by Poki Hampton
KRISTY AND THOMAS CHERRY spent a year with architect John Chrestia of Chrestia, Staub and Pierce planning their new home in Natchez Trace. “We knew what we wanted in our forever home,” says Kristy. “While building the house, I saw the bed for the master bedroom in an ad for The French Mix by Jennifer Dicerbo in Inside Northside and was certain that she was the right interior designer for us. There was something about the bed that encapsulated the look I wanted for the whole house—not traditional, but transitional with a contemporary edge.” Entering the home you are immediately drawn to the outdoor courtyard. “The courtyard is one thing we knew we wanted,” says Kristy. “It is so tranquil to sit out there on a warm afternoon.” The two-tier wall fountain has a grey and blue patterned cement tile backdrop. It is the perfect place for overflow entertaining.
In the foyer, a contemporary painting by a local artist hangs above a French reproduction threedrawer chest that is carved and textured with a honed marble top. A white cowhide sits on the whitewashed French oak floor, which runs throughout the house. The stairway vestibule has a custom built-in bookcase, which Jennifer backed with a blue-grey grass cloth and decorated with art objects and books. In the living area, the crowning touches are the coffered ceiling and the bold feather motif crystal chandelier, finished in brass. Two exquisite custom sideboards with oversized solid brass handmade fleur pulls flank the fireplace. Contemporary paintings in soft pastels hang over the sideboards, while crystal lamps with textured brass accents and linen shades sit atop the chests. The elegant sofa, upholstered in a fresh Crypton performance fabric with banding decoration on the skirt, holds pillows >>
photo: SARA ESSEX BRADLEY
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