Julie Couch- Country Living Magazine Cover February 2016

Country Living Magazine Cover’s New Old House Project

As a long-time fan of Country Living magazine, earning their February cover featuring a beautiful new home I worked on was so exciting!   We gave this new Franklin TN home a little patina and age to achieve a more rustic, relaxed feel.

To share more of this gorgeous home and and lots of tips on how to create your own dream house, I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Country Living Fair THIS WEEKEND! Details and a ticket giveaway are below! 

Julie Couch- Country Living Magazine Cover February 2016
Creating an “old” new house earned designer Julie Couch the cover of February’s Country Living magazine. She’ll be speaking at the Country Living Fair Friday, April 22, 2016.

The February cover story was especially meaningful because the homeowner, Mandy Reeves,  has been a dear friend for almost 30 years. She has impeccable taste and had a very clear vision for her new home, built by Carbine & Associates in the Franklin area. So, how do you create an “Old” new house?  Here are my tips on adding age and interest to new construction.

  1. Incorporate vintage or antique architectural elements during construction.  For example, add old transoms over doors for extra height, shiplap to walls for texture and stained glass pieces for color.

    Julie Couch Interiors- Shiplap
    Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck
  2. Display family heirlooms in a fun new way.  Pretty lace doilies mounted on natural linen and framed in lucite shadow boxes are given new life.  For extra impact use four or more and hang in a grid pattern.

    Julie Couch Interiors
    Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck
  3. Add Texture! Consider seagrass floor covering, vintage or grasscloth wallpaper and reclaimed wood floors.  Find what you love and you’ll find a place for it.

    Julie Couch Interiors
    Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck
  4. Create curb appeal. Add limestone, cast iron, and reclaimed brick to the exterior.  Also, bold additions like large antique planters to flank the front entrance are beautiful and welcoming.
  5. Befriend your landscaper.  Get advice on what plants grow quickly, stay green and endure unpredictable weather.  Then, add a pergola and plant wisteria at its base.  Within three years, you’ll have a gorgeous outdoor retreat that feels like it’s been there for ages.

These are just some of the tips we used to achieve that old farmhouse feel for the Reeves’s home. I’ll be talking about some of these elements and steps for creating a happy home at the Country Living Fair this Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the James E Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon, TN. Julie Couch at the Country Living Fair April 22, 2016

Want to win tickets? Join me on Instagram for your chance to win!

Are you interested in scheduling an interior design consult? We’ve got several different ways we can work together. Check out our Interior Design Services.

into emerald city

When talented photographer, Caroline Allison, sent an announcement for her latest opening, I was awed by this gorgeous image.

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Everything about this photo beckons me to daydream.  And since I’ve been completely drawn to rich jewel tones lately, my eyes went straight to the deep green hues.

Jewel tones are  getting hot…in clothing, florals, textiles, and basically all things beautiful.

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via jennie love
via inStyle
via !st dibs

But something about the deep green gleam of emerald draws me in.

via the peak of chic


ruthie sommers


via desire to inspire
ruthie sommers via lonny


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What do you think?  What’s your newest favorite?!

xo, jc


dining room design

a few furniture favorites…

Nashville’s newest interior design blog, Interior Canvas, is up and running!

dining room design
julie couch interiors

Two Nashville girls, Cameron Weaver and Anna Kristin Yarbrough have created a fun read about all things design.  They have featured retailers, designers, and decorators guest posting about all things pretty, each sharing his or her own perspective on what’s hot and what’s not so hot…

cr laine furniture
julie couch interiors

I was excited when the ladies asked me if I would share my favorite 5 furniture lines with IC readers.  Of course, asking me to narrow it down to only 5 is a little tough, because I love sooooooo many!

hickory chair furniture
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So, I sent over some fabulous photos and a little background on the best of the best. Check out that post here!

Thanks for including me, IC!

And best of luck on blogging!

xo, jc


oly tabletop vignette

the look: camel cashmere

 inspiration is everywhere…

And since I’m fairly sure I’ll never look this effortlessly gorgeous…

I’m also pretty confident I can create a room with the same luxe and cool mood.

It takes some vintage leather, heavily tufted,


softened with cozy linen wing backs.


  Add a tortoise cocktail table by Oly Studio


with a chaise from Thomas O’Brien.


 An antiqued mirror side table rounds out the space,


since it’s sitting on this gorgeous carpet.


And finally, mix in smart geometry with a matte gold pendant.

ralph pucci

  Oh, and don’t forget the accessories…

to complete a space that feels happily timeless.

What’s inspiring you?
xo, jc


the look: retro citrus

inspiration is everywhere

So, when I found this photo…

I thought, “Wouldn’t the same elements in this ensemble

make for a fresh and fabulous living room?!”

It’s a little bit old and a little bit new

with just the right amount of black and white…

to balance the bold pops of color

like these vintage green chairs from 1st dibs

and this orange chevron rug.

Add a natural finish with a rustic drum table,

and this AMAZING light by Marjorie Skouras

to make every day spent in this vibrant space feel like a celebration!

xo, jc