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MAY-JUN 2019

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T "THE BEST DESIGNS AREN'T ALWAYS BORN from what's new or next but are often built on ideas we borrow from history." In the era of modern and minimal, that's an enlightening sentiment, particularly when it comes from a 30-something interior designer. In recent years, small-town boy James Farmer has made a big name for himself in the design world thanks to his fresh perspective on the traditional Southern aesthetic. So when his college friends Brandy and Mitchell Martin purchased a tired antebellum house for their young family of four, they knew exactly who to call on to revive it. Built in 1845, the McCurdy Plantation is among the last few working farms in the sleepy town of Oak Bowery, Alabama. Although its stately façade showcases many of the hallmarks of Greek Revival architecture, early records indicate that it was originally designed in the Federal style with a two-column portico and Juliet balcony. Farmer believes that the addition of the deep porch and colonnade may be due to the influence of John Wind, a renowned British architect who traveled extensively throughout the South around that time, leaving his mark on the area. Later, at the turn of the century, the interior of the home was remodeled to meet the styles and standards of the day but remained untouched until the Mitchells took ownership in 2017. BELOW: Layers of luxe fabrics soften the paneled walls and millwork and the brick fireplace surround in the study. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The fretwork design of the antique English secretary blends Edwardian, Queen Anne, and post-Victorian elements, making it a "stylistic mutt" that complements other pieces of varying provenances. • The foyer is flooded with natural light from the transom and sidelights that encase the original double doors. • A custom transom recalls the relaxed elegance of caning. • The wood-framed mirror above the sideboard was part of the original owners' estate. M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 | 61

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