Southern Lady Magazine

Well Traveled

Historic pieces and mementos from world travels layer together for a design aesthetic where each unique piece tells a story.

Pull up a seat at the dining-room table of this Alabama home, and it’s as though the walls and objects along them might strike up a conversation. The weathered trunk in the corner, with its artistic monogram, once accompanied the owner’s great-grandmother on journeys from another era. The sparkle of colored light on the table passes through nearby stained glass windows, which came from a historic church. These carefully selected artifacts combine with items collected on the owners’ travels around the world. 

Rather than allowing a single aesthetic to drive the items they select, the owners let the pieces they find most interesting find a space within the home. “If we see something we love on one of our travels, it doesn’t have to make sense—we’ll find a way to weave it into our décor,” the owners say of the home’s eclectic furnishings. Encouraging others to do the same, they continue, “If you find a
particular piece pleasing, don’t be shy. Make it part of your story.”

Cool, neutral hues on the walls and window treatments add a modern touch. Paired with the well-curated collection, the interior feels vibrant and intriguing without growing cluttered. While each element in the home has a story all its own, together they relate a narrative of the people who assembled them. The effect is a sense of timeless charm.

A well-worn butler’s pantry holds the family’s heirloom china, protecting the kinds of historical pieces that are among the owners’ favorites. “More than aesthetics, we love antiques for the warm feelings that they convey,” they explain. 

Framed artwork perched above doorways and cupboards adds height and color to the kitchen, while vintage photos, a transom, and flowers along the window lend extra charm.

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