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A white linen sectional from Lauralee Furniture defines the sitting area. An iron curtain rod adds a punch of black along with midcentury-inspired floor lamps from Circa Lighting.
The home opens up into the living room. It definitely is a warm and cheery welcome. Caroline and Clark’s mix of eras and styles is displayed cohesively and beautifully.
A dark-gray painted dresser creates a striking still life. A settee in a warm neutral linen by Kravet and a pair of antique side chairs create a cozy seating area. The banana silk rug adds subtle pattern.
“The homeowners like to entertain and wanted to have a formal space that also functioned as a family room, so we had to always keep this in mind,” Whatley says.
Trim: White Dove – Benjamin Moore Walls: Alaskan Husky – Benjamin Moore
“White creates a clean slate and highlights the architectural details,” says Whatley. “We chose it as a neutral backdrop to make the apartment feel open, fresh, and airy. Depending on the time of day, it takes on different hues, reading more blue or gray.”
On the first floor, which encompasses the main living area, an open floor plan provides an easy flow between living and dining rooms and on into the kitchen. Three bedrooms and a small den occupy the home’s upstairs.
This plywood bench was made by a Nashville artist. Caroline and Clark display their ever-growing coffee table book and magazine collection on and in it.
4 | The faces of the kitchen cabinets are glossy white, which bounces the natural light around the area, but are defined perfectly by gray framing that help tie in the tone of the feature wall.
An iron-leg table with a marble top multitasks as a sofa table, a desk, and extra dining space. The antique staircase model on top adds interest.
The breakfast room is the perfect nook for their table, chairs and eclectic art collection.
The expansiveness of the home also comes from an open floor plan and crisp white finishes. All the walls and even the ceilings are painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Super White”—matte on walls and satin on moldings. The oak floors are glossy gray-white.
Caroline styles with sentiment. “I like the mix of modern art with the old picture of my great grandmother,” she says.
In the dining area, the designers opted for a banquette to allow for easy traffic flow, but incorporated a dressier tufted back to add a hint of formality.
The white foundation also works with the Moorish-meets-midcentury decor that the homeowners wanted. In the dining area and kitchen, a Saarinen dining table blends seamlessly with hanging pendant lights that exhibit a Moorish influence. Contemporary fabric covers midcentury chairs in the living area. Gray, sea-glass blue, and green, plus an unexpected touch or two of lavender, pop against the otherwise white palette.
Instead of filling the high-traffic space with a central dining table and chairs, designers Ashley Waddell and Courtney Whatley added a built-in banquette against one wall, grouping it with dining chairs around a Saarinen table.
“It was important for them not to feel cramped,” says Waddell. Luckily, the new space is bright and airy, with large windows facing east so lots of morning light comes in. “We all love the light,” Waddell says. “You don’t feel like you’re in an apartment; it reads like a house.”
Caroline made this bedside arrangement with flowers from her mother’s garden.
Casual and formal furnishings mingle easily throughout the home. In the living area, a silk rug is layered over an abaca rug; art hangs above the TV on the fireplace wall.
Caroline loves her vintage rug and fiddle leaf fig in this corner. She lives by the rule that every room should have a living thing to make it complete.
BEDROOM: Wallpaper – Flavor Paper Sconces – onefortythree Wallace Lamp Rug – Rugs USA Duvet and euro pillows – Anthropologie Bedside table – Target Dresser – vintage Lamp – Bed, Bath & Beyond Yellow abstract art – Britt Bass
Like the other items in their home, most of their art pieces have a story. “I found the floral painting at a flea market in Provence, France,” says Caroline.
DINING ROOM: Table – vintage Bench – vintage Rug – West Elm (outdoor rug!) Credenza – West Elm White chairs – West Elm
5 | Here we see an alternative design that brings the earthy gray tone over onto an adjacent wall, making the ice white kitchen units stand out more crisply.
Opposite the dining area, a custom sofa sits pretty in lavender linen by Walfab.
7 | A low white sideboard runs the distance between the lounge and the eating area, visually adjoining the two, and providing both a generous useful storage and place to show off knickknacks and collectables.
The vintage table and bench in the dining room are paired beautifully with chairs, credenza and rug, all from West Elm.
The bed was purchased with the house. Clark and Caroline painted it white to make it fit with their aesthetic.
“The chalkboard art was made by a friend of mine. I found the chalkboard for $5. It is some of the first art that we added after moving into our home,” says Caroline.
The Brewers make old pieces look new and new pieces feel well loved. This extra surface in their kitchen can be used for prep or service.
The desk in their living room is another example of the perfect combination of old and new. “The acrylic table is one of my favorite things in my house. It was a housewarming gift from my mom. Also, I love the sheepskin rug that I found at an estate sale,” says Caroline.
An intimate apartment lives large and luminous thanks to designers Ashley Waddell and Courtney Whatley.
11 | The living room sofa and rug pulls more of the deeper shading into the home design, for a cozier relaxation zone.
