R. Higgins Interiors is known for its stunning design projects. The team’s impressive portfolio shows a passion for incorporating gorgeous antique finds into the design of modern homes. Their latest project, the Turner Home, is a stunning 10,000 square-foot home, with six bedrooms, six full baths, and three half baths, and resting on 250 acres of lush property in Fairview, Tennessee. It features a large main house, a guest cabin, garage apartment, and party barn. We spoke with designer Kaylee Pauley at R. Higgins Interiors who talked to us about the challenges facing designing a home of this size, and the inspiration for their designs.
Tell us about the layout of the home and its special amenities.
The home is set up so that it could be used as a bed and breakfast. The master suite is on the first floor. There are four bedrooms—each with its own bathroom—on the second floor, as well as a hospitality room that has access to drinks, snacks, and a computer. Then the third floor has a large living space, full bath, kitchenette, and spacious bedroom.
There is also a gorgeous party barn. The first floor of the barn is made up of a large open area, a full kitchen and office space for the property manager, a caterer’s kitchen, and multiple bathrooms. The upstairs loft areas house a beautiful bar area on one side and a game room with lounge seating on the other.
Other amenities include a quaint wine cellar below ground, accessed from inside the home. There’s a custom-built theater room with upholstered walls, and top-of-the-line audio and visual equipment can also be found on the second level adjacent to the hospitality room. Other features of the property include two ponds, a large garage with an apartment, and a cabin.
Who was the architect on the project?
We worked with Gavin Duke of Page and Duke Landscaping. Gavin did extensive work on the landscaping, then worked with Roger in making changes to the front elevation of the home. This included installing new lighting, shutters, front columns, and painting the home.
Gavin was the architect for the incredible party barn. He and Roger worked closely together to create and design this beautiful space.
What kind of feel did the clients want for the house?
This property was purchased to be a retreat for their family. Roger and his team presented fabrics and furniture that felt true to the location. The overall feel of the interior was warm in color and textures, yet fresh and inviting. The Turners certainly had opinions to input along the way, but they put a lot of confidence in us and allowed for a lot of creative freedom.
In what rooms or areas were you able to incorporate vintage or antique pieces?
Nearly each and every room has some sort of vintage or antique find, but some of our favorites include the following:
- An Italian painted trumeau mirror in the dining room, acquired from B. Kelly Antiques
- An antique rosette plaster work from a renovation project of an old church. The plaster work was made to replicate rosette windows in the church. It was purchased from Halsey Dean Gallery.
- A French work table that serves as the desk in the hospitality room, which was purchased from Gil Horsley, Horsley Antiques.
- An antique Italian Genovese chandelier in the master bedroom. It was purchased from Illuminati out of Atlanta.
- An antique chinoiserie grandfather clock in the entry. It was purchased from Postans Furniture out of Sarasota.
- An antique Louis Philippe chest with a recently added white marble top for the study, acquired from French Influence.
- An antique glazed terracotta horse head on the third-floor living space over the TV. It was purchased from Tim Cordel at Scott Market in Atlanta.
How long did the entire project take, from start to finish?
We had the pleasure of meeting the Turners for the first time at the end of 2012. Roger and his team really got started on things in early 2013 and installed in June and July of the same year. This was the first phase of projects we worked on with them, as well as the largest, taking 6-7 months to complete. We have continued working with them in other areas of the home, including building out the third floor to include a bedroom, living space, bathroom, and kitchenette, as well as working on the party barn. With our affection for the Turners and their incredible property, we are thankful that there are other ideas and projects still to come!
How did the design team draw inspiration for this project?
The house is situated on an incredible property, surrounded by rolling hills, sprawling trees, and a plethora of wildlife. The land itself is a huge source of inspiration. Roger also wanted to make sure the house felt like a home that had come together over time with accumulated, unique pieces. He wanted it to be a place of beauty where you came to rest. That mission inspired his approach to the entire property.
How did you incorporate the beauty of the surrounding outdoors into the actual home?
We worked with our custom drapery fabricators to ensure the drapery treatments only enhanced the views rather than block the windows in any way. The landscape around the home is such a beautiful backdrop. Its colors inspired Roger to take a more traditional approach to the home, incorporating some of those colors into the palette throughout the house. While we love all the neutral trends found in so many beautiful homes right now, this home lent itself to a bit more color. It created a really warm and relaxed space that perfectly mirrors the sense of ease that the surrounding outdoors brings to the home.
What kinds of challenges did the design team face when working on this project?
The schedule was probably the largest challenge. It’s a large home, and it never fails that a fabric or frame is unexpectedly delayed or discontinued. This causes the challenge of reselecting to keep things on schedule. And with a desire for the home to feel as if it’s been here for years, this required a lot of time spent searching antique shops for unique, vintage pieces to incorporate into each space.
What made this project special?
The Turners were an ideal couple to work with. They’re hardworking, humble, thoughtful, and incredibly generous. They run a successful business and know how to empower those around them to use the strengths they possess. While Roger and his team are so fortunate to work with incredible clients each and every day, there is something very special about the Turners that is not to be ignored nor taken for granted.