We've been to Bali and back. This Indonesian island was almost unbearably gorgeous, and we have returned to Nashville with proof.
Bali was actually one of a number of stops we made in Asia on a recent three-week whirlwind of a trip that blew our minds and tantalized our palates; in fact, as much as we loved Bali, Singapore was probably our favorite destination. The modern architecture there was incredible and so fun to see. We're grateful to Victoria for holding things down at the shop in Nashville while we crossed off a number of big items from our travel bucket list. And though we would have liked to bring more souvenirs home for you, we did pick up a number of beautiful Balinese things that now await your perusal in the shop. Among them you'll find a hand-carved copper-colored buddha head, antique batik stamps, a stash of colorful sarongs, piles of lush uncut fabric, and ornate gold masks. Needless to say, we added a splash of island/exotic to the shop just in time for summer. As compulsive travelers, this has always been one of our goals for the shop--to be able to share pieces of our journeys here. This is the first time we have really been able to do this but hopefully not the last.
You can see most of these items in our photo gallery below or purchase them in our online shop here. And of course we would love to have you pop in our shop at Marathon Village.
Have you visited Asia? If so, did you love it like we did? If not, where do you most want to visit?
What happens when you completely remodel a beautiful old home, taking it from rundown to better-than-new? You throw a huge party to celebrate, that's what. And you stage the heck out of that home before the party so that it shows just as perfectly as you envisioned it showing the entire time you were designing it.
This project is a perfect example of how well my two companies--D.Luxe Home and Bynum Residential Design--can complement one another. It was the team at Bynum Residential Design that worked so hard to reinvent this house, built in 1935, in Nashville's historic 12South (you can read about the remodel here), while we pulled furniture and accessories from D. Luxe Home to stage the finished home.
Before we show you the pictures of this space staged, please feast your eyes on a few before and after photos:
Having seen that, you probably understand why we felt a big celebration was in order. It was important to me to stage this home myself prior to setting it loose on the market. I wanted to show it done up the way I wanted it. For instance, during the remodeling process, people all along thought the dining table would be awkward directly under the staircase. This way people could see for themselves that a dining table not only works here but works like a charm. We ended up getting some of the most positive feedback about that central room.
The party was held on a beautiful Wednesday night at the end of April, and though we had plenty of potential buyers milling around, the house had in fact been claimed that morning by an out-of-state buyer who toured the house via her realtor's smartphone. We also invited plenty of friends and associates to enjoy beer, wine, and munchies, and we had DayNa Richele Photography capture the event.
You may imagine that we'd do a lot of telling partygoers about the house during parties like these, but we mostly like to listen. We love hearing feedback, and it's feedback we can't get from people who have just looked at photos of our work, since people in the flesh can walk around and really say, "I like the size of this, or I like how this feels." It's really only possible to get that kind of feedback when a house is staged. Otherwise it's just an empty house, and then people don't really know how to use those rooms.
This shindig was the best way to finalize our work at 903 Lawrence Avenue, which did take longer than we would have liked. If you attended the party, we thank you so much for coming out and celebrating this home with us. (If you weren't here, we sure do hope you'll make it to our next party.) We tend to have enormous turnouts, and people stay. They don’t just turn around and leave. I think that’s a testament to the house as much as it is to our group.
If you see furniture, lighting, or accessories you love, contact us or come by D. Luxe Home at Marathon Village, 1200 Clinton Street, Suite 5, Nashville, TN. Most everything is still for sale or can be special ordered for you.