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HOME DECOR FEATURE: Felicia of Le Village in Eunice, Louisiana

Country Chic, Cozy & Full of History

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Le Village is one of the most beautiful places in the Acadiana area. It is a B&B situated just on the outskirts of the town of Eunice, Louisiana. It is like a little village because there are 2 guest houses with 8 rooms total and a general store all connected by small gravel walkways surrounded by a grassy field and wooded area. All of the structures are original to the Louisiana prairie area with requisite wrap around porches for enjoying the lush flora that sprawls the grounds.

(note: this place is so gorgeous, it is where we chose to get married - more photos here)

When I was last in Louisiana, I stopped by Le Village to meet with owner and innkeeper Felicia Hebert Wiggins, since she was selected to be featured on Jenée Sais Quoi Home Décor. Felicia is a gracious host and her style transcends from her wardrobe into every square inch of this property.

Following are some of my favorite scenes in the Main Guest house and an interview with the refined and cultured proprietor, Felicia H. Wiggins.

checkered floor, wood molding, tapestry
The Entrance

checkered floor, wood molding, tapestry

patchwork quilt, 4 poster bed
Guest Room in Main House

Art in Main House

green paint, day bed
Guest Room in Main House

patch work quilt, country library
Guest Room in Main House

A bit of Eunice Literature

country style china cabinet
Entertaining Wear...

country house
...and for Entertaining

Breakfast Prepared here - Gorgeous Window Treatment

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Ferns & front porch fans welcome you to Le Village
Felicia and I on the side porch of the Main Guest House
JSQ: How are you connected to Jenée Sais Quoi? What do you have in common with this blog?

FHW: I have always enjoyed seeing how we all experience our interpretation of soothing spaces and what delights us in terms of visual images of spaces, imagined or otherwise.

JSQ: Where do you currently reside? And where do you wish you were living? 

FHW: I love living in the country in SW Louisiana where I currently reside. I left here so many years ago and never thought I would live here again, but it has been a wonderful journey full of surprises. I may not have been open to owning this Cajun retreat and B & B until this point in life (I am a little ways over 60 yrs old:).  Luckily my sweet husband has made it possible for me to continue on this journey to reunite with long-lost cousins and friends old & new.

The only other place I could live is New Orleans ( I lived there in the French Quarter for 20 years). Also, I love Maine where I have a daughter/family/granddaughters, but it would probably be only for summers.

JSQ: What is your first Fashionable memory?

FHW: My first fashionable memory is from my aunt (my mother's sister) we call her Memere. (she is 96yrs old this year). She left Louisiana and moved to Houston in the '60s and came to visit us always dressed "to the nines". My cousins (unfortunately both deceased) were the most glamorous  redheads (real) I had ever seen!
She always told me to sleep on my back to avoid wrinkles! and never to drink from a straw because it would cause lines on my upper lip! She also traveled extensively with her husband and the photographs are quite a testament to the way people used to travel. Very fashionably with lots of luggage!

JSQ: How do you describe your style?

FHW: I think I have several styles. It depends on what I feel like. What is my 'imaginary life' like today! Imagination is the key. Also to not think about it too much. I think if you just take a minute in the morning when you get dressed to pull out a scarf or piece of jewelry you haven't worn in a while it plays well to your inner fab woman and says I am worth a little extra fun today! I love linen clothes, but also couldn't live without my jeans!

JSQ: Which category of topics covered on Jenée Sais quoi do you most relate to and what could you add for other readers with similar interests? 

FHW: I have worked in Interior Design and continue to be hooked on interiors and their impact on our lives. I tend to be attracted to the "perfection of imperfection" or Wabi-Sabi, a very old Japanese concept. Awareness is also critical to our mindfulness of nature and the endless perfection of the landscape, no matter where one is. My design philosophy has always been to use what you have and love and add sparingly. But when you change your mind, change it. And don't be tied to what you think is "right". There is no such thing! 

JSQ: Famous quotes stick around for good reason. Are there any that you live by?

FHW: I have many on my Pinterest Page  but one of my favs is:

Know thyself!  It means you have to sit with yourself in the midst of good and bad & feel it & do it & it will eventually lose its power. Don't try and ignore it because it will keep coming back!

JSQ: Je ne sais quoi is about having that certain something special. Would you reveal to us what gives you that je ne sais quoi ?

FHW: I don't know what gives me that je ne sais quoi...but I know that I try to hold/appreciate several views at any given time. I have learned that grey is not only a wonderful color in itself, but it is really what I aim for in life.....It's when you think everything is black or white or up or down or good or bad that gets you tied up in knots!  

Felicia is such a wonderful host she will even swat those huge Louisiana Mosquitos for you :)

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Across the way from the Porch, where we sat for this interview, is a perfectly rustic barn (now shed)

Looks like the Cat got out.

If you are planning a trip to Cajun Country or want to plan a trip after seeing this, it would not be a bad idea. Le Village is the perfect escape and adventure.
Le Village
121 Seale Lane
Eunice, Louisiana, USA 70535

Photos Courtesy of Jessica Stelly