A Transitional Georgian Gem

A Transitional Georgian Gem Front Door

Feature Home

By Christina Davenport
Photography by Philip Slowiak

Commanding attention from around the block, this stately Georgian manor offers up a subdued sense of opulence with its deliberate design choices. Every fixture and finish was approached with the utmost care, and that exact thoughtfulness has resulted in a storybook home that has a daring display of quiet strength. “This project was a bit unique in that the homeowners knew exactly what they wanted,” says Dexter White of Dexter W. White Construction. “They came to me with a very thought-out house plan, and from there, it was really just about executing their vision.”

Builder: Dexter W. White Construction
Interior design: Jon Greenfield, Greenfield Design, LLC


The majority of the home is cloaked in a rich red brick with a slight schmear, which walks the line between a more traditional and new-age aesthetic. Porpoise gray Hardie board lap siding makes an appearance as well and adds an unexpected pop. 

A patio off the side of the home continues the charming brick veneer, and several light wooden pieces keep the space from becoming cumbersome. In addition to the furniture and fireplace mantel, the fir tongue-and-groove ceiling offers the perfect juxtaposition to the area’s heavier materials. This entire space plays with proportions in a way that makes it cozy and contained while still offering enough room. 

The interior flips the script on the material selection while still achieving a perfect balance. The front office is a prime example and achieves harmony with its lightly colored Swiss Coffee walls and furniture, black accent pieces, and stained fir ceiling. 

To see more from Dexter W. White Construction, visit dexterwhiteconstruction.com.

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Ironwork: Beaty Fabricating, Inc.

“One of my favorite areas of the home is the stairwell. The way the whole space flows is really nice. You have the two-story windows, which have a big impact, and what the homeowners did with the wrought iron railing makes the room jump. The curve on the second story is also something you don’t see done very often.” – Dexter White, Dexter W. White Construction

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Doors, trim, and windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.

Adjacent to the stairwell is the home’s living room. Two white upholstered sofas mirror one another, and a pair of charcoal armchairs round out the seating arrangement. The color of the accent chairs is duplicated on the opposite end of the room with the leathered granite fireplace surround, and the two elements work together to simultaneously anchor and bookend the space. 

A minimalist mantel goes almost unnoticed, and a framed TV just above imbues the same discretion. Black accents once again punctuate the otherwise light and airy space and appear chiefly through the three paned windows. A set of photos also sport black frames and work to pull the eye around the room.

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Cabinetry: Norcia Fine Cabinetry
Countertops: Granite Warehouse

From the living room, guests can easily make their way past a dining area before arriving at the kitchen.

“This home has a really good flow to it,” adds White. “The homeowner knew exactly how she wanted to use each and every space, and that made it relatively easy to execute the rooms.”

In the center of the kitchen is a beautiful walnut island topped with creamy quartz countertops. While the inset perimeter cabinetry is covered with the same stone slabs, the rich wood grains have been traded for a bright white. One exception to this is the glass-front china cabinet.

“The homeowner really wanted this to have the appearance that it was actually a piece of furniture that was just slid into place,” explains White. “It has a drastically different aesthetic than the other cabinetry in the room but it still works.”

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Tile: Louisville Tile

Back across the main living space is a quaint nook that functions as an elevated wet bar. A masterclass in continuity, this area features many of the same elements as the kitchen, including the vertical glossy subway tile, brushed brass hardware, Iron Ore shaker cabinetry, and quartz countertops.  

Not only is this room beautiful with its floating shelves and top-notch serveware, but it also offers up plenty of functionality with a prep sink, refrigerator, panel-front ice maker, and ample storage space. But the benefits don’t stop there. Having this space removed from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen means guests can easily serve themselves a luxurious libation without getting in the way.

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Carrying on to the second floor of the home, visitors gain access to another family-friendly hub. In addition to a den, this space features a seating area that’s as versatile as it is stylish. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is painted the home’s hallmark shade of black, and the cubbies that outline the built-in are dotted with mementos. A glass table is surrounded by four slat-back chairs, and a bench in the built-in offers seating for two more. This space is perfect for grabbing a snack or hosting a family game night, and a balcony steps away allows for a breath of fresh air whenever needed.

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Also on the second floor of the home is the master suite. The bedroom prominently features a four-poster king bed, and the entire room is swathed in lush neutral-colored linens for a welcoming atmosphere. Again, lightly colored walls are paired with black furniture, and several prints present in various throw pillows and the transitional rug introduce a suite of playful patterns. 

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Playful patterns continue in the master bathroom where floral wallpaper offers a fun flare. His-and-hers vanities are bisected by a storage tower that adds a natural wood grain to the space. Quartz countertops feature thick veining and complement the wallpaper with their color. A large walk-in shower is paired with a footless freestanding tub, and this entire area features a similar subway tile as seen on the first floor, although here it manifests in both a horizontal and herringbone pattern.  

“Everything about this home was very deliberate,” says White. “There is a lot of continuity and symmetry. We had a clear plan going into the build, and it was really just a matter of taking the wants and wishes of the homeowners and turning them into a reality.”

Other suppliers:
Appliances and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
Brick: General Shale
Fireplace: Therm-Con
Flooring: Kenworthy Hardwood Flooring
Hardscaping: Cox Concrete
Landscaping: Green Valley Land Solutions, LLC
Lighting: Althea Lighting + Living
Painting: G&R Painting, Inc.
Tile installation: HC Corp.
Trim carpenter: Mike Metzger

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