years and years ago i lived in nashville tennessee. probably one of my favorite places i’ve lived for many reasons! right out of college nashville was the place where my creative career began. i loved the balance of old southern tradition and the emerging country music industry, however, what i look back on most fondly is the beautiful neighborhoods, the rolling green hills, the beautiful trees and the gorgeous architecture.
no house depicts the southern grace, comfort, tradition and style of the south better than “boxwood’, one of the most prominent houses in the belle meade neighborhood of nashville. the original architect in 1914 was the great american classicist charles platt.
when a young family needed to renovate, restore and bring the house back to life they turned to architect gil schafer III to open up the flow of the house but keep it’s traditional spirit and they turned to interior designer david netto to modernize it and make is feel young and fresh!
schafer and netto couldn’t be more different but this mix of style and perspective is exactly what the house needed. the entry is a perfect example of this because it looks so correct at first with its moldings and scale, however, the bold stone floors and the basquiat painting give it modern edge needed to balance out the traditional architectural design.
the house was photographed by max kim-bee a few years ago for veranda magazine and just recently was featured in my new favorite book the great american house- traditional for the way we live today.
i love nashville for many reasons and i love this house for many reasons, actually i think i love them for the same reason. the one reason is nashville and “boxwood” are both that perfect mix of traditional southern charm and fresh modern energy! enjoy a trip back home!