As a showstopping member of the 2019 Parade of Homes, this project represents the amazing work transpiring in the Greater Nashville building and design community. Here, classic lines have been given a new perspective and no expense was spared on the quality of the materials and workmanship. The team behind this project is understandably proud of what they accomplished here. “As a Parade home that is also for sale to the general public, we really considered the balance between creating something that pushed the design envelope, but was still a home someone would want to live in as we began the design process,” explains architect Michael Hathaway. “As the project grew, the plan for the home was centered around the idea that great design should respond to a sophisticated lifestyle based on elegant entertaining and an emphasis on comfortable family living,” he continues. For Summer Ignagni, Owner and Designer at Let It Be Designs, the home’s exterior determined the design inside and allowed her to use a mixture of modern elements grounded by timeless pieces. “I wanted this home to stand out among the other amazing options at the Parade, and both myself and the builder, Jay Luna, were striving to create an interior that was contemporary but never cold,” she explains. “With a project like this one, I had to imagine the kind of family who would be interested in this home and community, and then create a flexible, yet design-focused interior that would appeal to a range of potential homeowners,” she adds. Her use of interesting lighting details, luxurious finishes, and creative art choices has come together in a balanced and friendly home, perfect for modern entertaining in the Greater Nashville area. The home features five bedrooms each with their own private bathroom, as well as two additional half baths for guests. Fun elements, like a small ballet studio next to one of the guest bedrooms, or the fully decked out media room, offer unexpected ways for the home to be enjoyed, truly creating a lifestyle centered around home and family.
The home’s Georgian Revival exterior is a contemporary interpretation of a classical style and a timeless facade. “We knew we needed to choose timeless and solid materials for the exterior, so a mortar rubbed brick was chosen to ground the home,” says Hathaway. The Georgian heritage is emphasized by the strict symmetry, dormers, front porch with cedar columns and brackets, and the traditional buttressed and parapet walls. The wide front porch provides a great spot to connect with others, and extend the homeowner’s living and entertaining area.
Through the double entry doors, the large hallway and room-like foyer was specifically designed to surprise people coming to view the home. Ignagni selected light wood floors for their warm, natural tones and opted to leave them bare. “I wanted to keep the beautiful grain visible when you enter the home, and I think the choice to not use an entry rug keeps the space more contemporary,” she explains. The chic entry table is topped with two marble lamps and behind, an original work of art. “It’s actually painted on the wall and then we framed it. It was one of the ‘middle- of-the-night ideas’ I had while pregnant and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It’s been a conversation piece and I love watching people realize that it’s not a painting hung on the wall. It’s a fixture of the home now,” laughs Ignagni. The lucite and brass chandelier from Graham’s Living introduces the amazing lighting choices that fill the home. In fact, one of the design themes woven throughout is the clever and imaginative use of lighting.
The powder bath’s dark walls and ceiling packs a visual punch, illuminated by contemporary, linear sconces and a sparkling square chandelier with multiple individual crystal tubes. Ignagni chose to use chrome in this bathroom, which reflects the light into all the corners. The hammered chrome sink bowl is filled by a unique lucite and chrome faucet. On the wall, a silk textile offers an abstract take on a natural pattern and a pop of color.
The unique home office appeals to everyone. Since the study is right off the entryway, it is a central and prominently seen room, and Ignagni chose a variety of items and a mix of textures. “I had so much fun selecting the furniture for the office,” she says. “The pieces are either to the trade only or one-of-a-kind items, so the room has a special feel that people gravitate towards.” The gray- blue leather sofa was selected for its curves and because the low back allows for uninterrupted sightlines. The focal point of the room is the glass-topped desk supported by two dark wooden base columns. Lighting here brings in brass and gold tones and illuminates the original abstract painting by a local artist. The decision to face the spines of the books to the inside keeps the room light and bright and doesn’t distract from the rest of the design. “Since this home was part of the Parade, I wanted everyone who came inside to connect with the design of the home. Books can be very personal, so turning the spines in eliminated the risk of someone focusing on the titles and content of the books and less on the home itself,” Ignagni explains.
