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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you, Stacy and Lana, for sharing The Porter with StyleBlueprint, expressed beautifully by the photography of Sophorn Kuoy.
- Interior designers: Chestnut Hall interior designers Stacy McSpadden and Lana Zepponi
- Furnishings, lamps, rugs and accessories: Chestnut Hall
- Builder: Price Hays
- Artwork: David Lusk Gallery
- Photography: Sophorn Kuoy