Amazing Grace and Design

Earlier this week, I got to revisit a client’s home from last summer. She needed help installing some art that she had recently commissioned from a vendor/artist at the Nashville Flea Market, which turned out really beautiful. The artist wrote on three pieces of reclaimed and painted barn wood, and the pieces needed to be hung together as a series.

rustic entry design

ombre staircase and inspirational art

I also tweaked the styling in my client’s dining room, which has gotten quite a bit of exposure this year – most recently in Romantic Homes magazine and

turquoise dining room



Many of my clients in the Nashville/Franklin area own art or art posters by local artist and designer, David Arms. David and his family live in one on my favorite homes in town, which I visited and photographed here.

david arms Grace-Poster



His art is inspirational and resonates with so many of my clients here in town. So, this particular client has this “Amazing Grace” art poster and wants to do something special with it. She also has this slab of barn wood:

barn wood

I took both to my very talented and creative framer, who came up with an amazing idea for this piece. Wanna guess what we are doing with this?? I can’t wait to see how it turns out – and to show you! Stay tuned . . .




  1. Apple Hill Cottage

    I love that you mixed painted chairs with those wood ladderbacks. I have two, and I just didn’t want to paint them (!!!), but I want painted chairs around our harvest table. Thanks for the good idea!
    And that amazing grace poster is gorgeous by itself. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  2. Brenda

    Love the colors in this home…they make me smile.

  3. Paula Van Hoogen

    Of course you know I love the title TODAY! That lady’s staircase is so Grace-full now…
    Good job placing it, Kristie. However….I’d like to know if that piece by David Arms with the birds on the musical score is for sale? My husband loves that song and loves birds…I would love to surprise him for Christmas! Thanks Kristie.

    • Kristie Barnett

      YES, Paula – I put a link below that picture, so you should be able to go to his site from there. Make sure you tell David I sent you!

  4. Kelly

    I have always loved that dining room with the beautiful ceiling! Can’t wait to see what you do with the David Arms artwork! Have a great weekend!


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