Understated Elegance


Nash Design Group fashions a charming Tudor into an entertaining hub for a music executive

In the living room, the authentic Kagan sofa is covered in fabric from Kneedler Fauchere, the side tables are from Noir and curio cabinet is from Burke Decor. Photos by Vivian Johnson.
A chandelier from Arteriors hangs over a table from Burke Decor in the dining room.Photos by Vivian Johnson.

“We first try to understand as much about the client, their needs, their lifestyle as possible,” says Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group on how they begin each project. “We give the client a survey to fill out asking some technical questions, but also fun questions about their favorite bands or what type of parties they like to throw. You can tell a lot from someone with those types of questions.”

The blue-hued kitchen features stools from Fyrn Linden in S.F.Photos by Vivian Johnson.
Photos by Vivian Johnson.

The top priorities for her clients when redesigning their home in Piedmont, was to honor the charming exterior details of the Tudor-style home while updating the interior with a more modern edge, suitable for their love of entertaining. “The client is a music industry executive and so having a space to entertain was critical,” she notes. “He has an expensive record collection, so we wanted to showcase it in a way that was thoughtful and decorative!  The client has children as well, so keeping the space family-friendly with a playful vibe was super important.”

An expansive vertical-tufted headboard in the primary bedroom is covered in fabric from Pindler.Photos by Vivian Johnson.
The blue herringbone-laid tile in the primary bathroom continues the tones from the bedroom.
Photos by Vivian Johnson.

A few of Nash’s favorite rooms include the jewel-toned family room that reflects the family’s personality and vibe. “It’s the perfect blend of pattern, color tones, and has the feeling like it was always supposed to look that way,” says Nash. “The deep rich teal walls with the additional jewel tones in fabrics and furnishings give the space a sexy, modern and yet subdued feel.” Her second moment is the primary bedroom where they designed a wide-vertical tufted headboard and custom cabinet that shared a richly-hued blue tone.

In the media room, a custom sofa designed by Nash Design Group is covered in fabric from Pindler while the window treatments are made of a fun plaid from Holland & Sherry. Photos by Vivian Johnson.
Outside furniture is from RH.Photos by Vivian Johnson.

The final result is a space that suits the client’s modern-day lifestyle while maintaining the local, architectural integrity and charm. “He was very happy with the reveal,” says Nash. “We were able to give him a space that really reflected him and the overall style of the existing Tudor, which was the main goal. It really has an understated elegance. You want to look like you’re not trying too hard.”