The creamy palette of the great room's large Oushak rug is neutral ground for the warm tones of the sink-down upholstered pieces. The armoire is 18th-century fruitwood.

Chavelle's Niche with Quinces trompe l'oeil painting decorates the mantel.

A French trumeau hangs above a 19th-century French commode in the foyer. The antique wall sculpture above the lyre-backed chair with its cheerful yellow cushion is from Charles Faudree Antiques.

French antiques, including a Montgolfier chandelier, gilded mirror, and canopy chair join an English breakfront cabinet.

The table is set with English Imperial stoneware and Edinburgh Thistle stemware from Scotland.

Antique tea caddies adorn the sofa table in the great room.

An 18th-century Provençal carved étagère mounted on the wall above the built-in desk displays a collection of French faience plates. Subtle French-vanilla Wood-Mode cabinets allow the walls' custom Venetian plaster with a glazed-on wheat- sheaf motif designed by Marlene to command attention. Flooring is chiseled travertine, and counters are green marble. French reproduction bar stools pull up to the Carrara marble-topped island.

Crowned by a stately limestone range hood, the striking medallion behind the KitchenAid range is an 18th-century French iron fireback that weighs more than 100 pounds, now hung against a backsplash of buttery tumbled marble.

A breakfront displaying Marlene's collection of rooster-motif and other plates is a reproduction French vaisselier with a yellow-painted finish.

The long chestnut farm table, an 18th-century French antique, lends a note of rusticity. The chandelier, too, is an antique from France.

In the master bedroom, clean lines, a restrained palette, and antiques create a restful haven. The custom headboard features Grey Watkins fabric. Signed Murano glass lamps complete the bedside symmetry. Schumacher silk goblet-pleated draperies on gold-leaf traverse rods from J.L. Anthony add quiet pattern. Artist Kelly Cutter's quartet of tulip paintings hangs over the bed in mirrored frames by Trowbridge Gallery in England. An antique crystal chandelier illuminates modern chairs by TRS Furniture & Textiles.

Marlene collects crystal-and-sterling scent bottles.

Designer Marlene Shaw.

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Smart Downsize: Comfortable and Beautiful

A custom-built Shreveport house with Gallic flair is small in size but has big quality furnishings. 

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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Crowned by a stately limestone range hood, the striking medallion behind the KitchenAid range is an 18th-century French iron fireback that weighs more than 100 pounds, now hung against a backsplash of buttery tumbled marble.

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