house, but recently I began to feel it was too dark with so much wood and wallpaper throughout. I just wanted to give the rooms a lighter feel," said Pat. With a goal of embracing the happy memories of the house while transforming yesterday into today, Pat called on her good friend and decorator, Pam Emick, for help. Pat is a mother and grandmother loves to entertain. Friends and family look forward to her seasonal parties and to seeing the beautiful decorations that they can expect throughout her house. In addition, the vivacious homeowner is the current president of the Lake Sherwood Acres Garden Club and hosts meetings in her spacious home. The makeover described above began with the front yard; it had been transformed so that graceful flowerbeds now flanked the front walk. Strategically-chosen varieties of green and flowering plants also guarantee that there will be blooms each season for passerby and guests to notice. Inside, the floors were replaced by state-of-the-art vinyl that lends them a look of scraped-oak planks, but which are significantly easier to maintain than hardwood. The Brown home did not require any architectural or structural changes as the floor plan was designed to allow easy flow from room to room. Beginning with the charming small parlor just off the foyer, Pam's first suggestion was to paint over the wood and wallpaper, using a linen white with a very subtle hint of texture. The result was striking! A splendid Baby Grand piano and heirloom pieces are the stars in this room and the lighter shade offered a perfect backdrop for them. Pat wanted her dining room to retain its formal look, especially as its newly-painted walls made it even more appealing to the eye. Champagne-colored custom-made drapes from Beth Claybourn Interiors were a well-suited addition to this outstanding room because it was filled with such classic pieces as the Brown's lustruous dining room table and the dazzling crystal chandelier that hangs above it. Already equipped with ample work space and storage, the kitchen just required that some out-of-date-countertops be discarded. Their replacement, a white quartz, brought a clean, pristine look to the entire area. Of special interest, however, is the unique prep island/copper pot hanger that her husband, Bill, a retired research specialist and a talented artist and designer, had constructed for Pat as she's a superb cook. Bill was responsible for many of the spectacular and cherished one-of-a-kind pieces in their home; through his expertise, his memory lives forever. The unexpected choice of an espresso-colored double sink reflected Pat's flair for whimsy and By Rosalind Tuminello A Pretty Face Gets a Beautiful Makeover The Home of Pat Brown 54

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