Chestnut Hall interior designers Stacy McSpadden and Lana Zepponi collaborated with Memphis builder Price Hays to create a home that bridges the gap between formal and casual. This home, dubbed The Porter, was awarded Best Interior Decoration at the 2014 Vesta Home Show. Its classic floor plan was layered first with neutral tones and then topped with bolder colors. Furnishings selected from Chestnut Hall are versatile and sophisticated with a hint of modern, and contemporary artwork from the David Lusk Gallery contributes to the purity and form of this comfortably sophisticated home.

Contemporary artwork from the David Lusk Gallery is featured throughout "The Porter" home. This is a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector, "Dulac," 60 x 50”. | Chestnut Hall

Contemporary artwork from the David Lusk Gallery is featured throughout The Porter home. This is a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector: “Dulac,” 60×50 inches.

A first look at the dining room in this home by Chestnut Hall

A first look at the dining room

The study

The unifying focal point in this tranquil study is a grouping of oil paintings by David Lusk Gallery’s John Torina. The room is a continuation of the designers’ layering of neutrals, understated use of bold color and modern furnishings.

Oil paintings by John Torina are the unifying focal point of this study. || Chestnut Hall

Oil paintings by John Torina are the unifying focal point of this study.

The study is a contuation of the designers' tranquil layering of neutrals and occasional use of bold color. | Chestnut Hall

The study is a continuation of the designers’ tranquil layering of neutrals and occasional use of bold color.

Breakfast room and kitchen

As the kitchen has become the center of the home, Stacy and Lana sought to make it the most interesting place in the house. They also used this area to illustrate a trademark of the Chestnut Hall brand: the celebration and fearless use of color! The designers chose a fresh, pale green for the cabinets mimicking the outdoors. Pivotal to the room are clean white textures, Carrara marble countertops and shiplap walls. A dynamic painting by David Lusk Gallery artist Don Estes adds electricity and edge to the calm aesthetic.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - the kitchen

The kitchen: look at the lights!

A Home by Chestnut Hall - butler's pantry

A butler’s pantry … we LOVE the glass-front cabinets!

A Home by Chestnut Hall -  the breakfast room

The breakfast room is bathed in natural light.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - A mixed media work by Don Estes of the David Lusk Gallery adds energy to the breakfast room area.

A mixed-media work by Don Estes of the David Lusk Gallery adds energy to the breakfast room area.

Family room

In the family room, Stacy and Lana took inspiration from the cool green cabinetry in the kitchen area to create a chic, casual family room with orange accents. A linen English arm sofa and transitional chairs by Taylor King for Chestnut Hall was placed on a Moroccan-inspired rug for an eclectic, collected touch. The driftwood cocktail table with zinc accents is simultaneously elegant in form and welcoming of propped-up feet. A boldly gothic, iron fire screen complements the fireplace, and mesmerizing landscape paintings by David Lusk Gallery’s Bruce Brainard and Linda Disney add warmth and color, while beautifully reinforcing the color palette.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - family room

The family room features a beautiful — and comfortable — sitting area.

A Home by Chestnut Hall_A landscape by Linda Disney, known as a master of plein-air painting, adds warmth to the family room.

A landscape by Linda Disney, known as a master of plein-air painting, adds warmth to the family room.

A Home by Chestnut Hall -  A boldly gothic, iron fire screen complements the fireplace in the family room.

A boldly gothic, iron fire screen complements the fireplace in the family room. A landscape painting over the fireplace is by David Lusk Gallery’s Bruce Brainard.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - sophisticated vignette in the family room

A sophisticated vignette in the family room

Dining room

The dining room is dressed up enough for special occasions, but playful enough for family dinners and informal, impromptu dinner parties. Sophisticated peacock blue flows through the front of the house in textiles, accessories and art, while a mixture of distressed, refined finishes on furniture from Chestnut Hall make the space approachable. Pieces from David Lusk Gallery by artists Robert Rector, John Torina and Anna Siems add meaning, elevate the design and carry color through the spaces. Lana’s favorite work of art in the house is Anna Siems’ Douglas Squirrels, which features a quirky squirrel in flight.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - In the dining room, Stacy and Lana selected a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector: “Provencal,” 36 x 54”; from the David Lusk Gallery.

In the dining room, Stacy and Lana selected a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector: “Provencal,” 36×54 inches, from the David Lusk Gallery.

A Home by Chestnut Hall_Lana's favorite artwork in the home is an acrylic on panel in the dining room by Anne Siems: "Douglas Squirrels," acrylic on panel, 36 x 24";  found at the David Lusk Gallery.

Lana’s favorite artwork in the home is an acrylic on panel in the dining room by Anne Siems: “Douglas Squirrels,” acrylic on panel, 36×24 inches; found at the David Lusk Gallery.

Master bedroom

The master bedroom is an amped-up, spa-like retreat with dynamic colors such as pale purple and seafoam green. Luxurious linens, velvet and silk bedding and a silver silk rug complement a grand, painted four-poster bed. Espresso-stained nightstands challenge the softness, and large-scale sculptural lamps join the bed in grand verticality. This room features a painting by David Lusk Gallery’s Robert Rector and works on paper by Carlyle Wolfe.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - The Master Bedroom is an amped-up, spa-like retreat with luxurious linens, velvet and silk bedding, a silver silk rug and a grand, painted four-poster bed. The watercolor is by Carlyle Wolfe, "April - Dawn – Blues," 29 x 41”; found at the David Lusk Gallery.

The master bedroom is an amped-up, spa-like retreat with luxurious linens, velvet and silk bedding, a silver silk rug and a grand, painted four-poster bed. The watercolor is by Carlyle Wolfe, “April – Dawn – Blues,” 29×41 inches; found at the David Lusk Gallery.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - In the master bedroom there is a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector, "Powhatan," 48 x 42”; found at the David Lusk Gallery. Large-scale sculptural lamps join the four-poster bed in grand verticality.

In the master bedroom there is a mixed media on canvas by Robert Rector, “Powhatan,” 48×42 inches; found at the David Lusk Gallery. Large-scale sculptural lamps join the four-poster bed in grand verticality.

Children’s bedrooms

The designers chose a sweet, ruffled linen bed cover for an iron bed in the girl’s bedroom, an airy, feminine space with cheerful lavender and lime green. A bright painting by Chestnut Hall artist Hillary Butler hangs over a French-inspired, limed oak chest.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - The girl's room is a cheerful lavender and lime green.

The girl’s room is a cheerful lavender and lime green.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - In the girl's room, a bright painting by Chestnut Hall artist Hillary Butler hangs over the French-inspired, limed oak chest.

In the girl’s room, a bright painting by Chestnut Hall artist Hillary Butler hangs over the French-inspired, limed oak chest.

The boy’s room was outfitted entirely by Chestnut Hall’s At the Cabin collection and features a hickory sapling canopy bed, rustic furniture and Pendleton blankets.

A Home by Chestnut Hall - The boy’s room features Chestnut Hall's “At the Cabin” collection.

The boy’s room features Chestnut Hall’s At the Cabin collection.

Thank you, Stacy and Lana, for sharing The Porter with StyleBlueprint, expressed beautifully by the photography of  Sophorn Kuoy.

Chestnut Hall interior designers (l to r) Lana Zepponi and Stacy McSpadden.

Chestnut Hall interior designers (l to r) Lana Zepponi and Stacy McSpadden.

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