Whitland Avenue continues to be one of the most revered streets in Nashville, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are the neighbors an eclectic bunch — from a notable author, sports coach, English professor and Rabbi among the many others — but it’s also a street where the neighbors have a certain je ne sais quoi and are genuinely good to each other. With its canopy of trees and glorious vistas, the changing seasons are as pretty as the homes. Neighbors mobilized some years back to place a historic overlay on the street, ensuring that Whitland Avenue remains, as it has been for many years, a truly quintessential Norman Rockwell-type street.
When crafting this article, I began by describing Carole and John Sergent’s house as a grand old Southern home, but they quickly had this to say: “We actually prefer to think of it as a comfortable old Southern home.”
The Sergents are generous hosts and take their role of introducing newcomers to town seriously by throwing the best parties ever. The recent addition of the rear screened-in porch created optimum party flow for their guests. What is immediately obvious when you take a tour of their home is the Sergent’s love of local art. At every turn, you’ll see a piece by Red Grooms, Herb Williams or Paul Harmon. Their collection has meaning, each piece representing an important date or celebration in their lives.
The couple is most excited about the recent upgrades to the interior, which was orchestrated by the talented Kathryn Berschback of Berschback Design. She incorporated a sense of freshness to the existing decor by updating the color palette and adding her magical touches everywhere.
Kathryn Berschback is a recent graduate of O’More College of Design, and as you can see, she loves to combine subtle and bold colors to create an interesting look. When asked to share her design philosophy, Kathryn reflects, “I like to approach each design project with an understanding and respect for the individual client and the way in which they desire to live in their home. With a modern eye and attention to detail, I work to create beautiful, elevated spaces. Each project is unique, and I strive to deliver fresh and timeless designs that can be enjoyed for years to come.”
Nashville’s weather lends itself to screened-in porches as they can be used from March through the end of October, and Carole and John’s porch is perfect for a family gathering or to grab a moment with your favorite book. Adding the inside grill is a brilliant idea as the party can begin and end on the porch, allowing the hostess to enjoy the evening.
Thank you to John and Carole Sergent for opening up your home to us. Kathryn Berschback’s design talents go without saying, as she is truly gifted when it comes to creating color palettes that delight the eye and living spaces that are both versatile and comfortable! And many thanks to Caroline Sharpnack for capturing the beauty of this comfortable Southern home!
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