The home’s great room features soaring 20-foot ceilings and dramatic lighting details. Ignagni chose the long, hanging black pendant chandeliers to fill up the airspace. Twin, light gray velvet sofas frame modern nesting tables, all set upon a handmade area rug from Turkey. “The profile of all the furniture in this room is low, so I knew we needed a table that was lower than the standard height to keep the seating area proportional” says Ignagni. Accent pillows add a pop of color. The handcut Black Forest Marble fireplace mantel is a piece everyone involved in the home is proud of, and is a consistent favorite element of all who have visited. Flanking the fireplace, applied molding adds visual interest. “I knew I didn’t want to do built-ins so the choice to do a simple pattern behind two benches means the fireplace remains the focal point,” Ignagni comments.
The kitchen is a study in elegant Calacatta Cervaiole marble surfaces, one of a kind fixtures, and top-of-the-line appliances. “The black and gold faucet was the first of its kind ever produced and we were lucky enough to use it in our kitchen,” says Ignagni. It perfectly complements the black farmhouse sink and the matte black stainless steel appliances from Dacor’s Professional line. These beautiful appliances are fingerprint resistant, perfect for a busy family. A steam oven for healthy cooking, warming drawer, griddle with industrial style knobs, and a professional grade ice maker are just some of the great features offered here. The cabinets are finished in the color Deep Space. According to Devan Erwin from Franklin Kitchen Center, “There are six door styles in eight different colors on the cabinets throughout the home. In the kitchen, we selected a door and color that’s more contemporary but still warm. The builder really gave us the creative license to make this kitchen special, and we are thrilled with the way it turned out.” Across the kitchen, a hidden pantry features an espresso machine and microwave by Miele. The gorgeous veining of the marble behind the range provides a beautiful focal point as you look through the great room and dining room into the kitchen. Ignagni finished the space with gold accents in both the lighting and contemporary barstools. The open floor plan moves from the great room into the dining area. Blue-gray built-ins create more storage, while adding beauty and function. Backlit, glass cabinets provide a place for special items to be displayed and drawers with linear gold pulls are perfect for hiding serving trays and dinner party necessities. The custom cabinets are floating with toe-kick lighting which adds a contemporary flair. “Finding a table for this space was a little bit of a challenge,” explains Ignagni. “The space is large so the table had to match the scale but a round table didn’t feel right in this very square room. I finally landed on this amazing oval option from Worlds Away, along with chairs from Caracole, and I love how they sit in the space.” Above the table, the beautiful light fixture with swirling ribbons of gold metal is the perfect accent.
The rear of the house is dedicated to the master suite which features a dramatic vaulted ceiling and large windows. Applied molding on the wall behind the bed creates a focal point for the tall space. Suspended from the ceiling, a large chandelier with delicate, candle-like flutes fills the airspace. A comfortable bed with a scalloped headboard by Tritter Feefer is enhanced by two low-profile armchairs from Dovetail. The master bath features a freestanding tub flanked by two floating vanities with ribbed details. The absence of drawer pulls and their monochromatic color keeps their lines sleek while honed Danby White marble counters and tub surround provide a subtle contrast. A large walk- in shower, two enclosed water closets, and his and hers walk-in closets provide the ultimate in form and function.
Upstairs, a custom iron railing made on-site leads to a vibrant and whimsical loft. This area is the perfect transition into the guest bedrooms and the large media room. Two armchairs in a shade of mustard yellow contrast with the colorful area rug and the dark backdrop of the geometric shelves. Fun touches like the hanging swing chair signal the upstairs’ more casual feel as a place for family to gather and play. The fully automated media room is perfect for family movie nights and has all the features you might expect at a theater. Blackout shades roll down for matinee showings, and the lights are all controlled with the simple push of a button. Toe-kick lighting adds a practical and theatrical touch. Against the wall, a fully stocked wet bar with wine storage is topped with Fantasy Brown quartzite and open shelving with black metal frames. A comfortable sectional by Ro Sham Beaux faces the state-of-the- art roll down movie screen.
The exterior kitchen and seating area is divided into multiple spaces establishing the ultimate outdoor living experience. On the lanai, a double serving area and dining room feature warming drawers, sealed storage, and ice drawer that drains for easy cleaning. The lanai’s Kingsley Bate furniture is protected by retractable screens with a thermal value to keep heat and cold at bay. The porch is also equipped with heaters and large fans, making it a true year-round retreat. Down the brick stairs, a kitchen that rivals the one found inside offers a brick pizza oven and beer tap for amazing game nights. A Big Green Egg and gas grill with side burner are perfect for anyone even mildly enthusiastic about al fresco cooking. Across from the kitchen, the seating area features a modern, curved sectional and a large custom-made wooden box which conceals and protects the outdoor TV.