Carol Hudson Allied ASID

School: University of Tennessee & Central Piedmont
Company: Hudson Avenue Interiors
Hudson Avenue Interiors
11631 Parkside Dr
Knoxville, TN 37934 map
Phone: 865-246-8114

Designer Profile

At Hudson Avenue Interiors your needs are our top priority. Our goal is to understand and identify with your vision. Our passion is to produce functional living environments through our creative problem solving skills. We are the advocates for your vision in all phases of project execution with contractors and vendors. We aim to exceed your expectations.

Our homes are where we live and are our greatest expression of our creative style. Family and home is where our passion for interior design is rooted. Having a commitment to family and building cherished memories in your home is the inspiration for Hudson Avenue Interiors. Creating interiors that reflect living through texture, color and balance are the hallmarks of our commitment to you and your home. We implement the principles of design that will reflect best on your sense of style and produce the most pleasing asethetics of interior design, through one on one time listening to you and your family about how you live and entertain we enable you to provide us with information that makes it possible for us to express your unique style . We are �your avenue from vision to creation!�

Services Offered

Hudson Avenue Interiors enjoys many design styles. We have designed interiors in traditional, transitional, contemporary, modern, eclectic, country french, old world, and many more. We take the style you desire and apply our design principles to your project to provide you with the aesthetic you seek for your home decoration. Let�s say you�re ready to express your �inner chef,� we can custom-tailor your kitchen to provide you with every knife and fork at your fingertips so you will feel like Paula Dean and have time to entertain like Martha Stewart.Below is a list of our services we offer that lets us be your avenue from vision to creation!
� Decorate or redecorate
� Remodeling design and supervision with turnkey service
� Work with architect to design new construction or remodel
� Space plan of furniture and fixtures and kitchen or bath layout
� Project management
� Specify decorative and finish materials(tile, flooring, plumbing, trim, countertops, cabinetry)
� Design cabinetry for libraries, offices, closets, bedrooms, and provide elevations for fabrication specifications
� Design window treatments(drapes, cornice, blinds, shutters, shades)
� Design and/or select furniture
� Design and/or select lighting
� Design outdoor living spaces
� Design selection of rugs, fabrics and wall coverings
� Design color plans (paint and fabric)
� Design kitchens for remodel or new construction
� Design baths for remodel or new construction
� Redesign furniture for upholstery or refinishing
� Edit furniture and collections for updating current home or for move
� Accessorize home and offices with your collection or with a new one
� Art display consultation
� Design art and collection displays
� Consultation/review of new home plans
� Provide complete residential design plan

Awards & Publications

2011/2012 Knoxville District Practitioner of the Year

2011/2012 Knoxville District Director of ASID

Allied Member ASID since 2009

My work has been featured in local publications in both Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN & Monroe, TN.

Author of "Interior Expressions" Everything Knoxville

Cowriter of "Design This" Everything West for 3 years

Bedroom 2 and En Suite 2012 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Great Room and Loft 2011 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Game Room 2010 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Master Bath 2009 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Artist Studio 2009 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Wine Cellar 2008 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Stair Tower 2008 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Foyer 2007 Knoxville Symphony League Showhouse

