Anyone that has shopped at Paige Albright’s store in Mountain Brook Village (Paige Albright Orientals, if you didn’t know) knows Paige’s enthusiasm for provenance and pedigree when it comes to rugs. What may be less evident is her equal fondness for family heirlooms. But inside her own home—just a block from her storefront—such pieces are abundant, each with a story.
Paige says her home is “eclectic; full of inherited, sentimental pieces; collected treasures; and things I can’t live without.” Aside from her personal collection of rugs, many of her home’s furnishings and accessories are heirlooms and hand-me-downs. A favorite piece, her English birdcage dining table, sets the scene for family gatherings and provides opportunity to use both her new and inherited tableware. “I have a love of antique china, and I have many sets inherited from family, ” she says. “I love to mix and match!”
On the table’s top, Paige’s eclectic mix welcomes visitors. She rattles off the provenance of each piece: “Our wedding silverware is Francis I by Reed and Barton from Bromberg’s. The dinner plates belonged to my mother-in-law. The bread plate is turn-of-the-century Limoges with a hand-painted monogram and belonged to Carl’s great, great, great-grandmother. Those are her napkins with the same embroidered monogram. The crystal saltshakers belonged to my grandmother. Our wedding crystal is Lismore from Bromberg’s, and the wine glasses are German crystal collected from my mother-in-law’s travels.”
Recently, Paige started adding Craven porcelain from Table Matters to her collection for a modern element. “It is pressed with antique lace and hand-glazed in England, ” she explains. According to Paige, her holiday table is much like her home—“gracious, welcoming, pretty, and not too overwhelming.” She insists that during the holidays, and every day, “I want everyone to feel welcome.”
Rugs: Paige Albright Orientals • 2814 Petticoat Lane, 205.877.3232 paigealbrightorientals.com; Landscaping: Father Nature Landscapes • 205.956.3030 fathernaturelandscapes.com; Sofa pillows: Ware M Porter & Co. • 2718 Cahaba Road, 205.874.9800 waremporter.com; Artwork over sideboard: The Atchison Gallery and Village Framers • 2847 Culver Rd, 205.871.6233 theatchisongallery.com; Drapes: Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens • 2417 Canterbury Road, 205.871.7872 beverlyruff.com; Tableware: Brombergs • 2800 Cahaba Road, 205.871.3276 brombergs.com; Craven porcelain and other tableware: Table Matters • 2402 Montevallo Road, 205.879.0125 table-matters.com; Starburst mirror: Mulberry Heights Antiques • 2419 Canterbury Road, 205.870.1300 mulberryheightsantiques.com; Dining room landscape: Dirk Walker available through the Beverly McNeil Gallery • 605 28th Street South, 205.328.1761 beverlymcneilgallery.com; Dining table: Kings House Antiques • 2807 2nd Avenue South, 205.320.2535; kingshouseantiques.com; Dining chairs: Argent Antiques • 2949 18th Street South, 205.871.4221 argentantiques.com