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Holiday Home Shimmering in Blue and Lavender

Glistening silver ornaments and swags of blue and lavender ribbons shimmer on a 16-foot-tall tree, lighting up a serene blue-and-gray palette for the holidays

Written by Amy Elbert
  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    The best way to turn a brand-new house into a well-loved family home is to bring on Christmas. The paint was barely dry and the furniture hardly arranged in Julie and Brad Lich’s recently completed eastern Tennessee home when they hauled in a towering Christmas tree and heaved it in front of French doors in their new living room. 

    Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill
    Produced by Lisa Mowry

    Architectural designer: William T. Baker, William T. Baker & Assoc. Ltd., 3475 Oak Valley Rd. N.E., Suite 20, Atlanta, GA 30326; 770/846-5768,
    Interior designer: Amy Morris, Amy Morris Interiors, 178 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/389-0628,
    Kitchen designer: Mary Kathryn Timoney, Design Galleria, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 234, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/261-0111,

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    Spacious Foyer

    “The kids were adamant that we pick out a tree,” says Julie. “It’s always been a tradition in our family to go out to the tree farm and choose a big tree the first week of December.” When the couple and their two teenagers, Megan and Scott, made the outing in 2013, they weren’t even living in the house yet—but they were counting on being there by Christmas.

    Double doors open to the spacious foyer anchored by a “Trieste” table from Formations. Glass Christmas trees from Simon Pearce on the table are gifts from Brad’s mother. 

    Table (“Trieste Console” #F-CN15): Formations,
    Glass trees on console (“Vermont Bubble Evergreen”): Simon Pearce,
    Blue bowl holding pine cones (“Papiro Bowl,” Fortuny Dinner Collection):  B.D. Jeffries,
    Flooring (“St. Amour French Oak”): François & Co.,
    Area rug (Oushak): Keivan Wovan Arts,
    Wall paint (“Cumulus Cloud” #1550); trim and ceiling paint (1/2 formula “Sail Cloth” #OC-142): Benjamin Moore,
    Pedestals: custom.
    Urns: owner’s collection.
    Chest in niche: antique.
    Art over chest (A Calm So Deep, by Charlotte Terrell): Pryor Fine Art,
    Lamp on chest (“Toronto Table Lamp”): Acquisitions,
    Chair (French Armchair with Ebony & Silver Details): Smith Grubbs Assoc.,
    Wall sconce (antique): A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Grand Tree

    “We put the tree in a bucket on the porch,” Julie explains. Just days before Christmas, everything was finished. “We brought in the tree and I threw on some lights. We didn’t put on any of the other decorations,” Julie adds. But an important family tradition remained intact.

    Building the home, which overlooks the 17th hole of a private golf course in Jonesborough, was a long-distance effort that started with a design by Atlanta architect William T. Baker. The Liches had been visiting relatives in Atlanta years before when they admired a house there that Baker had designed.

    The living room coffee table is from Formations.

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    Gracious Living Room

    Once construction was under way, Julie and Brad brought in Atlanta interior designer Amy Morris. “I always had strong feelings about what I liked and disliked, but I struggled to put it together,” Julie says. “This project was very fun and collaborative. Amy guided the process but made sure the choices were mine.”

    The living room’s vaulted ceiling soars to 26 feet and is spanned by dramatic white-oak timbered arches. Three sets of eight-foot-tall French doors open the living room to a back porch with views of the rolling golf course and the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains beyond. The high ceilings and spacious rooms required Morris to beef up furnishings, many of which were custom-made to fit the space. The living room features an eight-foot-high chinoiserie screen above the fireplace, as well as a five-foot-wide metal-arm chandelier. “Scale was definitely important in this house,” Morris says. 

    A pair of turned-leg benches from Hickory Chair offer convenient seating. 

