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Bayou Beauty: A Southern Cottage Home

A little love and tenderness—and a lot of hard work—turn a dilapidated Creole cottage into a soulful, sustainable retreat.



As visitors approach Maison Madeleine, they leave their cars behind and enter another world. The sounds of nature abound.
Philip Gould
Madeleine Cenac and her crew lovingly restored the original parlor of this 19th-century cottage. The wood floor and ceiling are original, the plaster walls were authentically replicated, and the color scheme is true to the original.
Philip Gould
Based on a historic model, the herb-garden border is made from used wine bottles.
Philip Gould
Relaxing on the kitchen porch of Maison Madeleine recalls a bygone era of simplicity.
Philip Gould
Buster loves to loll on the porch in summer, where breezes play and the deep roof blocks intense sunlight.
Philip Gould
The new (but old-looking) addition houses the kitchen and dining areas, which feature a working fireplace, including a baking oven on the right, a crane holding a cookpot over the fire and a potager on the left.
Philip Gould
The kitchen hearth includes this potager, what the French call a masonry stove fitted with small chambers that hold charcoal for simmering pots.
Philip Gould
The interior brick walls were disassembled for moving, reassembled on site, and plastered for an authentic look and feel.
Philip Gould
The kitchen porch leads to the garden for easy access to culinary herbs—or for daydreaming in the swing.
Philip Gould
This replica of an 18th-century outbuilding, called a magazin, was made from salvaged cypress boards and houses the well pump.
Philip Gould
Madeleine and Mark created a getaway from the summer sun by putting glass around the north porch of the addition. For ventilation, the small, lower panes open outward, awning style. Screens keep the bugs away.
Philip Gould
An old-fashioned hand pump makes well water accessible even during a power outage. Meanwhile, it's handy for gardening.
Philip Gould
Careful attention to detail—and a good antique search—gives the new kitchen the look of a 1950s remodel in a 19th-century cottage.
Philip Gould
Madeleine loves waking up in her antique four-poster bed with the sunlight streaming through windows that overlook her lush gardens.
Philip Gould
Madeleine and Mark relax on the porch with architect Edward Cazayoux.
Philip Gould
Bousillage was left unplastered on the glassed-in porch.
Philip Gould





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