Darius Rucker’s New Nashville Home Is As Warm and Stylish As the Musician Himself
The tableau features a red motif, incorporating Balsam Hill’s Nordic Frost plaid ornaments, red berry garlands and tree topper, alpine ski ornaments, frosted pine cones, a candy-apple metallic tree collar (instead of a traditional cloth tree skirt), and the company’s iconic Fraser fir tree. “The red cranberry color works perfectly in the house and worked well with the natural light,” explains design expert Brad Schmidt, who oversaw the festooning. “It’s more of a traditional, country-style, masculine theme—it was perfectly woven through to give that feeling of a Nordic Christmas.” He recommends anchoring corners of rooms with different-size trees and weaving red ribbons and berries throughout trees, garlands, and wreaths to tie the entire look together.
“I walk in every day and it feels like Christmas,” says Rucker, who’s already giddy about his favorite holiday indulgences. “I’m an eggnog freak—not even alcoholic—just the regular kind, I love it,” he continues. “And there’s a Southern dish, sweet potato pie, that was always served in my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s always the dessert I think of for holiday meals—I miss it.”
Rucker and his wife of two decades, Beth Leonard, announced their “conscious uncoupling” in a thoughtful social media post in July. He says he hopes his daughters Carolyn, 25, and Daniella, 19, will be able to join him and Jack for the holidays, but their plans remain up in the air given pandemic travel restrictions. “I’m sure we’ll figure out a way—as a parent you always hope for that.”
Despite the strains of the year, Rucker has been creatively prolific since March. Along with cowriting and quickly releasing the summer hit “Beers and Sunshine,” he’s been teaching himself piano (“I just want to get up one day and play ‘Let Her Cry’ on the piano—it may take me 10 years”) and has written or cowritten some 40 other new songs, sometimes squeezing in three or four writing sessions a day.
“I wasn’t going to do a record this year, I was going to take a year off; then the whole pandemic hit and there wasn’t really much else to do,” he explains. “I can’t wait to hear the albums that come out of this because people had so much time to write.”
And while he’s technically still a new resident of Nashville, he’s easily found his footing in the town’s notoriously tight-knit songwriting community. “I think most of the people I meet and hang with are surprised I didn’t have a place all this time—I’ve made all my records here,” he explains, noting that he released his first country album back in 2008. “After over a decade of being here and working hard and trying to be a nice guy, I like to feel I was already part of the community before I moved in.”