Monday, January 30, 2012

Dream Home: Lake House Cabin in Rural Alabama

Today I wanted to share with you the exquisite design of an Alabama Lake House Cabin. Designed by Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors as a primary residence for a family of three.

The cabin exterior was designed by architect Bobby McAlpine and he describes the aesthetic as "Alabama rural camp vernacular". The dark rough cut pine plank siding makes this four story home blend into the landscape in just the perfect way, the dark exterior contrasts beautifully with the cool, light colors of the soft interior decor. The views out those huge windows must be extraordinary!

 Light and dark wood make a beautiful pairing on a staircase that links the main floor of a four-story Alabama lake house to the bedrooms. Designer Susan Ferrier used the same finishes throughout the house. Walls are whitewashed, rough-cut pine planks. Steps are in a dark Jacobean stain.

The dining room's pie-wedge table sits atop a Custom Wave silk and wool rug. The grid of tree prints gives balance to the wall of windows on the opposing wall.

An off kilter solid wood chandelier suspends just over the round dining table.

The painted wood panel cabinets blend well with this cottage aesthetic.
Appliances are hidden behind painted paneled doors blending them into the woodwork.
Extra long upholstered bar stool benches are so wonderful in this cabin style home, what great design!

Back to back sofas and heavy drapes separate the living room from the dining room creating flexibility to unite the spaces of divide them for more intimate entertaining.

The drapes span all of the way up to the wood paneled ceiling. This not only provides privacy form the outside elements it draws eyes up to the ceiling making the space feel even more expansive.

Lower floor sitting area; the angles are non-rectilinear creating intrigue amongst the primarily neutral color palette in the space. The floor lamps have a tripod metal base and the windows are shaped as pentagons which contrasts against the linear wood panels on the walls and ceiling.

Dining alcove; the live edge wood slab table is contrasts well with the cream
colored walls and linen slip-covered chairs. What a great design for a door.

Master suite, Beautiful free standing Kohler tub and his and hers vanities opposite each other in the space. I think the use of the textural wood on floor, ceiling and walls is outstanding.
What a wonderful use of drapery in the space.

Master suite; The drapes surrounding the bed create a focal point in the room.
While the color palette is neutral the materials in the space are highly textural: luxurious velvets, rough linens, cozy wool and silk rugs and rich wood grains. All of these elements layer upon each other and create balanced design.

 All photos and information are courtesy of House Beautiful.

This home makes me want to pick up and move to Alabama! I think the best way to get inspired when creating your dream home is to collect images of homes that inspire you. A great tool to use for this is Pinterest, join today and check out all of my pin boards! I am always excited to hear about what inspires you about design, feel free to leave comments or send a quick email anytime, I look forward to hearing from you!

Have an excellent Monday,


  1. Thanks for including our work here on your lovely blog.

    1. Thank you for creating such inspiring architecture! This home is really incredible. I am excited to check out more of your work on your firm website. I love that the interior design in incorporated in with the architecture to create a lovely unified space. I believe that this is the ideal situation!

  2. We would love to have you in Alabama. Come on to our beautiful Lake Martin!

    1. That is very sweet and I would be honored to be there! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. You are correct, the views from the windows are extraordinary! I have walked through several McAlpine Tankersley homes on Lake Martin and as a real estate "professional" (eyes rolling) I think that one of the reasons their designs resonate so much is that they take advantage of the lake views and feel. I see too many lake homes whose designs look like they were taken from the city or somewhere else, without regard to the main reason they are being built - the lake! McAlpine Tankersley homes look, feel, and live like lake homes while enjoying great design.

  4. Thank you for sharing all of the photos of this project. I've seen some but not all of them before. Gorgeous!

  5. I love all of your comments! Keep them coming, Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I am in love with this place. We have a cabin we are refinishing with pine walls. I want the feel of white without losing the wood feel. Can u tell me the process used for this white wash?