Today, we catch up with interior designer Kendall Simmons as she takes us through one of her recent renovation projects in charming Franklin, TN. This beautiful family haven was created from a 20-year-old home, which was completely gutted and reconfigured. The original house had good bones and sat in a great neighborhood, but the homeowners longed for a fresh transformation. Utilizing modern pieces from CenWood Appliance (with locations in Memphis and Nashville), Kendall created a stunning interior plan that uses contemporary and traditional elements in perfect harmony.
Kendall wanted the kitchen to feel open and bright. She painted the walls and cabinetry a warm white, which reflects ample light around the space. The deep stained woods add a rustic dimension, while stainless steel appliances and industrial light fixtures heighten the sense of modernity. The layout of the kitchen allows traffic to flow easily from stove to counter to breakfast table.
The dining room is more formal than the kitchen, but capitalizes on a similar color scheme. Grays and whites dominate the palette, but rich blues and and pinks are introduced through art and accents. Kendall mixes patterns and fabrics here, creating a layered composition that is soft, but sophisticated.
Kendall chose to keep the original hardwood on the first floor of the home, but stained it with a rich, Jacobean, walnut hue. The glass chandelier is one of the most dynamic features of the room, providing a focal point above the round dining table. Modern art and accents are an interesting juxtaposition to the traditional furniture.
The den is one of the more rustic rooms in the house. Low ceilings are accentuated by a grid of heavy beams. Wood paneling backs the entertainment center, which is flanked by bookshelves filled with family totems and memorabilia. Again, Kendall manages to make a white room feel warm by maintaining a balance between wooden and white accents. This inviting room encourages guests to sit and stay awhile.
The second floor proves equally well designed, with oversize lighting fixtures and rich fabrics working together effortlessly. The upstairs study is one of the best-kept secrets of the house. Dressed in grays and whites, it is a bright space that inspires study. The oriental rug and red leather chair are a dynamic addition to the room.
The master bedroom is an oasis. Cloaked in soft neutrals, it is ornate, but not overdone. The large bed, covered in gorgeous linens and fabrics, is the focus of the room, while the mirrored nightstand and glass chandelier add royal appeal.