StyleBlueprint 1940s Home Renovation Exterior

Today’s featured home evokes a feeling of days gone by, and we understand why. Nestled in one of Nashville’s most popular neighborhoods, this charming house, unlike so many 1940’s houses before it, didn’t meet its fate from a wrecking ball. Owners Gavin and Lorie Duke saw a vision of loveliness beyond some obvious impediments–the bubble gum pink kitchen, outdated cabinets and worn carpet–and the home they created is a transformation that is nothing short of brilliant.

At every turn you’ll find the footprint of the original structure with hint of genius by way of noticeable upgrades and  subtle embellishments.

Honoring the character and integrity of the house, Gavin and Lorie preserved visible treasures like the original plaster walls and butler’s cabinets. Yet, new features were added such as a contemporary staircase, tongue and groove walls in poplar and a cozy outdoor patio. It’s genius, truly.

The owners’ sense of savoir faire resonates throughout their home. In their view, much like a savvy chess player,  impatience creates irrevocable mistakes. So, with great thought, any addition to their home was carefully vetted, selected and then added to the existing mix. We are sure you’ll agree, the end result is absolutely stunning.

The subtle palette of colors in the living room offers a sophisticated look that highlights Gavin and Lorie's gorgeous antiques. Silk Fireside Bergere chairs in Bluebell silk taffeta and an antique lamp with a gilded wooden base grace the room. An antique French armoire adds a focal point, while a pair of walnut cocktail tables gives a modern contrast. A prized possession is the photograph of their daughter Poppy by artist John Chiasson.

The subtle palette of colors in the living room offers a sophisticated look that highlights Gavin and Lorie’s gorgeous antiques. Silk Fireside Bergere chairs in Bluebell silk taffeta and an antique lamp with a gilded wooden base grace the room. An antique French armoire adds a focal point, while a pair of walnut cocktail tables gives a modern contrast. A prized possession is the photograph of their daughter Poppy by artist John Chiasson.

A trio of pale pink roses offers an elegant touch to the living room. The silk velvet sofa's comfortable lines works to welcome visitors and conversation. The large ottoman positioned by the window opens up the room as well as accommodates a place to display favorite coffee table books.

A trio of pale pink roses offers an elegant touch to the living room. The silk velvet sofa’s comfortable lines works to welcome visitors and conversation. The large ottoman positioned by the window opens up the room as well as accommodates a place to display favorite coffee table books.

 

A large round table graces the center of the dining room. Antique chairs are covered in a plain muslin, which adds a contrast to the dramatic silk taffeta curtains. The curtains throughout the home were custom-made by The Iron Gate. The lighting features--an antique french chandelier and Barbara Cosgrove lamp--create a nice juxtaposition of old and new in the room. In addition, Jack Spencer's photography adds a finishing touch with its brown sepia tones.

A large round table graces the center of the dining room. Antique chairs are covered in a plain muslin, which adds a contrast to the dramatic silk taffeta curtains. The curtains throughout the home were custom-made by The Iron Gate. The lighting features–an antique french chandelier and Barbara Cosgrove lamp–create a nice juxtaposition of old and new in the room. In addition, Jack Spencer’s photography adds a finishing touch with its brown sepia tones.

 

This cozy den is where the Dukes relax and put their feet up. Filled with antique treasures, such as the vintage leather club chair and mirror, one can't miss the lovely textures of the orange velvet sofa, the mohair ottoman by Tony Nall Upholstery and the Brazilian cowhide rug.

This cozy den is where the Dukes relax and put their feet up. Filled with antique treasures, such as the vintage leather club chair and mirror, one can’t miss the lovely textures of the orange velvet sofa, the mohair ottoman by Tony Nall Upholstery and the Brazilian cowhide rug.

From a different angle, this gorgeous book case in walnut houses an extensive collection of books on garden and landscape designs. (Gavin is a principal at Page-Duke Landscape Architects in Nashville, thus the collection.) The vintage riding helmet lamp and photograph by John Chiasson complements the luxurious velvet chair by Lee Industries.

From a different angle, this gorgeous book case in walnut houses an extensive collection of books on garden and landscape designs. (Gavin is a principal at Page-Duke Landscape Architects in Nashville, thus the collection.) The vintage riding helmet lamp and photograph by John Chiasson complements the luxurious velvet chair by Lee Industries.

 

Hearty Amish rough-sawn beams and ceiling in poplar add a sturdiness to the outside open-air patio. Filled with custom made treasures like the chandelier by Artifacts in Nashville, antique church finial from Iron Gate and the custom candelabra from Don Adams, the room is a perfect place to gather and entertain guests. The mantel was created from reclaimed limestone frieze.

