A Quirky MCM Modern Nashville Home

updated Feb 19, 2019

A Quirky MCM Modern Nashville Home

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Lindsay, Chris and cat Mooshy
Location: Inglewood Neighborhood — Nashville, Tennessee
Size: 960 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

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When Lindsay and Chris moved to Nashville a few years ago from New York, they lucked out in finding this perfect-for-them home (complete with three outdoor cats from the previous owner). With Lindsay’s love of color and design and Chris’ deep-rooted love of mid-century pieces (many of their furniture items are from his mother), they have created a home that boasts a contemporary take on mid-century design and is true to their personal style.

Each room in their home has a nickname to go with the look of the space. The living or “Draper Room” is named for the one and only Don Draper, and every aspect of this room exudes a sense of the namesake. From the classy bar to the soothing sounds on the record player, this room feels like a place one could find the fictional advertising maestro.

Their bedroom is called the “Cabana Room” and has the distinct feeling of being at a swanky beach resort in the early ’60s. The tropical influences are seen all around the room but none are overbearing.

The “Jungle Room” is aptly named for its wall-size mural of banana and monster leaf plants and its fun pops of green color. Their “Café Room” off of the kitchen houses a glorious Danish Modern teak table and enough sitting room to entertain guests…and maybe play a board game or two.

Each room is unique in its own right but everything works together in continuity to make the home feel comfortable, modern and fun.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century Modern Quirk.

Inspiration: Travel. We have traveled to a handful of places that celebrate an airiness in their design. Places like Croatia, Iceland, Japan, Denmark, and Sweden.

Favorite Element: Color.

Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge is creating multi-functional spaces in a house built in 1949. We want to honor the age of the house and still make it comfortable and modern.

What Friends Say: The first time we entertained in our house someone walked in and exclaimed how small it is. Having just moved from NYC, we were like, uh, there are rooms we are not IN right now… it’s like a mansion to us! Now when friends visit our home for the first time they say it looks exactly like they thought it would!

Biggest Embarrassment: The horrible paint that used to cover all of the trim, cabinets, doors, and windows before we purchased the house. It’s this strange plastic-y white stuff that was slopped on and peels off easily. Someday it will all be restored, but for now just don’t look directly at the door jam on your way through the front door.

Proudest DIY: The redesign on The Jungle Room. We spoke for ages with a designer that couldn’t quite understand what we needed with our spare bedroom: A space that could be used for design and sewing but also as storage and spare bedroom. After getting the $15,000 estimate we decided to take a fraction of that and design it ourselves.

Biggest Indulgence: The hand-painted mural in The Jungle Room. We wanted wallpaper in that room, but the price tag would have been insane, so we asked our friend and muralist Chip Boles to create a vintage inspired banana and monstera leaf pattern on white.

Best Advice: Get everything off the floor.

Dream Sources: Eames, The Case Study Houses, Danish Design, anything that blends new and old.


Behr Ultra — Native Soil in Eggshell
Vintage Bassett Mustard Velvet Sofa — Junk Williamsburg
J. Ingvard Jensen Reversible Teak Redwood and Formica Coffee Table — Chris’ Mom
Carter Brothers Scoop Chairs — Estate Sale
1974 KLH Model 11 Portable Record Player — Vintage Hi Fi
1971 KLH Model Thirty-Two 2-Way Hi Fi Speakers — Vintage Hi Fi
Vintage Dazor Model 1000 Desk Lamp — Estate Sale
Tropical Floral Barkcloth Curtains — Pre to Post Modern
1920s Steamer Trunk — Chris’ Mom
Safavieh Cozy Solid Ivory Shag Rug (6’7 Round) — Overstock.com
Kallax Vinyl Storage IKEA Hack — IKEA
Gold Antler Table Lamps — Home Goods
Assorted Pillows — N&XT Custom
Ceiling Fixture — Home Depot

Assorted Original Artwork (L to R) — She’s A Bird, Bill Wadman, Our Town by Isle of Printing, Donna Woodward, Michael Sanzone, Walter Bunn Gray, Romain Laurent, Gregory Santos, M. Bierman

Danish Modern Draw-Leaf Teak Dining Table — Chris’ Mom
Spøttrup Danish Modern Teak Sculpted Back Dining Room Chairs — Chris’ Mom
Vintage Mid-Century Credenza with Glass-Front Hutch — BE.Vintage Nashville
Heritage Revival Radio in Pastel Cream — Roberts
Corner Bench — Craigslist
Vintage Cafe Curtains — Estate Sale
Assorted Pillows — N&XT Designs
Vintage Sportcraft Shuffleboard Cues as Window Treatment Rods — Goodwill
Various Carpet Tiles — Shaw Contract Group from Turnip Green Creative Reuse
Ställ Shoe Cabinet — IKEA
Ceiling Fixture — Estate Sale

2.3-cu ft Ventless Combination Washer and Dryer — LG
Smooth Surface 5-Element Self-Cleaning Slide-In Convection Range 30″ — Samsung
Stainless Steel 19.43-cu ft French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker — Samsung
Trinity EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 24” & 48” — Trinity
Grundtal Wall Shelf — IKEA
Stainless Steel Grundtal Kitchen Cart — IKEA

Custom Banana and Monstera Leaf Wall Mural — Muralist/Illustrator Chip Boles
Rust-oleum — Chalkboard Paint
Eliot Daybed in Key Largo Kelly Green — Joybird
Danish Modern Teak Lounge Chair — Chris’ Mom
Tropical Isle Bamboo Shade (Island Cherry), Inside Mount, Easy Lift, Cordless— SelectBlinds.com
Vintage 3 Arm Arc Floor Lamp — Craigslist
Billy/Morliden Glass Front Bookcase — IKEA
Geometric 5’x8′ Rug — HomeGoods
Assorted Pillows — N&XT Designs

Sherwin-Williams — Pure White SW7005 in Eggshell
Modern Bed, Linen Weave — West Elm
Bed Linens — Target
Vintage Grasscloth Wallpaper — Chris’ Mom
Mid-Century Walnut Dresser and Chest — Estate Sale
DIY Dip Dyed Window Treatments — N&XT Custom
Vintage Sportcraft Shuffleboard Cues as Window Treatment Rods — Goodwill
Vintage-Style 20-Watt Radio RCD3815 — Estate Sale
Vintage-Style Table Fan in Brushed Nickel — Hunter
White Round Ceramic Tabletop Planter — Target
Plant Stand — Goodwill
Assorted Tropical Art — Goodwill
Assorted Pillows — N&XT Designs
Ceiling Fixture — Estate Sale

Thanks, Lindsay and Chris!

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