This Once “Dungeon-Like” Nashville Home Has Been Mostly DIY Remodeled

published Jun 17, 2024

This Once “Dungeon-Like” Nashville Home Has Been Mostly DIY Remodeled

published Jun 17, 2024
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It had always been Amanda Oleri’s dream to move to Nashville. In 2020, she was living in Brooklyn when she met Jason Staebler

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“Our careers are coincidentally intertwined — Jason is a skilled carpenter, and I work in forecasting for home interiors,” she says. “It almost feels like fate brought us together.” 

After a year and a half, the couple made that dream a reality and moved south. In May 2021, Amanda and Jason purchased a three-bedroom house after six months of enduring the competitive East Nashville housing market. 

Credit: Amanda Oleri

“I was thrilled when Jason and I finally found this fixer-upper that we could truly make our own,” Amanda explains. “Built in 1989, the house had all the typical design elements of that era — extreme textured ceilings and predominantly beige interiors. The previous owner had done some painting, but it was truly a blank slate.” 

It wasn’t long after moving in that the pair started renovating the home. (The first project was removing the textured ceilings.) Because of their backgrounds, Amanda and Jason wanted to transform the “blank canvas for their combined style” on their own. So far, they’ve finished several rooms, and Amanda admits that they have about a quarter of the remodel left. 

Credit: Amanda Oleri

“We absolutely love hosting and documenting our renovation journey on Instagram and TikTok,” Amanda shares. “It’s our first renovation, but definitely not our last, and we want to remember every step of this exciting process.”


Credit: Amanda Oleri


Credit: Amanda Oleri


  • Entryway Table — Urban Outfitters
Credit: Amanda Oleri


  • Sink Down Sectional — FLOYD
  • Rachel Tufted Rug — Urban Outfitters
  • Cora Burl Wood Coffee Table — Urban Outfitters
  • Cantilever Table Lights — Gantri
  • Accent Chair — Vintage
  • Piano — Vintage
  • Floating Console — Custom Built by Jason Staebler
Credit: Amanda Oleri


  • Kitchen Table & Benches — Custom Built by Jason Staebler
  • Dining Chairs — Facebook Marketplace
  • Pontoise Area Rug — Macy’s
  • Refrigerator — Galanz
Credit: Amanda Oleri


  • Bed Frame — Custom Built by Jason Staebler + Amanda Oleri
  • Bubble Pendant Light — Lumens
  • Dejsa Table Lamps — IKEA
Credit: Amanda Oleri


Thanks, Amanda!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.