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ashville is an exciting place to be right now — so much so that people are flocking here in droves like never before. And what’s not to love? With a vibrant creative scene, rich music and design history and even a light rail system on the horizon, Nashville and its surrounding communities are absolutely booming. Even the moon’s shadow couldn’t resist a stopover this year, providing us with a total solar eclipse that was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that won’t return to these parts for hundreds of years. There is so much to love about where Nashville has been, and there is a lot to get excited about when we think about where Nashville is going. Our cover story about Você shows that it has the best of both — thoughtful development providing the kinds of places people want to live in right now, respectfully done on the idyllic, tree-filled property that was once lived on by Eddy Arnold. It’s that kind of stewardship of the area’s rolling hills and green spaces that The Land Trust for Tennessee promotes through its work on conservation easements. By helping people across the state keep their historic family lands intact, the trust helps ensure that we can enjoy green space for years to come. Enjoying the outdoors’ natural beauty all year long is what Castle Homes is all about in this issue. Thanks to our typically mild winters, all it takes is some thoughtful design to make the outside one of your favorite rooms to hang out in this fall, even as the temperature drops. I moved to Middle Tennessee from Chicago in 2003, before pedal taverns took over Broadway and the downtown art crawl served its first cup of wine. June Carter and Johnny Cash were still alive, their Hendersonville home still standing. And that home’s renowned architect, Braxton Dixon — who passed away at age 96 earlier this year — was still building undeniably interesting houses. Now is a time of reinvention for Nashville, and for Nashville Interiors magazine. We will be available at more locations than ever before, and we are adding more consumer-friendly content — informative articles about what’s going on in building, design and architecture trends, and insider profiles on the spaces that make Nashville’s residents thrive. I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter for me, for the magazine and for the city.

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ON THE COVER Você is a development with deep roots in country music, the thoughtful conversion of Eddy Arnold’s property into picture-perfect lots. On the cover is a beautiful build from Castle Homes, with tons of windows to showcase the trees Arnold loved so much. 8 | NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM

Nashville Interiors is the premier building and design guide of Middle Tennessee. We feature regional master craftsmen, designers, architects, builders, artists, collectors and retailers, while following the area’s trends in building, design and development.


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FINEST 14 FALL’S All the things we want to have in our home this season.

18 See where Nashville chefs Jason Brumm (Von ElRod’s), TOQUES OFF

Margot McCormack (Margot, Marche) and Nick Hertel (Merchants) relax at home.

SPACE: LIBBY CALLAWAY’S 26 INSPIRING DINING ROOM The hub of her home, it’s where she entertains guests and runs her media and communications company, The Callaway.

MAKES IT REAL 28 MODSY 3D software enables you to picture pieces in your actual space.

32 Old train rails get new life as custom furniture at Rail REINVENTING THE PAST Yard Studios. 10 | NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM

PERFECT 36 PICTURE-WINDOW The windows of a 30-year-old home are replaced with designer versions that best showcase a recent renovation.

SPACE: SCOTT HAMILTON’S 38 INSPIRING DRUM ROOM The athlete talks about his new book and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation while getting creative at home.

BEAUTY 42 BOSCOBEL Interior designer Ha nnah Crowell transforms East Nashville home with light touches and inspiring art.

FREESTANDING BATHTUBS 48 TREND: How to choose the right soaker for your space. LIFE ALL YEAR LONG 50 OUTDOOR Castle Homes proves a life outdoors is one worth living.


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SAVING PLACE

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TREND: STRING LIGHTS

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VOICE OF THE LAND

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BUILDING ON HISTORY

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SPOTLIGHT: SETH ARGO

Land once owned by Andrew Jackson to remain intact thanks to conservation easement.

Delicately dazzle your outdoor space with twinkly string lights.

Você development honors the legacy of crooner Eddy Arnold.

Witherspoon development creates community on former Wildwood Plantation.

Custom builder discusses the importance of client collaboration.

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HIDDEN TREASURES

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BUILT BY DESIGN

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SPOTLIGHT: JULIA MARTIN

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BUILD-A-BOOK COLLECTION Worthington Galleries’ Michael Keever shares some secrets to collecting old tomes.

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MAKING A HOUSE A HOME

Boutique neighborhoods offer leafy lots in prime spots.

The O’More Show House features new construction designed by alums of the school.

Nashville artist and gallery owner preps for a solo show and offers tips for new collectors.

Gil Schafer III discusses what must-haves make houses homes.


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The company’s flagship product, Rebel Green Fruit and Veggie Clean ($6.99), is made with natural ingredients including grapefruit seed extract and organic extracts of lemon and lime. It’s Kosher and looks beautiful on the counter.

The Classical American House ($95, Images Publishing) with introduction from Phillip James Dodd includes dozens of exemplary architectural projects, rich in photographic detail and architectural analysis, it is overloaded with inspiration.

Tivoli Audio brings the quintessential tabletop radio into the age of smart home audio with the Model One Digital ($299), which combines audiophilegrade sound with Tivoli’s trademark attention to beautiful, simple designs.

Atrafloor is a durable printed vinyl flooring ($69/m2), and because each order is custom to each client they don’t hold stock, meaning they can offer a limitless range of innovative design options. H&M’s Autumn 2017 Home Line puts color and texture in the spotlight, mixing both to create affordable and trendy pieces that also help create a warm and inviting atmosphere this season. Pieces start at $12.99. 14 | NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM


If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to have your house redone by the Property Brothers when they came to Nashville this year no worries. Their new line for Lowe’s, Scott Living ($16-$791), makes their signature livablechic aesthetic - from pillows to couches - available to all.

Claus Porto’s Deco Soap Assortment ($60) makes a bold statement with charming, patterned labels inspired by the dramatic designs that first made Claus Porto’s name in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Each of its 10 lines represent a different fragrance composed of ingredients that evoke Portugal’s diverse countryside.

Murals Wallpaper provides madeto-order custom wallpaper murals for homes ($34/m2) that allow users to choose from a wide selection of images, photos and designs, or the opportunity to custom make their own design.

Each piece of designer Anne Hepfer’s curated collection is made with ethically sourced ostrich leather from farmers in Africa. Available in 20 rich shades with brass or polished silver trim and mirror accents, a percentage of sales of this X base cocktail table ($6,880) goes to the South African community where it was made.

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rofessional restaurant kitchens are epicenters of nightly battles. What looks like chaos is really a well-trained team executing the orders of a general, the executive chef. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Sometimes the chaos is real, the scars from flames and blades are real, and the deep collective exhale of the cooks, chefs and dishwashers at the end of the evening are a signal of relief.

While the young and restless might take to the bars where other battle-weary comrades gather, the seasoned chefs go home. Home is everything it should be — respite, sanctuary, battery charger.

NASHVILLE’S CHEFS SHOW US WHERE THEY RECHARGE AT HOME STORY BY JIM MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAM MONAGHAN

What is amazing is how many chefs actually like to cook at home. They carry a dominant gene for hospitality, and they find joy and purpose in cooking for friends. They remind us that a professional cook can cook anywhere, from a small galley kitchen to a pile of coals in the backyard. While it’s nice to have the latest in gasrange hardware, there’s beauty in a simple stove with a deft hand in control. We were fortunate to be invited into the homes of three notable Nashville chefs, to see the private spaces that they usually reserve for close friends and family. These are important spaces to them, where they get to do just what they want to do — at least until the next day’s gauntlet of service. These are their welcome homes. NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 19


JASON

Jason Brumm makes his children a hot breakfast each morning, and he and his wife entertain a few times a month.

