Rising Star-William McLure

As I’m writing this post, I’m hoping there’s still one of you out there who hasn’t seen photos of William McLure ‘s awesome abode. It’s too much to ask as he’s the man of the hour, and the hot topic of the interior design world right now, but I’m crazy about his place so will write anyway.

Southern artist and interior designer living in Birmingham, Alabama, William Rankin McLure IV had worked with another favorite of mine, architect Bill Ingram, before starting his own art & design firm. Recently he’s been invited to participate as a designer in the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans and his artwork is highly appreciated throughout the States – his latest exhibit was literally a one-day sell out. Without further ado, here’s the tour of his beautiful Birmingham apartment.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

Starting with the living room, a blues & whites palette creates the perfect backdrop for rich layers of textiles, artwork (his own as in ¨he painted it¨ his own) and book collections. I love his idea of reupholstering the cushions on the sofa in a beautiful patterned fabric (if you know the source, please do share) while leaving the frame contrasting ivory white. Throughout his apartment, the floors are also painted white, something we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. It creates a very light filled atmosphere and leaves more room for colorful accents and natural wood elements to show.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

Potted plants, jute baskets and chinoiserie ginger jars.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

A view of the bedroom from the hallway where an antique painted linen closet is a focal point. More chinoiserie and stripes.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

In the bedroom, dark walls and a canopy bed create a cozy, a room-inside-a-room kind of feel. The bed becomes the focal point due to the camel & brown drapery (again, if you know the source, please do share). I really love how the night stands are not matching, in fact they are not really night stands at all, but an antique dresser and drop-leaf table used in a most purposeful way.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

The two paintings that flank the bed are William McLure originals and play off the same color scheme. It must be great to paint exactly the pieces that you need and fit in your décor.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

Another angle of the room with a view of the fireplace and a cozy window seat. PERFECTION! Window seats and fireplaces in bedrooms are really high on my list.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

LOVE the roll-up matchstick blinds. Great for extra texture and a more relaxed look.

Bellow is a bedroom vignette opposite the bed (from what I can guess without having the actual floor plan), filled with lovely things to look at first thing in the morning.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

Bellow, the bedroom in a previous furniture configuration. I kind of like this layout as well, especially the bamboo night table and stool.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

A look of the window seat, in this previous arrangement.

Café Design | Rising Star-William McLure

And that’s all for today, hope you enjoyed this peek inside William McLure ‘s home and see y’all tomorrow!



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  1. May 24, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Thank you so much love!!! The sofa fabric is Lee Jofa by Suzanne Rheinstein and the bedroom hangings are by Larsen 😉

    • Eva Contreras
      May 24, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Thanks for sharing, William!!! You have the coolest place and the cutest pup 🙂

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