A Modern Minimalist Nashville Home

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Design Sponge / Our living room mantle features a work of “art” from my boys, at the time 3 years and 1 year. I gave them both a different color Sharpies (blue and black) and asked them to draw circles, as I was feeling like I had too many angles in the room. I change the mantle most days, adding and subtracting to reflect the season or occasion. The printed couch was a lucky consignment find. Colors are Sherwin Williams Web Gray and Sherwin Williams Extra White.
Artist Jodi Hays describes the style of the home she shares with her husband, Felix Gresham, and boys Gus Wonder (3.5 years old) and Eames Ever (2 years old) as Southern Modern Artful [playful] Minimalist. Jodi makes abstract paintings that stem from her interests in landscape and architecture and loves living in a home where she has room to display not only her work, but the work of her friends and fellow artists. Her family’s home is a new build that was completed in 2012 in the Five Points area of East Nashville, Tennessee, just steps away from where Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and countless others have recorded. Jodi and her family enjoy being close to amazing food like Marche, Barista Parlor and Lockeland Table and love how their home’s location connects them to their community. –Anne

*Keep your eyes peeled for Jodi’s work in the curated selection by Kate Singleton on Buy Some Damn Art starting February 25th. Many thanks, Jodi and to Alana Rasbach for the photos!

Image above: Our living room mantle features a work of “art” from my boys, at the time 3 years and 1 year. I gave them both different color Sharpies (blue and black) and asked them to draw circles, as I was feeling like I had too many angles in the room. I change the mantle most days, adding and subtracting to reflect the season or occasion. The printed couch was a lucky consignment find. Colors are Sherwin Williams Web Gray and Sherwin Williams Extra White.

We chose the dining table to echo some of the lines from the open shelves in the kitchen, and love using it to host intimate gatherings. Walls are Sherwin Williams Web Gray and trim/ceiling is Sherwin Williams Extra White.
Image above: We chose the dining table to echo some of the lines from the open shelves in the kitchen, and love using it to host intimate gatherings. Walls are Sherwin Williams Web Gray and trim/ceiling is Sherwin Williams Extra White.

Design Sponge / What I love most about my home. Jodi Hayes.
Image above: Card by Macon York. Her Etsy letterpress greeting card shop is here.

Click through for the full home tour after the jump!

Design Sponge / This photo exemplifies living with young boys, pillows are rarely perfect as this couch doubles as wrestling mat most days.  The wall includes a watercolor sketch I made of Eames Ever at 4 months old.  The throw is a handmade gift from my Aunt.  The paint color for bedrooms is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.
Image above: This photo exemplifies living with young boys, pillows are rarely perfect as this couch doubles as wrestling mat most days.  The wall includes a watercolor sketch I made of Eames Ever at 4 months old.  The throw is a handmade gift from my Aunt.  The paint color for bedrooms is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.

Design Sponge / The dining room greets front door guests with lots of original prints, since Nashville has such a rich history. Original prints are from Tugboat Printshop, artist Carl Pope and Hatch Show Print.  The iceberg painting is one of mine. Walls are Sherwin Williams Web Gray.
Image above: The dining room greets front door guests with lots of original prints, since Nashville has such a rich history. If we had a playlist for Nashville to celebrate musicians and friends celebrated on our wall, it’d include: You Belong Here, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: The Wine We Drink, Cowboy Jack Clement: I guess things Happen that Way, and Chelsey Scott: Follow You. Original prints are from Tugboat Printshop, artist Carl Pope and Hatch Show Print. The iceberg painting is one of mine. Walls are Sherwin Williams Web Gray.

Design Sponge / This glass bookcase is a family piece in our master bedroom.  On top are a self portrait when I was attending School of Visual Arts, grandmother’s sewing scissors and an Alecia Augspurg Missouri landscape.
Image above: This glass bookcase is a family piece in our master bedroom.  On top are a self portrait when I was attending School of Visual Arts, grandmother’s sewing scissors and an Alecia Augspurg Missouri landscape.

Design Sponge / This is my desk for small or administrative projects.  Several of the paintings are my paternal grandmother’s.  I framed her “recipe” for mixing color behind some of her watercolor tubes.
Image above: This is my desk for small or administrative projects.  Several of the paintings are my paternal grandmother’s.  I framed her “recipe” for mixing color behind some of her watercolor tubes.

Design Sponge / The wall opposite our fireplace is quiet, mostly framed line drawings to balance the heft of the floral couch, including a spare painting from a trade with Johanna Winter Harper, a Chicago-based artist and friend.
Image above: The wall opposite our fireplace is quiet, mostly framed line drawings to balance the heft of the floral couch, including a spare painting from a trade with Johanna Winter Harper, a Chicago-based artist and friend.

Design Sponge / Jodi Hayes kitchen
Image above: The kitchen. The stools are budget versions of the Tolix. The lamps were inspired by West Elm, but I the designer got them through Ferguson, so they are also budget versions.  We named our child Eames, but we do have limits.

Design Sponge / Our dining room table with Eames Ever Gresham, 20 months.
Image above: Our dining room table with Eames Ever Gresham, 20 months. The dining chairs are Bellini.

