Pristinely tucked away from the bustle of Hwy. 311, resting amongst the grand oaks, sits Ardoyne Plantation. Designed by W. C. Williams and Brothers Architects in New Orleans, the Victorian Gothic style was chosen by Ardoyne Plantation owner, Senator John Dalton Shaffer. Construction on the …

In the 1800s, Hancock Whitney’s founders saw the need for a bank built to last — an institution anchored in values, reinforced with resilience and focused on opportunity. To realize their vision, they forged business foundations from the character and community that distinguish the Gulf Sout…

Transitional modern style combined with traditional accents creates the perfect sweet spot between elegance and edgy in the home of Brian and Rachel Bergeron. 

While preserving the traditional exterior of their home, homeowners John and Kathy Sirois focused their attention on revealing the features of their 1974 home with a fresh perspective. Dark trim and cabinetry, outdated wallpaper and carpeting gave way to a light color palette. Old lighting f…

A broken upper and lower jaw. A tibial plateau fracture in the right leg. A blood clot. A completely crushed left side of the face. A brain injury. And a life-threatening aortic dissection. 

A picturesque Acadian home situated at the end of a long driveway lined with crepe myrtles was exactly what Brent and Heidi Rhodes had in mind for their family of five. Situated on 3.5 acres with 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths, there was plenty of room for them and their children, Luke, Jordyn …

When Thibodaux native Austin Doiron asked his wife Ashley for an airbrush for his 32nd birthday, she looked at him puzzled. “‘You’re not an artist. What do you want an airbrush for?’” Austin smiles, recalling the exchange with his wife. 

While Ray and Alison Reeves didn’t think life in the country was in cards for their family of five, after much consideration they decided to make Ray’s family home and property theirs. Looking back on the adventures of the renovation process and the memories they’ve made over the past 10 yea…

If we polled parents here in the Bayou Region, the day they first took their newborns home is sure to be at the top of their happiest moments in life. But as that new bundle of joy entered their home, so did certain anxieties. 

My oldest daughter and I had been at the funeral for about 10 minutes when he sought us out and found us. I saw him walk by before he saw us. It was easy to tell he was looking for someone, but I didn’t think he was looking for my 10-year-old daughter or myself. 

Inspired by a Southern Living Idea House known as the Farmhouse Revival, this Thibodaux farmhouse gets a modern twist and the results are remarkable. After falling in love with the floor plan and visiting the 2012 idea house in Senoia, Georgia, homeowners Heidi Brunet and Lisa Lautner were r…

Known for their margaritas, unique flavor and their quirky and eye-catching décor, La Carreta has become a laid-back neighborhood hangout where the fiesta never ends. Their motto “Fresh, fun and festive” describes more than the food, it describes the experience they want their patrons to have.

It is now abundantly clear that there is a drug-related death plague across the entire nation right now. With bodies still being counted for last year, 2017 contained just over 70,000 deaths due to drug overdoses in America—a new record. Nearly 30,000 of those deaths involved fentanyl—a synt…

So it’s 8 p.m. on the day my article for POV is due, and as I’m putting groceries away, I remember that I told my editor I would turn it in by today. Truth be told, I started the article at work, but then got caught up in my “real job” and left the article on my computer without transferring…

Creating a space for each boys’ room that is as unique and energetic as this family of seven was a challenge that Crown Atelier of Thibodaux was willing to accept. As an interior design focused firm, owner and architect Stephen P. Arceneaux created designs that are more sophisticated than yo…

I’ve often spoken of my family on these pages. When I started writing this column, I had four kids. Then it changed to five. I distinctly remember the first time I typed five instead of four. 

There’s these crazy Christmas lights hanging from the front of my house this year. We have resisted the pleas of our children for outdoor lights year after year. They’ve requested, and we’ve said incredibly kind phrases such as “Would you rather hang Christmas lights on the front of the hous…

Bravery comes in all forms, but most often the strength to be brave comes from within. This month as we Celebrate Locals, we visited with two individuals who have taken huge leaps in continuing to become who they are meant to be. While their journey has brought them far from the bayous of th…

On Tuesday and Saturday nights in Douliu City, Taiwan, locals flood the streets to shop at the popular Douliu Night Market. At this open-air temporary market, you can travel through this festival-type crowd and lose yourself in the eye-catching, vibrant banners and signs or by the vendors se…

Since purchasing their home in the early 90s, Kirk and Melanie Champagne have transformed their original, contemporary mid-sixties home into a more traditional home with transitional decor. Spending ample time entertaining family and friends, the couple embarked on a kitchen renovation, whic…

Showcasing the power of great taste in food and design, Cinclare restaurant, located in historic downtown Thibodaux, is known for their unique Southern contemporary cuisine and extraordinary cocktails. Husband and wife team, Michael and Kimberly Dalmau, worked together to transform the vacan…

Like many others in PoV country, I remember where I was for each hurricane that struck us.  One of my earliest childhood memories is Betsy, when I spent a terrorized night away from my home in Golden Meadow evacuated to the high land of Cut Off. I remember Camille making its final turn away …

The words tumbled out fast. Words turned into sentences. Sentences into paragraphs. Paragraphs into a lecture. Sandwiched in the middle of the lecture, I threw both hands up in the air, proclaiming he should always “seek to understand others more than he should seek to be understood.”

