finishing touches

Hey everyone, it’s Doug.

We believe that it takes a while for a house to truly be ‘finished.’  We try to anticipate most things when we are designing a house from top to bottom; but some things like an extra rug here or a painting on a wall that looks too a little to bare over there take time.

Such was the case with a Mountain Brook, Alabama home that Paige and I designed–which we completed about a year and a half ago.  Since then we’ve slowly been adding that last ‘layer’ of art and accessories to make the already beautiful home truly complete.

When I was drawing the elevations for the paneling in the stairway of this home, I designated space for two large pieces of art to fill the blank space on an upper wall of the room.  We even selected picture lights to illuminate the art that was intended to go in this spot.  Though we’ve been looking since before the house was finished for the perfect pieces to place in this spot, we’d just never found something that we could all agree was the right thing.

The stairway wall in question...minus paintings. The walls are paint-glazed pecky cypress, by the way. We're pretty fond of the way that finish turned out!


Last week, the homeowner was in our Mountain Brook shop and she remarked to me how much she liked some of the Mallory Page pieces we had on display.  We’ve shared Mallory’s beautiful paintings–which we are proud to carry in our Mountain Brook shopwith you before.  Mallory’s work is so peaceful and serene–just like this house, and the pieces which particularly interested our client happened to be the perfect size for the artless panels in her stairway.

Friday, Hannon and I loaded up two of Mallory’s pieces and headed to the house and a short time later, here’s what resulted…



Aren’t they perfect?  The size is dead on for what was intended to hang here and the beautiful and subtle tones in the paintings is the perfect compliment to this space.  We’re thrilled and most importantly, so is the homeowner.

It might take a while to find the perfect finishing touch for a space, but the wait is worth it when the results are this great, don’t you agree?  Stay tuned later this week for a peek at the hallway you can glimpse in the photo above, we added a few of Mallory’s pieces to spice up that space as well!

10 thoughts on “finishing touches

  1. Would you please contact me. Interested in the walls! We are buying a house that has the same walls and would love to achieve that finish.


  2. I have pecky cypress walls in my living room. They are very dark…almost a mahogany color. I would love to paint them so they are lighter. Not sure what type of paint to use. How did you get this effect? did you strip the wood and glaze it or did you use a true paint? Thanks!


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