Designer Lee Shacklock is turning out to be the Willy Wonka of Nashville’s only Southern Living Showcase Home as she creates a little boy’s “paradise” with a bedroom packed full of imagination. Opening to the public on October 21 at Dorset Park off Granny White Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard in Brentwood, with her own unique vision, Shacklock’s design team is creating a boy’s room with a unique, industrial whimsy theme.

“From our time machine with working parts wrapped in an incredible world mural to an up-cycled bed with working parts, we are embracing the values of green builder Castle Homes while creating a playful, engaging environment,” says Shacklock.

Faux artisan William Bell is applying imported Spatula Stuhhi beads to the world map mural giving the ocean a shimmering effect.


Shacklock, known for her award-winning home tour designs, is the mother of two sons, Jesse (DJ Kidsmeal) and Sam (producer and member of Sam and Tre Band), and knows the importance of creating a boy’s bedroom full of adventure.

“I always allowed my boys to express themselves, and, if they wanted to dye their hair, I was the one helping them with product. It is fun to think outside the box and create an unexpected and delightful space,” Shacklock said.

With recycling and re-purposing an important element of the showcase home, Shacklock is using her bedroom to show how ordinary items can be repurposed with a little paint and determination.

“We are creating a desk and a curtain rod from ordinary pipe fittings that you can find at Home Depot and are dirt cheap. People can do and create original fun things for their kids rooms and are only limited by their imagination,” Shacklock said.

To check out her industrial whimsy themed boy’s room, visit the Southern Living Showcase Home open select days October 21 through November 6 in Dorset Park. Built by Castle Homes and presented by LP Building Products, Ronald McDonald House Nashville is the event’s benefiting charity. Tickets can be purchased via or at the gate. Check-in at the Southern Living Showcase Home via Facebook and Foursquare and a book will be donated by Books From Birth Middle Tennessee to the Ronald McDonald House.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more.