Singer-songwriter Holly Williams is transforming her tired farmhouse
BY LAURREN WELCH AND LAURA KOSTELNY
With two historic home renovations under her belt, Holly Williams (as in the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., and granddaughter of Hank, Sr.) didn’t have plans to tackle a new project anytime soon. She and musician/artist husband Chris Coleman have their hands full with 18-month-old Stella June and little Lillie Mae Louise, who arrived in March. But when she stumbled upon a circa 1800s farmhouse—on Craigslist of all places!—just an hour outside her home of Nashville, she was powerless to resist clicking, and, ultimately, buying.
Holly, with the help of Country Living Style Director Page Mullins, started with the outside of the house with its dreamy double porch. But with dingy siding and no landscaping, the home lacked curb appeal.
Page painted the porch ceiling a dreamy blue (Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball), and Holly worked with local landscape architect Anne Daigh (annedaigh.com) to add a little green.
Without seating options, the spacious double porch was underutilized. “As a songwriter, I’m very inspired by old homes—the generations of love, loss, happiness, tragedy. There are so many stories that happened behind those walls,” says Holly. “I want to preserve the simpler times and honor beautiful pieces of architecture.”
To maximize seating on the double porch, we installed pairs of swings from The Home Depot opposite one another. Four rocking chairs, plenty of patterned throw pillows, a mahogany door and black wall sconces, new upper porch spindles, and planters and shrubs up the home’s curb appeal.
After: Front Door
To refresh the tired exterior, Holly requested James Hardie (jameshardie.com) HardiePlank lap siding and HardieTrim boards in Arctic White. The crisp white planks are an eco-friendly choice that are as long-lasting as they are beautiful, thanks to their unique weather-resistant fiber cement formulation. The new front door is from The Home Depot.
“The double porch draws you in the moment you drive up,” says Holly.