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.
The entry hall runs across the front of the house and several rooms open up off of it, so it is a focal point. Anchored by a long, narrow rug, the room also is home to a large concrete urn, several paintings, an antique chest and armchair, as well as hanging light fixtures. The chest is an 18th-century Italian piece.
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 reflected in an array of shiny textures including a large mirror, silver candleholders and centerpiece, a gold and crystal chandelier, and light-colored, Gracie hand-painted wallpaper. The antique dining chairs provide texture and ground the room.
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.
This corner of the dining room is dressed with airy drapes. Here we find antique chairs, the floral, hand-painted, Gracie wallpaper and a display of fine dishes.
The study of this home features teal walls and earthy gray and tan armchairs. Pruitt chose the color because he wanted something that would be bold and make a statement. The walls provide a nice contrast to the contemporary painting that hangs over the sofa.
The study also features a dappled gray rug that pulls the room together. Antique items include a four-drawer dresser, ornate lamps and warm side tables. Pruitt says the study is his favorite room in the entire house.
One of four bedrooms, this dignified retreat features an oil painting above the bed, which is flanked by tastefully mismatched nightstands and highly textured bronze lamps. Multiple windows around the room lend airiness and light.
This bedroom is accented with mirrors, in addition to a plentiful display of artwork. Ceiling-to-floor damask drapes, a simple chandelier and an antique dresser complete the posh look.
Another view of the bedroom reveals an antique desk and chair, tufted sofa and glittering room accessories.
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.
This bathroom was furnished in the same vein as the rest of the house, with multiple works of art, mirrors and gold touches.
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.
Tan and taupe colors give the playroom a sophisticated palette, while the soft textures of the couches and rug make it feel cozy. The shelving adds functionality, and color choices support a consistent feel.
Another view of the playroom reveals the window seat, which is adjacent to the built-in shelving, topped with a tasteful taupe print and balanced with orange throw pillows. The round table is also neutral, but items on the shelves and table add small pops of color.
This home is one of many in the Shady Grove neighborhood that Pruitt has worked on, each one stunning in its own right!
Interior design: Lee Pruitt Design
All furnishings: The Shop at Lee Pruitt Interior Design
Photography: Julie Wage Ross