BRUMM

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fter opening radius10, one of the pioneering restaurants of the now-crowded and booming Gulch area, Jason Brumm took his talents westward, as in Denver and Park City, Utah. Coming back to Nashville, he wanted to end up close to his children’s school, and he chose a gated community off of West End Avenue. “I like how I can get anywhere from there pretty easily, with immediate access to I-440,” says Brumm, spooning out some of the signature beer-cheese sauce that will accompany homemade pretzels and sausages at his latest venture, Von Elrod’s, adjacent to First Tennessee Field in Germantown and ground central for Oktoberfest. His home kitchen has also been his epicenter for recipe development, though he admits he grinds and

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stuffs his sausages elsewhere. “We love this house. We have a great bonus room upstairs that the kids love, and after a rough week, I crank the air down to 72 degrees, turn on the television and melt into my chair. I just want to nest and chill,” he says, laughing. Another bonus is an office off the master bedroom where his wife, Sherri, runs her Caribbean property management company. Brumm makes the kids a hot breakfast each morning, but his real home cooking comes when he and his wife entertain friends, sometimes three to four times a month. For that, everyone either crowds into the kitchen or heads outdoors where he keeps his garden of herbs, peppers and other essentials. “Hanging with our friends makes me feel normal again,” says Brumm, whose new restaurant opens this fall.


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nother restaurant pioneer, Margot McCormack practically anchored the renaissance of East Nashville when she opened her eponymous eatery in Five Points, and then her chic market, Marche, just down the hill.

It’s no surprise, then, that she and her wife, Heather Parsons McCormack, who manages the house fronts, chose a charming cottage in East Nashville close to their other “homes.” “With just two nights off, we like to be home,” says Margot McCormack, seated at a large kitchen table strewn with books, notepads and a computer. She enjoys cooking for her son and having friends over for small-scale dinners. While she admits Heather cooks, as well, she marvels at how many pots Heather might use for a single meal, shaking her head. “When you think about it, running a restaurant is really entertaining every night. It’s something I enjoy, obviously, but at home, it’s more relaxing to entertain. We’re not super-fancy,” Margot McCormack says. Much of the decor is dominated by her young son’s toys, but the artwork hints at a love for Cape Cod and the beach — fitting for the cottage feel of the home. “We go there every summer, so we try to keep a little of it here, too.”

Margot McCormack enjoys hosting small scale dinners with her wife in their cottage-style home.

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ith two “fluffy dogs” and a penchant for Scandinavian design, Nick Hertel is working to transform his “fixerupper 1950s ranch” nestled in the bottoms near Shelby Park. He also likes that he can bike from home to his chef residence, Merchant’s, in downtown Nashville. Given traffic and parking, it’s an enviable and logical two-wheel commute. Hertel grew up a Navy brat, traveling with his family to ports around the world and developing a serious and persistent travel bug. His walls speak of faraway places, like a collection Japanese masks, and of a design ethos rooted in Finland and Sweden. He’s also found inspiration in South America and other points of Southeast Asia.

Nick Hertel collects items from his travels, like Japanese masks, in his 1950s East Nashville ranch.

When home, though, reading is his escape from the rush of a busy dinner service. He might curl in a comfortable chair or hide in the pop-up camper out back that he lives out of while road tripping. His other escape comes on four wheels at skateboard parks, which, outside of an adrenaline-fueled night at the stoves and combi ovens, might be the perfect endorphin replacement for a chef who might just have only two speeds: rush or read.

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Inspiring LIBBY CALLAWAY’S Spaces DINING ROOM

L

ibby Callaway moved to East Nashville

looking. My mom was an antique dealer when I

her in one of her favorite rooms in

was little, so I have a real appreciation for reuse

her house: the dining room. It’s a

and honoring an object’s past and figuring out

good thing she likes the space so

new ways to use it. … There’s one piece that’s

much – it’s where she entertains,

almost Colonial-looking from my grandmother’s

eats and works running her business, The Callaway. The communication and media company works with creative

brands ranging from fashion designers to

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house, and I painted a lacquered white mirror with an eagle over it. Then I have these four green Eames shell chairs around it that belonged to my godmother’s father. He had them in his

hospitality entities.

office in the ‘50s. But then I love mixing new and

Current Callaway projects done around her large,

old. I’ve got a really new overhead light from

lacquered metal table include curating a retail store, doing national PR for a major hotel, working with Hayley Williams of Paramore on her hair

Callaway’s mom was an antique dealer, and she has the same appreciation for the history of things.

gun. My mom did that for me; it’s really neat-

in 2010, and most days you can find

Wilder, the design store in Germantown, that hangs over my table. And I have a Starck ghost chair. So there are these new elements that

dye company and helping a string of nonprofits.

also blend.

“I’ve got a team of three, and we can all four

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?

sit around the table and work, which is nice.

Wonders on Woodland is my favorite. It’s an

People will come in for

antique store. Deb and Wayne Goodwin are just

meetings, and this is where

the best. They’ve had their store at least as long

we do it. It’s also where

as I’ve lived in East Nashville, and I find the best

I eat, it’s where I watch

pieces there. They have just such a cool eye, and

TV, it’s where I do my

everything is really reasonably priced. I find a

adult coloring book, it’s

lot of stuff there. And a lot of the pieces come

where I do a little bit of

from Goodwill or antique stores. I used to work

everything,” she says.

at GasLamp Antique Mall, so a lot of this stuff

Callaway invited us in to

came from GasLamp.

share her collecting habits,

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

maximalist tendencies and favorite places to shop.

I wear a lot of dresses and I buy a lot of them,

HOW DO YOU COLLECT

usually from the ‘80s. My friend Bobby was

YOUR PIECES?

just over here, and we’re both maximalists. I

It’s all either hand-me-

don’t want less. Minimalism? No. I want more! I

downs or things I’ve found second-hand. Obviously a lot my stuff is vintage. I got a couple of tables at Goodwill, including one that we re-covered in this peachy fabric with a staple 26 | NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM

My style really ranges. I either go high or low.

just love having stuff around me. I love finding themes and running with them. I don’t have any one decorating ethos. I think that if you love it you’ll find a place to use it, and I always do. Things start to fade out every once in a while, but for the most part things stay with me for a long while. NI


More is more for Callaway, who works at a large, lacquered metal table with gold legs surrounded by objects-as-inspiration. She takes a seat in an Eames shell chair from the ‘50s.

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LESS IS MORE MINIMALIST. Mix the black leather and chrome chair with black pieces of varied textures to create an ultra-chic minimalist space.

HOLLYWOOD GLAM. The chrome frame makes this chair a perfect statement with bold colors, a Slim Aarons print and reflective surfaces.

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ver stood in a room, wondering what piece of furniture will work in an odd space, or whether a certain sofa will go

with a certain chair? Enter Modsy, an online personalized home design solution that allows users to see how furniture and decor will actually look in their homes before they purchase anything, CALI-BOHO. Incorporate natural and weathered wood pieces with an overdyed rug and mudcloth pillows for unexpected cool.

eliminating the guesswork – and maybe a few friendly marital disagreements – from the buying and styling process. Alessandra Wood, the director of style at Modsy who boasts a doctorate in design history, says all those fights can end by using Modsy’s advanced 3D visualization technology, which creates perfectly scaled, 360-degree room renderings from your own pictures.

INDUSTRIAL LOFT. Steel and leather just works with vintage stylings such as Edison bulbs, architectural plans, rough steel and concrete.

