Though its spectacular sq. footage would recommend in any other case, Urban Home Market is not any big-box franchise. And that’s precisely how Kathy McMahon, who owns the expansive area, likes it.
Situated at The Village at Lee Department, City Dwelling Market gives a big selection of hand-picked residence décor objects. With a number of designers on workers, every merchandise goes via a fine-tooth comb earlier than it hits the ground — guaranteeing solely the very best objects make the ultimate lower.
An inside designer by commerce, Kathy has spent a long time honing her eye for design. Opening City Dwelling Market three years in the past, she says, was fulfilling a lifetime dream. “What we’ve executed is introduced one thing to this facet of city that’s totally different and distinctive,” says Kathy, who moved to Birmingham in 2002, lured by the world’s verdant panorama. “It’s not your typical furnishings retailer.”
As a result of City Dwelling Market isn’t restricted to retaining sure objects on show, the shop is continually altering. What clients see on the ground in the future may very well be utterly totally different the subsequent, Kathy says. From ornate lighting fixtures to native artwork, the shop boasts just a little little bit of all the pieces. “We attempt to create little vignettes all through the shop that individuals might envision of their residence,” Kathy says. “When individuals are available in right here, it’s totally different each time — and that’s what we love about it.”
Most objects are sourced regionally, giving a wholesome nod to Alabama artists and craftsmen. And, like several design guru, Kathy makes frequent journeys to market so the shop stays stocked with the most recent traits in residence items. Some items — like a pair of 200-year-old Egyptian doorways — can solely be picked out by probably the most seasoned eye, nonetheless. When contemplating whether or not or to not incorporate an merchandise into the shop’s combine, historical past performs a giant position, Kathy says.
“I like studying the historical past behind the items I purchase,” she says. “For instance, if it got here out of a home that’s 150 years previous, it’s type of neat to consider what that piece has seen.”
Mixing trendy and basic motifs is a typical theme at City Dwelling Market. For example, Kathy says, trendy metallic accents and conventional furnishings are a frequent pairing. The aim of the area is to marry a mixture of items “to maintain issues fascinating,” the designer says. “I feel the times of the usual set are gone,” she provides. “I wish to take some gold components and blend them in with the brand new, and even take architectural items and rework them into an area.”
Very similar to an artist would, Kathy’s technique for outfitting a house is just like beginning with a clean canvas; choosing fundamental objects in basic neutrals first, after which portray in pops of shade within the type of accent pillows, throws and small equipment. “It’s the way in which to go, as a result of it’s very easy to vary these components,” she says.
As the shop continues to shift with the seasons and have a revolving forged of furnishings, Kathy says she hopes City Dwelling Market will help customers develop a watch for making a extra trendy and comfy residence.
“I’ve been doing this for a protracted, very long time,” she says. “It’s been an exquisite journey.”
Urban Home Market is situated at 1001 Doug Baker Blvd, Suite #101, Birmingham, AL 35242. Hours are Monday via Wednesday, 10 a.m to six p.m., and Thursday via Friday, 10 a.m. to eight p.m. For extra data, name (205) 980-4663 or go to urbanhomemarket.com.
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