“The living room and kitchen are where we spend 99 percent of the time and are homey spaces,” says McBride, photographed July 11 at her Nashville home. “I have a very warm, clean and simple aesthetic.”
The six-bedroom, 13,000-square-foot property was built in 1917.
House of Spirits
“Interior designer Rozanne Jackson, who owns [Franklin, Tenn., antiques and luxury furniture store] The Iron Gate, helped me with the looks throughout the house,” says McBride. The painting of what McBride believes is a saint has special meaning. “He watches over the house. We used to have spirits in our house, and we renovated and now they seem to be gone. Maybe this painting is one of the reasons?”
A coffee station and collection of mugs reflect her "down to earth" approach to decor.
Martina McBride on Renovating
“We gutted it. But each time I walked into this house after being on the road, I knew I was working toward something.”
The cutting board is featured prominently in one of McBride’s favorite spaces. (“We live in the kitchen,” she says.) “It’s a keepsake from my grandma, and the prayer on it is what we used to say before meals.”
“This area is great for entertaining. At the end of the night, everyone will be here listening to records and drinking wine or whiskey. I love just filling up the house with people, music and food.” For McBride, her turntable and vinyl collection also is an opportunity to introduce her girls to the recording artists she grew up with: Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt.
“I grew up on a farm, down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere,” says McBride of her Kansas roots. “It was really quiet. I’m used to the quiet; I like it.” Her desire for tranquility inspired the waterfall pool, which frequently is enjoyed by her daughters, Delaney, 21; Emma, 18; and Ava, 11.