Bright and Lively Nashville Georgian

Hello my people. Let's just dive right in. Sarah Bartholomew. Nashville based interior designer. Awesome intsagram - go follow her. Gaggle of adorable children. Her house in Nashville, a kickin' Georgian style abode, is KILLER. Lively, bright, classic, fun, pretty, another happy home proving that Trad is Rad.


What isn't ah-mah-zong about this Foyer? Pierre Frey Toile des Nantes? Check. Leopard print runner? Check. Ginger jars errywhurr? Check. Blue and white garden stools? Check. Curly, swirly Twomblys balancing out all the preppiness? Check. Natural fiber rug and grass baskets balancing out the fanciness? Check. PATTERN, PEOPLE, EMBRACE IT. 


Is there anything better than a little frieze-y wave detail on just about anything? Also, look at the balance of textures and patterns in this little vignette. The Toile des Nantes and all that blue and white porcelain are complimented perfectly by both the textural seagrass basket, and the nature-inspired faux tortoise box. 

I love dang Pierre Frey Toile des Nantes (named after the town of Nantes in France, don'cha'know) so much, that I wrote a whole post about it that you can read here.

The back slipcover and pleated skirt on this chair (and identical chairs throughout the house) are KILLING ME. Chairs (and side and console tables) are apparently like Cher from Clueless -- always looking awesome in a pleated skirt.

The formal living room is filled with classic elements and pieces (pedestal table, more of those awesome chairs, tight-back sofa with bullion fringe, the list goes on and on) and the layout is very sophisticated, however the light and airy color palette keeps the space bright and friendly. More swirly Twombly art gives some contemporary energy to all the traditional furniture.


I am loving the freshness of all the blue and white upholstery and traditional furniture (obsessed with that marble-topped chest, for example) backed by crisppppp white walls and white drapes. I am such a color addict (and a wallpaper addict while we're at it) that I'm not sure I'd ever have the discipline to do that.

Yummy butterscotch yellow walls are the perfect backdrop for hand painted panels. The green floral in the panels is carried to the light green drapes and the dining chairs, upholstered with light green velvet on the front and a medium scale gingham on the back. That shot of gingham provides the perfect breath of fresh, country, air in this more formal space. An octagonal, grass-topped table also brings visual lightness. And, obviously, those half-shell topped corner niche cabinets are making my heart go pitter patter.

More of the calming light green from the dining room is found in the family room. Like the formal living room, the family room is clad in crisp white walls, with beautiful built-ins and millwork. Loads of natural elements and textures are brought into the space by plants, and framed bird prints, and more seagrass baskets, and, oof, how cozy and light. Is there a better all-purpose sofa upholstery fabric than Celerie Kemble's Bewtixt? And yes, layer that Madeleine Weinrib sofa over that sisal, girl!

One of my all-time favorite wallpapers, this Bob Collins' bamboo fretwork, covers the downstairs powder room in cheeky, cheery, tropical happiness. And nobody's gonna say no to Leontine Linens monogrammed hand towel.

Horizontal boards give the small kitchen some zippy longitudinal movement movement, and provide a "pattern" to the space without actually putting a pattern up there. And you know what I like best? Sarah has a bunch of kids, and, guess what, her kitchen is not the size of a football field, and that's totally fine. Its like, are you the catering staff at the Four Seasons? No? Then you don't need a 2,500 square foot kitchen with four refrigerators. 

Chinese Chippendale chairs with plaid upholstered seats, a custom table with a Saarinen style pedestal base, and an L-shaped banquette in a cheery block print make for a perfect family dining space. Another contemporary painting gives a quick jolt of acid to balance out the sweetness.

My favorite color palette, blue and green, makes for a soothing yet peppy master bedroom. You pretty much cannot go wrong with a matching headboard, bedskirt, and drapes in Brunschwig & Fils' Les Touches. Seriously. What could you do to screw up a bedroom with those three things in that fabric? I do love seeing the Matouk Mirasol bedding (my own bedding, but I've got the Azure blue tape color) pop up anywhere, and its especially charming in this zippy chartreuse.

This upstairs shared bathroom is pretty and refreshing in green and white. Love the all-over pattern with Sister Parish's "Chou Chou" on both the walls and the shower curtain. Simple bamboo roman shades, hex tile floors, and a graphic striped dhurrie top off this classic space.

And applause to this mom of four (and a doggie!) knowing that if you're going to have to do a ridiculous amount of laundry, then that laundry room better be pretty and happy and making you smile! The hydrangea and stripe pattern of this Quadrille wallpaper references the the Toile des Nantes in the foyer and is just such a sunny and lovely print. Rugby striped rug, relaxed roman shades, and, the piece de resistance, a microwave round out this functional space. Because sometimes you need popcorn while doing laundry. And I respect that.

Props to Sarah Bartholomew for killing it this month. Not only is her own home published in Southern Living Magazine (where these pics are from), but another one of her projects is in House Beautiful. And she's got four blonde kids, and a golden retriever, so she has to spend at least 30% of her day vacuuming up yellow hairs all over everything, and she is still designing like a boss and getting it done!