Hearty Amish rough-sawn beams and ceiling in poplar add a sturdiness to the outside open-air patio. Filled with custom made treasures like the chandelier by Artifacts in Nashville, antique church finial from Iron Gate and the custom candelabra from Don Adams, the room is a perfect place to gather and entertain guests. The mantel was created from reclaimed limestone frieze.

Bathed in natural light, the galley kitchen is efficient and practical. Once bright pink, Gavin and Lorie selected a more subdued tone using honed granite for the counter tops and a creamy white for the walls. The farm sink, a throw back from the 19th century, adds an interesting feature. As in other areas of the home, a wonderful antique lamp from Artifacts in Nashville gives the room eloquent texture.

Bathed in natural light, the galley kitchen is efficient and practical. Once bright pink, Gavin and Lorie selected a more subdued tone using honed granite for the counter tops and a creamy white for the walls. The farm sink, a throw back from the 19th century, adds an interesting feature. As in other areas of the home, a wonderful antique lamp from Artifacts in Nashville gives the room eloquent texture.

Artisan Jim Sanchez created the custom plaster walls which work beautifully with the limestone sink, another artifact that was re-purposed from an old fountain in Detroit. For a understated look, the walls were custom painted in gun metal grey.

Artisan Jim Sanchez created the custom plaster walls which work beautifully with the limestone sink, another artifact that was re-purposed from an old fountain in Detroit. For a understated look, the walls were custom painted in gun metal grey.

 

Created by P.J. Maxwell of Herndon and Merry, this exquisite staircase affords a stunning focal point to the entryway. The walnut stairs and hand plastered work by Michael Cozine complete this masterpiece.

Created by P.J. Maxwell of Herndon and Merry, this exquisite staircase affords a stunning focal point to the entryway. The walnut stairs and hand plastered work by Michael Cozine complete this masterpiece.

 

Poppy's friends wait for her to share tea. Not to be missed is the bunny's custom headdress that was designed by Lindsey Rhodes

Poppy’s friends wait for her to share tea. Not to be missed is the bunny’s custom headdress that was designed by Lindsey Rhodes

Whimsical and fun, Poppy's bedroom features a painting from artist Carey Haynes. By combining " girly" linens and beautiful wood tones, the end result is simply dreamy.

Whimsical and fun, Poppy’s bedroom features a painting from artist Carey Haynes. By combining ” girly” linens and beautiful wood tones, the end result is simply dreamy.

As the layers of 1970's paneling were removed, an exposed fireplace was discovered. A pair of 18th century French twin beds and a French reproduction nightstand give way to gorgeous linens by Jane Wilner. The crystal lamp is from Lumen in Nashville.

As the layers of 1970’s paneling were removed, an exposed fireplace was discovered. A pair of 18th century French twin beds and a French reproduction nightstand give way to gorgeous linens by Jane Wilner. The crystal lamp is from Lumen in Nashville.

Throughout the upstairs, tongue and groove, whitewashed poplar lends a sophisticated look to otherwise mundane walls. This guest bathroom is filled with antiquities from the guardian angel to the dormer windows. The side-mounted tub was purchased from Waterworks.

Throughout the upstairs, tongue and groove, whitewashed poplar lends a sophisticated look to otherwise mundane walls. This guest bathroom is filled with antiquities from the guardian angel to the dormer windows. The side-mounted tub was purchased from Waterworks.

 

The master bedroom is a sanctuary of comfort and respite. A pair of antique lamps from Artifacts frame the velvet headboard by Tony Nalls Upholstery. The Fortuny pillows were given as a beloved anniversary present.

The master bedroom is a sanctuary of comfort and respite. A pair of antique lamps from Artifacts frame the velvet headboard by Tony Nalls Upholstery. The Fortuny pillows were given as a beloved anniversary present.

 

With custom-made silk drapes and subtle tones, the master bedroom offers a luxurious, yet comfortable place to escape from a long day.

With custom-made silk drapes and subtle tones, the master bedroom offers a luxurious, yet comfortable place to escape from a long day.

 

Incandescent light throughout the home creates a natural and warm aura.

Incandescent light throughout the home creates a natural and warm aura.

A small vignette of collectibles creates a a perfect end to the story. The lamps were a gift to celebrate the couple's second anniversary.

A small vignette of collectibles creates a a perfect end to the story. The lamps were a gift to celebrate the couple’s second anniversary.

StyleBlueprint sincerely thanks the Dukes for opening up their lovely home to us. They were quick to say that their home is a collaboration that pays tribute to so many of their friends and colleagues. And while we know this is true, it is an unusual couple who adore the same style and love the art of the find. Lorie and Gavin have created a home that is uniquely theirs.

As an aside, this home will be available for sale in the near future.

Also, StyleBlueprint is so appreciative of Wiff Harmer for her gorgeous photography. If you are interested in contacting Wiff Harmer, click here:

 

 

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