Best Friends Share a Maximalist Nashville Home

Best Friends Share a Maximalist Nashville Home

Julia Steele
Jul 7, 2017

Name: Bonnie (Mooky-Dog) and Trevor (Taco-Cat) — Not a couple, just a couple of best friends.
Location: East Nashville — Nashville, Tennessee
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, renting

Trevor and Bonnie's home is a colorful oasis filled with collected treasures from various antique malls, thrift stores and family members. The two roommates (and friends) have meshed their own personal styles into a one-of-a-kind space for themselves and their charming pets, and they managed to get it looking great in record time. The house was decorated within weeks of moving in; Bonnie reports they had a plan for the larger items and the smaller pieces just fell into place. They chose their house because of certain elements like the large window in the living room, the awesome back porch and the stunning pink tiled bathroom. They certainly hit the jackpot with this house — it even came with an antique piano!

The shared living spaces are filled with distinctive pieces from both Bonnie and Trevor. Their styles complement each other and their mutual love of color and texture is apparent throughout the home. It's easy to see that they respect and listen to each other's design ideas and work in tandem to create delightful spaces.

Their bedrooms are both spaces that allow their individual styles to shine through. Trevor's room is filled with colorful patterns and strong mid-century pieces. Bonnie's room is filled with family heirlooms and fun collected trinkets from traveling and thrifting. Their home is a well-curated space filled with uncommon treasures, rare pieces of furniture and tons of character.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Collected/Treasure Hunt

Inspiration: Our design styles are heavily influenced by members of our family — whether that is taking a cue from their style, or physically taking our favorite things from their homes. Instagram is such a huge trove of design and visual inspiration for us too — a few of our favorites include: @cocollected, @emhenderson, @magicbabyvintage, @ohjoy, @pierceandward, @trot_home, @continuumbazaar, @kindahkhalidy

Favorite Element: Trevor: I really appreciate the large picture window on the front of the house. It allows all of that lovely, life-affirming morning sunlight into our home. I think our plants (which might be my all-time favorite design element in any home) really appreciate the window, too!

Bonnie: Right now, especially with the weather we are having in Nashville, I am so into the back porch. It's so nice to have an evening meal or a midday break out there. The herbs and flowers make the porch so fragrant and comforting; I really enjoy hanging out with the pets and plants.

Biggest Challenge: A) Being renters, the inability to freely (and boldly) paint the home the color(s) we would prefer. B) We are (kind of) babysitting the large antique piano in the sitting room. It's a permanent fixture in the house. As beautiful as it is, it must remain in that spot, which limits the layout of the room. It is also super traditional which isn't our typical design aesthetic.

What Friends Say: #1- "Where did you get/find this??" #2 a direct quote from a friend: "This is just the kind of place you don't want to leave." #3 Trevor's mom always says "you have a lot of stuff"

Biggest Embarrassment: Pet hair, but that is so understandable considering we have a long-haired cat and a wire-haired pup.

Biggest Indulgence: The Art Deco revival/1960s style mirrored table in our dining room. It's not only the most decadent piece in our home, it was also one of the more expensive items. We call it the "coke table." It's totally a piece on which we imagine a drug lord doing lines. We also purchase art from various places and some of our close friends — and it all adds up.

Best Advice: Buy what you love — You can always make it work. For us, it's never a matter of where we purchased the items, just the reaction we had internally. We often find ourselves more excited about the items we thrifted than anything we purchase from a shop or online. We both know that if we love it enough to purchase it, it's going to work somewhere in our house.

Dream Sources: Goodwill on a good day, ABC Home, Coming Soon NY, Room Service Vintage, @kellywearstler, @sopopomo,


