The renovation of this Nashville, TN kitchen began with opening up the claustrophobic floor plan and adding a large island for the young family to live and work around. Then, designers added a neutral color palette with pops of color from the kitchen ware and vinyl teal counter stools. Finally, doors were painted black to add some drama and architectural interest to a space that lacked both things before the renovation.
Dominating floral wallpaper is a focal point in a modern upstairs living space with white walls, cable railing, a dining table and beaded chandelier. The room is designed by Scouted Home, an interior styling boutique in Los Angeles and Nashville.
The rule of threes can be helpful, especially if you have a coffee table with an interesting shape. Jonathan Savage, owner of Savage Interior Design in Nashville, Tenn., used a sculptural pot with green succulents, a vintage ashtray and a stack of books to balance out the top of the table. For an extra touch, open the book to a favorite page.
An easy idea for a coffee table is using an ottoman. Look for an ottoman, either purchased new or from a thrift store, with a unique shape and detailing. This ottoman, which Nashville, Tenn., designer Jonathan Savage used in a showhouse, has an octagonal shape and gold square nail heads.
Designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, based in Nashville, Tenn., recommends using coffee tables with multiple levels for displaying items. This one, from Lillian August, a fine home furnishings retailer, is a brass table with a shagreen base and a top shelf made of glass with silver leafing on the backside. You can find a similar two-level design and mix of metals in tables priced for your budget. A mix of glasswork, vases and urns give it a glamorous feel, while the bust on a lucite base brings a rustic nature to the coffee table vignette.
Design firm Reunion Goods & Services has worked on a number of properties with Oliver Hospitality including the recently opened Fairlane Hotel in Nashville. Director of Interiors at Reunion Laura Flam describes the firm's retro style as entailing "a passion for history, both in architecture and art. We combine that knowledge with more contemporary sensibilities to create spaces that are layered with detail and feel both timeless and yet forward-thinking."
Although this open-plan kitchen and dining area actually is in a loft — in a converted bag factory in Nashville — the principles designer Jason Arnold followed will work in any setting. He says: “The kitchen is opposite the living area, in a large, open space that automatically lends itself to entertaining and family living. We painted the walls, trim, and cabinets the same soft grey to make the spaces feel as one. Because it is essentially a large room with a kitchen at one end, I wanted the kitchen to blend seamlessly into the space which is why there are no upper cabinets and instead, there is a large pantry armoire to the right. The dining table acts as the visual separation from kitchen to living.”