The Nashville Home of Designer Jeannette Whitson

We’re celebrating winter whites on the blog this week, which brought to my mind the beautiful Nashville home of antique dealer and designer Jeannette Whitson. It’s been published in House Beautiful back in 2013 but its timeless appeal makes it interesting still!

Whitson’s vision for the home was to create a serene space with a strong indoor, outdoor quality. Large banks of windows, skylights and a secret garden make this house truly special.


{Pear trees espaliered on a trellis transform the front terrace into a secret garden}

The color palette consists of mostly whites and grays, a blank canvas for displaying interesting light fixtures, artwork and antique finds. In fact, Whitson’s love of antiques is evident throughout each room. Antique chandeliers in the living room, English street lanterns in the dining area and above the kitchen island, old stones and artwork add character with a unique personality.


The mudroom features a skylight, a stylish Dutch door and floor-to-ceiling cabinets. The soapstone sink is a great spot to prepare flower bouquets.

In the living room, the color scheme is inspired by an impressionist painting hung above the mantel. There’s a lot of texture  play – the natural stone fireplace surround, antiqued leather sofa and soft velvet chairs, wood and metal.


I particularly admire Whitson’s ingenuity in creating the charming powder room below. An old garden urn becomes washbasin, a Pan fountain and finial replace ordinary faucets.



The kitchen and breakfast area are inspired by Whitson’s fondness  of French bakeries – white subway tile envelops the kitchen walls, a French pastry table is fitted for the breakfast nook.




{The butler’s pantry}

My absolute favorite space in the home is the small library. Choosing a deep rich paint color for the woodwork was a bold move that really paid off. The U-shaped sofa is upholstered in silk velvet and the ceiling is covered in Michael S. Smith’s Indian block print, Jasper.







{The vegetable garden}

[Photography by Simon Watson]