Inspired by Palm Springs

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The end of the year always ends up in a sprint, tying up loose ends for work and life, as well as preparing for the holidays with family and friends. This year, after spending Christmas with family in San Diego, my sister Ashley and I (along with our spouses) dove into full-on relaxation mode by heading to our favorite desert oasis, Palm Springs. It was the perfect way to ring in the New Year, filling up on great food, beauty and inspiration. Some highlights:

+ The Parker – This hotel does everything right, from the stunning décor by Jonathan Adler, to the expansive gardens and lovely spa. Inspiration for days.

+ Ace Hotel – We had a few meals at the always popular Ace Hotel, and for good reason. It’s casual and tasteful and perfectly located.

+ The Modern Tour – Author Michael Stern led us on a great architectural tour around Palm Springs and even took us into a few residential homes to see some great mid-century interiors.

+ Moorten Botanical Garden – This garden features more than 3000 varieties of plants, including some very rare and gravity-defying cacti.

+ Sparrow’s Lodge – We enjoyed a garden lunch at The Barn Kitchen, located in
this cozy and tasteful boutique hotel. Would love to come back and stay in one of their cabin rooms on another trip.

+ Robolights – This giant holiday sculpture and light show by artist Kenny Irwin Jr., is both unbelievable and a little shocking (it includes 8 million Christmas lights).

+ So.pa – We spent New Year’s Eve dining alfresco at So.Pa, the intimate restaurant nestled in the stunning L’Horizon Hotel. The Lindsay Adelman light fixtures put me over the edge.

+ Indian Canyons (North Golf Course) – Golfing in Palm Springs is fun. Golfing on this course gives you a sneak peak into the backyards of hundreds of stunning mid-century homes, with the mountains as a backdrop. Enough said.

We also did a bit of vintage shopping and discovered some great pieces we rarely come across in our part of the country (Hedge, At Hom, Spaces).

Lindsay Letters American Dream

Lindsay Letters | American Dream

A few weeks ago, the lovely Lindsay Letters photographed her amazing new collection American Dream at the Holly House. Lindsay and I have a lot of mutual friends so it’s a little crazy that we are only now just connecting. She she was on the hunt for the “perfect white mantle” to host her new prints, and through the grapevine, landed at our little cottage. And now, she is moving away from Nashville. My timing sucks. But after our hilarious text conversations, I’m convinced we’ll be friends forever.

Lindsay had this to say about the inspiration behind American Dream:

“There is something about classic Americana, patriotic songs and stars and stripes that makes 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. Grandparents and great grandparents that fought in epic wars and lived through depression, so that we could bask in a land of possibility.”

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

My Country Tis of Thee - www.LIndsayLetters.com

One Nation Canvas:Giclée print on museum quality canvas with a matte finish UV protective coating - See more at: lindsayletters.com

America the Beautiful canvas by Lindsay Letters. www.lindsayletters.com

 Whiskey & Rye Print / 11 x 14 #lindsaylettersshop

Our Master Bedroom Makeover

It’s no surprise that even though we’ve lived in our house for over a year and a half – our master bedroom was one of the last rooms to get redone. It happens to all of us. We focus on rooms that are more social, the rooms that people see immediately when they come over for dinner. So our lives look in order while we hide all of our unfolded laundry on the unmade bed behind the door to the tiny room that we call our “master” bedroom. (Or am I the only guilty one?!)

Our bedroom wasn’t horrible before, but it felt a lot like a college bedroom. At some point this room was an addition or converted from a porch so it has lower ceilings than the rest of the house and instead of closet doors, there were curtains. There were also large shades that covered the molding on the wall of windows.

Life of Plenty Blog | Nashville Master Bedroom Transformation

When it came time to tackle this room, I searched for a way to add some sophistication. To accomplish this, we installed 1/2 inch by 4 inch boards to add texture and interest on the walls. I had never done anything like this before so I was a little bit nervous but it was surprisingly easy (just time consuming) and added a lot of punch for less than $100.

Life of Plenty Blog | Nashville Master Bedroom Transformation

With the rest of our interiors painted Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White, I was craving something a little bit more dramatic and moody so I chose Benjamin Moore’s Hudson Bay – a dark blue that is a touch more modern than a traditional navy. With all the natural light we get in this room, it never feels dark or dingy. The darker paint even made the room feel bigger. We also installed basic closet doors from Home Depot and added new fabric blinds with an inside mount to showcase the original molding.

Life of Plenty Blog | Nashville Master Bedroom Transformation

Life of Plenty Blog | Nashville Master Bedroom Transformation

I love the way it turned out! It’s calm, cozy, and sophisticated. What do you think? Do you like it better before or after?

*photos by Grace Boto

East Nashville Rental Restyle

My friend Gracie and her husband were looking to transition their first home into a full time rental property and called on me to restyle it. The house is a super cute bungalow centrally located in the hip Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville. Because Gracie has great style we had a lot to work with. I walked around from room to room and “shopped” the house to find great pieces that might work better in a different room. In a few hours, it was completely restyled using existing furniture and accessories she already had in the house.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

The challenge with the front living room, is that it doesn’t get a lot of natural light. Replacing the brown coffee tables with a colorful upholstered bench lightened it up and added some energy into the room. I also created a focal point around the amazing old fireplace that showcases the great character and charm of the house. By rearranging the side tables, places of purpose were created: like a writing desk and an entry table to welcome guests.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

The dining room mostly stayed the same. It was cleared it out to create more space and the art was changed.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Rule of thumb: never place framed art on an easel. Instead use art on canvas to create a more natural composition. The metal “Nashville” sign was added to add some rustic flair.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

The next big change was the master bedroom. It wasn’t bad to begin with but felt a little dark and heavy. By removing the red bedding and pillows it began to feel more airy and we took it a step further by replacing the drapes with solid white curtains.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

To create a space that feels like a retreat, it’s helpful to add balance and symmetry. Even though the side tables are mismatched, the table lamps match so balance is achieved. The gilt mirror adds a touch of glamour while reflecting light from the window. The end result is a calming space that any traveler would appreciate after a day out on the town.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

The second bedroom on the main floor was originally a writing room but is now being used as the second bedroom. It gets a lot of light and is one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

The 3rd bedroom is a part of the converted attic. These rooms can be super cozy but can also be a challenge with the angled ceilings. I styled it to make it feel like less like the “extra” bedroom and more like a fun spot to stay.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

I also rearranged some furniture to create a small vanity station under the eaves.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

So if you are looking to visit Nashville, Gracie’s home is a great place to stay. Check it out on Airbnb. You’ll enjoy the city while getting a sense of what it’s like to live in one of Nashville’s best neighborhoods.

Life of Plenty | An East Nashville Rental Restyle

Vintage Accents for Modern Dining

Brooklyn Restyle

After multiple cancelled flights back home to Nashville, my New York City host, Ashley, gave me permission to restyle her sun-filled Brooklyn apartment while she was at work. I rearranged the art placed on random walls to create a focal point around the window and changed the lamps to help achieve visual balance. I then added some depth and texture with a wood lamp shade, woven poof, plant and pillows. All these things were already in the home, just never found their proper places. Within a couple of hours, the home was REFRESHED!

Brooklyn Apartment Restyle | Life of Plenty Blog

Brooklyn Apartment Restyle | Life of Plenty Blog

Brooklyn Apartment Restyle | Life of Plenty Blog

Brooklyn Apartment Restyle | Life of Plenty Blog