No Place Like Home with Tammi Farrell

Photography by Austin Anthony| Story by Ginger Williams

The Residences at Reservoir Hill in downtown Bowling Green have more than one house to brag about. Particularly, the house at 728 E. 10th St. won “Best in Show Under 3,000 sq. ft.” and “Best Curb Appeal” in the 2016 Parade of Homes.

The eclectically designed three bedroom, two and a half bath home, owned by Natalie Bryant, was built by Kelly Arnold, and mainly furnished by Bowling Green Home Furnishings and Winlectric.

Despite the compact size, the home makes a big impact with an open concept kitchen and living room with vaulted ceiling, a main-level master suite, a home theatre upstairs, and an enclosed screened porch with a swing bed. There are unexpected elements throughout, such as industrial lighting, pops of color and a sliding barn door.

“Everyone who toured the house during the Parade of Homes talked about how comfortable and cozy the house felt,” said Tammi Farrell, owner of Interior Alternatives. “It’s not too big as some of the homes on the parade typically are; it was just right. I think it made visitors feel like it was a home they could live in.”

With a handsome mix of antique, modern, industrial and transitional furniture and accessories, the owner’s style was primarily eclectic, Farrell said. “Eclecticism is one of my favorite styles, because it is all about using what you love.”

Some of the most unique attributes of the house are outside, such as the corrugated tin fence framed in raw timber in the backyard, and the front steps leading up to the house, made from stone that was found on the property.

Some of the owner’s favorite design features of the house include the swing bed on the screen porch, and the fireplace, which is the centerpiece of the living area. Personal design elements include the homeowner’s great-grandmother’s rocking chair in the master bedroom, and an oil painting of the homeowner’s first house in the guest room, along with vintage family photos.

Perhaps, the most quirky and personal design element of all includes the dog house under the stairs.

“The homeowners love animals and have three dogs of their own, so the space beneath the stairs, which is usually just drywalled, was framed and completely finished as a doghouse with hardwood floors, a ceiling light, and a lattice doggie door,” said Farrell.

Design Tips

“The key to combining styles and not ending up with a “hodge podge” is to limit it to three or four styles and color schemes,” said Farrell. “I incorporated new pieces of furniture and accessories with the homeowner’s existing antique furnishings, and added some modern and industrial pieces with the traditional.”

“Don’t be afraid to mix eras. Pair modern chairs with an antique or rustic table, replace your traditional dining room light with a quirky chandelier, or mix funky pillows with heritage textiles. Don’t forget to mix in personal and sentimental items; it’s that twist of the mixing and matching of design eras that makes an eclectic style work well.”

Interior Alternatives is an award-winning, full service interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial new construction, remodels and additions, as well as real estate staging services. To contact, go to