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Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Cozy on the Cove

Island Park home features a wonderland of neutrals


Returning to her North Louisiana roots after moving to New Orleans and then to Kansas City, Lori Marshall is excited to call Shreveport’s Island Park subdivision home. Marshall’s New Orleans-style home is perfect for her to be close to family.
Marshall said Island Park is “quiet, safe, has access to a community center, gym, pool and the private lake; it also has a small yard and courtyard so there is not a lot of maintenance but enough outdoor space to enjoy in good weather.” 
Leased through Diamond Property Management, the 3 bedroom and 2-1/2 bath home spans 2,083 square feet.

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The open floor plan of the home was a major plus for Marshall and is sure to accommodate many family meals and entertain guests. 
Marshall partnered with Ivy and Stone’s Dana Smyth and Brandi Smyth Sharkey to create a relaxing atmosphere. “I just love coming home and being in my sweet home, whether it’s in my kitchen, relaxing in the living room, working upstairs in my office or enjoying the evening in the courtyard,” Marshall said.
Smyth enjoyed working with Marshall on the home and said, “We worked with a lot of things she already had: family photos, heirlooms, pieces she had purchased while traveling, living in different cities, etc. that meant a lot to her. [These items] represent where she came from, where she has been, and she wanted us to incorporate in our re-design.”
The large living room features tall ceilings, numerous windows and recessed lighting to naturally brighten the space atop heart of pine floors. The bright space was highlighted with Sherwin William’s Blonde paint. 
An olive tree and thyme candle, Marshall’s favorite, sits atop the sofa table made of reclaimed boat wood. Displayed are lamps, a glass vase with delicate gold feather, a distressed gold picture frame, glass bottles in wire carrier and a two-tiered tin tray all purchased from Ivy and Stone. 
An oversized distressed wooden wall clock is nearby a glass and reclaimed wood display cabinet proudly showing Marshall’s family china.  
An oversized cream linen chaise purchased from Ivy and Stone awaits family and friends. The large couch and settee are the perfect place to sit and talk about the daily events. 
The homeowner and design team chose a plush yet durable power-loomed polyester rug for the living area. The made-to-look vintage rug was purchased through Ivy and Stone. 
Beside the large television atop the mantel in the living area, Smyth said, “I added a collection of hobnail jars filled with stems and pillar candles [all from our store] on each side of her mantel. We choose these pieces because although they are simple they add just enough warmth to this space to give it a more inviting look and feel without creating a distraction.”
Lots of family pictures, fleur-de-lis accents and Louisiana pelican decorations highlight the space and add Marshall’s personality to the home. She likes for her home to be a reflection of her and her history and feel inviting to family and loved ones when they are visiting. Having lots of family photos on display was a main priority for the design. 
To the left of the living room area, a beautiful dining room is lit by a Cypress wood-framed light fixture that twinkles above the farmhouse table, dining chairs and bench all purchased from Ivy and Stone. The table is elegantly set with the mixture of china and glass accents.
A Sicilian side table was placed between the dining room armoires for extra serving space. The paintings hanging between the armoires and above her liquor cart are from a local artist, Leigh Lowery.
The kitchen spares no expense featuring stainless steel appliances and shows Marshall’s love of roosters that Smyth and Sharkey showcased in the space. 
“When my step-father passed away, I got two old roosters from his kitchen, and I’ve added to that to create my own rooster collection,” Marshall said.
Above the cabinets and on counter spaces, accent pieces were added to complete her already existing look and fill in a few blank spaces. Even coordinating red, copper and brass pots and pans are displayed above the kitchen island ready to prepare a meal for a family gathering. “My mother was a collector of dishes, and I was fortunate enough to end up with one of her sets of dishes and I’ve added my own collections,” Marshall said. 
Smyth said, “We relocated her old church pew (it’s from the church she was baptized in as a little girl) from in front of her dining room window to her entry and hung a rusted metal wall/door bucket with several of our cream berry stems and wood framed glass bird prints from our store over the pew.”
Downstairs, a large master suite is elegantly decorated with art from local artists and crisp linen accents. The room is designed with gold, gray and blue hues to accent existing furniture and art.
An elongated bench in front of the king-sized master bed was ordered from Ivy and Stone and features burlap and a natural shade of linen to match the colors of the room. Pops of color are added to the room through local pieces of art and accent pillows. Mirrors on either side of the bed stretch the space.
A precious dressing table with lots of lighting and a small, three-way mirror are like a refreshing walk back in time. 
The master bathroom features two granite vanities, a walk-in shower and spa bathtub, and a large walk-in closet. 
The upstairs bedrooms and Hollywood bathroom serve as a guest bedroom/office and music room.
The charming outdoor courtyard provides solace and a space for relaxation. A two-seated wrought-iron patio set is situated right outside the dining room windows. Ferns and banana plants frame the courtyard.


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