Sara Ray Interior Design

Project Spotlight: Lealand New Construction

We recently completed two side-by-side new construction homes in the Oak Hill area of Nashville. These homes were built by Hallmark Building Group, and we worked together to make them ready to sell upon completion. We enjoyed the challenge of making each house unique, with interesting style elements. In this process, we selected all interior and exterior finishes, plumbing and lighting fixtures, cabinetry and hardware, along with creating unique designs for the fireplace mantels and wet bars. One of the homes leans toward a contemporary aesthetic, and the other is more transitional.

Photos by Gieves Anderson.


For the exteriors, the paint and finish selections differentiate the look for both houses. On the contemporary house, we chose a white paint with a dark brown stain to play up the contrast and emphasis that comes with the arched architectural features of the home’s façade. For the transitional house, we used a soft gray paint and brown stain to create an warm, approachable feeling.


Accent lighting greets you at the front door. Each entry’s fixture sets a tone for the style of the house as soon as you enter.



The kitchen is central to the main, open living spaces in both homes. Cabinetry colors and backsplash tiles serve as the base of the design for each kitchen.


The stark white cabinets with black backsplash in the contemporary home allows accents like the brass pendants and hardware to pop. The black stainless steel appliances help create a modern feeling, as well.


In the transitional kitchen, dark base cabinets ground the kitchen, while ivory upper cabinets help the backsplash to stand out with its shine. This kitchen was kept simple and pretty to be a neutral backdrop to the surrounding rooms.


The living rooms feature custom mantels and are accented with light fixtures to reflect the styles of each home.


In the master bathrooms, tile brings a bold impact. The contemporary house boasts a custom tile design that frames the space and brings a bold, modern feeling. With distinct edges and sharp turns, the pattern mirrors the lines of the freestanding tub and plumbing fixtures. The transitional home uses a hexagonal floor tile in a single color to add interest without breaking up the space visually. Its neutral palette is soothing; as is the soft curve of the central tub.

The bath vanities further elevate the look in each bathroom. A deep green cabinet color in the contemporary bathroom works alongside the brass sconces to create a warm vignette amongst the linear bathroom. Light gray vanity cabinets and countertops in the transitional home allow for the bronze faucets and their details to be featured.


The bold border in the contemporary shower draws your eye up the wall, while the accent tiles in the transitional shower’s niche add subtle pattern to the soft, solid bathroom.


Finally, the wet bars are another fun design feature in the homes that play up the style and provide unique, functional spaces. Handcrafted copper backsplash tiles pop from behind the black cabinetry of the contemporary wet bar. Details like a bold light fixture and patterned hardware round out the design. On the transitional side, deep gray cabinets stand out from the soft gray faceted tile. Dark bronze accents in the pendant light, faucet, and hardware create a rich look that rings true with the rest of the home.

By selecting materials and finishes throughout the building process, we created cohesive designs for both homes. We enjoyed designing these homes to be unique and stand out in the Nashville real estate market!

Click HERE to see more photos from the contemporary home, and HERE for the transitional home.

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