Pillow Talk Bedroom 1988 Southern Spring Show

Tea Room 1987 ASID Symphony Showhouse Charlotte NC

This combination dining room and music room revolves around a central fireplace that opens on both sides. My clients loved the concept of the double sided fireplace but were unsure about how to arrange the furniture in the space. To bring the 2 spaces together the china hutch was placed on the common entry wall and used to display a collection of china & crystal & hand painted plates from the client’s father along with family memorabilia. This created a connection in the theme between the two rooms thus making an environment to dine and enjoy music from one of the family's many musicians.
The wonderful drama and old world accents reflected on the exterior of this home continues to the interior decorating.
Placing the drapes on the wall to each side of the window allows you to enjoy all the natural light and see the beautiful stained window trim molding. Window treatments done in this manner extend the visual size of your window while draping them.
Mix wood and paint finishes on your furnishings to create a welcoming old world feeling that guests will eat up.
Guest's love to be able to look around while dining and encounter something new to view. It makes entertaining an experience for all the senses to see an interior decorated in a unique style.
This view really shows how important planning for traffic patterns can be. The details of how much space to allow for guests and family to flow in today’s open floor plans makes it a must to consult professional interior designers to review your plans for furniture placement before costly building mistakes occur.
I love the way this pass through frames the view of the dining room/music room when looking from the kitchen.
This custom wine storage rack is located in the hall next to the kitchen and the dining room making serving a glass of wine convenient for every occasion. We were able to accomplish this by building in to the wall which lets traffic go through the hall uninterrupted. By mixing stained wood trim with an open design iron door we play up the textural differences in the two materials.  When you know this is where the bottle of wine you are drinking came from your mind can’t help but drift to Italy and European design.
This wine closet was for the 2007 Knoxville Symphony Show House was a fun design challenge. Imagine having a small awkward closet under the stairs and needing to store 50 bottles of wine and many various liquor's in this little space. Actually it was a lot of fun designing this custom wine closet/cellar. All the wrought iron work is custom and made by a local Knoxville artisan. The decorative tempered glass in the door allows the iron to be seen on both sides but keeps the cool regulated air inside at just the right temperature for wine.
The back corner area of the wine closet allowed for a floor to ceiling custom iron wine rack that matches the iron on the door and the smaller stairwell rack. The 12’ ceiling height gave us the perfect nook to place some florals above the wine bottles. The wood and iron shelves for the liquor match the rest of the wrought iron and are located high on the wall to prevent anyone bumping their head or shoulders.
This gated wine closet is also located below a stairway. I love adding details like the back lighting of the wine bottles with low heat fluorescent lighting that won't compromise the climate controlled environment.
All of the iron work was custom made by a local Knoxville artisan to reflect the existing design of the iron rails and balustrade on the stairway. The added wooden cabinet storage above the wine bottles boasts a custom designed cabinet pull in the initial N for the client’s last name and a pull down dry prep bar for opening and pouring the wine. The wall racks on the wall add to the quaint country french design.
The iron wall sconce and backlighting behind the wine bottles creates an ambience that even Napoleon would treasure. Remember small spaces can be a great way to add something unexpected in your home. Think outside the box, this could also be a great office space. Don't just think of closets as storage for your Christmas decorations. Come out of the closet today.
This is a close up of the custom cabinet pull on the dry prep bar.
Good decorating consists of taking existing elements like the iron stair rail and balustrade and working them into the new project so the renovation appears like it was always a part of the home and not an unplanned after thought.
Whether you call them drapes or curtains don’t be afraid to be creative with your window treatments. Accentuate the architectural elements of your home as we did here with the scrolls over the higher arched window. Come on, dress those windows!!!
When a space is dramatic add to the drama, continue the statement and play up to it.
This is the 2009 Show House Master Bath. You have to love the natural light in this room.  Notice how the top treatment (valance) adds to the symmetry of the 2 transom windows on either side of the main window and creates a balance and plays to the existing architectural elements of the Master En-Suite.
I love being able to participate in the Symphony Show House each year and this 2009 Master Bath was no exception. I also did an Artist Studio that year that was off of the Master Bedroom as the copper soaking tub that was ordered for the space did not make it in time for the show deadline. It turned out to be something the show goers enjoyed because it was so unexpected to see an artist studio off of the Master Suite. I love offering the unexpected to clients.
Fitness is something we all need but sometimes don't do. If you have a wonderful space to exercise in you are more likely to stay fit. Check out the wonderful cork floor, it provides great support when exercising and is eco friendly. Love that, 2 birds, 1 stone.
You will love this kitchen!!!  With the different color stain finishes on the custom cabinets we created a feeling of collected furnishings that is characteristic of Country French style or European style interiors. It is the perfect way to get color, style and that warm cozy feeling of generations of family treasures.
