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FRANKLIN, TENN. Do not miss the 2016 O’More Show House viewing that continues through May 27. The rooms are exquisite. The Craftsman-style cottage was built in 1919 and is noted on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is located in the Hincheyville Historic District of Franklin at 1006 West Main St., amidst other stunning homes reflecting a wide range of architectural styles. A walk through the neighborhood is a delight.
The hours for the O’More Show House tours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Show House is closed to the public each Monday. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Established five years ago, the Annual O’More Show House is the signature fundraising event for the O’More College of Design’s award-winning School of Interior Design. Event Chair JoAnne Haynes, ASID, reports that last year’s event raised nearly $100,000 to renovate the historic Berry Home on the O’More campus in Franklin as a design studio space and classroom.
The Opening Reception was held Wednesday, May 11 and our Nashville Interiors staff was pleased to be at the party. Photos of the social gathering follow the article below.
The 5,200 square-foot home has gone through a complete renovation. The street-view exterior brick and stucco features, columns and deep front porch remained as it was when placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, however, spaces were reorganized within the original structure to meet the needs of today’s family. Additions, including a former unfinished basement, were completed to complement the bungalow while adding charm, and improved function. In all, 22 spaces are presented by designers from the across the Southeast, many of whom are graduates of O’More College of Design.
Dana Goodman and Crysta Allsbrooks Parish welcomed guests to the inviting front living room conducive to conversation. “We strongly felt that the re-purposing of this room was inherently important,” says Goodman. “In this crazy-busy world, we need a room that’s a totally tech-free zone for family, friends and self.” Design incorporates rose quartz, pale pink satin pillows, antique books, fine art, and a cream colored kidney sofa. Note the pale pink palette is extended to the ceiling offering a calm and warm glow to the room. The beveled glass French front door, picture window, and vest pocket windows flanking the fireplace mantel make this room a cinema of light. Grounding the room are two beautiful reproduction upholstered barrel or club chairs of walnut. Like a dollop, pink satin pillows soften each of the traditionally masculine club chairs.
The master suite features “moody” walls, notes Nashville designer Mark Simmons who worked with Deb Tallent on the bed and bath. The deep teal is one of many variations on blue found throughout the home. The dining room, created by Lila Pryor Frank Interiors out of Huntsville, draws inspiration from blue and white Chinese porcelain found on the mantel and table setting. JoAnne Haynes, event chair, also took on the design of the family room, and incorporated the family’s memories and mementos from their summers in Maine. The paintings included span three generations of Maine artists and there are as many versions of blue as there are colors of the changing sea. It’s beautiful. Come see for yourself.
The kitchen truly owns its distinct blue as well, contrasted with quartz countertops. Jennifer Jones, who has completed more than a dozen show houses during her career and was an instructor at O’More College of Design, created a dream kitchen. Just as with any gathering of friends and neighbors, everyone winds up hanging out in the kitchen. The O’More Show House was no exception, and with so many fine details to see, from a rolling pin collection fashioned into a counter sculpture, to the well-appointed breakfast room featuring a French solid-bronze chandelier, it’s no wonder. The sink window and breakfast window treatments were simple linen shades, a variation of a Roman shade, and complemented the casual cabinetry and the cottage attitude of the home. Throughout, each room showed a perfect restraint and attention to good editing. Upstairs, blue punctuated the powder room and designer Jonathan Savage makes a bold statement with blue detailed wallpaper in the upstairs sitting room/home office. Savage too elevates blue from neutral to glamorous. A few of the stairwells, nooks, crannies, and powder rooms nearly steal the show from the larger rooms.
Charm is to be expected in a home that can be described with the words ‘cottage’ or ‘bungalow.’ So come to the O’More Show House expecting that charm. A favorite room among those I met at the opening reception was the upstairs attic-style bedroom. The angled ceilings connect with the walls by a silver floral paper that shimmers
and offers subtlety even as it ties the room together. A French antique chair with exposed fray and burlap undercloth anchors the corner of the room and holds a Mother Goose story book. The room in its entirety feels like a story book. A floor-to-ceiling mirror has been altered to appear antique adding a romantic historic touch. A pink satin button-tufted headboard drew the eye from the vase of pale pink roses on the antique side table, an intentional effort by designer Rozanne Jackson with The Iron Gate. Her shop is a popular place for picking in Nashville among celebrities. Ginny Garrett and Interior Architect Katy Austin also worked on the bedroom project with Jackson.
But beyond the sweet nursery with its rabbits, a potting shed, the powder rooms, and the vintage accessories, the O’More Show House pushed the envelope on the implications of ‘bungalow’ with a renovation of a basement area that created a terrace level second living room, what you might call a ‘bonus’ room. Kathleen Evers designed the space to include a wet bar, home entertainment system, and a dumbwaiter to cleverly lift snacks and beverages between levels of the house. The wet bar area shimmers with glass tile and glass shelving and therefore performs like a sunny window in a space most of us would waste on a mere sofa table. It’s a fully functioning beverage and food area that allows the person pouring the drinks to not miss a moment of the screen action by the way that it is positioned. The room is quite multi-functional and large, serving a growing family well.
There’s so much to see and think about in regards to the O’More Show House and we will be processing the trends we observed and the good design ideas for a long while. We will soon share our favorite design elements from the project, but do not want to offer any spoilers beyond our album of the social gathering. Nashville Interiors has a new team and we were pleased to meet so many of our readers and colleagues.
Please post a comment, sharing your favorite room from this year’s O’More Show House. What was your favorite vintage artifact? For me, my favorite artifacts were the antique books in the living room, or maybe the collection of milk glass or rolling pins. Then again, the wall of charming hand-held vanity mirrors in one room really caused many of us to say, “well, why didn’t I think of that!” It’s hard to choose a favorite….but we’d love to keep the conversation going. Please share your thoughts.