Have you ever stepped into a house and immediately feel a sense of awe? It happened to us when we saw these rooms for the first time, and now it's happening again with this striking Nashville residence. It has everything going for it: exposed wooden beams (with an A-frame–shaped roof in the living room), a black kitchen complete with clear Perspex barstools (cool on tap), and chandeliers dropping from the ceiling of every room.
We've been talking nonstop about this 9000-square-foot abode (yes, you read that right—even the mudroom is 450 square feet) ever since interior designer Lori Paranjape emailed us about it. Oh, and it's also located just down the street from Dolly Parton's house. Sigh. We love Paranjape's fresh take on traditional style using neutral hues to add that modern feel to the space.
Ahead, the designer takes us on a tour through each room with a few style notes along the way.
Since she started on the project initially as a showhouse, the biggest challenge wasn't what you'd expect. "I am so used to designing a home by getting to know the client, and in this case, there was no client," she says. "So I imagined the type of family that might find this welcoming, and then I created spaces for them. I have a nursery, boy's bunk room and a teen bedroom for my imaginary clients."
However, not having clients also meant having more freedom of choice. "This house was a chance to use furnishings and art that have not yet been a good fit for clients," she explains. "There was art that I adore [in the study and main gallery hall], opposing sofas, swings in the kitchen, and other features that I've always wanted to incorporate but weren't right until this project."
One of the best parts of this kitchen is the fusion of old meets new. The chandeliers have a traditional feel, but when they're paired with clear perspex barstools, they suddenly feel fresh and cool. We also can't get enough of that French-style rangehood.
Paranjape says 90% of the art in the home is original and sent to her by the artist or the artist came to Nashville to create the installation. "I'm so proud of the art we showcased and that all the artists were paid for their incredible work when the house sold," she says.
If you thought all the creativity went into the interior, you'd be wrong. Paranjape tells us the pool was perfectly positioned in the backyard so the homeowners could watch TV from it. "And when the TV is not in use, a vintage American flag can be lowered to conceal it," she adds. Genius.
What is your favorite feature in this house? The black kitchen, the swing, or the outdoor pool? Share it with us in the comments below.