Idyllic cottages lined up in neat rows, lovely lawns and friendly neighbors welcome you home at Calton Hill, a new development by KADCO Homes, located less than a mile from Crestline Village in Mountain Brook. This holiday season, tucked among the stunning homes in the community, you’ll find the 2015 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home, a space brimming with beautiful interiors, perfectly styled by a diverse cross section of Birmingham’s immensely talented creative minds.

The 2015 Inspiration Home showcases big style in a small footprint. Birmingham Home & Garden Editor Cathy Still McGowin says their previous homes have been grand and sprawling at around 10,000 square feet, but with its comparatively cozy 3,500 square feet, this year’s home still makes a lasting impact. “Despite the smaller floor plan, the house lives large and offers plenty of great amenities,” Cathy says. “Right now, there’s a trend towards downsizing without compromising style, conveniences and quality, and we wanted to be able to showcase that.”

 

Seeking to echo the look of many of Birmingham’s historic homes, the houses of the Calton Hill community are thoughtfully designed, with careful attention to detail and many desirable features, including dormer windows, natural stone and wood accents, cross gable roofs, and pedimented front stoops. Calton Hill is named for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Site in Edinburgh, Scotland, from which historical monuments, notable landmarks and stunning panoramic views are appreciated by visitors from the across the globe.

Seeking to echo the look of many of Birmingham’s historic homes, the houses of the Calton Hill community are thoughtfully designed, with careful attention to detail and many desirable features, including dormer windows, natural stone and wood accents, cross gable roofs and pedimented front stoops. Calton Hill is named for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Site in Edinburgh, Scotland, from which historical monuments, notable landmarks and stunning panoramic views are appreciated by visitors from across the globe.

Birmingham Home & Garden magazine built its first Inspiration Home in Mountain Brook in 2004, and has since built four others throughout the area. Though every house has had its own identity, the ultimate goal of the Inspiration Home remains the same. “The main reason we do it is to bring the pages of the magazine to life,” says Cathy. “Having a home on tour allows people to get up close to ideas, products and vendors, so they can get a real feel of the amazing resources available to them — right here in Birmingham.”

Many local sponsors come together to create the Inspiration Home, and each is assigned a room in which to showcase their talents and put their products to work. “It’s so much fun to watch the empty space evolve into a warm, inviting interior filled with great design ideas, furniture layouts and fun colors,” says Cathy. With these different designers and vendors featured throughout the home, each room is uniquely its own, while the overall home remains wonderfully cohesive. The result is a true labor of love, bringing together a wide range of local vendors to create a space intended to inspire and delight Birmingham’s design enthusiasts.

The open, airy living space opens up to a high ceiling accented with wooden beams and a second-floor balcony, which creates a space that is comfortable and inviting, while also elegant and grand. The seating in the space is grouped in a close arrangement atop a lovely Oushak rug, allowing for intimate conversation and functional movement through the living room. Soft neutrals throughout the room are broken up with gold details and pops of red, all coming together to create a tranquil, soothing space.

The open, airy living space opens up to a high ceiling accented with wooden beams and a second-floor balcony, which creates a space that is comfortable and inviting, while also elegant and grand. The seating in the space is grouped in a close arrangement atop a lovely Oushak rug, allowing for intimate conversation and functional movement through the living room. Soft neutrals throughout the room are broken up with gold details and pops of red, all coming together to create a tranquil, soothing space.

Nothing puts the finishing touch on a room quite like a beautiful fireplace. This stately, limestone fireplace, situated opposite the couch in the living area, anchors the space. No detail is overlooked in this home, evident in the artfully arranged herringbone brick fireplace interior.

Nothing puts the finishing touch on a room quite like a beautiful fireplace. This stately, limestone fireplace, situated opposite the couch in the living area, anchors the space. No detail is overlooked in this home, evident in the artfully arranged herringbone brick fireplace interior.

Simple fresh greenery accented with a row of yellow-green pears adds a touch of festive elegance.

Simple, fresh greenery, accented with a row of yellow-green pears, adds a touch of understated, yet festive, elegance.

Adjacent to the central living area you’ll find this charming nook, complete with a vaulted wood ceiling and walls of large windows which let lovely natural light flood this calming retreat. This spot is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the beautiful outdoors or to curl up with a good book.

Adjacent to the central living area, you’ll find this charming nook, complete with a vaulted wood ceiling and walls of large windows, which let lovely natural light flood this calming retreat. This spot is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the beautiful outdoors or to curl up with a good book.

Balance plays a key role in the finished look of this stunning kitchen. Classic, clean lines and muted tones set the backdrop for the personal touches in the space. The whitewashed wood ceiling, rustic light fixture above the island, and linen bar stools all infuse a bit of additional personality and flair.

Balance plays a key role in the finished look of this stunning kitchen. Classic, clean lines and muted tones set the backdrop for the personal touches in the space. The whitewashed wood ceiling, rustic light fixture above the island, and linen bar stools all infuse a bit of additional personality and flair.

Steel gray cabinets provide a modern alternative to white or wood tones, and coordinate beautifully with top of the line stainless steel appliances and the herringbone tile backsplash.

Steel gray cabinets provide a modern alternative to white or wood tones, and coordinate beautifully with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and the herringbone tile backsplash.

This closet is clearly organized—pun intended.

This closet is clearly organized — pun intended.

This dining room is a space dressed for transition. The clean, comfortable lines of the furniture play against a wall of antiqued mirrors and the elegant coffered ceiling and chandelier. These details all easily transition from family meals to festive dinner parties, all without changing a thing.

