Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Home Tour Baldwin Lane in Birmingham Alabama

This house is from The Parade of Homes in Birmingham Alabama. It is a house that I built several years back. It has 4 bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths, of which two bedrooms and 2 baths are on the main level. It is on a corner lot up on a slight hill. There is a small (in height) retaining wall made of stacked stone, and a circular driveway across the front of the property. It has a wonderful presence.

 You enter the foyer through the arched iron Castle Entry door. To the one side is the Dining Room and on the opposite side is the staircase that goes upstairs, and the doorway to the lower level. Straight ahead is the Great Room. There are extensive cased openings into the rooms, and there are hardwood floors on the entire first floor, except for tile in the bathrooms and laundry room.

 This hallway runs the length of the house. You can see the Corinthian columns that anchor the entrance into the Great Room, as well as all the cased openings.
 In the Dining Room you can see the shadow boxes along both the upper and lower walls, which are painted all the same color, so that the detail of the shadow boxes is more subtle.
 Looking from the Great Room into the Dining Room you get a good look at the shadow boxes and the Corinthian columns, as well as the cased openings. Also notice the subtle ceiling detail in the Dining Room.
The Great Room has a large Palladian window that fills this room with light. The ceilings are approximately 20 feet tall and there is extensive crown molding, as well as an elegant fireplace which also has Corinthian columns which repeats the large Corinthian columns at the entry ways into this room.
From the kitchen the chef can see into the Eating Area and Great Room, as well as the sitting area off of the kitchen, and out onto the porch. The Eating Area has a vaulted ceiling and notice the Corinthian columns from the Eating Area into the Great Room. Because of all the windows this is a light filled space and I think it has a very cheerful atmosphere.
I am a huge GE appliance fan. Not once did any of my customers ever call and have a problem with their GE appliances. This kitchen has gas range in the center island that also has a pop up ventilation system, a Delta Faucet, granite counter tops and KraftMaid Cabinetry.

  Here you can see the cozy sitting room off of the Kitchen. This room has a cathedral ceiling and lots of windows and a ceiling fan. You also enter the screen-in porch from this room.

 Here is the 2nd bedroom on the main level, it was decorated as a sitting room for the Parade of
Homes. It has it's own private bathroom. 

 The Master Bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling and a ceiling fan. A raised ceiling creates more volume in the room and makes the room feel more expansive. You can see whirlpool tub and decking in the Master Bathroom.

 We did a glass mosaic tile band around the back splash on the tub surround. It just sparkles so brightly. Glass mosaics tiles are expensive but if you use them in a limited capacity you still get the glamour without going overboard. We also did a band of the glass mosaics in the shower. Also notice the stained glass window above the tub.

 There is a refreshment center in the Master Bathroom that has a refrigerator, as well as upper and lower cabinetry and a granite counter top. I love a refrigerator in the Master Bathroom for both drinks and for facial products that are so much better if they are kept cold. It is also wonderful to get up in the morning and have a fresh bottle of water or an orange juice handy. There are separate closets in this Master Bathroom. You can see into the ladies closet from this view.
 This is the ladies sink and vanity within the Master Bathroom. I always like to lower the sit down vanity counter tops to make it more practical. These are KraftMaid Cabinets, granite counter tops and custom  wall hung mirrors.
 I am head over heals in love with lighting fixtures and chandeliers in particular. I think a chandelier adds a little glamour to our homes and our lives. I also love natural light in a closet. I believe the owners put in plantation shutters for privacy, but you still get a great deal of natural light.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms and one jack and jill bathroom. I hope you enjoyed seeing this home. I sure did enjoy building it. After the owners moved in we also completed the lower level living space into a foyer with a drop off space, an exercise/play room, a full bathroom, and a large game room which they wanted for watching football and playing pool. This home always felt happy to me, I think it was the result of all the raised ceilings, all the windows letting so much light in, the paint colors and the open flowing spaces. It also has lots of drama from the Corinthian columns and elaborate moldings throughout, but not so much drama that it didn't feel cozy and welcoming. 

To view another home tour in Birmingham AL see the 1109 Birmingham Home Tour.

If you have a home that you would like me to feature I would love for you to contact me. It doesn't  have to be an entire home, perhaps you have one room that you think is wonderful in some way, it could be a porch, a kitchen, a bedroom, or an outdoor kitchen. It could be any space. I would love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beach Decor

I went to Amelia Island in Florida with my sisters for sisters weekend, and now I am fixated on beach decor. I do not have a beach house, or a lake house, or even a pond house. Actually I live in an apartment and the only water I see is in the pool. But a girl can dream, can't she!

At Amelia Island I saw these standing lamps. There is a center pole that keeps it all together, but the branches are lose and very light. It just feels like they went down to the water and picked these up after a storm, OR, they fell out of the trees on the property here in on the island. Either way I just like them so much. I like the linen shades also.

I also love the table in the middle that is decorated with the brass tacks. It appears that there are three drawers, but there aren't. This table could be easily made. Look at that simple branch on the center of the table. Isn't it amazing how a simple piece of tree branch can be so decorative & it didn't cost a thing. All over the island there were punches of tangerine color - feels like a burst of sunshine.

When you first walk into the resort this is the lighting fixture in the entry. Swooning..... It is a simple design actually and anyone wanting to have something like it could do it for just a little money. Loving this wood ceiling.

In the condo there was this simple basket with these incredible shells.  I can just look at this basket of shells and hear the waves.

Can you just see a picture of something and immediately a past memory or a place comes to mind? I love how instantly I can get transferred to a time and place just by seeing something or the aroma of something. I think I might need to make me a branch lamp, or at least go pick up a piece of a tree branch. A twig would work!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sisters Trip to Amelia Island

My three sisters and I went on a Sisters Trip. We stayed at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It is beautiful. You can stay in the hotel itself or you can stay in a condo, which is what we did. We had an amazing view of the ocean.

 I loved these tangled trees!
 There were lots of shops with walkways to everything. You could also ride bikes or travel by golf cart, or simply walk everywhere.
 We had a lovely lunch while looking out onto the lake.

 One day we went to Fernandina Beach which had lots of shops and places to eat. There was this little shop next to where we had some lunch - everything about this just caught my eye - I love rustic outdoor art!

 The pools at the resort were incredible. One was salt water, another fresh water and they were the perfect temperature.

 Isn't it amazing, something as simple as a bowl of shells can be so soothing to just look at.

 There was a sitting area where we sat and listened to some music. I just loved these branch lamps.
 The lobby had this beautiful granite front desk area, and although you can't see it, there were plants growing in those rocks against the walls.
 As you enter the resort there was this amazing light display made of branches. Stunning!
 We had a great time. Wish we could have stayed a little longer. It is so good to get together and just relax and catch up on what is going on in our lives. Until next time......

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sister's Trip

My three sisters and I are going on a girls trip to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. I have never been to either of these places. I leave from Dallas Texas to meet them in Orlando Florida and then we are driving to Amelia Island. I am ready for some R&R!

One of the things I like to do the best when I get to the beach is to actually walk down to the beach. It feels like I have arrived at a peaceful and welcoming place just by moving towards the water.


Although I love the beach I also love lounging around the pool. 
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We will be staying at the Amelia Island Plantation.
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I love walking up and down the shoreline! I could walk all day!

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I could definitely spend some time in these chairs, we just need to pull up two more, so we have a group of four.

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I am definitely going to indulge in one of these!
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So I will share some of my Sister's Trip when I return. I hope you all have a great weekend!!

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