THE JULEP HOUSE

South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity meets global in­spi­ra­tion in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY KRIS CHRISTENSEN

See how South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity com­bines with mid­cen­tury fur­nish­ings and bold global tex­tiles to cre­ate a unique mod­ern style with vin­tage patina.

MID­CEN­TURY MIX. Kim­berly’s love of mix-and-match vin­tage and ex­otic tex­tiles is best dis­played in the liv­ing area. On the sofa are an as­sort­ment of throw pil­lows, some of which came from a rug that be­came too worn for its in­tended use. Sew­ing skills and some imag­i­na­tion gave the vin­tage wo­ven fab­ric a sec­ond chance. Above the sofa, hand-dyed indigo mud­cloth hangs as pretty as a pic­ture. The room is other­wise filled with light and neu­tral shades that show off th­ese col­or­ful pat­terns.

WEL­COME ALL. Front porches are a South­ern sta­ple, and Kim­berly’s house is no ex­cep­tion. The same kind of hos­pitable style that she dec­o­rates with in­doors is first seen out­side. The nat­u­ral wood deck, beams and front door lend a rus­tic qual­ity that con­trasts with the clean and crisp white ex­te­rior. Two com­fort­able wicker chairs are set with a Turk­ish rug, graphic pil­lows and a con­ve­nient place to put the evening’s bev­er­age of choice.

Rarely does the re­sult of a whirl­wind look so calm, cool and col­lected. But Kim­berly Irion Yungfleisch and her hus­band, Justin, had no time to waste with only two weeks to make their com­pletely empty Nashville va­ca­tion home into an es­tab­lished res­i­dence ready for South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity. The flurry of ac­tiv­ity started when, after view­ing what Kim­berly es­ti­mates to be about 70 dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties, she and Justin fell in love with a brand new house built with plenty of old-fash­ioned char­ac­ter that they have chris­tened “the Julep House.”

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

The cou­ple lives in Los An­ge­les and works in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, but wanted a home away from home where they could re­lax with loved ones and en­ter­tain on a more in­ti­mate level. “We wanted to put down roots in Nashville be­cause I grew up there, and my fam­ily still lives in the area,” Kim­berly says. “Our house is in a fun, his­toric neigh­bor­hood, and I love hav­ing shops, restau­rants and ice cream within walk­ing dis­tance. The area is re­ally dy­namic and has a great en­ergy.”

SMALL-SPACE STYLE. Kim­berly and Justin’s va­ca­tion home is ac­tu­ally quite com­pact, with the en­try­way open­ing to the din­ing area and flow­ing straight to the liv­ing room and kitchen. The mod­ern rus­tic style uni­fies the furniture pieces and ev­ery­thing to­gether into a co­he­sive whole. The space ap­pears larger than it re­ally is and al­lows for seam­less en­ter­tain­ing. |OP­PO­SITE| PLEIN AIR PIC­TURE. Black-painted bistro chairs sur­round a rus­tic ta­ble to cre­ate a stylish but in­for­mal din­ing area. In the va­ca­tion home it’s not prac­ti­cal to keep in­door pot­ted plants. But Kim­berly uses clip­pings of fresh green­ery to en­sure the Julep House has the sense of homi­ness that only plants can pro­vide. A vin­tage wo­ven-grass wall hang­ing also brings the out­door vibe inside.

Al­though the in­te­rior boasts mod­ern ameni­ties like re­mote se­cu­rity and cli­mate con­trols, the build­ing is con­structed to the stan­dards of the Nashville’s His­toric Over­lay, which seeks to pre­serve the charm of the city’s tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture. This ad­her­ence to time-hon­ored qual­ity is what ini­tially at­tracted the cou­ple to the Julep House.

