I have two words for this peek: two months! That’s how long Caitlin Van Horn of Roost has lived in this Birmingham, Alabama, home. After living in Seattle for three years, Caitlin and her husband moved back down to her southern hometown to be closer to family and friends. The house was built in 1940 but has been newly renovated. In decorating the home, Caitlin worked to marry a rustic, antique style with a primitive farmhouse feel. She’s drawn to used pieces of furniture that tell a story and loves how each piece makes the room feel lived in and comfortable. Thanks, Caitlin! — Amy A.
Image above: My mother painted the picture above the mantel. I have a fervent admiration for the English countryside, and I feel she captured it in such a lovely way.
Image above: Although I love all things vintage, it was important to incorporate some newer, more modern pieces. The sofa is new from a great store in Birmingham called At Home. And I found the “You Are My Sunshine” pillows from an antique store here in Birmingham, as well. I am also in love with silhouettes; they remind me of a Jane Austen novel. The ribbon-embroidered lampshade and stand are both from Anthropologie.
Caitlin’s Birmingham home tour continues after the jump . . .
Image above: I found this primitive ironing board at an antique store, and it was in perfect condition! I had trouble figuring out what type of piece to put on this wall because the walk space was narrow. This ironing board fit perfectly, and it makes a great shelf for books, picture frames and my vintage Brownie camera. The wire shelf above is from Anthropologie.
Image above: This is the coziest room of all! These bookshelves are built in and have a lot of storage for all of my old books and nicknacks. I also love the exposed wood beams on the ceiling; they really warm up the room. Paint color (walls): Extra White by Sherman Williams. Built-in shelves are Iceberg by Sherman Williams.
Image above: The kitchen is where I spend most of my time. I love the openness. It is so great to entertain friends and family and have them spill from the kitchen into the family den. All of the countertops are white marble, which really brightens up the room. The counter stools are from Anthropologie.
Image above: Who doesn’t love a farmhouse sink? I love how it adds a vintage feel amongst all of the stainless steel appliances. Cafe curtain from Pottery Barn.
Image above: This freestanding tub is my new best friend. Perfect for a long soak with a glass of bubbly and a book.
Image above: I love having a his-and-her bathroom. We have lots of space for our myriad of products, and I enjoy having a place that is well lit with natural light. Countertops are white marble.
Image above: I have always wanted all-white bedding; it gives the room an airy feel, which I love. Originally, there were some not-so-cute sconces on the wall, but we found these simple sconces (that are actually for bathrooms) from Restoration Hardware. White bedding is from Donna Karen. Pillows from a store in Birmingham called Three Sheets. Bed is the Colette King Bed from Crate and Barrel. Paint color: Extra White by Sherman Williams.
Image above: This old, vintage window cost me $20 and was a perfect fit above the bed. The handmade paper butterflies are from the Etsy store Hip & Clavicle. Paint color: Extra White by Sherman Williams.
Image above: Birdcage is by Ballard Designs, but they no longer sell it. The Swedish Post mailbox is from Mailbox.net.