Interior designer Andrew Brown has added timeless style to a new-build Lakeside home in North Alabama. Many of us daydream of building and decorating our own home, but even dream scenarios have unforeseen tribulations – good problems if you will. When John Hagefstration, an attorney and avid contemporary photography collector, built a vacation home on a prime plot on Smith Lake in North Alabama, he wanted the interiors to have the same timeless, elemental beauty as the rocky outcroppings and views of the water from the lakeside home.
To help achieve this design goal, and complement the work of architects Ben Shepard and Darla Davis, he called upon interior designer Andrew Brown, who he had worked with on a previous weekend home in the area. Together, they decided to combine favorite furnishings from the earlier project with custom commissions pieces and antique pieces, for a relaxed-yet-sophisticated feel.
“The interiors feel comfortable and eclectic – as though they came together over many years. Mixing vintage pieces with new things always gives the impression that an interior has evolved organically.” – says Andrew Brown
The walls in the foyer were in a Phillip Jeffries grasscloth that was then painted by decorative artist Jan Roberts Baker with a deco-inspired treescape.
A pendant from Mecox Gardens caps the Kitchen. The roman shade was made using a Pierre Frey fabric.
Leather upholstered walls are padded for a cocooning effect. The custom brass canopy bed was inspired by a 1970s design by the late John Dickinson. There are several other notable elements, such as the skirted bedside tables, a wood-burning fireplace, and a vintage Maison Jansen desk which has been paired with an antique Louis XVI-style painted chair.
A custom floating vanity in stained and waxed pecky cypress in the principal bathroom.
The brass Arrow pendant is by New York-based Apparatus Studio and the table lamps are from Bunny Williams Home.
To the left of the dining table hang a pair of photographs from Michael Light’s “Full Moon” archival NASA lunar photograph series.