another stencil design from Whitewall & Co

We’ve already told you about the amazing custom stencil that our sister company The G Brand designed for the Southern Living Tarpon Run Idea House, and how it helped launch a new venture called Whitewall & Co.  We were so pleased with the way the stencil turned out in the Idea House, we decided to try out another design in our Birmingham office!


The wall behind Doug’s desk (which is unusually clean in this photograph) used to be plain white sheetrock.  With the addition of the ‘Morris Stevens’ pattern stencil from Whitewall & Co. the room now has a dramatic backdrop and considerably more depth than it did before.  By confining the pattern to one wall it keeps things from getting too busy and provides an otherwise ordinary room with a strong focal point.  We love how objects are highlighted when placed against a patterned backdrop–here an rustic barn window and an antique terra cotta chimney pot become sculptural elements. 

For those of you wondering about the details/logistics: The basecoat of the wall is ‘China White,’ and the stencil is in ‘Copley Gray,’ both from Benjamin Moore.  The wall shown here is aproximately 12 feet wide by 8 feet high and took about 8 hours total to complete (you do have to wait for each section to dry before starting again, so there’s a lot of downtime in that 8 hours).

If you haven’t checked out all the great designs available from Whitewall & Co, click [here]


[photo by Ryan Davis, for Whitewall & Co]

Beautiful Baths by Tracery

Yesterday we shared some details of an amazing bathroom in the 2009 Southern Living Tarpon Run Idea House, and today we thought we’d show a few more beautiful baths from our portfolio.  Bathrooms are such a great place to take a chance and choose an unusual color or finish you wouldn’t necessarily want to use in a larger space.  We’ve designed everything from lavish Moroccan style oasis to sleek contemporary retreats–always with an eye on the details and fixture selections that can make a bathroom truly unique.


This Master Bath in a renovated Spanish Colonial style home in the Hollywood neighborhood of Homewood, Alabama features a room devoted solely to an iconic soaking tub from Waterworks.  The Tub Room connects the Master Bedroom to an area with vanities, a shower and toilet compartment.


Architect Louis Nequette had the brilliant idea to wrap glass around the two sides and abovethe Master Bath vanities, bathing the area in natural light.  Tiny mosaic travertine tiles are used in similarly sized niches in the steam shower on the opposite wall.  [photos by Colleen Duffley]


In the Master Bath of a Rosemary Beach, Florida villa, Paige selected handmade Moroccan tile to bring color and interest.


The white rectangular vessel sinks and soaking tub bring a crispness to the space and serve as a wonderful contrast to the hand-made irregularity of the tile’s surface.



[photos by Michael Granberry]


In the Master Bathroom of an Auburn, Alabama home the mood is much more classic and subdued.  Pale blue walls and crisp white cabinetry makes this space feel fresh and relaxing.


The paneled wall separates His and Hers vanity areas and provides a focal point from the Bedroom.


[photos by Colleen Duffley]


In the Guest Bathroom of a renovated 1929 Tudor Revival home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, we used one of our favorite materials:  white Carrara marble.  Paige designed a tile ‘rug’ for the room and then selected white marble moulding to case the shower door.  Doug detailed white paneling that maintains a period-appropriate feeling in the room and which conceals a ‘secret’ closet door in a panel.

 Bath 4

Rather than design a wall of cabinetry, we placed a rectangular washbasin by LaCava atop a painted wood cabinet and then added a free standing dressing table with a skirted white chair.  An antique iron pendant fixture completes the room.

[photos by Ryan Davis]


Every one’s talking about the saffron-colored barn door in the Southern Living Tarpon Run Idea House, which separates one of the Bedrooms from an adjacent Bath.  Beyond, a contemporary tub sits below a delicate crystal chandelier. 


Flannel grey walls blend beautifully with another white Cararra marble floor.  Paige and Anna Kay selected a piece of local photography to hang above the tub.

[photo by Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living]