Written by Lindsey Osborne
Photography by Edward Badham
There’s no doubt about it—the house on Oglesby Avenue in Homewood is a beauty. From the triple front doors that welcome home its owners, Clark and Katherine Bailey, to the brass touches and marble countertops that accentuate the kitchen, it’s the details that make the house—which Katherine lovingly calls #ProjectOglesby—the perfect fit for her family. “There are many things that make our house interesting: the triple front doors, the hidden pantry, and the spacious outdoor spaces. However, to me, the details are of utmost importance and are what make a well-designed home stand out from a typical new build,” says Katherine, an interior designer with Willow Design Studio. “No matter if the project is my personal home or a client’s, I find it worth the time and effort to think through the details some would overlook, such as cabinet hardware, doorknobs, symmetry in design details, trim features, tile patterns, and lighting layout. I took time to make sure the details were thought through, and Willow Homes did an amazing job of taking those details in the design and making them happen in the field.”
The Baileys, who have three young sons, bought their home after it had been vacant for some time. Though it was initially considered a renovation project, the Baileys realized that restoring it would require even more and essentially rebuilt the home. “The house was bought by a family intending to renovate, but unfortunately sat vacant for five years,” Katherine says. “The Spanish style of the home made it difficult to renovate after being empty so long. At that point, we embraced rebuilding this home for our family with Willow Homes.” Katherine dove headfirst into designing the house and trusted Willow Homes with making the vision come to pass. “My vision for the home was a modern, Southern-style cottage including plenty of outdoor space for entertainment,” she says. “I wanted to incorporate a consistent theme of old and new throughout, both in the architecture and the interiors of the home.” Her vision was certainly realized and is evident throughout as cutting edge meets the time-honored, like where the kitchen’s modern, custom–colored cabinets are juxtaposed with the classic wooden beam that runs overhead.
Choosing this house also meant that the family got to return to Oglesby Avenue, a street they’d lived on before and where they already knew friends and neighbors. “We saw this house as an amazing opportunity on a wonderful lot on a street that we used to live on. Oglesby is a beautiful street with wonderful neighbors, and we are glad to be back,” Katherine says. “We love Homewood—the people, the schools, the community, the charm.”
The finished project, which the Baileys moved into in May of this year, is stunning but also uniquely functional. The kitchen pantry is tucked under the stairs—out of the way but easily accessible. The outdoor space offers a fireplace in the courtyard, which is ideal for entertaining. And don’t even get me started on the master bath, which features a bathtub inside the shower, a vision that Katherine was thrilled to find that Willow Homes could make happen. “My favorite parts of the home include the front porch (because we practically live out there); the courtyard in the back, perfect for entertaining; the master bathroom; the easy-access pantry in the kitchen, which used the under-the-stairs portion of the house; and the study,” she says. In fact, she says that study gives their family a space that modern design often forgets. “The fact that the study offers a getaway from the main part of the house is refreshing. So often, when we design homes with open concepts, you lose that place in your home to sit quietly. The study has given us this place.”
Though #ProjectOglesby has officially wrapped up, Katherine says that for her, it will never truly be complete, but will instead continue to evolve as her family’s needs do. “As a designer, I feel like my house will never be fully finished. There are details including window treatments and art work that I will start working on after I get a little more settled into my home,” she says. “But we are enjoying a house we designed for our family, and it meets our needs perfectly.”