Convenient Cottage Living

Builder: Dexter White, Dexter W. White Construction

Interior designer: Lynn Lepcio, Design 360


Urban sophistication meets quaint cottage living in this conveniently located home. Dexter White of Dexter W. White Construction expertly combined light colors and materials with deep rich accents to create a bright and airy home complete with a pop of personality. “When we first acquired this property, we really had our work cut out for us,” says White. “We had a beautiful lot in a great location, but the house sitting on it was condemned. Our first order of business was to put together a vision for how to turn this space into a beautiful home that someone would want to live in.” This inviting home captivates visitors with its handsome exterior. The clean white brick is punctuated with modern black windows and wooden planks above a double garage. Just below the roof’s two prominent peaks rests a simple geometric pattern that ties into the slate color of the shingles and adds visual interest.


By Christina Cannon

Photography by Philip Slowiak

Casual Outdoor Oasis

Walking around the side of the home takes visitors to a welcoming living space along the back exterior. A patio with a grand stone fireplace pulls double-duty, functioning as added separation from other homes in the area as well as a relaxing spot to spend the cooler months. A staircase leads from the patio to another great outdoor spot – a casual screened-in porch that is prime for conversation. Here, durable composite decking serves as the foundation for a wicker sectional, and just steps away, a hanging day bed provides even more seating options. To see more from Dexter W. White Construction, visit

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Entering the home through a gorgeous arched doorway, visitors are led almost immediately into the home’s kitchen, where a sleek and streamlined atmosphere comes out to play. Warm hardwood floors run throughout the home, while rich spray-finished bottom cabinetry builds on the color palette. The brown lower cabinets tie in with the range hood, and the entire room is brightened up with white shaker-style upper cabinetry. These double-stacked cabinets draw the eye upward and accentuate the room’s 10-foot ceilings. An elongated pendant light hangs above the island, and its shiny chrome finish effortlessly plays off of the room’s appliances, hardware, and the stands of three barrel-back barstools. Light quartz countertops and glossy backsplash tiles incorporate the colors and textures of the mid-century modern style that the homeowners adore.


Appliances and lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Backsplash and tile: Louisville Tile

Brick: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

Countertops: Granite Warehouse

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Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room features a stately wooden table with seating for eight. The parsons chairs, with their light fabric, work to maintain the neutral color palette, while a two-tier pendant light hangs overhead and offers similar lighting but in a different configuration from the nearby kitchen fixture. Roman shades cover the windows throughout the space and contribute to the crisp and clean aesthetic of the main living spaces that are further tied together with crown molding.


Dining table and chairs: Fowler Brothers Co.

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

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“We were trying to set a precedent with this home, as with all that we do, that raises the bar. We really just came in and placed an emphasis on using quality materials. We then built on that with the transitional style that is so popular to create this comfortable home.” – Dexter White, Dexter W. White Construction

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Located off the main floor, the home’s master bathroom is just as sleek and streamlined as the rest of the house. White cabinetry mimics that of the kitchen, and Roman shades, along with a pendant light fixture complete with chrome accents, provide cohesion. Warm yet light porcelain tile cloaks the floors, shower walls, and an alcove that is home to a freestanding soaking tub. Quartz countertops run throughout the space, and chrome fixtures and hardware round out the look. “One of my favorite things about this home is how effortlessly everything comes across,” says White. “From the front façade to the back porch, every room and element of this house is welcoming and classic.”


Other suppliers:

Backsplash installation: HC Corporation  |  Cabinetry and range hood: Black Creek Cabinetry  |  Hardwood flooring: Five Star Hardwood  |  Landscaping: Green Valley Land Solutions  |  Shower door: Therm-Con  |  Stone: Stonehouse Design

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