While the city is well known across the globe for its country music industry, Nashville is making a stylish mark in the interior design world too. From eclectic lofts to midcentury marvels, the hip hot spot is brimming with polished spaces hinting at rock-star appeal. While we love the edgy aesthetic, this home—built in 1949 in the classic Cape Cod style—steers toward the serene, with calming neutrals and light-filled rooms. Designer Ashley Meier wanted to honor the home's historic bones during the "complete renovation" while adding a chic modern touch.
"This home had several appealing features that I look for: beautiful hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and gorgeous windows," she told MyDomaine. "From the outside, it was charming, but the charm stopped as soon as you walked through the front door. It had been renovated poorly though the years, and the floorplan was not conducive to the way I wanted to live. The walls were all dark gray, and the dining room had dark green and peach wallpaper that was peeling off the walls, but I knew it could be beautiful."
The end result is nothing short of a modern marvel. Be inspired to redecorate your own home with Meier's style notes for each room below, then shop the look.
"Thirteen years ago when we first moved in, we purchased the round table and chairs that are now in the sunroom," she said. "They have been repainted and recovered in velvet, and I added a glass top and burlap tablecloth. I encourage my clients to buy quality furniture pieces so they can grow with the family, and reupholstery is always an option."
"The floor plan was typical of a 1950s house," she said. "It was very boxy and didn’t flow well at all. My favorite thing about the entire home was the view of the backyard from the screened porch, and I wanted to capitalize on that view. There was a single door that opened up to the porch; I had it removed and replaced it with French doors so now I can see out all the way to our beautiful trees in the backyard from our kitchen and dining room. I transformed the porch into a sunroom, so now we can use it the whole year instead of just spring and fall. It's so important for design to be sustainable but also reflective of the outside environment."
"My favorite thing about our home is our sunroom," she said. "It kind of feels like the ultimate treehouse and everyone that comes to our house seems to take a deep exhale upon entering it. It is very important to me that all spaces have a good dose of serenity to them, not just the bedrooms. The sunroom is the most calming space in our home."
"Being in retail and design, I feel like I am constantly growing and editing my style," she said. "I never want to become complacent, and my home serves as a lab of sorts for new ideas. That said, there are certain things that remain pretty constant with my style. I love simplicity and clean lines. I will always love white, and I adore linen fabric and other natural materials."
"I wanted the home to feel larger and more open, the opposite of how it felt when I bought it," she said. "This was achieved by keeping all the walls white and changing the sizes of the rooms. The living room was made smaller, and the master bedroom was expanded along with the closets and bathrooms. By repositioning the kitchen and making it open to the dining room, I was able to recover space for a much-needed half bath and main floor laundry room. In designing the space, functionality was as important as sustainability, and I was able to achieve this for my very active family."
"My husband's grandparents' midcentury credenza was handed down to us before midcentury had really started to take off again," she said. "We have loved it for years, and it works in so many places. I love how well it is constructed, but it is not fun to move, as it weighs a ton. I really encourage my clients to open their homes to using vintage and antiques because they add so much depth to a space. Nothing is more sustainable than a beautifully crafted piece of furniture that has stood the test of time."
"Since our home now has a very open floor plan (but doesn't have a huge footprint), I wanted the walls to all be the same color so that it would feel larger," she said. "Every room in our home is the same shade of white,—Sherwin Williams Greek Villa—and all the floors are a very dark hardwood, except for the sunroom, where we used tile.
"Everything I put in the rooms has a lot more impact against the backdrop of white walls and dark floors, which I love. In the living room/office, I layered in a steely blue because I wanted it to feel chic and serene, but in the rest of the house, there isn't a whole lot of dictated color beyond the white and black. This way I can add fresh flowers or a different piece of colorful art and suddenly the room feels completely fresh."
"I love linens, and my greatest find is Les Indiennes, a line of organic, hand-blocked bedding, which I have in my guest bedroom," she said. "Natural dyes are used and the patterns are stunning. What I love most about the Les Indiennes product is when purchasing their linens, the proceeds support their community and 50 families that handmake it in India."
"The hardest part of the renovation was simply drawing out a plan that would function for us without adding on more square footage," she said. "But since we were done with the renovation in 2008, I would say the biggest challenge was actually prepping for the photo shoot with two kids and our English bulldog running around. But it was also a lot of fun."