This island is what every busy mom needs. After school snacks, no problem they are in the cabinet drawers along with juice in the small bar refrigerator, and a microwave drawer will quickly have everyone eating popcorn while they finish that pesky homework. It is out of the way of mom in the kitchen and provides her the space to prepare dinner while being involved in family time.
The custom butcher-block wood top was created by a local wood working artisan in Knoxville and gives the family a nice warm feeling in the eating area and matches the one in the kitchen preparation area.
This dining room renovation put all the existing space to good use. Before the room was small and had a large opening from the foyer, a wall of windows, and another door to the kitchen that was located in the middle of another wall. This left only one location for a china hutch and that cramped the space made having a large table for dining impossible. We created a focal point by making the kitchen entrance a deep open arch for the doorway, double sided cabinets with seeded glass doors and shelves, columns on either side of the cabinets with led back lighting in the ceiling and floor to wash the column with light. The cabinets have drawers with dowels for plate storage, felt lined and slotted utensil storage, and space to display crystal and china, so we were then able to use the one unbroken wall for a larger server and more storage. The shape of the bay window makes a round table a comfortable choice for this dining room.
 As you enter from the foyer you can now see into the welcoming kitchen. This home now has an open floor plan from the front door to the back door.
The Architecture of this home is WOW! I love how we accented that by addressing the open space above the cabinets and over the foyer entry by using oil paintings,  large florals and the hanging iron arch to bring your eye up to enjoy the high ceilings and make the home feel more open by bring your eye up into the space above.
This keeping room is open to the dining room and kitchen in this home, a popular open floor plan. These rooms flow very well together and the extra seating provided by the island eating area makes entertaining and cooking effortless. An office area is provided with the secretary, and the sectional sofa offers plenty of seating for watching TV. Add in the high ceilings and who wouldn't be comfy cozy, but not claustrophobic.
Umm!!! Nothing finer than dining al-fresco!!! The view from the picture window is divine and the trey ceiling faux painted to feel like the sky above makes everyone feel like they are on the best picnic ever, no bugs!
Loving the round dining table, everyone can see each other and conversation just flows naturally. Notice the decorative gimp tape on the chair backs and how it draws your eye around the table and keeps you from noticing if you are looking at the chair back or front.
This piano room is located just off the foyer and kitchen and the builder intended it as a formal dining room but my clients didn't need a kitchen dinette and a dining room so we repurposed this room and created an intimate piano room/ sitting room for chatting and sipping some wine with friends while enjoying your favorite show tunes.
Not only would sweet dreams come to any woman sleeping in this master suite but check out how clever to camouflage the return vent with an oversized mirror propped at an angle to reflect the rooms splendor, or maybe yours. The trey ceiling has a faux metallic finish that compliments the softer wall color. The drapes are a gold tone that brings all the shades into harmony and are hung on the left and right side of the window so the posts on the bed take center stage.
A luscious tufted ottoman in the Master Bath provides a cushy landing for all manner of morning grooming; toweling off- applying lotion- painting nails-putting on shoes. Imagine the luxurious mornings you could enjoy here. Calgon take me away!
This kitchen remodel was a total makeover. The large kitchen island was necessary to perform all the tasks that the client needs this kitchen to provide. This kitchen has more function packed features than you can imagine. You pretty much have to imagine because we hid most of them so we could provide the clean crisp transitional design lines that this client loves
If you are using natural stone for your countertops like granite, soapstone, or slate you need to be sure that your fabricator is going to lay out the granite to best show off the movement in the stone and hide any flaws that may naturally occur. Making your slab selection at the stone yard instead of the fabricator will give you more choices not only in types of stone but also in the number of slabs in a particular type of stone you have chosen.
My client’s favorite view is when standing in front of the undermount sink because the open floor plan allows him to see from the kitchen to the family room, dining room, foyer, billiard room, and mud room. However no one else can see the sink unless they are in the kitchen because the island surface is bar height. We were able to place this oversized kitchen island in this space after we eliminated 2 walls that were perpendicular to each other and framed in the dining room and foyer and family room. We built up the header and footers to the structural engineer’s specifications so there would be no need to worry about any structural shifting later.
This home office with en suite bath and wet bar remodel began as a garage. This shows the custom desk and credenza area and the top of the new stairway that was added in the foyer. In order to create the space needed we had to open the attic above the garage and reinforce the trusses. A new L shaped stairway was added off of the foyer where the coat closet was once located.
Slate Tiled En Suite Bath with double sink vanity and granite couter and rimless glass shower door.
The veiw from the new foyer L shaped stairway Where we custom colored the tread stain so that it was light golden oak at the bottom and graduated to a cherry at the top to transition to the brazilian cherry floors in the office.