An Organic Modern Nashville Carriage House

updated Apr 30, 2019

An Organic Modern Nashville Carriage House

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Erin Walsh
Location: East Nashville — Nashville, TN
Size: 724 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, renting

“It’s not easy mastering the art of being minimal and warm, but I think Erin’s East Nashville rental apartment does it. And even more impressive, she did it in just four months! This is a tour greatest hit, but I think it’s worth another look.” — Adrienne Breaux, House Tour Editor

Erin moved from Buffalo, New York just four short months ago, but has already made this eclectic East Nashville space feel like home. The rental is a carriage house, owned by an elderly couple (who according to Erin are the sweetest landlords) and has been renovated with a unique style and focus on functional space.

Erin has styled the one-bedroom home with incredible flair, mixing vintage pieces with modern furniture and artisan-made accents. She herself is an artist, designing and making the incredible leather dream-catchers you see throughout her home. Erin is also a self-proclaimed plant addict and says she “wanders down to the local flower shop at least once a week.” Living in such a vibrant community, close to shops, restaurants and bars adds even more charm to this already adorable house!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: It’s a mixed bag, I suppose mainly Organic Modern with bits of Mid-Century Modern and a little Bohemian thrown in.

Inspiration: Nature has been the biggest inspiration for me in my creative work, and my living space. I really appreciate organic materials; the colors, quality and textures. I also spend an embarrassing amount of time on Pinterest looking through ideas, it’s such an amazing resource.

Favorite Element: I love the openness of the main floor, especially the kitchen area. The high ceiling and windows make it such a light, airy space. I also love the unique trim details the designer used when he built the space.

Biggest Challenge: Definitely storage. I recently left my three bedroom house in Buffalo for a one bedroom apartment in Nashville, so that was an adjustment. Now that I work from home, I spend a great deal of time in here so I need it to be functional but comfortable and not feel as if it’s closing in on me.

What Friends Say: They want to move in! The place itself is so adorable, I had the easy job – all I had to do was decorate.

Biggest Embarrassment: The functional necessities you can’t necessarily hide in a smaller space, like the washer/dryer, HVAC units and the giant IKEA cabinet – which is actually a lifesaver for storage.

Proudest DIY: My leather dream catchers.

Biggest Indulgence: I’ve been lucky to commission a few pieces of custom furniture. The older I get, the more I value the craftsmanship and quality of the real materials used. I view them as investment pieces and I know I’ll keep them for the long haul.

Best Advice: Try not to be too impulsive. If you’re like me, your style tends to change frequently. That couch or expensive rug you’re obsessed with today, you may not love nearly as much in 3 months. Take the time to really think about what you like and make deliberate choices. I also run all of my major purchases past my brother, who is an interior designer. If he gives me the stamp of approval, then I know I’m heading in the right direction.

Dream Sources: Room and Board, The Citizenry


Burrard Sofa — Article
Colca Rug — West Elm
Custom walnut console table – Wrafterbuilt
Pillows — Etsy, Target, CB2
Tiled Mirror — West Elm
Lathe wall art – 1767 Designs
Leather dream catcher – One of my own designs, Solstice Design Studio
Native American wood etching – vintage
Old Havana bowl – Anthropologie
Mia table lamp — West Elm

Custom walnut table
Chairs — Target
Candlesticks — Anthropologie
Round sailor mirror — Anthropologie
Moon chimes — Mudpuppy Ceramic Studio

Barware — Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel
Pottery — Teco, Roycroft
Toaster — West Elm
Pari rattan chair – Anthropologie
Souk wool rug — West Elm
Wall hanging — Block Shop Textiles

Rug — Anthropologie
Floor pillows — Restoration Hardware, Urban Outfitters
Eagle blanket — The Joinery NYC
Throw pillows — Etsy
Side table — Etsy
Dresser — West Elm
Joshua Tree print – Etsy
Indigo shibori throw — Etsy
Lamps — West Elm

Thanks, Erin!

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