From the Publisher

Hollie Deese


The more people let me into their homes for this magazine, the more I am blown away by all the ways people show off their personality — adjusting their homes to work best for them, without too much regard for what other people think. They love where they live because they make it a home.

Middle Tennesseans’ goal is curating their best life — and that can mean whatever they want it to mean. In this issue, we have found one thing that all of these homeowners embraced, and that is livable luxury. They have made spaces for their family, for their friends and for reflection; the spaces are comfortable and beautiful and filled with things that, to quote Marie Kondo, spark joy.

For the Bakers in Brentwood, a total gutting was required to get the new home of their dreams when their family of five began busting out of a charming rancher in Green Hills. With plenty of space to spare, their Brentwood home features places that make sense for the family — a large swimming pool, a cozy kitchen banquette, an expansive island and tons of art and patterns that make the home feel special.

For Franklin’s Quillmans, the house they already had was the joy. With their children grown, they entertained the thought of selling and downsizing. But they took the time to reflect with designer Kimberly Kelly of K7 Interiors about whether renovation was a better option. They decided their memories were too sweet to leave behind, so a first-floor renovation opened things up, let in more light and modernized their home in a way that will usher them through this phase of life.

And for the couples moving into Gallatin’s Revery Point, it is all about enjoying that sweet spot after kids when luxurious finishes are a no-brainer and life is better lived on the lake, playing golf, hiking the greenway or simply turning the key and heading out of town without a second thought.

The common thread connecting all of these people is that there is no place they’d rather be than home.

Nashville Interiors, Hollie Deese


Nashville Interiors

At Nashville Interiors, we believe very simply that life is lived at home. So it is important to make that home the absolute best it can be – livable, lovely and filled with loads of inspiring touches that make four walls and a roof so much more. Everything should enhance, not detract, and if it makes the day-to-day that much easier, even better.

In print since 2000 but under new ownership since 2017, that philosophy of making your home should be a place you can’t wait to escape to is evident in our pages and online as we seek to highlight the spaces that inspire, created by the best builders, artists, designers, artisans, architects and landscapers who are all responsible for making Middle Tennessee more beautiful.

Hollie Deese
Hollie DeesePublisher and Managing Editor
Hollie Deese studied magazine journalism at Columbia College in Chicago, working at CS Modern Luxury and Chicago magazines before moving to Nashville in 2003 to work for The Tennessean. In 2008 she left the paper to raise her children and grow her freelance career, writing and editing for the Nashville Ledger, Parade, AARP and multiple USA Today publications. The Tennessee Press Award winner still covers news for papers statewide, writes features for national magazines and is a stringer for The New York Times.
Pam Harper
Pam HarperSales Director
Pam has worked with Nashville Interiors for more than ten years and knows the Middle Tennessee cultural landscape well. She has enjoyed building relationships with professionals who focus on design and quality of life in the prosperous region.
Jennifer Rapp
Jennifer RappAdvertising Design and Sales
Jennifer has been involved in graphic design and marketing for home builders and magazines for more than 16 years. As someone who has grown up in greater Nashville, she has seen the area grow from a small city to a desirable metropolitan destination where art, architecture and design are taking center stage. She loves that Nashville Interiors magazine showcases all these elements and looks forward to sharing them with readers. In her free time Jennifer likes to explore nature and traveling with her husband and two daughters.
Jennifer Goode Stevens
Jennifer Goode StevensCopy Editor
Jennifer Goode Stevens has been a professional editor for 25 years, working in newspapers, magazines, websites, public relations, advertising and the occasional book — fiction or non. A transplant from Virginia, she’s now been in Middle Tennessee longer than anywhere else and has enjoyed watching the area grow and change. She teaches water aerobics with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus and works to keep up with her family of a husband and two medium-sized children.
Karen Cronin
Karen CroninCreative Director
Karen Cronin is an award-winning graphic designer and Co-Founder/COO at Cronin Creative, a full-service graphic design and branding firm in Nashville. A graduate of New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, Karen began her career at Interiors magazine, rising to the position of Art Director. As Cronin Creative celebrates its 10th year in business, the company serves a wide array of local and national accounts in industries ranging from medical to financial to real estate to entertainment.