Design Trends from Show House Designers

Guess what?  Last weekend I was on the same page of the newspaper as Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian!

decorologist Tennessean

The Tennessean


If you didn’t catch my article on The Traditional Home O’More Show House, let me get you up to speed on the latest designer trends I spotted there.  The O’More Designer Show House opened last Friday and features the work of 17 talented designers who are alumni of Franklin’s O’More School of Design.  This inaugural event is part of Traditional Home magazine’s 2013 National Show House Tour. There are so many beautiful and creative design ideas featured in the O’More Designer Show House, and these are a few of my favorites:



bird wallpaper

Designed by Kim Zimmer


The designers used wallpapers, fabrics, and painted designs to give depth and texture to the walls.  Painted grasscloth and subtle patterns adorn the walls in larger rooms, while the entry, bathrooms, and accent walls received bolder treatments.  When I asked designer Kim Zimmer what inspired her space, she told me that the family room was based on the idea of a “modern aviary.”

aviary wallpaper

Schumacher Bird Wallpaper 


Kim told me that you should start with something that inspires you – something you love – then build your scheme from that point.  Then you will end up with a design you love!


On-Trend Color 

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Dana Goodman Interiors – Crysta Parish, Lead Designer


The colors include gray- and tan-based neutrals, shades of blue and green, and are accented with touches of coral throughout.  Every room has a different personality, but a sense of flow was maintained throughout the home with a pre-established color palette. Crysta Parish of Dana Goodman Interiors chose to keep a neutral color palette as the dining room is one of the main transition spaces into the rest of the house.  She added blues and coral as accents.  

pairs of hanging lights


When I asked her how visitors could incorporate a bit of this room design into their own homes, Crysta suggested using a neutral color palette with organic tones and textures.  She also suggested painting the ceiling an accent color, using 2-3 smaller chandeliers rather than one, and dressing up a plain slipcovered parsons chair with an applied decorative banding to the bottom of the skirt.


Statement Lighting

designer lamps

Design by J. Haynes Interiors 


The Designer Show House features beautiful lighting options including hanging fixtures, large lamps, and lovely sconces.  If you take a lesson from these designers, go large and purchase in pairs for more impact.


Interesting Art Groupings 

mirror grouping

Scarlett Scales


The designers created art groupings with impact throughout the home.  Painted portraits in the living room, butterfly specimens in the entry, architectural drawings in the dining room, and vintage mirrors in the guest bath add interest and personality to every space.


Black Trim 

designer breakfast room

Breakfast Room design by Jonathan Savage


One of my favorite design trends was featured in the Show House – painted black trim molding.  The breathtaking breakfast room designed by Jonathan Savage  featured bold black trim and window casings, with black accents to pull the look together. 

black and white kitchen


Jonathan told me that he thinks the approach of “less is more” is important in design.  He feels that restraint is a great thing to take away from the breakfast room he designed.  Too often, rooms feel overdone when too much fabrics or too much furniture is used.


midcentury modern living room

Kim Zimmer 


I hope I’ve whet your appetite and you want to see more of this fabulous Show House!   The Traditional Home O’More Show House is open to the public now through April 21, 10 – 4 Mondays through Saturdays and 12 to 4 on Sundays.  Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit the non-profit school’s interior design department.  For more information, go to or call 615-794-4254.



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