Teaching Old Houses New Tricks

Renovations & Real Estate

The air and leaves are getting crisp, Halloween decorations are coming out, but the real seasonal change for me comes when I start making my morning lattes hot again instead of iced like I do all summer. I love fall (who doesn’t?) even though in Nashville it’s still warm and will be for a while. […]

Fall, Lifestyle, Seasonal

September 21, 2023

Fall Bucket List

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This title is a little misleading, because I’ve already shared the details of all of our hardware from Signature Hardware in this blog, which included the bathroom fixtures. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t dedicate an entire blog post to my favorite room in the carriage house, the bathroom.  Our main house was built […]

Carriage House, Our House

September 14, 2023

The Carriage House Bathroom

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It seems like everyone and their mother has a stock tank pool these days. During the early pandemic, they took the world by storm as an affordable alternative to an in-ground pool that was more aesthetically pleasing than a big blue vinyl monstrosity above-ground. A quick search on Pinterest will show you endless ways that […]

Back Yard, Our House

August 23, 2023

Stock Tank Pool: Remix

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In 2019, we bought a fixer upper in our dream neighborhood. It had active roof leaks in five rooms, needed a new sewer line the day after we closed, and had a host of other problems, not the least of which was the back yard situation. It was swampy in the summer, muddy in the […]

Back Yard, Our House

August 2, 2023

Deck Tales – Building our Dream Back Yard Deck

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When it came to the beds in the carriage house, I wanted to make sure our guests had the best experience possible. The bedrooms are on the smaller side, and have sloped ceilings due to the dormers, so space was limited. Our Airbnb manager told us that they have more frequent bookings for properties with at least one king sized bed, so we decided to put a king bed in one room and a queen bed with a sitting area in the other. Let’s start today with the queen bedroom.

Carriage House

July 26, 2023

A Guest Room Fit for a Queen

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One of my favorite details in the carriage house is the hardware and plumbing fixtures. I knew I wanted them to be vintage-inspired and feel high quality. All of the plumbing fixtures, the exterior lights, and the door hardware was kindly gifted to us by Signature Hardware, which is my favorite place to find these vintage-inspired details.

Carriage House, Our House

July 20, 2023

Carriage House Details – Brass Lovers Unite

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Let’s take a tour. As you enter from the alley (don’t miss the squirrel door knocker), you’ll climb the stairs to the second floor, where you’ll enter the main living/dining/kitchen area. I knew I wanted this space to feel intentional and cozy, somewhere people will feel relaxed and at home after they’ve been out sight-seeing in Nashville. One of my favorite details here is the vintage rug. The rugs in the living room and both bedrooms are all vintage, and I love that they’re all one of a kind and help this new build to feel like it has an old soul.

Carriage House, Our House

July 13, 2023

The Carriage House Pt 2 – She’s DONE!

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If you follow along in my Instagram stories, you probably saw snippets of our family’s recent trip to Scotland. We traveled for 18 days with our one year old, and had an absolute blast. I’ve had lots of people reach out and ask what we did and what we packed for her, so this is where you’ll find ALL of that!

Kids, Lifestyle, Travel

June 30, 2023

Traveling to Scotland with a One Year Old: How We Did It and What We Brought

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I’ve had “Carriage House Plans” in my blog drafts for over a year. But you know what I was doing a year ago? Being nine months pregnant. And then having a baby (seriously–she turned 1 this past month and I have a lot of feelings about it) and postpartum life, anxiety, depression, the works. Finishing […]

Carriage House, Our House

May 4, 2023

The Carriage House – Pt 1

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Well folks, it’s been two years since I last blogged about the Bonnie House project. Here’s what happened: It’s been a long process, and to be honest, our Ruby project house took up the majority of everyone’s time and energy because it was so much bigger (more on that coming soon). But today, I’m thrilled […]

Renovations, The Bonnie Project

March 23, 2023

Bonnie – After

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