A "Boho Chic" Home with a Glam Twist in Nashville

A "Boho Chic" Home with a Glam Twist in Nashville

Julia Steele
Mar 4, 2017

Name: Laura, Marshall, Hotch (German Shepherd) & Sadie (Border Collie/Australian Shepherd)
Location: Green Hills — Nashville, Tennessee
Size: 2650 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Laura and Marshall's home in the classic Nashville neighborhood of Green Hills is a place of sanctuary in a bustling section of town. Their home sits at the end of a long driveway placed at the top of a lush green hill. It feels like a tree house oasis that opens up into a well-designed space filled with colors, textures and the best smelling candles. Laura grew up a few houses down from their newly acquired home and mentioned that she loves the neighborhood for its location and nostalgia. She feels that houses like these are harder to come by in their neighborhood and they are happy with the charming nature of their home.

The couple purchased their traditional 1950s home a year ago, and have since been very invested in rejuvenating the space with color and fresh design, including bigger projects like a new kitchen. Their kitchen was designed by Marshall's brother and contracted by Marshall so they could save money for bigger purchases like the integrated refrigerator. This project took a lot of time and patience, but Laura says they are so happy with the results, this has become their favorite room.

Laura designed the home with her personal aesthetic in mind and created a space that is both modern and rustic with a very welcoming feel. She loves collecting and it shows throughout the house in her beautiful textile pieces, sweet photographs and personal mementos. Their space is calm, inviting and surrounded by luscious green space — a perfect place for relaxing or entertaining.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I lean more or less "Modern Rustic / Boho Chic"… It sounds like a lot because it is a lot. I love a neutral palette but also toying with pops of color, patterns and woodwork. Someone recently used the words "eclectic" and "collected" to describe my style. I collect several different things: books, candles, gold or rose gold décor, kitchenware and china, artwork, bedding… I take pride in quite a few family heirlooms that have been passed down and love mixing those in with the new — when traditional meets modern!

Inspiration: The Southwest. I love the artwork, style, colors, outdoor imagery, etc. Our two favorite places to travel are to Banner Elk, North Carolina (we were married there in 2013) and Rosemary Beach, Florida — Both ends of the spectrum on the décor side. The mountain/rustic mentality meets the clean/beachy/light mentality. I often find myself tying both sides together.

Favorite Element: I have fallen more and more in love with different parts of our house the longer we've been here, so this one is tough for me. During our kitchen renovation, we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room — this new open area looking out into our backyard has got to be my favorite element. I love staring through the French doors into our own special, cozy sanctuary in the heart of Green Hills.

Biggest Challenge: PATIENCE. The desire to make everything as perfect as possible, as quickly as possible, knowing that projects like ours take time and money. We moved into our home knowing there would be a lot of work to do and for me, I wish we could do it all at once and enjoy the house at its fullest, but I know it's not necessary just yet.

What Friends Say: Most comment on my eye for décor… It's such a hodge-podge of accessories from local shops (White's Mercantile, Apple & Oak, Castilleja, Cadeau, Redo Home & Design, Oak Nashville), vintage/estate sale finds, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Target, TJ Maxx Home Goods… I also love to entertain and we've received several compliments on the flow of our home. That's exciting for us!

Biggest Embarrassment: The hallway bathroom. I laugh every time I walk by. Our house was built in the '50s, so I have to admit it does bring a cool retro feel to the space, but I went to Auburn and just can't have Alabama colors drastically popping in the main hallway of our home. Let's be real, if it were black and white tile, I might be okay with it, but I am a clean, white/gray/marble kind of girl when it comes to a dream bathroom… And this ain't that. I do love the steel tub though! We will eventually redo that bathroom.

Proudest DIY: OUR KITCHEN!!! My husband Marshall's hiatus from touring allowed him to serve as general contractor, a role in which he had no prior experience. His brother Christopher (our designer) has worked on similar projects in the past and advised us throughout the process. It was a true family collaboration! Marshall did an incredible job hiring sub-contractors and leading the project through completion. By serving as our own GC, we were able to reallocate that 20% fee towards higher-end appliances and finishes. I couldn't be prouder.

