Sara Ray Interior Design

Project Spotlight: Historic Edgefield

This 1880’s East Nashville home was already bursting with character – our client’s passion for unique folk art pieces and family history was clear from the start. Our challenge was to lighten up and modernize the spaces, creating a mix of old and new, for an expressive, meaningful, and captivating environment. We selected custom furniture and rugs, and family heirloom pieces were reupholstered with modern fabrics.

Photos: Gieves Anderson


From the moment you step into the home, bold colors and one-of-a-kind art pieces demand your attention. From the antique rocker recovered with a dynamic Lee Jofa fabric, to the custom-designed metal shelving unit, to the show-stopping amethyst area rug, this foyer makes you pay attention to every little detail.


In the reserved Patsy Cline corner, artist Brother Mel’s pants sculpture finds its home on a lucite pedestal, alongside other vibrant pieces. We love the modern art juxtaposed against the home’s beautiful 1800s millwork.


In the entry hallway, the home’s original wood flooring was previously painted with multicolored bare footprints. We updated it with a graphic black and white design, painted by a local mural artist. Our client’s collection of historical family photos covers the left wall and is affectionately referred to as “The Wall of the Dead”. Another custom furniture piece, the live-edge rosewood and lucite console table, was created by a local wood artist.


This moment features some of our clients’ family members, as well a family heirloom chair that has been recovered in a colorful, splatter velvet from Duralee. We love the mix of frames and framed treasures!


Fun powder bath details…


The dining room centers around our client’s original antique table, accompanied by new contemporary brass and linen dining chairs and a strong, modern black & white area rug. And of course, more of the amazing art collection is on display!




Finally, the living room completes this adventurous collaboration of styles. The over-sized, magenta velvet ottoman has become a favorite nap spot for the our clients’ beautiful German Shepherd. It’s perfectly paired with an antique side chair and ottoman, which were recovered in an ombre Zoffany velvet, and the extra-large, beaded chandelier becomes the room’s final finishing element.



This was an extra fun, extra special project, and our clients are pleased with their home’s transformation. It truly is a mix of old and new, and it works!

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