2016 Southern Living Inspired Home

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This week I was invited out to Hampstead to tour and  write about their 2016 Southern Living Inspired Home. The house was designed by Matter, the brain child of Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota.  Harvi explains the theory behind the house this way, “We approached the design of this house by focusing on its location in the Hampstead community. Located on a corner lot overlooking the lake, it was important to create a serene, private space that remained a connected, focal point in the overall community. With this as the stating point, the balconies and courtyard quickly became the central focus of the exterior.” I have to tell you that those areas are pretty awesome.

Most photos courtesy of Grace Photography.






Matter’s Interior Designer, Brooke Johns (who thoughtfully gave me my tour), worked with Harvi to create an interior focused on  the interaction of graphic pattern, color, light and spatial design. Harvi and Anna then filled the home with art and wares from Southern Makers. I will highlight some of those as we walk through.

I was especially enamored with the lighting throughout the house starting with these stunning pendants in the kitchen from Restoration Hardware Modern Collection. I love the way the gold interior echos the gold cabinet hardware, and how about that herringbone wall?

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Creams, grays and whites were the repeated palette throughout with occasional hot accents of  orange.  Note those gorgeous Alabama Chanin pillows on the sofa!

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I love the Kevin Reilly chandelier in the dining room.

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The dark and moody library is the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon.

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I actually thought this wall was tile but it is a beautiful graphic wallpaper in a deep rich navy. It is the perfect balance to the library.

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The master bedroom is a serene escape after a long day.

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Really wonderful, current tiles stole the show in the master  bathroom. This tub feature wall was one of my favorite aspects of the entire house! Stunning.

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Sara Pittman provided the art for the girls’ room.  Bedding was provided by Serena & Lilly.

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My “littles” would be all over this fun bedroom but the play would not be serene… more like leaping off the roof into the campfire if I had my guess!

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What’s a campfire without s’mores? Land of Nod killed this one.

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The  playroom wallpaper mural is  by Anthropol0gy.



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Furniture in this room, provided by Ashley Gallion.


Sorry for the fuzzy picture. Those one was snapped on my phone.


It is hard to beat this view with a glass of wine.


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The house is open for tours through June 26. Head on over and tell them I sent you. 🙂 Cost is $10.

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Southern Makers 2015

I am humbled and super excited to receive word that  Cindy Barganier Textiles made the cut and I am now an official member of  Southern Makers 2015 !

2015 marks the third year for what has become a much anticipated event at the  historic Union Station in Montgomery, Alabama.

Cindy Barganier is a Maker.

Southern Makers

Talked about by the likes of Garden & Gun and Martha Stewart, who sends her scout to the event, Makers (as it is affectionately known) will this year be a two day event.



G&G talks Southern Makers


From couture clothing by Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid to pottery, food, textiles, jewelry and  architectural salvage you are sure to find a Maker to love.


You will be hearing much more about this but for now……..








Andrew Lee Design

Burgwin Design

Kudzu Noodle Bar

Ozan Vineyard & Cellars

Rescued Relics / Landmarks Foundation

C. Hines Art

Chef Leo Maurelli, III, Central

Fox Point Farm

Cindy Barganier Textiles

The Tipping Point

Super Suppers

Four Oak Furniture Design

Stone Hollow Creamery

Deborah Strawn Glass

Emma Jane Designs

Brooks Road Dill Pickles


Hot Damn Jelly Co

Happy Soap Company LLC

Montgomery Art Guild

Eastaboga Bee Company

Shelby County Arts Council Pottery Collective

G.E.A.R. by Re-Invention

Noke’s Granola

Amos Book Co.

Wicks and Willow

Cafe Louisa

G Mommas Cookies, Selma Good Co.

Black Belt Treasures

Left Hand Soap Co.

Cotton & Pine

New South Books

Gourd Artist

Chef David Bancroft, Acre

Toni’s Natural Creations

Jim ‘N Nicks Community Bar-B-Q

Railyard Brewing Co.

Butch Anthony

Tin Man Art

Chris Bennett, The Forager

Wickles Pickles

Loyal Stricklin

RC Hagans

Standard Deluxe Inc.

E.A.T. South

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art


Alabama Chanin

Billy Reid

Chez Lulu & Continental Bakery

The Moose and Squirrel Show

The Hummus People

Larry Allen

Dayspring Dairy, LLC

Alabama Funk

Anthony Tavis Folk Art

Digs Design

City Arts Bham

Piper & Leaf Gardens

Mountain Moon Glass

Carrie’s Kitchen

Freedom Soap Company

Straight To Ale

Tangled String Studios, LLC

Debra Riffe

D D aRt

Iron City Trading

Gabe Pedals

Great Bear Wax Co.

Rusted Willow Artworks

Jala Jala Foods, Inc.

Simply Cinnamon

Stately Made


Rosita’s Farm

Baking Bandits

Leigh Ann Hurst Handcrafted Jewelry

Eli Mason



1818 Farms

Green Pea Press

Back Alley Bistro

Walker Timber Frames LLC

Echo Colors

Feather Wild

Highbrow Cold Brew

The Brew Stooges, The

Earthborn Studios, Inc.

Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza

Black Warrior Brewing Company

Amos Paul Kennedy

Andy Grace, Eating Alabama

Orbix Hot Glass

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

George’s Broom Closet

Zkano Socks

Wood Studio

Lucy Lockets


Back 40 Beer Co.


Sprouted Flour Company

Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina

CAB Yachts

Perdido Beach Resort

Brent Smith art

Brooks Barrow Studio

Frances Rodriguez Art

Harry Dearing Woodworking

East River Trading

KBC butcher block, market, eatery

Hues Jewelry



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