American Farmhouse Style

Fresh Design

Design elements fill the nearly-completed Villas at Spanish Court. From playful patterns to bright bursts of color, each villa is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the soul.

- BY AUTUMN KRAUSE PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY HECTOR SANCHEZ

The Villas at Spanish Court, the focus of our Louisiana Project House this year, are nearly ready to fling open the doors and welcome guests for shortterm stays in Minden, Louisiana. This piece of 1930s small-town American history has not only been restored but ushered into its next era of life with stylish designs perfect as a home away from home. “We’ve come a long way in a short time,” says Sara McDaniel of Simply Southern Cottage, the design maven and genius behind the Villas’ transforma­tion.

And the sentiment couldn’t be truer. Before the Villas officially opens for guests, we welcome you to peek into some of the newlyfinis­hed spaces and get a progress report on what’s still left to finish.

HAPPY SPACES

mind all the souls before who’ve gathered around it in the past. A surprising and contempora­ry design awaits in the bedroom, thanks to vibrant Annie Selke wallpaper and matching bedding in a citrusy orangey hue. “This is a room that will make people smile,” Sara says. “It’s joyful.” Old and new details intermingl­e beautifull­y in the living room in the Annie villa, making it extra cozy. “All the calming elements like the botanical wallpaper and rug make the living room a wonderful place to relax,” Sara says. Guests will be able to settle onto a sofa near the original fireplace, which has been lovingly restored and calls to

VINTAGE SOPHISTICA­TION

Across the way in the Laura Ashley villa, the bathroom is a time machine to the 1930s. The original yellow and black tile has received a soft and romantic twist with a Laura Ashley floral shower curtain and delicate accessorie­s. Antique pieces are mixed in throughout the Villas and emphasize their rich, historical heritage. For Sara, she hopes everyone who enters the Villas will leave the stresses and worries of modern life behind, find a peace and restoratio­n during their stay and take a little joy with them when they leave.

 ?? ?? The Cassidy shower curtain from Laura Ashley replicates the bedding in the nearby Laura villa. It ties the spaces together but also touch to the black tiles.” The tiles are original, and Sara added a charming Olive Branch Farmhouse sign on the wall.
The Cassidy shower curtain from Laura Ashley replicates the bedding in the nearby Laura villa. It ties the spaces together but also touch to the black tiles.” The tiles are original, and Sara added a charming Olive Branch Farmhouse sign on the wall.
 ?? ?? One of the aspects Sara loves about this bedroom is the orange. To see this amount of the hue is rare, and Sara embraces it, even in the accents. “Instead of going with a neutral lamp base, I decided to really make a statement and replicate the orange seen in the wallpaper and bedding,” she says.
One of the aspects Sara loves about this bedroom is the orange. To see this amount of the hue is rare, and Sara embraces it, even in the accents. “Instead of going with a neutral lamp base, I decided to really make a statement and replicate the orange seen in the wallpaper and bedding,” she says.
 ?? ?? Although the living room is currently unfurnishe­d, it will feature a pullout sleeper sofa. “If a family visits, the parents can stay in the bedroom and they can put the kids on the sofa,” Sara says. It’s an ingenious way to increase the number of people the Villas can host without detracting from its style. The lighting will make a great backdrop to the coming furniture.
Although the living room is currently unfurnishe­d, it will feature a pullout sleeper sofa. “If a family visits, the parents can stay in the bedroom and they can put the kids on the sofa,” Sara says. It’s an ingenious way to increase the number of people the Villas can host without detracting from its style. The lighting will make a great backdrop to the coming furniture.
 ?? ?? Just as mixing patterns is an art, so is matching them. Sara was inspired to do so by designer Wendy Conklin of Chair Whimsy, who both matches and mixes prints. This daring decision works in the bedroom because Sara uses the same print on large, blank spaces, like the bed and walls, and then breaks it all up by layering accessorie­s on top. The Charles P. Rogers iron bed makes for a good contrast, alongside the Barn Light Electric Co lighting on the ceiling.
Just as mixing patterns is an art, so is matching them. Sara was inspired to do so by designer Wendy Conklin of Chair Whimsy, who both matches and mixes prints. This daring decision works in the bedroom because Sara uses the same print on large, blank spaces, like the bed and walls, and then breaks it all up by layering accessorie­s on top. The Charles P. Rogers iron bed makes for a good contrast, alongside the Barn Light Electric Co lighting on the ceiling.
 ?? ?? The Villas sit on a sprawling estate that’s undergoing its own facelift, with walkways, landscapin­g and porches in the midst of constructi­on. Fresh paint, new shutters and barrel clay tiles reconnect the outside of the Villas to their past.
The Villas sit on a sprawling estate that’s undergoing its own facelift, with walkways, landscapin­g and porches in the midst of constructi­on. Fresh paint, new shutters and barrel clay tiles reconnect the outside of the Villas to their past.
 ?? ?? “The Spanish style architectu­re of the Villas is rare in Minden,” Sara says. She highlights their heritage with Dogberry Collection­s wood shutters, which perfectly align with the Spanish architectu­re.
“The Spanish style architectu­re of the Villas is rare in Minden,” Sara says. She highlights their heritage with Dogberry Collection­s wood shutters, which perfectly align with the Spanish architectu­re.

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