Midcentury on the Bluff

Six years ago Robin Short and her husband Henry moved from Chattanooga to the Shoals to settle down and be close to family. However, their search for a home in downtown Florence proved to be a wild journey as they put bids on a few houses and missed out on all of them. However, there was a reason those houses did not work out– their dream home popped up on the market at the last minute in Sheffield, Alabama— a 1952 Mid-Century Modern gem nestled on a cul-de-sac on the bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. The home boasts clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows with wall-to-wall views of the river, and an exterior painted in a muted green, contrasted by a pink front door. The style and uniqueness of the property is undeniable and has only been accented with Robin’s interior decor that highlights her eclectic-modern style and colorful artwork. 

The 1900 square ft, one-level home has plenty of space with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a wrap around, covered back deck, and additional patio– perfect for hosting parties, or spending quiet afternoons overlooking the scenic view. To accentuate the outside space, there were several updates that they immediately executed upon moving into the house, including installing a new deck covering, replacing the pergola, and adding a tin roof so they could sit outside and enjoy the sound of the rain. Next, Robin partnered with her daughter-in-law Brandeis Short, of Pillar and Peacock, to begin updating the interior of the home by painting every inch with calming neutrals, adding floor-to-ceiling sand stone around the grand fireplace, opening up the kitchen to the dining space and living room, and creating a large pantry to accommodate for a more open living area. Finally, they installed all new flooring and modern light fixtures throughout the house and created a Master suite and bathroom to complete an overall stunning home renovation. 

Once renovations were complete, Robin finished out the transformation by adding her personal touch to each room, including using her mid-century modern pieces that she has collected over the years, mixed with her eclectic style. Her love for patterns and mixing colors is evident with stacks of books about art and home decor, tall colorful vases, and her beautiful artwork displayed throughout the home. Every morning Robin gets up early to work in her art studio, which is nestled by the kitchen and filled with rows of mirrors that bounce light throughout the room. Her love for print making, acrylics, collages, and oils is framed throughout the home in small pieces or large canvases that add dimension and incredible pops of abstract color. Her artwork stands out amongst the neutral tones throughout the home with tall-ceilings filled with light that pours in through the windows at every angle. 

For an artist the house is perfect, filled with the daily inspiration of sunsets over the water and space to create— which are exactly Robin’s intentions, in between chasing her grandkids in the backyard and hosting dinners for family and friends. Since moving to the Shoals the Short family has already left their mark in restoring an incredible historical home on the Sheffield bluffs. Although their journey began with uncertainty, it ended with astonishing style, unforgettable views, and plenty of wonderful memories. 

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