On the house
- Location: West Knoxville
- Style: French Country
- Rooms: 16
- Square footage: 10,200
- Age: New
While looking for a new home, Bruce Pearl had more than a couple of game plans.
"We had looked at probably 25 homes and properties," said the popular University of Tennessee head basketball coach. "We looked at the possibility of a remodeling situation in Sequoyah Hills and even met with an architect. We looked at living on the water. I love the water. I love my Sea Ray. But I couldn't find anything close enough in. I've got to be close to the campus, and it had to be close enough for the players to get there."
A $2 million French-country home in the prestigious Gettysvue neighborhood turned out to be nothing but net. Pearl has been in the custom 10,200-square-foot abode since summer.
"I looked at this one and fell in love with it," he said.
Pearl couldn't resist the details builder Ed Rodriquez incorporated, such as the extensive crown moulding and archways.
The "love of his life," girlfriend Brandy Miller, helped with the house hunt.
"When he first saw it, he said it was too big ," she said. "But once you're in it, the house doesn't feel like that at all."
The home's exterior is inviting, with a melding of stone and stucco. Wood shutters and garage doors create warmth. A turret's column of cut-glass windows reflects the upscale surroundings. Acid-washed copper accents look as if they've been weathered by many decades.
Softening the outside are orange and white pansies. Other flowers include multi-color mums, which are complemented with Power T pumpkins.
The inset entry is marked by double wood doors.
The foyer is simple with two floral arrangements on ornate stands serving as the main decoration. It offers a clean introduction to the decor designed by Braden's Furniture and Interiors' Sherry Springer and Cindy Hamby.
To the right is the dining room, which is in the turret. On the ceiling is a mural of a majestic sky scene with floating clouds. A intricately carved fixture with candle-style lights comes down from the painted heavens.
"I love this," Pearl said. "It's so unique."
Below, a massive round table, topped with a grouping of contemporary arrangements, is surrounded by eight olive and khaki paisley-print chairs. Khaki faux-painted walls wrap the room, while stained chair-railing adds formality.
Across from the dining room is the study. Rich wood creates a masculine mood, from the coffered ceiling to fireplace surround and built-in cabinets. The wood contrasts light blue walls - not what most people would expect for a basketball coach's office.
"Having a bunch of balls and trophies everywhere - that's not me," Pearl said. "Particularly on the main floor. I didn't want people to walk in and say, 'Oh, this is the basketball coach's house."
However, two trophies are displayed on the top shelves of the room's bookcases: the Adolph Rupp Cup for 2008 Coach of the Year and the 2008 South Eastern Conference Coach of the Year.
The study's striped chairs, global lithograph, and elegant desk is corporate CEO than sports professional.
At the end of the entry way is the unconventional formal living room. Instead of a sofa and loveseat, the space boasts four chairs with star-embroidered gold fabric and paisley fringed pillows. In the center of them is round leather coffee table. The pieces sit on a plush shag rug. On a wall is a vibrant Lebeeq painting of a South France scene Pearl purchased in Carmel, Calif.
Just off the foyer and down a barrelled ceilinged hallway is the master bedroom suite. Done in slate blue and chocolate brown, it is a soothing retreat. On the bed is a luxurious bedspread in burn-out chenille. More texture comes from the melange of pillows, some of them ruched. At the foot of the bed is a tasseled ottoman, which sits on another shag rug. Two gold-trimmed chests with mirrored drawer fronts bookend the bed. On one of the chests is a touch screen device that controls audio-visual and security equipment. There is also remote control that operates the room's blinds and shutters. Above one of the house's 10 fireplaces is a flat-screen television.
The master bath is spacious with travertine tile and blue walls. In the center is a deep white tub in front of a fireplace. The bath also features his and hers granite-top vanities and walk-in double shower with fleur-de-lis tiles and rain shower heads. Its custom taupe cabinetry boasts a towel warming drawer.
Also on the main floor is the kitchen, which also has taupe cabinetry. The main attraction is a massive island with a thick granite top and plenty of space for a buffet dinner. Round leather stools provide seating. Above the island are two hand-painted fixtures with a wildflower motif. They help make the stainless-steel appliances gleam.
Adjoining the kitchen is a comfy keeping room with a beamed ceiling. A rustic stacked-stone fireplace commands attention. While dinner is prepared, guests can sit in front of it on the tweed sectional.
The lower level impresses as well. In addition to a rec room with a pool table , there is a card room, library and guest room. Also below is the exercise room, which includes a rack of dumbbells, a stationary bike and weight and elliptical machines.
The marquee room downstairs is the home theater. From the posters on the wall, it seems Pearl's cinematic taste ranges from "Rambo" to "The Love Guru." He and guests can sink into two rows of deep-red leather seats on movie nights.
More down time can be had outside at the heated saltwater pool, which has a cabana. Also, a terrace looks onto the backyard, which backs up to the Gettysvue golf course.
Upstairs there are additional bedrooms.
"I feel really blessed to have a home like this," Pearl said."
Kevin Cowan may be reached at 865-342-6426.