Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Just a friendly reminder to pick up a copy of Birmingham Home and Garden from the newsstands.  It features a home we (AK and I) designed in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.  It was a really fun renovation for a really great family.  More to come but here is a peak at their new kitchen.  Makes you want to pour a glass of Rose’ and have a seat on the counterstool…. I wish I was doing that now  “Mary and I chatting about life and family and clinking glasses”.





progress at the Farmhouse

Hey, it’s Doug.  Things are really moving along at the Farmhouse project Hannon and I are working on here in Birmingham and we wanted to show you some updated photos of the house.

The drive up to the house is so beautiful!  Check out that shiny new galvanized roof.


The deep and wide front porch is finally starting to be framed on the front of the house.  I really wish that last little bit of siding would be painted…that yellow primer is driving me crazy!  Eventually crisp black shutters will be installed on all the windows.


Inside all the framing is completed and plumbing and wiring is wrapping up.  Soon sheetrock and wood planking will begin to cover the walls.  The view above is in the kitchen looking towards what will be a sunny Breakfast Room overlooking the back yard.  Reclaimed white oak beams will run from side to side in the room.


In the adjacent Family Room, big windows and a pair of french doors overlook what will be a screened porch with a stone fireplace.  White painted wood planking and rustic beams will soon appear in this room too.


I’m amazed with how the curved front staircase is being built.  A special stair builder is on site creating this intricate element of the interior…the run from the first floor to second floor is almost complete but there’s another flight that will lead to the basement that still has to be built.

There’s Hannon, inspecting some framing upstairs.


While the contractors are busy completing the bones of the house, we’ve already started  selecting fixtures and finishes.  Because our clients won’t move to Birmingham until the house is complete, we’ve been emailing and UPS’ing everything we’ve selected to Texas for final approval.

We sent these boards with tile samples out last week.   We’re excited to see these finishes come to life over the next few months!

We’ll keep you posted as the house progresses…it’s going to be beautiful!  Have a great week, everyone!

Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home, part 3

We’ve already shared the first floor of the 2011 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home that we designed [here] and [here]  Today we’re taking the tour upstairs  with the Kids Den and two of the home’s three bedrooms.

Our design concept for the Inspiration Home was to create a showhouse that felt like a real house.  We added travel photographs, collectibles, stacks of magazines, cozy throws and even kids artwork throughout the house to make it feel as if a real family called the place home.

The Kids Den in the 2011 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home

In the Kids Den at the top of the stairs we selected a DwellStudio sofa from Birmingham Wholesale Furniture, covered in a fun yellow and grey Ikat print.  A fun blend of pillows cozies up the window seat.  Over the sofa we hung a collage of artwork collected from a variety of shops around town…the needlepoint deer from The Nest in Homewood, AL was an especially big hit–it was signed MOM in the corner!

An arts and crafts corner in the Kids Den of the Inspiration Home

In one corner of the Kids Den we placed a desk from Alabama Furniture Market and hung a huge custom-framed bulletin board from Four Corners Gallery over it.  We borrowed artwork from Birmingham Home & Garden editor Cathy Still Johnson’s twin girls to decorate this corner of the room!
The Inspiration Home has three bedrooms upstairs…we styled one for a boy, one for a girl, and one as a guest suite.

The Boys Bedroom

 We paired two twin beds from Suite Dreams in the Boys Room and dressed them in fun John Robshaw bedding.  The walls of the room were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Boothbay Gray.

The Girls Bedroom

In the Girls Bedroom, we layered lots of white bedding–again from Suite Dreams–with a big curvy upholstered headboard.  Hot pink Ikat pillows from our shop make the room feel fun and girly–as does the piece above the bed by Candace Greer (which we just sold this week!) 

A Hickory Chair chest from Birmingham Wholesale Furniture in the Girls Bedroom

 There’s one more area left to see…the Guest Suite.  We’ll share photos of that in a few days…it was a favorite of many people on the tour.  We think you’ll like it too!

Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home, part 2

Want to see some more of the 2011 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home we started sharing with you last week? Of course you do!

The Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home Master Bedroom

Since the majority of the first floor of the home was painted the same color, we chose a different shade for the Master Bedroom to give the room its own personality. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore ‘China White’ and the wood planked barrel-vaulted ceiling is whitewashed with a 50/50 mixture of China White paint and water. An amazing antique rug from Paige Albright Orientals covers much of the dark-stained oak floors. Drawing from the colors found in the rug, and from the antique church attendance roll, we highlighted the room’s white color palette with different shades of grey and blue.