Biggest Indulgence: Our Bosch French-door fully-integrated refrigerator. After lengthy discussions, we decided the clean, seamless aesthetic was worth the hefty price tag.

Best Advice: #1: Be patient. Be prepared for time and budget overages — they are a painful part of the renovation process that you should anticipate from Day 1.

#2: If and when you come across something that you fall in love with but don't necessarily know where it will go in your home, I say buy it… Or at least do your research on the item and keep a serious eye out for sales/discount codes. Of course it should make sense for you financially, but if you discover something unique that fits your style, haven't seen anything like it before but you aren't quite sure where it would go, I promise you will find a special spot for it.

Dream Sources: Well, I watch HGTV every night... And Marshall and I have great hopes of renovating our completely unfinished upstairs in the next few years… Sooo, if Chip and Joanna Gaines wanted to show up and be my fixer-uppers, I wouldn't be upset about it ;)


Fox door knocker – House of Antique Hardware
Runner – Apple & Oak, Nashville
Ava Lio / 3-Piece Limed Oak & Mirror Buffet – Worlds Away
Sage & Wood Chairs – Everything But The House (had re-covered: fabric from Redo Home & Design)
Amelia Lamps – Arteriors
Vintage Milkglass bottles – Apple & Oak, Nashville

Radley Sofa – Cisco Brothers / purchased at Cadeau in Nashville
Blush & gray throw pillows – West Elm
Fur throw pillow – Restoration Hardware
Vintage rug – Redo Home & Design
Jute Rug – Surya - Castilleja Nashville
Cassidy Coffee Table – Gabby
Chair & ottoman – Sprintz
Gold throw pillow – West Elm
McMillan Side Table – Gabby from Summer Classics, Nashville, TN
Gold Reading Lamp – Target - Cantilever Floor Lamp
Cream Side Table – Nashville Flea Market
Wood lamp / Burlap shade – Pottery Barn
Dark Wood Side Table – Oak Nashville
Graffiti artwork – Angela Simeone, local artist – Redo Home & Design
Snake Plant aka "Mother In-Law's Tongue" – Nashville Mini Gardens
Painting above fireplace – Margaret Flynn, local artist
Desk – family heirloom
Pearl inlay velvet chair – Cadeau, Nashville
Rose gold pull lamp – Target Hayes Collection Stick Lamp
Herend Collection – Corzine & Co
Snake print tray – Furbish Studio
Apartment Therapy, Collected, Domino coffee table books – Redo Home & Design
Marble box – Redo Home & Design
Biren & Co – Tobacco Lardin candle (obsessed with this scent!) – White's Mercantile, Nashville
Herend figurines – Corzine & Co
Blown glass hurricanes/candles — Rose Ann Hall Designs

Light Fixture – Gabby Lewis Chandelier
Round Wooden Dining Table – Southeastern Salvage
Dining Chairs – Meridian Home, Nashville
Wood wall piece – Adam Keafer, local custom furniture maker/musician KarmaDeefa
Hide rug – gift from parents
Hutch #1 (china) – Wayfair
Hutch #2 (cookbooks) – Nashville Flea Market
Simply Anna by Anna Weatherly dinner plates - Corzine & Co
Queen Victoria Blue dessert plates – Corzine & Co
Champagne flutes – Tiffany & Co. - Tiffany Champagne Flutes
Pitcher & Bowl – Juliska - Country Estate
Assorted pitchers & glasses – Rose Ann Hall Designs
Beach inspired ceramic serving pieces – Alison Evans Digs Interiors (no longer open)
Cactus Wall Hanging – Fox Hollow Design Co
Aztec Mirror – purchased in Boone, NC at a local shop
Wood Tray – Color at Home (Nashville)
Candle – Cowboy's Camp (Austin Press of San Francisco) White's Mercantile, Nashville
Calendar – Karen Adams - Desktop Calendar
German Shepard framed – Cathy Waters art The Beveled Edge, Nashville
Gold rimmed blush plates (hanging) – Everything But the House

