Renowned architect James F. Carter not only understands historical context, but also how individuals and families live today. The homes he designs take architectural cues from days gone by… including his own, which is located in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. By bringing together classical architectural details, collections of furnishings and art, reclaimed building materials, and a particular attention to scale and proportion, Carter’s home is steeped in timeless beauty and grace… the key ingredients that have made him such a respected architect.
“I wanted a place that lives well, like an old-fashioned house,” he said of his home. The exterior is American Georgian and the interior, which was designed in collaboration with interior designer Jane Hawkins Hoke, is “Virginian in style, with old-fashioned Southern touches thrown in.” Inside and out, Carter’s prevailing design direction was quiet luxury. “To me, it was all about something that felt low-key but was very elegant,” he explains. “I wanted a house that would wear well for years to come—I’m not trying to be cutting edge.”
During the holidays, his classically styled home reflects his love of Southern traditions. Photography by Jean Allsopp with captions by Lacey Howard for the December 2017 issue of Birmingham Home & Garden.