A Handy Couple Modernizes a Nashville Bungalow

A Handy Couple Modernizes a Nashville Bungalow

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Julia Steele
Oct 31, 2016

Name: Brooks, Matt and Reed
Location: East Nashville — Nashville, TN
Size: With basement den, 1800 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Owned 5 Years

Brooks and Matt bought their first house five years ago and have since transformed it into a beautiful, bright and modern living space. They have done most of the work themselves in stages, with the basement being the last big project. When they first moved in, they lived out of one room while renovating the kitchen and the living room. Brooks described it as "glamping" in her own house. The house was built in the '50s, which made for great bones but not a great layout. Matt tore down a wall and added a support beam in the living area to make it one big room. They also moved the staircase from the middle of the living room to the back to create a more unified flow.

Their home is now a wonderful abode for the three of them with a style that really fits their personal aesthetic. Brooks is fan of minimalism and has cut down on a lot of clutter throughout the home with creative storage solutions, which come in handy with a two year old. She mentioned her favorite store is the Container Store and loves finding new ways to organize the space. Brooks' background in Montessori education combined with Matt's handy nature results in a home that is functional and comfortable with lots of modern style.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-century/eclectic

Inspiration: Craftsman style, mid-century modern style, minimalism

Favorite Element: Tough one...the beam, open kitchen and the light quality.

Biggest Challenge: It's a small space so messes can feel overwhelming quickly. I try to keep things tidy.

What Friends Say: "So cool" "It's great that you saw all of this potential."



Biggest Embarrassment: The house isn't finished being painted on the exterior.

Proudest DIY: The kitchen.

Biggest Indulgence: Master bath.

Best Advice: Learn how to do things yourself to save money.

Dream Sources: Joybird, Restoration Hardware.

Thanks, Brooks, Matt and Reed!


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