Design Blog

  1. Lake Cottage Comfort

    November 1, 2018

    The phone rang on Monday morning from a kind man who had walked through the 2018 Parade of Homes house recently completed by our good friend Charles Atkins on a lake lot just west of Knoxville. As we were discussing the home he made the comment “the home changed the way I thought a lake house should be designed.” To my delight he discovered one of our most coveted design principals: That light, views, and comfort should drive the way we configure space.

    In this instance we elected to move the typical lakeside porch to the side of the home resulting in a comfortable outdoor living space with ample room for sitting around the fireplace, dining, and even grilling. This move in the design allowed us to eliminate decks, rails, and porch roof lines from in front of the main living space and kitchen windows. The result: light filled space, unimpeded views of the lake, and dramatic back-side architecture!

    We hope you will enjoy a few photos we were able capture from the project. We love the way the front entry came together and hope you agree that this home simply says: Relax.

    Special thanks to Charles Atkins Construction. Chuck’s never ending energy, eye for interior detailing, craftsmanship, and quality construction make our homes look amazing! Law Interiors is responsible for the beautiful furniture and art work.

  2. How we start a design from scratch

    May 5, 2018
  3. Glass = Light

    April 30, 2018

    Blending traditional Arts and Crafts slate roof form with contemporary lines in stone and stucco. Steel window wall at entry with contemporary timber framed entry canopy.

    Tennessee farmhouse with a craftsman flare. Standing seam metal roof, changing out those clunky double hung windows with the big light casements gives things a contemporary edge without losing that old house character.


419 N. Forest Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37919