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Inside the Ultimate Bayou Cottage

Originally built in the 1840s, this Creole cottage sits between a sugarcane field and Bayou Teche in Franklin, Louisiana

June/July 2014

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The twelve-foot-tall bookcase in the living room was originally used in New Orleans’s Mount Carmel Convent.

photo: Brie Williams

Stephen Stirling with his dogs, Billy and Sally.

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A view of the center-hall dining room.

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Blessed fronds from Palm Sunday are placed on top of artwork for good luck.

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Stirling filled each room with antiques authentic to the cottage’s age and place.

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Cabin Fever

Hats and antique fans await just inside the front door for easy access.

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The forty-two-foot-wide front porch, complete with ceiling fans and green hurricane shutters.

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Well Seasoned

Stirling pulled the Polito’s sign in his kitchen out of a garbage pile after the local hamburger joint got an upgrade.

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Many of the antiques throughout Stirling’s home were purchased at auction. Others were castoffs.

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A collection of wooden spoons Stirling carves in his spare time.

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The first antique that Stirling ever purchased was this painted armoire, now used as a pantry in the family’s kitchen.

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The cottage was designed with a center hallway and doors off of every room in order to keep cool in Louisiana’s tropical climate.

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A view of the master bedroom, filled with antiques that Stirling has painstakingly restored.

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The rustic master bathroom.

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An oyster shell wind chime.

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Centuries-old live oaks cradle the antebellum cabin and garçonniére.

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An up-close view of Stirling’s latest purchase, and traditional garçionnére that he intends on restoring.

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