Adam Lofton and Maren Rosen’s home is that rare sight: contemporary in a sea of south Louisiana Provençal. The only French you’ll find here are the couple’s three adorable bulldogs — Sammy, Otis and Maggie.
And while a tour of the kitchen is usually the sum of its materials and discerning details, these three are a huge draw.
“Sammy’s a socialite, he loves people,” said Rosen.
A featured stop on March 17 for the Lafayette Junior League Kitchen Tour, 153 Acacia Drive was not always as you see it now.
“The mission was to 'bring it back,'" said Lofton. “It had become traditionalized over time. The original intent was contemporary. We wanted to stay in line with the modern vision; we stayed true to the era.”
Built in the early 1980s and renovated in 2015 and again in fall 2016, the home was originally designed by the late Pierce Meleton, who once resided next door.
What Lofton and Rosen — he is vice president at Teal Realty & Development and she is vice president of merchandising at Stuller — really loved was the flow and the high ceilings.
To realize their vision, the couple brought in a team of professionals: Danette Bares, of Danette Danyow Interiors; Lee Tedrow to do the steel gray custom cabinetry, and LaFosse Construction.
An open layout allows for effortless get-togethers. A wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed to improve the traffic and take advantage of the space. A beam was also added. Rosen designed the sliding barn door to the laundry room herself and had Justin Guidry, of Guidry Woodworks, build it.
To make the kitchen more functional, Rosen and Lofton relocated the refrigerator and stove, while eliminating a mud room and adding additional storage.
Rosen’s choice of gray and white, warmed-up metallic, an arabesque-patterned backsplash and marble counters blend perfectly with English oak floors. The island boasts the same marble and was specifically crafted to suit the homeowners’ lifestyle. The couple is especially fond of the Wolf microwave and warming drawer.
“It cooks really well. I didn’t think we’d use it, but we use it all the time. It’s invaluable,” said Rosen.
A Wolf gas oven and commercial grade stove hood hint at some serious cooking.
“We cook three to four times a week. Italian — that’s my comfort zone. Maren’s is eggs," said Lofton, adding with a laugh, "And drinking Champagne.”
The couple installed a wine cooler but kept many of the bar accoutrements built into the original kitchen, such as the glass rack. New York Johnny Romeo pop art and a photo of New Orleans accent the walls.
“We met in New Orleans," said Lofton. "It’s special to us."
Hand-blown glass fixtures with 10-karat gold foiling illuminate the island and its Philippe Starck Kartel Masters chairs, while the dining room continues the contemporary with a Saarinen oval tulip table and Bertoia chairs.
“We’re obviously big fans of modern design,” said Rosen.
They’re not the only ones. According to a 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchens Study, contemporary kitchens were favored by homeowners over transitional or traditional, and gray and white ranked in the top three colors. More home cooking was the No. 2 lifestyle change and motivator among homeowners who completed renovations. More family time was first.
Maggie, Otis, and Sammy would agree with that.
Junior League of Lafayette Kitchen Tour
A self-guided tour of six kitchens and outdoor entertaining spaces in the Lafayette area
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17
TICKETS/INFO: $25. Visit juniorleagueoflafayette.com/kitchen-tour-1/.