A Nashville Suburban Home with a Sophisticated Flair

A Donghia chandelier hangs over the bed in the master bedroom. Wood cornices help minimize the large scale of the room. “The fabrics are subtle,” Kendall says“to encourage a sense of calm.”

The master bedroom on the main level offers refuge from the action in the house, with its plush textures and peaceful palette. “The owners wanted a really calm space,” Kendall says, who achieved that with wool carpeting, wool window treatments, and subtle patterns. She stained the king-size bed frame in contrasting ebony and walnut to help minimize the scale and tucked the television discreetly into cabinetry built around the fireplace.

Upstairs, Kendall gave the three teenage sons rooms with as much attention to detail as the public rooms. “I love doing boys’ rooms,” she admits. Roman shades topped by a crenelated cornice screen a bay window overlooking the front yard, with a triangular seat cushion made to fit the nook. An upholstered wall connecting the rooms serves as a bulletin board for the boys, with school notices and important papers pinned at eye level. “It wouldn’t be reasonable to upholster every wall,” Kendall says, “but one wall is not a lot of fabric and boy, does it make a difference.” It’s that level of attention to detail, a hallmark of great design, that results in a house that includes every member of the family in its warm embrace, even teenage boys.

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