Candleholders, asst. — Estate Sale
Large Art on Canvas — @jcsummerville, Nashville Artist
"Gala" Round Lips Vase — Jonathan Adler
White Desk — Target
Iridescent Round Ottoman — ohjoy for Target
Rattan Chair — Thrifted at Goodwill
Hanging Brass Flowers — Pre to Post Modern, Nashville Vintage Store
Vintage Morpho Butterflies in Acrylic — Gas Lamp Too, a Nashville Vintage Store
Unicorn Figurines, asst. — Thrifted
Arched Tinted Mirror — Nashville Flea Market
Antique Sleigh Bells — Thrifted (Ames, Iowa)
Leather Chesterfield Sofa — Southeastern Salvage, Nashville
Throw Pillows — HomeGoods
Kilim Pillow — Nashville Flea Market
Orange Avsiktlig Stool — Ikea
Painted rattan plant stand— Old Made Good, Nashville
Tulle Curtains— Ikea
Brass Rings, Wall Hanging — @sonadora_studio
Vintage Candle Holders — Gift from friend
"Jacques" Two-tiered Side Table — Jonathan Adler
LED Globe Lamp — Home Depot
Boy Torso Pot — Group Partner
Cobra Incense Burner — Goodwill
Yellow Drip Pot — @brianginiewski
Concrete Cow Skull — Downtown Antique Mall
Ceramic Unicorn Bookends — Gift from Friend
Flamingo Plant Stand — Nashville Flea Market
Mid-Century Tiered Side Table — Old Made Good
Mid-Century Wood Coffee Table — Wonders on Woodland, Nashville
Pink Mongolian Fur — Bloomingville
Ash Tray — Make + Model, Nashville @Makeandmodel
Gold Croc Tray — Target
Cow Hide — Southeastern Salvage, Nashville
Pink Sweetgrass basket — @indego_africa
Acrylic Dominoes— HomeGoods
Bud vases —IKEA
Dog Bed — Old Time Pottery
Black and White graphic pillows — @Dusendusen, IKEA
Pink pillow — @Aubreyhyde
'70s Industrial Pink Side table— Downtown Antique Mall
Ceramic Dogs — Thrifted
"Hektar" Floor Lamp — IKEA

Vintage Plant Stand — Gas Lamp Too
Vintage Framed Art — Craigslist score
Dollar Sign — Downtown Antique Mall

Vintage Gold Tinted Mirror — Remix Furniture Consignment, Nashville
Mirrored Console — Southeastern Salvage
Vintage Lucite Lamp — Downtown Antique Mall
Candleholder — Nashville Flea Market
Brass Plant Stand — 8th Ave Antiques, Nashville
Vintage Ceramic Pot — Goodwill
Vases/Pitchers — Thrifted
Brass Side Table/Plant Stand — Target
Dining Table — Downtown Antique Mall
Vintage Rolling Club Chairs — Savant Vintage, Nashville
"Eames" Chairs — Amazon
Himmeli Hanging Mobiles — J.Crew Visual Display (2012)
Flatware — West Elm
Glassware — Thrifted
Plates — IKEA and Old Time Pottery

Vintage Rug — @MakeandModel
White Cabinet — IKEA

Large Art Piece — @alicdaniel
Framed Watercolor Cacti — @mandrewspalding, gift from artist
Vintage Industrial Coat Rack — 8th Ave Antiques, Nashville
Vintage Wooden Trays — Goodwill
Bar Tools — Macy's
B&W Marble Cheese board — Blue Ocean Traders
Wire Flamingo — @ContinuumBazaar, Cincinnati
White Wire Plant Stand — Nashville Flea Market
Vintage Ceramic Cat Switch Plate — Downtown Antique Mall
Inflatable Hot dog — Thrifted
Flower Screenprint Art— @jcsummerville
$2 Bill — our first yard sale together
Dinosaurs — Thrifted
"Exit" Sign — Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Nashville

Vintage '70s Drexel Club Chairs — Craigslist
"Vallingby" Pink Lumbar Pillows — IKEA

Embroidered Bug Pillows — Target
Tiny Vintage Rug — Gas Lamp Antiques
Framed Watercolor — Zoe Bios Collective, LA
Rattan Shelf — Goodwill
Hashish Candle — Jonathan Adler
B&W photography — @garygilesphotographs
Macrame Plant Hanger — @WelcomeHomeShop
Antique Piano — Came with the house
Stool Cushion — Yard Sale
Brass Middle Finger — Noir Furniture, LA
Tiaras — Bonnie's Personal Collection (Homecoming and Prom Queen)
Brass Candle Sticks — Thrifted
Ceramic Pottery asst. — Estate Sale
Vintage Portrait on Canvas — Gas Lamp Antiques
Vintage Nude Portrait Sketch — Estate Sale
Vintage Concrete Flamingo — Wonders on Woodland
Sun- Bleached Turtle Shell — found, Savannah, TN
Ceramic Figurines— Gifts, Thrifted, Travel
Marble Horse Bookend — Goodwill
Bookcase — Bonnie's Childhood bedroom
Screen prints — @jcsummerville
Easel — Goodwill
Woman, on Canvas — Thrifted

Large rug — IKEA

Chindi Rug — Aldi, the grocery store
Table — @thelocustofstyle (My old roommate)
Metal chair — found in a dumpster
Rattan Chair — Thrifted in 30A, FL Caring and Sharing
Cushions — Old Time Pottery
Circular Plant Stand — Thrifted, Ames, Iowa
Bicycle — @Purecitycycles