“It gives you the ability to have really highquality visualization, as opposed to something that might feel a little bit more like a computer game,” Wood says. “Our goal is to have really beautiful, inspiring, photorealistic designs and images that are set in the context of your own home.” Once you upload photos of your room, the team at Modsy will build a full 3D model that’s accurate to the scale of your room. That room model can then be emptied of all your existing

MID-CENTURY. An eclectic rug and a few mid-century pieces bring out the vintage lines of the chair.

furniture, and all anew pieces can be placed in. Or mixed and matched. “Not only can you play with your room at that moment, but as long as you live in your house you have access to that room,” she says. “So if you come back in one year or two years or five

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says owner Margi Hargrove. “They arrive hoping to stumble across something unexpected, something beautiful that they can blend with their existing personal style.” Shoppers also will find a large selection of fabrics and

years or 10 years, you’ll always have that room model.” Modsy has partnerships with more than 100 retailers, including West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach, so you can pop in your favorite

leathers for upholstered furniture, headboards and drapery, and Amy Howard at Home paints. They carry a wide selection of sofas, sideboards, mirrors, accent pieces, artisan forged lamps, reclaimed wood tables and pillows.

piece before purchase. And it also works great with that

Margi works with clients to design entire rooms, putting her

antique hand-me-down you love but aren’t quite sure

20 years of interior design expertise to work.

what to do with.

“I recommend clients consider how a particular piece of

“We like to say it’s like a catalog in your house, because

furniture works in their space, rather than making sure

you have the ability to see and to play and to explore in a

they follow a strict traditional or modern style as their only

very noncommittal way,” she says.

guide. Most of my clients welcome a blended style that

DIY designers aren’t the only ones using the tool; plenty

allows for personal expression.” NI - Laurie Perry Vaughen

of pros incorporate the technology into their work with clients. There is also a number of interior designers working with Modsy to help with design layouts and give advice. “It is for people who are either ‘design challenged,’ or who have really strong ideas but are ‘visualization challenged,’” Wood says. Modsy starts at $69 dollars for one room model with two initial designs, and then unlimited redesign to play around, edit your layout, change out products and print draft renderings. Their $199 package gives you one-on-one access to their style advisor team. “We give you design support and design advice along the way, but we really put our users in the driver’s seat so that they can create and make the space that really reflects them and reflects their style and their needs,” Wood adds. Modsy was founded by CEO Shanna Tellerman after she moved into an apartment with her then-boyfriend (nowhusband). She had a hard time envisioning how to arrange and decorate the apartment, even with pictures. Using her background in 3D graphics, she created Modsy. “We’re truly fusing technology and interior design,” Wood says. NI NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 29


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Robert Hendrick, founder of Rail Yard Studios in front of graffiti by Krest 1, also known as Troy Duff

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REINVENTING THE PAST TRAIN RAILS GET NEW LIFE AS CUSTOM FURNITURE CREATIONS

STORY BY HOLLIE DEESE PHOTOGRAPHY BY REEVES SMITH

Robert Hendrick is a serial tech entrepreneur. He just can’t help having a hand in the early stages of making a company a success, then moving on to the next promising venture. And the Nashville native and Montgomery Bell Academy grad has some impressive credits on his resume, including tech and healthcare IT ventures.


But in 2003 he went a bit off script. He bought a railroad contracting company that handles track maintenance and repair across the Southeast. It was a far cry from the digital world, but like every business — digital or otherwise — rail maintenance cycles up and down. In this case the peaks and valleys were brutal. “I’m a tech entrepreneur who bought a railroad company,” Hendrick says. “I tried to grow the business from a standpoint of being an entrepreneur, but I wasn’t really ready for that because it’s a physical product, not a digital product.” So six years ago he decided to try something unexpected to even things out. Using his industrial design background, he began conceptualizing designs using the scrap wood and steel that no longer made the grade for rail use. He began making furniture. Hendrick lives right over Rymer Gallery in Nashville’s art district. Artist Herb Williams got a peek at his sketchbook one night and encouraged him to have a show. Hendrick agreed, and after churning out some pieces in his parents’ garage, Rail Yard Studios became official in 2011.

Soon, his rail maintenance crew was working on furniture in their downtime. “They all thought I was crazy,” Hendrick jokes. “Then they saw what I was trying to do, and they were like, ‘Okay, this is cool.’” As rail material comes into the shop it is numbered and cataloged from point of origin to last point of service. That information is presented to the owner in a certificate with their completed piece. It’s a sense of permanence Hendrick never found in the fluid tech world.

left: Double Track credenza below: Click Clack ping pong table

“You might push out a piece of code that’s buggy, and then fix it later. But you can’t push out a desk that’s going to wobble and then fix it later, especially when you just sent it to Dallas or San Francisco.” Rail Yard Studios’ express line incorporates reclaimed railroad steel from 1896 to 1915 and hardwood hickory, elm, beech, maple and cherry timbers for smaller spaces. They are currently working on a line of pool tables with Olhausen Billiards in Portland, Tennessee. Last year Hendrick teamed up with Nashville graffiti artist Troy Duff for a show called Project Boxcar that

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“I see it as a means to help preserve a very influential form of art.” – Robert Hendrick

clockwise, from top left: Trestle Bed; Rail Graffiti, on rusted boxcar door; Sleepers coffee table: Credenza and Graffiti; Vintner’s Tasting Table

played off the natural, if somewhat taboo, cultural mashup of rail cars and train tagging. Rail cars were taken apart and then painted by Duff into large- and small-scale art pieces. “I source materials and create ‘steel canvases’ retaining interesting lettering and artifacts while creating a space for Troy to fill. Troy adds his touch, pulling in colors to complement the tones of the raw canvas — the rust, fading paint and decals of the cars.” Recently, Hendrick began collecting original artwork from the rail cars as they roll into his shop, and together he and Duff hosted another show at the end of September.

to trains, including railroad vendors and people who live in “rail” cities like Chicago, St. Louis and New York. And there is a very real urban renewal nature and historic preservation inherent in what they do, like the bike rack at the North Branch Nashville Library. It was made with rail that was stamped “Carnegie.” Andrew Carnegie didn’t own railroads, but he owned foundries, and he donated the money to build that library. “For the most part, what they want is a story,” Hendrick says of the people who commission a piece. NI

CARNEGIE LIBRARIES across the country were

“Yes, it’s vandalism, but it’s also art. I see it as a means to help preserve a very influential form of art,” Hendrick says.

built with money donated from Scottish businessman

Today Rail Yard Studios is, fittingly, located by the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. A number of the commissioned pieces are from people with personal ties

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hen Dr. Stephen Fesik first tackled a

project,” Fesik says. “The sunroom, he must

remodel on his 1989-built traditional

have spent an hour working with us to design

Forest Hills home about five years

it properly so it fit within the guidelines of the

ago, he completely renovated the inside,

windows he could get, but also had the best

swapping out brass chandeliers, dated knobs

aesthetic value.”

and flowery wallpaper for a cleaner, more modern design.

They went with Pella’s Architect Contemporary Series, which appealed to them because of the

One thing he didn’t include in the project was

narrow lines and the contemporary hardware. They

new windows and doors, and that decision

chose black on the exterior and custom-matched

became a growing issue for Fesik. There was no

white on the interior with chrome hardware.

way to open them and get a little fresh air every once in a while, and they were an eyesore.

