On their honeymoon in France four years ago, Holly Carlisle developed a passion for photography after tinkering with husband Scott’s charming old film camera. She’s now a pro who, in addition to running her floral design business Rosegolden Flowers, shoots travel, editorial, and still life work regularly. Holly’s favorite photographic explorations involve documenting her own journeys around the world, as well as the 1927 craftsman house in Birmingham, Alabama filled with mementos from adventures had with Scott. The couple also share their 1,500-square-foot Crestwood area abode with energetic blue dog Bella and yellow dog Sam, who are lucky enough to have doting parents and plenty of space in which to play. The Carlisles sourced stylish but reasonably-priced furniture so they don’t feel too worried about wear from puppy playtime.
When they first moved in two and a half years ago, Holly and Scott discovered another shared interest – interior design. The pair renovated their kitchen and master bathroom, but lost steam when it came time to decorating. They knew they wanted the residence to feel and function a bit like a studio, and the plan was to fill it sparsely for ease of moving around items against the soft backdrop of Benjamin Moore White Dove-painted walls. Eventually, hosting a New Year’s Eve party provided a push needed to finish the decor. They framed and hung artwork, reworked their shelves and bookcases, and turned the sunroom into a cozy spot for their houseplants, as opposed to its previous role as a storage unit for Holly’s floral supplies. The home is perfectly positioned to receive multiple sources of bright filtered side light throughout the day, which is an ideal setting for both flora and fauna alike. —Annie
Photography by Holly Carlisle, except where noted