Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this southern enclave.


With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,


But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 


Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?


Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!


Speaking of bookshelves and Alabama (and speaking of speaking…) I have the privilege of speaking at Hoover, Alabama’s Southern Voices, which is most certainly a bucket-list item of mine, Saturday, February 25.


It will be such a privilege to present alongside some of my personal favorite authors, Rebecca Wells (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Chris Bohjalian, Julie Cantrell, Mary Kubica and Karen White, along with a few that I am so excited to get to know. If you’re in the area, come see us!


I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.


Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!


This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!


Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 


It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.


We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!


Sloping rooflines add such character.


Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!


What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 


Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?