April 8, 2014

A Visit with Kristie Barnett The Decorologist

Last week I was in for a real treat. Not only did my schedule include a Cher concert AND a visit to the HGTV Smart Home 2014, but I was also invited to join some fellow bloggers for a special dinner at the home of Nashville designer Kristie Barnett. Kristie, a.k.a. The Decorologist, is a residential paint color expert and her staging and home design business is the talk of the town in Nashville. 

Kristie was gracious enough to host a wonderful dinner at her home for the bloggers who attended the HGTV Smart Home event. This post might be a little photo heavy, but I couldn't stop taking pictures of all her lovely decor. I know everyone doesn't embrace such eclectic style, but I think it's gorgeous. 

Much of her furniture (according to her blog) has been purchased at yard sales and estate sales. And with a little TLC in the form of paint, upholstery and revamping, Kristie has created a living space that truly embodies her style. 

Check out the dining room where we enjoyed the most delicious meal! And who says all your chairs must match? I think the different styles make for a more interesting arrangement. 

A mid-century dresser painted and re-purposed as a sideboard. Don't you love the vintage touches? 

Kristie said her husband built this diner booth in their kitchen...what a great spot to have your morning coffee. And her green glassware collection looks lovely against the white woodwork.

Here is another gorgeous piece of furniture in her dining room. Don't want to paint a priceless antique? Wallpaper or craft paper in the back of it is a great way to add visual interest without a permanent commitment. And the cuckoo clock was non-working so she gave it a coat of chalk paint to punch it up! 

On the largest wall in her dining room, Decorologist Kristie Barnett has arranged a collection of thrifted art. Similar tones and colors create a unified look.

Dark wooden armoires get a new life with a bright white coat of paint. Kristie said her 1930's home was lacking in closet space so these pieces provided extra storage for clothing and other bedroom items. 

I was so jealous of her great office too! Love the painted trim and shelving installed near the ceiling. I bet I'd get so much work done in here.

Upstairs, Kristie's husband has an incredible office as well. They created that cool pattern in the hardwood floors using different stains.

Whether your home is large or small, fancy or plain, sparse or filled with collected treasures, it's really an expression of your personality. And the most important thing is the people you choose to fill it with. I'm so honored by Kristie's warm hospitality and her kind spirit. She is so talented and her home is a reflection of that.

Learn more about The Decorologist Kristie Barnett by visiting her website. She has tons of wonderful DIY projects and how-to's, including how to paint upholstered furniture (the fabric too!) with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

And a special thanks to the fabulous ladies of Forest Home Media (Nancy McNulty and Dana Tucker) for putting together such a great day of fun with the HGTV Smart Home and blogger dinner.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring me on your wonderful blog! I was so touched by the gracious thank you note you sent me, as well. You really are a Southern Belle :) It was so nice spending time with you!

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