Birmingham Home & Garden

GCI Design

Birmingham Home & Garden

…To create a home befitting the prime location high on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the Israels enlisted interior designer Georgia Carlee, architect Tom Christ, and builder Buster Woodruff.

The house honors its nautical address with deep porches, plentiful balconies, abundant French doors, and large windows. "I had seen a magazine cover of a house in WaterColor that Georgia designed and I was drawn to her look," says Linda. The easygoing rooms, slipcovered furnishings, soft textures, and mix of old and new appealed to Linda's sense of style. "Georgia and I hit it off immediately," she says.

The designer balanced a sense of grand and intimate spaces with a neutral color scheme drawn from nature, along with even-handed tailoring and practical furnishings that feel accumulated over time. Rough-hewed exposed beams, wood paneling, custom cabinets, and pecky cypress ceilings are layered with restraint to add density and scale. Upstairs wood floors are hand-scrubbed for a finish that ages well under sandy feet and wet bathing suits.