Feature Friday: HGTV Urban Oasis House, Knoxville, TN

Happy Friday!  I’m so glad it’s Labor Day weekend and we get an extra day off (well, my hubby does and that’s a good thing for us!) to get things done around here.  This has definitely been the hardest move, at least it feels that way. I guess we forget the pain of moving until it rolls around again, but this one has just kicked my butt.  But, everything’s moved now!  I had to make sure my house was cleaned up and everything out for my step daughter to move into this weekend and so that was an extra step to get things finished.  Cleaning out the fridge and transferring things to our fridge and freezer, all of that stuff.  Hopefully we’ll be able to breathe in another week or two as we began the process of sorting and unboxing and figuring out the puzzle of putting this house together.

In the meantime, I was invited to blogger day and visited the HGTV Urban Oasis house in Knoxville, TN this week and it was a nice diversion from moving for a day.  It’s located in the 4th and Gill area of downtown Knoxville and is a Craftsman style 1925 bungalow.

The exterior is very striking and designer, Brian Patrick Flynn, designed the house from the exterior colors to the interior design.

He mentioned that he got some flack for this Millennial pink color that he chose from Sherwin Williams and the actual color is Hopeful. It really is a color and it seems that the younger generation is all gaga over using this shade of pink.  Not sure what that’s all about, but colors definitely cycle in and out of favor.  I happen to think it’s very pretty with the deep charcoal blue exterior and all the blue and white he used.

This was an existing home that the builders and architects for HGTV renovated and made over completely.

I love the porches in front and it has a very welcoming curb appeal with the landscaping and the porches, not to mention that soaring open ceiling.

Exterior siding:  Sea Serpent, Sherwin Williams

Exterior Trim:  Incredible White, Sherwin Williams

A pretty sofa is set up with pillows and comfy cushions and how about that trellis behind with a vine starting to trail.  Isn’t that pretty?

The front porch is open and so gorgeous too. Brian said that all the furnishings (or most of them) came from Overstock.com.

That pink door again (Hopeful by Sherwin Williams)!  Of course, that door was the first thing we all noticed.

Inside, Brian used lots of blue and white, because as he said, most everyone loves blue and white and he wanted to appeal to men and women. I think he hit a homerun with all the blue and white.

Living Room Walls:  Swanky Gray, Sherwin Williams

Living room chairs.

Dining area with wicker chairs and a pretty light wood round table.  And that rug is so soft and cozy…and blue.

Instead of trying to get one long buffet shipped to him, he opted for 3 chests all alike and lined them up and I think that looks nice too.  The 2 lamps anchor it all. Lots of storage in those drawers.

Dining Room Walls: Krypton, Sherwin Williams

The home is very open from the front door back with this view looking towards the kitchen.  I loved that blue chair there in the corner, he had a pair of those in the entry area.

Deep navy blue painted cabinets are topped with a lighter countertop.

Kitchen Cabinets:  Van Deusen Blue, Benjamin Moore

Notice the blue and white dishes in the glass front island.   And what an island it is, made from Walnut. Those 2 large wicker light fixtures add lots of drama to the island.

Left side of the kitchen with double ovens and the fridge.

Pretty view over the island.

And the stainless kitchen apron style sink.

Looking back to the dining room area.

Love those checked Roman shades.

Embossed wallpaper, I think?  I didn’t touch this so don’t know what the material is.

The existing brick wall was whitewashed to blend right in and add immediate age and character.

In the hallway, board and batten treatment adds a lot of character to the long hall with a pretty tree wallpaper above.

Wallpaper:  Woods Powder Blue

Trim:  Incredible White, Sherwin Williams

Bedroom one is masculine in feel with lots of neutrals.

Wall color:  Passive, Sherwin Williams

Trim color:  Grey Matters, Sherwin Williams

The bathroom for that room is pretty in green.

Wall color:  Composed, Sherwin Williams

Vanity:  Raging Sea, Sherwin Williams


Three light fixtures shine down the hallway.

Master bedroom is done in black, white, and blush pink.

Master Bedroom Trim:  Tricorn Black, Sherwin Williams

Love those black and white checks.

Master water closet done in Flynn Wallpaper, a floral moody black.

Loved the retro white tile all over the master bath.

Master vanity:  Universal Black, Benjamin Moore

Nice soaker tub.

Closeup of the tile and those pretty pink towels.

The laundry area is in the hallway heading out to the back porch.

Right next to the laundry is the 3rd bedroom, a bunk room.

Bunk room:  Incredible White, Sherwin Williams

Hallway hooks and bench in front of laundry space.

Beautiful vaulted ceiling screened porch.

In the backyard is a one car garage, made into a fun get away space.

Hang out rec room.

And a look back at the back of the house with the screened porch above and a covered patio area underneath.

Off the garage is this pretty landscaped area with a fire pit.

A sign on the garage gives a nod to the neighborhood.

Firepit and Adirondack chairs, perfect for Fall.

A peek at that covered patio under the porch, decked out with a table and chairs.

