Much like its surroundings in quiet, picturesque Magnolia Springs, the quaint, one-of-a-kind home of Courtney and Gardner Malouf and their young son rests unassumingly beneath majestic trees and behind indigenous azaleas. “I like that we are tucked away from everything,” Courtney says. “The landscaping is so mature, you feel like you’re in another world.”
Gardner found the estate, an acre of homes and grounds near the heart of Magnolia Springs, as a bachelor. He was driving by one day and spotted a “for sale by owner” sign in the yard. “I walked in and immediately felt like it was my home,“ he says.
When Courtney first saw the bungalow, she was taken in by its charisma. “It was beautiful without trying too hard,” she says. The house, now a blend of both of their styles, is a cohesive mix of traditional and modern furniture that draws on the color scheme of the subtle palette of its natural surroundings. “Gardner and I have very similar taste so it is fun to choose new items for the place together,” Courtney adds.
Last August, the couple welcomed baby Gardner Jr. “You can definitely tell that a family lives here now,” Courtney laughs. She and Gardner both come from big families, something that’s very important to them. Gardner, who owns Malouf Furniture in Foley, is a third generation owner of the store, which originated in Greenwood, Miss. (His grandfather started the company in 1946.) “Our family homes were always places for everyone to gather,” he says. “They were designed in a way that felt inviting and comfortable.”
ABOVE LEFT The original front porch is now enclosed but surrounded by windows letting in ample natural light and views of the greenery. The space is a great place to relax, visit and unplug. ABOVE RIGHT The couple designed their ideal outdoor living area, and Robert McCown brought it to life. It was all brush beforehand, but now they spend a lot of time enjoying the space. “I had to put a TV out there to watch football,” Gardner says. “And we go through about a cord of wood a year burning fires in the fireplace.” Comfortable wicker and upholstered furniture makes the space a cozy, alfresco getaway.