With its storybook charm visible from the road, a 1920s English-style stone cottage, nestled in Nashville’s genteel Belle Meade neighborhood, captivated a husband and wife eager to downsize from a large home to something cozier. However, when they and their three teenage children toured the cottage’s one and a half stories, they realized that the interior would need to be dramatically remodeled for their family’s needs. The couple turned again to a design team whose work had pleased them in the past.
“We had seen this house many times,” the wife says. “We had always liked it. The outside was attractive to us. But the inside was not at all.”
The couple hoped to enliven the traditional, period interiors by bringing in a congenial mix of sophisticated, decidedly modern elements, adding living space without significantly altering the structure’s footprint, and creating a seamless indoor–outdoor connection. Through it all, though, they wanted to preserve the cottage’s original graceful character.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY RAY BOOTH
ARCHITECTURE RENOVATIONS BY MCALPINE
PRODUCED BY LESLIE SINCLAIR
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC PIASECKI
WRITTEN BY LINDA SHERBERT
This story appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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