And right off their is an art station.

It was a lot of fun to see Brian in his element of designing beautiful spaces.  I’ve seen at least one other house that he designed and they are always full of inspiration and surprises.  He loves bold and beautiful designs! Brian was with us at Haven this year too and that was a treat. Being the HGTV designer for the Urban Oasis homes as well as the Dream Home giveaways, he’s one busy guy.

I had the chance to sit down with him and do a fun little interview, so I hope you’ll take a look at it, only 7 minutes long and Brian talks about the house and his inspiration for it.

I’ve got most of the source list for the house too, so if there’s something specific you’d like to ask about, let me know and I can look on the list. There’s way too much to list here in this post, but I tried to cover most of the paint colors.  

The Urban Oasis house will be given away, as HGTV does every year and it starts October 2, so you can check out the HGTV Urban Oasis page for more details.  Don’t miss the chance to sign up for the sweepstakes and maybe win this thing! Wouldn’t that be fun, someone is going to win, it might as well be YOU! 

There were 20 bloggers there and I was happy to be one of them!

One of the other bloggers there who I met at Haven this year is this sweet girl, Sarah from Our Vintage Farmhouse.  If you haven’t met her, check out her blog. She’s a single mom to the most precious little girl, Harper and she lives just outside Knoxville.  We went out for dinner in Knoxville that night and had so much fun together.

She picked up Harper and then came back to town and picked me up and we headed to the Market Square area and it is such a neat place, filled with shops and restaurants. I had never been to downtown Knoxville before, but wow at the ambience in this smaller city.  Sarah is such a doll and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her.  She’s a powerhouse on Instagram, so check her out there too.

Harper took to me right away and wanted to sit by me at dinner, hold my hand and it was just so sweet. How about that cute pink tutu?!  There was live music going on and I loved the vibe at Market Square.

We strolled on the sidewalk to dinner and had dinner at Tupelo Honey, one of my favorite restaurants.  I first went to one in Asheville and it’s so good.

Tupelo Honey gives out biscuits as appetizers, now that’s a delicacy only found in a Southern restaurant, I’m sure.

I had the pear salad with salmon and it was delicious.  We had a great time in Knoxville taking in the atmosphere of Market Square and I stayed the night downtown and headed home the next morning.

Now, it’s time to tackle this house unpacking.  I don’t know what I’ll be posting next, but I’ll be back when I can. Thank you all for hanging in there with me!  It will definitely be awhile before this house looks picture perfect, months probably before we get things together as far as furniture and really finishing things up.  But I’ll share the process along the way and keep it real, you can be sure of that!





- Rhoda


  1. Hey Rhoda, can you give the source for that foosball table? I know that’s odd but I have 2nboys who would love that and this one is pretty and they’re usually so ugly! Thanks for the post, enjoy your new home!

  2. I love everything about this house! The navy blue and white paint is beautiful…wasn’t it called Sea Serpent? How fun! All the details in the house are amazing….loved the three dressers side by side and all of the huge art. 🙂

  3. Rhoda, you have been blogging a long time and do a perfect job, but I thought of a way to post about the new house but just minimally at first since you are so busy. There is a blogger,Kristi at http://www.chatfieldcourt.com , and she moved fairly recently, and she would just post little by little some of the changes she made as she moved in and put things in place. I like the way she did it, and thought you might find it helpful.

  4. I love the tile on the outdoor fire place. I want that on my inside fireplace. The colors in this house are amazing. Great to see.

  5. The people of HGTV did it again…what a wonderful home! I am amazed that most of the furnishing came from Overstock! I love the color scheme and the fact that he wanted it to appeal to both genders…I know my guy loves blue. Such a beautifully curated home from the furnishings to the accessories to the amazing artwork. I love the way he grouped three pieces together to form on single large piece. I have seen that done before and loved it. I am going to do that in my future home (hopefully one day soon)….So glad you had a great time with Sarah and the adorable Harper! I loved visiting downtown Knoxville a few months ago…doing great things there. They recently built a Tupelo Honey Cafe near me and we love it! Thanks for the tour and great interview!! Have a great weekend spending time in your new home!

  6. Beautiful house. Love the blue cabinets! Can you find info for where the dining room chairs came from? Absolutely love those!!! What a darling little girl. Thank you for sharing all of this prettiness!

    • Gwen, the furniture is from Overstock.com. Here’s the dining room chair description: Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Milos White Washed Side Chairs (Set of 2)

  7. Hi Rhoda,

    Love the pics of the HGTV Urban Oasis home. Absolutely beautiful.

    Can you tell me the color for the green walls in one of the bathrooms? Saw the cabinet color but not the walls.


  8. Marianne A. says:

    What a fantastic post! You are a natural interviewer! I love EVERYTHING about this house, including the pink door, although I don’t know if I would be brave enough to go that route! I have a whole list of things I would be interested in knowing the source, if you wouldn’t mind. In the green bathroom: the flooring, vanity, countertop, and mirrors. In the master bath: the hardware in the vanity. The benches at the foot of the bed in the masculine bedroom. And lastly, the chests in the dining room. Kudos to the designer. He is wonderful.

