Teaching Old Houses New Tricks

Renovations & Real Estate

2020 Best Black Friday Sales for Home Decor and Furniture

Friday Favorites, Lifestyle

November 26, 2020

2020 Best Black Friday Sales for Furniture & Home Decor

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It’s the final tour of the Green Hills House project–secondary bedrooms edition!

Green Hills House, Renovations

September 10, 2020

Modern Nashville Cottage Renovation – Secondary Bedrooms Tour

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Our Green Hills House project sold earlier this summer, and over the next couple weeks I’m going to be sharing the final lovely details and tours with you. Today we’ll start with some wallpaper and butcherblock in the dining room and kitchen.

Green Hills House, Renovations

September 3, 2020

Modern Nashville Cottage Renovation Dining Room & Kitchen Tour

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This spring we took on our front porch and front yard as a One Room Challenge, and we LOVE the results. On the last few cool mornings (because it’s still the dead of summer in Nashville right now) I’ve sat on the front porch with Hank, coffee, and emails to start my day. I’m pretty […]

Our House

August 28, 2020

Stock Tank Pool and Backyard Plans

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Doesn’t it always feel like there’s one small area of a project or renovation that takes up the majority of your time and energy? Either because it’s difficult, very important to the end goal, or something just keeps getting in the way of completing it? In this case, the primary bedroom and en suite bathroom […]

Green Hills House, Renovations

July 29, 2020

Modern Nashville Cottage Renovation Owners’ Suite Tour

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Take a tour of the modern cottage living room in this Green Hills home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Green Hills House, Renovations

July 10, 2020

Modern Nashville Cottage Renovation Living Room Tour

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The Green Hills House is finished and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Green Hills House, Renovations

July 2, 2020

A Modern Nashville Cottage Renovation – Exterior Tour

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It’s done! Our Spring One Room Challenge is complete, and I can’t wat to share our big southern front porch with you.

Front Porch Makeover Spring 2020, One Room Challenge, Our House, Renovations

June 24, 2020

Reveal Day! – Southern Front Porch Makeover – Spring 2020 One Room Challenge – Week 8

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When we started this whole ORC project, the thing that made us most excited was building a daybed swing. They always look so inviting, and like you could take a nap and listen to the breeze on an early summer afternoon. Not late summer though… at least not in Tennessee. That’s AC on full blast, how-little-clothing-can-I-wear-and-still-look-professional kind of weather.

Front Porch Makeover Spring 2020, One Room Challenge, Our House, Renovations

June 17, 2020

How to Build a Daybed Swing – Southern Front Porch Makeover – Spring 2020 One Room Challenge – Week 7

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I decided that I wanted a Haint blue porch ceiling. For those of y’all who aren’t from the south, you might not know what Haint blue means. Just like the houses I love so much, blue porch ceilings tell a story. Their history in the south goes back hundreds of years, and is filled with superstition, ghosts, and old wives’ tales, just as any good story should be. There are many guesses as to the why behind painting a porch ceiling blue, and I’m sure that the reasons are as regional as the hues.

Front Porch Makeover Spring 2020, One Room Challenge, Our House

May 28, 2020

Haint Blue Porch Ceiling – Southern Front Porch Makeover – Spring 2020 One Room Challenge – Week 4

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