How Luke Bryan's House Makes New Feel Old

Weathered Is In, Macabre Is Out

Where is the signup sheet to be a guest at Luke Bryan’s guesthouse? Because now that I’ve seen photos, I’m going to make it my life’s work to get inside.

In a new feature in Nashville Lifestyles magazine, the man who designed the 1,800-square-foot guest house -- plus the 7,000-square-foot barn and 10,000-square-foot main home -- talks about the project. Chad James also discusses working with Bryan and his wife Caroline on their plans for their compound in Williamson County near Nashville

“One day, we were out there and Luke said, ‘Have you ever been to Blackberry Farm? If you can make this farm look like Blackberry Farm, I’ll be the happiest man on this planet,’” said James, whose firm, the Chad James Group, was both consultant and interior designer for structures on the 150-acre spread.

And so far, so good. He wanted to make the new construction look like a weathered farmhouse, and now that the guesthouse is done, it looks like he’s accomplished that mission.

The guesthouse is called Redbird, and besides having a cool name, it also boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a media room, a front porch and a screened-in porch. Oh, and a catfish pond.

Plus, there’s décor that’s just rural enough. Like if there was a Pinterest page for “taxidermy galleries,” this would be the No. 1 pin.

James took two of Bryan’s deer mounts and some antlers and hung them on the walls, even though he said Caroline didn’t see his vision at first.

“Sometimes clients will say no to stuff, and I know they don’t really mean no. They just don’t understand how I’d use it,” he said of her initial no-animals-on-the-walls rule. “There’s a way to do things so it doesn’t look macabre.”

Bryan and his wife and two sons are living in Redbird until their main house is complete. But as soon as they are ready to open it up to guests, I’m in.

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