An antique church attendance roll from The Nest in Homewood. We'd love to pass along the info for you to purchase it, but it's already sold!

The bedding is from Suite Dreams (our next door neighbor in Mountain Brook!). We mis-matched a pair of chests on either side of the bed–one mirrored and one a faux silver leaf. The chests and settee–which is covered in a fun floral print that keeps the room from being too serious–are from Alabama Furniture Market. The pair of matching lamps are from Mulberry Heights Antiques.

In the adjacent Master Bathroom, we carried on the white theme creating a restful and soothing space.

The Master Bath vanity.

Alabama White tiles in the Master Bathroom shower

Kohler fixtures in the Master shower

Our friends at Triton Stone Group introduced us to these big ‘Alabama White’ marble tiles–less grout means less cleaning and upkeep and the larger tiles give the shower a fresh and up-to-date feeling. Wouldn’t you love to relax in this bathroom?
There’s still a whole other floor of the Inspiration Home to share…more to come soon!

Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home, part 1

Hi friends–after a brief break we are back…happy 2012!  As you know, over several weekends in November and December 2011, the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home we designed was open for tours.  The home was also photographed for this month’s issue of the magazine, which is on newsstands now. 

Designed in conjunction with architect Chris Reebals of Christopher Architects, the home turned out beautifully.  We furnished it with a combination of pieces from our own shops and items gathered from various sponsors around Birmingham.  We are so grateful to the many shops who loaned pieces for us to use in the home–and we’re proud that we were able to showcase what a great resource Birmingham is for furnishing a home!  As we share photos of the home over the next few days, we’ll attempt to point as many of the sponsors as we can.

Want to see the amazing photos our friend Jean Allsopp took of the home?  We are thrilled with how they turned out.

The Living Room at the 2011 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home

 In the Living Room, a flatweave rug from Paige Albright Orientals was placed over Peacock Pavers on the floor.  The linen sectional sofa (we love the squared high sides) is a Bernhardt piece from Dwellings.  The tall wingback chairs from Birmingham Wholesale Furniture compliment the high window–which we painted Benjamin Moore ‘Black’ for contrast.  The walls are Benjamin Moore ‘Grant Beige’ — one of our favorite paint colors.  The chandelier and sconces are Visual Comfort–also in dark bronze to add contrast against the linen colored walls.  The cowhide-upholstered ottoman and the fun pillows are all available in our Mountain Brook shop.


A vignette from the Living Room

 The combination of these curvy demilune consoles from Mulberry Heights with charcoal grey glass lamps from Birmingham Wholesale Furniture and black and gold tole-painted mirrors from Iris & Co was one of our favorite parts about the Inspiration Home. 


A view from the Living Room through the Breakfast Room and into the Kitchen of the Inspiration Home.

The Inspiration Home’s Kitchen was one of our favorite spaces.  Tiled from countertop to ceiling with 3×6 ‘Alabama White’ marble tiles from Triton Stone Group, the design of the room recalls working cook’s kitchens of the 1920’s.  We had the inset maple cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Nantucket Grey’ an herbal color that blends beautifully with all of the marble and stainless.  The island is topped with white oak planks harvested from trees downed during the April tornadoes that so severely effected Birmingham.  Wolf and Subzero appliances throughout.  The open shelves are accessorized with a variety of white pottery, dishes, and glassware–utilizing a clean and common color scheme helps keep open storage from becoming too busy.

The Inspiration Home Kitchen

In the nearby Dining Room we placed linen chairs around a beautiful oval table from The Nest.  If you visited the Inspiration House while it was open for tours you might not remember these chairs–we had originally selected them at Mulberry Heights to go in the House but they sold before we could install the interiors!  Thankfully our friends at Mulberry let us borrow them just long enough for the photoshoot.  The white linen chairs in the house during the tour were from Tracery.

The Dining Room of the Inspiration Home

Doesn’t the antique wood chandelier from Baker Lamps & Linens blend beautifully with the whitewashed wood ceilings?  In a room that has primarily sheetrock surfaces, details like a planked wood ceiling can add so much.
Rounding out the first floor (excluding the Master Bedroom, which we’ll share soon!) was a beautiful and cozy Study.

Wood walls create a cozy feeling in the Study of the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home

We had the Study walls planked in horizontal wood planking which is washed in a half paint/half water mixture.  Front and center in the room is a dramatic and unusual cabinet from the always amazing Henhouse Antiques.
Check back soon, there’s more to come.  Three more bedrooms plus the amazing Master Suite…a cozy upstairs Kids Den and an amazing Porch space.