Living Room

“The tapestry is by far the most significant piece because it creates the color scheme for the entire house,” says Higgins. The sofa under the tapestry is from Lee Industries. The coffee table is from J. Douglas Design.

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Living Room Details

Side chairs look elegant covered in “Quincy” from Stroheim.

Living Room

Designer Roger Higgins incorporated large-scale seating wherever possible to encourage lingering rather than a formal “sit-up-straight” atmosphere. The seating by the fireplace is from Lee Industries.

Living Room Details

A crystal candelabra glitters from the mantel, which was original to the home.

Entry

The designer flanked the front door with draperies the previous owners had used in the dining room for an elegant yet durable touch to the entry.

Entry Details

Antique carved limed-oak panels were used to create a custom trumeau-style mirror.

Dining Room

Higgins swapped out the room’s dark draperies with a more feminine fabric from Robert Allen to lighten the woodwork and the upholstered walls.

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Dining Room Details

The lavabo above the sideboard adds interesting detail and is often home to magnolias, orchids, and other seasonal flowers and greenery.

Dining Room Details

“Using elements like a casual rug in a more formal space can create a balanced, updated feel,” says designer Roger Higgins.

Portrait

Lori Orr on the family room daybed with Petey (a cockapoo), Biscuit (a golden retriever), and pup Lainey.

Family Room

Jeff and Lori Orr found the painted cabinet above the fireplace at an antiques market and used it to cleverly conceal a television.

Family Room Details

“We love living here,” says Lori. “It’s a true refuge for us.”

Kitchen

Architect Ron Farris worked with the Orrs to open up the small kitchen, allowing space for a light-filled breakfast room. Hand-painted tile on the backsplash and a stainless steel hood act as focal points, while the custom finish on the island continues the home’s palette.

Breakfast Room

Just off the kitchen is the inviting breakfast room, where tall custom cabinets display china and precious family heirlooms.

Exterior

Lori and Jeff had always admired the 100-year-old Mediterranean-style home, and the timing of their move made its purchase ideal.

Pool

One of the selling points of the Mediterranean-style home was its beautifully landscaped backyard. “We feel like we inherited a gem,” says Lori. “There is a stone walkway that takes you to a boxwood garden sheltered by four stunning Natchez crepe myrtles.”

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Poolside Entertaining Area

Built in beneath the house next to the pool lies a comfy poolside entertaining and relaxation area. “My family can be found either by the pool or by the outdoor fireplace almost any time of the year,” says Lori.

Pool Details

Petey and Lainey lounge in the sunshine by the swimming pool.

Poolside Sitting Area

A plush sofa covered in “Crawford” from Lee Industries looks inviting after a long swim in the pool. Durable fabrics on the furniture and a wicker chest are able to accommodate the family’s outdoor entertaining.

Poolside Sitting Area Details

A small wood-topped cart acts as a serving table in the outdoor entertaining area.

Master Bedroom

The sketch above the bed was the inspiration for the room’s soothing palette. The upholstered bed is from Lee Industries.

Master Bedroom

Clean-lines in serene neutrals give the master bath a relaxing ambience. Sheer draperies from Pindler & Pindler keep the space light and bright; intricate tile work on the floors lend texture.

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Light-Filled Nashville Home

A traditionally Southern house with a layer of Mediterranean style

Written and produced by Jenny Bradley
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Living Room

Designer Roger Higgins incorporated large-scale seating wherever possible to encourage lingering rather than a formal “sit-up-straight” atmosphere. The seating by the fireplace is from Lee Industries.

Strié paint finish on wall (“Magnetic Gray” #SW 7058 as base coat, with “Cityscape” #SW 7067 as top coat): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794, sherwin-williams.com.
Trim paint (“Newport Beige” #6897-1); ceiling paint (“Silver Sword” #507-3, Pittsburgh/Porter): Porter Paints, 800/332-6270, ppgporterpaints.com.
Area rug (“Siskiyou Sisal” #777): Fibreworks, 800/843-0063, fibreworks.com. Through Textures Flooring, 615/228-2922, texturesflooring.com.
Chairs by fireplace (“Chair-and-a-Half” #3980-16); ottoman between chairs (“Cocktail Ottoman” #1623-00): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, leeindustries.com.
Chair fabric (#2702-61); ottoman fabric (#2862-88): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com.
Pillow on chair; gilded tables by chairs: owner’s collection.
Mantel: original to house.
Mantel paint (“Off White” #6896-1): Porter Paints, 800/332-6270, ppgporterpaints.com.
Crystal candelabra on mantel: owner’s collection.
Mirror over mantel (custom, by Roger Higgins): R. Higgins Interiors, 615/297-9632, rhigginsinteriors.com.
Piano; lamp on piano: owner’s collection. 
Drapery: existing.
Fauteuil: owner’s collection.
Striped fabric on fauteuil (“Ottoman Stripe/Florence #614-2): Libas Ltd., 800/635-4227, libassilk.com.
Coffee table: J. Douglas Design, 214/522-8100, jdouglasdesign.com.
Slipcovered chair by window: owner’s collection.
Slipcover fabric (“Quincy”/Aqua #0649404): Stroheim, 800/763-0524, stroheim.com.