This Southern home is warm, inviting and entirely modern. Welcoming for small children, yet contemporary by design, this home proves how gorgeous original art, uncluttered spaces and wide-open rooms can provide the perfect setting for raising a family.
When interior designer Austin Fleener, of Copp-Canale Interiors, was called to help finalize the furnishings and fluff the house, those fun last details that make a house truly pop, she says she was presented with a fantastic opportunity. “The house is stunning and filled with phenomenal art. My job was to take the house and finish it out with furniture and accessories—to make the house into a livable and comfortable home within the gorgeous structure. The only blank slate, per se, was the master bedroom. Otherwise, there were strong bones in each room that needed some additional things (furniture, lamps, pillows and a plan to make it all work) making the house truly a cohesive unit that moves easily from one area to the next. It really is a home filled with kids all the time, so the challenge was to make sure it was at once truly livable and comfortable, but not have that aspect run against the strong lines of the house, or take away from its beauty. My job was to enhance it.”
When you pull up to the home, located on a sleepy street near the Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, TN, you sense something special, and it does not disappoint. Architect Manuel Zeitlin was called before the original house was even purchased. He walked through the house, saw the lot and said, “Buy it.” He completely understood the vision and knew this was the place to make it happen. About 20 percent of the former ranch house was kept and incorporated into the modern design. With builder Davis Properties hired to build the beautiful home, this team delivered and then some.
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It’s pretty fabulous!
- Architect: Manuel Zeitlin Architects
- Builder: Justin Davis of Davis Properties
- Interior designer: Copp-Canale Interiors
- Art: sourced through David Lusk Gallery (Memphis and Nashville locations)
- Landscape architect: Sari Barton
- Lighting designer (living area and dining room): Southern Lights Electric
- Door and cabinetry: Vintage Millworks
- Steel metal railings: PJ Maxwell of Herndon & Merry
- Dining table and porch swing: Karmal Skillington