Nylon Plant Hanger — @Welcomehomeshop
Lips Art — @KaraNicoleDesign
Flower Screenprint Art — @jcsummerville
Wood Tray — Target
Shower Curtain — Target
Bath Mat — Target
Clock — Target
Towels — @dusendusen from @wildershop
Hand towel — @Haydesign from @nannie_inez

Vintage Sketches — Downtown Antique Mall
Cityscape oil painting — Wonders on Woodland
'70s acrylic candleholders — Gas Lamp Too, a gift from Bonnie to Trevor
Brass and wood candle holder — Goodwill
White frame — IKEA

Parrot Sequin Applique — Etsy

Nylon Blanket — Urban Outfitters
Vintage $ sign — @richhippies
Framed Bugs — Insect Frames
Wooden Dinosaur — Turnip Green Creative Reuse
Curtains — H&M Home
Art on Blocks — @artonblock from Fish's Eddy
Vintage Government issued Storage Cabinet — ReStore, Habitat for Humanity
Lamp and Shade — Target
Ceramic Hands — Thrifted
Ring Holder — @immliving
Headboard — Taken from friends house
"Juju" Hat — @Makeandmodel
Gold shelf — Goodwill
Wooden Clown — @dolly_python, Austin, TX
Duvet Cover — Nate Berkus for Target
B&W Pillows — IKEA

Graphic Pillow — @dusendusen from @wildershop
Vintage Ottoman — Downtown Antique Mall
Mid-century Tiered Table — Passed down in family
Acrylic arch lamp — HomeGoods
Ceramic Iris Vase — Tennessee Antique Mall
Pink "Murano" glass tray — Thrifted
Framed Bug on Tricycle — gift from friend
Skull and Jewelry Screenprint — @jcsummerville
Worry Beads — @fredericksandmae
Three-tiered plant stand — IKEA

Wooden Diamond "Gem Jam" — @jcsummerville
Black Chair — HomeGoods
Knit Seat Cushion — Yard Sale
Mid Century Dresser — Craigslist
Tray — Altuzzara for Target
Ceramic Vase — @cktcceramics
Concrete Planter — Target
Rose Gold Swan — @ohjoy for Target
Self Portrait — Made in College Art Class
Green Basket — Thrifted

Furniture Set — Bonnie's Childhood Bedroom
Framed Cat woodblock print — @haunted_hives
Orange Lamp — @ohjoy for Target
Plant in Vase Print — @yellowowlworkshop, gift from Trevor to Bonnie
Various Toys — thrifted
Plaster cell phone — @marcelcompany
Iron Gun — Found in Bonnie's Car ( source unknown??)
Vases asst — Thrifted
Plates asst — Thrifted
Pink "Murano" Glass Bowl — Downtown Antique Mall
Green Bowl — Bonnie's Grandmother House
Wood Tray — Southeastern Salvage
Ring holder — @immliving
Brass "Change" dish — Bonnie's grandfather
Candleholder — Gas Lamp Too, Gift from Trevor to Bonnie
Tiny Wooden Shelf — Handmade by grandfather
Birds, asst — Travel
"Shoe Pantry" — Fred's
Rooster — Travel
Window accessories — Vintage Legos, Thrifted Ceramic Figurines, Snowglobe West Elm, flower painting painted by family member
Vintage Rug — Wonders on Woodland
Duvet Cover — West Elm
Mudcloth — @makeandmodel
Pillows — IKEA, West Elm

Bedside Lamp — IKEA

Acrylic Box — Gas Lamp Antiques
Framed Cockatoo Picture — Antique shop in Franklin, TN
Mask — Gas Lamp Antiques
Nude Charcoal Sketch — @makeandmodel
Postcard — Gas Lamp Antiques
Vintage Paint by Floral Number — Old Made Good
Curtains — IKEA

Wall Hanging — Nate Berkus for Target
Screen print of Woman — @jcsummerville
Eames Chair — Craigslist
Candleholder — IKEA

Man's Head Sculpture — Handmade by Grandmother
Rattan Plant Stand — Thrifted, Savannah, TN
Sweetgrass Tray — Gas Lamp Antiques
Watering Can — IKEA

Grass Basket — HomeGoods
Native Woman Painting — Downtown Antique Mall
Closet Curtain — West Elm

Thanks, Trevor, Bonnie, Taco and Mooky!

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