This is local artist and gallery owner, Georgie Hackford. Known as “Gigi,” she is a giant powerhouse in our local art scene, but her real house? More of a tiny blip in the world of cottages. But in true Gigi style, even when it’s a tiny cottage, she does it right. Click here to read my previous story about Gigi’s business, the Fairhope Artist’s Gallery.
Gigi moved into this house a little over three years ago after spending years searching for the right house in Fairhope. The cottage was being renovated by her friends Pam and James MacMahon, who own the “Happy House in Daphne,” and when Gigi saw this home for the first time, it was love at first sight.
The tiled ceiling panels were removed from most rooms to create a more spacious open ceiling and a fresh coat of airy white paint was applied. The kitchen is a mix of open shelving and original cabinetry which showcases Gigi’s collection of blue and white china and artwork by her Mother.
Although this charmer of a little cottage is typically quaint in many ways, Gigi’s flair for art and love of family pieces gives a unique and artistic feel to this one bedroom and one bath home. Each nook and cranny has a beautifully arranged vignette.
The cottage could be configured as a three bedroom home, (although you’d have to be pretty thin to sleep in that third room!) But Gigi decided to use one room as an office and another as a luxurious dressing room, so the cottage is now arranged as a one bedroom, one bath home. But the style in which everything is arranged, gives the impression of being very open, airy and spacious.
Gigi’s family lived on a boat for many years, which gave Gigi a love for “living small.” If you look at the photo above, (with Gigi sitting in her Father’s lap) the sporty pair of Aviator sunglasses on the table hold great significance to the family. It was Gigi’s Father who invented and held the patent on these iconic shades. The design gene from her Dad, and the art gene from her Mother definitely are being used in Gigi’s own life today.
There’s more to see of the darling cottage, so stay tuned later this week to see Part 2 of this story!