Most of the second floor of our house has the original planked walls, ceilings and floors. I am always intrigued by the primitive atmosphere created by wood planked rooms. When we did our renovation we had the walls in several of the addition’s new rooms planked.
I had never heard of Bargeboard until I found an article and these photos of this house in
. The term Bargeboard comes from an architectural style of Creole town houses made of timber transported down the New Orleans during the 19th century. This particular house is an 1830 Bywater district home, adjacent to the French Quarter. Mississippi
Lately, we’ve been thinking that we need to simplify, so I’m appreciative of how pared down this
house is. I couldn’t do it; simplified or not, I have to have places to lounge and modern conveniences. I’m all about primitive style, but it needs to be mixed with modern to make me comfortable. But, you have to appreciate the care, skill and style that have saved this New Orleans house. The owners did a great job of restoration and capturing the authenticity of the period and the house’s Louisiana Caribbean heritage.
|photo credit Toni Meneguzzo|
courtesy of The World of Interiors