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Escaping to the Sun

It’s been gloomy and rainy for what feels like forever, and I could use some serious sunshine. So…I am mentally escaping to the following places today. Feel free to join me!




See you there!


photos via pinterest

new year, new house, new lighting

Hi everyone, happy 2013! Hannon and I are fully back in the swing of things with three new projects beginning this week in Mountain Brook and Homewood, AL and Atlanta, GA. Of course we still have several great projects underway…we are busy and we are ready to attack this new year and get some great work done!

In the couple of weeks we took off between Christmas and New Year’s, Hannon moved all of their stuff to the loft she and Cameron have rented in Chattanooga and I moved into their house in Birmingham. I’m finally settled in but man do I need a lot of stuff–this place is three times the size of my old one!

One of the main things I’m addressing first is lighting…I have a few rooms that need fixtures replaced or installed (Hannon took a few fixtures with her to Chattanooga) and I need lamps all over the house. I thought I’d share a few fixtures I’m either looking at buying or have already bought…


I’ll work from left to right, starting with the flush mount future in the top left corner. There are a few places in the house where Hannon had not yet gotten to switching out fixtures and I figure if I don’t do it now I won’t either! I actually found this schoolhouse flush mount when I was shopping with our Jackson, TN clients…at Home Depot! This little guy is great, it blends so well with some of the nicer fixtures I’ve selected for other parts of the house and the style is perfect for this 1925 bungalow. I’ve bought three so far…one for the Butler’s Pantry, one for the Kitchen and one for the Hallway. For $49, why not?

In my excitement to buy some new things, I sold most of the lamps I had at my other house. I quickly realized as move in day neared that I was going to need some light in the Living Room fast since there is no overhead lighting, so I quickly ordered Circa Lighting’s Metal Banded Table Lamp. I love the acrylic base mixed with the brass bands and the dimmable switch is a nice touch too.

Eventually I need to get an electrician over here to move the chandelier currently in the Butler’s Pantry to the Master Bedroom (I’m handy, but the mount looks tricky and these ceilings are plaster and old). Until then, that room is without lighting too, so I tossed in Circa’s French Library Lamp When i ordered the Living Room lamp. It’s a great price and I love the warm brass finish against my grey walls…and it’s adjustable so when I find the perfect nightstand (add that to my list!) I won’t have to worry about the lamp being too tall or too short.

20130108-144039.jpgThe Living Room is flanked by a Sunroom on the far end (the grey room with the Travertine tile, above) and the Dining Room on the other…both with big openings so the whole thing feels like one continuous space across the front of the house. I think I want to do the same fixture in both rooms so they don’t fight with each other visually. I’m really considering the HEKTAR pendant from Ikea for both spaces…I want some big industrial gestures in this pretty and bright space and I think a pair of these would stand out well on either end of the space. And they aren’t crazy expensive so if I find something I like better later it’s not a big deal…I almost bought them a month ago but chickened out. We are going back to Atlanta this week and I might pull the trigger then. I have not one thing in the Dining Room right now so it’s hard to commit!

There’s a corner in the Kitchen where I’d like to add a lamp on the counter. The kitchen is rather dark anyway and especially at night it would be nice to have some soft lighting I could leave on all the time. I don’t really want a table lamp per se, I really like this metal shaded candlestick lamp by Arteriors…I think the metallic shade would jive well with my stainless steel island.

Finally there’s the office where I really wanted to do something great since I’m in there so much! I decided to go with a favorite and went with Circa’s classic and ubiquitous Hicks Pendant. It’s currently sitting in a box in the corner waiting to be hung (again, going to need to call in the professionals for that one) but I cannot wait to see it up. One of Hannon’s and my all time favorite fixtures…I think the mix of brass, steel and milk glass will really pull together all the other fixtures in the house and at the least, it will make me happy every time I sit down to work!

Lots more work to be done around here, I’ll keep you posted…

musical houses

As you know by now, Hannon has started splitting her time between Birmingham and Chattanooga where her husband’s company has headquartered. She’s in the process of packing up their house in Birmingham and getting their awesome new loft in Chattanooga furnished. Yesterday we went to Atlanta and scored a super cool grasscloth-covered desk and caramel leather chair from West Elm for Hannon’s home office in Chattanooga. In the midst of all this packing and moving and change we decided to really mix things up — I’m going to move into Hannon and Cameron’s beautiful house in Birmingham!


