Elegance and Spunk

Five years ago Brandeis and Shawn Short moved from a sprawling farm in rural Tennessee to Florence, Alabama to begin their businesses and settle down to raise their two girls. They were searching for a town that had Southern charm and community, and like many who move here come to find, the Shoals provided everything they were looking for. As they planned to transfer their family to the Shoals they began the process of searching for a home with one thing in mind: the house had to have character. Drawn to unique, historical homes they found what they were searching for on Riverview Drive, just down the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum house. 

Built in 1924, the 2-story traditional style home boasts beautiful stacked stone, which leads to the front door and enters into a foyer featuring a wooden, spiral staircase. Shawn Short saw the potential immediately— although the home had been on the market for 4.5 years and needed updating, the house had everything they were looking for, including space for the family, room to entertain, and plenty of charm. Since moving into the 2-story stunner the Short’s have gradually completed a total home renovation, which began with painting the exterior of the house and included major renovations upstairs to restructure and remodel the master suite, their girl’s bathroom, and the basement, where they added a workout room, playroom, proper laundry room, full bath, and office. 

Along with the renovations, the interior of the home had a total cosmetic makeover, which is Brandeis Short’s forte as she is an owner of Pillar and Peacock, an interior design company with offices in both Virginia and Alabama established in 2011 with her business partner Adrianne Bugg. She has helped create spaces that are both stylish and inviting throughout the Shoals and her own home on Riverview is no exception. 

Their 4 bedroom, 4 bath home has been transformed by Brandeis’ signature style and every room is her personality personified— a mixture of elegance and spunk. Bright colors and patterns pop in every room, combined with rich hues of blues and greens, modern, deep-cushioned couches cozied up to a crackling fireplaces, and bright, fun patterned wallpaper paired with dramatic, chic chandeliers. Her goal is to create spaces that are both functional and beautiful, and this was accomplished in every sense as artwork is hung throughout the house, next to family photos, stacks of books are paired with decorative accents— every room is warm and inviting, refined and distinct. 

And with every older home, there is always a new project around the corner. The next step in their home renovation process is refurbishing the two screened-in porches on either side of the house, where they frequently host dinner parties in the Spring and Fall. The Short’s have done an incredible job restoring and embracing this almost 100-year old home—just one of hundreds of beautiful, historical abodes throughout the Shoals.