B-metro - The magazine of metro Birmingham living


Flower Girl

Mandy Majerik propels her third-generation floral business to national acclaim. Written and photographed by Kelli Hewett Taylor Floral designer Mandy Majerik, owner of HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham’s Lakeview district, has become a Southern-fried rock star in the national and international floral industry. When Majerik, 31, speaks at national conferences and flower shows at least… Read More


A true wonder of the culinary world, meringue is essentially egg whites and sugar, ingredients that undergo a miraculous transformation when infused with air. The result is a floating, billowing affair that serves as muse for countless lofty creations. Produced/styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine Recipe development & food styling by: Marian Cooper Cairns Photography by: Mary Britton… Read More

Refresh for Spring

Mary-Margaret McCord and Homewood boutique Theodora, winners of the Birmingham Fashion Week and B-Metro Facebook model competition, show you how to do a cool spring wardrobe. Photography by Chuck St. John Fashion Styling by Theodora Hair by Mark Hyde Make-Up by Laura Eason Locations thanks to Jill Buker and Kent and Julie Stewart Created with Admarket’s… Read More

Looking for Calm…

After The Storm written by Tom Gordon  portraits by Beau gustafson To this day, some of Leigh Ann Motley’s friends still haven’t erased her home phone number from their contact lists. That’s understandable, since her house had the same number, for the same address in Pleasant Grove, for 25 years. The tornado the afternoon of… Read More

Sock It to Me

Who knew a sock could make you feel better? Photography by Liesa Cole Photo styling and hair by Megan LaRussa; makeup by Jackie Robinson Clothing provided by Molly Green Boutique in Homewood Photo asistance provided by Tony Rodio and Cristophe Nioclet You can live a better life if your feet are wrapped in wholesomeness. That… Read More

Birmingham Fashion Week In Review

What to wear now. Photos by Chuck St. John Birmingham Fashion Week kicked off it’s 2012 season this past February with over 500 guests in attendance for the BFW/Gus Mayer opening night party. Gus Mayer was full of Birmingham’s fashionistas, the who’s who of our local fashion scene. Celebrities came out to show their support… Read More

Spring Dreamstyle

The trends for fashion this spring and summer seem to have taken their inspiration right out of Barbie and Ken’s closet. For women, the look is light and breezy in lush fabrics splashed with vivid color and bold floral prints. The fit is draped and flowy or tailored snugly to accentuate the feminine form. Men look dapper in the classic… Read More

Dirty Laundry

Using red clay to go green makes perfect sense for these entrepreneurs by Cindy Riley,   Photography by Liesa Cole While working at Yellowstone National Park the summer before her senior year at the University of Alabama, Joy Maples had a revelation. “I truly became aware of my surroundings and the impact nature has on our… Read More

One on One

This month we introduced two people who keep a lot of balls aloft at the same time, juggling interests and entrepreneurial visions and a deep love for their hometown, Birmingham James Little is the merchant liaison for Main Street Birmingham, the grassroots economic development organization charged with growing business opportunities, revitalizing neighborhoods and empowering communities…. Read More

Refined Rustic

French country meets comfortable, calm and sophisticated in this renovated home by Vicki Johnson Photography by Beau Gustafson Architect Chip Gardner and his wife, Faith, were on the market looking for homes to renovate and resell when they fell in love with one and decided to keep it for themselves. “It was just a very… Read More