    Ceiling beams (white oak): Carolina Timberworks,
    Stain on beams (“Blue Shadow” #SW 3531, semi-transparent): Sherwin-Williams,
    Chandelier (“Paraguas 12-Light Chandelier #MC116/12): Lamplight Designs,
    Carpet (Platinum): Prestige Mills,
    Drapery (“Serif”/Lavender): Tyler Graphic,
    Sofa (“Orleans Crescent Sofa” #2505): Gregorius/Pineo,
    Sofa fabric (“Couture Library Cloth”/Pewter #9692.4): Glant,
    Blue pillow (“Niello”/Blue #2325-07, by Lori Weitzner for Sahco): Donghia.
    Bench (“Turned Leg Bench” #6352-88, by Mark Hampton): Hickory Chair,
    Bench fabric (“Metropolis”/Steel #36281-002): Scalamandré,
    Coffee table (“Iron Ball Coffee Table” #F-TB02); chest (“Monk’s Chest” #F-CM33): Formations,
    Mirror (antique): Mrs. Howard,
    Blue-and-white containers on chest (19th-century ginger jars): Foxglove Antiques,
    Sofa side tables (“Jonathan Round Table”): Oly,
    Table lamp (antique fragment lamp): Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, 404/233-3400.

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    Pretty Palette

    From the start, Julie wanted a blue-and-gray color scheme, and Morris enlivened it with lavender and eggplant-hue accents. Armchairs in the living room are upholstered in an inviting plush blue silk velvet trimmed with a purple-tinged piping.

    Ginger jars and rustic Christmas trees sit on a “Monks” chest by Formations. 

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    Hung by the Fire

    Even the towering Christmas tree is decked out with color-coordinated ornaments and wide ribbons. Four blue velvet stockings hang from the composite-stone mantel, which is draped with cedar garlands and adorned with blue and silver balls.

    Armchairs in blue velvet from Clarence House cozy up  to the François & Co. fireplace. 

    Wall paint (1/2 formula “Sail Cloth” #OC-142): Benjamin Moore,
    Carpet (in Platinum): Prestige Mills,
    Lounge chair (“Lakewood Lounge Chair”): Cameron Collection,
    Chair fabric (“Traviata” #34321): Clarence House,
    Side table (“Jonathan”): Oly,
    Mantel (“Aixoise” in Scagliola Stone, French Heritage Collection): François & Co.,
    Fire screen (#OWD5835): Joseph Konrad,
    Art over mantel (“Chinoiserie Panel”): Dennis & Leen,
    Blue-and-white jars on mantel (19th-century ginger jars): Foxglove Antiques,
    Stockings on mantel (blue velvet): B.D. Jeffries,
    Coffee table (“Iron Ball Coffee Table” #F-TB02): Formations,
    Tray on coffee table: Townhouse by Robert Brown,

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    Dining Room

    In the dining room, Morris laid down a blue-and-ivory rug and draped a side table in an aubergine waffle-texture fabric hemmed with lavender velvet. “The eggplant color is used in small ways throughout the main level, and that helps to tie all the rooms together,” Julie says.

    Draperies in a fretwork-pattern fabric from Schumacher accent the bay windows. A metallic thread in the blue side chair fabric adds subtle sheen. The “Tissage” chandelier is from Niermann Weeks. Fumed white oak floors are laid in a chevron pattern. 

    Wall paint (“Cumulus Cloud” #1550): Benjamin Moore,
    Area rug (Sevas): Moattar,
    Drapery, patterned (“Don’t Fret”/Bleu Marine #66181): Schumacher,
    Chandelier (custom, “Tissage”): Niermann Weeks,
    Dining table (custom “Tuscan” #DL-DT 01): Dennis & Leen,
    Dining side chairs  (“Arden Park Chair” #LA3108AC): Lillian August for Hickory White,
    Side-chair fabric (“Glimmer”/Peacock #62635): Schumacher,
    Host chairs: Bradley,
    Host-chair fabric (“Feng”/Beige, Off-White #2335-01, by Sahco): Donghia,
    Credenza (antique): Parc Monceau,
    Art above credenza (framed intaglios): A. Tyner Antiques,
    Fabric on covered table (“Ellsworth”/Summer Night #3074-04, colorway discontinued): Jim Thompson Fabrics,
    Trim (“Flame Velvet”/Purple #11898.110): Kravet,
    Trumeau (antique, French):
     Parc Monceau,
    Flooring (“St. Amour French Oak”): François & Co.,

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    Christmas Tabletop

    “I love fresh greenery,” Julie says, adding that Morris taught her a clever trick of putting plastic wrap underneath arrangements on the mantel or tabletops. “It protects the mantel from the sap, and I can mist the greens every day without damaging anything underneath. The greens last all season.”

