Artist Deann Hebert is a true Southern gem. Having grown up on a farm in rural Alabama, she’s a comforting mix of down-to-earth, genuine, confident and talented, so it comes as no surprise that her 19th century family farmhouse in Brentwood, TN evokes the same values and old-world charm. Her home–which is listed on the local register of historic sites–is aptly named Hillbound, which is fitting considering that the country landscape and lifestyle was exactly what Deann was after when she traded in her corporate high heels for a paintbrush years ago. Together with her husband, Lance, they raise their two beautiful daughters to appreciate the simpler things in life–along with their dog Shug, a rooster named Colonel and plenty of hens, chickens and horses.
Deann describes her style as a careful balance of “the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected (and) the worn but loved things.” When Lance and Deann first bought the home and moved in just over three years ago, they fell in love with the rustic charm and character of the house–but Deann found it difficult not to fill every nook and cranny right away. She’s learned and mastered the art of decorating over time, letting life and the things she loves fill in the blanks naturally, believing that if you’re faithful to your own taste rather than to trends, nothing can ever go out of style. – Sabrina
Image above: Deann’s favorite room is the heart of her home, the kitchen. It may not be big, but it’s functional and always filled with family, fun and homegrown goodness, such as their farm fresh eggs. Like the rest of her home, the decor is a balance of rustic and refined, boasting plaster walls and distressed, glazed cabinetry.
Images above: Deann’s beloved screened-in front porch is one of the many charming features she loves about her historic home. Deann sits on the swing with tea or coffee and reads to her two daughters, Adeline (7) and Amelia (4), while a chicken discreetly photo-bombs.
Photographs by Paige French
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Images above: Living in the country means that Deann’s children are encouraged to build forts in the woods, make mud-pies, explore nature and let their creativity and imagination run wild. On a typical morning, Deann and Amelia gather eggs from their sassy chickens in the backyard.
Images above: Deann’s kitchen is never without fresh-cut wildflowers from the garden. An antique sign Deann found at a local shop hangs proudly on the wall.
Images above: Deann painted and distressed her dining room chairs using Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint to suit the original qualities of her formal dining room. She completed the room with a thrifted table from a Nashville flea market (for $200!), Buccini by Thibaut wallpaper, beaded sconces from a local antiques store and curtains from the previous owners to honor and nod to the home’s history.
Image above: Adeline plays the guitar in the parlor; adjacent to the dining room. The sofa, which was originally found at a barn sale, took three years to refurbish until it was just right. “It’s called an “O’possum couch,” Deann explains, “because it dates back to the prohibition era, and has a hidden compartment–or pouch–underneath the seat where alcohol was hidden!” So naturally, Deann and Lance have a bottle of Gentleman Jack stashed inside!
Images above: Towards the back of the house is the living room where the whole family comes together at the end of a long day. Deann’s gallery wall is a collection over 10 years in the making. Boasting originals from regional artists, friends and Deann herself, the gallery serves as a memory-board for Deann of her experiences at exhibitions and gallery shows.
Images above: With 10-foot ceilings and a collection of antique mirrors, the powder room has a claw-foot tub, original to the home. “It’s actually quite tiny! It’s funny to hear guests tell us how they tried to ‘fit’ in the tub!” The painting is one of Deann’s.
Images above: Shug relaxes in the cozy and rustic master bedroom, the perfect retreat at the end of a long day.
Images above: Deann painting in her studio of 10 years, The Factory at Franklin. The once abandoned stove and mattress factory, just south of Nashville, boasts exposed wood beams and poured concrete floors, making it onto the National Register of Historic Places. Deann’s style has evolved over the years to where it is now, which Deann feels reflects who she truly is. It’s easy to draw parallels between her paintings and her interior design; both are soft, airy and layered, much like the landscape of the romantic and rural south.