Lap of Luxury

Step Inside Dr. George and Lynn Lien's Lovely Home

Photography by Matthew Diggs; Geinger Hill, Forest Home Media.

Step into a slice of Provence when you enter the impeccable French Neoclassical home of Dr. George and Lynn Lien overlooking the Stones River Country Club golf course. Serenity and classic elements with an air of modernism are the inspiration you can adapt for your own home says interior designer Jerome Farris, who has completed four homes for the couple over the past 25 years.

“This home is a great reflection of the Liens’ travel experiences and the culture they have experienced. It was a joy to create because Lynn has excellent taste from her Southern antiques to imported European statement pieces including French tapestries and the dining room chandelier,” Farris said.

Lynn & Dr. George Lien

Lynn & Dr. George Lien

The key to the home’s elegance is the simplicity of the color palette. There are only five different paint colors throughout so curated collections, furnishings and artwork enhance the space. In many areas, the trim, walls, crown molding and ceiling are all the same color allowing the décor to take you on a journey or tell a story like the imported Swedish doors converted into built-in china closets flanking the limestone fireplace in the dining room.

French homes, Farris notes, have very simplistic bones with whimsy in the décor yet a formality in the way they layer textures, fabric and art. The Liens’ family room is a great example of this where their gorgeous china, old New Orleans window shutters and a beautiful art collection really shine. Upholstered furniture, bedding, exclusive art and accessories came from the many unique lines available through Peddler Interiors. Farris said weaving old and new together to create an overall elegant ambiance is unique to the French design aesthetic.

The French Neoclassical home represents a several year project for the Liens and Peddler Interior’s in-house designer, Jerome Farris, his fourth home for the couple over a 25-year period. Farris’ spectrum of design work includes all phases from home design and construction to finish selections and final furniture placement and interior décor.  Farris’ sources include the over 8,000 square foot Peddler Interiors fine home furnishings, art and accessories as well as established relationships with top artisans, builders, subcontractors and vendors. For design inspiration and source info, visit

A seamless transition to the outdoors was also important for the Liens who frequently entertain. Farris wanted a very streamlined European courtyard which was functional and open for entertainment to accommodate up to 400 people and it includes a charming covered loggia. Lynn relies on Murfreesboro Flower Shop to provide fresh flowers throughout the house. “I prefer everything to be authentic, from the antiques to the flowers,” said Lien.

“One of Murfreesboro’s most gracious hosts, there are multiple entertaining spaces, a beautiful vista and charming poolside lounge chairs with custom monogrammed covers,” Farris said. “Working with Lynn for over two decades has allowed each of us to grow and develop in our taste. This tradition and friendship has evolved into a better understanding of her impeccable design aesthetic and this home is a culmination of that experience.”

The Lien’s over 6,000 square foot home has a beautiful blend of Southern antiques, imported European statement pieces and accessories, French tapestries and chandeliers as well as Swedish imported mirrored doors. With only five paint colors throughout the home, the curated collections, art and antiques reflect the family’s unique stories.


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