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!