I’ve always wanted to “be in” Design*Sponge.  But – I can’t really submit as a “designer” – well, some do, but I think it’s chichi.  Design*Sponge is the “street art” of interiors – what’s now, what’s next – so I’ve always been a fan…. I’ve thought of submitting my own house – but I already did that in apartment therapy…..

Imagine my delight when my super cool artist client, Jodi Hays, informed me she’d submitted her house we’d worked on together, and it got in!

Modern Minimalist

This was a cool client with cool ideas to work with – “industrial chic” design elements (note yellow lights), against a “gallery white” minimalist space (note white tile sans cabinets) – initially to be housed within a historic East Nashville Home. Alas, after my fab architect husband David Baird had completed the renovation/addition drawings, the developer/contractor Woodland Street Partners discovered the foundation was rotten – and so down the historic home went.

functional nashville interior design

Since Jodi and Felix, the soon-to-be homeowners, had loved the character of the original house, David was re-commissioned to design a new “infill home.” This new design would have a similar character as the original, but with a better, even more functional interior for a busy, modern family. The end result was a perfect template for Jodi to style a design*sponge worthy, “now and next,” super cool interior!

Midcentury Modern
Oversized Drum Light

Besides the dining room with the gorgeous french doors and the over-sized drum pendant against the deep grey-blue wall (which I am LOVING, by the way), my favorite element in designing the “house part” of the house with Jodi was choosing the exterior paint colors. Don’t you just LOVE the “haint blue” of the porch ceiling and the cherry tomato red door! The fact it totally looks like an East Nashville “historic renovation” is the cherry tomato on top of the whole project 🙂

Porch sherwin williams cherry tomato

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Hats off to Jodi for an interior styling job well done!  For more info on her award-winning art and upcoming shows, go to http://jodihays.weebly.com/


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