Fesik replaced the entire rear and sides of his home in the first phase of the project. At the

“They had brass crank mechanisms that didn’t

end of August, the second and third phase was

work, and they just didn’t fit the house,” Fesik says.

completed, including the sunroom and his front

Melissa Frederiksen, principal interior designer

entryway that includes a 75” x 119” Architect

and owner of Atmosphere 360 Studio in

Contemporary double door with sidelights

Nashville, also happens to be dating Fesik and

and transom.

worked with him to achieve just the right look

“It feels more like a modern home now,”

in windows to go with what they had achieved

Frederiksen says. “The windows really have more

with the earlier remodel.

of an effect than I think people realize. You look

“Oftentimes, people are more focused on style,

at them all day long, but you don’t realize how

colors, furniture choices and other cosmetic

much you actually look at your windows.”

issues,” Frederiksen says. “Old, outdated

Black accents were added to complement the

windows can be the weak spot and become very

recently painted gray brick exterior. A new slate

obvious when everything around them is new.”

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I STORY BY HOLLIE DEESE PHOTOGRAPHY BY CONNIE CHORNUK

n the eleven years that Olympic gold medal

Soon, operations for the foundation will be

champion Scott Hamilton has lived in

moving to the new Provision Cares Proton

Franklin with his wife, Tracie. and four kids

Center in Nashville, one of just 15 proton therapy

ages 16, 14, 13 and 9, he has managed to keep

centers in the country. Proton therapy is like

himself just a bit busy, whether it’s coaching at

targeted radiation; less of the healthy tissue is

his Skating Academy in Antioch or traveling the

affected during treatment.

world for his many speaking engagements.

“I had chemo, and it’s not the best thing. It kills

And he’s always adding to his schedule. Earlier

the cancer, but it also really significantly affects

this year, 31 million people tuned into a series

your body.”

on people.com to watch Hamilton handle the diagnosis of his third benign brain tumor last year. The show was an inspiring look into is outlook on life, including the adoption of two of his children from Haiti. Plus, the survivor of cancer and three pituitary brain tumors has been devoted to the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation since January 1999. The foundation funds advanced, innovative research that treats cancer while sparing the patient.

If that wasn’t enough, his third book is coming out Feb. 18. Hamilton says “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything” addresses the intrinsic will to achieve excellence and go for the win after learning from a loss. “Winning changes everything,” he says. “If you truly want to live your life extraordinarily, then you’ve got to win. It’s these principles of building strength as kids, building strength as a student, building strength as a business person — showing up every day and outworking everybody. And all those wins are built on a mountain of failure, so failure has to be embraced.” With all that going on, no one could begrudge Hamilton for retreating to a space all his own. Originally built to be a safe room – no windows, all interior walls in the basement – it now has walls covered in records, Hamilton’s drum kit and his always-expanding collection of signed guitars (Kiss, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick). Each of the framed vinyl records he has collected over his years of training – many of them classic rock – is special to Hamilton in some way. “When you’re training

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for the Olympics, there’s not a whole lot to do besides train, and so I’d listen to music,” he says. “I loved music, and I loved everything about music.” The collection of favorites includes hits from Styx, Cheap Trick, Cars, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin. “Some of them, like that ‘Born to Run’ one, if you open it up, there’s a concert ticket inside from the first time I saw him perform.”

see, and [the woman] was Whoopi Goldberg.” Just outside the drum room, in addition to more signed guitars, is an Addams Family Pinball machine, one of three pinball machines in the house. When Hamilton relaxes, he

Hamilton has seen Springsteen more than he

relaxes. And across the hall is

has any other artist, and that first time he didn’t

his personal gym, a room he’s

even have a ticket! He lucked out, buying one

in every day.

outside just before the show. “They were $15 apiece, and it was eleventh row on the aisle. Bruce Springsteen was this close to me singing ‘Spirits in The Night.’”

Hamilton had never played drums until he participated in a television show where celebrities got to try a skill totally new to

Tickets are available

Hamilton has had the opportunity of meeting

them. Then he went to Rock and Roll Fantasy

now for An Evening

and even getting close with many of the artists

Camp for his 50th birthday where one of his

with Scott Hamilton and

whose albums hang on his walls — from friends

counselors was Elliot Easton, the lead guitar

Friends, 5 p.m. on Nov.

Jack Mack and the Heart Attack to jazz pianist

player for The Cars.

Chick Corea, whom Hamilton collaborated with on a piece of composed skating choreography in the ’80s. And some he just has a great story about.

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“It was awesome,” he says. “I had a blast. It was like I got to play music for the first time in my life.”

Arena, with Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Cassadee Pope, Bart

And while it’s a space that is just for Hamilton

Millard, Chris Young

to be himself with no distractions, occasionally

and Steve Cropper

“I went to Sting’s very first solo concert, which

one or more of his children will join him. And he

was really fun,” he says. “I couldn’t see because

performing alongside

loves that even more.

skating routines from

I was standing behind this woman who kept leaning over. It was at the Ritz in New York, which is a hard venue to see if you’re up on the side. At the end of the concert, I was kind of stiff-necked from trying to lean around to

“My kids like to come down here and bang and

Olympic, World and

make noise,” he says. “My 16-year-old, my son

National champions,

from Haiti, holds his drumsticks so naturally, and

with Peggy Fleming

he has perfect time. Perfect. So he likes to come

co-hosting. Tickets are

down here and just mess around.” NI

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show event at the Omni Hotel will be hosted by Hamilton. Tickets for that dinner range from

concert I ever went to was Aerosmith.

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FIRST RECORD BOUGHT? A Jethro Tull album.

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annah Crowell grew up in a family of performers, each more talented than the next, to the point where it seemed weird if you weren’t a musician. Daughter of Roseanne Cash and Rodney Crowell, granddaughter to Johnny Cash, music was certainly in her blood. But that didn’t make it right.

For a while she tried to follow in the footsteps of her illustrious family, but she eventually realized performing wasn’t at all what she wanted to do. So got her degree from the San Diego Design Institute and started over, embracing interior design as a second career. “I didn’t realize that was an actual career, even though I watched ‘Designing Women,’ ” she jokes. “Coming from a family of performers, I just assumed that that’s what I had to do. Now, looking back, I was obsessed with my room and I was, at the time, obsessed with every Laura Ashley print. I just wanted to swaddle myself in Laura Ashley floral prints. It was definitely

there from the beginning.” It was certainly the right career move. She first founded Belak and Crowell Interiors before branching out on her own with Crowell + Co. Interiors. One recent project Crowell worked on was the East Nashville home of Erin Breeding and Gerard Hardiman. Built in 2004, the home had missed the mark when it was constructed; the attempt to match the historic nature of the neighborhood fell short. The house was too dark, and somehow not quite right, so Crowell was brought in to make it modern while maintaining a bit of the 1940s feel the rest of the neighborhood has. The process took about eight months to complete from start to finish, including a total gut job of the master bathroom — complete with downed walls and reconfigured pipes. The new dark tile contrasts with the light marble tub and shower, the large, patterned rug is unexpected but works to warm things up a bit. “We made a master bath that felt bright and airy, and NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 43


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annah Crowell of Crowell + Co. Interiors likes to call the shots when it comes to design and admits she is a bit of a Type-A personality. “So I do kind of think

that my opinion is really the right one, but we can’t always do that,” she jokes. Still, she loves to collaborate with clients and has even been drawn to things she never knew existed, thanks to the inspiration of others. “I really enjoy clients who are willing to take risks or do something that’s a little bit out of their comfort zone,” she says. “Or, who are just interested in having a livable, well-curated, comfortable space where everyone can pile in. It’s functional but still beautiful.” WHERE DO YOU SHOP? I love Wilder. I love GasLamp Antique Mall. I always find weird little things there that I love. DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS? I don’t. Honestly, with having my own business and two little girls, I’m sure there’s all kinds of trends, but I don’t know what they are. I have 9,000 magazines, and I don’t have time to look at any of them. WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? If I like it, then I feel like it kind of works. I just don’t really think about it. I don’t have rules or anything. I feel like if I love it or if my clients love it, then it all kind of works out.

