Treat yourself to a visual wonderland this weekend with the opening of O’More College of Design’s 2014 Alumni Show House. I had the great pleasure of touring this beautifully restored Franklin home earlier in the week with the mastermind behind the concept, designer Joanne Haynes. As we meandered through all 6,000 square feet Monday, I had a chance to see how it has been transformed and talk to a few of the O’More alumni who were on hand putting finishing touches on their rooms. The finished product not only highlights the caliber students this design school graduates, but shows what kind of magic is possible when talented professionals work collectively for a common cause. In a word, it’s marvelous. Let these next 20 images whet your appetite, then go see for yourself (starting today through the 27th of this month) what we’re just scratching the surface of here today:
Built in 1904, this home is a great example of the Queen Anne Victorian style of architecture.
Here’s the foyer, as interpreted by Jonathan Savage of Savage Interiors. It’s an inviting space that sets the tone for the whole house. Note the original dental moulding around the ceiling perimeter: great care was taken throughout the house to preserve and, in some cases, restore original features like this.
Here’s a closeup of the a mixed media portrait hanging in the foyer. Can you see it’s constructed entirely of bottle caps? Amazing, yes! This is but one example of the artwork you’ll find throughout the house, much of which is courtesy of Haynes Galleries.
Here’s a peek into the living room. If you notice echoes of the foyer palette, that’s intentional. Joanne selected a scheme from Sherwin Williams’ historic colors for her design colleagues to use. I think this is brilliant and allows each designer’s aesthetic to come together in a way that feels cohesive to the visitor. I ran into Kathleen Evers, the designer for this space, when I visited, and she pointed out the original stained glass window in this room that was the inspiration for her plan. Though you can’t see it here, it’s a clear shade of radiant orchid, so on-trend this season, that she reiterates in some of the accessories around the room like the pillows, below.
Radiant orchid pillows: a bright counterpoint to the taupe settee where they live.
The living room opens into this elegant dining room designed by Deb Tallent and Mark Simmons of Mark Simmons Interiors. Deb and Kathleen Evers are friends from their design school days at O’More and enjoyed coordinating the details for their adjoining spaces.
Across the foyer from the living room is this study, a quiet retreat in navy and the inspiration of Dana Goodman.
Next to the study is this incredible game room by Jennifer Jones Design. Wondering where the television is? There’s not one. Jennifer’s concept involved recreating a good old fashioned gathering space where a family could connect over a hand of cards or board game. To the left is the entry to a full bath which would easily allow this space to also become a bedroom if desired.
Here’s Joanne Haynes sunroom, a bright space just off the kitchen that’s perfect for morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. When weather permits, as it finally does this week, doors open onto a side porch that invites the outdoors in.
The heartbeat of most homes is the kitchen, and this one stays true to form with its central location. On the right, you can just barely see the entry into a butler’s pantry, which opens into the dining room and living room beyond. Appliances from Electrolux (on par price point-wise with G. E’s. Monogram line) make this space ready to function for the modern family. The masterful design concept is courtesy of Kitchen and Bath Images.
Notice anything familiar about the wallpaper mural in the breakfast room? You guessed it: it’s a shot from the town square in Franklin. Design partners Louise Kitchell and Linda Tallent Brown turned a photograph into this amazing wallpaper mural as a nod to the Dozier family who originally owned the home and helped raise the funds to erect the monument.
Notice another echo — the circular element in the cabinetry and the wallpaper in the butler’s pantry. When you visit, you’ll see this again in the front door and that stained glass window in the living room. Beautiful. Space designed by Franklin Preservation Associates.
These next couple of pictures are of the laundry room, which was designed by Kim Zimmer. I’m not showing you the washer and dryer, and am opting instead to show you the fabulous extras that make this as inviting a space as all the rest. Here’s the wrapping station …
… and a clever idea: pants and lingerie drying drawers.
Love this cozy landing spot at the back door, with cubbies for storage and an office area that makes this the perfect command central.
Also wonderful is Timeless Interiors’ interpretation of the master bedroom. The bright pop of raspberry pink is at once unexpected and completely charming.
Here’s a shot of the master bath, also designed by Timeless Interiors. (It’s perfect – I’ll take it!)
Though they’re hard to see, the skylights in the second floor loft make this converted attic space cheery — a perfect nook for reading or relaxing. Notice the Anthropologie wallpaper mural designer Laura Devens hung on the rear wall. I think it’s stunning.
Ralph Cadenhead’s superb concept for this restful guest retreat incorporates a sitting area and small bar (which you must go see in person to get the full effect!) that is perfect for a night cap.
Adjacent to the guest suite is a haven for a daughter. Sunbrella interior fabric is a genius choice for this space, and the laser-cut star and dot decals add a touch of whimsy. Design by Sandler Design Group. (I met Kathy Sandler on my visit and learned she applied each and every decal by hand. Impressive!)
So that, friends, is the tip of the iceberg, as the saying goes. Stop by for your own personal tour — your senses will no doubt be delighted and you’ll come away with ideas aplenty for your own home decor projects.
Presented by Traditional Home, The O’More Alumni Show House 2014 was built by Thrive Homes. Click here for a complete list of sponsors and suppliers.
Thanks to Joanne Haynes for the guided tour, and to Terry Bailey for taking today’s lovely photographs.
For more information on O’More, the show house location and hours, and all of the alumni designers who contributed to this great project, visit the website: www.omorecollege.edu.
See more of Terry’s portfolio here: baileygraphicdesign.com.