Tucked along a quaint road in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, TN, this small cottage was born anew by the transformative wand of interior designer extraordinaire Julie Couch. Ideal for a small family, this sensible home makes the most of its space through a clever interplay of neutral fabrics, metallic accessories and spontaneous pops of color. Julie brings the perfect balance of Nantucket charm and modern glamour into a smart space that is both romantic and sophisticated. Take a look at the impressive results of this thoughtful design.

Julie lets neutrals and rich earth tones blend easily into the cozy living room. Image: @AlyssaRosenheck

Julie lets neutrals and rich earth tones blend easily in the cozy living room. Ensconced in natural light, it’s a great place to relax and read.

A vibrant splash of color is introduced in a contemporary painting placed above the mantel. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

A vibrant splash of color is introduced in a contemporary painting placed above the mantel.

When working with a small space, it’s crucial to maximize natural light. Julie didn’t change the size of the windows, but simply framed them with sheer curtains to let ample light flow through. She also kept the colors of the living room predominantly neutral, capitalizing on grays, beiges, whites and the occasional pale pink or deep blue. The fabrics on the furniture vary between linens and plush velvets, creating a collage of laid-back materials and rich finishes. In addition to feminine vases of flowers and pieces of abstract art, Julie also introduced an eclectic range of accents from cool metal serving trays to vintage picture frames and books, and wooden and marble tables. By carefully layering modern and antique pieces, Julie creates a space that is polished, but not stiff.

Soft, feminine pinks are echoed throughout the home, creating a truly romantic feel. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

Soft, feminine pinks are echoed throughout the home, creating a truly romantic feel.

Decorating the shelves with books and vintage totems, Julie brings livelihood into the space. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

Decorating the shelves with books and vintage totems, Julie brings livelihood into the space.

Leading off of the living room is the dining room, which is connected to the kitchen. A large, minimalist wooden table sits at its center with an oversize, modern shade hanging overhead. A white, upholstered bench, perfect for two, crowns the head of the table, lending the space a feminine undertone. The decor in this room is kept simple and clean, as it’s primarily a room to sit comfortably, dine and converse without superfluous adornment. A small, rolling bar, topped with flowers, elegant barware and a bottle of spirits, adds just the right amount of texture and color.

White fabrics dominate the dining room, keeping it clean and fresh. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

White fabrics dominate the dining room, keeping it clean and fresh.

A rolling bar is not only a chic wall accent, but it also is a great entertaining piece when guests are present. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

A rolling bar is not only a chic wall accent, but it is also a great entertaining piece when guests are present.

The kitchen and bar open seamlessly onto the dining area, creating a much larger space for serving and eating with friends and family. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The kitchen and bar open seamlessly into the dining area, creating a much larger space for serving and eating with friends and family.

A small kitchen may not sound ideal for a family with children, but if it’s designed efficiently, it can actually work well as shared space. Julie kept the cabinetry, countertops and walls white to reflect light around the room. Patterned blue blinds add a pop of color without interfering with the rest of the design. The counter atop the bar is incredibly spacious, an ideal surface to prep food or serve it to eager eaters seated on the other side. The stainless steel appliances are state-of-the-art, and while they lend a modern, industrial edge to the space, they don’t dominate the provincial features like the wooden table and stools and the upholstered bench.

Keeping the color scheme predominately white, Julie introduces color and texture through the window hangings. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

Keeping the color scheme predominately white, Julie introduces color and texture through the window treatments.

The intimate kitchen looks out over the backyard and provides plenty of preparation and storage space. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The intimate kitchen looks out over the backyard and provides plenty of preparation and storage space.

The home was arranged to include two children’s rooms on the main floor, one for a boy and the other for a girl. Julie chose to paint the walls of the boy’s room a soft gray, which is an easy color that transitions with age. By adding colorful geometric blankets, pillows and ottomans, she brings pattern and texture into the room, thereby keeping it fresh and youthful.

The boy's bedroom is masculine but not overly contrived. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The boy’s bedroom is masculine, but not overly contrived. It maintains a stylish, but youthful, appeal.

The upstairs is comprised of a small hallway and the master bedroom and bath. Julie decorated the hallway to feel like an intimate nook where you could curl up with a good read. Decorated with vintage photographs and beautiful coffee table books, this unassuming landing is one of the best illustrations of what can be done with small, peripheral spaces. Keeping the accents rich in tone and texture, Julie endows this space with a distinct heirloom quality.

The upstairs landing is covered in family heirlooms, like old photographs. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The upstairs landing is covered in family heirlooms, like old photographs. It creates the perfect environment to curl up with a good book.

Modern art work sits above a vintage chest providing for a compelling intersection. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

Modern artwork sits above a vintage chest, providing for a compelling intersection.

The master bedroom is also quaint, but equally deserving of design praise. Dressed in clean whites, it is a totally relaxing room. It feels soft and welcoming, thanks in large part to the abundance of plush fabrics, a cozy rug and a neatly upholstered headboard, which anchors the space. Julie kept the accessories fairly minimal to create openness and, more importantly, tranquility. Two identical lamps and nightstands flank the bed, providing a much-welcomed symmetry to the design.

The master bedroom is a white oasis, appearing lush and roomy. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The master bedroom is a white oasis, appearing lush and roomy.

Delicate accents bring style and shape into the serene bedroom. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

Delicate accents bring style and shape into the serene bedroom.

The bathroom is intimate but so luxurious feeling. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

The bathroom is intimate, but so luxurious feeling. Gleaming white tile, silver fixtures and contemporary art create the ambience of a spa.

In the basement of the home, Julie created a totally usable and hip rec room that includes a mudroom lined with cubbies. Painted a deep gray-green and outfitted with wicker baskets, these cubbies are ideal for storing totes, jackets, scarves and all of the sporting equipment that inevitably makes its way to the kitchen table or the foot of the stairs. A small oriental rug is the finishing touch to this well-curated entrance.

These painted wooden cubbies are not only a chic wall accent, they provide a great option for storing odds and ends. photo credit: @AlyssaRosenheck

These painted wooden cubbies are not only a chic wall accent, but they also provide a great option for storing odds and ends.

Proof of the efficacy of smart design, this charming cottage is sensible and surprisingly spacious. With the perfect balance of feminine and modern features, it is a place to feel welcomed and inspired. Julie Couch, time and time again, resurrects a house in need of warmth and light, generating a timeless space in which a family can grow and prosper.

Today’s beautiful photography by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, LLC

A special thanks to Julie and the homeowners for sharing this gorgeous house with us today. To see more of Julie’s work, click here