Birmingham-based architect James F. Carter is celebrated for creating beautiful homes that draw upon a deep historical context. His homes offer the best of both worlds – the charm and impeccable architectural detailing rarely seen in new construction today, plus common sense, modern convenience. His own personal home was featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Veranda, and I’m not quite sure how I missed it. The Glam Pad has previously featured his home decorated for Christmas, but I don’t recall seeing a full tour… so today we will revisit the Veranda article with additional images from his portfolio. The exquisitely designed interiors are by Jane Hawkins Hoke.
Carter selected a lot for his home that was narrow and deep, requiring a unique design. “I wanted it to be a bit rambling. I wanted quirks. I wanted personality,” he told Veranda. “It’s not, ‘Oh look at me, I’m so special.'” The result is a cozy Georgian with “easy grace” featuring whitewashed brick and a reclaimed-slate roof.
Inside, the home showcases a “hodgepodge” of family heirlooms, sentimental gifts, meaningful antiques, and a tremendous number of books Carter had collected over the last 25 years. Hawkins Hoke expertly arranged, added to, and edited Carter’s treasures to create instantly layered interiors.