that had enough storage,” she says. “It is a master bath that you would want to have.” The master bedroom was a bit of an awkward space, with really high ceilings but rather anemic windows. The scale was off, so they decided to put wallpaper over one of the giant walls to detract from the oddness. “I love wallpaper more than anything on the planet, so I do use it a lot,” Crowell says. The pattern she wanted was expensive, and Crowell and the homeowners went back and forth between it and a more affordable pattern. In the end, they decided the cost was worth getting the one they loved. She then hung the window treatments way above the casings to make the small windows appear longer. 44 | NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM

Floors were an issue too; the prefabricated floorboards were stained red and wouldn’t work with the new plan. Refinishing pre-fabricated floors is a big risk because there is so little to sand down. But the end result was exactly what she wanted. “I love my floor guy, and I just made him do it thinking that everything was going to be okay. And it was,” she says. The kitchen was another gut job that included opening a wall into the family room for more flow, as well as adding a wall of windows and French doors that opened into the spacious-for-East-Nashville backyard. “It was just kind of dark and felt tight, so we wanted to open it up and make it bright and happy,” she says. NI


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life outside is one worth living — that’s the philosophy Alan Looney and his team at Castle Homes have fully embraced in recent years as more homeowners incorporate the great outdoors into their families’ daily routines.

Creating an at-home oasis appeals to families with younger kids who love being able to host their friends. Then when the parents get older, they have appealing places that their college-bound kiddos actually want to come home to. Meanwhile, empty nesters and couples without kids have a place to reflect and recharge that doesn’t involve airports and luggage. “People want to spend more time enjoying their homes, and obviously enjoying the outdoor space,” says Looney, who says about 60 percent of the homes they construct these days have a backyard pool. A big key to making that happen is the privacy provided by thoughtful residential landscaping, which can use large, mature plantings to create a secluded backyard haven, even if there are neighbors close by. Professionals often have new ideas and creative solutions. “When we design plans with our preferred landscape architect, we make sure that the plants are the right plants,” Looney says. “It’s not overdone, NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 51


but they’re all large-scale so you don’t have to wait years to have privacy and nice landscaping.”

ALL-INCLUSIVE SPACES Looney’s own home features a pool house with a workout room. It has a spa he wasn’t sold on at first, but that now is one of his favorite and most-used spaces. The pool was something his children insisted on, and now he can’t imagine being without it. “It’s beautiful,” he says. “It has a fountain feature, and sometimes in the mornings I will sit out there and eat breakfast. Something about the water feature is so calming. I go outside and I feel like I’m in a resort.” Having an outdoor cooking area is in high demand, too. It can be as basic as a bricked-in grill stand or as elaborate as a full-on kitchen with sink, refrigerator, pizza oven, beer keg and more. Most weekends Looney enjoys having people over, where they grill, swim and reconnect with loved ones

in a relaxing way. The kids play, the adults chat and it’s a way to create those lasting memories that make a house a home. “Everybody wants a nice outdoor space,” Looney says. “From the very beginning we’re keeping all that in mind.” Especially for the numbers of people who are coming to Middle Tennessee from all over the country to soak in the state’s signature beauty. The homeowner of a recently finished Castle home wanted his backyard to be a true oasis, his special getaway. Castle accommodated him with an amazing pool and spa, an outdoor cooking area and a pool pavilion with a kitchenette. The whole thing is connected by an arbor to another small building with a changing room and shower. “People coming here from the West Coast are used to having swimming pools and outdoor spaces, and they’re wanting the same things here,” he says.

COLD-WEATHER ESSENTIALS When the evenings start to get chilly, you have to have a heat source to stay cozy outside. There are several ways to approach it, from radiant heaters mounted in the ceiling of a porch to an outdoor fireplace. Clear plastic or vinyl panels around a porch help contain the heat when needed, and they can be removed easily in warmer months. Electronic, retractable screens are also an option. “We just finished a home where we put really huge sliding doors that completely pocket away and disappear into the wall,” Looney says. “They create this really large opening, and in the wintertime they just close those doors and it becomes a heated space that’s part of the living area.” And the absolute must-have is the actual porch itself, large and covered. From there, the space can flow to media rooms, kitchens and other family hang-out spaces. It’s the new way of designing that reduces the number rooms people don’t use anymore — formal dining, formal sitting — and makes everything more livable. The only downside is being disappointed when vacation accommodations don’t measure up to what’s waiting back home. “They want to get home and just relax,” Looney says. NI

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ashville cattle farmer Karen Guy used to lie awake at night worrying about what would happen to her land, Hunter’s Hill Farm, after she was gone. A working farm today, it was once a working plantation owned by Andrew Jackson — so she knew it was incredibly special, not just to her but to all Tennesseans.

Guy is the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Jackson, and the land is across Shute Lane from Jackson’s Hermitage farmland. Hunter’s Hill Farm was part of an original 640 acres that Jackson bought in 1796, and records show that Jackson and his wife, Rachel, lived there from 1797 to 1804. “At that time he got in financial difficulties,” Guy says. “This property, being on the main channel of the Cumberland River, was more valuable than the Hermitage property, so he sold this and moved there.” Jackson bought the land back, along with 210 additional acres, in the early 1830s, and he later sold the land to Eliza Butler Donelson, a relative of Rachel Jackson’s, in the early 1840s. Guy’s family has been farming the land since the late 1800s. Guy considered herself only a steward of the historic land, so she began to pursue options on preserving it — becoming educated on how a conservation easement works. She thought about it seriously for a year, and after many sleepless nights she chose to enter into a voluntary agreement with The Land Trust for Tennessee in 2007. The easement agreement forever protects 147 acres of her land from large-scale development. “I could’ve sold it and been a millionaire ten times over because of the location, but that isn’t what I wanted,” Guy says. “I know every rock and tree on this place, and I love it. We just can’t have houses on every square inch.”

above: Karen Guy

Liz McLaurin, president and CEO of The Land Trust, says the main reason people enter into an easement instead of cashing in on residential or commercial development is simple — pure love for the land.

“They recognize that their place is special,” McLaurin says. “They love it, and they want future generations to be able to enjoy it as they do. We’re able to promise those landowners… that we will do that.” Typically private landowners donate their development rights to The Land Trust, who then extinguish those rights. The landowners can live on and work the land like Guy does, or even sell it. But the conservation easement remains in place, running with the deed of the property forever. “We might be working with a municipality on a plan,” McLaurin says. “We might be working with a landowner who’s considering donating land to a public entity. Or we might be working on a tiny little historic garden in a historic town. We might be working on a massive 400-acre farm in the middle of a town that nobody even knows about.” The Land Trust for Tennessee is a nonprofit that was founded in 1999 by thenNashville mayor Phil Bredesen and a group of open-space proponents who were driven to protect public and private land for all Tennesseans now and for generations to come. Their work focuses on historic land, working farms, scenic landscapes, water protection, wildlife protection and urban open space. “It is an absolute privilege to work with these people because they see the world beyond themselves,” McLaurin says. “Across the board it’s people who have completely different life experiences. They live in rural communities. They live in urban settings. Some of them are CEOs. Some of them are farmers. But they all share this understanding that we are only here for a short time, and the land will always be here.” And while Guy works the land with her 50 or so cows she can rest easy every knight now knowing that whatever happens to her there will always be this farmland for generations to enjoy. “It’ll always be raw land like it is now, which is what I wanted,” Guy says. “People need to be able to see things like this because soon it’s not going to be much around.” NI NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 55


