The sprawling French-Mediterranean-style home of Doris and Ken Peters in the heart of Germantown is the perfect combination of Hollywood glamour and Southern charm. The curbside appeal of the home instantly attracted Doris Peters, and she swiftly purchased the 15-year-old home. Although the house had good bones, with several verandas and balconies upstairs and downstairs, Peters began adding the finishing touches to the home once the closing papers were signed.
First, Doris installed Viking stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and replaced the small refrigerator with a sub-zero. Any gourmet cook or entertainer would feel right at home here as the kitchen boasts two dishwashers, two ovens, a six-top burner, a warming drawer and, to Peters’ delight, a pop-out microwave in the cabinet. Despite the high-end amenities, the kitchen still reflects a cozy style with the warm wood cabinets and an oven hood with matching etchings.
For the interior design of the home & furnishing , Peters consulted Interior Designer Stephanie Harris of Millennium Home Furnishings & Interiors in Germantown, Tenn. Harris was excited about taking on another large-scale and grand project, "It’s time again to put on my big girl high heels and get it done." Thus Harris and Peters began working together to transform the standard home into a show stopper for her client that you see here today.
Harris began the design process in the same way as many homes before by measuring the different rooms in the house and deciding on the placement of furnishings. The Peters and Harris also discussed whether the style of the home would flow throughout or if each room would be carry its own theme. Ultimately, they chose a cohesive design, with each room reflecting a warm color palette, and selected traditional furnishings with a twist, such as the black zebra-print sofa in the formal living room and animal print carpet on the stairwell. Once all the furniture & accessories were placed in the home the last thing was to change the flooring in the entry with a cream marble flooring to coordinate with the carpeting throughout the home.
The architecture of the home also lends itself striking design details. Harris decided to transform the boring white tray ceiling in the dining room into a more grand formal dining room with a faux finish marble look to the tray ceiling bringing all the colors of the room together with rusty pinks, hints of golds and warm yellows. Each color complements those in the flower displays, as well as the gilded accents in the medallion above of the chandelier. Similarly, the columns in the dining room entryway, as well as the foyer, have been marbleized.
To achieve the over-the-top look that fits the homeowner’s personality, Harris focused on layering rich furnishings and upholsteries with grand décor pieces and elegant crystal chandeliers. In fact, all of the light fixtures in the home were replaced with chandeliers.
Despite the glitz and glam of the home, there is still plenty of warmth. The open layout of the home is inviting with a large, two-story foyer. Peters also removed a large cabinet from the kitchen to create a hearth room. Finally, two fireplaces were added to the home, one of which is in the Master bathroom.
Some of the inspiration for the home came from Doris’ travels. During a trip to New Orleans, she took the picture of a beautiful fountain and added notable details of to her own. The addition of horse statues enhances the fountain as a focal piece of the outdoor landscaping and the water now dances from statue to statue. “The fountain makes the house,” Peters says.
Both Doris and Harris love the gorgeous style of the home and are pleased with the way the rooms and home have turned out.“This is the home I really, really like,” Peters says. “It’s not just pretty; it’s comfortable, as well. Ken and I just love it here.”
Depth in Decor
Comfortable Living, Hollywood Style
Story by Elizabeth Link
Photography by Terry Sweeney