Inspiration

Reveal: Ally and Jeff's MODERN BUNGALOW Kitchen

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

I am beyond excited to share this beautiful East Nashville kitchen - not only because the clients are friends of mine, but also because this was my first design project after leaving my corporate job at Sony Music, and still one one of my favorite spaces. I was initially very nervous about being entrusted with someone else’s home for such a big renovation, but Jeff and Ally believed in me and I knew the vision would be a huge improvement from the previous kitchen. I love how this one turned out!

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Ally and Jeff are both very social, so I wanted the kitchen to reflect their playful personalities and provide them with a space they can gather around with friends. We liked that the old peninsula had a place for people to sit but the wall was cutting the room in half and as a result, the seating didn’t get much use.

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It’s hard to see in these original photos but the refrigerator had a lot of wasted space around it as did the washer and dryer, hidden behind the louvered accordion doors. I knew we could maximize the broken up space with a new, more open layout to improve usability and storage while replacing all of the tile to incorporate a more modern look. The result is a stunning space that oozes style - it’s hard to believe it’s the same place!

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

GOALS:

  • Open layout for entertaining

  • Increased pantry storage and larger kitchen appliances

  • Storage for dog/cat supplies

  • Keep laundry in the kitchen but make it more compact

  • Brighten the space - maximize the light coming in the windows/french doors

  • Create a flow that moves people towards the great backyard and deck

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A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

The house is a 1932 bungalow, so my challenge was to give the kitchen a fresh update but making sure it still felt connected to the rest of the house. The finishes we chose give the kitchen a modern update that feels classic, not trendy.

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

Jeff and Ally originally wanted gray cabinets but we settled on this gorgeous, rich blue color that I had fallen in love with on a visit to my cabinet source. The blue has a subtle hint of green so it feels fresh but it isn’t as trendy as a teal. There is nothing more classic than navy and white! The color really set the tone for the rest of the design.

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

We mixed in a few warm touches with the wrapped wood beam and wood legs on the island that provide a very subtle rustic touch. We also used wood for the open shelving. The hardware is a heavy, hand-forged iron that feels great to the touch and provides the hand made character I love so much. Finally, we painted the pantry wall with chalkboard paint to remind this kitchen not to take itself too seriously.

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home
A house, like a mother, is where you run to for comfort - a place that can heal your wounds and replace any feelings of vulnerability.
— Bobby McAlpine
A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

I am beyond thrilled how the kitchen turned out! Jeff did an amazing job laying the floor, adding bead board to the ceiling, and tiling the wall. It looks so great and it is so fun to be able to spend time here during friend hangs - I secretly listen to the comments when people see it for the first time. Most of all I am proud that it reflects Ally and Jeff, has given them a place to gather, and is a cozy spot for them and their animal family. XO - Carly

A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home
A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home
A MODERN BUNGALOW KITCHEN REVEAL IN EAST NASHVILLE | Design by Life of Plenty Home

Welcoming Spring

A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home

It's officially spring and finally starting to feel like it here in Nashville! It is one of my favorite seasons (behind fall) and I look forward to the welcome signs of the changing season: the pink and white blossoming trees, multi-colored tulips, and neighbors emerging from hibernation. So when my friend, Gracie Moakler, a branding and social media consultant, reached out to me to help brighten up her space before she left for spring tour with her husband, country singer/songwriter Steve Moakler, I was happy to help.

An Eclectic Bohemian Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home

Gracie had her eyes set on this amazing wallpaper from Anthropologie, which we used to create a nice focal point that can be seen from the home's entrance. We paired it with a jute rug to make the dining room feel finished but not too formal. The solid wood dining table grounds the space and the colorful metal dining chairs, from Urban Outfitters, add another pop of color, along with some great texture.

A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home

The dining room chandelier came with the house and serves as an interesting centerpiece to the room.

Forsythia bushes are some of the first signs of spring here in Nashville, so I brought in some large branches along with some fresh blooms from my favorite Nashville wholesale flower shop, Import Flowers. We celebrated the finished result with blood orange kombucha tea and some inspiring conversation! How do you get ready for spring? - XO Carly

A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home
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A Bright and Colorful Nashville Dining Room | Life of Plenty Home

At Home With...Julie

“I am constantly trying to find new ways to be creative. Originally from the good ol’ Sunflower State of Kansas, I came to Nashville with my husband for his job as a musician. My favorite space in our home is our front sitting room because of its great light and because the only thing to do in here is to hang out and enjoy each other. We like to read here or have a conversation without any distractions. It’s also a good place for entertaining guests because its cozy and intimate.”

“I found the settee at the flea market and recovered it in my favorite color – green. It is SO comfortable. I took out the cushions and put a down comforter in there instead, and when I lay down on it, I fit EXACTLY… it’s perfect for reading…or napping. It is the focal point of the room. The other pieces are fairly neutral but play with different textures, styles and patterns.”

“I filled the rest of the room with items that are sweet and personal to us – the lyrics to a John Denver song that we loved when we were dating, the framed picture of my husband’s grandfather on his 24th birthday with a note written by his grandmother, a painting I bought in Paris when I was with my sister (she has a matching one in her house), a needlepoint cloth that used to hang in my great-grandmother’s house, a piece of art that was done by our friend, and our wedding album on the coffee table.”

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“I am inspired by good memories, real talk, fearlessness (something I admire and can’t say I always possess), and things that grow better with age. I wish I was better at slowing down to realize life exists most deeply in the small moments.”

“I need to have the freedom to adapt and re-arrange my schedule and change directions so that when creativity shows up, I don’t miss it. Elizabeth Gilbert gave a great TedTalk about an idea the Greeks had: that creativity is like a divine spirit that passes us by and as an artist it is our job to sort of grab it and let it manifest itself. So, I have tried to be more aware of those moments when inspiration comes and to stop to at least acknowledge it and to see those moments as precious, because they are rare, but great.”

“To me, living a ‘life of plenty’ means being thankful for everything, tangible or intangible, and realizing that I have far more than I need or deserve because all the ‘plenty’ is a gift.” – Julie




Lindsay Letters American Dream Collection

A few weeks ago, the lovely and talented Lindsay Letters photographed her patriotic new collection American Dream at the Holly House. She was on the hunt for the "perfect white mantle" to host her new prints, and through the grapevine, landed at our little cottage.

Lindsay had this to say about the inspiration behind American Dream: "There is something about classic Americana, patriotic songs and stars and stripes that make me feel so grateful and blessed. Maybe it's knowing all the hardships and lives sacrificed for our freedom and this beautiful country…people who gave (and give) their lives to serve us and keep us safe."

Here are a few photos from the beautiful lookbook shot by April M. Walker.