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Located near Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, this stately Nashville residence contained a lifetime’s worth of accumulation. Our client had a combination of treasures collected from travels, family heirlooms and gifts from her children. The collection of photographs and artwork was also extensive. From photographs and artwork to furniture, nearly every item held strong sentimental value. But the sheer volume of it all was becoming a challenge. Roger was called in to edit, rearrange and repurpose everything to make the home feel comfortable but not overwhelming. After adding millwork details and a new sunporch, we updated paint and finishes throughout the home. The refreshed space provided a wonderful environment for a fresh take on the sprawling collection. Old favorites have taken on new life, creating the perfect space for hosting gatherings of friends and family.
A Breath of Fresh Air
For many of Roger’s clients, the decision to engage him represents something of a family legacy. The owner of this home worked with Roger on a previous house, as have her parents and multiple siblings. The goal this time around was to edit down a large collection, adding in whatever was required to bring a focused vision to the newly-acquired space.
“There’s a definite personality here now. It looks like someone really lives here.”
Even though she does have some formal pieces, the homeowner’s lifestyle is decidedly casual. So to cultivate a more relaxed environment, Roger suggested recovering numerous pieces in simple, down-to-earth canvas. “It wasn’t expensive,” Roger remembers. “But it didn’t need to be. We just bought it and made a bunch of white slipcovers to calm everything down a bit.”
He also reframed artwork to achieve a more refined sense of scale and proportion, creating new groupings as he went. Unique hand-rubbed finishes on walls – and even on some ceilings – tie everything together, though each individual room clearly speaks with its own voice.
One of the biggest challenges on this project? An impossibly long and narrow living room. Ultimately, the solution for taming this unwieldy space proved deceptively simple – one strategically-placed dining table to create two well-defined seating groups. The long expanse now feels natural and balanced, and actually gained versatility in the bargain.
Proving, once again, that the best inspirations are often those that feel so natural as to never be noticed.