    Morris layered the soft palette with metallic bronze, gold, and silver accents on light fixtures, paint finishes, accessories, and hardware. “That’s another thing I learned from Amy. Not everything has to match,” Julie explains. In several rooms, nickel, brass, silver, and gold finishes mingle happily. 

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    Kitchen for Entertaining

    Atlanta-based kitchen designer Mary Kathryn Timoney helped Julie and Brad lay out the kitchen, which features a massive island topped with honed Calacatta Gold marble. Functionality was key because Julie and Brad typically host a couple of holiday parties, entertaining up to 60 guests—and Julie does the cooking.

    When family gathers for Christmas, there are waffle breakfasts and beef tenderloin dinners. Coffee is always ready in the kitchen, where dogs Otto and Lily curl up in their bed under a console table. A new home, yes, but one enriched by holiday traditions. 

    Cabinets (custom); cabinetry finish (custom paint with glaze): Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio,
    Countertop: Calacatta Gold Marble, honed and book-matched.
    Wall and backsplash tile (“Claypaper”): Waterworks,
    Range hood insert: Best by Broan,
    Mantel over range (Scagliola stone): Francois & Co.,
    Range (48-inch dual fuel range, by Wolf): Sub-Zero/Wolf,
    Hanging lights over island (custom “Sawyer Chandelier” #C1119): Avrett,
    Bar stool
    (“Marit Bar Stool” #9511-04 ): Hickory Chair,
    Bar-stool fabric (“Chelsea Square”/Pumice #765-208): Perennials,
    Drapery (“Mistral”/Blanc #30400227): Camengo,
    Rug runner (Oushak): Keivan Woven Arts,

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    There was one designer-to-client “trust me” moment when Morris encouraged Julie to paint the interior doors a dark charcoal. “I was skeptical, but I love how they look. So many people comment on how great the doors are,” Julie says.

    Custom glazed gray cabinets feature a diamond motif. Cabinet doors to the left of the built-in Miele coffeemaker slide back to reveal the TV.  

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    Dining Area

    The Liches frequently entertain large groups of family and friends—particularly during the holidays—so the architect designed a flowing floor plan with the foyer, living room, kitchen, and porch all open to one another.

    A Snoopy and Charlie Brown lithograph hangs above a console that houses a built-in dog bed. Klismos chairs are covered in indoor-outdoor fabric from Dedar.

    Wall paint (1/2 formula “Sail Cloth” #OC-142): Benjamin Moore,
    Drapery (“Mistral”/Blanc #30400227): Camengo,
    Dining table (“Holden,” discontinued): Tritter Feefer,
    Chairs (“Klismos Armless Chair” #H315AC):  Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture,
    Chair fabric (“Fifty Fifty,” color 044): Dedar,
    Console table (“Directoire Dog Bed Console” #002, by McAlpine Home): MacRae,
    Centerpiecetable lamps; art: owner’s collection.
    Flooring (“St. Amour French Oak”): François & Co.,

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    Back Porch

    Sixteen-foot sliding doors open the kitchen to the covered portion of the back porch. “We wanted the doors so we could open up the house for entertaining and to make the indoors and outdoors blend,” Julie says. “Even in early winter we can sit out on the porch because we have heaters and fireplaces.”

    The covered side of the porch is set for dining with Century’s “Andalusia” chairs and a table from Elegant Earth. 

    Table (“84-inch Old English Dining Table”): Elegant Earth,
    Dining chairs (“Andalusia”); fabric (Sapphire blue): Century Furniture,
    Wicker sofa (“Havana”): Gloster,  

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    Cozy Study

    Walls throughout are painted shades of soft gray, deepening to a dark charcoal in Brad’s study. “The darker color makes his study very cozy and approachable, not too grand,” the designer says. Varied paint sheens—from flat to eggshell—on walls, furniture, and trim also add energy to the quiet palette. 

