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Historic Belle Meade Home gets a Makeover

The team of McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier takes us inside an updated Belle Meade original.

Written By:  Zarna Surti

Photographers:  Steven Long

When interior designers Peter Fleming and Ray Booth of McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier Interiors, first saw the Belle Meade home on Gerald Place, they knew it needed to be modernized. “The house needed updating. Our clients wanted it to feel like their own and give the property a sense of style and edge,” says Booth. With five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, the home sprawls over 9,500 square feet and though it was built in 2000 with impeccable attention to craftsmanship, the new owners, who purchased it in 2012, craved something new and completely their own. The result? A stunning contemporary sanctuary filled with a mix of modern and antique pieces, featuring a dramatic main entrance, light-filled dining room, masculine study, and grand main salon.

Fleming, who acted as lead designer, says the first step was to create a quiet, serene palette to work from. They started by painting the stained wooden trim the same colors as the walls, giving the entire property a clean slate.

Just past the hand-carved front doors, billowing drapery sets the tone for rest of the house. Fleming added cascading drapes, which hang from the upper level of the home and provide a calming, almost spa-like atmosphere. To bring the space back to scale and fill the front area, he also added signature pieces like a square box lantern fixture and a black wood lamp providing a soft silhouette against the white drapery. A sea of limestone anchors the foyer and is partially covered by an organic-shaped cowhide rug.

Natural light floods the dining room through both upper and lower story windows. Fleming placed the dining table off center, pulling it over to an adjacent wall to emulate the feeling of comfortable corner seating. “We wanted the dining room to be non-traditional, so along with the off-center dining table, we added beautiful 1940s antique seating,” says Booth. 

Adjacent to the dining room is the study, one of the more traditional parts of the home. “We wanted to fill the room with gentlemen’s garment fabrics. We were inspired by plaids, wools, and leather and also used masculine colors like graphite and camel,” says Booth. By updating the color palette from a traditional brown to modern graphite, the room retains its old world charm, with the flourish of a modern touch.

The main salon, although large and open, manages to feel cozy and comfortable. Booth describes the diagonal seating arrangement as an opportunity to “break down the scale of the long space of the room and provide ample seating for guests.” Towering over the room are majestic, original chandeliers that provide a sense of grandeur to the space—and perfectly compliment the home’s modern new features.


Dining room scales from Artifacts, 224 White Bridge Pike (615) 354-1267; artifacts.1stdibs.com
Study rug and dining room rug from Lenos, 6592 Highway 100, Suite 100 (615) 353-9395; lenosltd.com
Black ceramic garden seat in the study, pair of teal ceramic garden seats and cream garden seat in the salon, and lampshades from Lumen, 280 White Bridge Pike (615) 356-9596; lumenlamps.com
Silver bowl on dining room table from Antiques at the Factory, 230 Franklin Rd., Franklin (615) 591-4612; antiquesatthefactoryfranklintn.com
For more information on McAlpine, Booth, and Ferrier Interiors, visit mcalpineboothferrier.com.

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