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Old Natchez Trace

This Federal-style, 1820s property is home to two writers, so creativity was key—as was a sense of history. To honor the home’s lineage, Roger and Ann opted to retain certain elements in the update, including a breathtaking wallpaper by Gracie Studio that had been installed in the entry in the 1970s. Too vibrantly yellow for the current homeowners, however, the paper was glazed to tone down the color a bit. “The result was transformative,” says Ann.

The renovation included a screened porch used to connect two existing structures; an addition to the left-hand side of the property to mirror the right; a log cabin transformed into a music studio; a fitness room; and a new kitchen addition large enough to accommodate this family’s love of entertaining and gatherings. A third-floor attic was given new life as a bunk room and playroom for the couple’s three children.

A seamless blend of formal and family-friendly, the home features pretty patterns, myriad English antiques, and family heirlooms. Fabrics and finishes, however, are never too precious for kids and pets. “It has the hospitality that the South is known for,” says Ann.

  • Architect: Durden Architecture