Under the direction of Jamie Beckwith, Beckwith Interiors creates luxurious, timeless and functional environments for residential, retail, and corporate clients nationwide. The firm prides itself on the strong ability to execute traditional and contemporary environments with a focus on transitional flow--the thread that weaves through a project--to create a seamless and cohesive space. In addition, Beckwith manufactures a new architectural product line of wood wall and flooring tiles in an exciting array of patterns, wood species, and finishes.
We asked the designer of this sleek and contemporary great room (which contains the dining and living rooms) to reveal how she brought the whole look together. Lucky for us Jamie Beckwith, the founder of Beckwith Interiors in Nashville, Tenn., didn't stop there. Below, she offers pro tips on how to begin a redecorating project and dishes on this beautiful pool house.
1. What were you trying to accomplish with the design of the house as a whole?
The pool house was built as a space to relax with friends and family; but also a place to host large parties and/or charity functions. The pool house is separate from the main house and provided an entertainment pavilion.
2. What was the inspiration for the house as a whole?
The pool house was an extension of the main house that had a European gothic feel. We wanted to have a continuous design flow, but the pool house was to be streamlined and more modern in design.
3. What was the inspiration for the main living area with the large mantel (left)?
The fireplace surround was constructed of large slabs of silver travertine. I wanted the feeling of water or a linear line that was unbroken. The walls were massive and I wanted a permanence of materials. The slab brought that feeling to the space--solid but soft to look at with the continuing line from the marble graining.
4. What was the inspiration for the dining area with the settee and bench seating (below)?
The dining area has a block wall that is in my collection (Jamie Beckwith Collection). They are dimensional blocks that give depth to the space. I wanted a bold, strong table that would sit at least 12 people and play off of the wood wall. I selected wood for the table and bench to give warmth to the space. The fabric bench sofa and chairs brought softness to the space. The chairs and sofa are very linear.
The color palette was neutral with pops of color (yellow or blue). I felt this color palette was indicative of the outdoors and the area surrounding the pool.
6. What is your favorite part of the house? And why?
My favorite thing about the pool house is the large nano doors that open the whole front of the house to the outside pool area. This brings the outdoors in and creates amazing views onto the lawn and the pool area.
7. What are your tips for someone trying to recreate the look of this house?
Use a lot of organic materials, a lot of stone, a lot of wood, and a lot of nubby textures on your fabrics.
8. What is your favorite designer trick?
I love to mix high design with affordable design.
9. Finish the sentence: Every room needs _______.
10. What's your best piece of advice for someone who is looking to redecorate their home?
Do your homework, study other pictures of design, rooms that inspire you, along with other layouts and floor plans that you like. If hiring an interior designer, make sure that you have a comfortable relationship with the person and they are an incredible listener.