At Pam and James McMahon’s home, nothing stays the same for very long. This innovative couple has creativity galore and talent to spare. Seamstress, welder, painter, designer, chef, gardener, farmer . . . oh, and homeschool teachers for their seven children too. And even then, I’m sure I’m forgetting something.
Oh yes . . . they’re really nice people too.
The McMahon home is tucked away in a beautifully wooded section of Daphne, (actually, it may be more like Loxley) just north of Fairhope. Their home has been recreated with their personal touches everywhere you look to give a soft, comfortable cottage feel.
The floors in the living room above, have been stripped and painted white and the slipcovered furniture is soft and comforting. Pam and her daughter Tory worked together on the amazing horse drawing.
This is the same living room as the first photo, just a few months later. The furniture has been rearranged and there is a new custom metal topped cocktail table constructed by James, and I wish I had a close up of the beautiful candelabraÂ on the table, welded by James and covered with oyster shells by Pam – the shells, brought to her by their son.
Pam also made the gorgeous pillows on the sofa.
The farm style table holds the large happy family, and this week, Pam has tied simple cotton bows on the back of the ladder back chairs with a touch of greenery from their yard.
It always changes every time I see it.
The traditional kitchen was remodeled for more of an open, french country look. Burlap curtains hang under the sink, and well worn table top is the perfect work spot.
In the photo above, to the far right, you can see the box style chandelier James built. In this photo, it is black . . .
. . . but the next time I came to visit, the custom light fixture was painted summer white and held sea shells. This hangs above the large farm table.
Pots and pans that have seen many delicious meals, hang over the distressed
table that is just the right size to hold kitchen tools and pile up the goodies from the garden.
The door to the left leads to the former dining room which is now used as the schoolroom for the last two children at home. You can see a corner of the large chalkboard on the wall – such a fun place for math and science lessons!
The sitting area opens out to the swimming pool where Remington and Steel, the two handsome horses stand guard. The antlers on the wall? Trophies from the latest hunting trip.
Wall decor and venison stew, all in a day’s work.
The wall at the end of the room is faux painted brick.
Pam said she had a few hours to kill, so out came the paints.
Even the staircase got the McMahon touch with distressed paint and seashells perched on the edges.
James created the detailed bannister.
Ready for sweet dreams.
And when I stopped by for a visit this time, what did I find? A brand new room addition! It seems Pam and James have a few new grandchildren and needed a place for them to nap, so just like that (snap!), they added a sweet room just off the family room.
Above, you can see the burlap, flower enhanced barrel chandelier hanging over the crib.
I didn’t get a good photo, but Pam planted sunflowers outside to surround the
room and peek in the windows.
A built – in clothing nook holds, what else . . . baby clothes sewn by Pam.
Complete with a crabby monogram.
There are more beautiful things to show you later.
PLENTY of things, including a fine looking garden, James’ metalwork, a five – star chicken coop and an adorable schoolhouse that used to be the telegraph office in Loxley, Alabama! – Check back soon!
But for now, after thinking about all the many projects completed in this house, I’m feeling inadequately slothful and need to get busy!
Here’s the story on Pam’s cozy telegraph cottage.
If you are in the local area (actually, he would probably ship) and want to talk to James about his custom design metalwork, you can give him a call at: 251-979-0716.