George and Janet Newbill had been taking part in existence of their dream house in Country Club Place, when, in July 2020, they toured Ivy House, a decorator display space fundraiser with each and every room adorned by way of a distinct clothier. “The minute I saw this house, I knew right then that I was going to buy it,” stated George Newbill, a retired Albemarle government vice chairman.
Four days later, the Newbills did simply that.
Both homes, the Country Club Place townhouse and their new space, are upscale fresh designs, however the “new” space had one thing the Newbills in reality neglected at Country Club Place. The new space has a backyard — a small French lawn with two seating spaces. “We loved the house we were in. We loved the neighbors, but we missed having a yard,” Janet Newbill stated.
In January 2021, the Newbills packed their assets and moved a bit over a mile to their new house in Adelia at Old Goodwood.
The Newbills’ new dream house used to be inbuilt a contemporary French nation taste by way of Vincent Centanni with lend a hand from his spouse, Jewel. He toured the French nation-state for 3 weeks to get a hold of concepts for the two-story stucco house with dormers, shutters, small balconies, a brick porch and 4 part columns.
The house is constructed round a lounge with herbal stone flooring, a 20-foot-plus ceiling and a complete wall of home windows with a purpose to the French lawn. An island at the left separates the lounge from the kitchen with business stainless-steel home equipment together with a big range constructed into a large stucco-covered brick column that creates the impact of a conventional fireplace. A see-through fireside to the correct lets in get right of entry to by way of arched openings on all sides to the primary learn about, the place the Newbills spend a lot in their time.
The two maximum fascinating design components in the lounge are a herbal wooden and wrought iron semicircular staircase and a “skyline” bridge product of cypress beams connecting two 2nd tale wings.
Between the lounge and kitchen is a proper eating room with a spherical desk and upholstered chairs. Behind the kitchen is George Newbill’s learn about with a complete bathtub. The master suite suite, to the correct of the lounge learn about, overlooks the lawn and features a sumptuous grasp bathtub and various closet area. Upstairs are Janet Newbill’s learn about, a visitor bed room and a tv room adorned in a Mediterranean taste reflective of a 12 months the couple lived in Greece.
Because the Newbills bought a lot in their furnishings after they moved to Country Club Place in 2013, it used to be all in very good situation and are compatible within the new space completely. Designer Hilary Smith Kennedy, of Dixon Smith Interiors, helped Janet Newbill position the furnishings, equipment and paintings, and make a choice the draperies for lots of the rooms. Kennedy is the granddaughter of Dixon Smith and a fourth era clothier who grew up within the circle of relatives industry.
The house is the easiest show off for the couple’s number of paintings together with items by way of their favourite artists, Lauren Barksdale and Betty Efferson.
As a lot because the Newbills love their new house, they simply can not get sufficient of the lawn, which is in part enclosed in a brick wall and designed round a fountain. Holly bushes line the wall, and trimmed boxwood delineates the patio house and pathways.
Adelia at Old Goodwood is a fairly new gated group advanced by way of Michael Hogstrom on some 17 acres surrounding Goodwood Plantation, considered one of East Baton Rouge Parish’s final surviving plantation properties. “Part of the agreement was that Mike would restore the plantation home,” George Newbill stated.
Hogstrom utterly redid the plantation space with the primary flooring to be had to citizens for small events and conferences and the second one flooring because the place of job and design heart for the improvement. “All of the homes are on one circular drive with the plantation house in the middle,” George Newbill stated.
In 1967, the film “Hurry Sundown,” starring Jane Fonda and Michael Caine, used to be filmed at Goodwood Plantation. The location used to be advised by way of Gene Callahan, the the world over recognized manufacturing clothier who grew up in Baton Rouge. The fundamental theme of the film is a dispute amongst 3 adjacent landowners about promoting the plantation assets.
“It’s the story about a plantation owner who wanted to sell off the property,” George Newbill stated. “And that’s what happened here.”