Home Reveal: a Timeless Southern Design

Tour this Designer’s Custom Home Featuring Gabby and Summer Classics

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It’s the stuff of our sweetest daydreams…a custom lakeside property outfitted with high-end appliances, artisanal accents, and heirloom furnishings. This breathtaking home is a reality for Jay Young and his family of four. Owner and principal of Alabama’s award-winning Toulmin Cabinetry & Design, Young has serviced luxury homes from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham. With years of experience in the Southern home design-build industry, Jay and his wife Mary knew exactly what they wanted when designing their own family home –– a timeless home with a “simple, clean and classic” aesthetic. Today, we’re thrilled to take you inside their stunning, timeless Southern residence.

A Designer’s Dream, Realized.

Recently featured by StyleBlueprint, the Young property is located in Tuscaloosa’s desirable Waterfall neighborhood near scenic Lake Tuscaloosa in Alabama. The home’s exterior, an architectural blend of English Tudor and French Country styles, somehow feels distinctly Southern.

Inside, the furnishings and decor are a well-chosen mix of old and new creating a timeless design. In many rooms, family heirlooms and antiques blend seamlessly with more modern pieces. A handful of organic elements, like cedar beams which frame the ground floor with visual warmth, add “a touch of earth” that Young desired.


Alabama Movers, Shakers, & Makers

A testament to the quality of local craftsmanship, Young sourced almost everything locally, from the hickory hardwood flooring to the custom cabinetry, draperies, and fine art. The roster of Alabama-based artisans is impressive, including select lighting and furnishings from recent Summer Classics and Gabby collections.


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Gabby’s transitional Clay Chandelier tops the sunlit breakfast nook, which opens to the breezy backyard patio.

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A Modern Southern Home

Strikingly beautiful, the gourmet kitchen in this Southern home’s design also adheres to the highest degree of function. Locally quarried Montclair Danby marble countertops accompany custom white cabinetry, while sunlight catches on the gleaming brass hardware and light fixtures. With chic counter seating and a nearby breakfast nook, the space easily transitions from family mealtimes to sophisticated dinner parties.

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Metallic accents keep this space modern. Pictured here is the Gabby Langdon Side Table.

Swathed in understated shades of taupe, cream, and white, the primary living spaces are accented with sapphire blue and gold. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with light, and plush upholstered seating surrounds the classic limestone fireplace. Large-scale abstract paintings tie the room’s muted palette together with graceful lines and tinges of aqua.

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Rustic cedar beams are juxtaposed with glamorous light fixtures, like the Percy Chandelier and Grayson Chandelier.

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Overlooking the grassy backyard, the Summer Classics Rustic Collection invites hours of outdoor relaxation.

Southern homes are never really complete without a classic porch for relaxation and conversation. With a front-row view of the forest, the Young family usually enjoys their back patio from the oyster grey Summer Classics Rustic Sectional. Back inside, a space-saving home office is both efficient and exceptionally pretty.

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The bright white workspace features marble desktops plus Gabby’s gold-and-acrylic Johnson Dining Chairs. For more home office design inspiration check out this blog!

Traditional Southern Meets Transitional Style

Upstairs, the traditional-meets-transitional aesthetic continues throughout the family’s private living quarters. Bedrooms are sprinkled with generations-old heirlooms and antiques, mixed with modern lighting and silky-soft upholstery. The second-story den was made for lounging, with a deep sectional, soft lighting, and plenty of plump cushions.

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Hints of green highlight the upstairs den, outfitted with a custom-tailored sectional and botanical artwork.

Want to learn more about this Southern home design? Visit www.ToulminCabinetry.com and follow @ToulminCabinetry on Instagram. Photography by Jana Sobel of 205 Photography.

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