I am so excited to finish the project Hannon started on their cottage — last year after they bought the house, Hannon and I selected all new paint colors and master planned a furniture layout for the place. It’s going to be so fun to put my own spin on things…I’ve admired the house so much since they bought it and I am so glad our little plan worked and now I get to live there.

Even better? All of our business paperwork is registered to that address…I don’t think either of us could take another round of courthouse visits right now! We’ve taken to calling the place HDI HQ — I can’t wait to share the progress of my new project with all of you! And Hannon and Cameron are piling everything they have in Birmingham into a moving truck this weekend so you’ll be seeing updates from their new place soon too.

We are both so excited about our new living arrangements and remember, if you are looking for some help with your home (new or old!) in Birmingham, Chattanooga, or anywhere in between– we’d love to talk with you.


Before we get off to stuffing our faces along with our family and friends, Doug and I want to take this time to say THANK YOU!

We are so grateful to our clients, vendors, friends and family who have all supported us during the start up of Hannon Douglas Interiors. We could not have done it without the encouragement and support from all of you. We look forward to sharing many exciting projects in the coming years.

On a lighter note…

I know Thanksgiving is all about the food, but I may or may not get more excited about tablescaping. Here are a few tables that I love:




For our family table of 16 I have made a few centerpieces out of Kale, Pansies, and Brussels Sprouts. More pictures to come!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



[tablescape images via Pinterest]


progress in Jackson

Hey everyone, I wanted to share a few “in progress” shots from a project we are working on in Jackson, TN. This project is really special to me because it happens to be the home of some very dear friends of mine who moved to Jackson from Birmingham this past summer. My friends bought an incredible 1930’s Southern Colonial house on historic Northwood Avenue near downtown Jackson. The house was in great shape when they bought it, but the decor was not at all what any of us preferred–very “Home Alone”–lots of red and green and brass! As soon as my friends got the keys we unleashed a team of painters on the place who painted it in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Seapearl’ from top to bottom. We are taking this project slow–it’s a big house and my friends are wisely only buying things they love, as they can, so there hasn’t been a lot of progress on furnishings to share yet. We have made some pretty great strides perfecting the “bones” of the house to complement the snappy new paint job. Since I’ve been here this weekend we’ve installed a few light fixtures and made some decisions about cabinet hardware and tile updates.




One thing that has been a priority on the decorative side of things is drapery upstairs–nobody wants to sleep in a room without curtains! In the one room we didn’t paint Seapearl–the upstairs Man Room which we painted in Benjamin Moore ‘Kendall Charcoal” some fun zig zag drapes were just installed. Hannon and I are loving this combination!

Lots more to do, but we are off to a good start!

Doug’s house in Birmingham Home & Garden

I am so excited to share the recent publication of my own home in Birmingham Home & Garden.  Last December, the Monday morning immediately after a couple thousand people had traipsed through my place during the Independent Presbyterian Holiday Home Tour, photographer Jean Allsopp arrived and captured these images of my thankfully still intact home and holiday decor.  I love how everything turned out.  Hannon and I have had the opportunity to work with Birmingham Home & Garden–and its amazing editor Cathy Still McGowin–quite a bit over the past few years, particularly during last year’s Inspiration House that we helped design while we were still with Tracery.  It’s such an honor to have my own home in the pages of such a great local publication.  And this story is especially exciting because it marks our first editorial feature as Hannon Douglas Interiors.  Here’s to lots more I hope!

Now about this year’s holiday decorating…I haven’t even started to think about that!  Have you?

There’s something about the mountains in the fall…

I spent most of my weekend exploring the mountains around Chattanooga- the views were unbelievable!  While driving around the “brow” I couldn’t help but begin to dream up my perfect mountain house.  Not all mountain houses have to be dark and woodsy – I prefer lots of natural light.  There’s something refreshing about clean lines when you are surrounded by the unkempt elements of nature.  Tightly made beds, clean slabs of white marble, simply detailed cabinets and trim are all great contrasts to the wildness of nature and actually seem really cozy to me.  Maybe I don’t relate to the saying “being one with nature!”



Exterior – Gil Schafer

Carriage House – Gil Schafer

Foyer – Bill Ingram

Living Room

Kitchen – Bates Corkern Studio

Mud Room – Gil Schafer

Master Bedroom

Guest Bedroom #1

Guest Bedroom #2



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