Inside Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Retreat: 'This Isn't Just a House — It's a Home'

The Nashville actress gives PEOPLE a tour of her Tennessee mansion, complete with a tricked out "jam room"

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Hayden Panettiere's Homey Nashville Haven

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Paul Costello

Actress and mom Hayden Panettiere may be a bonafide Hollywood star, but the Nashville actress finds comfort in her quiet and cozy Tennessee digs, which she shares with her Ukranian pro-boxer beau, Wladimir Klitschko, and their daughter Kaya, 2.

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Under the Sea

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Panettiere entrusted interior designer Benjamin Vandiver with many of the decor choices. The glamorous dining room was inspired by her love of the sea, and features a dramatic ocean photograph and a spikey light fixture, which the actress tells PEOPLE looks, "kind of like a sea urchin."

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Sitting Pretty

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For the most formal room in the house, Vandiver added oversize modern wingback chairs as a nod to 6'6" Klitschko, who picked the yellow fabric.

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What's Old Is Gold

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Vandiver, who also decorated Panettiere's former Nashville costar Connie Britton's house nearby, says he "scoured vintage stores and antique malls across the South for months" to find unique pieces, including the collection of National Geographic magazines from the '60s and '70s on display in the airy living room.

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Rocking Out

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Panettiere can often be found strumming a guitar in the "jam room" loft she had built above the garage as a surprise for Klitschko. The bold David Hicks-designed wallpaper (“It’s epic!” says the star) sets a playful tone

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A Nod to Music City

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Adorned with a his-and-hers guitar rack, drums, vintage amps and autographed memorabilia from Justin Timberlake, Fergie and, the cozy space is among the Nashville star's favorite spots in the 4,500-square-foot home.

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Fit for a Princess

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In Kaya's room, Vandiver created a ornate, feminine retreat for mother and daughter. The petite actress points out that she can even cuddle up with the toddler in her kid-size bed.

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A Soothing Retreat

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"I feel so at ease in my home," says Panettiere. "It's what I need after a long day's work." Seen here, the serene master suite.

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Mixing It Up

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A guest room features a punch of bold color and layers of texture found in the wall covering, bed linens and rug. The unique ceiling light is by French designer Serge Mouille.

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A Sentimenal Moment

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A gift from the Nashville cast and crew, this mini-director’s chair was made for Panettiere’s daughter Kaya. "I will always remember this house because it's where I first raised my daughter," she says. "And that's a really cool feeling."

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