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VOICE OF THE LAND NEW VOCÊ COMMUNITY HONORS THE DEEPROOTED LEGACY OF NASHVILLE CROONER EDDY ARNOLD

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lover the rescued Australian cattle dog excitedly watches squirrels from the cargo space as Shannon Pollard’s four-wheel-drive Ford Explorer hugs the curved roads of Você. Driving through the new Brentwood neighborhood he’s developing near Radnor Lake, past tall maples and dogwoods and hackberries whose trunks bear small silver medallions to signify that they are not to be cut, Pollard arrives at the trailhead of a jarring, unpaved road and begins the steep climb to what will soon be the Ridgetop neighborhood. “There was no traffic out here when my grandparents moved here,” says Pollard, referring to the late country crooner Eddy Arnold and his wife Sally, who in the 1950s settled on what was known as Windy Ridge. Pollard points to the spectacular view of the lake, the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, and downtown Nashville. “When I lived out here [as a teenager], you really did not feel you were in the city at all.” That serenity still permeates Você. Characterized by naturally wooded home sites, walking paths, and outdoor terraces, the development is the brainchild of Pollard, 43, president of Plowboy Records and trustee of Arnold’s real estate holdings, and Pollard’s business partner Steve Armistead. When completed in 2020, the community will feature 52 residences on 61 acres. Pollard, who grew up nearby, spent a lot of time here as a boy, throwing baseballs with his grandfather and doing chores for his grandmother to earn spending money. Years later, Pollard and Arnold were walking around the property when they stopped at the old cabin where Pollard and his sister NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 65


Builders have all embraced the nature of the landscape, including an abundance of glass in the designs to let the outside in, and vice versa. Top left, the courtyard pond offers a clear view of the contemporary glass and wood staircase by Grove Park Construction. Inspired by nature, outdoor living is emphasized in a screened porch by Castle Homes, bottom right.

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“The last thing I want people to think is that we’re persnickety or pretentious. We’re more earthy than that.” – Shannon Pollard Michelle had taken turns living after high school. “He looked up at the trees,” Pollard recalls, “and said, ‘When you do something with this, make sure you save as many trees as you can.’” In many ways, Pollard’s own vision mirrors his grandfather’s. “It actually is a pretty magical little spot because it is the last of its kind in this entire area—a sizable piece of land that still has its natural topography and trees. I wanted to do sort of an English village feel, where you would have different types of houses grouped together in different ways. I also didn’t want to do something that was cookie cutter from a design standpoint. We didn’t want to do a neighborhood that was full of giant McMansion houses. We wanted to do something that was unique

and less of a burden on the land.” Most of the homes in Você—the name echoes Arnold’s crooning vocal style, mezza voce—span 3,000 to 4,000 square feet, with open floor plans, high ceilings, and expansive windows. Many utilize natural stone or repurposed wood salvaged from the original farmhouse and cabin. “The rule of thumb out here is that if it sticks out too much, we don’t want that,” says Pollard, who personally gravitates toward contemporary architecture. “We want something that’s a little more muted, with a great design but that fits into the trees a little bit better.” Sustainability is a priority, with low-maintenance yards, post-and-pier foundations that slightly elevate the houses so as not to dig into root systems, and subtle NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 67


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“dark sky” lighting that minimizes light pollution. Five hundred trees and clusters have been marked for preservation. “Sally’s Tree”, a leaning pine Sally Arnold feared would fall on the house, still stands, as does “Eddy’s Tree,” a large oak backdrop for family photos. “Basically, I took what [my grandfather] told me to do and kind of maniacally took it in a further direction,” Pollard says, laughing. “We figured if you’re gonna do it, why not ask for the moon and see what you can get?” From newlyweds to empty nesters, Você homeowners are typically active, successful, and environmentally and artistically conscious. Among the first to move here, Steve and Jackie Arnold opted for a stone house designed by DAAD and built by Castle Homes. “At Você, we feel like we are on vacation all year long,” says Jackie Arnold. “We feel like we live on a hill all by ourselves, but we are minutes from everything we need: shopping, restaurants, recreation. We cannot say enough good things about the way Você has brought us back to nature.” Wrapping up the tour, Pollard stops the Explorer in the middle of Windy Ridge Drive, in what used to be the living room of the original farmhouse. Unlike many upscale communities, he notes, Você is not gated. “I’m happy when people come over here and park their cars and walk. I do it myself. The last thing I want people to think is that we’re persnickety or pretentious. We’re more earthy than that.” NI NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 69


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xclusive luxury is the goal of Brentwood’s new Witherspoon development thanks to extraordinary architecture, exquisite attention to detail and lush landscaping. Highlighted by a stately entrance with pond and European-inspired roundabout, miles of paved and natural walking and bike paths even connect homeowners to Brentwood’s Crockett Park. With 153 sites on 263 acres, Witherspoon is developed by Holt Witherspoon, LLC, which consists of Ford Custom Classic Homes and CPS Land, LLC. Seven custom home builders offer American, English, French and Italian-influenced architecture priced from the $900s to over $2 million. “Witherspoon sits on a beautiful piece of land with many

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natural tree lines,” says Keli Ford, vice president of sales and marketing for Ford Homes. “When designing the community, we kept as many trees as possible and a majority of the home sites back up to trees. This is an upscale Brentwood community with a fantastic location, great amenities and a high level of architectural control.” Once the site of the 1,500-acre Wildwood Plantation, a privately-owned mansion built in 1840 that still remains on the property is a quick visual reminder of what the land once was even as it fills the need of today’s hungry homebuyers. “The growth of Williamson County and the Nashville area continues to grow the demand for new houses,” Ford says. Back in the 1800s Wildwood Plantation had more than 100 workers on site, manning the granary, cotton gin or sawmill, and it even had its own church and school on site – a precursor to today’s clubhouse and other amenities meant to create community within the neighborhood. “We feel having the clubhouse and pool finished so early in the development and prior to any homes being completed will give the homeowners an extra sense of community and a wonderful gathering space,” Ford says. Other aspects of the original plantation remain too, including rolling landscape, old tree rows and original spring house. “The location is prime and we take advantage of the walking trails already in place and the many trails we are adding,” Ford says. “We find the close proximity to the schools and park area being within walking distance is a feature so many buyers love.” NI

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SETH ARGO WITH FOCUS BUILDERS they elevate a build or renovation — including molding, cabinetry, artisan siding, copper accent roofing and pervious paver driveways. “A lot of it is just the trim details and getting them done right, and making sure it comes together the way they want it,” he says. “Trends are always changing. It used to be a

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from the hearts of the people who will actually live in it. “The structure of it is the same, but the technicalities in high-end residential, definitely there’s a lot more details,” he says. “And in commercial, Walgreens never sends you a handwritten note telling you that you’ve done a great job. But when it’s something personal like someone’s home that they live in, and they’re creating memories there, they’re appreciative.”

trend cycle to the sheer amount of information out there, from Pinterest to publications and magazines that ensure that home and décor styles are constantly being reinvented. One not-so-great side effect is what Argo calls HGTV Syndrome, where people think they can gut and renovate a house for $45,000. In a weekend. “What they don’t know is that there’s 45 different sponsors that have all bought advertising, and they’re funding the whole thing,” he says. “It’s the lights of Hollywood, and it’s not reality. That’s where I think things get a little tricky because people tend to have a somewhat of a warped sense of what true, quality craftsmanship really costs. It’s pay now or pay later. Either you do it right in the first place or you have to pay that

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BOUTIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS OFFER PRIVACY IN PRIME LOCATIONS large, private lot in one of Middle Tennessee’s hottest neighborhoods may sound too good to be true, but a new trend in home building offers just that to hungry homebuyers holding out for a near impossibility these days.

