Antiques Obsession: Wall-Mounted Brackets are Brimming with Style

Text: Jennifer Boles Across between mobile architecture and a wall ornament, brackets are one of those rare design forms with a distinctly dual nature. Conceived for the purpose of displaying objects against a wall, they are immensely practical with their shelf-like tops. And yet, the bases that support them often incorporate such decorative, high-style flourishes that they have become pieces...

Designer Mark Kennamer Designs a Sweet Home in Alabama

Text: Lydia Somerville Photos: John O’Hagan When PJ and Winn Harris decided to build their dream house, they didn’t have to look far for a designer. Lifelong friend Mark Kennamer stepped up to the task, which wasn’t much of a challenge at all. “PJ and Winn didn’t really give much guidance,” says Kennamer. “They just wanted it done.” The friends grew...

Designer Mark Phelps and Architect Matt Benson collaborate on Linville Mountain Home

Text: Lydia Somerville Photos: Michael Blevins When clients asked designer Mark Phelps and architect Matt Benson to build them a house in the mountains of Linville, North Carolina, they sought a contrast to their house in Charlotte, which Phelps had also designed. “Their house in town is dressy and formal, with lots of DeGournay wallpaper,” says Phelps. “For this house, the...

Designer Carter Kay Gives 1940s Craftsman a Fresh Start

Text: Lydia Somerville Photos: Emily Jenkins Followill Our clients wanted a house convenient to friends and with enough room for entertaining inside and out, as well as bedrooms for their growing family of grandchildren,” says designer Carter Kay. Empty nesters eager for change, the couple found a 1940s Craftsman bungalow that offered the perfect setting for their next phase of life....

Designer Liz Hand Woods Embraces Family Tradition

Text: Lauren Gentry Walker Photos: Jean Allsopp When it was time for a longtime vacation home to be put up for sale, the son of the original owners decided he wanted to keep the beloved property in the family and give it a new start. Many childhood memories were spent in the house on Smith Lake in Alabama, and he, along...

Chad Goehring Brings Coastal Character to Sea Island Renovation

Text: Emily Jackson Photos: Kelli Boyd You never know who you’ll meet on Sea Island. It could be a foreign dignitary, a sitting president, or the executive whose home you are secretly renovating. Such was the case for principal Chad Goehring of Harrison Design (@harrisondesign), who was executing a study addition for homeowner Lori Nicholson as a gift to her husband...

All the Comforts, All the Character in Bay St. Louis

Text: Tiffany Adams Photos: Sara Essex Bradley Having spent her childhood in Bay St. Louis, Nancy McDonald has a special appreciation for the beauty and charm of the Mississippi coastline. “I grew up just a block from this property, which has been in my family since 1904, and I had a cottage here later in life,” she says. However, as her family...

Three Sisters Make Home Renovation a Family Affair

Text: Margaret Zainey Roux Photos: Dustin Peck Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Blair Hogan has a very keen eye. So, when the wife and mother of three set her sights on a dated house in need of major rehab, those who know her best knew better than to question her vision. “The house had a 1970s vibe,...

Lisa Flake Creates a Clean & Serene Family Home

Text: Lauren Gentry Walker Photos: John O'Hagan A comfortable space for family to gather, functional and beautiful rooms, and the incorporation of favorite antiques were the three main requirements that Julie and Jeremy Dennis had for their home’s renovation. For their Mountain Brook, Alabama, house, the Dennises called on their friend and designer Lisa Flake of Caldwell Flake Interiors. “I have been...

Alyson Sailer and Connie Vernich Add Timeless Touches to a New Build

Text: Lauren Gentry Walker Photos: Paige Rumore As a couple entering retirement and expecting their sixth grandchild, Phyllis and Jim Lackey knew they wanted a home that could not only accommodate their growing family but also be a comfortable space for just the two of them. The new build in Franklin, Tennessee, sits on a quiet, private cul-de-sac and backs up...

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