By Caroline McKenzie
CREDIT: ANNIE SCHLECHTER; STYLING: MATTHEW GLEASON
Holly Williams—Nashville shop owner, musician, and the granddaughter and daughter of the famous Hanks—invites us into her home and shows off her version of vintage rockabilly style.
The Ultimate Rehabber
What does a serial house fixer-upper and flipper do when she finds a home where she can actually imagine herself settling down? She takes her time. At least that was Holly Williams’ approach. The singer-songwriter and shop owner (she helms H. Audrey fashion boutique and four locations of the home-goods store White’s Mercantile—three in Nashville and one in Wilson, Arkansas) has also made a name for herself as Music City’s ultimate old-house rehabber. “I’ve done 7 houses in the past 10 years,” says Williams, who’s a mother of three (daughters Stella June, 3, and Lillie Mae, 2; son, Arlo, 1). “I take on each project as a passionate labor of love.” But when she spotted a “For Sale” sign in the front yard of a white Colonial Revival in Oak Hill, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, she decided to slow down for a bit.