Alumni of O’More College of Design join forces to create a showhouse in the heart of historic Franklin, Tennessee.
Written by Amy Elbert
Photography by Werner Straube
Eloise Pitts O’More—well into her 90s—drove through historic Franklin, Tennessee, in her gold Cadillac, fire-red hair pinned in a topknot barely visible over the wheel. Mrs. O’More was a local legend, founding O’More College of Design in 1970 and personally overseeing nearly every aspect of its operation, from interviewing students for admission to teaching classes.
The grande dame of design died in 2002, but the school continues to thrive, graduating hundreds of interior, fashion, and graphic designers. The college’s interior design department, Traditional Home magazine, Franklin-based Bristol Development, many local and national businesses, and 17 O’More alums—graduates from 1978 to 2008—united in 2013 to create a showhouse that would have made Mrs. O’More proud.
Thanks to John Montgomery, president of the Franklin construction firm Carbine & Associates, and project managers Ray Kash and Doug Julian, the house was completed in a record time of just four months.
Read on to tour the rest of the showhouse.
Bench (English walnut): antique.
Bench back fabric (“Don’t Fret”/Bittersweet #66182): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Bench seat fabric (“Mini Zigzag”/Birch): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Architectural engravings on wall (copperplate custom matted and framed architectural engravings, hand-painted with chalk paint; original prints by Batty Langley, England, c. 1700): Bennett Galleries, 615/297-3201, bennettgalleriesnashville.com.
Linen slipcovered chairs: custom.
Tape trim on chairs (“Malmaison Tape”/Dove #66150): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Drapery (linen): The Curtain Exchange of Nashville, 615/463-2727, thecurtainexchange.com.
Area rug (Persian Tabriz wool, c. 1880): The Oriental Shop, 615/297-0945, nashvillerugs.com.