Belle Meade

When Roger Higgins and Ann Shipp came across a rather unexceptional 1950s ranch home in Nashville’s Belle Meade neighborhood, what they saw weren’t the dated interiors and uninspiring architecture, but the home’s true potential. To unearth that potential, the design team undertook a labor-of-love renovation with a rather dramatic before-and-after story.

The interiors — filled with furnishings, art, and antiques gathered by Roger and Ann throughout their careers — are both comfortable and sophisticated, layered and curated. Classic elements are married with contemporary details and accents to create a home that feels timeless and livable; elegant and approachable.

With a penchant for subtle, hushed hues, Roger and Ann incorporated a palette of muted green, pale blue and grey tempered with neutrals. The palette acts as a quiet background for a mix of elegant upholstered pieces, luxurious fabrics, and antiques. Special elements include a hand-painted entry hall floor, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, custom bookcases in the den, and framed deGournay panels that Roger spotted in Paris. 

  • Architect: Durden Architecture

  • Landscape Architect: Wantland Ink Landscape Architecture

  • Construction: Hammond/Brandt