With a design philosophy of “less is more,” Shelley prefers clean, neutral furnishings, calming colors, and doesn’t want her spaces to be “knickknacked to death.” Like many women, Shelley knows what she likes for her home but confesses she doesn’t always know how to achieve it, which is why she enlisted the help of Gina Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist & Gilchrist Antiques in Nashville. “Gina’s store has this light, airy aesthetic that is almost reminiscent of beach style; I loved it,” Shelley says. So with her new, open-concept kitchen and living room, Shelley leaned on Gina for decorating advice.
With Gina’s help, Shelley filled her house with comfortable, calming, and clean furnishings that are both functional and stylish. Best of all, the neutral pieces create a blank canvas of sorts that allow the Breen home to transition beautifully from season to season. “It can definitely take on a beachy feel, but it works so good at Christmastime because we’ve got this white, snowy palette,” Shelley says. “And then in the winter you will rarely see an overhead light on in my house; I think it’s so much cozier.”