Open floor plans, which come with many benefits, often bring one main challenge: how to arrange the room in a way that is cohesive. The space must be configured to accommodate the flow of the family. In the case of this home that sits at the end of a quiet dead-end street in Belle Meade, the open floor plan was smartly arranged to allow individual spaces to stand on their own while complementing the rooms around them. Mark Simmons of Mark Simmons Interiors, who oversaw the interiors of this home, says, “I enjoy the fact that the space is open and has a great flow, while the spaces are distinctly their own.” The spaces considered include a sunroom; open-concept living, dining and kitchen areas; and wet bar.

Mark’s design philosophy that directs his comfortable and inviting interiors is “quality design that stands the test of time.” In this particular home, he followed a classic English style to suit the tastes of the homeowners. “It stays true to our design philosophy but reflects the style and comfort desired by our client,” he explains.

In the sunroom, which sits adjacent to the living and kitchen area, neutrals and muted tones direct the design aesthetic. Subdued shades of yellow, greens and reds are brought into the sunroom with the help of upholstered pieces that fill each corner. The tones and patterns are reminiscent of a well-appointed English farmhouse. With one corner of the room dedicated to living and the other to dining, this is an extension of both the home’s main living space and outdoor space. Exposed brick that runs along three walls and continues onto the terrace impart a sense of warmth in the room. Two large skylights and a wall of windows and double doors fill the room with natural light. “The homeowners were hoping for a sunroom to draw you in, with a game table and chairs with areas for activities such as bridge, puzzles and entertaining,” Mark explains.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

This stunning sunroom is filled with natural light thanks to a wall of windows that leads to the home’s backyard.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

The enclosed porch is enjoyed year-round. By opening the double doors during warmer months, homeowners can easily move from the inside out.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

Upholstered furniture exemplifies classic English style. The neutral tones paired with the exposed brick makes for a winning combination! As you can see, the sunroom peeks into the home’s central living space, which in turn opens to the kitchen.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

This hallway, with covetable wallpaper, opens into the sunroom.

The focus of family and friendly gatherings, the living room is also central to the kitchen, sunroom, outdoor living area and formal dining room. The stone fireplace serves as a statement in the space. It anchors the living space, which is defined by two couches upholstered in a light green and two chairs that smartly swivel to face the television. The designer’s favorite feature is the colors he chose. It is these colors that allow the room to work cohesively with the other spaces and stay true to the classic English style of the home. Blooms on the curtains and subdued shades soften the room, while elements such as the console that houses the television and oversized ottoman offer depth. The living room is an approachable space elevated with thoughtful design.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

In helping orient yourself in the space, imagine the sunroom behind you as you face the fireplace, and the kitchen with wet bar to the right. Down the hallway in front of you, a stairway leads to the home’s upstairs and a stylish powder room sits at the end of the hall.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

The stone fireplace is a welcomed textural element that anchors the room. It also brings added warmth during Nashville’s cooler days (which we have become all too familiar with!).

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

Views of the home’s stone terrace and backyard can be enjoyed from the living room. These matching chairs can easily be turned to face the outdoors, or more commonly, the television.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

We love that this ottoman doubles as a coffee table. Thanks to the way the couches are framed around the coffee table and fireplace, the living space is sectioned off from the dining and kitchen areas.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

A farmhouse-style table offers a casual alternative to the formal dining room. From this angle, you can see how the space flows, with the sunroom and wallpapered hallway to the left and kitchen to the rear.

Updating the kitchen to increase functionality was a top priority for the homeowners. The kitchen is centered around a large island flanked by two chests. Four stools line the island for casual dining. Additional counter space and ample cabinetry create the function the homeowners were hoping for. Stylistically, the kitchen boasts the classic white color scheme, without airing too far on the side of modern and trendy. Classic elements, such as the light fixtures, chests and rich hardwood floors offset the all-white finishes. The hardwoods run into the living room, the bar and down the hallway, to create warmth and cohesion.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

Classic in design, the kitchen is where modern meets traditional. The lighting fixtures, stools and set of chests bring color and texture into the otherwise all-white room.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

By bringing the chests into the kitchen, Mark was able to tie in the approachable aspect of the living space. They also offer additional storage!

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

Comfortable as they are cute, these stools warm the all-white kitchen.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

The wet bar is an extension of the kitchen and makes entertaining easy — and that natural light makes everything even more lovely.

Open Floor Plan — a Mark Simmons home

A chandelier and small works of art add interest to the bar area.

By incorporating subdued colors, upholstered items and natural textures, Mark and his team were able to showcase classic English style across three distinct spaces that stand on their own in an open floor plan. It is these thoughtful design elements that allow the distinctly defined spaces to work together.

Thank you to Caroline Sharpnack for the lovely photos! 

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