Kim­berly and Justin felt right at home with the builder’s use of high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and clas­sic but on-trend de­sign de­ci­sions. The usual ad­just­ments that new own­ers do to paint col­ors or floor­ing in or­der to make a house fit their needs and tastes were not nec­es­sary. “We re­ally lucked out by loving the en­tire aes­thetic,” she says. “The house al­ready had crown mold­ing, beau­ti­ful wood floors and Car­rara mar­ble coun­ter­tops in­stalled when we pur­chased it, so we didn’t want to change any­thing. My only chal­lenge was com­plet­ing the dé­cor in such a lim­ited time frame.”With the keys fi­nally in hand, Kim­berly took time off work, packed her suit­cases with a few trea­sured tex­tiles from her fa­vorite South­ern Cal­i­for­nia flea mar­kets and flew to Nashville.

She re­lies on mid­cen­tury fur­nish­ings

and global tex­tiles to cre­ate the unique fu­sion of mod­ern style with vin­tage patina that gives her home its

clean but sto­ried per­son­al­ity.

PER­FECTLY PER­SON­AL­IZED. The cou­ple was con­tent to leave ev­ery­thing the builder had in­stalled in the kitchen with­out mak­ing any changes to the cab­i­nets, coun­ters or other sur­faces. Fresh green­ery, the Turk­ish rug and a large wo­ven bas­ket add a touch of warmth to the other­wise cool-col­ored space. The vin­tage-style barstools bring the mid­cen­tury look over from the liv­ing room and into the kitchen.

SOME ASSEM­BLY RE­QUIRED

When a per­son pre­pares a new home, there is typ­i­cally a mov­ing van crowded with items to fit inside and time to thought­fully con­sider what’s miss­ing. Kim­berly had nei­ther, but her fam­ily and friends helped to fill the place with the es­sen­tial pieces and cre­ate fun mem­o­ries of the whirl­wind ex­pe­ri­ence. “We did ev­ery­thing from scratch,” she laughs. “In those two weeks, we had to find ev­ery­thing from head­boards to car­rot peel­ers. I was trea­sure hunt­ing like crazy! But my fam­ily loves projects, and we had a lot of friends pitch in. My friend Scarlett is an in­te­rior de­signer, so she of­fered her guid­ance with furniture se­lec­tion and lay­out. My dad is also a tal­ented wood­worker and up­hol­sterer.”

Skill­ful as­sis­tance is al­ways wel­come when bud­get is a con­sid­er­a­tion. Her fa­ther’s DIY skills helped keep costs down by sav­ing money on cus­tom up­hol­stery and furniture re­fin­ish­ing for the less-than-per­fect pieces Kim­berly hauled home from var­i­ous thrift stores and flea mar­kets. “Ev­ery day it would be me in my over­alls and my dad in his truck, just get­ting stuff done.”

PEACE OF MIND

Ease of main­te­nance and dura­bil­ity drive the over­all de­sign. The Julep House is not a full-time res­i­dence, so sim­plic­ity gives Kim­berly and Justin peace of mind while they are away and fa­cil­i­tates a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing their vis­its. The place must also be ever-ready for a high vol­ume of guests and able

to with­stand the in­evitable mishaps of its youngest vis­i­tors. She re­lies on mid­cen­tury fur­nish­ings and global tex­tiles to cre­ate the unique fu­sion of mod­ern style with vin­tage patina that gives her home its clean but sto­ried per­son­al­ity.

A color palette of cool grays and rus­tic wood fin­ishes serves as the de­sign foun­da­tion that uni­fies the whole house from the en­try­way to the up­stairs bed­rooms. It is, how­ever, the va­ri­ety of shades and tex­tures that pro­vide di­men­sion in each space. White also al­lows just enough con­trast in the cab­i­netry, trim and ac­ces­sories to keep the earthy am­bi­ence.

Brightly col­ored rugs and boldly pat­terned fab­rics act as vis­ual high­lights to punc­tu­ate other­wise neu­tral spa­ces. “I col­lect tex­tiles. I love them! Even if I don’t know where they are go­ing to go or how they will be used, I still hoard them,” she con­fesses. Vi­brant indigo mud­cloth ap­pears fre­quently through­out the Julep House, as it is one of Kim­berly’s dec­o­rat­ing es­sen­tials. Among other uses, the blue fab­ric cov­ers the sur­face of the en­try­way bench, hangs above the sofa as art and ac­cents guest beds in the form of pil­lows.