    A large antique clock, a chandelier from Circa Lighting, and walls painted Benjamin Moore’s “Rockport Gray” make the room “cozy and approachable,” the designer says. 

    Wall paint (“Rockport Gray” HC-105); ceiling and trim paint (1/2 formula “Sail Cloth” #OC-142): Benjamin Moore,
    Chandelier (“Large Farlane Chandelier” #TOB5017, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Carpet (“Irish Linen”/Slate): Eve and Staron Studio,
    Hide rug: cowhide.
    Desk (“Avenue Desk” #7032-74): Nancy Corzine,
    Desk chairtable lamp: owner’s collection.
    Floor lamp behind desk: Circa Lighting,
    Clock behind desk (19th-century French clock): Foxglove Antiques,
    Art (framed Swedish seals): A. Tyner Antiques,
    Wing chairs (“Ghent Wing Chair” #5527): Gregorius/Pineo,
    Fabric (“Atlas”/Graphite #6292): Pindler,
    Plaid pillows (“Heathland Plaid”/Smoke #LCF65814F): Ralph Lauren Home,
    Table between wing chairs (Regency-style):
     Parc Monceau,
    Drapery (“Stoneleigh Herringbone”/Charcoal
     #LCF65810F): Ralph Lauren Home,
    Trim (“Sansone,” color 033): Dedar,

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    Master Bedroom

    A dainty settee at the foot of the bed is covered in a hand-painted velvet from Coleman Taylor. Draperies in soft blue are finished with a Greek key trim and buttons on the tulip pleats

    Wall paint (“Wind’s Breath” #981); ceiling paint (“Blue Lace” #1625): Benjamin Moore,
    Area rug (“Simplicity”): Eve and Staron Studio,
    Chandelier (“Jackson Chandelier” #C7119): Avrett,
    Bed (custom): Amy Morris Interiors,
    Bed fabric (“Big Dreams”/Malibu #1605/13, by Great Plains): Holly Hunt,
    Bed linens: custom.
    Settee at end of bed (“Como Sofa,” discontinued): Mr. Brown,
    Settee fabric (“Gatsby Velvet Thunder/Graphite #700): Coleman Taylor,
    Bedside table (“Steve Chest” #73494): B.D. Jeffries,
    Table lamp (gray glass): Max & Co.,
    Drapery (“Silhouette” #2527-02, by Sahco): Donghia,
    Drapery trim (“2.75-inch Greek Fret Embroidered Border”/Porcelain #977-56197-14): Samuel & Sons,
    Chaise lounge (custom): Amy Morris Interiors,
    Chaise fabric (“Arrowhead”/Marina #1853/08, by Great Plains): Holly Hunt,
    Floor lamps (“Quatrefoil Floor Lamp” #SK1500, by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Side chair (Louis XVI Bergère” #5507): Gregorius Pineo,
    Chair fabric (“Salsa”/Pierre #4697-25, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout,
    Drink table: Parc Monceau,  

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    Master Bath

    A New Ravenna marble tile border creates a glimmering tile rug near the Waterworks tub.

    Drapery (Douppioni Silk/Blue, Light Blue, color 03): Fabricut,
    Drapery trim (“2-inch Chloe Pleated Velvet Border”/Ecru
     #977-55055-607): Samuel & Sons,
    Bathtub (“Empire Freestanding Tub”): Waterworks,
    Art by tub: owner’s collection.
    Chair (antique): Foxglove Antiques,
    Chair fabric (“Selvatico”/Blue
     #34385-2): Clarence House,
    Gimp (Décor de Paris,
    Table beside tub (“Chico N”): Worlds Away,
    Floor tile (“Thassos Marble”/Polished, 12x24-inch); border tiles (“Sophie 7-inch” #NRJBSOPHIE7
     by New Ravenna, with penny rounds in “Calacatta Marble”/Polished): Renaissance Tile & Bath,

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    Brad’s study and the dining room enjoy front bay windows. The exterior shake siding is stained with Sherwin-Williams’ “Blue Shadow.” 

    Exterior stain on shake siding (“Blue Shadow” #SW 3531, semi-transparent): Sherwin-Williams,  

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    Julie and Brad Lich. 

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