Category Archives: Tennessee

Making Chicago Home

IMG_7870Hatch Show Print picked up on a fun trip to Nashville

IMG_8005Randolph Street Market flea



IMG_8030Some of my favorite items found and received along the way

IMG_8043Re-post from The Zoe Report. An inspiring woman with an inspiring message.

I’ve been in Chicago for six weeks now and I just spent my first weekend in the city since moving here – with weddings, graduations and weekends away with friends, it was nice to finally wake up in my bed with nowhere to be. We spent the weekend making the apartment feel like home and filling it with memories, visiting the local flea, and seeing friends. I’ve started a “to eat” list and it grows daily. This city loves to eat, making me feel right at home.


TENNESSEE: a bakery cafe in arlington

this semester of school has by far been my favorite. we’ve moved into a realm where designing everything from the layout of the space to the wall materials to the light fixtures really count. looking to my past and being inspired by the coffee shops i loved in nashville, i took a spin on an empty space in arlington, massachusetts and recreated a bakery cafe with a nashville feel.

I began with pulling inspiration images, wanting the space to feel rustic yet welcoming. a place where one felt comfortable pulling their feet up on the sofa.

productRestoration Hardware – chalkboard wall, reclaimed wood floors, light fixtures

reclaimed-wood-stairs Reclaimed wood stairs

12 Marble display cases

41584089938 creative signage

we were given the empty floor plan and the requirements (number of display cases, kitchen square footage, handicap accessible bathroom, etc.) and had free range from there.

i wanted the space to be one in which people could learn and share knowledge between sips of coffee. a large chalkboard wall, comfy leather sofa and lighting worthy of an art gallery lit the stage. hatchprint, a signature style of nashville, led customers from the front of the space to the back. and my love of geometrics shaped my kitchen.


Because furniture was limited, each piece had to make an impact

Arteriors ziggy pendantitem-1 Arteriors Wyndham Swivel Stoolabbott-sofaJayson Home leather sofa

item-2Arteriors Adele Pendant

many drawings later, the space came to life. boston is in need of more off-brand coffee shops, and i wouldn’t mind one that marks my lattes with a heart.


The Marant Pant

Happy Halloween! But don’t be fooled, this isn’t my costume.

Picking materials is one of my favorite parts of being in the interior design field, so I am always drawn to clothing and accessories that have fun or unique aspects that I could see on a fabric or as a detail on a piece of furniture. Where better to wear these Isabel Marant look-a-likes than at homecoming, where my pants aren’t the loudest thing at the party.

Photos thanks to the glam DPL.

Bobby’s Oak Leaf Wing Chair

Surprise, surprise… I’m obsessed with Bobby McAlpine. His oak leaf wing chair first caught my attention when it graced the glossy pages of Veranda Magazine’s March-April 2012 issue. For more details on the chair, see here.

McAlpine’s kitchen with the chair sitting strong to the left.

My re-affinity with McAlpine’s chair all started because I was looking at chairs on Restoration Hardware’s website and came across this one above (see here) which reminded me of the oak leaf wing chair. The wood sides that encompass the body and the traditional wing back style being treated in an untraditional manner is exactly what I like to see in design.

Read about McAlpine’s secret sources for home furnishings in Veranda Magazine here. Reason #1 million I should move back to Nashville.

Susan Ferrier at Her Best

The architectural creativity that went into these stairs is so amazing. I would expect nothing less of Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier. The way the firm plays with natural wood elements, soft furnishings and serene accessories, their portfolio is filled with enviable interiors. See more from this project here.


At around 8 last night my friend told me some news that was shocking, a bit heart-warming, but also a bit devastating.

Reese Witherspoon announced her new baby boy’s name… and it is….


The baby name I have been dreaming about for years. A bit unusual, yes. But meaningful? Absolutely. Being from Tennessee, it has a lot of meaning for Reese as well, but I loved that Tennessee Williams was the only person I could think of who had the name.

I can’t lie. I feel defeated. She beat me to the punch.

I need this.


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Bedroom Reveal

I’ve shared my progress here and there but I’m finally ready to put my hammer down and enjoy the view for a while. It’s temporary, so it isn’t perfect; but it has come a long way. From the DIY curtain blinds to the artwork from Siena, this room is all me and no room makes me happier than this one does.

See bedroom progress posts here, here, and here.