It’s Thursday night as usual (as I type this) and I can’t get over the lovely home of Birmingham decorator and textile designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas, featured in the new issue of House Beautiful. I got my magazine couple of days ago but it took me a while to carve out some down time and flip through its pages. Tucked at the end is a beautiful project in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama. A labor of love as it happens because? “he who loves an old house never loves in vain…”.?
Pineapple House, sweetly named after the southern symbol of hospitality, is a century-old house in Birmingham, the home of textile designer and decorator Heather Chadduck and her husband, photographer David Hillegas. Over the last five years, Hillegas and her husband have been hard at work, carefully restoring their 1920s colonial clapboard farmhouse. Years of antiquing and exotic travel treasures have found a home in a string of rooms that reflect a casual chic, fresh southern sensibility.?
The orginal story appeared in House Beautiful’s October 2018 issue; feature produced by Liz Strong; architecture by James Laughlin, captions by Jessica Mischner, photography by Peter Frank Edwards. That being said, let’s have a look inside!?
For the dining room of her 100-year-old Birmingham, Alabama home, Heather Chadduck Hillegas enlisted jan Roberts, a decorative painter, to hand-paint a wall design based on an 18th-century Swedish wallpaper. Antique chairs with slipcovers in Heather Chadduck Textiles’ Petite Frond fabric, surround an antique table that was a gift from her father who restored it himself. The vintage chandelier was purchased in palm Beach’s Dixie Highway.?
One of Hillegas’ two German shorthaired pointers lounges in the sunroom on a vintage Ficks Reed sofa, softened by a cushion in a China Seas batik. The floor is reclaimed black slate.?
Hillegas?converted a tiny extra bedroom into her study; the wallpaper is by Meg Braff Designs; the antique?mahogany secretary was purchased in Hudson, New York; lamps, Christopher Spitzmiller.?
The living room’s antique wingback is in Heather Chadduck Textiles’ Lillieberrie print in indigo; the rattan gourd lamp has a custom silk shade; sofa pillow (left) in a China Seas batik.?
Back-to-back sofas anchor the living room. The vintage bamboo ottoman has a Colefax & Fowler slipcover with Samuel & Sons trim. Above the mantel, the gilt wheat sconce (one of a pair) was originally lit by candles, then converted to electricity in the 1950s by the grandmother of Hillegas’s husband,?David. The curtains are in a Kravet print. The mirror is from a Paris flea market. Wall paint, Farrow & Ball, Pointing.?
The breakfast room’s antique English tilt-top table is surrounded by Centennial chairs from Hillegas’s in-laws and vintage wing chairs.?
“A kitchen typically looks like the newest space in a house, so I always put antiques there,” says Hillegas, who converted a butler’s pantry into a sun-filled breakfast room. The cabinets ?– brightened with fresh paint and polished nickel hardware ?– hold her ironstone collection.
The couple’s dogs, Harley and Eloise, lounge on the master bed; the?bolster is in an Alessandra?Branch for Schumacher?stripe, and the shams are?Heather Chadduck Textiles’ Grand Frond in a custom?color way. The antique convex mirror was a gift from Hillegas’ s father.?
The front porch?functions as an outdoor living room; the brass urns were purchased in Sri?Lanka; lumbar pillows in a Christopher Farr Cloth pattern top iron chairs.?
Hillegas in her “chic shack”, the?studio that houses her Heather Chadduck Textiles line and decor firm. Exterior paint, Classic Gray, with doors in Van Courtland Blue, both Benjamin Moore.?
Gorgeous home in a dreamy setting, isn’t it? It is difficult to choose a favorite room, but if pressed, I’d say the dining room with its hand-painted walls (copied from a 1770s Swedish wallpaper design), as well as the breakfast room with it’s floor-to-ceiling glass-front cabinets that house Hillegas’s ample collection of ironstone… Which room is your favorite??
With a fine arts training at the Sorbonne, Paris, where she developed her love of antiques and collecting, Hillegas was a founding Style Editor for Cottage Living, former Style Director of Coastal Living and most recently, Style Director of Southern Living before starting her own eponymous textile design and decorating firm.?For more information, please pick up the October issue of House Beautiful, available now on newsstands. To see additional images of Heather’s work, click here to visit her website.
Enjoy your weekend!