1 | In the kitchen-diner a chunky wooden table adds another element of neutral warmth to the palette, but is flanked by modem white dining chairs so that the eating area remains in keeping with the rest of the culinary space.
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African baskets serve as striking wall art in the upstairs den.
Caroline’s father built this bookcase for them. They’ve mixed vintage pieces and art with modern ones. It’s styled without being overdone, too busy or too sparse.
Art by Britt Bass and decorative details style the top of the mid-century dresser.
Clark and Caroline have taken their professional work home when it comes to creating moments within the space. Their composition throughout the house is on-point. Each room is filled with layers of colorful art and objects paired with subdued walls and plenty of white accents. Vintage and modern details meet seemlessly while natural light and architectural elements give this pretty home even more dimension and character. Caroline says, “My main goal was to create a space that really felt like home, a cozy haven for us to rest, relax, and be inspired. We have some big, longterm dreams of adding on and possibly building a studio garage in the backyard, but for now, our small home has all the space the two of us need!” —Lauren
“The clients had existing midcentury pieces that they wanted to blend with newer furnishings to impart a collected look,” says Waddell.
Make pieces multitask. “Use benches and ottomans that can work as side tables or spare seating. Have a sofa table that is of the right scale and dimension to serve as a dining table or work desk.” Redefine your space.
“Create different areas within the same room and layer rugs to delineate them.” Play musical chairs “Use dining chairs in different rooms and put them to varied use as side, dining, or foyer chairs.
“The art is from a local Nashville artist, the incense teepee is a travel memento from Ojai, California,” says Caroline.
There’s always room for a well-stocked bar! The designers delineated this small nook with a subtly patterned wallpaper.
They also created a pretty sitting area—complete with a small-scale lavender linen sofa—adjacent to the bar nook where guests can linger during parties.
Double brass pendants stand out against the kitchen’s white cabinets and quartz counters. To maintain continuity with the living area, yet define the dining area as a space of its own, Waddell and Whatley installed curtains and rods in the same materials but made the curtains café length. Floral accent pillows by Romo reflect the lavender linen fabric on an adjacent sofa.
I think there’s something to a well-styled home. It has to feel finished, full and lived-in, but without so many things that the beauty of the pieces gets lost. It needs a good balance of intentional styling and casual living. This 1920s Nashville, TN home styles modern-minimal and eclectic-vintage with a refined eye. I can’t get enough of it.
This airy open plan living, kitchen and dining area is the visualization work of Triple D, and we love the bright white décor accented by an earthy run of clay gray along one side of the space. The accent wall illustrates how gray can be used to add depth and even unexpected warmth to a pale design scheme.
A dark antique chair stands out against the white background and serves as a handy spot for lightening an armload when coming in the front door.
LIVING ROOM: Wire chairs – Amazon White pillow with diamonds and small arrowhead pillow – Cadeau, Nashville Sheepskin chair covers – IKEA Coffee table – West Elm Blue floral rug – vintage Tall lamp with Edison bulb – CB2 Orange pouf – vintage Basket under shelves – Nate Berkus for Target Small lamp with Edison bulb – Cadeau, Nashville Black candle – Imogene + Willie Confetti Riot large geometric canvas Antlers – vintage Sketch of man on top shelf – Chris Coleman Black darkroom timer – vintage “Be a good friend” lettering – Chelsea Petaja Gold multi-dimensional paperweight – Anthropologie Small animals – West Elm Acrylic table – CB2 Sheepskin rug – vintage Silver industrial chair – vintage Bowling pins – vintage
Stylist and photographer couple, Caroline and Clark Brewer, are Nashville natives and high school sweethearts. They bought their 1920s home three years ago in an unfamiliar neighborhood. “It is an older area with lots of Victorian and craftsman-style homes, which are very charming and full of character. We really never even knew it existed, but when we started house-hunting we fell in love with the area. The neighborhood has really taken off since then with new restaurants and coffee shops popping up all over the place,” Caroline says. Their house was move-in ready and easy to make their own right away. “We added our touch with wallpaper and paint colors which, to our amazement, revolutionized the feel of the space,” says Caroline.
“When downsizing, it’s important to conceive of spaces and furnishings that serve two or more purposes,” says Ashley Waddell. Here’s how she and partner Courtney Whatley suggest clients downsize gracefully:
“We like to create unexpected seating areas,” Waddell explains. “It’s all about adding unexpected interest in smaller spaces— instead of just designing a typical room.”
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BREAKFAST ROOM: Table – CB2 Chairs—vintage Ironing board – vintage Clock – West Elm Wine glasses – Anthropologie
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The Brewer’s bedroom feels casual yet elegant with the addition of vintage motif wallpaper. “We were inspired by the wallpaper in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” says Caroline.
The natural light, vintage furniture and modern accessories round out the bedroom.
For interior designers (and sisters) Ashley Waddell and Courtney Whatley, downsizing is a good thing. Especially when the duo, founders of the design firm Olivia O’Bryan, is being called upon to transition former clients—a couple with two grown children and a high school student—from a large house into a much smaller home, a 2,500-square-foot split-level apartment.