We’re headed to the established Shady Grove neighborhood of East Memphis today, where Memphis-based designer Lee Pruitt has been working on a home off and on for the past two years. This impressive brick residence spans three floors, is around 6,500 square feet and includes four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. The outside of the home is more like a lush English garden, and the European touches continue once you walk inside.
This beautiful home is still a work in progress. Pruitt says the homeowners came with ideas of their own, and he worked around pieces they had already obtained. Matching the home’s exterior, the mood of the interior is a traditional European style. A common juxtaposition throughout is newer, traditional pieces alongside gorgeous antique dressers and other antique furniture.
Another common theme in the home is a mixture of contemporary paintings with those containing old European landscapes. Most of the rooms contain at least one prominent piece of art, several of which are surrounded by elegant gold frames. Continuing this stately element, the home is dotted with mirrors also encased in gold.
The dining room is one of the home’s most spectacular settings and includes beautiful mirrors and hand-painted Gracie wallpaper. Each look around brings another intricate detail into view. The mirrors were an addition by the homeowners before Pruitt began working with them and add instant majesty to the space. The wallpaper, which imparts a feeling of a fine mural rather than a wall covering, transports admirers to a beautiful forest right out of a fairy tale. The unique existing architecture adds instant drama.
One of the bathrooms contains a Venetian mirror above the pedestal sink to give some formality to the room. The bathroom also contains gold faucet and vanity handles, as well as sconces and more art pieces.
The playroom feels comfortable with an oversize sectional and colorful throw pillows, window seat and furry rug, while still giving off a sophisticated vibe. An oversize world map was Pruitt’s foundation for developing the room with lighthearted, distinctive furnishings.
This home is one of many in the Shady Grove neighborhood that Pruitt has worked on, each one stunning in its own right!