I have the honor of belonging to a group of design centric locals, gathered together by the geniuses at Forest Home Media. Owners Nancy McNulty and Dana Tucker wisely focus their sights on providing top-notch services to companies in the home industry working with big names like Southern Living and HGTV.
As a part of their tribe, I enjoy perks like sneak peeks, private tours and special events. To say I’m grateful to rotate on the same planet as these brainy beauties is an understatement. I’ve connected with some wonderfully kind people, enjoyed more than my share of good eats, and gathered tons of inspiration. Their latest excursion took us to preview the inaugural Nashville Symphony Show House.
Every Spring, Symphony staff and Guild volunteers present a fashion show and gala in the Michael Graves designed Schermerhorn Center. The event draws the biggest names in design to the Nashville stage including Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Monique Lhuillier. Following in the footsteps of other great music institutions, the show house is the organization’s first foray into the world of Interior Design and Architecture.
The house, in the Hunterdon subdivision off Hillsboro Road, is a collaboration between the architect, Nashville newcomer Wade Weissman, Alan Looney’s Castle Homes, and several prominent local designers. Weissman designed the property for his brother’s family and they graciously agreed to allow their home to be used as a fundraiser for the city’s Grammy Award winning Symphony.
Until a few weeks ago, I lived within walking distance of the house (which in suburban Nashville terms means I drove past it a few times a week), and enjoyed watching the progress of the 5500+ square foot build. When invited to the Garden Party Preview, I happily made the trek back out to my old neighborhood to get a look inside this beautiful property.
The ‘Contemporary Folk’ details in the home are refreshing and it’s a honor to take you on a photo journey through the pared down, yet luxurious build.
The story of a house always begins at the front door, so let’s start our tour in the Entry Hall, where you are greeted by dark hardwood floors, creamy white walls, and a wide iron and wood staircase.
The openness and simplicity of the staircase and its minimalist trim work allows you to see into the Study and Master Bedroom entry.
Just beyond the entry, are the open Living and Dining Rooms. Spearheaded by friend and fellow O’More School of Design grad Deb Tallent and her partner Abby Simmons, both members of the talented team at Mark Simmons Interiors, the rooms are expansive and intimate at the same time. That’s a hard trick to pull off, but they did it with ease and wonderful attention to detail.
Fringe trimmed draperies frame the soaring windows in the Living Room and the artwork is arranged in a manner in keeping with the window’s scale.
This bronze sculpture is one of many perfectly placed pieces of art in the space, a hallmark of a Simmons’ and Associates design.
Soft colors and subtle patterns, layered to perfection, add depth to the tonal color scheme.
The room comes together as it should, around the fireplace topped with an abstract by U.K.-born and Nashville-based artist Ed Nash.
The Dining Room’s Genevieve chandelier, from local resource Ironware International, ties it to the dark frames and drapery hardware of the adjoining Living Room.
Another O’More alum, Keith Merry of Garden Park Antiques, fashioned the dining room table from the floorboards of Nashville’s historic Municipal Auditorium. Historic for me, at least. I ice skated there on a regular basis; saw Elvis perform LIVE AND IN PERSON!!! (I’m not yelling. It’s promotion, 70s style); and graduated from high school, walking in white platforms across these storied boards to collect my diploma.
But I digress…
Pleats, bows, and borders trim the slip covered chairs, while twin mirrors, lamps, and demilune tables frame the entrance to the kitchen.
To say the massive kitchen is one of the stars of the home doesn’t give it its due. It may be the North Star of kitchens! Castle Homes’ in-house designer, Caroline Weigel, pulled out all the stops here. It’s large two-over-two windows and vaulted planked ceilings emphasize the vastness of the space.
The tiled vent hood is one of my favorite features in the room. It gives weight to the cooking zone’s large Wolf range. One of a pair along the back wall, an integrated refrigerator tower adds balance to the right side of the area.
The island—Grab your bikini, because it is bigger than some actual islands!—is topped with 300 year old cerused oak. A mirrored backsplash at the bar multiplies the already ample light in the kitchen. The SubZero wine tower is on many a wish list, including mine.
Through the doorway between the bar and wine fridge lies the laundry room.
