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The Grown-Up House

“When you have small children, you can’t have this kind of house, ” Angela Mitchell says of the Lake Guntersville home she built with her husband, David....

Setting the Mood

Tired is an understatement, ” homeowner Lisa Nesbitt says of her old kitchen, breakfast nook, and sunroom that were last updated 25 years ago. “It was time...

Lighten Up

Over the 26 years these residents have called their Historic Tudor home, they’ve updated their kitchen three times—each change to suit their growing family. “At first, the...

The Gourmet's Kitchen

“I love all food-related things and am a total foodie, ” says homeowner Jill Evans. “The kitchen is usually my favorite place in a house.” But when she and...

Pull Up a Seat

When a house is as gorgeous and welcoming as the Harper home in a gated Russell Lands Development on Lake Martin, summertime is family time. But the Harpers’ compact, ...

French Connection

Âme seour is the French phrase referring to a “kindred spirit, ” although the literal English translation for the phrase is “friend sister.” Both idioms are apt descriptions of...

Front Row

Nature is always the greatest muse. So believes John Hagefstration who engaged like-minded designers to build his Smith Lake home in the Point William community. “I wanted to create a...

Inviting Design

In Colonial Hills, a close-knit Mountain Brook neighborhood, Rita and James Dixon welcome plenty of friends—including the 10 boys on their street who are frequent visitors to...

Design Counselor

Fran Keenan loves to help other people solve design problems. “I almost went into counseling in college, ” she says. And sometimes, her role as interior decorator...

English Cottage

When Kim West had the idea of making her dining room larger to accommodate frequent guests, she never dreamed it would result in a whole-house renovation. “I’ve...

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