Using a mix of natural textures and colors set in the historic and much- loved community of Belle Meade, this home by Chandelier Development is a beautiful family estate with an established feel. The one-acre lot provides natural inspiration and the small city, originally carved out of the land that once belonged to the Belle Meade Plantation, offers tree-lined streets and wooded areas. “We wanted to develop a home that was comfortable for the modern client while blending with its location,” explains Joel Lyons, Chandelier Development’s founder. “Our goal is to create a unique, functional, and livable dream home for every client and each home we build is different from the last since each one is completely custom.” This particular home has a special significance to Joel and his wife Lindsay as they were intimately involved in the interior design and building process. The home is filled with natural colors and textures which makes it an exceptional and whimsical place. There is an almost storybook feel to the home that has been elevated through the use of luxurious finishes like velvet and marble. “We call this an English influenced Arts and Crafts home and tapped the expertise of an architect in Birmingham to create this blended look. We took the English inspiration and combined it with unique, but familiar elements that helped us tie this new construction project to the original period of the Belle Meade neighborhood and city,” Lyons explains. The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920. Starting as a reaction to the excesses of Victorian industrialization, the Arts and Crafts movement grew from a desire to revive traditional craftsmanship and restore simplicity and honesty to how buildings and furnishings were made. Its influence in both the decorative and fine arts can be felt in design today and represents a push to bring back traditional craftsmanship using simple forms. The style often incorporates romantic or folk styles of decoration which gives these homes their magical appeal.


The home’s mix of natural elements begins with the English Arts and Crafts exterior. Situated on a one-acre lot, the home features natural cedar siding and roof shingles, pecky cypress accents, reclaimed brick chimneys, and copper flashing and gutters to create a whimsical exterior that feels warm and inviting. “When we tore down the original home, we saved the brick and used it throughout the exterior and interior,” says Lyons. “This creates a sense of history to a new construction project and we were able to cut down on the waste generated when demolishing an existing structure.” The home itself is also brick, but has been given a mortar rub to match the Arts and Crafts feel. The wood accents are painted in Benjamin Moore Artichoke which is the perfect contrasting color. A mixture of hydrangeas, boxwoods, horsetail reeds, and maples are used to create the feel of an English garden in Middle Tennessee. Through the home’s arched entry, reclaimed French doors dating back to the 1800s set the stage for the design inside.

The porte-cochère shows off the mix of materials used on the home’s exterior. From the dark Artichoke paint used to pull out and highlight the different facades or the cut concrete driveway, the exterior has a range of custom touches. Copper lighting by Flambeau out of New Orleans matches the flashing, while horsetail reeds are a modern plant that adds a surprising element to the landscaping.

The mix of natural elements found outside is extended into the home’s foyer. Reclaimed white oak flooring and Venetian plaster come together to create a subtle palette that continues through the rest of the home. A reclaimed brick wall, which is actually the back of the fireplace in the great room, serves as a way

to create some privacy, blocking the view from the entry. Two chandeliers from Restoration Hardware cast a flash of light into the room as small, individual glass panes defuse the light.

In the kitchen, the island steals the spotlight. “We chose a granite with a lot of deep greens and blacks and tans. It’s a very unique piece from Brazil and sourced locally. We actually used that granite as the color inspiration for the art wall in the Atrium,” Duncan explains. It was the very first design piece she chose for the home. Complementing the island are leather counter stools with brushed gold accents. The frameless, European cabinets by UltraCraft are a mixture of walnut and matte black. To maintain a seamless design, Duncan chose cabinets that open with a touch latch mechanism so excessive hardware doesn’t interrupt their sleek appearance. Finding the perfect floor stain to pair with the walnut cabinets was a detailed and labor- intensive process. The flooring in the entire house is a four-inch, sand and finish, red oak in a custom color created by Duncan. “It was a mixture of sand dune and a white stain, both by Bona. It took a lot of work and a lot of samples to get that neutral tone I wanted. Talk about a design challenge! Whatever color we put on the floor made the Walnut look completely different. It was a real balancing act. We were like mad scientists in the garage mixing stain colors,” she laughs. The two-story dining room, or Atrium, complete with a row of 8 skylights, introduces elements uncommon in residential design and caters to Duncan’s desire for an open floor plan that still has distinct spaces. “In previous homes that Jay and I have lived in, it was occasionally an issue with the living room open next to the kitchen. It allowed the sound to travel through those rooms, so if someone was cooking in the kitchen and making a lot of noise, someone else might have a hard time watching TV in the living room. Putting that dining space in the middle was actually our Architect’s idea. It separates those spaces just enough to create a more practical, livable layout but maintains a great flow for entertaining,” states Duncan. A locally made, custom 10-foot walnut table features welded, black metal legs that pair well with simple, tan and cream tweed chairs from World Market. Duncan appreciates functional design choices, “It’s nice to let people know you can mix some cost-effective elements with custom pieces,” she says. Behind the table, the two-story art piece ‘Islands in the Sky’ by artist Cory Basil makes a grand impression and sets the stage for the rest of the home’s art and design.

