Text by Katie Ellis
After moving across the country from Los Angeles, California, to a cozy little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee, a pair of West Coast transplants (and their cat) found themselves looking for comfort and style while they continued their search for a more permanent home. They scooped up a charming 3,000-square-foot cottage-style retreat in Franklin, Tennessee, to serve as a temporary home they could personalize and enjoy amidst their transition.
Nashville-based interior designer Laura Thurman (who is also from Los Angeles) was the perfect lead for the project. “The house is a temporary and transitional home,” Laura says. “That said, we wanted it to be nice and comfortable during [their] stay.” With a long-term goal of turning the home into an executive rental once the homeowners find their forever home, Laura set to work outfitting the space with neutral colors, clean lines, and layers of varying neutrals with pops of bold color to create a relaxing, sophisticated look.
Laura notes one of the biggest challenges the Southern cottage posed was furnishing the 3,000-square-foot space affordably yet still warranting the “executive rental” component. While the homeowners have great personal taste, Laura was mindful that the space is transitional. However, she was quick to note that the home still needed to feel “crisp with a slight hospitality vibe.”
To give the house a bit of personality, they elevated the basic spec home—with virtually no
custom details and overall lackluster finishes—to a home brimming with character and visual interest. Laura added depth by layering paint, wallpaper, and architectural trim as well as replacing all the existing light fixtures. “This instantly elevated the standard spec home,” Laura shares, “and gave it a complete designer feel.”
Throughout the process, they designed with the future renters in mind—always considering how rooms and spaces best work for multiple guests. So, from cozy, calming bedrooms and spacious living spaces with ample seating options to an open-concept kitchen, these homeowners created not only a beautiful space to find respite as they continue their house search but also a unique home thoughtfully equipped to handle the sophisticated renter down the road.