After the renovations, the living room features a completely renovated French Country style with a newly designed fireplace, heart pine reclaimed ceiling beams, updated blinds, and drapes along with all new furnishings. The ceiling beams were reclaimed from a mill in Northern Alabama, close to where the homeowners used to live in Huntsville, Alabama.
Alabama Designer Ashley Gilbreath combined old and new in this pretty bedroom where artwork is creatively hung on a bedside bookshelf and the designer repurposed some vintage family lace on the bed for a coverlet.
Marine blues and turquoise and geometric patterns pop in an Alabama living room with mid-century touches. Atlanta designer Perry Walter brought in round objects, like the side table, and animal accessories, like the turquoise cockatoo statue.
For a dash of delightful design, adorn doors that lead into a pantry or mudroom with colorful fabric. For her curtained glass doors, Alabama interior designer Mary Finch used a textile with a bit of a vintage motif.
There’s been an ongoing battle between Alabama, Georgia and Florida over water rights. Tennessee even recently jumped into the fray. These Georgia homeowners opted for a synthetic lawn bordered by drought tolerant plants, cutting their water usage in half.
Use beadboard to line a cabinet with glass doors or even open shelving to create instant, old-fashioned appeal, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The book features this 18th century farmhouse kitchen in Alabama.
The wood beams in natural finish and the simple but elegant furnishings provide contrast and give the room a whole new life. The beams are from reclaimed wood that came from Sweetwater Mill near Huntsville, Alabama. The lumber specialist estimates that the tree from which the lumber was milled was 250 to 300 years old when it was cut down.
This showstopper vine opens blooms that lure in hummingbirds. Some varieties unfurl red flowers, and those are the ones you want. Look for the name coral or trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). Some great varieties include ‘Dropmore Scarlet,’ ‘Major Wheeler’ and ‘Alabama Crimson.’ Do your homework before planting honeysuckle. Make sure the variety you choose isn’t invasive in your area (these varieties shouldn’t be). Perennial vine, hardy in Zones 4-9.
The island countertop in this transitional kitchen features local Alabama white marble, cut to mimic the shape used in the stair railing, eyebrow gables and dining room chairs. The island itself features a rich, dark finish that contrasts nicely with the cool gray cabinetry on the room's perimeter. A mix of traditional and modern elements adds interest to the space, from the leaded glass cabinet doors and apron sink to the industrial-inspired pendants and acrylic-and-metal barstools.
Tallahassee is a major college town, with a student population of nearly 70,000. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and many other colleges are located in the city. FSU, a space-grant and sea-grant research university, ranked as the 43rd top public school in the nation in 2015, tied with University of Alabama, according to the U.S. News and World Report.