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NOV-DEC 2018

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THE WORLD OF HIGH DESIGN, SHE may reign as "Pillow Queen," but Rebecca Vizard is just a country girl at heart. Born and raised an only child in the small, sleepy farm town of St. Joseph, Louisiana (population 1,029), she learned early on how to create her own adventures—and she continues to do so today. Throughout the year, she jaunts from Parisian puces to Turkish bazaars in search of antique and one-of-a- kind textiles for B. Viz Design, the bespoke pillow and accessories collection she launched in 1996 from her at-home atelier. But come November, there is no place the designer would rather be than back in "St. Joe" at Locustland, her idyllic farmhouse overlooking Lake Bruin and nestled among centuries-old oaks, pecan orchards, and cotton fields. "The holiday season is the most hectic time of the year for my business, but it's my favorite time because we have a full house again," says Rebecca, whose grown children live in Nashville and New Orleans. "I fluff in between orders, while my husband, Michael, piddles in the kitchen, smoking turkeys and concocting big batches of his 'secret seasoning ' blend. By the time the kids get home and our family and friends arrive, the decorations are up and the fridge and pantry are fully stocked. We always have more than enough to go around, and there is always room for a few more at our table. It's like one big dinner party from Thanksgiving through Twelfth Night." When the Vizards designed Locustland in 1987, they did so with entertaining in mind. Past the light-filled kitchen, breakfast room, and bar is the combined living and dining room, the heart of the house. Despite its generous size, the space is still intimate, with a simple sea grass rug, eclectic art, storied antiques, and, of course, a slew of sumptuous B. Viz pillows plopped casually on the slipcovered seating. But it's Brittany Spaniels Lucille and Birdie Ann relax on the sofa, which is dressed in cotton ticking slipcovers and accented with B. Viz pillows. The lamps are encrusted with oyster shells from the Gulf of Mexico. The Empire-style chandelier is strung with wine corks. The fabulous fixture was hand- made by local artisans as part of a B. Viz community project that creates job opportunities in St. Joseph. LEFT: "I get the same creative jolt wrapping presents that I get designing pillows," Rebecca says. "Like textiles, I love finding unique handmade papers and ribbons, and if a wrapping looks a little plain, I'll just draw on it myself." 72 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8

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