Situated in the beautiful community of Você, this home blends natural materials and modern lines to create an elevated living experience in one of the area’s premier communities. Purchased by Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddie Arnold in 1950, Você now sits on the land that he settled with his young family. Here, at what he called “Windy Ridge”, Arnold’s commitment to family, the land, and his community serves as the inspiration for every aspect of the development today. Limited to 52 select homes, each residence features a compact environmental footprint on a naturally wooded homesite. No two houses are alike. All great homes begin with a great layout and the owners had a very specific vision in mind. Specifically, they wanted contemporary styling and a floor plan that had a clear view from the front of the house to the rear. Tasked with these and other requests was Kevin Coffey of C. Kevin Coffey Dwellings | Designs. “We started with a layout the clients liked and embellished it to meet their exact living goals” states Coffey. In addition to creating this desired layout, the design of the home needed to be customized to respect the scale and architecture of the neighboring houses, as well as preserve the existing trees when preparing the site. Originally the plan was for a traditional home, but the owners decided something with a modern feel was a better option for their tastes and lifestyle. This was accomplished by using contemporary lines accented with natural materials, a metal roof, plenty of window space, and see-through steel front and back doors. The home also includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a complete in-law suite, elevator, office, and media room. “When building fine custom homes, it is a team effort between our in-house people and the outside talent who are also involved in the project,” says Alan Looney, president of Castle Homes. As one of the premier custom builders in the Nashville area, Looney was responsible for coordinating all the moving parts to make sure the homeowners got the final product they dreamt of. “It takes a lot of talented people with expertise in their fields to bring our clients the home and the experience they expect,” he explains. “It was a real compliment when the owners decided to use many of the living area designs of our personal house,” he adds. “It’s always great working with a wonderful team of experts to bring a project like this to fruition,” comments Elisha Howell, interior designer and principle of E. Howell Designs. “Working closely with the design team at Castle homes, our goal was to create an environment that was aesthetically pleasing and practical for the way the owners live,” she adds. The entire theme of the home, including the color palette was set by the wallpaper in the powder bath which the owners fell in love with from the outset. “It’s funny how one item can become the focus of an entire project,” muses Howell.
Original plans called for a more traditional design, but the owners wanted a modern home. The finished structure was built with a contemporary flair using plenty of glass both in the Pella Architectural series windows and the steel front and back doors from Arcadia Steel Doors, which let in plenty of light and allow for a clear line of sight from the front to the rear of the house. Natural Tennessee field stone with limestone accents help blend the home with the backdrop of its Você location. The owners wanted a metal roof, so rain chains were used instead of gutters, and Fourteenth Colony Lighting sconces sourced from Graham’s Living provide light for the front porch. Part of the challenge with this home was the position of the sloping lot. Coffey needed to create a design that maintained the correct proportions, respected neighboring homes, and adhered to the mandates of the association which included preserving the existing trees.
The staircase running behind the fireplace is a departure from traditional design, while metal stair railings enhance the trim on the doors and windows. The fireplace features a MetroQuartz Luxe base, stained wood panels above, and is adorned with a commissioned painting by Emyo, which is a collage of scenes from places the owners have visited. The custom blue leather sofas from Lee Industries face each other to facilitate conversation in this main living area. The hexagon bookcase and mirror from CFC/Noir are available through Spruce in Brentwood, as are the end tables, coffee table, swivel chairs, and area rug that grounds the room.
For the kitchen, designer Elisha Howell worked closely with Melissa Morgan of Melissa Morgan Designs, and selected Cabico cabinets with zero lines in Unique Nova gloss. MetroQuartz Statuario Bianco is used for the countertops throughout the kitchen with a waterfall edge on the island. Appliances are Thermador, including the six-burner gas range covered by a custom hood. Behind the range, the polished Castillo Bianco Carera backsplash with silver details is a showstopping design detail the homeowners love. Bar stools with natural wood legs from Lee Industries are covered in a custom fabric. “I wanted an organic feel to complement the modern cabinetry, so the Tech Lighting was procured through Graham’s Living. The fixtures remind me of branches of a tree,” says Howell.
Opting for one dining area to make sure every meal is a family event, this room features a custom metal table base designed to carry the stone tabletop, both manufactured in Nashville. The clients’ existing chairs were reupholstered to match the décor of the home and a bench seat by Lee Industries in a custom velvet was added. The lighting and wall art from Arteriors was sourced by Howell and is available through Spruce. Below the table, a Turkish area rug anchors the space. Howell worked with Camile Moore on the window coverings throughout the home and in the dining room, the fabric is elevated by a geometric edge detail. The high-gloss credenza by Bungalow 5 sits on a gold base and features architectural door panels. The original art by Angela Simeone is framed by two lamps from Spruce. “We positioned the dining area in the front of the home in order to allocate more space to the porch in the rear,” explains Coffey.
“One of the first selections we made was the wallpaper in the powder bath,” says Howell. “The owners immediately fell in love with the color and the texture, which really set the stage for the whole house.” The Black Edition wallpaper by Papiro is complemented by the vanity from Worlds Away. The lighting from Hudson Valley is available at Graham’s Living.
“The owners wanted lots of light, yet didn’t want to sacrifice their privacy in the master bedroom. The solution was to raise the window sills to provide both,” points out Coffey. “We also thickened the walls to give the windows a little more depth and profile,” he adds. The low profile, leather-wrapped bed from Restoration Hardware is topped with bedding from Kevin O’Brian. Two high-gloss, navy blue nightstands with gold pulls from Bungalow 5 add a touch of shine to the otherwise organic room. Against the windows, armchairs with custom pillows covered in Romo fabric and textured ottomans, all from Vignette, create a sunny seating area. The beautiful Regina Andrews lighting fixture with strings of small, antiqued mirror panels tops off the space and can be found at Spruce.
Truly a retreat from a hectic day, the master bath features a freestanding tub and fixtures from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Above the space, a Barbara Barry, with gold interior shade hangs over a traditional Turkish rug.
Above the master bedroom, on the left wing of the home, is a spacious in-law suite that is completely self-sufficient with its own bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and a balcony to enjoy the outdoor views. Although a fully functioning elevator provides easy access to the second floor, there are two staircases on either side of the house. The rear staircase features an oversized, corner window and gives access to the study which cantilevers from the rear of the house providing panoramic views over the property. A media and entertainment room sits directly above the garage. Finishing the home, a dog run is available through a doggie door providing a designated outdoor space for the family’s furry friends.
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 porch is one of the most used and well loved parts of this home. “We installed motorized screens in the cedar posts that can be opened and closed with the push of a button,” comments builder Looney. When down, they provide a surprising amount of wind and temperature protection. The painted brick fireplace provides comfort in winter, and the built-in heaters in the ceiling ensure the room is cozy regardless of the temperature outside. Swings from Four Oak Bed offer the perfect place to read a book as the afternoon light streams into the space. Sourced from Spruce, Howell added a light fixture by Made Goods which uses layers of gauzy fabric to bring the blue tone found inside into the outdoor space. Lane furniture from Graham’s Living provides comfortable seating options all focused on conversation around the TV and fireplace.
C. KEVIN COFFEY DWELLINGS | DESIGN
230 Franklin Rd, Suite 807 Franklin, TN 37064
5214 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
E. HOWELL DESIGNS
7028 Church St. East Brentwood, TN 37027
FERGUSON BATH, KITCHEN & LIGHTING GALLERY
3201-B Powell Ave. Nashville, TN 37204
244 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067
MELISSA MORGAN DESIGNS
7028 Church St. East Brentwood, TN 37027