13 Apr Dream dressing room
If you know the Woodlawn area of West Nashville, you probably recognize this beauty. She’s a four square Colonial Revival that was built in 1923 and has been home to Glenda Hatfield, a technology road warrior, for the last thirteen years. She loves coming home to this in town retreat that’s close to everything in Nashville, but an oasis for her after a long work week.
I knew Glenda was remodeling the third floor of the house, turning a space into a dressing room and kept pestering her about seeing it and featuring it when she was finished. I also knew it would be something special given the rest of the house that I’d seen and given her taste when it comes to interiors as well as her own personal style. The house has been renovated from top to bottom. Below you’ll see several photos of the foyer, looking into the formal living room and toward the staircase.
So I wasn’t surprised when I got to the third floor, but still impressed at the details.
Can you imagine this was attic space before the renovation? What a transformation! And I had to leave the dog bed and basket of toys in the photo because her dogs are so dear to her. And don’t be fooled by the shoe display. That’s just a glimpse at some of her collection!
It’s hard to know where to begin with this story except to start with the fringe. That champagne colored fringe on the chaise was Glenda’s inspiration for the room. And that’s her beloved Bouvier, “Bou” in his close-up. After all, he often shares this sanctuary with Glenda.
From the fringe, it blossomed into this luxurious retreat. Glenda’s long time partner in decorating, designer Jason Arnold helped create the magic. Glenda says that she’ll have an idea, then Jason surrounds it with his flare, pushing her out of her comfort zone. When he saw the attic space, she says she could see the wheels turning in his creative mind.
Behind those doors hang some cherished suits, dresses, jeans and yes, more shoes and boots. Glenda credits one of her dearest friends and partners in shopping crime, Buffy Holcomb at Nordstrom with helping her fill her closet!
She even has a special cedar lined space for Steeplechase hats and a few other things.
The renovation’s trim is custom milled to match the original trim in the rest of the home. James and Aaron Dunn at Vintage Millworks are the artisans behind this beautiful work. Glenda says many of the incredible craftsmen have become like family to her over the years. Mike Abele Contracting and his crew have also been instrumental in the home renovations for ten plus years. They helped make her vision come together in this space.
I absolutely love the antiqued mirrors on the doors and the brass hardware sets everything off.
One of Glenda’s favorite things in the room is a petite chair she found at the popular Antiques & Garden Show held each year in Nashville. Former neighbor, designer Landy Gardner, now deceased, told her, “great find, my dear,” and she thinks of him whenever she sits in that special seat.
I was actually nervous to sit in that precious chair so I just looked at it, and everything else. Did I mention there’s actually a bar in here too? Of course. Just in case anyone wants a sip of somethin’.
The lighting is an integral part of any beautiful space, of course, and that wasn’t overlooked here either. It’s all about the ambiance, right? I see a girls’ night in here, don’t you?
And she got a large soaking tub with beautiful fixtures in the master bath. Luxurious touches everywhere.
This is on the second floor, off the master bedroom, but I felt it was part of the story. Isn’t that a beautiful tub? And her make-up mirror and vanity area is equally gorgeous.
There’s so much more to the story of this house, but I must save some of it for later. Here’s a good tease. A famous golfer used to live here and she still finds some of his golf balls in the back yard!
Until then, thanks to Glenda for sharing her “closet” with me. I’m going to insist she invite me back for champagne and trying on a few things in her special retreat. That is, if Bouvier approves.
This home is now on the market, listed by Beth Molteni with Fridrich & Clark. For more information, call Beth at 615-566-1610.