Located south of Nashville, a home that embraces the idea of a suburban farmhouse is the perfect fusion of local Middle Tennessee charm and sophisticated design. “The home is grand and at the same time understated and welcoming,” architect Scott Wilson of Scott Wilson Architect explains. “We had to not only meet all of the community building requirements, but we also needed to produce a home that satisfied the homeowners wishes. The project was challenging, but fortunately we were able to design a home that the owners love and it nestles perfectly on the sloping lot located in The Grove.” The Grove prides itself on its reputation as a family-friendly community with a private club that embraces legendary Southern hospitality. It’s picturesque location is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and includes the signature Greg Norman golf course, resort-style pools, sports courts, parks, and trails, all of which perfectly complement the remarkable club facilities. This is the first residence that greets you when you enter the community, so the pressure to establish a design that set the stage for the home’s interior, and the community as a whole, was felt by all. Builder Shane McFarland was tasked with turning Wilson’s plan into reality. “We take the vision of the homeowner and make sure that the end goal is accomplished by providing our expertise and experience,” explains McFarland. “The project had various intricate details from the basement to the outdoor areas. We worked very hard to make sure all those aspects were taken into consideration to ensure that each element worked together,” he continues.
The beautiful interiors were a collaboration between the owners and Marie-Joe Bouffard, Interior Designer and Principal of JFY Designs. “My driving force is to create timeless designs that are uniquely tailored to each client’s individual story and style,” states Bouffard. She continues, “Every project, no matter its scope, is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, so I am dedicated to listening to my clients, understanding them, and expressing their point of view through carefully curated and thoughtful custom-designed spaces.” With many years of experience, and clients with a vision for what they wanted in their home, the intention of completing the perfect retreat was accomplished by all involved.
The suburban farmhouse look was conceived to allow this large home to appear perfectly proportioned for the lot. With a painted brick facade, the exterior features an oversized covered porch, a detached garage providing a covered unloading and storage space, and a landscape package by Daniel Woods that met community standards and enlivens the overall design. The three distinct peaks give grandeur to the design, but are not overpowering from the street. Two slender sweetgum trees accent the tall, sleek look of the home. “The interior is wonderful, but I really like the simplicity of the exterior–it is timeless and will still look amazing in 20 years,” comments McFarland.
As you enter the home, you are greeted by a grand staircase which the owners had seen elsewhere and wanted in their own home. Up a few steps at the first landing is a study which integrates into the home’s layout, but is far enough away to allow for privacy. “The entry introduced the design philosophy for the whole house,” comments Bouffard. “We wanted to establish spaces that felt clean and fresh, but also take your breath away with thoughtful details and pops of color.” The chairs and concrete table from Mr. Brown London and the chandelier from Capital Lighting were both procured from Graham’s Living.
The great room is the most important space to the owners. “They took measurements to make sure the area would accommodate their needs,” states architect Wilson. “They wanted a connection with the backyard, so we incorporated plenty of glass to maximize the view.” The tiered ceiling heights help define the rooms while keeping the layout the owners wanted. The beam detail enhances the chandelier by Currey & Company from Graham’s Living. The sofa and chairs by Ambella are neutral and elegant in this important gathering space. The coffee table by Sonders Living introduces metal, wood, and stone elements and the entire space is anchored by an artisan rug from Loloi.
For Bouffard, the wine room was a standout and, “a really a fun space to design.” Her inspiration came from the art above the fireplace. “I found this vibrant, colorful painting by Kelly O’Neal that my clients loved right away and it became the driver for the whole room,” she says. Since this is one of the first rooms you see when you enter the house, Bouffard knew it had to be dramatic, which was accomplished with the vibrant green velvet chairs by Worlds Away, the simple coffee table by Noir, and the overhead lighting by Restoration Hardware, all topped by an intricate ceiling detail.
The kitchen was designed for a large family including an oversized island with a waterfall edge that not only looks contemporary but is durable as well. The hood was custom built as were the cabinets, donning brass accents. The tile backsplash is a white gloss, polygon ceramic from Watson Floor Gallery. Five leather and brass bar stools from Restoration Hardware offer a place for quick meals and lively conversation. Top of the line Thermador appliances from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Visual Comfort pendants from Graham’s Living are functional and beautiful. Bouffard accessorized the kitchen to give the room a finished feel. Even the most functional space deserves its own special touches.
Connected to the great room and kitchen is the informal dining area. To capture the view, windows and modern French doors were added. When the doors are open, they create an al fresco experience. The high ceiling is accentuated with box beams and supports a chandelier by Capital from Graham’s Living. The custom table is surrounded by seating for six, atop a diamond-patterned rug from The Orientalist. The curtains are a Fabricut Pacific Linen in white from Sallie Contini’s Well Dressed Home.
Comfortable and tailored, the master bedroom is the perfect getaway retreat. The Mr. Brown London bed provides a new take on the classic canopy style with a stamped brass finish. Two Ambella chairs provide seating or a place to set belongings at the end of the day. Two large side tables in a shagreen finish by Interlude Home provide a base for Arteriors lamps. Jaclyn Smith Home Trend fabric in Cornflower by Sallie Contini’s Well Dressed Home softens the windows and, at night, the room is illuminated by a Noir light fixture that hangs from the tall ceiling trimmed with box beams. In contrast to the wooden features in the master bedroom, the surfaces selected for the master bath are sleek and shiny. The light gray cabinets accentuate the tones of the Statuario Venato polished tiles used on the floor and shower walls, accented with elongated, beveled hexagon White Carrara marble. The mirrors are from Restoration Hardware, and the lighting fixture beside the mirrors and over the tub are Arteriors sourced from Graham’s Living.
The basement takes full advantage of the outdoor living area by opening up to one seamless indoor/outdoor space. “Installing a glass garage door was a cost-effective way to have the room open up to the outdoor living area while allowing the homeowners to still enjoy the view across the pool year round, even when closed,” remarks Wilson. The floors are stained concrete which is perfect for coming in from the pool. The comfortable sectional by Moss Studio is fronted by a Noir coffee table. Poufs from Bobo add more seating options for entertaining. The iron and glass lighting fixture from Troy Lighting mimics bubbles suspended above the room, fitting perfectly with the space’s poolside location.
FERGUSON BATH, KITCHEN & LIGHTING GALLERY
3201-B Powell Ave. Nashville, TN 37204
244 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067
Brentwood, TN 37027
1400 W. Main St. Franklin, TN 37064
SALLIE CONTINI’S WELL DRESSED HOME
8306 Alamo Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
SCOTT WILSON ARCHITECT
317 Main St., Suite 202
Franklin, TN 37064
WATSON FLOOR GALLERY
7114 Moores Ln., Suite 100,
Brentwood, TN 37027