A Nashville Suburban Home with a Sophisticated Flair

The family room has two seating areas, one gathered around the fireplace and the other facing the television.

Because the homeowners brought very few items from their previous house, Kendall was tasked with imbuing the house with her signature mix of antiques and contemporary furniture, rich wall and ceiling treatments, and strategic budget-conscious options to offset splurges. “The owners wanted different experiences in the different rooms,” she says. The salon, with its lime-washed ceiling and more formal arrangement of seating areas, is awash in pale colors and soft fabrics. It is a room designed for entertaining, with a bar at one end and furniture arranged for convivial conversation. The family room, by contrast, is cozy and warm, with seating arrangements focused on the television on one end and the fireplace on the other. Kendall upholstered the ceiling in wool to optimize the acoustics.

Kendall gave the beaded board ceiling a pearlescent finish and hung lanterns from Currey & Co. over the kitchen island.

The wife loves to cook, so the kitchen was a priority in the design process. Bountiful storage wraps the room on three sides, and a seating area at one end quickly became the favorite gathering spot after school and during meal prep.

A long hallway connects the main floor rooms. “I like for the owners to have a clear passage from room to room,” Farris says. “Also, a long hall allows you to play with door casings and wall thicknesses to give the house a human scale.” Carolyn broke up the hallway’s length with short Oriental runners and multiple vignettes of furniture and artwork.

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