Say you have a 7 bedroom, 6 and a half bathroom multi-million dollar estate – but you really want it to stand out. How about a LED-lit wine cellar with individual wine bottle holders and a transparent ceiling? That’s exactly what interior designer and homeowner Jamie Beckwith added to her 12,398 square foot, Gothic-style home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Within the confines of her Franklin manse, the combination of artistic freedom and passion is on full display. The home serves as a real-life portfolio for Beckwith, whose masterpiece is infused with a host of exotic materials, her characteristic custom woodworking and other posh appointments.
The fantastically original wine cellar is one of the more unique features found in Beckwith’s home. Set below a glass-bottom sitting room, the wine cellar, made from what appears to be Plexiglas, sports an arched designed that comes to life thanks to changing LED lighting that set the room aglow.
The wine cellar is located at the bottom level of the pool house, like the crypt of a Gothic estate. Classic Gothic arches split the wine cellar, but the material of the arches is what makes this addition so different. The acrylic walls contain hundreds of custom-made wine bottle sleeves. The sleeves are even organized on the back wall of the cellar to resemble the panes of a cathedral’s stained glass windows.
The kicker for this design is that the wine cellar is cleverly lit with LED lighting. These lights can change colors and add life to all of Beckwith’s parties. Because of wine’s sensitivity to lighting and heat, the lights are not on all the time, and a retractable blackout screen can be drawn over the transparent ceiling. The glass ceiling creates a transparent connection to the traditional interior of the pool house, drawing attention to the lights down below.
“My designs are not born from trying to be different, or to create something that is not in the marketplace, but my designs are based on artistic freedom, a passion if you will,” the couturier says of her signature style on her website. That style has earned Beckwith plenty of recognition and praise over the years, including Interior Design magazine’s Best of the Year award in 2011.