A Home Built for Hosting

Since purchasing their home in the early 90s, Kirk and Melanie Champagne have transformed their original, contemporary mid-sixties home into a more traditional home with transitional decor. Spending ample time entertaining family and friends, the couple embarked on a kitchen renovation, which includes both granite and steel countertops and brick flooring. While the original home featured a unique interior atrium, the couple enclosed the space to allow room for a formal dining area to accommodate their lifestyle and love for entertaining.

“We love hosting dinners and gatherings for our friends and family often. Whether we’re hosting a shower, a party or dinner, it’s something we both really enjoy,” Melanie said.

Friends and family often gather around the dining table in the formal dining room. Twelve guests can be seated and served at the same table that belonged to Melanie’s grandmother, making the meal even more meaningful. Additional cherished items from Melanie’s grandmother can be found throughout the home, including a baby grand piano from 1922 with it’s original ivory keys, an antique Viennese china cabinet and two chandeliers that were salvaged and restored after Hurricane Katrina and now hang in the couple’s newly constructed master bath.

The addition of an enclosed screen porch and patio that overlooks the Bayou Country Club golf course in Thibodaux was the final touch in the lively hosts’ dream home. “The enclosed patio has made entertaining even more fun, especially this time of year,” said Melanie. “We enjoying cooking outside and enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounds us.” POV

Photos by Brian Waitz