A traditional style home in Nashville is the picture of HAPPY CHIC! Let’s tour it before traveling North to a New England garden with stunning color.
Colorful Traditional Decor: One Home, One Garden
Happy chic interior design makes me think of Jonathan Adler, yes?
White wall paint color in most rooms: BENJAMIN MOORE Simply White
Source: Traditional Home/Photography: Emily Followill/Interior designer: Sarah Bartholomew
Speaking of happy chic? Though not from this property, feast your eyes on this mini greenhouse. It has me dreaming.
One Colorful Home, One Colorful English Garden
The homeowner and her son on a vintage Louis XV-inspired daybed. Upholstery is “Mirasol Ivy” from Aerin Lauder’s fabric line for Lee Jofa.
The homeowner, Bunny, enjoys this colorful nook, where she arranges floral arrangements for dinner parties and charity events hosted at her home.
As I searched for a similar vintage light fixture, I found this one below. I have a similar vintage crystal semiflush ceiling fixture in my closet.
Colorful Traditional Decor in a Kitchen
I have this topiary, and all it requires is an occasional spritz of water!
Colorful Traditional Decor in an Entryway
To soften the formal look of the entryway’s yellow damask wallpaper, Bartholomew mixed in more casual fabrics, including Quadrille’s “Veneto” fabric in Venice Blue, which covers the center hall table. Fresh yellows and blues thread throughout the palette of the entire home certainly create a lighthearted mood.
Colorful Traditional Decor in a Living Room
Most noteworthy in the living room: two “Catherine” sofas from Century Furniture flank a fireplace that’s painted, along with the walls, in Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White.” The mantel is lined with homeowner Bunny Blackburn’s collection of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain vases and jars. Designer Sarah Bartholomew added a touch of airiness with an acrylic cocktail table from Interlude Home. The wicker highboy is vintage Ralph Lauren for Henredon; the rattan chair is also a vintage find.
Acrylic Coffee Table
Colorful Traditional Decor in a Breakfast Room
Also noteworthy in the breakfast room: a springy palette, where verdant green dining chairs pull up to a rustic table.
Dining Room with Colorful Traditional Decor
Brunschwig & Fils “Bird and Thistle” wallpaper in blue pairs with apple green velvet on Hepplewhite-inspired dining chairs. Delicate paper flowers from The Green Vase pop against a grouping of contemporary pieces, A Color Study, by Janet Porcher Gregg.
Bathroom with Traditional Colorful Decor
Because bathrooms need not be bland…Albert Hadley “Fireworks” wallpaper sets a graphic black-and-white backdrop for the daughter’s bathroom walls. Additionally, warm golds in the sconces and mirror dial down the drama.
The widespread bathroom faucet is similar to the one I chose for a bathroom we added here in my own home.
Grohe Seabury Bathroom Faucet (Brushed Nickel) (These are the exact fixtures in our bath!)
Colorful Traditional Bedrooms
Because turquoise and candy pink play so nicely together, this pretty palette is eye candy in a feminine bedroom.
My friend Eileen recently gifted me this lovely book…bonus? Very reminiscent of this color palette!
Malala’s Magic Pencil
Mike and Bunny’s bedroom seems to be a blend of classic and nostalgic refinery. While a soft palette of green and blue makes for an oasis of relaxation, a Louis XVI-style bed is upholstered in “Blithfield Grenville” glazed chintz from Lee Jofa. Coverlet and shams are custom from Leontine Linens while the pillow is from D. Porthault.
Most noteworthy here: Bartholomew artfully mixed feminine florals with graphic patterns, outfitting the windows in Brunschwig & Fils “Chevron Bar.” Also, the sofas are dressed with pillows made from Raoul Textiles “Secret Garden” fabric.
Traditional Staircase with Art
Bartholomew brilliantly rearranged the Blackburns’ art collection, hanging it salon-style along the stairway.
While yellow wallpaper wraps this work space in cheer, black-and-white cheetah print fabric joins the fun. It is paired with green trim on a skirted chair and green legs on a coordinating stool.
While paneled libraries can be stuffy, this one is happy chic.
Traditional Home Exterior
A 1926 formal Georgian Revival style home.
Most noteworthy here: a charming garden path is framed by neatly trimmed boxwood hedges.
“Zig Zag” wallpaper from Quadrille, was used in hallways to connect the home’s common spaces.
Now we’ll be tour beautiful gardens in New England which took the homeowner 3 years to create from a blank slate.
Source: Traditional Home/Photography: Matthew Benson/Produced by Roberta Hershon/Landscape designer: Jim Douthit, A Blade of Grass
Colorful English Garden
Most noteworthy here? What isn’t!?! Climbing roses, delphiniums, hollyhocks, and catmint.
Antique Garden Accents in a Colorful English Garden
Antique garden accents too add a sense of history and character.
Gateway to a Colorful English Garden
First of all, walk through an iron gate (a Brimfield Flea Market find), then enter the Checkerboard Garden, where patterned pavers lead past a circular flower bed.
Roses in a Colorful English Garden
While the homeowner loves ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ English rose most, her go-to rose is climbing ‘Blaze.’ “Because it’s strong—the flowers hold up even when it’s raining. And for part-shade, you just can’t beat ‘William Baffin’.”
At the center of the Checkerboard Garden is a statue encircled by boxwoods.
Heather’s love of old-fashioned blooms is rooted in her childhood and garden tours with her English grandmother. Fittingly, Heather’s colorful beds include eye-catching purple alliums and an abundance of roses too.
Pea Gravel Lookalike
To begin the redesign, Douthit replaced the old driveway with a natural-stone and polyurethane aggregate. While it resembles pea gravel, it is more stable. He outlined the drive and lawns with bluestone and also brownstone pavers that mesh with the stone house.
Delphiniums, Hollyhocks, and Vibernum
Most noteworthy here: perennial beds filled with delphiniums, hollyhocks, and viburnum line the charming pass-through. It connects the entry garden to backyard areas, including a bluestone patio. Lines of stone pavers give the space a formal air as well.
A lavender lane of ‘Six Hills Giant’ catmint and ‘Globemaster’ allium leads to a rose-covered pergola, painted the same blue-green as Heather and Steve’s front door. “I like a verdigris color,” Heather says. “It meshes so nicely with the copper accents on the house.”
Catmint in a Colorful Garden
Billowing catmint also plays a spectacular role in boisterous, carefree borders. “It grows like crazy, smells great, and really draws in the bees,” Heather says. “It flops a little, but I tie it up, then give it a hard prune in June. By September it looks really good again.”
A yellow chaise longue on the patio also brings a splash of sunny yellow to the colorful scene.
HOW DOES YOUR OWN GARDEN GROW? My skills are limited and my time is short!
To see the designer’s own home, go here. For more traditional home decor stories, visit:
Blue and White and Traditional
Stone House by Phoebe Howard
Rose Uniacke’s London Home
Classical Interior Design by Amy Meier
Peace to you right where you are.