A Sweet Home In Alabama

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:40‬ ‭

Home Tours have become a regular here at Everyday Living, and I have loved wandering through them all with you! Today we are taking a little road trip down to Montgomery, AL to the home of Cole and Joy Portis.

I don’t personally know the Portis family, but after reading about them, I certainly feel like I do!  The Portis family brings together two things that are close to my heart: the great state of Alabama and the heart of God to adopt us as His children.  While their house is beautiful inside and out, it pales in comparison to the sweet home they have built for their 3 biological children, the 6 they have adopted, and over 20 they have fostered!  Their lives are a beautiful reminder of our Heavenly Father who has chosen and adopted us into His family, and provided everything that we need.  

I am excited for you to see their home today, and I am even more excited for you to read more of their story here and here.   

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A beautiful stair hall with Peacock Pavers concrete stair treads and pavers that simulate an old stone floor…love the Borne settee.

Most of the upholstery in the living room is indoor-outdoor fabrics that resist stains and are easy to clean.  The classic architecture is complemented with antiques and original art.

The dining room table and chairs were designed by Phillip Sides…the console was made from an iron gate, love the classic style!

The large bay window in the dining room is furnished with an antique French bench and a pair of eggplant-hue chairs…silk draperies soften the space.

An antique chandelier hangs above a custom table in the breakfast room.

Pecky cypress cabinets, an island with Zodiac Quartz and iron leg base provide a beautiful kitchen space for an active family of 11.

The kitchen features two dishwashers, two refrigerators, and two islands for the large family. A large walk-in pantry is adjacent to the kitchen. With a family of 11, can you imagine the groceries that would need to be stored?

The family room and breakfast room open to the kitchen…the TV is concealed behind glass doors above the fireplace.

A well-designed mudroom with cubbies for each of the kids was a necessity. The space is off the garage and is a great drop-zone. I can’t begin to think of the backpacks, athletic shoes, and equipment for nine children…I am overwhelmed thinking about it.

Can you wrap your mind around the amount of laundry?  Two washers and dryers are probably working constantly to handle the endless stream of dirty clothes!

I love the soft blue palette in the master bedroom with its unique upholstered leather headboard unit!

This bedroom for two of the girls features Schumacher fabric walls and a pair of queen beds that face each other.

This bedroom has a circus theme with built-in furniture and a corner tent using Sunbrella fabric.

Two of the girls share this bold bedroom of bright green and teal and an adjoining desk area.

The family needed a much larger home than their previous one with four small bedrooms. They needed space for their kids now and in the future.  Imagine how many grandchildren will one day fill this home!

The owners did not want a sprawling or ostentatious home.  The house is quite large at 15,000 square feet.  The exterior is reminiscent of an English manor home.

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful home, but most importantly, the hearts of the sweet family who lives here!

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  1. Lisa says:

    What a beautiful family! With so much bad news surrounding us each and every day it is refreshing to hear some good news!
    PS Their home is lovely too.;-)

  2. cindy says:

    WOW! What a beautiful home and even a more beautiful family! God is so good! And that mudroom…..DANG that’s what I call a MUDROOM! Love it. Thanks for sharing Pam. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. Kim says:

    Yes, overwhelming, for sure. Their hearts for ministry to these children are beautiful, making their home all the more home-y rather than with a castle-like feel. I cannot imagine how their adopted children felt the first moment they arrived in their new home of such splendor and love! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Jann Olson says:

    Wow, it’s really gorgeous and the bedrooms are so fun! I love the outside!! What an amazing family. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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