Our photos are in!
We had a lovely evening of Greek food, a little wine, a gorgeous location and lots of giggles. This is one of our favorite group shots!
Thanks, Molly Brown-Boulay!
We are home from our Spring pilgrimage to the High Point Furniture Market!
It’s hard to describe the Market experience to those of you who haven’t had the pleasure. It’s a trip through beauty-land at a break-neck pace. It’s an entire city made up of furniture showrooms. It looks like any other smallish city… but it’s oh-so different.
Our trip always feels a little bit like a sitcom. We scream when we see something really, really pretty. Like this:
We also pose with furniture. We say that we do it for scale reference. Sometimes we do it cause we want to have our picture taken.
We also get a chance to visit our existing vendors and see their new introductions and fabrics… Four Season’s introduced this pretty, peppy ikat.
And Surya introduced a new collection of lovable flat-weave rugs in vibrant colors.
We also get a chance to see vendors that have piqued our curiosity on design blogs, in magazines, and on sites like Pinterest.
Like Society Social. I have been emailing Roxy for more than a year. I saw her whimsical, colorful bar carts, occasional furniture and upholstery online and fired off a message about being desperate to have her products in our shop.
Then, lo and behold, we rounded the corner in the IHFC Building and saw her logo! She showed at Market for the very first time and we got to meet, hug and joke with her. So obviously we had a picture taken, too.
Seeing Ro Sham Beaux in person was great… they have lights that look like jewelry for your house. And if you know a single iota about me, you will know that I love some baubles.
Some showrooms are full of lovely things… and others have hidden gems.
These two, I think it goes without saying, are gems.
So now we are back in Franklin… Nashville for you non-locals. We had one day to recover. Today, we are back at it. We think it’s well worth the trip. We learn so much about our products and get the chance to roll around in inspiration. Now we are ready to share it all with you. Do you like what you see here? What’s your favorite?
We leave for High Point, NC in the morning.
It’s our semi-annual trip to see the latest and greatest that our industry has to offer. It’s like fashion week for your house. Vendors strut new fabric, frames, casegoods and styles down the runway, and we sit (wearing fabulous sunglasses) and select from our favorites. Actually, that’s a really glamorous way to say she schlep our way through every showroom in the city. There is almost no sitting at all. Except to test drive new chairs and sofas. (see below)
Remember last Fall? We loved Lilly Pulitzer:
The house is almost as charming as the homeowners. Country music lives and breathes in this century-old farmhouse… a place Dolly Parton once called home. Today, Brandon Jane (half of duo Coldwater Jane), and her producer husband Kevin Kadish, make their home here in Williamson County. The kitchen was the creation of a former handy-homeowner who had a way with copper… and lots of it. The effect was dark and a bit disjointed.It was a long time coming, but a change was going to do this kitchen good. We started pinning our little hearts out to make sure we were heading somewhere we wanted to go. We used words like “fresh” ”modern” ”industrial” and “farmhouse”. And a plan was formed. It started with the island. The old island was awkward and misshapen. There was only room for one barstool… and that one was in the aisle. So a sketch was made… and an incredible Ironsmith from right here in Franklin, TN, Kriss Nethercutt worked his magic.
I think the iron base he created sets the tone for the whole project. It’s expertly crafted and a perfect fit for the new design.
The next major concern was the abundance of dark cabinetry. The existing cabinets were wood-stained with copper insets and we opted to change all of the base cabinets to white and make new doors in a Shaker-style for a fresh start. The dynamic duo of Mike Hubbard and Rob Huffman used their tremendous experience with woodworking and millwork to craft a perfect retro-fit for this overhaul. All of the new components and existing frames were sprayed by Roddy Love for a factory-finish.
This once dark alley of pantry doors… is now a sleek, clean run of fresh white cabinetry.
The last major change was the line of upper cabinets on the refrigerator wall. We removed the entire wall of cabinets and returned with reclaimed beams and custom-made iron brackets for industrial-inspired open-shelving.
We are tickled with the results… and we hope the pics are pin-worthy.
And we hope if Dolly ever decides to stop by, that she likes what we’ve done with the place!
We’re designing our way through Nathan and Stephanie Chapman’s house. We completed the bedroom, now we’re going to race through the rest of the house to get ready for a splashy Christmas party.
The ideas for this room were a rambling collaboration with Stephanie. She shares our love of design and always participates in the brainstorming and idea phases. This time though, husband Nathan wanted to get.there.faster. Stephanie’s birthday was a week away, and he wanted the room complete before she came back from the beach a week later. Operation Birthday Surprise was on.
So… we begin with a blank wall. A blank wall, swathed in greige grasscloth, that is. But that’s just the beginning.
For a little perspective, this wall is the feature wall in the family room… it’s open to the breakfast room and backs to the kitchen.
Once this lovely paper was up, our favorite fine artist, Brian Tull, had his canvas. We wanted to add a hand-painted design on the wallpaper using a pearly, shimmer of ivory paint.
The custom design started as a classic, but oversized, damask. When he sent over his first batch of ideas, he said he was inspired by an idea that was either very cool or very uncool. No middle ground. He wanted the design the reflect the very musical homeowners.
So he modified the damask, and added a stylized guitar into the design. If you look closely, you can see the shape and suggestion of a guitar… an instrument at the heart of this Nashville couple. Decidedly very, very cool
Simultaneously, an entire wall of window treatments were in production. Yard after yard of ivory linen. The wall holds the Redo record for fastest production! Our fabulous fabricator, Lisa Venable, and her nimble fingers sewed her little heart out.
The soft window panels were essential to the success of the room and the happiness of the birthday girl. To get specific, they are 100% linen, lined and interlined, pinch-pleat headers and 1.5 widths, hung on wrought-iron with a classic finial.
While Brian finished the hand-painting, and the Venables installed the window-treatments, we hung lights, brought in accessories, both old and new, pillows, slipcovers, and knick-knacks, oh my!
Then, in true Chapman style, we got to be there to enjoy the birthday surprise.
The reveal video.
We are honored and thrilled to be finalists for Best Interior Decorator and Best Home Furnishings in The Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Poll!
We can’t thank you enough for your votes and continued support. We love what we do everyday!!
What an honor!
Our lotus flowers are a customer and client favorite… so we’re stocking up.
These ceramic beauties brighten up and end table, add color to your built-ins and make a gorgeous centerpiece.
We’re planning a garden in the shop. Stop by to smell the roses (or lotuses).
Browse through our sale items on the sidewalk… and browse through the store looking for green ribbons tags.
We have a little of everything; upholstery, dining tables, lamps, art, accessories… great markdowns!
We’re ready to pre-order for Christmas, so we need a little extra room in our cozy space.
Make your purchases and take them with you, or we’re happy to arrange delivery. Then make the most of your visit with a stroll through town.
See you there!
White cabinetry and a warm farmhouse table balance each other beautifully in this fresh kitchen in Franklin.