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A Touch of Brass by Sara Ray Interior Design

A New Construction with Old Soul

This light & airy dwelling was designed by Sara Ray, the lead designer at Sara Ray Interior Design. A new construction, this Nashville-area home incorporates historic touches like custom woodwork and vintage furniture that give the space a timeless feel. “I was inspired by the idea of mixing modern and traditional elements throughout this home,” says Sara, who combined slick modern Lucite and quartz with mid-century-inspired elements and global textiles like kilim rugs and mudcloth upholstery. “We were working with a really wonderful builder on this project,” Sara continues, “so things generally ran very smoothly.”

We’re particularly loving the bright and open kitchen, which features plenty of storage both in its cabinets and shelving and in the space-saving pantry designed by Sara (more on that later!). “The open reclaimed wood shelving provides interest against the shiplap-clad walls and ceiling,” says the designer. “This home was designed for a client who enjoys traditional ‘bones’ with more modern accents, such as the clean-lined brass plumbing fixtures throughout the home and large, hexagonal tile in the master bathroom.” Traditional meets modern? We couldn’t love this style more! Read on for more design details from Sara Ray and gorgeous interior photography (courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck).


©AlyssaRosenheck2016-1Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

reclaimedDesigner Notes: Sara’s Favorites

My favorite design element from this project is the reclaimed wood shelving in the kitchen. I loved bringing this old wood into an otherwise all-new space. The shiny brass accents are juxtaposed against the reclaimed wood. These shelves allow for displaying everyday items, along with a few well-loved decorative antiques.

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-4Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

JCREstyle Pick

We spy a REstyleSOURCE favorite in this kitchen….the glamorous, feminine curves of the Johnson counter stool by Gabby! This retro-inspired seating pairs transparent acrylic with an antique gold frame in a gorgeous transitional style. We love this look as much as Sara does, and we think you will, too! For more info and local retailers near you, click the link above to find out all about this lovely lucite treasure…

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-11Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck ©AlyssaRosenheck2016-47Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

“It was a bit of a challenge to fit all of the different types of storage needed into the pantry, but we were up for it! It was a lot of fun to design.”

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-23Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

SRDesigner Notes: Pantry & Butler’s Pantry

We custom designed the kitchen pantry with the client’s needs in mind. It serves as overflow for serving and party pieces, as well as cookbooks and small appliances. Tucked into a corner of the dining room, the butler’s pantry is small but has a lot of style, with its metal grout joints and oversize antiqued tile. We repeated the brass plumbing fixture – it’s from the same collection as the kitchen faucet. The clean, sleek lines are perfect for this small space.

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-15Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

zeldaREstyle Pick

We’re loving the vibrant, original artwork in this charming home! Sara sourced this piece and others from a local Nashville artist & gallery owner, the talented Julia Martin.

See more at Julia Martin Gallery

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-13Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

“The master bathroom has lots of contrast and drama with its dark floors, doors, and other features, while the countertops, cabinets, and walls remain light.”

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-35Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

“The deep soaking tub and shower are fitted with brass plumbing fixtures, as well. The black grout joints in the shower continue the contrast from the floor.”

©AlyssaRosenheck2016-46Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Nashville, TN

(615) 254-6329

My design aesthetic can best be described as “old meets new.” I love classic, timeless design elements paired with clean lines. My two favorite things about being a designer are working with clients to discover their own style and creating intentional, nourishing living spaces. Interiors have always been my passion. Even as a child, I would endlessly rearrange my bedroom furniture. One of my first jobs was with a small residential design firm; there, I realized that this thing I had always loved doing was the ideal career choice for me. With a strong background in renovation and kitchen & bath design, I work on all types of residential projects, big and small. I like the challenge of creating a new flow or function in an existing home and the endless possibilities of working with new spaces. Whether it’s selecting paint colors and décor or managing every detail of full-scale remodeling and new construction projects, I help clients bring their vision to life in their homes.

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