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new neighborhoods that are a fraction of the size of larger developments. It’s low-risk, high reward for builders and buyers alike as developable land and continuous acreage is diminishing, says James Carbine, president of Carbine & Associates. “When you’ve got a 200-300 lot deal, it takes a decade to build them out. There’s never an end date, it seems,” he says. And the thought of years of construction isn’t appealing to buyers or builders.


Carbine will be building custom homes on 11 of the home sites in Water Leaf, including a charming farmhouse. (Rendering by Ben Johnson).

SCALED-BACK LIVING Earlier this year Carbine & Associates announced a new boutique Franklin neighborhood, Water Leaf. Located off Gosey Hill Road, the community will have just 26, acre-plus home sites offering privacy, while still having easy access to community resources and Williamson County schools. Prices range from the mid $800,000 to more than $1 million. Similar in style to the Southern Preserve neighborhood, the new community near Arrington Vineyards will have large home sites with a quarter of the neighborhood property dedicated to green space. The first homes are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

a trend that is growing even among Nashville’s more urban neighborhoods like 12South, Germantown and East Nashville —which until a few years ago were not truly sustainable all on their own.

Water Leaf is a boutique community in Franklin with 26 acre-plus home sites being developed by Carbine & Associates. (Water Leaf neighborhood plat by Jason Goddard, Design Studio).

“Some of these neighborhoods are really just getting to the point where they have their own restaurants, their own retail, their own office spaces, their own walkability,” Anderson says. “And people are paying more money for that. People want to live, work and play all in one area.” NI

“It’s just a nice community feel when you’ve got 20-30 homeowners versus 300,” Carbine says. “These aren’t laden with pools and tennis courts and things that carry high HOA fees with them. It pretty much lets the homeowner decide their lifestyle, and pay for what they want.” HOA fees at Water Leaf are $150 a month. Another Carbine neighborhood planned for Franklin, just beside Moore Elementary, is bordered by Five Mile Creek on one side and by the Harpeth River on the other. It’s going to have those same tree lines and buffers, but with 33 smaller lots. “The location is fabulous, and the property has a lot of character to it,” Carbine says. “We try to make the lots fit the topography of the land so we’re not just cookie cutter. That way we end up designing a specific product for a specific lot.”

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Creative Collaboration HOLLIE DEESE

I FULL SLATE OF DESIGNERS OF THE 2017 O’MORE SHOW HOUSE: • Susan Besser, Franklin Preservation Association and Corey Morris, C. Morris Studio (“Do All” Room) • Bob Brown, Robert Brown Interior Design (screened porch) • Lila Frank, Lila Pryor Frank Interiors (master bedroom and vestibule) • Evan Gibbs, Pfeffer Torode Architecture (stair landing and upstairs foyer) • Joanne Haynes and Gretchen Pennell, J. Haynes Interiors (secondfloor guest bedroom) • Minnette Jackson, Minnette Jackson Interiors (friends entry and gallery) • Kimberly Kelly, K7 Interior Design (library) • Kate Ladd, Vernacular (foyer) • Susan Lamb, Parkes and Lamb Interiors (first-floor powder room) • Chelsea Skye Mills, Sanctuary South (firstfloor guest bedroom) • Amy Morris, Amy Morris Interiors (family room) • O’More Fashion students (his/hers closets) • Kathy Sandler, Sandler Design Group (upstairs laundry room, coffee station, master bath and hall) • Jonathan Savage, Savage Interior Designs (dining room) • Elaina Siren and Jamaica Zralek, Red Leaf Interiors (courtyard/front porch) • Randi Stoves and Tanley Blake Interiors (kitchen and scullery)

f you thought working with one or two people on a home’s design sounded challenging, imagine the amount of collaboration involved when more than 20 people are in on a project, including designers, developers and architects. That’s exactly what happened when creating the 2017 O’More Designer Show House, the anticipated showcase that this year brings together 18 regional and nationally acclaimed interior designers — many alumni of O’More College of Design. Also involved in putting together the Designer Show House are Shannon Pollard, owner and developer of Você, R. Dudley Smith Jr. of Land Innovations, Armistead Arnold Pollard Real Estate Services LLC., Brady Fry of Fry Classic Construction, and architect Carson Looney of Looney, Ricks and Kiss.

all white, the show house will be completely black. At 4,000 square feet, it provides solutions to the emerging desire among homebuyers to live in a more intimate space, while also having ample room to spread out and entertain. Among the house’s mustsee features will be the treetop master bedroom. Located on the second floor and accessible by an elevator, its location created more space downstairs for everyday living. Other additions, including a coffee station and library, point to the extensive

Together they bring a mix of new and traditional inspiration to the home. And, for the first time ever, the show house will be in Nashville instead of Williamson County. Located in the Você neighborhood on Granny White Pike, the property is that of the late country music star Eddy Arnold, who insisted that anything constructed on his tree-filled land be sustainable. The new neighborhood’s practices of “dark sky” lighting, recycling construction waste and using native materials carried over to the show house. “We tried to move away from the normal rules in helping to create Você,” says Smith, chief manager of Land Innovations. “This touches more of our creative spirit, where we define ourselves just as much as artists and the builders and developers, because we really are inspired by architects and nature.” In contrast to the trend in recent years to paint houses

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detail incorporated into every inch of the house. And with so many hands involved, it really was all about the details, which the house has in spades. “It takes a lot of energy because you’re creating art,” Smith says. “That’s what this show house is, it’s art in a house. Everything about it, the way it sits on the lot, the way it engages the other two houses that are within the same area. And the inspiration is really drawn from the architects and the beauty of the site.” NI

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STORY BY HOLLIE DEESE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CONNIE CHORNUK hen Julia Martin works on a piece, she doesn’t ever sketch or plan ahead. “I very much work intuitively,” she says. “To ‘finish’ is very much a visual balance that I have to reach, where I can put it down and walk away.” She has to reach a personal satisfaction with a piece — not that she has had too much time to create since she opened Julia Martin Gallery. But in honor of her gallery’s four-year anniversary in December, Martin will be putting on a solo show — her first in two years. “Each one seems to be a little lesson,” she says of her art. “My work has always been about… coming to Julia Martin’s solo opening is at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1, 2017, at the

terms with some broken relationships, paying tribute to really joyful relationships, but always maintaining a little ambiguity.”

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them and they’re rooting for me.” HOW HAS YOUR ART EVOLVED OVER TIME? In the last couple years my palette has gotten so vibrant. It’s a lot more colorful. And the subject matter … I’ve been so narrow on the faces. Now I’m really trying to zoom out a little bit and not be quite so myopic. IS IT HARD TO BRANCH OUT WHEN YOU ARE SO KNOWN FOR A SPECIFIC THING? Not really, because my stink is still on it. I think incrementally over the last three years I’ve been taking steps toward a little more extraction, a little bolder strokes, and not being quite so concerned with rendering. WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF ART YOU PURCHASED? The very first piece of art I purchased for myself was a small paper piece by a San Franciscobased artist named Michael McConnell, from his first solo at TAG (now Tinney Contemporary). It’s a very delicately rendered drawing of a young boy with the antlers of a six-point buck and a flurry of color, sort of smoking up from a tiny tear in his shirt. Even now I can’t quite put into words why, but it moved me to my core. Still does. It was incredibly empowering, the act of falling in love with a piece and being able to purchase it on the spot. That was in my late 20s and a moment that marked a new chapter in my life, both personally and professionally. ANY TIPS FOR NEW COLLECTORS? Never count yourself out. If you fall in love with a piece that is outside of your budget, there’s always a way. Many of the pieces in my personal

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ichael Keever has always been a collector; he’s from a family of collectors that goes back generations. Step into Worthington Galleries, which he owns with his wife, Ashley, in Gallatin and there is ample evidence of that collecting gene. From art and sports memorabilia to historical relics and statues, the space is packed with pieces. But Keever especially loves to collect books, which he feels bear more importance the further we get from the written word and the more embedded we are in texting and the cloud. One particular coup is his purchase of author Tom Clancy’s personal book collection, acquired at a private sale. Other standouts are from the early 15th century, handwritten because they predate the Gutenberg printing press. “The written language has meaning that we can’t grasp necessarily with the spoken language,” he says. “When we write, we try to use words beyond our everyday vocabulary; books can capture something that is lost when spoken.”

