Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Our neighborhood, East Nashville, is an historic area of the city currently being renovated over the past 7 years of so... eclectic mix of homes, cultures, and color. I am from Louisiana, and I always say East Nashville is a teensy glimpse into what New Orleans is like in some areas for people who have never been there... certain things remind me of home.
Well, our sweet home was built in 1899 and still contains many original elements: the birch hardwood floors, some of the window fixtures, three tiled fireplaces, the door bell (literally a bell that is on our stairwell in our dining room), among other things. The entire home is lit by natural light pouring through the windows by day. Each room opens up into the next giving the home an airy, inviting feeling.
Both my husband and I are creatives who work from home so we wanted our space to be comfortable for living and working purposes. My mother is an interior designer so I grew up learning how to make your space ''your own'' aesthetically. She always said "Picture yourself doing what you love to do in the places you intend to do it...it will be your refuge and sanctuary, your personal space." I wanted our home to be inviting, to be a collection of things that are sentimental to us, and to be a place we love working, living, and hosting. I wanted the overall feeling to be fresh, simplistic and personal.
Most of the furniture in our home was passed down from my grandmother or found at local antique shops/garage sales over the years. Other pieces and artwork throughout have been collected while traveling or are from friends who are artists. I firmly believe that if you find something you love, there's always a way way to make it work with what's already there.
The hardwoods are one of my favorite things about the home although they presented a problem because they bow at certain areas... so much so that we had to re-arrange furniture based on where it was bowing in different rooms. My most favorite thing about the home is the natural light ... nothing beats working from home all day without turning a single light on in the house.