A Visit to the HGTV Urban Oasis

This week, I had the pleasure of visiting the HGTV Urban Oasis right here in Knoxville! When we received the invitation, we were excited to take a peak for several reasons. First, who doesn’t want to see one of those lovely HGTV spaces in real life, especially in your own town? Second and most exciting for us, before we bought our home we were set on a craftsman style home in the exact neighborhood where this craftsman style Urban Oasis is situated. While we obviously love our Tudor and neighborhood, the prospect of seeing what we’d envisioned for so long with a beautiful HGTV stamp on it was very exciting. It was such a beautiful space and has undergone such a major transformation.

Some details on the masterminds behind the work. Art direction and décor was overseen by Atlanta-based designer Brian Patrick Flynn, who has designed the HGTV Urban Oasis for the past three years. Open Door Architecture served as the talented architects behind the space. I got the chance to chat with this lovely, down-to-earth husband and wife team, and their passion for bringing life back to historic homes was evident. They’ve done work on many other homes in the area, and it’s wonderful to know we have people like them pouring their hard work and skill into our community. Construction for the project was overseen by Tillman Companies right here in Knoxville.

Let’s take a look at these dramatic before and afters along with some of the features that stood out to us.  Shall we?

You can see from the leading photo that the exterior received a major upgrade. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do. The blue exterior against the white trim and accents creates a beautiful contrast that really allows the craftsman features to shine. The trellis and planter box added to the right create a form of privacy that also brings in some life. This is especially nice in urban neighborhoods such as this where homes have little separation. You’ll notice in the before photo that their are two front doors. Fun fact: this home was once a duplex! You’d never guess this given the amazing flow of the interior.

Central to the home is this beautiful hallway, which was one of my favorite features. Bringing the period appropriate millwork to this height ups the level of sophistication. The design is simple, but having it carried throughout this long hallway that runs from the front to the back of the home provides great impact. The hallway is modernized by this serene blue wallpaper, pendant lighting, and wide-plank natural flooring. From this photo alone, at least five shades of blue are visible. We’re huge fans of mixing blues, and this home carries that pallet throughout. As Emily Henderson says, “all blues are ocean blues!”

While this isn’t the biggest living room around, the open layout, bright pallet, and tall ceilings make it fill very open and inviting. You’ll notice that the furniture is placed right up to the front door, which can we say perfectly coordinates with the living room accents, maximizing as much space as possible. More blue spotted!

I’m not really sure what was going on with the kitchens beforehand. Given that it was a duplex, there were two separate kitchens, neither of which will be making a Pinterest debut anytime soon. They were traded in for this spacious kitchen and dining area that have more prep and storage space than you could ever wish for. I really love the warmth brought in with the island counter top and the two ginormous kitchen pendants. This is a great contrast to the silver hardware and white-washed original brick. I have to say that when I was in the home I was especially drawn to the dining space. It has such a simple elegance about it and great natural light!

This master and en suite bath right off of that stunning grand hallway were lovely. Notice the large size of the trim work used in these rooms and rest of the home. In this case, bigger is definitely better and feels so special. It’s a nod to the home’s craftsman roots. You’ll notice that the rooms in the home are not consistent in trim color but instead coordinate to the style of each room. Here, the bedroom is gray and bathroom a clean white.

Two en suite bathrooms in a home from 1925?! Well done Open Door Architecture. This home has plenty of charm while incorporating plenty of modern conveniences. These were definitely the two boldest rooms in the home with the black trim against the millenial pink accents. The large floor to ceiling hexagonal tile is a more modern twist on a traditional tile design and adds great, subtle pattern.

The third and final bedroom featured beautiful built-in bunk beds that really make the home even more conduicive to a larger family or guests. The blue and orange contrast well and don’t feel overwhelming because of the amount of white they’re paired with. Rather, they make a nice pop without becoming dark.

Now onto one of the standout features of the home…the outside space!! Get ready. This is one of many intimate seating areas in a relativley compact backyard.

You can see that the back of the home was opened up into a porch and that a small outbuilding was added. Perfect for storing bikes and kayaks to use in the nearby Urban Wilderness. Who says you shouldn’t match your bikes and boats to your home?

What a well-planned, low-maintenance backyard! Everyone on the tour seemed to gravitate to these chairs for good reason. I could definitely spend hours out here.

I’ve never seen an area under a deck used in quite such a glamorous way. This covered outdoor dining area is tucked away to give a feeling of privacy right in the heart of the city. With an artist studio right off the dining space, it almost feels as if there’s just as much living space outside as in.

So there you have it. A fresh, cheery 1925 bungalow in one of Knoxville’s most charming historic neighborhoods. What were your favorite parts? Now the questions is how can this become yours? The HGTV Urban Oasis Giveawy 2017 sweepstakes runs October 2 through November 22. You can enter twice a day here, so mark your calendars and enter to call this lovely space yours!

 

*Photos © 2017 Scripps Networks, LLC.  Used with permission; all rights reserved.

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  • Amber, it was great meeting you at the Urban Oasis house earlier this week! I’ve been reading The Happy Tudor for a while and I really love your insight and the way you all document your home design process… and of course Adam’s beautiful photos!

    Thanks for posting such a great article about the HGTV house. It’s been an incredibly fun process for us – we still kinda can’t believe it’s really happening! 😉

    I look forward to talking design (and all things Tudor) with you again soon.
    -Sean

    • Sean, thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by. It was wonderful meeting you and Sara last week and hearing about all the thought and hard work you put into the house with such a beautiful result! It was also so fun finding out that you grew up in a Tudor! Looking forward to talking with the two of you again soon!