This dining room is a space dressed for transition. The clean, comfortable lines of the furniture play against a wall of antiqued mirrors and the elegant coffered ceiling and chandelier. These details all easily transition from family meals to festive dinner parties, all without changing a thing.

The home office area is teeming with layers of energy and creative inspiration. Varied neutrals are accented by serene shades of blue and green, and a sisal rug is layered with a soft hide underfoot at the desk area. Large windows bathe the space with plenty of light for the charming Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree tucked into the corner of the room. All of these details simply accent the star of the space, the graphic fabric panels on the wall, crafted from Mary McDonald Schumacher fabric.

The home office area is teeming with layers of energy and creative inspiration. Varied neutrals are accented by serene shades of blue and green, and a sisal rug is layered with a soft hide underfoot at the desk area. Large windows bathe the space with plenty of light for the charming Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree tucked into the corner of the room. All of these details simply accent the star of the space, the graphic fabric panels on the wall, crafted from Mary McDonald Schumacher fabric.

“This house, and all of the houses in Calton Hill, would work equally well for a family or empty nesters,” says Cathy. “There’s a master bedroom on the main level along with all of the traditional living spaces. Upstairs, there’s three bedrooms and two baths. Empty nesters can enjoy one-level living with plenty of room for hosting guests. For longevity, each house has an elevator bank that can be implemented if desired.”

“This house, and all of the houses in Calton Hill, would work equally well for a family or empty nesters,” says Cathy. “There’s a master bedroom on the main level, along with all of the traditional living spaces. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two baths. Empty nesters can enjoy one-level living, with plenty of room for hosting guests. For longevity, each house has an elevator bank that can be implemented, if desired.”

Rich texture is key in crafting an elegant bedroom, and this fine master suite is no exception. Luxurious bedding, satin pillows, a faux-fur stool and rich gray velvet chairs all contribute to the sumptuous feel of the space. The feminine four-poster bed plays against more masculine touches, like the washed wood walls and dark hardwood floor, creating a well-rounded and relaxing room.

Rich texture is key in crafting an elegant bedroom, and this fine master suite is no exception. Luxurious bedding, satin pillows, a faux-fur stool and rich gray velvet chairs all contribute to the sumptuous feel of the space. The feminine four-poster bed plays against more masculine touches, like the washed wood walls and dark hardwood floor, creating a well-rounded and relaxing room.

The asymmetry of this casually draped fresh garland coupled with the classic elegance of the mantel's strong architectural lines results in a striking and inviting fireside bedroom seating area.

The asymmetry of this casually draped fresh garland, coupled with the classic elegance of the mantel’s strong architectural lines, results in a striking and inviting fireside seating area in the master bedroom.

This master bathroom is a true retreat. Keeping the palette limited primarily to shades of white creates a calming atmosphere, and metallic touches throughout the space add to the spa-like feel. And a lovely soaker tub trimmed in marble tile is the perfect place to escape the stress of the day-to-day.

This master bathroom is a true retreat. Keeping the palette limited primarily to shades of white creates a calming atmosphere, and metallic touches throughout the space add to the spa-like feel. And a lovely soaker tub trimmed in marble tile is the perfect place to escape the stress of the day-to-day.

The study features a unique blend of furniture, art and accessories that feels expertly curated and collected over years of travel.

The study features a unique blend of furniture, art and accessories that feels expertly curated and collected over years of travel.

The lived-in feel of this eclectic study creates a space that is comfortable and functional for many purposes.

The lived-in feel of this eclectic study creates a space that is comfortable and functional for many purposes.

The second guest room upstairs makes efficient, thoughtful use of the entire space. “Dormers are cute and charming, but people tend to have problems knowing what to do with them on
the inside,” says designer Karen Sovacool. Those two challenging dormer spaces have been perfectly utilized, one with an enviably cozy reading nook and the other with a writing desk.

The second guest room upstairs makes efficient, thoughtful use of the entire space. “Dormers are cute and charming, but people tend to have problems knowing what to do with them on 
the inside,” says designer Karen Sovacool of Red Door Staging. Those two challenging dormer spaces have been perfectly utilized, one with an enviably cozy reading nook and the other with a writing desk.

Hallways don’t have to be relegated to dead space. An elegant dresser styled with a few unique accessories adds instant personality to your home and provides additional storage as well.

Hallways don’t have to be relegated to dead space. An elegant dresser styled with a few unique accessories adds instant personality to your home and provides additional storage.

This upstairs guest room is bright, inviting and understated with splashes of personality throughout. Soft linens, a comfortable bed, and refined accessories make this a room guests would be thrilled to stay in.

This upstairs guest room is bright and inviting, with splashes of understated personality throughout. Soft linens, a comfortable bed and refined accessories make this a room guests would be thrilled to stay in.

Guests are offered a gorgeous window-side retreat for catching up on work or for a thoughtful moment of repose.

Guests are offered a gorgeous windowside retreat for catching up on work or for a thoughtful moment of repose.

The Inspiration Home is located at 102 Calton Lane in Mountain Brook, and is open for tours November 12 through December 6. The home is open Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase online or at the door.

Plan your visit and take a tour through the 2015 Inspiration Home, and pick up a copy of Birmingham Home & Garden for even more photos, tips and input from the designers who brought the Inspiration Home to life.

Thank you to Jean Allsopp for today’s beautiful photography.

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