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An Airy and Orderly Aesthetic in Nashville

by Annie Werbler

In the business of building “interesting and beautiful aesthetics,” event stylist Jessica Sloane tells the compelling story of her own family through “personalized elements with an eye for the natural environment and overall clean aesthetic” in her new-construction Nashville, TN home. Along with husband Michael, son Sullivan, and their Puggle, Elliott, Jessica has enjoyed striking a balance between her need for orderly elegance and the practical requirements of a two-and-a-half year-old child. With a strong appreciation for organization, Jessica set out to declutter and find a place for each thing she brought in. Equally as important, she made sure each new decorative investment would be child-friendly — likely taking a beating from a curious kid. “I will admit,” Jessica says, “Having so much white in my house hasn’t proven to be toddler-friendly. I bought a large white rug for our downstairs living room and it’s a challenge to keep it clean!”

In addition to bright finishes, adding to the open, airy feeling are the dozens of large windows through which bright sunlight pours all day long. Each room in the house has its own almost floor-to-ceiling openings. Nashville — a city with a booming growth rate — is keeping up with its population by allowing two homes to be built on some lots zoned for a single structure. The Sloanes are in one such place that sits right next to its neighbor, but the layout maintains the residents’ privacy by keeping all windows to one side, and away from outside eyes.

“As a designer, I obsess over the details and really enjoy curating spaces,” Jessica shares. This home encourages her to tailor the environment as her family grows and changes, and even allows for hosting gatherings and photo shoots as her professional interests continue to evolve in parallel. —Annie

Photography by Shelby Hornbuckle

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The Sloane family's Nashville, TN home features lots of big windows, earthy textures, and wide, open space.
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Jessica Sloane and her son, Sullivan, outside the entry to their home.
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In the living room, a Wisteria marble coffee table and West Elm rug create soothing movement in the neutral design scheme.
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Elliott the Puggle curls up for a sunny nap.
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A rich leather chair from Bliss Furniture Store grounds the lighter features of the living room and its decor.
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On the display wall, contrasting built-in bookcases hold decorative objects and practical items alike.
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The Sloane family with some of their pretty things.
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Wiry storage for magazines and wood logs are an airy solution for storing bulky items in view.
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The living room is open to the kitchen, so party guests can always find a place to sit and eat.
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Elegant details don't have to break the bank - as in the light fixture ordered on Amazon, and modern West Elm barstools.
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"What I love most about my home is the light that it lets in." - Jessica Sloane
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Tons of kitchen counter space and a large island have proven great for entertaining.
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The home's 3,500 square feet are spread over two stories.
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In the dining room, an important reminder from oh my deer handmades.
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The custom farm table was built from reclaimed wood by a friend of the Sloane family, and has sturdy-yet-collapsible legs for transport.
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The custom farm table by Beam Design Group works well with Dot & Bo chairs.
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A nubby West Elm rug unites the various natural textures in the room.
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A screened-in porch between the dining and living rooms gets used on spring- and fall-weather days.
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Outdoor furniture and pillows from World Market invite guests to take a seat.
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Jessica sourced the graphic pouf and plant bench from TJ Maxx.
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Happy plants soaking up the light in various decorative ceramic vessels.
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The cozy porch seating area basks in its warm brick and wood tones.
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At the front door, a gold and white color scheme is one of Jessica's favorite spots in the house, featuring a canvas from Target.
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A West Elm buffet keeps the entry bright and open while providing crucial storage for out-the-door items.
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A TJ Maxx artificial olive tree - and throw rug purchased from Scott's Antique Market - add dimension to the stair landing.
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Upstairs, a casual living room between the family's bedrooms.
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The master bedroom fits a king bed with a view out toward a full wall of windows. "We can't bring ourselves to cover the windows because it feels like you're sleeping in a tree house," Jessica shares.
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A bedside table in simple wood and brass adds warmth to the space without weighing down the look.
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The rough wooden West Elm bed frame sets the tone for an earthy yet luxurious place to sleep and relax.

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