Inspiring Spaces: Going Green

Pinch me, it’s spring break! Before I sign-off for fun and sun with two very special little girls, I thought I’d pop-in for a bit of green eye candy in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Back in January, I predicted green would be a big color trend for 2019. So far, I’ve been right on the (green) money. Not only have clients been flocking to the verdant shade, but I’m also slowly but surely incorporating it into every room in my own home. Why? It’s one of the few colors that can feel both energizing and calming. Not to mention play nice with every other color in the rainbow. See below for some inspiration from my flurry of green projects. Aren’t we lucky this color is having a moment? 

The Scout Guide, Volume 7

You know I love being part of the incredible creative community that spans Nashville & Franklin. And nothing shows off that community better than The Scout Guide! Tonight I’m headed to the launch party for Volume 7 (how have there already been 7?!). I could not be more proud to be included in this wonderfully curated showcase of designers, artists, and more. See below for a sneak peek of my feature and pick up your copy of the new issue today!

Behind the Scenes: Belle Meade Laundry Room

I hate to play favorites, but I certainly have soft spot for our Belle Meade Boulevard project. Tackling a whole house gives a designer the opportunity to dive deep on certain styles and themes. And brining this grand dame back to life has involved lots of classic motifs and lots of blue. (That’s kind of my idea of heaven if you haven’t already figured it out.)

The house’s spacious laundry room is no exception and features plenty of both. Today I’m dropping in to show a behind the scenes of our recent shoot in the sunny space. I love how the combination of the fanciful toile (look closely there’s a giraffe or two in there!) and the royal blue scheme brings both whimsy and sophistication to an utilitarian space that could have easily been an afterthought. Can’t wait to show you more of these amazing home in the moths to come!

Nashville Spotlight: Lumen Lamps

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After, oh, a million days of rain we finally had some sunshine here in Nashville. With that in mind, I thought it seemed like the perfect time to share one of my favorite local lighting sources—Lumen Lamps. The boutique is a beacon, as it were, for chic lamps and shades and finials (don’t even get me started on the finials!) throughout the Southeast. But I’m lucky enough to have it right down the road and it’s an essential stop during every project. No matter what style I’m on the hunt for—they have it. And if they don’t? They help me track it down. And, listen, local friends, even if you’re not currently in the market for a lamp, or five, I highly recommended you stop in some day. It’s literally brimming with so many beautiful pieces that it’s a bit like meandering through a gleaming jewelry box. Let there be light!

[Photo by Leslee Mitchell]

Nashville Antiques & Garden Show Recap

Whew. Nashville, you know how to put on a show. A stylish show at that. Last week, my hometown hosted its 29th annual Antiques and Gardens Show. It’s the oldest event of its kind in the country and, forgive my bias, but its also the best. From the stunning indoor flora and fauna to the more than 150 dealers, the event was a true feast for the eyes. (See below for some of my favorite finds and vignettes. And, yes, a few of these items came home with me.) More importantly, it drew some of the country’s top designers and creatives. From the Faith Hill, Ray Booth, and Bobby McAlpline key note to Bunny Williams’ panel it made for three days of learning, scheming, and, let’s be honest, talking shop with some of my best friends in the biz. (Shout out to my pal Paloma Contreras who had a lovely book signing at SB.) If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s show, you must put it at the top of your design bucket list for 2020. See you there!

Life of the Party: Kips Bay Decorator Show House

It’s been a cold week here in Nashville, but I’m still basking in the glow of my recent trip to Palm Beach. Over the weekend, I headed to the Sunshine State for the opening of the second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House. (The amazing project benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach.) Let me tell you, it is a decorator’s paradise with rooms throughout the spacious home created by more than twenty phenomenal designers. (See the full list here.) I could never choose a favorite, but I will say that I came home with an awful lot of inspiration from Meg Braff’s and Danielle Rollins’ dreamy bedrooms.

From the tented entryway to the wallpapered pantry, I could go on and on about the out-of-this-world details at the show house. But, really, the photos speak for themselves. Take a peek!

In Progress: The Franklin Farmhouse

Y’all. It feels like we’ve finally turned a corner with the Franklin Farmhouse. I took on this project nearly a year ago and it has tried my patience more than any other endeavor. (Let’s remember I’m also mother to two small children.) This whole-house reno is moving slower than I would have liked, but I have to remind myself there was A LOT to address. The original floor plan was funky (I’m being generous, here) and not to code. But over the past six months I’ve used the full scope of my skillset to create a house that has an easy flow and, more importantly, meets all the homeowner’s needs. I’ve also reconfigured the layout to rework elements like the death-trap stairs so they are no longer dangerously steep.

There’s still a ways to go until we’re adding the finishing touches, but with fresh paint and handsome dark stained floors it’s getting there. And I’m already so proud of the kitchen. I pushed my boundaries with cerused white oak cabinetry and couldn’t be happier with the results. It just feels like the finish that belongs in the house—you know?

Here’s a sneak peek of where things currently stand. Can’t wait to show you the completed home later this year!