“Our homes define us,” says architect Jeremy Corkern. “They are our day’s beginning and its end, our place of sanctuary, and our face to the world.” The newly constructed Louisiana home that Corkern developed with interior designer Suzanne Kasler is a sanctuary indeed, reflecting its owner’s love of art and antiques—and the combined talents of the two highly respected design professionals who helped realize his vision.
Corkern and Kasler’s client is an attorney whom Kasler had worked with on a previous design commission. “He’s a voracious collector with a great eye,” says Kasler, whose firm is headquartered in Atlanta. “He’s very knowledgeable about the worlds of architecture and design and loves everything about this domain. His appreciation for the design world is really what makes the house so unique and special, and he really did trust and embrace our ideas.”
An hour’s drive from New Orleans and nestled among three rivers, Covington is an inviting Southern town whose downtown streets offer an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, and restaurants. Yet, the house, sited on a bend in the Tchefuncte River, is a private oasis for the owner and the friends and family he often entertains. Corkern describes the resulting architecture as a modern interpretation of a French Colonial house, with a courtyard at its center marked with a 200-year-old olive tree. The structure echoes the architectural vernacular of Louisiana with its flourish of carved moldings, fluting, and other classical forms. “You enter through a louvered front gate,” explains the Birmingham-based Corkern, “then you see a limestone and glass facade with a view to the river.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SUZANNE KASLER
ARCHITECTURE BY JEREMY CORKERN
PRODUCED AND STYLED BY SHANNON BOWERS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON UPTON
WRITTEN BY EDWARD MCCANN
This story appeared in the Fall 2023 issue of MILIEU.