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Keever offers these tips for those looking to start a book collection. KNOW THE TERMS. There is a difference between rare, vintage, antique and first printing, so learn the meanings and how they can relate to value. Antiques are older than 100 years, for example, while vintage means it is older than 20. “You might choose to buy old books, but keep in mind that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re rare,” he says. COLLECT WHAT YOU LOVE. Keever loves historical nonfiction, so that is what he gravitates to. Someone else might go only for French literature. Whatever it is you collect, if you love it you won’t be disappointed. “Some people love fiction and have a favorite author, and so their collecting would probably revolve around getting what’s called ‘first christening,’ ” he says. “A lot of those people would collect books if they can get a first print signed by the author.” ADMIRE BOOKS AS ART. It’s okay to forget about the content and purchase books just because of a beautiful binding or soft red Moroccan leather cover. Keever says the very act of creating some books is mind-blowing. “Glue would never touch the page, just


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tying knots in just the right places,” he says. “It was really a work of art that could take a person months just to put one or two books together in that old way. Those are hard to find these days.” LOOK FOR HIDDEN GEMS. One book in Keever’s collection doesn’t look too special on first glance, but the margins tell another story: They are crowded with the personal notes of previous owner Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “Although there might be a billion of those books in print, there’s only one of those books where he wrote in the margins,” Keever says. “That makes it an extremely rare book, truly one of a kind.” Another book he recently saw was a title that was targeted by the Nazis in World War II; they ordered all copies banned and burned, so its existence was already a find. But it was also signed by the German author, so its value was close to $50,000. ATTEND AUCTIONS. This is where you will be able to see the items before purchasing and can have confidence the goods are authentic. “There are a lot of auction houses that specialize in antique and rare books, as well as letters and manuscripts,” Keever says. “If you think about it, a letter is a book. It’s just not been published. So the same people who sell rare books also deal with rare, written artifacts like manuscripts and documents.” Still, a lot of dealing happens online, so Keever says to deal with reputable vendors. NI NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 89


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ART & ANTIQUES

STORY BY

Rebecca Greenfield

HOLLIE DEESE

Making a House a Home

GIL SCHAFER III

SHARES TIPS

ON CREATING HOMEMADE MEMORIES

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il Schafer III is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary classical architecture. A member of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award,” Schafer is also the author of the bestselling book “The Great American House” and the newly released “A Place to Call Home” ($49.50, Rizzoli Press), which showcases some of the homes he has worked on over the years that help their inhabitants celebrate the small moments of life.


Schafer discusses why family is so important to good design, which Nashville architecture styles are his favorite, and why he loves coming to town every year for the Antiques & Garden Show.

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE “HOME” INTO THE HOUSES YOU WORK ON? Because every place is different and every client is different, how you define what is home to them is going to be unique to each job. At the same time, there are some commonalities. One of the things, to me, that makes a place feel like home is if you can connect to memory in some way. When we talk with clients about what makes a place feel like home to them, a lot of times it has to do with certain memories of places they grew up in, places they had special affection for or a connection to. And so we try to listen to that and then build those into the design in some way.

HAS YOUR APPROACH TO CREATING A HOME CHANGED OVER TIME? It’s evolved. I think hopefully as a creative person, you are always growing and learning and evolving. As you get older, you accumulate more life experience that impacts how you design and informs how you design. So I think it’s a natural thing to have the way you work evolve because of that.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER ESSENTIAL IN ANY HOME? Comfort. Places that are comfortable to be in, both as a large family group, but also just by yourself. Great natural light is really important. Good flow between spaces, and that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a wide-open plan with no walls. I think you can still have a traditional house with rooms that have their own distinct character and definition, but if you have good flow between them it can feel more contemporary in the way that we live now. And a great kitchen. I think a kitchen is so important now in a way that it wasn’t in older houses. There were some houses where people never went in the kitchen, but now it’s the nucleus of the way we live.

WHERE DO YOU RECHARGE AND FIND INSPIRATION AT HOME?

Gil Schafer III is the speaker for the

I have a particular home where I go to do that, way up the coast of Maine. It’s quiet, it’s right on the water and there’s beautiful light. I love being near the ocean, and the historic architecture in Maine is kind of wonderful. The way light plays off of it is really beautiful, and it has certainly inspired many painters. It’s easy to see why when you’re up there. Often you can’t get an internet connection, so it can be easy to unplug, whether you want to or not! I do that at the end of summer, and I really look forward to that every year.

Architecture and Classic Design lecture at the Antiques & Garden Show; he also serves as the honorary chairman for the event, which is Feb. 2-4, 2018.

IS THERE AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE IN NASHVILLE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH? You have such beautiful homes in Nashville, and from different periods. From the ’20s and ’30s there are some really beautiful Southern Greek-Revival houses that I love, and it’s always fun to get the chance to work on those. You also have an earlier history, early 19th century. Some of the farm houses and the plantation houses, I love that architectural style that you find there in Middle Tennessee. We’re actually working on two houses in the countryside outside of Nashville. One down in Leiper’s Fork is very much inspired by the early Federal period in farm country.

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“I lived all over the country as a boy, and in doing that I learned that different places in the country have different stories to tell,” Schafer says. “They’re shaped by the character of the land in those places, or the architecture, or the climate or the lifestyle.”

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE ANTIQUES & GARDEN SHOW? I look forward to the show every year because of the variety I’m going to find there. I recommend it to anybody who’ll listen because I think it’s such a fun show. And I see dealers there every year that I’ve gotten to know. It’s a really wonderful thing, and it’s a great asset to Nashville that you have this amazing event every year. Plus they always get incredible speakers and really interesting people to talk about design. It’s a great place to shop, and Nashville gives a great party every year! NI

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE IN YOUR OWN HOME?

Hunter Armistead

I have to have a great moldings usually. It has to be comfortable. It has to have great light. I’m not much of a cook, so kitchen has never been as important to me, but I have lots of friends who love to cook in my kitchen, so I guess in a way it has been important. It has to be beautiful in some way. NASHVILLEINTERIORS.COM | 93


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February 2-4, 2018 featuring

CHARLES, 9TH EARL SPENCER G I L S C H A F E R • R I TA K O N I G LEWIS MILLER • RICHARD KEITH LANGHAM S TA C E Y B E W K E S • S U S A N N A S A L K TIMOTHY CORRIGAN

AntiquesAndGardenShow.com An antique dining room mantelpiece was exquisitely carved during the Federal period and found by @gpschafer for this new house on the Navesink river Architecture: @gpschafer | Photo: @ericpiasecki | from the new book A Place To Call Home

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