House Beautiful BEAUTIFUL!
JUNE 2103 ISSUE
The cover story house is in Nashville, Tennessee – although its design was inspired by France, England, Belgium and a touch of Dutch via Pennsylvania.
The owner is designer Jeannette Whitson, who though not formally trained, decorated it all herself.
"Here’s her take on the house’s style: “Think an Englishman who’s come to America, married a Pennsylvania Dutch woman and has a French mistress on the side in Charleston” – and yes, I can see all those influences in her house – save for the infidelity on the poor Pennsylvania Dutch woman. This is Nashville?
The house is surrounded by gardens – and each door is located off one – some of which are private, like the front entrance. In the living room – a wall of French doors open to the terrace at the back of the U-shaped house."
"The house is filled with the antiques Jeanette has collected over the years – along with pieces she picks up in Europe for her business, Garden Variety Design. It’s a layered look, not heavily edited, which I love. There are so many ideas to pick up from her rooms – she loves to bring pieces inside that are designed for the outside. I am totally hooked on her aesthetic and I hope you will be too!
The living room is painted in Farrow and Ball’s Pavilion Gray. The back wall of French doors open to the terrace – which becomes a vanishing threshold.
From Jeanette’s web site – you can see the Vanishing Threshold – from the living room to the terrace. The pavers are reclaimed limestone from English sidewalks.
Above the fieldstone fireplace (isn’t it gorgeous?) is a painting – that hangs on a panel which folds back completely to reveal the flatscreen.
The kitchen is a combination of English styled cabinetry and a French bakery aesthetic with its white subway tiles and brass and glass shelves, LaCanche range and Calacutta Ora marble. The walls of subway tiles are luscious. The lantern is antique and is so beautiful. Through the door is the butler’s pantry with linen skirt details.
A close up of the kitchen – notice the sink in the island. The brass fixtures are not sealed which allows them to patina like this. To die for!
Butler’s pantry – with the stone sink she imports from Europe. Soapstone counters and backsplash – and notice another gorgeous brass faucet with patina. Fabulous.
Each door opens to a garden. Here the vegetable garden is off the kitchen door.
The library is painted in Farrow Ball’s Hague Blue. The silk velvet is matched to the wall color. The ceiling is done in Michael Smith Jaspar fabric. Beautiful antique tapestries make up the pillows. The teenagers use this room to watch movies in.
The master bedroom has windows on three sides that overlook the gardens and a terrace.
Wall to wall textured rug and wonderful printed curtains. I love the antique textile used as a coverlet. The mirror is placed between two windows – which is a great look. Just beautiful.