The Ruby house is named for its most recent owner, Raeanne Rubenstein, who was an iconic music photographer in Nashville. Her career spanned several decades, and she photographed all the greats: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, and too many more to count. We’re doing a major luxury renovation and addition on her and when she’s done, The Ruby will be a 3000 sq ft, 4 bed, 3.5 bath house with 11 foot ceilings, original wavy glass windows, heart pine floors, and transom windows over every door on the main level.
The Bonnie house was a time capsule when we closed on her in January 2021. 1969-installed pea green shag carpet, all original unpainted wood trim, original 1930s tile, lighting, and plumbing fixtures let us know that the house had been well cared for but was ready for a refresh. It wasn’t all good though--crumbling plaster, questionable wiring, and a disturbing carving into the attic stairs that read “BEWARE OF SQUIRREL” meant we had our work cut out for us. When she’s complete, she’ll be 2700 square feet, 4 bed, 3 bath home with some amazing indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces.
This house was originally intended as a high-end sober living house (another business my husband owns), but when the pandemic hit, we switched gears and decided to sell it. This was the first major renovation project I designed, and was the best learning experience.
Our first house and current primary home, The Rose is a charming Craftsman Bungalow with a big backyard, mature trees, and lots of original features we love, like wavy glass windows and unlacquered brass and crystal doorknobs. When we bought her, she had a crumbling chimney, a leaky roof, and a host of other issues. We closed on this home March 1, 2019, did big repairs for a month before moving in, and have been doing smaller projects ever since. She’s a 2 bed, 2 bath, 2100 square foot cutie that we love living in and working on.