Classical Beauty

I’ve been meaning to show you this home for a while now. Back in July, House Beautiful wrote an article about New Wave interior designer Sarah Bartholomew and I was intrigued by her stunning room pictured below. It had so many of my favorite design elements, like the Olof Rudbeck bird prints, myrtle topiaries, delicate stripes and the lush upholstery. With a clean classic, look that I love and fun accents (like that leaf green painted rattan chair), the room just spoke to me on so many levels. So when Southern Living featured the entire home in its September issue, I was more than happy to take a peek! It is beyond beautiful!


House Beautiful New Wave Interior Designer-Sarah Bartholomew 

A self-taught interior designer, Sarah Bartholomew lives in Nashville together with her husband and four children in this Georgian style home. Even though they purchased the house five years ago sight unseen, its good bones and symmetric layout were exactly what Sarah was looking for.


After a major renovation, which included a complete overhaul of the kitchen and bathrooms, Sarah started decorating it with classical, timeless details: French antiques, exquisite wallpapers, chinoiserie porcelain, and a palette of light blues and neutrals with splashes of green.

The Stair


Details in the foyer, where a Pierre Frey batik-inspired wallpaper takes center stage.


In the living room, a mix of antique Louis XVI skirted chairs and a waterfall cocktail table. The artwork is by Kayce Hughes.


The living room fireplace.

Two Chairs

Two striped club chairs make a perfect reading corner.

The Dining Room

In the dining room, grasscloth walls are brought to life with layers of green and chinoiserie screen panels. I particularly love the mix of solid green velvet on the chairs, gingham and delicate floral prints on the curtains. It is pattern mixing 101 with the southern style touch.


And now onto my favorite space in the house: the family room. Bright and airy, it feels like a great space for game nights and entertaining.


Peter Dunham upholstery on a pair of rattan club chairs create a colorful lookout point.

Sarah Bartholomew residence, family room, seating in bay window

In the kitchen, Sarah kept the palette light. Mostly whites and light blues. Shiplap walls, marble countertops, roman shades and a charming dutch door are all timeless choices. The French bistro stools are a fun twist.

The Kitchen

Banded roman shades above the sink.



The breakfast nook is a pretty medley of blues and greens. The cool artwork by Kayce Hughes is a cool focal point.

The Built-In

The children’s bath is pretty in green.


The right place to be bold, the powder room below is wallpapered with a hard to ignore, even harder not to love trellis. Perfection is what I think – also I’m going to do this in our home one day.

The Powder Room

The master bath is bright and airy with hints of green in the accessories.


Concluding our tour, one of the most beautiful laundry rooms I’ve seen in a pretty long time! Seriously! I also like Sarah’s reasoning about it: as she spends a great deal of time in the laundry room (with four little ones, I can imagine), she decided to make the experience as pleasant as possible. She definitely succeeded.

The Laundry Room


I hope you enjoyed these glimpses into Sarah Bartholomew’s home. If you’d like to read the entire story head over to Southern Living.  Until next time!