When love happens, it’s something that can’t be denied. As Kaci and Wyman Hamilton learned, that can even apply with a house. When the couple’s third daughter was born and the family needed more space, they thought it might be time to move to a bigger home. But there was something about their 1937 Mountain Brook farmhouse that they just couldn’t leave. “It’s such a sweet house with lots of memories, and as we looked around, my mind kept coming back to it every time, ” says Kaci. “It broke my heart to think that someone would come in behind us and possibly tear it down. So I knew we had to stay and do the renovation.”
To make the house function for their family of five, Kaci and Wyman had to find a way to turn the three bedroom/two bath home into a five bedroom/four-and-a-half bath with a floor plan to fit the family’s active lifestyle. The Hamiltons worked with family friend and architect Matthew Costanzo to open up the space, creating a large kitchen and family room by removing walls and eliminating the dining room. They added square footage in the form of a much needed master bedroom suite and a large screened-in porch that doubles as a dining room for larger gatherings.
For the interiors, the couple wanted to keep the farmhouse feel intact but play up a more modern and colorful aesthetic. “I was looking for something different and fun, ” says Kaci. To make it happen, they called in designers Annie Bayer Goldberg and Ginny Monheit Maguire of AG Designs, who seamlessly blended farmhouse and fun with stylishly strategic choices. The duo set the tone in the kitchen, where they opted for unexpected bright blue cabinets yet kept it farmhouse casual with open shelving, light countertops and floors, a farmhouse sink, and an etched detail—a custom feature that gives the cabinets a beadboard feel. The designers carried the blue into the family room with pillows and accessories. “It was important to balance out the color in the other side of the room, ” explains Annie. Bold choices continue in the powder room with a graphic wall covering and in the formal living room, where Annie and Ginny used a textured Phillip Jeffries wall covering. To connect the space to the rest of the main living area, the designers chose blue velvet chair cushions. Caned wooden chairs and a hammered coffee table evoke the farmhouse feel. “The house came together perfectly, ” says Kaci. “It’s fun and modern while still being true to its roots. It’s definitely farmhouse chic.”
Bold Decor in a Small House
Keep the surroundings light. If the walls are bold or bright, that means the floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture should be in lighter, more neutral shades. “You can still use colorful accessories, but you should keep the furniture light, ” says Annie. “The reverse of that is also true. You can have bold furniture and light walls. There must be a balance.”
Be consistent. For bold choices to make sense, the entire space has to feel cohesive. “If you were to walk into a house and only the kitchen had bold color, it wouldn’t work, ” says Ginny. “Consistency throughout the home is important.”
Be thoughtful with every single detail. All of the elements should complement each other rather than fight with each other. “Sticking to the right shades of the color you’re using makes all the difference between creating a sophisticated environment and having a chaotic space, ” Annie says.
Designer: AG Designs ag-design.com Residential design: Matthew Costanzo • 205.266.2825 Builder: Bobby Scholl • 205.368.1370. Wall, ceiling, and trim color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter: benjaminmoore.com Kitchen: custom cabinets: AG designs Cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Summer Nights Hardware: Architectural Heritage • 205.322.3538 architecturalheritage.com Appliances: Ferguson • 205.323.7473 ferguson.com Countertops: Surface One • 205.621.1125 surface1.com Chandelier: Pottery Barn potterybarn.com Barstools and chairs: Gabby • 205.358.9600 gabbyhome.com Table: Restoration Hardware restorationhardware.com Pillows on bench: Defining Home • 205.803.3662 defining-home.com Runner: custom through AG Designs Tabletop bowl: Circa Interiors & Antiques • 205.868.9199 circainteriors.com Family room: sofa and pillows: Defining Home Mirror: Mirror-tique • 877.248.6656 mirror-tique.com Sconces: Mayer Lighting • 205.583.3500 mayerlighting.com Hurricane vase: Defining Home Living Room: wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries through AG Designs Sconces: Mayer Electric Lumbar pillows: through AG Designs Coffee table: Arteriors through AG Designs Foyer: lamps: Three Sheets • 205.871.2337 threesheetslinen.com Floating console: Bliss Studio through AG Designs Powder bath: cabinets: through AG Designs Wallcovering: Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher through AG Designs Sconces: Mayer Lighting Countertop: Surface One