Blaire Murfree knew from an early age that design was in her blood. “My parents and grandparents used the same interior designer… I think he had a love-hate relationship with me,” she told Luxe Daily. I was extremely opinionated about my bedroom. I vividly remember turning away fabrics he presented because they weren’t ‘true periwinkle’ and read too lavender or too blue. I was 11.” When Blaire moved to Nashville with her husband and two daughters in 2012, they found a Cape Cod-inspired Belle Meade home that was newly constructed using repurposed materials and classical details. New build was not the couple’s first choice, but the architect’s attention to historic reference won them over.
For the interiors, Blaire brought classic pieces into every room including family heirlooms and prized antiques to add a sense of history and timelessness. She introduced midcentury furnishings, modern wallpaper, and bold paint colors to create an element of surprise and dose of whimsy. For example, “Painting the woodwork in high gloss played up the traditional bones, but still made it modern,” said Blaire, adding that it’s the ideal backdrop for a prized portrait of Davis’ great-great-grandfather. She also incorporated nontraditional parings such as a burlwood armoire to store china and serving pieces, and an acrylic bar cart to display her silver tea service. The result is a perfect marriage of old and new, traditional and modern… Let’s take a look inside with images from Matt Harrington for Luxe Daily, Leslee Mitchell, and David Hillegas.