The kitchen is framed by a large, pecky cypress beam with decorative corbels. A double island facilitates an extremely functional space while the mix of textures creates an elevated area for entertaining. The natural Tennessee white oak cabinets and hood pop against contrasting white cabinets used around the La Cornue range which shines while other appliances are hidden. The statuary marble in the kitchen’s backsplash is repeated in the dramatic waterfall edge of the middle island where a simple farmhouse sink creates the perfect prep space. The kitchen table from Restoration Hardware is flanked by six stools with brass frames which tie into the other brass elements found on the range, pot filler,

and drawer pulls. “The table is made from white oak found in Russia, so it has a different color from the wood we sourced from Tennessee,” Lyons explains. On the floor, Tennessee flagstone continues the theme of natural and locally sourced materials and enhances the dark gray patina of the kitchen pendants.


Light abounds in the formal dining room thanks to two adjoining walls of windows framed with custom blue velvet drapes. The marble-topped trestle table and formal blue velvet chairs are made slightly more casual by the vaulted pecky cypress ceiling. A more modern chandelier from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery fills the airspace above.

The focal point of the master bath is a beautiful enclosed shower/tub combination filled with statuary marble used in three ways. In addition to the wall tiles, behind the double brass showerheads, the marble is laid in a herringbone pattern, and smaller round tiles provide contrast on the floor. Antique brass throughout the bathroom continues the prevalent use of warm metals.


A simple, yet elegant retreat, the master bedroom isn’t overdone or overfilled which makes for a relaxing boudoir. Restoration Hardware and Bernhardt furniture add to the tranquil feel of the space by bringing in dark colors and light wood accents. While the design is simple, the materials used lend a luxurious feel. Natural light fills the room. Over the

two nightstands, brass pendants from Visual Comforts match the circular chandelier.


Upstairs, the hallway leading to the lady’s study is a set above the porte-cochère and is an airy transition space that can double as a cozy reading area. Sawn poplar on the ceiling mixes with the tones from the white

oak floors, while Moravian Star pendants cast a warm light into the hall. A hair-on-hide rug adds a masculine touch.

“His” home office is a versatile room detached from the house that can also function as a guest suite. Black stained rough-sawn poplar and a masonry fireplace are accented by masculine touches like the leather armchairs and the antler chandelier. A lighter table offers a place for meetings. Through the double doors a bar area and bathroom make the space self-sufficient for guests. Lighter wood floors keep the room open and bright.


The lanai brings in familiar elements to create a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience. Pecky cypress and Tennessee-sourced flagstone set the color palette. The focal point is the mortar-rubbed finish on the fireplace which is surrounded by comfortable furniture from Graham’s Living that features a woven texture frame and high-performance fabric cushions for easy outdoor use. The basement includes a wine cellar, seating area, and media room all clad in reclaimed brick from the home originally found on the property. A comfortable leather sofa adds to the masculine feel of the space where a fantastic entertainment experience is sure to be enjoyed. The wet bar’s cabinets are painted in a navy blue and topped with a matching soapstone. “Here, we treated the ceiling with rough-sawn poplar from Fairview, Tennessee. It brings a more rustic feel to this room while keeping with the theme of wood-clad ceilings,” Lyons states. Open shelves match the look of the ceiling and grant easily accessible storage, while pendants found in the kitchen are repeated in this entertainment space.

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