Interior design takeaways from the Parade of Homes in Brentwood

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The six luxury homes open for public tours during the Parade of Homes are all valued at more than $2 million and showcase the latest in high-end interior designs, but ticket holders can come away with ideas for their own homes no matter how big or small their budget is.

For the price of a can of paint, for example, you can create a look that stands out and gives personality to your home, whether you are building or redecorating, said Marie-Joe Bouffard, who owns JFY Designs.

“Color is coming back. Tone on tone has been trend for a decade and still popular, but it’s OK to infuse some pops of color. It adds life,” she said.

JFY Designs is one of the Williamson County-based interior design firms that created original interiors for four of the houses in the Parade of Homes.
Julie Davis Interiors, the interior designer for the 7,800-square-foot Southern home presented by Stonegate Homes, and Tim Clausey and Chuck Feltner at ReCreations, who designed the interior of the 7,777-square-foot English Tudor-inspired home presented by Schumacher Homes, are based in Nashville.

The Parade of Homes is being held Oct. 7-22 in the new Witherspoon subdivision at in Brentwood.

Bouffard and designer M.C. Cooper injected color into the 6,914-square-foot Cape Cod-inspired house constructed by Legend Homes. The study is painted in a deep, almost black shade of charcoal.

“We wanted to do a dramatic room that would give warmth and color as you walk in.
A cozy little parlor as you walk in,” she said.

Ticket holders will also see high-end features such as the wine cellar, which is not in the cellar.

“We created a wine cellar that is actually in the foyer. Very unusual,” said Bouffard.

Barlow Builders’ study has a clean, crisp look and
Barlow Builders’ study has a clean, crisp look and features a built-in bookcase. (Photo: Submitted)
Anyone looking for ideas about how to make their home more convenient will find them in the 9,097-square-foot English Tudor-inspired house presented by Barlow Builders, said designer Lori Paranjape, owner of mrs.paranjape designs.

“I love having a stackable washer-dryer in the master bathroom for easy access for running quick loads of laundry,” she said.

In the utility room, homeowners will find ideas they may want to consider when building or remodeling.

“It has a massive capacity for organizing a family. We have storage for all family members, including the dogs, with a built-in dog bath, built-in study desks, storage with doors to hide clutter and an island for family projects and folding laundry,” said Paranjape.

For those looking for high-end design tips, Barlow Builders’ house has those, too. The walls of the basement bourbon bar are finished in end-grain wood tiles. A glass-paneled cabinet displays cigars, guns and bourbon.

“My other favorite is the two-story closet that’s just for her. We went with a faint blush pink with brass cabinet hardware — and an elevator that takes you up to the second level of storage,” said Paranjape.

The interior design of the 12,102-square-foot home built by Ford Custom Classic Homes was done by Autumnflora Miklich of Bella Vita Interiors. The great room has a relaxed mix of upholstered pieces designed for comfort and conversation.

In the 7,771-square-foot English country house presented by Castle Homes, tour guests will find an unexpected design element they could emulate — the custom concrete dining room table.

“They are going to love our dining room table. When you walk in the house the dining room is right there, all one big open space,” said designer Rozanne Jackson.

No matter the size of the budget, anyone decorating a house will appreciate the American-made durable performance upholstery styles that are available now. She sourced them from Lee Industries in North Carolina.

The fireplace in the great room replaces gas logs with something new — cannon ball-sized fireballs that reflect the flames. In the baths, the showers feature infinity drains. Downstairs, a pet nook occupies a corner by the stairs.

The breakfast area’s built-in banquette has two custom-designed natural wood tables and a scalloped hanging shade that Jackson believes will catch someone’s eye.

People file away design ideas they see in show houses, she said.

“Even a year or two later, somebody will say ‘I love this.’ They lock it into their memory,” said Jackson, who was assisted by designers Ginny Shuler and Katy Austin.

If you go

What: 2017 Pinnacle Financial Partners Parade of Homes

When: Oct. 7-Oct. 22. Opens at 10 a.m. each day. Last ticket sales at 7 p.m. and homes close at 8 p.m.

Where: Witherspoon subdivision in Brentwood, 1462 Crockett Road

Tickets: $15; $12 for seniors and military; free for children under 12, at the gate or via

The builders

Schumacher Homes
Legend Homes
Stonegate Homes
Barlow Builders
Castle Homes
Ford Custom Classic Homes