[best of 2009] Colonial Hills Residence

If the Southern Living Idea House personifies coastal cool, the house we completed this year in Mountain Brook, Alabama’s Colonial Hills neighborhood is the perfection of chic sophistication.  Designed for a fun young family with an eye and appreciation for great design, this house manages to be both beautiful and comfortable at the same time.

The result of a massive 2 year-long renovation designed by Dungan Nequette Architects and our own Paige Schnell and Doug Davis, this home was totally reimagined and customized to this busy family’s lifestyle.  Equal consideration was given to formal areas appropriate to the parents’ social obligations as well as the requirements of 4 children (and many more neighborhood visitors who descend on the home everyday around 3 o’ clock in the afternoon).


Grey was everywhere in 2009 and we showcased the color throughout this home, accented in many places with hot pink for an unexpected twist on an otherwise monochromatic scheme.

We’ve received more than few questions about the durability of a home with so much white everywhere and 4 children running around. In fact, many of the fabrics are commercial grade and regularly scrubbed with Clorox and Magic Erasers.  In the kitchen, marble trimmed openings prevent dinged-up woodwork and in the Family Room and Stair, the pecky cypress walls came pre-distressed so marks and dents are no big deal.  Antique oak floors help hide scratches and cement colored grout everywhere keeps showers looking clean for longer.  This home proves that having children doesn’t have to mean giving up beautiful spaces. 

We love this home but the best part is, the wonderful family who lives here loves it even more.

[photos by Colleen Duffley]

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