Living in a variety of size and style of homes over the years, Danny and Carolyn Lirette desired a home on a smaller lot that would be easy to maintain both inside and out. Additionally, the Lirettes wanted to relocate to be near friends and the golf course. 

A journey that began five years ago for Jason and Lori Savoie has become reality as the couple is finally living their dream of a complete renovation of a warehouse located in downtown Houma. 

When you’re praying that all your prayers come true, that’s when you know it’s been a good prayer. That’s how the youngest of our crew ended her prayer the other night. “And God, please say yes to all the things we have asked for. We know we asked for a lot, but do them all, not just one. Amen.” 

There is no question that the fine art by well-accomplished artist Christy Boutte represents South Louisiana culture. Her paintings show her expression, and impressions on the culture’s icons like tarpons, crawfish, oysters, crabs, etc., as shown in her works “Terrific Tarpon,” “House Wines …

On a quiet street in Houma stands a sturdy brick home, not unlike others on the same street. But a few telltale signs alert the watchful eye to the presence of a military family. On a pole by the street flies Old Glory, her stoic stars and stripes floating high above, playing tag with the fa…

Purchased from the original homeowners in 2006, this custom built home was move-in ready. With beautiful brick and wooden floors throughout the home, built-in custom cabinetry and appliances in the kitchen and a swimming pool, the homeowners were thrilled with their new home. However, when t…

I started out writing about Fortnite. If you’re reading this wondering “What is Fortnite?”, consider yourself blessed. It can also be assumed you don’t have a boy aged 8–28 in your home. Because if you do, you would know about the video game that has taken over the world. Fortnite has become…

Many strive to be the best in their profession. They put in years of training, learning, and hands-on practicing to improve their knowledge, trade, or talent. Few hardly receive recognition from all of the hard work and commitment to excellence in their respective fields.  For one local busi…

Searching as far as Fairhope, Alabama, Marty and Kelly Boquet decided to build their Parisian inspired home along the banks of the bayou. The lot they purchased featured oak trees that had been planted more than 50 years ago and was surrounded by stately homes.

In a large glass front warehouse in downtown Houma, our area’s military history is alive and thriving. From working vehicles to priceless memorabilia, the Regional Military Museum and its veteran volunteers offer knowledgeable stories on the exhibits. The museum’s activities and interactive …

After a yearlong renovation, the dust has finally settled and Dr. Stephen A. Morgan Jr. and Amanda Morgan are enjoying the serenity of their updated modern, yet rustic space. Enhancing the character of the home with the addition of wood beams, floors and doors while finding a balance with mu…

Danielle Price wears many hats at Vandebilt Catholic High School as a teacher, softball coach, mentor, and most recently, director of the HOPE program. In her 19th year of teaching, she recently returned to home to Houma from Lafayette where she was an integral member of a group of educators…

Situated on a picturesque lawn adored by azaleas in bloom, the home of David and Robin Bourgeois is timeless and pristine. With a pool and tennis court located on the property as well as convenient access to the golf course, the couple seized the opportunity to purchase the home in 2006. 

It’s April. That month may not mean much to most folks, but in our family it’s a pretty big deal. No family birthday, no anniversaries, no big ceremonies. But there is one important thing that happens during the month of April. It’s garden growing time.  

The Louisiana coast and cane fields are a few things that come to mind when we think of our Bayou region. With local business Coast and Cane, you really get a feeling of home when selecting the next decorative item to add to your personal space. Coast and Cane was started by Aimee and Brando…

Drawn to the beautiful bones and grand scale of their traditional southern home, a local family brought new life to the original space by creating an atmosphere of laid back luxury. By embracing many details of the original structure and tweaking the existing floor plan to fit their family’s…

Acadiana Contractors provides customers with a full range of exterior remodeling, including patios, siding, gutters, windows, sunrooms and screen rooms. Michael Mazac founded his company in 1991 with years of construction experience under his belt and the desire to have more creative control…

A wedding day highlighted by the disappearance of the groom to watch the Cleveland Browns play in the NFL Playoff Bowl during the reception seems like an unbelievable start to a marriage. For Houma residents John and Gretchen Clune, though, it is how the story of an unbreakable 57-year-long …

Creating pieces from people’s imaginations into a piece of art is something Sarah Hebert has taken a liking to. Sarah is a mother, a wife, and a self-taught artist. With her business called Sarah K Kreations, she is able to paint pieces that her purchasers proudly hang onto the walls of thei…