Bill Ingram’s Chic Alabama Cottage

There is a house I’ve had on my mind for a long time – a small shingle clad cottage in Birmingham, Alabama with a neatly manicured lawn and charming curb appeal. Despite its size, it feels grand and spacious thanks to the homeowner’s efforts to transform its small rooms with low ceilings into a functional, incredibly chic space. If anyone can make a small home work, it is architect Bill Ingram, the proud owner of this gem.

With a penchant for Early American architectural styles, Ingram purchased this little cottage conveniently located a few blocks from great shopping and dining areas, and worked his magic. The exterior was sheathed in cedar shake shingles that age beautifully, a third dormer was added for scale and for more natural light in the upper quarters.

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As it often happens with older homes, the original floor plan was dated and had the kitchen at the back of the house. Ingram turned that space into a master bath with a walk-in closet and brought the kitchen into the main living area. He had the neat idea to create a living space that serves as kitchen, dining and entertaining area.

bill ingram - main space

The oak kitchen cabinets are disguised as built-ins that look more like antique campaign dressers and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the furnishings.

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The rest of the house is decorated with antiques and pieces Ingram had collected over the years.

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” When you see something perfect, buy it. If you don’t have a place for it, you’re going to force yourself. But eventually you’ll wind up with a house full of things you love.” (Bill Ingram for House Beautiful)

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bill ingram - upstairs hallway

I love the simple lines of the staircase and the natural fiber carpeting that unifies the upstairs.

bill ingram - upstairs hallway window

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To lighten up the space, Ingram used French doors wherever needed.  The master bedroom feels airy and bright. A masculine canopy bed is softened with panels of RH linen curtains.

bill ingram - master bedroom

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bill ingram - master bath

Another wonderful space is the master bathroom, where the shower opens into a pea-gravel bordered lawn. White subway tiles extend all the way to the ceiling and across, capturing and reflecting the light. The floors are white Alabama marble tiles.

bill ingram - shower

I think it’s a dream home!

Photography by Simon Watson for House Beautiful.

xo,

Eva


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