The glass-encased Twelve|Twelve building in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville has been a much-desired place to call home since development began in 2014. The building offers 286 condominiums and a refreshingly contemporary feel — both inside and out. But perhaps the most desirable of its features are the sweeping views of Music City.
Yes, Nashville’s skyline has changed quite a bit in the past few years, but it’s still stunning. Julie Couch of Julie Couch Interiors had the treat of redesigning a Twelve|Twelve unit in a way that both incorporated eye-catching design and the beautiful city views. “The skyline provides a beautiful view after dark,” the homeowner shares. “Nashville is growing so much right now. The view is a combination of lights and cranes!” The floor-to-ceiling windows and simplistic drapes frame the skyline, so the Nashville-based designer, known for her modern-yet-elegant designs, met the homeowners’ desire to bring in décor that did not distract from the views. Together, they created a space that mirrored the building’s modern design.
“It’s a balance of sticking to your gut on overall personal style, yet pushing yourself to branch out and trust Julie’s vision,” the homeowner says of the design process.
While the homeowner describes her personality and style as laid back with a few splashes of boho and chic, Julie describes the style of the space as soft modern. Overall, the design offers bold elements while maintaining a welcoming and comfortable feeling. The simple layout of the home — a small kitchen that opens into the living room, two bedrooms and two baths — did not change during the design process. Instead, it was enhanced. The addition of lighting and color opened the space and allowed it to flow more freely.
Julie’s attraction to contrasts (such as antiques paired with modern pieces) is seen throughout the space although her designs are primarily neutral in color — which this is not. In this project, the incorporation of color was a departure for Julie, but she mastered it artfully. “The color I used in this home was integral to the drama we wanted to create for my clients,” Julie tells us. Color is found in everything from the contemporary art work to the headboards. However, the larger pieces — like the sofas, chairs, drapery and bedding — are classic neutrals, white, gray and black. “I believe color is most impactful when used sparingly on a backdrop of quiet neutrals,” Julie continues.
When using color, Julie urges you to only use the ones you love, create simple vignettes that allow your favorite pieces to “sing,”and to use a single hue in different ways (with flowers, art, dishes, etc.). The goal is to create a space that is both cohesive and personal.
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