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.

Mike Wolf- Julie Couch- Troy Shafer- Nashville Flipped

Nashville Flipped Premiere- Behind the Scenes

A 1904 Folk Victorian in Springfield, Tennessee couldn’t be that much trouble to renovate, right?!  Well, if you saw the premiere episode last night of the DIY Network’s “Nashville Flipped,” you saw how challenging this renovation was even for an expert house flipper and show host Troy Dean Shafer. 

As the official Nashville Flipped interior designer, from reproducing the intricate dentil moulding on the exterior to the game changing, vaulted ceiling, there were so many inspiring details which really got my creative design juices flowing.

The living room’s 1960s style fireplace was a fun challenge.  I went on the search for a great mantle. Simple but beautiful antique pieces can immediately transform a space.  The warmth of the wood tone and the perfect scale of the piece made it feel like it had always been there.  Of course, Troy worked his magic by removing the dated brick and setting the stage for the unique replacement.

The biggest discovery was the original wallpaper.  It presented a timeless color palette which served as the foundation for the home’s color scheme. In this case, simple pastels on a neutral background. This is an important element that I weave into all my projects in some way.  Find that one key element that you LOVE, and build your color story around it for originality and continuity.

A shared love of architecture and preserving these beautiful Nashville historic homes really makes this journey with Troy and Nashville Flipped so much fun.  Watching the first episode it seemed like so long ago, when in reality it has just been a few months. Troy and I, as well as the entire crew of the show developed such wonderful friendships.  Troy has a big heart, and even when we don’t agree on design, we always agree on the importance of working together. We both share a passion for these old homes. And we have so much FUN doing it! I hope you loved the first two episodes and watch next week for more inspiration and preservation!

And speaking of fun, Troy and I hosted a premiere party for about 150 of our closest friends at Tackle Box Films HQ in Marathon Village. What a way to kick off this adventure!

Nashville Flipped Premeire Party Crowd
Nashville Flipped Premeire Party Crowd- photo by Geinger Hil
Mike Wolf- Julie Couch- Troy Shafer- Nashville Flipped
Mike Wolfe, Julie Couch and Troy Shafer- photo by Geinger Hill

I’ll be sharing more great design tips from Nashville Flipped on Friday, April 22 at the Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee at 3 p.m. on the main stage.  I’d love for you to drop by and visit and I’m going to make it even easier.  Head over to my Instagram on Monday where I’ll be giving away several tickets! And, don’t forget to keep tuning in on Wednesdays for the latest episode of Nashville Flipped and then checking back in here for the scoop on what was happening behind the scenes! 


Nashville Flipped Interior Designer Julie Couch

Nashville Flipped Airs This Wednesday on DIY Network

I have been dying to share with you all that has happened in the past several months.  In late summer of last year I was asked to join the team of Nashville Flipped, a TV show that will air on the DIY network starting this Wednesday!

Nashville Flipped Interior Designer Julie Couch
Nashville Flipped Interior Designer Julie Couch- photo by Ron Harbin

The show was created to follow, builder and house flipper, Troy Shafer, as he finds, restores, and ultimately saves old, neglected homes from being torn down.   Continue reading Nashville Flipped Airs This Wednesday on DIY Network