Lauren’s Aunt Toni on her father’s side of the family lives in a historic 1890’s home in Morgan City, LA (edited to add they actually live in Berwick, right next to Morgan City). I visited this house back in the 80’s, way before I appreciated older historic homes and all the details they provide.
It was fun to go back again and see it with fresh eyes. I appreciate her age a lot more now that I’ve got a little age on myself. 🙂
It’s a picturesque home sitting in a quiet neighborhood. Toni and Dale, her husband own a local florist and are well known in their community. They have spent a lot of years lovingly restoring and filling this beauty with antiques. Isn’t it pretty?With a welcoming front porch, the home beckons guests inside for a sweet Southern visit.Geraniums flank those vintage green shutters on either side of the door.Inside,a gracious foyer welcomes you inside for a visit.They have used lots of floral wallpaper and sweet patterns throughout the house and it feels very much like it would have in the olden days.I loved this pretty bird painting hanging over the sofa.Her hubby collects crystal decanters, displayed prettily on this foyer table.Large master bedroom used to be a parlor, but was expanded for practical use. Very spacious with the tall ceilings.
The bathroom has high and airy ceilings too, with this armoire anchoring it.Another bedroom across the way.Here’s the formal family room or study, which just feels like the sort of room to sit and sip coffee or tea perched on a pretty sofa or chair.One entire wall is beautiful wood bookshelves, full of books along with the fireplace.We sat in there, visiting and having dessert and coffee. Lauren’s Aunt Toni passed on a whole box of beautiful family heirloom glass pieces that came from both sides of their family. Precious and priceless, what a thoughtful gift that was. Lauren was delighted, as she loves these pretty old dishes.Toni is telling her about each and every piece. You can see Lauren’s enraptured face taking it all in. Toni brought out this most beautiful china coffee service and we all had steaming hot coffee. Along with that delish King cake. You know about King cake right? That’s about all I knew about Mardi Gras was the King cake. There are all sorts of varieties and this one was fabulous, filled with pecans and cream cheese. Oh my heavens, was it good!Toni’s sweet kitty was happily napping on a nearby stool.The dining room was beautiful with it’s dusky blue walls and antique pieces.I’m sure there are plenty of family heirlooms in here too.A beautiful sideboard on one wall of the dining room, filled with beautiful treasures. We stood in here listening and talking.The kitchen is open, bright and airy. Really nice space.With a huge window over the sink.An island and plenty of storage. A dreamy kitchen for sure.Being a florist, I’m sure there are always fresh flowers around their house.Just a marvelous space to enjoy.
Outside this pretty sunlit hallway is the back door leading outside. To a beautifully bricked patio space, along with a small pool.A gorgeous backyard perfect for entertaining.Next door is a shotgun house that they rent out. I love how that pretty old church looms over the fence in the background.
You know what a shotgun house is? That’s one more thing that I’ve picked up over the years. A shotgun house is very narrow and it is said you could stand in the front door and shoot a shotgun right out the back door. Thus, a shotgun house! It sure is cute.These pretty trees were just beginning to open their delicate pink blossoms. We call these tulip trees in Georgia, but I don’t know the proper name. They sure are gorgeous, I’ve noticed many of them opening up their cute faces all over town now.
Small towns definitely have their appeal.
So, I hope you enjoyed the tour of Toni’s beautiful historic home in Louisiana. They are wonderful people and I’m glad Lauren has them in her life.
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Wow – absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these photo’s!
What a sweet little tour & a beautiful home! I’ve never been to that part of the country & your pictures show what I had imagined. I’ve also enjoyed your posts about going to your niece’s bridal showers. Our neighbor has a tulip tree & it usually blooms in April, so you can tell we have a ways to go before we enjoy the beauty of Spring. I can’t wait! I don’t often comment, but do follow your blog & enjoy your posts. May good things come your way! Blessings…
Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia says
Love that front door, and especially those shutters!
Oh My! … I swoon!
Can a northerner swoon??
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
My jaw just dropped, Rhoda! What a post!!!!
By the way, I hope you have a tremendous weekend! Have fun, have peace and be happy!!! 🙂
Drop by to laugh a little with my “Cool or Fool” Fridays, ok? I hope to see you there!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
oh Rhoda!!!! My mouth is hanging open!!!!! This house is amazing!! Just beautiful, comfy, etc. etc. those shutters by the front door are something else . thank you so much for sharing with us!!! Also, thanks to Laurens Aunt Toni !!! 🙂
That house is beautifully decorated! The tulip tree’s real name is a Japanese Magnolia. I love the way they start to bloom when everything else is still brown and dead….. I have one in my yard but it’s the late blooming variety. It’s all budded up and about to show me what it’s got any day now…
Fairfield House says
Thank you for the tour of this fabulous historic home! It’s very deceiving. From the exterior, I never would have guessed it had so much room. I certainly wasn’t expecting such a grand entry and staircase! So happy Lauren is getting some family pieces and their history for her home.
I truly love the china. I would love to have a set like that!
Very pretty. I could hear the stairs creaking in one picture and the church bells ringing in another picture. Very pretty house, and those dishes what a treasured gift for your neice.
b of brisvegas says
How wonderful that their love and respect for that house turned it into the most beautiful home! It’s so lovely when you see people who are true to a house and don’t try and take it in a different direction and make it something that it’s not. Lovely photos Rhoda – thanks for sharing……B:)
I agree that the church looming next door is absolutely lovely. Such a wonderful home in a beautiful setting!
What an amazing home!!!! What a lovely time you must’ve had!
Thanks for sharing!
[email protected] Black's Best says
What a gorgeous old home. I love the porches, kitchen, and garden. They just don’t build ’em like they used to!
Glenda Harder says
What a gorgeous home! Lauren is a lucky girl to start married life with beautiful family heirloom dishes.
Rhoda, thanks for the delightful tour of the historic home. Oh MY, so many beautiful rooms. Wow, your niece is one lucky girl, getting beautiful heirloom china for her wedding gift. Enjoyed the tour……….
Oh my goodness I have fallen in love………….with this house!!!!! I love it all, especially the kitchen and the yard! Oh!!!! Thanks SO much for sharing it. Love, love it! XO, Pinky
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! My two favorite things though would have to be the shutters by the front door and the view of the church over the fence.
Hope your weekend is wonderful.
I agree with Kat… seeing the church over the fence is soooo neat. Do they have church bells? My sister use to live right next door to a church…looked very much like this one… any ways at 12:00 we new what times it was! When I would visit… and not be usued to it… I would jump out of my skin! Have a great week! Nancy from OHIO
Thanks for sharing your trip to see your niece. I loved all the photos and hope you will share the wedding photos,too!
Rhoda, I enjoy your blog. Like all the home tours, such as this one. Happy Wedding Day To All!