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The scenic Louisville suburb of Prospect, KY, boasts charm and history in spades. (Its settlement dates back to the 18th century!) Within it, you’ll find the Nortons Commons neighborhood, a self-sustaining community on its own, offering retail, restaurants, dog parks, and now, the perfect home away from home for a couple looking to spend more time with their grandchildren. Check out this sweet, floral-infused, one-bedroom pied-à-terre renovation just completed in July 2023!

Guest bedroom with matching wallpaper and headboard, close-up of bed
Textures and patterns abound in this cozy Norton Commons pied-à-terre, designed by J Kathryn Interiors.

“This project was a very special eight-month renovation for a couple looking for a home away from home while visiting their four young grandchildren,” explains Jessica Kain Barton, principal designer and founder of J Kathryn Interiors, based in Louisville. “The bones of the space were nothing particularly special, but it offered them the space they needed for quick trips to the Bluegrass State.”

Though the building’s exterior may not be overly memorable, it’s clear that the interior is a different story — thanks to Jessica, it has transformed into an intimate, floral-festooned sanctuary for two. “They tasked our team with creating a thoughtfully designed and classically traditional space with a twist. Their wish was to feel like they were entering a special oasis to relax and recharge after a long day on the road or running after little ones. We layered the space with lots of gorgeous wallcoverings and textiles and made sure every space could be used for relaxing, working, or visiting.”

Since the main sitting area grounds and anchors the space, Jessica chose a comfortable, classic, tight-back tufted sofa to center it, then layered custom cushions. “We flanked the large sofa with a pair of gorgeous swivel chairs in our favorite Jasper Indian Garden textile,” she explains, adding, “We also added the perfect coffee table by Bunny Williams Home with soft edges for young grandchildren and our favorite tiny drinks tables made by Oomph Home in a fun blue lacquer finish. Because we are a little extra, we had the lampshades on the floor lamps hand-painted with little pale blue scallops.”

Close up of living room recliner and coffee table
With greenery and coffee table books for warmth and ample seating for comfort, the living room is both pretty and practical.
Living room with flower prints on floral wallpaper, green couch, modern coffee table, and comfy recliner
Framed art against a patterned wallcovering offers depth.
Throw pillows on a green couch
Floral throw pillows accent a plush, sage green couch.
Corner with mirror, artwork, plant, and floral fabric stand
Thoughtfully placed plants and artwork offer eye-catching moments throughout the home.
Close-up of two framed art pieces on elegant wallpaper
An elegant wallcovering offers the perfect backdrop for gold-framed art.

“The client reached out because we are known for our layered interiors,” says Jessica. “They asked us to make their small space functional and incredibly beautiful. We knew that, in this small space, we needed all the design elements to feel cohesive. Also, it was incredibly important to create functioning spaces for work, resting, and eating — the floorplan would therefore be crucial.”

To maximize the small, one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath space, Jessica created area vignettes like the breakfast nook, which is multifunctional, thanks to a custom-built banquette alongside a place to dine. “We decided to create a separate living space in the open-concept room specifically for recharging. A small alcove was in one corner of the room, which we thought made the perfect place for a breakfast nook and additional work space when not in use … Although it was a tiny space, we wanted it to be power-packed with design,” Jessica explains. “We layered lots of wall coverings, drapery, and art throughout the space, so it felt elevated and warm from every angle.”

Wide angle view of the breakfast nook
This bright and airy breakfast nook includes warm elements such as a jute area rug, patterned drapes, and fresh flowers.
Breakfast nook with round white table, chairs, and patterned curtains
“For the breakfast nook, the custom banquette became the show-stopping piece,” Jessica tells us. “We chose a classic skirted piece that would allow the textile we selected from Alice Sergeant to pop. We wanted to bring in a natural material through the chairs and a pop of modernity via the white tulip table.”
Close-up of Jade green plate featuring a half grapefruit, accompanied by orange juice
This close-up of the table setting displays a rich contrast of elements — from jade plates to woven placemats and even the vibrant pop of color from a grapefruit half.
Close-up of dining table chairs at a white round breakfast table
“We knew that timing was crucial for this space, so we leaned specifically on craftspeople who could customize pieces for us quickly,” Jessica says.

“The bedroom was large, so we were able to create a specific desk area,” Jessica says of the primary bedroom space. “To prevent the room from feeling long and cold, we draped everything — from the walls to the windows and bed — in Colefax and Fowler Bowood so it would feel like a boutique British hotel. In the main living space, we also used a wall covering to connect the separate spaces so that they feel connected wherever your eyes land.”

Guest bedroom with matching floral print on wall and bed headboard
A pattern-on-pattern aesthetic connects every aspect of the master bedroom, from the headboard to the wall.
Close-up of guest bedroom nightstand with pink lamp, in front of floral wallpaper
Jessica added a pop of classic contemporary chic with ceramic lamps from Vaughan and flanked the bed with Chinoiserie rattan nightstands.
Dark wood desk in front of floral wallpaper with abstract art
“For the work area, we selected the perfect classic mahogany desk and got lucky finding the most gorgeous antique chair that was the exact right scale for the larger desk,” Jessica tells us.
Close-up of a dark wood desk with an open book and a plant
Scattered interior design books lend sophistication to the desk space.
Horse paper weight on a desk with a cup of pencils
Tiny touches add depth, such as this pretty little equestrian paperweight.

Jessica tells us the toughest project hurdle was the bathrooms. “The hardest obstacle for the renovation of the bathrooms was that we wanted to update them without changing the original layout of the space,” she says. “We needed to work in the small footprint to open things up by selecting better finishes that were more classic and timeless. We opted for honed Carrara floor tiles and warm brass plumbing fixtures. Luckily, the client was not afraid of patterns, so we enveloped both baths in gorgeous wall coverings, which made them both feel like their own little sanctuaries.”

Working within the original floor plan of the half bath, Jessica opted for a classic console sink with a marble top and brass fixtures, then added a sink skirt to warm up the space. “We selected a special wallcovering by Twigs and a simple brass mirror and sconce to bring everything together,” she tells us.

Powder bath with round mirror above sink
“Our client asked us to update the bathrooms without reinventing the wheel, as well as decorate every inch of the space so that when they walked in, they felt like they were in their own little oasis,” Jessica shares.
White-tiled bathroom with greenery on the sink
“Because this was the only full bathroom in the space, we selected white ceramic subway tile for the shower and brought in warm brass plumbing,” says Jessica. “To continue with the warm layered spaces, we selected a sweet wall covering from Cowtan and Tout and continued the brass elements in the mirror and lighting selections.”
White bathroom trashcan with towels on top
It’s all in the details … even in a powder room! “No bath is ever really finished without the perfect towels from Weezie and D Porthault to provide the perfect fun pop to every bath!” she says of the colorful additions.

All photography courtesy of  Lang Thomas.


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Jenna Bratcher

Jenna Bratcher is StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. The East Coast native moved to Nashville 16 years ago, by way of Los Angeles. She is a lover of dogs, strong coffee, traveling, and exploring the local restaurant scene bite by bite.