By combining Country French details with Southern charm, Cherry House designer Jan Davisson created warm and inviting ambiance that simply screams Derby party, y’all.


When her clients, Vickie and Darrell Embry, mentioned their interest in incorporating a Provencal flourish into the interior of their gracious, new Prospect home, Jan Davisson, interior designer with Cherry House Furniture Galleries was immediately inspired. “They have always loved the French country style, so when they purchased this home, they decided to simply go for it,” she says. “What they love about the style is the beauty and elegance blended with informality and coziness. We achieved that balance by blending shades of yellow, ivory and black with patterns to achieve a look that exudes warmth and comfort with a touch of sophistication.”

A perfect example is the stunning focal point in the great room: The faux ceiling— painted to look like real wood boards – adds an architectural element to the cavernous space. “The goal for this room was to be able to seat a lot of people,” says Davisson who just finished refreshing the décor with additional pillows, accessories and window treatments for impending Derby entertaining. Furniture placement in the room is ideal for a Derby gathering. Fabric accent chairs partnered with a plush sofa inviting conversation. Ottomans and a bench are nearby to assist with additional seating. Windows boasting patterned drapes flank the fireplace. Lamps and collectibles are featured on the sofa table.

There is a seamless transition from the great room into the expansive kitchen. Stylish pendants illuminate the long, sleek island clad with black and white granite, an apron-front sink and inviting chairs are charming details. The ivory cabinets found on the perimeter of the kitchen play nicely with the dark contrast of the island base. Wide plank floors—a nod to both Southern and European charm— anchor the room. A vintage chandelier spotlights the French country table of ivory and stained wood surrounded by a mixture of painted wood and fabric accent chairs. “One of the homeowner’s favorite additions was the bicycle art hanging on the wall,” says Davisson. “It really captures that quaint and charming feel we were going for. It incorporates the color palette – ivory, black, and yellow— and adds a whimsical vibe to the room.”

“This master bedroom was designed to complement their ornate espresso furniture, a wall of art and a floor mirror so the room is completely dressed,” she says. To soften the space, an accent wall – where the bed resides–is drenched in a lively yellow that is complemented by a platinum silver brocade overlay. The rest of the room is subtle with its gray walls that host the homeowner’s stylish art. Elegant drapes frame the windows while a tufted accent chair adds a comfortable place to unwind.

The home simply flows with amenities. From the lower level with its one-of-a-kind bar to the triangle-shaped hot tub just steps away from the media room, this is an entertainment hub. Can anybody say Derby?


We asked Jan to share some of the essential sources from this home.

P.L. Lyons of P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders

Most furnishings from Cherry House Furniture

Draped in Style for all the custom window treatments

Southern Comfort Hot Tubs

Posted on 2018-04-06 by Allison Jones