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Located in the pastoral hills off of Granny White Pike, the home of Lane and Julie Thomas, with its steep roof, gabled ends and classic shutters, gives a nod to traditional Cape Cod architecture.

With their architect, the homeowners designed their dream home as a gathering place for their friends, family and, most importantly, their grandchildren.

From the meandering creek in front and lovely trees, the setting of this home is simply gorgeous.

From the meandering creek in front and lovely trees, the setting of this home is simply gorgeous.

Interior designer Roger Higgins, of R. Higgins Interiors, purposefully created living areas that are both sophisticated and comfortable. The subtle palettes of gray throughout the home provide a compelling accent for the lovely wood floors, antiques, light fixtures and artwork. The large, comfortable sofas provide the perfect place to hold court. What most don’t know is that when selecting a couch, it’s important to seek a tailored look with a well-defined frame and upholstery with dressmaker skirts. The antique accent tables were found at the Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

At every turn, it’s obvious to see the homeowners’ endearment for their loved ones with photographs displayed throughout the home and the numerous awards of accomplishment.

The large living area is intentionally divided so that the room is visually more appealing with a sense of symmetry. This allows for an ideal placement of the furniture.  The oversized sisal rug embellishes the Oriental rugs in each room.  The leather ottoman is from <a href="http://www.leeindustries.com/" target="_blank">Lee Industries</a>.  The ceiling paint color is <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7015-repose/#/7015/?s=coordinatingColors&amp;p=PS0" target="_blank">Repose Grey by Sherman Williams</a>.

The large living area is intentionally divided so that the room is visually more appealing with a sense of symmetry. This allows for an ideal placement of the furniture. The oversize sisal rug embellishes the Oriental rugs in each room.  The leather ottoman is from Lee Industries. The ceiling paint color is Repose Gray by Sherman-Williams.

When asked for a quote to describe the house, Roger speaks to the owners’ qualities, “Like Julie and Lane, this house is beautiful outside and in. We were able to take the final steps to make a beautiful piece of architecture a beautiful home.”

As a past SEC football referee, the homeowner's television has a special meaning.

As an SEC football referee, the homeowner’s television has special significance, as he likes to watch games on Saturdays in the fall!

The large space that connects to the living room is great for entertaining as we know that everyone always ends up in the kitchen.

The large space that connects to the living room is great for entertaining, as we know that everyone always ends up in the kitchen.

The openness of the upper cabinets displays the owner's English ironstone collection and adds a more visually appealing look to the tall cabinets. The kitchen window treatment is a <a href="http://www.kravet.com/products/fabrics/" target="_blank">Kravet </a>fabric, and the light fixture is by <a href="http://www.visualcomfortlightinglights.com/" target="_blank">Visual Comfort.</a>

The open upper cabinets display the owner’s English ironstone collection and add a more visually appealing look. The kitchen window treatment is a Kravet fabric, and the light fixture is by Visual Comfort.

The attention to the smallest detail is evident throughout the home as both architect and designer works to maintain the richness of a historical home with the conveniences of the modern world.

The attention to the smallest detail is evident throughout the home, as both architect and designer worked to maintain the richness of a historical home with the conveniences of the modern world.

The elegant doorways and ceiling give this home a refined look. For example, the rounded entry ways are used sparingly to create symmetry throughout the home giving each room a defined path.  The massive staircase continues this theme and is accented by an antique newel post selected by the owners.

The elegant doorways and ceiling give this home a refined look. For example, the rounded entryways are used sparingly to create symmetry throughout the home, giving each room a defined path. The massive staircase continues this theme and is accented by an antique newel post selected by the owners.

The staircase, one of the many focal points in the home, offers a dramatic statement.

The staircase, one of the many focal points in the home, offers a dramatic statement.

The photograph below shows how the coffered ceiling anchors the room and breaks it up visually, allowing for balance of furniture and conversation areas. The dining area is made for comfort and use—the dining chairs are covered in Sunbrella fabric and the accent chairs recline.

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It’s hard to believe that the lovely drapes were sewn by the homeowner. The fabric is Pindler and Pindler with a linen sheer with the tape trim by Kravet. The dark wood table works as a contrast to the fabric chairs.

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The large coffee table is a custom design by R. Higgins Interiors. The interior support of the table allows for stools to be tucked underneath, providing additional seating.

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This lovely lamp offers wonderful texture and accent to the room.

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The combination of the Celadon green plate and English ironstone candlesticks creates an interesting accent to the artwork.

Just steps away is the dining area, which is bathed in natural light, creating an informal feel with room for all at the table. The bookshelf gives the room its prominence without too much fuss. There are numerous intriguing aspects to the room, from the contrasting table and chairs to the large painting anchored by the bookshelf. The walls are covered in a grass cloth by Thibaut.

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The painted dining room chairs are more casual and less matched than a traditional dining room set. The large painting on the bookshelf creates an important focal point for the room. The light fixture is by Hudson Valley.

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As Roger notes, “You can go broke buying pretty books,” so a solution is to create uniformity by turning the spine of the book inward. Also, by creating a visual focus with lots of books, the look is more dramatic.

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Once again, by combining a contemporary light fixture with the traditional dining room table, the overall effect works.

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Here’s another view of the dining room. Grass cloth is a great wall covering because it’s durable when hanging artwork.

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With the filtered light and juxtaposition of the windows, this staircase is stunning.

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As we bid adieu to the lovely home, we are left with a feeling of inspiration fueled by how contrasting themes truly do create a captivating look. The home’s charm and richness come from the efforts of the design team to add Old World charm with their attention to the character and intricacies of the home.

We would like to thank the homeowners, Lane and Julie Thomas, for opening up their lovely home to us.

Also, we want to recognize Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors as one of Nashville’s most talented and creative interior designers. Thank you for your vision and insider tips on how to create the perfect living space.

Today’s beautiful photography is from Grannis Photography.

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