Calling it a laundry room feels a little misleading. Larger than the average kitchen, it’s more of an all-purpose space. You can wash and dry to your heart’s content, corral a couple of miniature ponies, or host a party just in this room!
A few steps away, wood details line the Mud Room’s transition to the garage.
Perched over the three car garage, designer Julie Couch created a Family Room that includes a bar and a bathroom, and features more of the aged wood used on the kitchen island.
Fittingly, Andy Detwiler’s black and white photos of the Michael Graves designed Symphony Center grace the back wall of the space. A classical marvel, this nine year-old beauty is one of my favorite buildings in Nashville. It’s a magical place for music, parties, and romantic weddings. You should visit.
Heading up the main staircase, a classically shaped chandelier made of innovative concrete and iron from the lighting pros at Currey Co. hangs above the entry.
At the top of the stairs, Rozanne Jackson, proprietress of Franklin’s Iron Gate, takes over design duties. A master of all things vintage and new, she outfitted the landing with a pair of armless sofas and a desk that overlooks the back of the two acre property.
The teal accented hallway leads to two identical en-suite bedrooms. Rozanne chose to dress one with feminine details and the other with a more masculine bent. To the right of the hallway in the Lady’s Bedroom, a degrading floor mirror holds court. It served as a selfie station for many of the Garden Party’s guests.
I adore antique mirrors. The things they’ve witnessed, yet never tell… A hit with the entire crowd, even the white linen bedding and the artwork got in on the selfie action.
To the left, the Gentleman’s Bedroom is bathed in gray linens, and features the same bed, live edge wood side tables, drapery treatments, and large-scale lighting as the feminine sleeping quarters.
But for the addition of the darkly delectable portrait of an owl by one of Nashville’s favorite sons, artist David Arms, this space would live like a chic boutique hotel. You see, no matter where you are, David’s work makes it feel like home.
As you head back downstairs, you look into Julie Couch’s deftly mixed antique, traditional and mid-century details in a timeless and tranquil Study. Desk lust alert!
I also love the nailhead trim on the funky, leather topped octagonal side table.
Beyond the main entry, expansive porches and patios lend themselves to outdoor living, no matter the season. Personally, I would love to help the Weissmans watch their woodpile dwindle as October comes to a close, cozying up by the fireplace with a cocktail in hand.
On one of the pea gravel patios, Bevolo’s luxurious gas lighting fixtures frame a set of French doors leading back inside, into the last space on our tour.
With Julie Couch at the helm of her third area of the home, the Master Suite stands out from the moment you enter its gallery of study models and sketches. Shape is paramount to the success of this room, as is a quiet repetition of line.
Matelassé and velvets anchor the tranquil bedding.
A shapely and unadorned iron bed takes center stage in the main area of the room. The lighting in this space is enchanting, whether it be from outside…
…Or from the other-worldly hand blown glass pendant hanging above.
I’m not sure which one of the following statements is more true:
1) Julie has a knack for finding unique and beautiful items, or
2) Unique and beautiful items have a knack for finding their way to Julie.
Either way, her bubbly personality found this bubbly fixture and the design gods are happy.
In the bathroom, a tiled niche, tucked between the studs, holds the necessities for a long soak. The same herringbone tile covers the top third of the large walk-in shower.
I think I saved the best for last.
A true collaboration between the homeowners, architect Weissman, Castle Home’s Weigel and Ms. Couch, the Master Bath is the master stroke of the Nashville Symphony Show House.
With walls of windows on two sides of the space, the vanity was bravely and successfully placed in front of the east-facing wall, with mirrors suspended from the ceiling. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this approach, but the privacy of the lot, the steady stream of daylight, and the crispness of the deftly mixed shades of white against the lush green background took my breath away.
I hope you enjoyed your tour! Please take a moment to share your favorite space and detail in the comments. Seeing design through others point of view is one of my favorite spectator sports and I would love to know what you think about this ‘Contemporary Folk’ design.
Better still, go see the house in person and join in on the fun, as it benefits one of Nashville’s treasures!
Located at 2 Bridleway Trail, 37215, the Nashville Symphony Show House is open from 11-6:00 daily through June 28, 2015 and tickets are $15. Parking is free and on site.