This month’s featured SB home showcases a recent Wills Company renovation and offers some serious interior eye candy that has lifted me up and out of my blah house doldrums. Grab a fresh cup of coffee, take a peek and tell me you don’t agree.
I recently caught up with Ridley Wills, company founder and creative design-meister, to ask him about the concept for this project. The Wills Company is a design/build remodeling firm with an impressive reputation. They are known for excellence not only in their award-winning residential designs, but in their white glove project management and client service, as well.
Although not obvious from these interior photos, this home is a row house that was purchased by a Nashville couple ready to downsize. Empty nesters, they wanted to move into town and minimize their footprint, without sacrificing the beautiful furnishings from their larger home. Given the scale of where they had been living, they were faced with some inherent design challenges in order to give the new house, circa late 80’s, a spacious feel that would also accommodate some of the larger furniture they intended to keep. (Look for the dining room table to come – you’ll see what I mean.)
Note: Today’s photographs are courtesy of Wiff Harmer.
Aside from the smart design elements, the understated neutral palette carried throughout the home gives a feeling of continuity. The rooms seem to flow from one to the next, without any jarring effect. While this is due in part to Ridley’s creative design and interior designer Sandra McDonald’s helping hand, both of these professionals attribute the ease and success of this project to the couple’s well-curated collections, as well as the wife’s former career as an interior designer. She had well-defined ideas regarding the direction of this project, consummate great taste and an innate aesthetic that is a gift. She just needed help executing the details to bring her vision to life.
And now, having seen this project from all sides, I can understand why both Ridley and Sandra were so enthusiastic to share these photos and their story–simpatico client relationships such as this take the tedium out of a project and replace it with pure pleasure. No doubt, this is a creative person’s dream!