ALL SET­TLED

With cool col­ors and clean lines, Kim­berly and Justin’s va­ca­tion home cap­tures the essence of seren­ity, in di­rect con­trast to the ef­fort it

took to get their house up and run­ning. She ad­mits, “I was con­stantly ask­ing my­self, How quickly can I make th­ese de­ci­sions?” Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, Kim­berly had a strong vi­sion for the look and feel of her home away from home. The flurry of ac­tiv­ity is now long sub­sided, and the cou­ple en­joys wel­com­ing their help­ful friends and fam­ily mem­bers for evenings of good food, good com­pany and most cer­tainly a cold mint julep.

Al­though the in­te­rior boasts mod­ern ameni­ties like re­mote se­cu­rity and cli­mate con­trols, the build­ing is con­structed to the stan­dards of the Nashville’s His­toric Over­lay, which seeks to pre­serve the charm

of the city’s tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture. SUM­MERY STYLE. This pair of iron bed frames has guests dream­ing of by­gone days on a farm. A vin­tage flag im­bues the room with retro nos­tal­gia.

SOUTH­ERN HOS­PI­TAL­ITY. Mint juleps are the bev­er­age of choice at the Julep House. Served in a tra­di­tional sil­ver julep set, the iced cock­tails are ready for an evening of vis­it­ing with com­pany on the front porch. GAR­DEN ON A GLASS. Vin­tage painted glass­ware comes in an in­fi­nite num­ber of styles and col­ors. Here, gar­den flow­ers en­cir­cle each glass to add vi­brant color to the ta­blescape.

Brightly col­ored rugs and boldly pat­terned fab­rics act as vis­ual high­lights to

punc­tu­ate other­wise neu­tral spa­ces.

TUFTED TOUCHES. Indigo head­boards con­trast with the crisp white bed­ding and com­ple­ment the bold mud­cloth ac­cent pil­lows. Nearby a wo­ven wall hang­ing fur­ther en­hances the room’s hand­crafted global aes­thetic.

|ABOVE| CEN­TRAL EN­TER­TAIN­MENT. The me­dia cen­ter is po­si­tioned to be vis­i­ble from both the kitchen and liv­ing area, so that none of the ex­cite­ment is missed dur­ing big games. Sur­round­ing the tele­vi­sion is a small col­lec­tion of framed thrift-store al­bum cov­ers that Kim­berly picked up for less than a dol­lar. She en­joys find­ing quirky cover art with a sense of hu­mor. |BE­LOW| SIM­PLE PLEASURES. Kim­berly col­lects vin­tage sil­ver, and she keeps her sugar and creamer nearby for her next brew. The Audubon il­lus­tra­tion of a Louisiana heron adds a bit of blue to the cof­fee sta­tion.

|ABOVE RIGHT| MOD­ERN & SOPHISTICATED. The gray guest room is quite posh with­out seem­ing at all pre­ten­tious. Tufted head­boards com­ple­ment the dove-col­ored bed­spreads, but the real show stop­per is the blue state­ment rug just un­der­foot.

|LEFT| CU­RATED COL­LEC­TION. The Julep House takes a “less is more” ap­proach to dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects. Th­ese flea-mar­ket finds, how­ever, are close to Kim­berly’s heart. The carved wood cac­tus is a re­minder of her home back in Cal­i­for­nia, and the vin­tage bowl­ing pin pays homage to her grand­fa­ther, who used to own and op­er­ate a bowl­ing al­ley. Ob­jects like th­ese are more than dec­o­ra­tive and can in­spire mean­ing­ful mem­o­ries each time they are viewed.

|ABOVE LEFT| SWEET SPOT. This Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern daybed is a clever and at­trac­tive way to pro­vide seat­ing in the bed­room, and it is the per­fect size to ac­com­mo­date the Julep House’s younger guests overnight.

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