Design Sponge / My grandmother gave me the iron bed for a wedding gift, the one my sister and I shared growing up.  I love the Believer Magazine, individually and as a collection.  The print is by This Oktipus Printing.
Image above: My grandmother gave me the iron bed for a wedding gift, the one my sister and I shared growing up.  I love the Believer Magazine, individually and as a collection.  The print is by This Oktipus Printing.

Design Sponge / Master bed with doilie pillows from my maternal grandmother. I made the headboard using grasscloth and a hollow core door.
Image above: Master bed with doily pillows from my maternal grandmother. I made the headboard using grass cloth and a hollow core door.

Design Sponge / Eames’ bed room with a chair by his namesake.  My husband and I love the story of Charles and Ray and their creative collaboration.  Artwork by Michael O’Connell and Emily Leonard.
Image above: Eames’ bedroom with a chair by his namesake.  My husband and I love the story of Charles and Ray and their creative collaboration.  Artwork by Michael O’Connell and Emily Leonard.

Design Sponge / This corner of the playroom shows an Amos Paul Kennedy print of a Rosa Parks quote and a 2008 painting of mine (red flags).
Image above: This corner of the playroom shows an Amos Paul Kennedy print of a Rosa Parks quote and a 2008 painting of mine (red flags).

Design Sponge / Our front door is painted, front and back, with Sherwin Williams Cherry Tomato. Herman Miller vintage chair under my 2013 painting, Janky (oil on board 20 x 16).
Image above: Our front door is painted, front and back, with Sherwin Williams Cherry Tomato. Herman Miller vintage chair under my 2013 painting, Janky (oil on board 20 x 16).

Design Sponge / Jodi Hays: My favorite thing to do at home is MAKE.

  1. Love the greys, provides a wonderful backdrop for art work and furniture. May I ask what shades you went for and where I could buy them? Thanks! Liz

  2. so excited!!!!! says the interior designer who got the “budget” yellow lights, etc….. :)

  3. Kat says:

    I was wondering the same. These greys are beautiful.

  4. Jodi Hays says:

    Intellectual Gray (lighter), Web (dark, dining) and white is Extra White, all Sherwin Williams

  5. Amelia says:

    The gray shades are listed in the post.

  6. Barbara says:

    Yeah, I also want paint colors, if possible! They’re beautiful!

  7. Barbara says:

    Yes, please share paint colors! They’re so pretty!

  8. melissa says:

    i love the captions for each photo! fun personality to go with a lovely home.

  9. Abby says:

    Your place brings a smile to my face. Such a happy place!!

  10. emily says:

    yes, colors please!

  11. Nina says:

    Love all the greys on the walls! That Web Grey is so gorgeous! Just what I’m looking for to put in my boys’ bedroom. Thanks!

  12. Kip Craglow says:

    Love the front door color, what is it?

  13. A says:

    “We named our child Eames, but we do have limits.”

    I love you.

  14. C says:

    Check out the text! So great, Most all of the paint colors are listed inside of the captions under each image…

  15. lisa says:

    THE KID’S NAME IS EAMES. We are all a little less cool than these folks. :)

  16. Celine H says:

    love the use of tiles and the color blue in the kitchen! definitely not a color i’d ever considered for my kitchen before seeing this. the yellow sets it off especially well

  17. Jodi’s home is amazing. I especially loved her use of artwork throughout. Thanks for crediting me–I enjoyed capturing it.

  18. Jodi Hays says:

    And thanks for that, Marcelle! Such a good eye on those lights-they were so key! Not everything had to break the bank, right?

  19. Jodi Hays says:

    Front door is Cherry Tomato SW, and exterior “gray” is Iron Ore SW.

  20. Jodi Hays says:

    Ha. Thanks for the “eames” comments. IF ONLY you knew how un-cool and totally “Liz Lemon” I am. But yes, my husband is cool. The cool of the home resides in collaboration and art. Am I even supposed to comment on comments? See, not cool.

  21. carol small says:

    Dear Jodi,

    You have created a work of art for your children to live and grow within!
    What fortunate boys! You are one cool girl! I enjoyed the tour. Thank you.

  22. Tricia says:

    I’ve never done a wall collage of art, knowing the frames would usually be askew. Here it seems to be embraced…makes perfect sense with an active family home. Bravo!

  23. peggy says:

    Beautiful home, but it’s not minimalist. I love the kids’ art hanging over the mantel.

  24. Suz says:

    Agree- not minimalist

  25. Kiki says:

    I’m always floored when I see a clean, modern home that looks so warm and inviting. Beautiful!!

  26. Beth Y says:

    Love this Jodi. And love the Liz Lemon comment. ;)

  27. lynnea says:

    Where did you get the couch in the green and grey room? Is it a sofa bed?

  28. Jodi Hays says:

    Lynnea, the couch is IKEA Solsta. Great for jumping boys.

  29. Mia Beatty says:

    Jodi, what a treat, a tour of your home. Since your bitty H-Square digs, your way with spaces has been perennially perfect. Miss you and love you.

  30. I want to live there. So proud of/inspired by you.

  31. Josh G says:

    Such a great house, so glad to see it being celebrated! Nice work Fe and Jodi (& Alana!)

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