Larry Culp’s home : Water’s Edge

At Water’s Edge
The Home of Larry Culp

Luxury homebuilder Larry Culp deftly sited his own Acadian French-inspired home at the edge of a pristine north Louisiana lake within North Pointe subdivision. And with a master’s stroke and an eye for detail, Culp has created a retreat for his family and friends to enjoy.

Edged in reclaimed brick, a technique Culp discovered on one of his many trips to South Louisiana, the home’s landscaping celebrates native plants that thrive in our climate – palmettos, azaleas, magnolias, Indian hawthorn, mandevilla, hibiscus and elephant ears – handpicked by landscaper Roy Bennett. In the center of the circle driveway, a sugar kettle water feature with a fleur de lis sculptural accent is nestled among blooms of drought-resistant flowers. The stucco and brick exterior of the home is brightened with wrought iron window baskets overflowing with hardy impatiens. An elegant garçonierre, opposite the garage, welcomes visitors and adds visual interest to the landscape.

Unmissed details like arched wooden garage doors are typical of Culp’s style of homebuilding. It’s the extra touches that add up to major “wow-factors” when Culp designs and builds a home. Bevelo exterior lighting, Old English ridge tiles and antique brick throughout add to the authenticity of the home.

Upon entering the foyer, the combined dining room and great room set the tone for a unique open feel. Atop an Aubusson needlepoint rug, the gold leafed and antique mirror topped dining table is a custom-made creation by Pettigrew in Dallas. A large paned, bay window looks out onto the front water feature as the sun casts its rays inside on the glimmering rock crystal chandelier dripping with pink, red and clear prisms from a gold ceiling medallion.

Gorgeous heart of pine wide-plank floors and enormous reclaimed cypress beams add continuity throughout the home. Culp is a master at repurposing materials, and the wood floors, beams and brick used in this home are no exception, as they were originally the bones of an industrial warehouse in Donaldsonville.

The custom, made-to-order Spanish cedar windows and doors are yet another unifying element in the Culp house. Their large panes and graceful arches make the views from inside out even more appealing. In between these doors and windows are sconces by Flambeau, one of Culp’s favorite lighting artists. The welcoming double front door is antique cypress with delicate wrought iron work.

Local artist Jenny Howse was employed by Culp to embellish key areas of interest throughout the home. Above an arched doorway in the foyer of the home that leads to the guest bedroom and bath, Howse painted a lovely cameo, instantly adding drama to the space. Along the edge of the wrought iron ballustered staircase, Howse painted a whimsical vine leading the viewer visually to the top of the stairs. Says Culp of the artist, “Jenny is a tremendous artist with a great sense of humor and so much talent.”

The interior spaces Culp has created are a juxtaposition of the modern with a touch of antiquity. In the Great Room, vintage chic sofas with lush velvet pillows co-exist with a Baroque French master painting in an ornate gilded frame Culp found at Material Things and an Indian-carved media center from Urban Village with a distinct world vibe. Interesting accents such as a large onyx lamp on a mirrored side table and a large pouf, which serves as a coffee table, add to the eclectic vibe. Three large arched French doors across the back of the house overlook the lake. The interior-side of the windows throughout are stained a beautiful honeyed glaze while the window exteriors are painted one of the historical colors, Rockwood Red, that Culp is inclined to use.

The master bedroom and en suite bath seem to be inspired by timeless Mediterranean architecture with an exquisite beveled ceiling that leades to a central dome from which hangs an exceptional Venetian glass and crystal chandelier with gold shells and crystal prisms. The dome is painted by Howse in a French design of elegant silver and gold flourishes. A large, sage green French Trumeau mirror with gilded accents dominates one wall while a contemporary black and white striped slipper chair with nailhead accents from Inside Indigo lends modernity to the space. Bella Notte bedding in hues of grey, cream and purple layered in luxe burned-out velvets, laces and embroidered jacquards offer a respite from the day. A French settee and armchairs are positioned in the perfect reading spot beneath a wall of Spanish cedar windows that afford a glimpse at the lake and its wildlife beyond. A fireplace at bedside peeks through to the master bath.

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