In January 2014—after a year and a half of living in soulless rentals while filming her hit television series, Nashville—actress Hayden Panettiere finally found a house in Tennessee where she could put down roots. For help in designing her Nashville residence—the first home she’s shared with her fiancé, world-champ boxer Wladimir Klitschko—Panettiere called upon Benjamin Vandiver, a decorator who’s helped with the homes of mutual friends Connie Britton and Jessie Baylin.
The actress at first desired an informal home for a young couple, but a few weeks into the design process, she discovered she was pregnant. (Her adorable daughter, Kaya, is now six months old.) So, midway through his task, Vandiver was faced with the fresh challenge of transforming his client’s 5,000-square-foot space into a residence fit for a growing family. “Suddenly, we had to find a way to speak to Hayden and Wladimir’s personal styles in a way that felt collected and authentic,” he says, “while also creating a child-friendly home.”
His and hers
Aside from the 14-inch height difference—Panettiere is a petite five feet two and Klitschko a towering six feet seven—the pair also has remarkably dissimilar tastes. Klitschko prefers pieces possessing a modern, European-inspired edge while Panettiere is a traditional girl with a feminine flair.
Reconciling their aesthetics proved an exciting challenge for Vandiver. For instance, to balance out the pale-pink master bedroom, which features rose quartz table lamps and loads of blush-colored pillows, the designer integrated neutral tones into the headboard, bedding, and wallpaper.
In case that wasn’t enough to satisfy Klitschko’s masculine tastes, Panettiere presented him with his own music room—located above the garage, where he can play drums as loudly as he wants—complete with a vintage-style sofa boasting arms that open into insulated beer coolers.
These atmospheric stacks of timber were inspired by a scene
Vandiver glimpsed in architect Bobby McAlpine’s kitchen.PILLOW geometric leather pillow in blue by AVO $275. SOFA London in white $3,390
Vandiver, a Kentucky native, has made his home in Nashville.
PENDANTS globe in milk finish $99–$129 each
To offset the dining room’s shimmering metallic wallpaper, the designer selected a traditional wooden table.WALLPAPER Wabi in river $32/square foot,
RUG Octagon in desert night (1003) by David Hicks Collection,
CHANDELIER Lumieere, ART “Escondida Shorebreak, Salina Cruz, Mainland Mexico”
by Isaac Zoller for Tappan Collective $90–$1,200
Neutral-colored bedding helps balance out
the master bedroom’s feminine tones.HEADBOARD UPHOLSTERY
(covering headboard) Bargello in blush conch (67171),
TABLE LAMPS Sculpted Figure,
In the guest bedroom, a carefully hung
photo arrangement makes artful use of
a potentially awkward wall.
LINENS Tick duvet cover and shams in black $92–$346
BED Swoop $2,475–$5,220 NIGHTSTANDS Anders in walnut $849 each,
SCONCES swing arm in black by CB2 $79.95 each, domino.com/fall15