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A Verdant Green and Golden Birmingham Craftsman

by Annie Werbler

On their honeymoon in France four years ago, Holly Carlisle developed a passion for photography after tinkering with husband Scott’s charming old film camera. She’s now a pro who, in addition to running her floral design business , shoots travel, editorial, and still life work regularly. Holly’s favorite photographic explorations involve documenting her own journeys around the world, as well as the 1927 craftsman house in Birmingham, Alabama filled with mementos from adventures had with Scott. The couple also share their 1,500-square-foot Crestwood area abode with energetic blue dog Bella and yellow dog Sam, who are lucky enough to have doting parents and plenty of space in which to play. The Carlisles sourced stylish but reasonably-priced furniture so they don’t feel too worried about wear from puppy playtime.

When they first moved in two and a half years ago, Holly and Scott discovered another shared interest – interior design. The pair renovated their kitchen and master bathroom, but lost steam when it came time to decorating. They knew they wanted the residence to feel and function a bit like a studio, and the plan was to fill it sparsely for ease of moving around items against the soft backdrop of Benjamin Moore White Dove-painted walls. Eventually, hosting a New Year’s Eve party provided a push needed to finish the decor. They framed and hung artwork, reworked their shelves and bookcases, and turned the sunroom into a cozy spot for their houseplants, as opposed to its previous role as a storage unit for Holly’s floral supplies. The home is perfectly positioned to receive multiple sources of bright filtered side light throughout the day, which is an ideal setting for both flora and fauna alike. —

Photography by , except where noted

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The Birmingham home's living room opens onto its dining area and kitchen. Homeowners Holly and Scott Carlisle feel the minimal decor places a greater emphasis on their most beloved pieces.
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Holly's favorite painting was found at a garage sale 15 years ago. Scott designed and built the wooden bench on which it sits.
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Gorgeous filtered daylight fills the living room.
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A papered bookcase with odds and ends from the couple's shared experiences.
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The sunroom just beyond an interior French door.
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A growing gallery of artwork above the living room sofa.
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The vintage brass barcart was a Craigslist find.
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Bella and Sam in their usual napping spots.
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A sleek upholstered chair provides one of many pops of green throughout the home.
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A look into the sunroom with its hand-painted folding screen.
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Portrait of homeowner Holly Carlisle by .
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A few of "way too many books" the Carlisles have collected over time.
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The bronze "om" sculpture on a green IKEA console is a gift from Holly's grandfather.
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Holly at work in her kitchen on a vibrant vintage rug.
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The kitchen's open stainless steel shelving comes from IKEA.
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The master bedroom with a rug from Holly's grandfather with a view into the sunroom through French doors.
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Scott designed and made the master bathroom vanity with its Alabama white marble countertop.
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Of their home, Holly and Scott love that "it's a great place to be creative."
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Floorplan illustration by Scott Carlisle.

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Comments

  • Your home has such gorgeous light! The screen on the sun porch is beautiful and I love the vanity in the bathroom. Thank you so much for sharing your home.

  • I love these posts. Thank you to D*S and all contributors. Had to comment as I have what looks like the same ornate plaster frame behind the lamp in picture 6. Found in a junk shop in Perth, Western Australia. How strange makes me wonder where they came from.

  • Lovely home Holly and Scott ! I like how you’ve used some iconic Ikea pieces to great effect in your living room . I was wondering how the Stockholm rug is holding up (with your two dogs) ? Does it clean easily ? Does it show fur a lot ? I’m thinking of getting one for my new place but am hesitating because of my cat herd…

  • that paint color – it’s the perfect buttery cream – do you mind telling me the paint color? thank you!

  • wElllllllllllll!!!!!! Aren’t we rather divine…????? What a lovely
    thing. The entire house is wonderful and shows such taste and restraint. Am I nuts, or am I wrong in thinking I have seen that screen in the sun room before? The one with the crazy wild tailed birds…….My ancient memory tells me I bought that thing years ago. Am I correct?????? I was crazy about it! And I am pleased it has survived through these many years. Call me and catch me up on OUR wild bird screen, Hol. Dearest love……Granny Mun

  • Yay, my neighborhood! I love Crestwood, we’re moving there from Avondale and are super excited to be living among such creative people!

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