A Nashville Singer-Songwriter's Home

A Nashville Singer-Songwriter's Home

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Julia Steele
Sep 8, 2016
(Image credit: Julia Steele)
(Image credit: Julia Steele)

Name: Violet (singer/songwriter) and Cracker Jack
Location: East Nashville — Nashville, Tennesee
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: Owned for 8 months

Violet is a Los Angeles native living in Nashville Tennessee. While in graduate school she fell in love with the works of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris and decided to make the leap into a full time musician. She moved to Nashville in 2013 to follow her passion of singing and songwriting. Violet recently recorded an album and has begun touring in the United States. She bought her home earlier this year and has styled it with an eclectic mix of musical memorabilia, literary pieces and personal effects from her birthplace in southern California. In the past few months she has worked to make it a comfortable, inspiring place where she can practice her newest song or relax with her dog, Cracker Jack.

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The architectural elements of her home really work with her style. Although wood paneling is not for everyone, Violet really made it work to her advantage in the main living space by putting a nautical spin on the décor- right down to the mermaid wallpaper in the dining room. Each room feels like a different story in a fairy tale book with bold colors, whimsical details and beautiful light streaming in through the windows. Her house is located in a bustling neighborhood but it feels very secluded due to the placement on a hill and a very private backyard complete with a pond.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Your Style: Retro nautical with a touch of enchantment

Inspiration: Mad Men, Neverland and The Starship Enterprise.

Favorite Element: The placement of the house on a hill so I get a nice view of the nieghborhood. I also love having a master bedroom in the converted attic space because it feels like a private hideaway.

Biggest Challenge: Working around the original wood panelling in the living room to both maintain the character of the house and keep the space feeling open and light.

What Friends Say: Love the back deck and the yard.

Biggest Embarrassment: Flowery pottery barn kids lampshade I can't bare to part with on my bedside table and constant carpet of dog hair covering all clothes, furniture, and floors.

Proudest DIY: The mermaid wallpaper in my dining room. Although the DIY part was mostly accomplished by my mom and my boyfriend.

The previous owners made the mason jar lights on the back deck, which I have enjoyed the use of since I moved in last year. They have Edison bulbs on a dimmer and it creates a magical atmosphere outside.

Biggest Indulgence: My vintage vanity in my upstairs bedroom. I feel like a diva every time I put makeup on and I love it.

Best Advice: Don't shy away from using vibrant colors and flashy wallpapers if you love them. Eccentricities that come with the house can always be worked around and incorporated into your vision to create a unique atmosphere.

Dream Sources: Magical voyages into strange and distant lands

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Thanks, Violet and Cracker Jack!


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