This 7,000 square foot home on the bayou in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was created with entertaining in mind. Designed by Lance Thomas of Room Service, the property features a mostly white palette that’s punctuated with pops of black and navy.
The owner, a young and single Anaesthesiologist, wanted a clean, sterile, and white home that felt exciting rather than bland. He also wanted space to entertain friends and enjoy his bayou view. They decided on an Alys Beach sort of vibe and wanted to design a contemporary and curated look. Lance, the lead designer, added antiques and southern traditional elements to contrast the stark nature of the home. The result is ‘unbuttoned sophistication’.
The owner wanted an all-white home with soft calming tones throughout. The main vision for this space was ‘White Done Right’ to create a collected, all-white home that still had character and an element of a cool factor.
Room Service selected a dark walnut stained natural hardwood floor to contrast the white walls. They also incorporated brass details to add a bit of a modern nod to New Orleans to finish the work.
The challenge was creating a homely environment when the brief was to create an all-white, extremely sterile and clean look. The design team at Room Service achieved ‘white done right’ by doing the exact opposite in focal areas, thus creating a contrast and making white spaces pop and feel more dramatic. For example the oversized black and white art in the dining room, the horse hoof lacquered demilunes and black leather stitched occasional chairs in the living room all punctuate the crisp colour palette.
The design team then then layered antiques and personal heirlooms to add warmth and personality.
They incorporated a blue, geometric, wood veneer wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries as a nod to the coastal waterfront backdrop. The rich royal blue helps break up the all-white monotony.
Down the hallway is a cocooning home office space.
Walnut wood antiques add traditional elegance, as does the wood panelling effect on the walls. Wall mounted antlers and a taxidermy bird of prey help give this space a distinctly masculine look.
The master bedroom is full of interesting surprises, from the black lacquered horse-inspired bench and turtle shell inspired lamps to the modern chandelier.
The pin-striped bed, dark furnishings and dark floors add drama to this white space.
The guest bedroom features a much lighter look, inspired by the home’s waterside setting.
Peacock pavers adorn the outdoor entertaining area, creating a contemporary Alys beach flair.
Photography: Haylei Smith