Southern Interior Trends You Need to Know – The Nashville Symphony ShowHouse 2015

nashville symphony showhouse exterior
>design by Castle Homes


The master bedroom features a fabulous hanging light fixture that certainly makes a statement. It’s a bit unexpected against the painted planked ceiling, and I love it.

designer bedroom julie couch

Julie Couch Interiors 



I’m a huge fan of symmetry. It’s the basis of Psychological Staging™, for goodness sake!

symmetry in interior design

Mark Simmons Interiors 


designer lounge julie couch

Julie Couch InteriorsAndy Detwiler photography on back wall


This is the gorgeous feminine (and very symmetrical!) office at the top of the stairs, between the guest rooms.

designer office rozanne jackson interiors

Rozanne Jackson Interiors

Symmetry in design makes you feel calm and at ease in a space. It also directs your eye to the architecture, as well as to the views beyond windows and openings.

symmetry in art

Mark Simmons Interiors


Ottomans and Tiny Tables

The most repeated design element I noticed in the Nashville Symphony ShowHouse was the ottoman or tiny table. The incredibly functional element was everywhere.



Ottomans are flexible seating options that can be tucked away when not needed.

gothic chair


Tiny tables are a great spot for a cup of joe beside a chair.

side table


I loved how they used low wooden benches for bedside tables in the upstairs bedrooms. And of course, they tucked an ottoman beneath!


Roxanne Jackson Interiors


Here’s another ottoman tucked into the HUGE laundry room off the kitchen – a little desk spot if you care to check Facebook while waiting on the spin cycle.

designer laundry room

design by Castle Homes 


In addition to touring this fabulous home, I got to hang out with some pretty fabulous people! Here I am with the darling Carmen Johnston of Carmen Johnston Gardens & Southern Living Contributing Garden Editor:

carmen johnston and kristie barnett

Kristie Barnett & Carmen Johnston


I’ve met Carmen on a couple of occasions, and she is always so sweet and helpful to those of us with a black thumb. She gave us a hands-on tutorial for planting our very own container garden at the Garden Party!

carmen johnston container garden

Her top tip for container gardening? Choose something tall, something thick, and something trailing, and plant in a triangle formation. This is what we planted in our container gardens: Blue Fan Scaevola, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Dragon Wing Begonia, and Creeping Jenny. It’s all Greek to me, but I’m going to do my best to keep it alive on my front porch!

kristie barnett at nashville symphony showhouse garden party


The party was catered by Miss Daisy’s Kitchen. Daisy King is a southern icon if there ever was one, and every proper southern lady owns at least one of her cookbooks!

miss daisy and the decorologistMiss Daisy and The Decorologist

Troy B. Marden of PBS’s Volunteer Gardener was gracious enough to give the attendees signed copies of his beautiful book, Southern Gardener’s Handbook.  Troy will be at the ShowHouse on June 20th from 11-1 for a book signing onsite.

troy b marden

The Nashville Symphony ShowHouse is open to the public NOW through June 28, 2015. You don’t want to miss this special home tour presented by Castle Homes and benefiting The Nashville Symphony! The ShowHouse is open daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and admission is $15 per person.  Find out more here.

The Showhouse made the cover of the latest edition of Greater Nashville House and Home, which I picked up at the tour. While scanning through the magazine, I found that one of my recent kitchen designs had been featured inside. That was a happy surprise to finish off a lovely day at a Garden Party and ShowHouse tour!

nashville house and home and the decorologist



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