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After an accidentally all-encompassing abode hunt, Adrienne Laborde's four accouchement anon acquainted at home back they aboriginal absolved into the cottage tucked on a abandoned bend of South Massachusetts Street in Covington.
"They actually fell in adulation with the quirkiness of it, the location, aggregate about it," Laborde said.
Visitors will get to see the house's all-embracing address back Laborde and her husband, Charles Macgowan, accessible their doors for the Covington Heritage Foundation's History and Holly Home Tour. Their home will be one of seven residences in the Jahncke Avenue breadth accessible to the accessible on Dec. 10 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.
The two-story cottage's appearance starts alfresco with its brilliant chicken acrylic color, rust-colored advanced aperture and affable advanced porch. Inside, the advanced access anteroom arch to the accessible active amplitude is abounding with bright art that Laborde and Macgowen begin locally and on their travels.
When Laborde's abode coursing began, she and her accouchement -- Jack, Merritt and twins Hayden and Madison -- were active in a abode in Mandeville that none of them begin decidedly appealing, she said. While renovations were underway to fix what she alleged that house's "very vanilla" style, a acquaintance appropriate affective to Covington to be afterpiece to the kids' schools at the time: St. Paul's, St. Scholastica Academy and Christ Episcopal.
Laborde, a absolute acreage agent, bankrupt on the circa-1920s abode on her 49th altogether in 2007.
But afore affective in, the ancestors began the aboriginal of several circuit of renovations. That aboriginal change angry a ample atelier in the rear of the home into a bedroom, bath and closet for Jack, who now is a 26-year-old artisan in Nashville. It additionally created a TV allowance for the kids and added bank amplitude for Laborde's all-encompassing art collection.
Pieces adhere from attic to beam in the adequate amplitude and accommodate paintings by her mother, Genie, who, at about 90 years old, still paints. There additionally are pieces by the twins, both of whom went through the Talented Arts program, abounding NOCCA and accelerating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They're now 23 years old.
A highlight of the accumulating is a commissioned painting by artisan Phillip Sage of Laborde's children, apparent walking abroad from the viewer. A commutual allotment breadth they airing against the eyewitness hangs in the access hall, forth with their portraits done by Covington artisan Francie Rich.
Next on Laborde's advance account was abacus a buried balustrade on the ancillary of the house. It's a adequate atom breadth on arctic canicule she and Macgowan can lounge on the cobweb alfresco set with its blithely striped cushions, adequate a blaze in the Spanish-tiled fireplace. Or they ability whip up a meal in the alfresco kitchen added during that renovation, forth with the aboriginal annular of agriculture for the bifold lot.
"The accomplished abode became added aggressive to the outside, which is what I capital in the aboriginal place," Laborde said of the porch, which additionally makes a abundant lounging atom for the couple's three poodles: Louis, Jolie and Marcel.
Another above advance took abode three years afterwards affective in, the aftereffect of some arising issues that compromised the foundation. It included anchor an autogenous courtyard. The asylum broadcast the laundry room, which now serves as a added kitchen with an added dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer. Adjoining to the laundry is a bar amplitude with a wine fridge, congenital ice maker, cabinets and counters for crafting cocktails.
"It became added functional," Laborde said of the adapted spaces. Yet she larboard complete the reclaimed bean lath ceilings apparent throughout the capital active spaces, allotment of the house's aboriginal charm.
Enclosing the courtyard additionally created a library amplitude amid the active breadth and the kids' sitting area, with its floor-to-ceiling, congenital bookcases on one ancillary and French doors arch out to the patio and basin on the other. In it hangs a arena from the North Carolina mountains by Macgowan, who creates both landscapes and abstracts in pastel, as able-bodied as ceramics in his flat off Military Road.
The above advance connected upstairs, breadth Laborde broadcast the adept bedroom, added a sitting allowance -- with its own coffee bar -- and an adjoining adept bathroom. That bathroom's applicant battery appearance a bound of Spanish tiles and a Talavera-style barge bore set on a vanity fabricated of a blubbery breadth of bottle and beefy wrought adamant brackets. A allotment of Haitian metal artwork begin at Jazz Fest hides the sink's plumbing.
"This abode is funky. It's not traditional; it doesn't fit a pattern. And so aggregate affectionate of needs to be a little bit different about it," Laborde said of the architecture choices. "I couldn't put white alms asphalt in here. It would aloof be a cop-out."
Spanish influences and beadboard accents were connected back renovationg the bench bathrooms, adjoining to the above bedrooms for the twins and 25-year-old Merritt, who now lives and works in New Orleans.
As allotment of the above renovation, the kitchen's brand was broadcast in the home's accessible layout. At Christmas, Laborde's kids and Macgowan's accouchement -- son Barrett, daughter-in-law Hannah and their baby son -- accumulate about the 5-by-9-foot wood-topped island.
The abode additionally is a acquisition atom for neighbors and accompany and is abutting to all city Covington has to offer. This is allotment of what makes it appropriate for Laborde and her family.
"The neighbors were so admirable back I aboriginal confused in," she said. "I was distinct and not dating anybody. And I had four kids. There's a lot of befalling to shut yourself down. But I met all the neighbors, and they aloof took me in."
Covington Heritage Foundation's History and Holly Home Tour
What: Seven clandestine residences in the Jahncke Avenue breadth of Covington will be decked in anniversary finery and accessible to the accessible for tours.
When: Dec. 10, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 at Braswell's Drugs, Herbert's Cleaners, Jefferson House, The Southern Hotel in Covington or at covingtonheritagefoundation.com/events/. Proceeds account the Covington Heritage Foundation.
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