    • Hi, Marianne, thank you, glad you enjoyed it all! Here’s what’s listed, some are not, sorry!
      Green Bath
      Flooring: Finesse Bright White 3 in. x 6 in. Ceramic Wall Tile (12.5 sq. ft. / case) The Home Depot
      Vanity: Not listed
      Hardware: Tangier Ceramic Knob, Anthropoligie
      Countertop: Not listed
      Mirrors: Not listed

      Master Bath
      Hardware on Vanity: Gramercy Pull
      Lusso Knob, both Anthropologie

      Benches in Guest room: Not listed
      Chests in Dining room: Universal Furniture Playlist Smokey Brown 4-drawer Chest, Overstock.com

  9. Beautiful home! I love the Craftsman style and want that front porch … on my Cape 🙂 Brian’s zeal for life is refreshing & inspiring!

  10. Thank you for taking us along on this tour. I really like the floors and that pink front door is cute! Very different! The 3 chests put together looks great and I love the dinning room chairs. Ok, I really like it all!

  11. Rhoda, what is the wall color for the bedroom with the black “4 poster” bed?

    • Here you go, went back and added it in:Wall color:  Passive, Sherwin Williams

      Trim color:  Grey Matters, Sherwin Williams

  12. This was a gorgeous house!!! Every room was spot on…..Loved it!!

  13. Iris McCloud says:

    I love this house but the sunporch with that tiled fireplace really speaks to my boho side. This is the part of me that doesn’t show in my mid-century modern house. It peeks out in my clothes a little. I also love Craftsman bungalows. OK – I really have a house addiction. Much more expensive than shoes.

  14. Everything looks fun but those kitchen appliances… Oh My! Do you have any idea what color they were? They didn’t look stainless but it could have been the reflection of the dark cabinets. Thanks for the post. You’re one lucky blogger!

    • HI, Cindy, all the kitchen appliances are listed as Samsung, but no finish is given. Maybe you can figure it out by looking at the Samsung website. Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed!

  15. Rhoda,
    Thanks for featuring such a great house! The folks at HGTV really know how to pull it all together with amazing finishes and touches. Normally, I wouldn’t think of painting my front door a pink shade but it really looks sharp on this house with the dark siding.

    I think my dream job would be the person who thinks and names every shade of paint color for each manufacturer.

  16. Cynthia Stower says:

    What a beautiful house! I love the vintage doors and the other vintage touches. I was happy to see that there was only one room with shiplap in it and I loved seeing the use of board and batten.
    The wood floors are lovely and the master bedroom black and white checks and hats on the wall were my favourite!

  17. Ok, that does it, there is a store that sells Shapeez 21 miles from me. I am so distracted in church looking at how bra straps ruin an outfit and wondering how my bad is my back looking. (you can tell deep down I’m really shallow!)
    Personally, I really love the pink front door, we need more pink in the world.

  18. I live in Knoxville and have driven past the HGTV house recently. I am jealous you got to tour the inside.
    Glad you enjoyed our downtown. We too, think it is lovely.

  19. christine damrose-mahlmann says:

    Hi Rhoda,
    I am building a house and want a front door just like yours. Do you know who made it? Thanks much!

    • Hi, Christine, this is an HGTV house, so sorry but I don’t have the source on that door. The HGTV website may have it if you click over to the link about it, the Urban Oasis home.

  20. Julia Ball says:

    Great job once again. I am so glad to know that there is a home give a way in Knoxville.. This is a great area to live and I would be ecstatic to win.

  21. What a wonderful trip for you in the midst of your move. Love everything, colors, furniture, etc. So happy for you and Mark and so happy to see you got moved in, inspite of all left to do. You are a miracle worker and you’ll have everything unpacked and all decorated before you know it. The house is beautiful with what you’ve already accomplished, can;t wait to see the rest.
    Please I really need to know: Your arms are in such incredible shape, you look good girl. Please let me know the type bra you wear under your tee shirts. You see no lines. I too, am in pretty good shape, but have problems with the right bra. They ride up in back, roll, straps fall, I haven’t found anything that will work. I know this is personal, but girl, you look awesome in those tops. Please help a girl in trouble with bras. Love you sweetheart, and hope your dad is getting better and better. You have the sweetest heart, I think all us bloggers out here feel it. Be blessed.

  22. HI, Donna, well aren’t you the sweetest, thank you so much! We are all moved in and starting to breathe again, taking it a day at a time getting this place together. OK, so I worked with a neat company last year called Shapeez and I’m wearing their Shapeez Tankee with this dress, so that’s why it’s so smooth. It really does work great in tank tops and dresses like this to smooth things out. And I hear you, regular bras still make bulges that are unsightly. Thank you for the compliments! Here’s the link:https://shapeez.com/products/tankee-short?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk__S1NiH1gIVEKtpCh2L8wLqEAQYAiABEgK8t_D_BwE


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