Colorful Traditional Decor: One Home, One Garden

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.

Bunny loves spending time in this colorful nook, where she prepares lavish flower arrangements for the dinner parties and fund-raising events she hosts at her home.

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.

What's a greenhouse without a space to admire it from the outside? This adorable dining set up is our alfresco dream come true! Take…

One Colorful Home, One Colorful English Garden

Bunny and son Michael lounge on the vintage Louis XV-inspired daybed covered in “Mirasol Ivy” from Aerin Lauder’s fabric line for Lee Jofa.

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.

Qishn Geom Throw Pillow Cover

Yellow Pillow (In case you must have it!)

Bunny loves spending time in this colorful nook, where she prepares lavish flower arrangements for the dinner parties and fund-raising events she hosts at her home.

The homeowner, Bunny, enjoys this colorful nook, where she arranges floral arrangements for dinner parties and charity events hosted at her home.

Anna's Hummingbird by John James Audubon Framed Painting Print

Framed Hummingbird Audubon Print (In case you love this palette!)

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.

Genevieve Crystal Light Semi-Flush Mount

Genevieve Crystal Light (In case you need one in your life!)

Colorful Traditional Decor in a Kitchen

Quiet blues on upholstery and the Coleen & Company scalloped hanging lanterns dot the all-white kitchen.

Indeed cheerful, these tranquil blues on bar stool upholstery and the Coleen & Company scalloped hanging lanterns sing in the all-white kitchen.

I have this topiary, and all it requires is an occasional spritz of water!

Backless Castle Bar Stool

Castle Bar Stool (In case you need a similar bar stool!)

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.

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

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.

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.

Filippa Coffee Table

Acrylic Coffee Table

Colorful Traditional Decor in a Breakfast Room

The springy palette continues in the breakfast room where verdant green dining chairs pull up to a rustic table.

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

he Brunschwig & Fils “Bird and Thistle” wallpaper in blue plays nicely 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.

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

The Albert Hadley “Fireworks” wallpaper sets a graphic black-and-white backdrop for Clare’s bath. But warm golds in the sconces and mirror dial down the drama.

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.

Bathroom Faucet and Cross Handles in Brushed Nickel #brushednickel #Seabury

Grohe Seabury Bathroom Faucet  (Brushed Nickel) (These are the exact fixtures in our bath!)

Colorful Traditional Bedrooms

Blue, pink, and white set the pretty palette in this feminine bedroom.

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

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Mike and Bunny’s bedroom is a blend of classic, old-fashioned finery. A soft palette of green and blue makes it an oasis of relaxation. The Louis XVI-style bed is upholstered in “Blithfield Grenville” glazed chintz from Lee Jofa. The coverlet and shams are custom from Leontine Linens. The pillow is from D. Porthault.

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.

Sitting Area

Bartholomew artfully mixed feminine florals with graphic patterns, outfitting the windows in Brunschwig & Fils “Chevron Bar” and dotting the sofas with pillows made from Raoul Textiles “Secret Garden” fabric.

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 rearranged the Blackburns’ art collection, hanging it salon-style along the stairway.

Bartholomew brilliantly rearranged the Blackburns’ art collection, hanging it salon-style along the stairway.

Colorful Office

Yellow wallpaper wraps this work space in cheer. Black-and-white cheetah print fabric is paired with green trim on a skirted chair and green legs on a coordinating stool.

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.

Traditional Study

Fresh greens in art and upholstery bring energy to Mike’s favorite retreat.

While paneled libraries can be stuffy, this one is happy chic.

Traditional Home Exterior

Outside, the 1926 home projects formal Georgian Revival style.

A 1926 formal Georgian Revival style home.

Boxwood Hedges

A charming garden path is framed by neatly trimmed boxwood hedges.

Most noteworthy here: a charming garden path is framed by neatly trimmed boxwood hedges.

Colorful Hallway

Wallpaper, including “Zig Zag” from Quadrille, was used in hallways to connect the home’s common spaces.

“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

Visions of climbing roses, delphiniums, hollyhocks, and catmint

Most noteworthy here? What isn’t!?! Climbing roses, delphiniums, hollyhocks, and catmint.

Antique Garden Accents in a Colorful English Garden

Antique garden accents add a sense of history and character.

Antique garden accents too add a sense of history and character.

Gateway to a Colorful English Garden

Walk through an iron gate (a Brimfield Flea Market find) to the Checkerboard Garden, where patterned pavers lead past a circular flower bed.

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

For Heather, the highlight is roses—lots and lots of roses. “I love the ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ English rose the best,” she says. “But my 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’.”

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’.”

Garden Statue

At the center of the Checkerboard Garden is a statue encircled by boxwoods.

At the center of the Checkerboard Garden is a statue encircled by boxwoods.

Virgin Mary Statue

Virgin Mary Statue (In case you need her in your garden,)

Purple Alliums

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.

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 that resembles pea gravel but is more stable. He outlined the drive and lawns with bluestone and brownstone pavers that mesh with the stone house.

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

Perennial beds filled with delphiniums, hollyhocks, and viburnum line the charming pass-through that connects the entry garden to backyard areas, including a bluestone patio. Lines of stone pavers give the space a formal air.

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.”

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.”

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.”

Sunshine Yellow

A yellow chaise longue on the patio brings a splash of sunny yellow to the colorful scene.

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!

More pretties!

Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Silver Butler End Table
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Beachy White Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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.

~michele

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8 Comments

  1. linda pederson
    June 5, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Thank you,thank you,thank you for all the color!!!! Love all the beautiful color!

    • michele
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      More is on the way, Linda! Thanks for reading and letting me know. 🙂

  2. June 5, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Beautiful inspiration Michele! The texture and color and layering of the gardens makes me think of a fabulous painting. And I love a topiary or two thrown in to make it even more delightful. Merci!

    • michele
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Ahhhhh. Your artist’s eye is so trained for layering! These colors wake me up to something beautiful too. 🙂

  3. June 5, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    When may I move into this idyllic place? So many English garden ideas here! I’ve saved them on my Pinterest. Thank you for this lovely tour.

    • michele
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      It felt so right to be immersed in color as we head into summer! 🙂

  4. June 5, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Gorgeous! I loved this house when i read the article in Tradtional Home, it is stunning! I love seeing all of this beautiful color!

    • michele
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      It’s so happy and well done! Thanks for reading, friend. xox

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