When Dan Frankum started looking for a weekend escape for his Nashville family, he knew he was looking for one thing: “a place outside town that was on moving water.” So when they saw a classified ad for “your own little Shangri-La” that came with a cabin, they knew they had found the spot. The rustic retreat is situated along the Harpeth River, in Kingston Springs—just a mere 25 minutes from the bustle of the city.
The family began spending every possible weekend out there (and even some week nights), filling their time with fishing, canoeing, and roaming around on ATVs. The Frankums stayed in the tiny cabin on the property, but increasingly found themselves in need of a way to store their “weekends toys.” Enter: the custom barn. Dan had plans drawn up for a barn to be built on the property, and as their dreams for their weekends there grew, so did the blueprint. “Probably half way through the building process I realized I had a lot more space than what I originally anticipated,” Dan says. So they called up Nashville designer Sarah Moore, who helped them put every inch of their brand-new “barn” to work as storage space, living space, and most importantly, family space. “It seems like everybody is looking for a hobby farm; everyone’s looking for a way for their family to get away from traffic,” Dan says. “It’s just a special place. Being out there, I realize how fortunate I am.”
Read on to see how Sarah transformed this riverside barn into a breezy family getaway: