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Homes & Gardens|December 2021
There’s a wonderful sense of style and relaxed elegance in this hilltop home in Alabama – all courtesy of designer Sean Anderson
RORY ROBERTSON

THE GREAT ROOM

Raw materials – wood, concrete, steel – look sleek here because of their sculptural quality. Bespoke black concrete coffee table, Birmingham Concrete Design. Gregoire sofa, Verellen. Large Arrow 3 pendants, Apparatus. Elliot chairs, De La Espada. Rug, Moattar

SUN ROOM

The curtains enhance the golden glow and the dark ceiling is a clever twist for a space like this. Curtains, Design Industry by Grant Trick. Chair with wood arms, Lee Industries. Spindle chair, Nickey Kehoe. Sofa, Sean Anderson

Having struck up a rapport with the clients Mark and Nancy Peeples, a couple of emptynesters looking for a relaxed but elegant home in the US city of Birmingham, Memphis-based designer Sean Anderson knew that he wanted to create a house infused with what he terms ‘Californian organic modern style’, intermingled with restrained, classic touches. ‘The house was constructed on one of the highest points in the city between two stone-built stately homes, both dating back to the early 1900s,’ Sean says. It’s for this reason, he explains, that Mark and Nancy were keen for the home to have ‘a sense of permanence’, looking as though it had been there all along.

The materials – exposed stone, limestone, slate – used both inside and out give this new build an appealing architectural aesthetic. They also reflect Mark’s love of nature. ‘Mark spends a lot of time at their ranch in Montana,’ says Sean. In addition, they combine to form the perfect backdrop to showcase Mark’s ‘treasures’, accumulated over many years of collecting, including prized pieces of sculpture and wall art. Meanwhile, slim-steel window frames maximise the glass, showing off the incredible views.

The layout of the house has been designed to be flexible and cope with large groups of visiting friends and family and, as a result, most of the main public spaces are open plan. ‘My clients wanted their home to be a place where anyone who enters could feel comfortable. The intention was to create a space that could feel like a vacation every day,’ says Sean.

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