Cottage Living Style
A Classic Bungalow Gets a Modern Makeover
A decorator with a taste for modern furniture and old-school glamour concocts a fizzy blend for her family’s Birmingham, Alabama, bungalow.
As you drive up to designer Beth McMillan’s Birmingham house, you know something different is going on right away. On a street lined with charming bungalows and neo-Tudor redos, the McMillan house stands out for the crisp path of concrete pavers that bridges the front lawn (“My landing pad,” laughs Beth.) Arranged on the terrace, as though flanking a pool, are modern metal outdoor chairs and a high-backed banquette. The gabled, shingled facade is painted a steel gray, trim and all.