Old World Style with East Tennessee Lakeside Living

When the Joneses decided to build their home 10 years ago, their love for Old World style was the only way to go. They sought out an architect—Ron Hill of EuroWorld Designs—who drew inspiration from places he traveled to across Europe. For Alicia Jones, it was love at first sight. 

“We just got back from a trip to Tuscany where we’d stayed in a castle, so that’s the feel we wanted in a house. We literally wanted a castle on a hill,” she says. “We looked forever for a floor plan, so when we found this house plan called Grenadier, I said it was Cinderella’s house. It was meant to be.”

The Joneses broke ground one month before the economy tanked in 2008, and while it felt risky at first, the process went smoothly, and they’ve enjoyed living in their castle on the hill ever since. Alicia hired Sally McFalls of Cottage Door Interiors to design each room of the house, a necessary step so each space could be maximized for light and personal style.

Technology-wise, the house has been updated year to year to include the next best things. The media room, a favorite of Alicia’s husband, Mitch, boasts a 4K ultra high-definition projector.

The Knoxville couple enjoys many aspects of their Grenadier home—the great room with its massive fireplace, the private office off the master bedroom suite, the swimming pool where Alicia was baptized by her stepson, and the years of memories from hosting parties and holidays, when the wildlife would show up as unexpected but welcomed guests.

“We love all the deer and turkey,” she says. “The wildlife are part of living here.”