A Bright Family Abode

The Hatfield Home

Heather and Todd Hatfield have lived in numerous cities across the Southeast, but Chattanooga was always home. Since moving into this stunning French country neighborhood home in 2012, their family has grown and their style has changed, but home remains a family-centric sanctuary.

“When we found out we were pregnant with our second child, William, we knew it was time for a larger house. This was exactly what we were looking for!” Heather recalls. And Todd agrees, “It was perfect; we’re so glad we found it. The streets are safe. The neighbors are excellent. Our kids can go ride their bikes or walk over to play with the neighbors’ kids, and we don’t have to worry.”


By Katie Faulkner | Photography by Philip Slowiak


Caroline, Heather, Todd, and William Hatfield with their dogs, Cooper and Georgia

(left to right) Caroline, Heather, Todd, and William with their dogs, Cooper and Georgia

After finding their dream home in a dreamy location, the Hatfields set out to restyle their new dwelling. Over the years, they’ve updated and renovated nearly everything in the house. The exteriors are no exception. The off-white painted brick gives a fresh and timeless facelift to the outside of the house, while soft accent colors and thoughtful landscaping add to the French country feel of the home.

Stepping into the front door, the home opens up with impressive architecture. A rising staircase and semi-open upstairs landing wrap the foyer, leading eyes up and pulling guests further inside. Immediately to the left is the family’s formal dining room.

“We have used this room for larger family dinners, like when our parents come over, or during larger gatherings if everyone doesn’t fit in the kitchen’s dining area,” Todd explains. The room is tranquil with silver-blue walls, a traditional patterned rug mixed with strong shades of blue and beige, and slip-covered parsons chairs in a linen fabric that matches the drapes. A rustic yet elegant chandelier lights the long wood-topped trestle table, and a tall sideboard lends serving space as well as an elevated style to the gathering area.

In the adjoining formal living room, tranquil tones are continued. “As we were redoing everything, the goal was to brighten everything in the home and help it feel more open. So, we chose soft, soothing colors,” Heather explains. “At first, I don’t think Todd was sold on the idea of this light pink accent color. But he trusted me, and now, it’s just a subtle shade used throughout. I think it makes a room feel warm and happy.” With the same silver-blue wall color as the dining area and linen slip-covered furniture, this elegant living room is simultaneously a cozy space. It is well-balanced with the grandeur of the high ceilings, intricate trim work, and striking symmetry. The room’s lovely area rug ties all the colors together in a subtle floral theme.

A formal dining room with silver-blue walls and a rising staircase greet visitors as soon as they step inside.

The same inviting wall color continues into the living room, adding to the cozy space.




“When it’s just us or a small group, this is a great space.
It ties into the kitchen very well, and it’s close to the keeping room, which makes it convenient.” – Todd Hatfield

From the formal living room, the home wraps around toward the kitchen. Connecting the two spaces is the family’s more commonly used casual dining area. An off-white dining table is surrounded by cross-back farmhouse chairs as well as slip-covered parsons chairs, creating a balanced middle-point between the home’s more formal and more casual spaces. The inviting arrangement is nestled into the windowed nook overlooking
the home’s back porch and lawn. The more relaxed furnishings, checked draperies, and touches of warm colors in the area rug give this room a welcoming feel. “This is the table where we usually eat if we aren’t at the kitchen island or in the family room. When it’s just us or a small group, this is a great space. It ties into the kitchen very well, and it’s close to the keeping room, which makes it convenient,” Todd says.

Continuing into the kitchen, the home opens up once again to a shared space – the kitchen connects to a vaulted keeping room, creating the ideal family space. “We spend so much time in these two rooms,” Heather says. “The kids will sit at the counter or in the keeping room to do their homework while we’re getting dinner ready. We often eat at the counter, or even in the keeping room. And we love to pile on the couch in the keeping room to watch movies or television. It’s just a great space.”

Large and open, the kitchen is a central hub of activity.  The wraparound design feels light and welcoming, and Heather was excited to continue lightening the color palette in this space.  The Hatfields decided to paint the kitchen’s custom cabinetry in a bright shade of off-white, tying it to the rest of the home.

“We are in here so often, brightening  these areas impacted the feel of the whole home,” Heather shares.

Glass-front upper cabinets and stainless-steel appliances also enhance the room’s open, brighter feel. It is a streamlined workspace with an extra-large cooktop, double ovens, smart cabinetry elements, and ample work surfaces. The raised counter, which surrounds the kitchen, is a frequently used seating area. It features cross-back farmhouse chairs, which match the chairs from the casual dining area, tying the two spaces together.

In the connected keeping room, a custom sectional couch takes full advantage of the room’s dimensions. This cozy seating area is airy and open, thanks to the vaulted ceiling and silver-blue wall color. Keeping the space grounded and comfortable are the more approachable and warm touches, like the checked draperies, red-toned accents found in the pillows and rug, and natural wood of the chandelier.

On the opposite end of the house is the master suite. The master bedroom is a sprawling space full of cheery natural light and washed in a warm pink tone. The room’s architectural features, including its size, tray ceiling, and large windows, are well-balanced with the warm pink wall color, as it helps the spacious area retain a sense of coziness and intimacy.

Plush bedding stacked high with blankets and pillows complement a tufted headboard, all continuing the room’s cozy feel. Billowing linen curtains also help soften the room. The natural flaxen color of the room’s furnishings maintains a relaxed ambiance so that this suite can be a calming respite from the rest of the world.

A spacious en suite is laid out in notable symmetry. Dual vanities and twin closets make up the perimeter of the room, leading to the raised bathtub enclave and large walk-in shower. This spa-like space serves as a soothing sanctuary while also having ample space for Heather and Todd to get ready. The rounded nature of the room mimics that of the bedroom, while a tray ceiling and matching chandelier continue the tie-ins and create a sense of coziness and intimacy for this space.

The home’s outdoor living area has been expanded and improved over the years, just as the rest of the house has. With a screened-in dining area and covered porch, there is plenty of space for grilling and gathering. And the home’s extra-large lot is one of the many lovable features that led Heather and Todd to choose this house. The chimney-style fire pit and patio are elegant features that the Hatfields love to incorporate into parties with family and friends whenever they can. “We have plans to expand that patio area too, because the fire pit is such a great place to hang out,” Todd says.

The Hatfields’ search for a home and hard work have created a bright and open haven that is just what this sweet family of four always wanted. As Heather says, “We love it here. We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!” CS

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