My Nashville: Lorie and Gavin Duke

From their stunning Belle Meade home to their playfully adventurous sartorial style, everything about Lorie and Gavin Duke feels effortlessly cool. It’s no wonder then that the philanthropically minded couple has played a pivotal role in some of the most fashionable and chic events in town. Gavin, a landscape architect with Page | Duke, has designed gardens for the Antiques & Garden Show for over 20 years, and in 2014, he served as the designer for the Swan Ball. Lorie — whose long list of chairing responsibilities include the Swan Ball Auction, the Antiques & Garden Show Preview Party and the Sunday in the Park Décor and Design Committee — is taking the helm of the Symphony Fashion Show this April alongside Birgitta Williamson to welcome Jason Wu to Nashville. Find out how this dashing couple would spend a dream weekend in Nashville.


5 a.m. — Break a sweat

Gavin is usually at Warner Park on the trails by 5 a.m. He is an avid runner and begins his day running the trails with friends. It is a usual occurrence to see him out there in the dark with his headlamp on! Meanwhile, Lorie would grab coffee at Starbucks (her favorite) and drive out to Franklin to visit her horse and ride with all her “barn girlfriends." We call it therapy time. We may go on a trail ride or ride in the ring and get our workout in for the day.

11 a.m. — Gorgeous glow

After running and riding, it's great to go to Karee Hays Esthetics for a medical-grade face clean-up and glow! Karee and her team of professionals keep our skin fresh and clean. (Men need to glow as well.) It's one-stop shopping for all things skin-related.

12 p.m. — Leisurely Lunch

One of our favorite lunch spots is Epice in 12South, a family-owned Lebanese bistro with great fresh food and nice wines. It’s fun to have a nice leisurely Saturday lunch there and maybe walk down the street to Las Paletas for a delicious gourmet ice pop for dessert.

1:30 p.m. — Fresh flowers

Next, we're off to The Tulip Tree to pick up beautiful fresh flowers for our home to enjoy for the weekend and week ahead. They are so fresh and last forever! We love and adore everyone there, and it is always a treat to stop in. The best!

2 p.m. — Shop 'til we drop

We would go by G&G Interiors in Westgate Center to peruse their gorgeous furnishings, linens and accessories. We always pick up something fabulous there, whether it be a Cire Trudon candle (the oldest candlemaker in the world) — sheer bliss for the home — or some beautiful linens. So, so elegant, and the store is beyond gorgeous! It’s a dream for Nashville.

3 p.m. — Stocking up on wine

We would more than likely pop into Harvest Wines to grab a few bottles of wine to have on hand. It’s almost happy hour after all! Laura and Ames are adorable and very helpful. (We also shop at The Wine Chap. Richard and his team are great and so helpful with our parties.)

4 p.m. — Puppy love

We would take our two Brittanys, Georgie and Gabe, to the dog park at Warner Parks for some playtime and exercise.

7 p.m. — Date night

Time for a romantic and fun dinner out at Rolf and Daughters. We love this restaurant! Always so delicious and fun — every time. We never want dinner to be over!


9:30 a.m. — Church service

We usually try to attend church service at Woodmont Christian Church. Our minister, Clay Stauffer, is amazing, and we love him and his family. His sermons are so inspiring, and they have a wonderful youth Sunday school program for our daughter, Poppy.

11 a.m. — Sunday brunch

We love Le Peep in Belle Meade. We’ve gone there for over 10 years. (Table 3 is also a favorite spot — love the bloody marys.)

1 p.m. — Great outdoors

We'd take a nice long walk around Cheekwood, one of Nashville's treasures. We were married there in the Wills Garden and love to stroll through the gardens as often as possible. It’s such a special, special place for us. We are very fortunate to have this place in our city.

3 p.m. — Mid-day movie

We'd catch a movie at the Belcourt Theatre. It’s the coolest place in town to see a movie! And we love the snacks they serve too — not just your typical movie popcorn.

6 p.m. — Pizza night

Sunday pizza night: It's tradition for us now, a time to relax and start planning for the week ahead. We would either order pizza in (from Mafioza's) or Gavin would prepare his famous homemade ones.