A Whimsical Work of Art

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By Christina Davenport / Photography by Trevor Long

large portrait hung above a table with a lamp on each side, and tiny collectables and photos

For Kevin Vaughn, life is a little sweeter when it’s curated, and the spaces throughout his home are no exception. Looking to come back home to Chattanooga after living in Nashville for the better part of a decade, Vaughn and his partner Marcus McKamey set out to find a property that checked a number of boxes.

“There wasn’t a lot of inventory to pick from at the time, and we had a lot on our wishlist,” he says. “We had always lived in older, historic homes and really loved their character. At the same time, we were looking for a little more space, especially when it came to the kitchen and master suite, and we wanted a two-car garage. We found this house which had been overlooked by quite a few buyers. I just really saw the potential in it.”

Following its purchase, the home was transformed into a Tudor-inspired ranch, and Vaughn set out on a series of renovations to elevate the home’s charm and ensure it reflected their personality.

Lovingly named Eden Hollow by the previous homeowners due to its prime location nestled in the woods, this home is bestrewn in dappled light and projects a polished elegance from the exterior alone. Brick wraps around the house while a trio of mantle clock dormers command attention and add visual interest. Two larger-than-life lanterns flank the sidewalk that leads to the home’s entry, and pair of sconces on either side of the double doors adds a layer of charm and warmth.

elegant and dark dining room with sophisticated chandelier, and dark formal furniture

Upon stepping into the home, visitors find themselves in the middle of an energetic foyer beaming with character. To the left is a formal sitting room, while the space to the right serves as the primary dining area. Here, just like with the remainder of the home, traditional pieces appear in tandem with more contemporary selections for a unique look that transports guests through time.

A stately crystal cabinet bookended by antique wall fixtures works with the wooden dining table to deliver one aesthetic while a series of black framed artwork and a sleek, flush mounted chandelier flip the script. The entire room is swathed in glossy Mount Etna lacquer which gives the room a rich and intimate atmosphere.

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Formal, artistic living room with grand player piano, armchairs, green draperies, and art

 

Back on the other side of the foyer is formal living space. Grounding the room is a grand player piano, and a similar musical motif can be found in the vibrant artwork hanging behind the room’s blue velvet sofa. A pair of chocolate brown armchairs offer yet another seating option, and their peacock throw pillows pull in the olive green hue from the euro-pleated drapery just behind.

“When we throw parties or host events, the entire first floor gets used, and people really enjoy this space,” says Vaughn. “We also have coffee in this room each morning. It’s a great place to slow down and unwind.”

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Eden Hollow family room with bookshelves, and Sailor's Coat fireplace

Adjacent to the formal living space is the Eden Hollow family room. “This is probably my favorite room in the entire house because it’s the most personal,” says Vaughn. “It’s really the only room where we have any personal photos, and everything on the bookshelves tells a story.”

The Sailor’s Coat fireplace features a brick surround which harkens back to the home’s exterior, while the built-ins exude an almost museum-like aura.
A nearby bay window lets in plenty of light, and the casement feature means the room can also be flooded with fresh air when needed. In addition to the layered tokens of a life well lived, this room also expertly combines materials and textures. From the leather studded wingback chairs to the velvet chaise and glass top coffee table, this room is as thoughtful as it is unique.

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kitchen with golden splendor granite with onyx, white, and smoky quartz colors

art hung above a table with metal drink mixers, and lamps on each side

Special in its own right is the home’s kitchen which rightfully serves as a gathering place for friends and family. Golden Splendor granite dominates the room with its high contrast pairing of onyx and white and smoky quartz. More subtle is the high gloss backsplash and white shaker cabinetry which sports honey bronze hardware.

“One of my favorite traditions we have in our home is our annual friendsgiving,” explains Vaughn. “We usually have about six couples, and we’ll all contribute to the meal. We spend a lot of time here and in the other common rooms just enjoying each other’s company. We have dinner and go see the Rock City lights together.”

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Aesthetic and artistic guest bedroom with floor-to-ceiling padding headboard

master bathroom with sleek white soaking tub, and glamorous chandelier

Also on the main floor is a delightful guest room. A floor-to-ceiling padded headboard serves as the backdrop in which other fun pieces appear. Yellows and blues emerge from various textiles throughout the space, and a baroque pendant light and set of iron equestrian tabletop lamps add in a distressed element.

In contrast to the guest room is the master bath which trades the colorful and airy aesthetic for one more glamorous and bold. Black walls are paired with marble floors and wooded wallpaper, while an image of the queen hangs above the tub. Chrome plumbing fixtures add continuity with a heated towel warmer, and a tiered crystal chandelier augments a feeling of luxury.

kevin vaughn with dogs

Kevin Vaughn

“What I love about this home is that every room has something special in it,” says Vaughn. “Each space has its own distinct character that we’ve worked really hard to create.”

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