A Colorful Kubrick-Inspired Home in Nashville
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Name: Balee, Dylan, Alton and Ringo
Location: Charlotte Park — Nashville, Tennessee
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4 months
Upon entering Balee and Dylan’s house you are greeted by their two cute dogs, as well as a mix of color, art and music echoing throughout every room. Dylan is a photographer and Balee is a stylist who helps Dylan with his shoots. Their home is a perfect reflection of their creative and artistic passions. You’ll find art everywhere, including photographs, vintage movie posters and other colorful, eccentric pieces that really give you a sense of their wide interests and big personalities.
Their home’s original ’50s ranch style really lends itself to their personal style. They did not change much about the house after they bought it. Other than some new paint and wallpaper, each room is in its almost original state.
The design and style of every room feels authentic. For example, the wood paneling in the dining room and kitchen gives those spaces a nice vintage feel. It’s easy to see that Balee and Dylan worked hard to create a captivating home that’s true to their personal ethos.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I would say that our style is modern and minimal yet very colorful with a retro/ funky vibe. We definitely love a good monochrome moment.
Inspiration: Dylan and I are largely inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s set design; 1960s color schemes; and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Favorite Element: Our outdoor living space! It’s a little haven and was a major selling point for us. We love to entertain and I really love to feed my people. Our big covered porch caters to that in such a lovely, cozy and inviting way.
Biggest Challenge: Like with most traditional ranch homes, we lack closet space. You could say I have a thing for clothes. I sell vintage clothes and do quite a bit of styling for videos and photo shoots. With that comes an abundance of clothes and very few places to put them. But we make it work.
What Friends Say: Our friends tend to say that the house is very “us.” We get a lot of compliments on our use of color throughout. And the back porch is definitely a favorite.
Biggest Embarrassment: I don’t have much of a green thumb so I struggle to keep my plants alive. Also, it totally irks me that we don’t have a separate laundry room.
Proudest DIY: The banana leaf wallpaper in the kitchen and den. Technically Dylan and his Mom, Toni, get all the credit for hanging it; I just supervised. I also have to give a shout out to my dad who custom built the awesome white vinyl console in the living room.
Biggest Indulgence: That would be our beautiful yellow couch from LexMod. It was such a fun big purchase and it has been an awesome centerpiece to decorate around. Our old couch is a big neutral sectional that will live out the rest of its life in the back den.
Best Advice: Always do you. Don’t let color scare you and don’t be intimidated to work with the space you’ve been given. Go for it!
Dream Sources: 1960s Hollywood prop storage and the world of David Lynch.
Thanks, Balee, Dylan, Alton and Ringo!
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