Dana & Brooks’ Painted Paradise

published Dec 3, 2014
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Name: Dana and Brooks Tucker
Location: Frankin, Tennessee
Size: 3,400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

When you’re married to an artist with a thriving decorative paint business, you tend to have a few custom finishes in your home. When you’re a design lover with a flair for blending patterns and textures, well that takes it to a whole new level.

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Dana’s home is a palette of calming, soothing colors, which immediately puts you at ease. Which is great. Because when you’re the mother of twin 14 year olds, run a decorative paint business, and a successful PR firm, you need all the soothing you can get.

Everything looks fabulous in the proper light, and Dana’s house is no exception. Like the perfect wine with a fine meal, each lamp, chandelier, and sconce adds the perfect final touch to each room. From IKEA to vintage and antique, all of them blend together make each room its most attractive.

Personal touches, custom paint finishes, fantastic lighting, and Dana’s sweet personality come together in a truly lovely home, one that is at once homey and stylish.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, Modern Farmhouse

Inspiration: Emily Henderson, Brian Patrick Flynn, Gen Sohr, Brandy Adams

Favorite Element: Vintage Desk Lamps, Vintage Church Attendance Sign

Biggest Challenge: Updating our 1980’s home one room at a time on a limited budget.

What Friends Say: There are so many small details that you find everywhere you look in this house. Your home is comfortable and inviting.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our last house. When we bought that house 13 years ago my husband was just starting his decorative painting business. Every single surface had a painted or plastered finish, the walls, the cabinets, the vanities, the doors, the ceilings, the floors, the furniture. We have been much more intentional in this house to not overdo it with the painted and textured surfaces.

Proudest DIY: Our kitchen remodel. We updated the kitchen including removing the soffits, re-working the cabinetry, added tons of lighting, repaired the ceilings, and painted and glazed the cabinets.

Biggest Indulgence: Lighting. I am obsessed with having several different lighting sources in each room.

Best Advice: I follow all my favorite designers on Instagram. I am inspired each time I look at my feed. It’s also a great way to score one of a kind items. I follow lots of shops that sell right off of Instagram.

Dream Sources: Charish, 1st Dibs, Make + Model, Rejuvenation

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Resources of Note:


All colors are Sherwin Williams unless otherwise noted and all trim color is Aesthetic White

  • Hall and Entryway stripes: Worldly Gray and Aesthetic White (painted by Brooks)
  • Big Stenciled Wall- Piano Room: Intellectual Gray and Aesthetic White (painted by Brooks) Contempo Trellis from Royal Design Studio Stencils
  • Den: Amazing Gray
  • Daughter’s Room: Alyssum Pink and Royal Design Studios Stencil Crème in Shimmer Pink (painted by Brooks)
  • Son’s Room: Sea Salt
  • Master Bedroom: Porpoise
  • Office: Intellectual Gray
  • Children’s Bathroom: Halycon Green rubbed finish over textured walls. Vanity is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue (painted by Brooks)
  • Kitchen: custom textured metallic walls- Cabinets are custom color mix and glaze (painted by Brooks)
  • Guest bedroom: custom distressed foil treatment on the walls. Floor is stenciled in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue and Old White (painted by Brooks)
  • Front porch: Doors are Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Fortunate


  • Sofa- American Signature Furniture
  • Buffet- Craigslist (painted by Brooks)
  • Chairs are from a barn sale
  • Fireplace clock is from American Signature Furniture
  • Bookshelf items are collected from antique stores and yard sales (painted by Brooks)
  • Rusted Tin over fireplace is from a barn that was torn down
  • Power shag rug from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (hand me down from a client)
  • Arc lamp is from Homegoods. Table lamp is from Kirklands.

  • Chairs, Ottomans, Trunk, Lucite Lamp, and cabinet accessories all from Make + Model
  • Cabinet from Ashley Furniture
  • Rug from Overstock
  • Vintage Church Attendance sign is from Etsy

  • Dining bench is from Ballard Designs
  • Dining room light is from West Elm
  • China Hutch is from an estate sale
  • Dining table is from Ashley Furniture
  • Copper Etchings from local antiques dealer

  • Bar stools are from World Market
  • China Hutch is from an estate sale
  • Dining table is from Ashley Furniture
  • Kitchen lighting from Overstock
  • Cabinet with glassware is from an Estate Sale
  • Ceiling Tiles: decorativeceilingtiles.net

  • Bed is from Ashley Furniture
  • Triple dresser is from an estate sale (painted by Brooks)
  • Trunk at the end of the bed belonged to my neighbor’s grandmother. She gave it to us because it needed to be re-finished (painted by Brooks)
  • Brass top table is from the flea market
  • Sewing machine table is from a yard sale
  • Bed side lamps are from an antique dealer (we covered the shades in burlap)
  • Lamps on triple dresser are from an antiques dealer (they were originally peach painted and rewired by Brooks)
  • Abstract art by: Sarah Hicks Malone
  • Rug from Dash & Albert
  • Orange bench from local antiques dealer
  • Pillows from West Elm

  • Vintage Furniture form Craigslist (painted by Brooks)
  • Headboard- Made by a friend
  • Flower Pillows- Etsy
  • Monogrammed Pillow- Pottery Barn Teen
  • Vintage Ceiling Light: Etsy
  • Sconces: Pottery Barn Teen
  • Light over desk: IKEA
  • Lamp on desk: Steamboat Salvage
  • Mirrored Night Stands: Target
  • Framed art: by my daughter and framed in IKEA frames

    • Bed is antique iron a barn sale
    • Overhead light from Overstock
    • Sconces from Lowe’s
    • Lamp over desk is made from a vintage minnow basket
    • Small dresser is from an estate sale (painted by Brooks)
    • Big ship art is from a local antiques store
    • Bedside wall units are corner pieces of a large entertainment unit (painted by Brooks)


  • Headboard was made by Brooks
  • Dresser is from an antiques auction
  • Overhead light is from IKEA
  • Lamps are from Homegoods
  • Ottoman is from Make + Model
  • Silver lanterns are from Southeastern Salvage
  • Stained glass from a local antique shop

    • Art is wallpaper samples framed in IKEA frames
    • Lamp from Target


    • Wallpaper is original to the home
    • Art is from a barn sale
    • Dresser is from a yard sale
    • Towel cabinet is from a yard sale
    • Lamp is from home goods
    • Dream tree, brass tray and Foo Dogs are from Make + Model
    (Image credit: Monique Larroux)

    Thanks, Dana & Brooks!

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