With the rolling Middle Tennessee hills and four-board fencing as a backdrop, the contrasting colors and design of this black and white farmhouse by Carbine & Associates stand out for their familiar but modernized aesthetic. Situated in Southern Preserve, a 35-acre neighborhood providing a serene county lifestyle just moments from Franklin, Tennessee, the home offers an elevated take on the classic farmhouse. Developed by Carbine & Associates, Southern Preserve provides a fresh alternative as homesites continue to shrink Williamson County. The boutique community offers a limited number of acre-plus homesites and provides a combination of wooded and open space for its residents to enjoy. “Southern Preserve appeals to home buyers seeking the privacy of a large yard with true, one-acre-plus lots,” states Daryl Walny, Vice President of Carbine & Associates. “As the price of home building sites continues to soar, it was important for us to create a community that felt true to the landscape and history of Williamson County.” Found on one of these large lots is this five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath country home, themed with a farmhouse style, with a few architectural twists to give it a more interesting facade than the typical farmhouse exterior. Boasting over 4,900 square feet of living area, a wrap-around porch complete with a swing to enjoy the quiet country setting, a complete in-law suite at the rear, and an oversized three-car garage with additional storage, this residence has everything one could hope for in a custom dream home.
The black and white theme enhances the use of various building materials such as Hardiplank, painted brick, and board-and-batten siding. A combination of metal and shingles on the roof and the custom detailing used throughout the home’s exterior sets it apart from a more common farmhouse design. Anderson 100 windows in black and the painted spruce ceiling on the porch continue the color theme. The house is finished in Sherwin Williams Extra White and the doors are painted in Tricorn Black. Upon entering the home, guests are greeted by twin poplar barn doors fabricated and painted Tricorn Black, which serves as the gateway to this cozy space affectionately known as the Gentleman’s Lounge. Designed for entertaining guests or as an area for enjoying an afternoon libation, the use of Sherwin Williams Dark Night on the walls brings to life the woods and leathers in this room. The retro light fixture has been updated and is an unexpected, yet inspired element to find in a farmhouse. Open shelves offer the perfect resting spot for a plethora of whiskey and bourbon, many locally made. The unique credenza features individually cut blocks of wood joined to create panels and doors.
Passing the Gentleman’s Lounge, the powder bath, and the staircase, you enter the great room at the rear of the home. Taking full advantage of the views provided by this rural setting, a bank of windows lets in natural light. In the center of the room, blue velvet sofas flank a simple cocktail table with iron legs. Underfoot, a jute area rug is durable and adds a natural, contrasting element to the elegant sofas. Built-ins on either side of the fireplace create visual interest and a place to display family mementos. The fireplace itself is clad in black stone and shiplap which runs the entire height of the wall behind. The mantel and beam bring in the rustic charm expected in this style of home.
Offering a true great room layout, the dining area separates the kitchen and the seating area. The table seats eight and combined with the Island seating, makes plenty of room for everyone to participate in the kitchen activities. The cabinets by Franklin Kitchen Center provide space to serve food or store supplies once the party is over. The two doors lead to an oversized pantry and laundry area. In the kitchen, Shaker-style cabinets from Franklin Kitchen Center in Pebble Gray wrap around the large island painted in Admiral Blue. On the island, the three inch quartz countertop is supported by ornamental legs providing an area for comfortable stools for “assistant” chefs. Accented with brass touches like the hardware, gilded Visual Comfort pendants, the faucet, and pot filler by Newport Brass from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the kitchen offers a new take on farmhouse cooking. On the wall, the white backsplash is laid in a herringbone pattern which lends a clean, contemporary feel to the space. JennAir appliances also sourced through Ferguson create an ideal home kitchen.
Soaring, wood-clad ceilings set the stage for this master retreat. To break up the height and to tie the interior spaces together, wood beams were brought into this bedroom as well. Using a combination of vivid colors throughout, the tufted bed and beige pillows are neutral but transition into the bold blues of the companion pillows and the velvet bed cover. The windows have been given a floral patterned treatment. Two modern, geometric chrome light pendants are suspended over the bed-side tables providing a designer touch, as well as ample late night reading light.
Following the theme of the exterior, the master bath combines two styles of black and white tile to create a visually interesting display. On the wall, black tiles laid in a herringbone pattern mimic the backsplash found in the kitchen and are enhanced by white grout. A Jacuzzi Fiore tub with Brizo tub faucet in a muted brass hue sits on a beautifully patterned floor tile and is surrounded by white wall tiles. Cabinets from Franklin Kitchen Center feature a vanity tower that provides extra storage as well as separation for the sinks. Sourced from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the Brizo faucets are wall-mounted to maintain a sleek countertop finish and coordinate with the Monroe collection sconces from Savoy House in a warm brass finish.
Year-round, the screen room is the perfect venue to start the day with a cup of coffee or end it with a glass of wine. The white painted brick fireplace provides warmth when needed and is perfectly accented by the spruce ceiling painted black to match the front of the home. A low-profile sectional with soft gray cushions offers seating while not disturbing the views of the farmland and large yard beyond.