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.

Views of Music City can be seen from almost ever room in the house! ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Views of Music City can be seen from almost every room in the house!

The variety of colors and patterns are meant to maximize the contemporary feel of the home. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The variety of colors and patterns are meant to maximize the contemporary feel of the home. Although the view is the headlining feature of the space, the incorporation of pieces that reflect the homeowner’s personality is really what makes it feel like home.

The neutral palate of the kitchen and drapery frame the windows in a way that allow the view to be the focal point on the space. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The kitchen’s neutral palette and the way in which the drapery frames the windows allow the view to be the focal point of the space.

The pops of color don't detract from the view, rather the add a welcomed element of drama to the contemporary space. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The pops of color don’t detract from the view. Rather, they add a welcomed element of drama to the contemporary space.

“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.

For an interior designer, every project is personal. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

For an interior designer, every project is personal. The end result is a reflection of the homeowner’s stylistic preferences but also the designer’s interpretation of such. In this case, Julie’s longtime friendship with the homeowner made it even more personal. “We have worked with Julie for more than 10 years on a variety of projects,” the homeowner tells us. “She understands our life and style — and budget!”

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.

The contrasting of colors in this room are perfect ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

“I love the intensity of the jewel tone on the custom velvet headboard and screen in the master bedroom. It contrasts beautifully with the subtlety of the white linen drapery,” Julia says, when asked her favorite part of the design.

The neutral kitchen is enlivened by a colorful piece of art in this twelve twelve Nashville home. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The neutral kitchen, which opens into the living space, is enlivened by a colorful piece of art, which happens to be by one of our favorite local artists, Ed Nash.

No detail was over looked during the design process. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The entirety of the home is functional yet stylish. No detail was overlooked during the design process.

Even the smallest spaces of the home are thoughtfully designed in this twelve twelve Nashville home ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Even the smallest of spaces in the home are thoughtfully designed.

A bar cart allows you to extend the entertaining space ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

“We used the foyer as an extension of the entertaining space by adding a pretty, silver bar cart,” Julie shares. We also love this piece of art by Taylor O. Thomas, which provides the prettiest backdrop for the bar cart.

Even the bathroom got a dash of color with this geometrical wallpaper! ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Even the bathroom got a dash of color with this geometric wallpaper.

You can incorporate different colors, patterns, material and textures and still create a cohesive space. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

You can incorporate different colors, patterns, material and textures and still create a cohesive space. The surrounding neutrals allow the colors to work together. “When other elements are simple, the color will attract all eyes,” Julie says.

The artwork on the bedroom's wall ties in the colors of the headboard, pillow and throw. ©Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

The artwork on the bedroom’s wall ties in the colors of the headboard, pillow and throw. Additionally, it doesn’t compete with those wonderful views.

Thanks to Alyssa Rosenheck Photography for today’s beautiful photography, and thank you to Julie Couch Interiors for giving us a peek inside this gorgeous space!  

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