Design – Christopher Alexander
Hardware – ATG Stores Lew's Hardware
Custom Cabinets – Billy Copeland, local wood worker
Light fixture – Ballard Designs Eldridge Pendant in Antique Brass
Countertops – Shadow Storm Quartzite
Backsplash – 3" Carrara Hexagonal Tile
Appliances – Bosch, Sharp (microwave drawer)
Salt Cellar – The Wooden Palatte – White's Mercantile, Nashville
Starburst decorative bowl – Nate Berkus for Target
Ketchup Painting – Christopher Alexander

Bed, desk, tall dresser, side tables, mirror – matching set from my parents home (6th grade) / had re-painted by a local painter about 6 years ago!
Armoire – this was in my sisters' room growing up and I took with me to college and it's still with me! I love the green in it!
Bedding - West Elm Organic Cotton Pintuck - duvet cover and shams
Tennessee & Virginia pillows – Catstudio
Sunburst mirror – Everything But the House
Wedding photograph on canvas – Kristin Byrum Photography

Gold olive leaf light fixture – I actually found this one on Wayfair but here it is, as well: Olive Leaf Semi Flush Ceiling Light
Sunburst mirror – Everything But the House
Sand artwork – Everything But the House
Knobs on linen cabinet – Schoolhouse Electric Mid Century Knob - 1.25" (Natural Brass)

BATHROOM (hallway)
Shower curtain – urban outfitters Magical Thinking PomPom Shower Curtain
Hand Towels – Target (Threshold)

Headboard – Creative Co-Op – Oak & Linen Panel Headboard
Bedding – Pottery Barn – Pick-Stitch Quilt & Shams
Sheets – Target - Dotted Triangle sheet set by Nate Berkus
Bedskirt – Target - Simply Shabby Chic Snow White Bedskirt
Blush pillows – Redo Home & Design
Light Fixture- RH Baby & Child Dauphine Wood Flushnount
Small throw pillow – Turkish-T sample sale
White Lamps – Target
Dresser – matches the set found in Guest Room
"Good Morning Sunshine" hanging – White's Mercantile, Nashville
Dreamcatcher – Cadeau, Nashville
Gold hexagon hanging – Target
Gold mirror – family heirloom

BATHROOM (master)
Wood Shelving – Built By Stevie
Arrow towel hook – Anthropologie – Hunter-Gatherer Hook
Striped shower curtain – West Elm
Vanity – we purchased ours on Wayfair… I believe it's available at other spots for less if doing research. Legion Furnityre Single Bathroom Vanity
Small batch ceramic bottles – Honeycomb Studio purchased at White's Mercantile, Nashville

Herringbone rug – West Elm Jute Chenille Herringbone Rug (in natural/slate)
Leather couch – Restoration Hardware
Arrow throw pillows – Minda Home
Kilim throw pillows – Urban Outfitters Arya Kilim Woven Pillow
3 black & white paintings – Chris Coleman Art, Nashville White's Mercantile, Nashville
Coffee Table – Custom built from a Jack Daniels barrel by James Broyhill, Heritage Handcrafted, NC
Large Blanket Basket – West Elm - Seagrass Basket, Oversized
Poufs – Roost – White's Mercantile, Nashville
End Tables – Karmadeefa
Navy Lamps — Target
"Go Home" aluminum print – Curioos Go Home by Andy Westface
Wine rack – wedding gift
Wishbone – Richmond, VA at a local shop
"Over The Edge of the Earth" print/painting – Kent Paulette, Banner Elk, NC North Carolina
Aztec wood piece – 1767 Designs, Made from Nashville
Mini antlers on wood – Cadeau, Nashville

Thanks, Laura, Marshall, Hotch and Sadie!

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