Beverly says the whole area exudes a welcoming feeling that is, at its heart, distinctly Southern. “It’s an inviting space that allows the family to entertain and extend their Southern hospitality,” she continues.
And for the Alisons, having a place to share laid-back fellowship has been the greatest reward of the project. “We turned a small backyard that we hardly used into a place that we love to look at and love to enjoy,” says homeowner Christy Alison. “It’s a very relaxing space. My husband jokes that it is our vacation home.”
Making use of the expansive backyard, the outdoor kitchen and main dining pavilion flow seamlessly into open-air lounging and dining spaces that accommodate large groups when the family entertains. The grill was a fixture of the original yard, and the Alisons continue to enjoy summer cookouts in their newly enhanced surroundings. Beverly selected a rustic but refined mix of furnishings and softened the pieces with custom accent pillows. Tall, narrow trees form a natural privacy hedge and further the feel of a secluded oasis.
By Elizabeth Bonner Czapski
Styling by Beverly Farrington
Photography by Marcy Simpson