4,819 square feet
3 ½ baths
Builder: Ryan Smith
Photography by Eric Elberson
Dr. Douglas Horaist has started a new chapter. Originally from Lafayette, Horaist moved to Shreveport in June 2017 to become an associate orthodontist at Graf Orthodontics. And on July 15, 2018, he made another move — into his modern Provenance home.
“My sister, Meghan Wood, lives in Provenance and I wanted to be close to my two nieces,” said Horaist. “Plus, I love the neighborhood because there are many young families as well as great neighborhood-hosted events.”
Horaist, along with interior designer Laurie Gautreau, worked with local vendors like Custom-Bilt Cabinetry, Sheppard’s Countertops, Kitchen and Bath Cottage and Copperworks Lighting to create a space that’s both comfortable and sleek.
Originally a spec home, Horaist purchased the house before any actual work had begun. He was able to make changes but not to the actual layout of the house. While the house is quite modern, there are lots of traditional touches mixed in as well.
The color scheme of the house can be described as masculine with Farrow and Ball paint colors in grays, white and soft blue to give the house a rich, timeless palette.
“I wanted the house to be transitional and have clean lines, but still feel warm and comfortable,” said Horaist.
Immediately upon entering the kitchen, guests’ eyes are drawn to glass-globe fixtures above the island that aren’t seen very often. He was hesitant, but Gautreau insisted that Horaist trust her when it came to the fixtures. She had seen them in person and they were beautiful. He was glad to have trusted her about the fixtures once he saw them in the house, and from then on, he knew that what Gautreau suggested, he would love.
Another eye-catching feature in the kitchen is the waterfall countertop for the island. It’s very modern and exudes sophistication with the waterfall, mitered edge quartzite countertop, white oak cabinetry and floors.
The kitchen features all Miele appliances (sourced through Kitchen and Bath Cottage) that possess a sleek design with the most advanced technology on the market.
“From the refrigerator to the coffee maker, the appliances are one of my favorite things about the whole house,” said Horaist.
Wooden beams throughout the home add a nice, Southern touch to the modern space.
While his favorite space in the house is the master bedroom (and he wouldn’t change a single thing about it or the master bathroom), Horaist spends the most time in the living room. With audio/visual equipment from SoundMinds, and a 70-inch TV, it’s the perfect spot for relaxation and entertainment.
The house was originally drawn up for a pool, but Horaist initially wasn’t going to place it. However, when he saw the house coming together he thought it would add a really cool vibe to the backyard and give his nieces a good reason to visit.
“Morehead Pools did it and it’s the perfect size and color. It turned out exactly how I wanted.”
The rectangle pool brings the theme of straight lines and a clean look from inside the home to the backyard. Three copper scoops cycling water through add great ambiance to the outdoor area along with a reclaimed-brick fence.
The patio contains a wood-burning fireplace, patio furniture from Corner Collection, an outdoor television (for watching LSU and Saints games) and a grill.
The whole back side of the house is made of huge windows with a view of the beautiful sunrise above the pool which brings in lots of great, natural light throughout the day.
Horaist is engaged to Ashley Hamby of Madison, MS, and while he doesn’t find himself entertaining all that much yet, he knows that once they settle in together after the wedding, the couple will enjoy lots of get-togethers with friends and family in their home.
“Being a single guy and having never done this before, I had a general idea of what I wanted to do but had no idea how to get there. Laurie Gautreau, as an interior designer, either chose or suggested everything in the house. I had her input every step of the way, and I’m so glad I did.”
Gautreau also is thrilled to have worked with Horaist on his home.
“Being new to town and having a busy schedule, he really trusted me with the design of the house, which was great and kept the project on track. Him being from South Louisiana and having lived in New York City and New Orleans, it was important to both of us to create a transitional design for the house that would blend styles and create a timeless design,” said Gautreau.
Some of her favorite architectural details include the reclaimed wooden beams transitioning from the living room to the kitchen, the 12-foot ceilings in the main living spaces and the large windows that span across the back of the house and overlook the pool.
With the help of Laurie Gautreau and his sister, Meghan Wood, Horaist’s home has become his own personal vacation spot.
“After living in apartments throughout my schooling and the first year I lived in Shreveport, I sometimes wake up and forget that I’m living in this house now,” said Horaist. “It’s like a never-ending vacation.”