Elegant Sophistication with lots of DIY in Nashville

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek We got this dining set for a steal from an antique shop in our hometown. I recovered the chairs and, without having ever tried it before, cautiously refinished it. It turned out beautifully, and although I've tackled many DIY projects in my day, I may be proudest of this one.
Just six months ago, Michael and Mandy Pellegrin moved to Nashville after eight years in Washington, D.C.  Mandy’s “day job” is in health policy consulting but she spends just as many hours on her many side projects – including her DIY blog Fabric Paper Glue, the DIY tutorials that she does here at Design*Sponge, and she recently launched Craftcourse Nashville which offers DIY workshop parties in Nashville. Somehow, she managed to find time to set up house in this 1935 Tudor Revival in East Nashville. Mandy’s favorite details include the beautifully converted attic master bedroom and the new kitchen that the couple designed. In their last home (a 600-square-foot condo in D.C.), Mandy used bold colors throughout the space – a lime green kitchen, bright yellow living room, royal blue bathroom – and it was a fun look, but after six years, it was apparent that it wasn’t aging well. So in this space, she was aiming for something a little more sophisticated. She wanted base elements that were in neutral colors with classic pieces that would last – and then incorporated playful elements and details in the accessories along with lots of DIY touches.  Thanks, Michael and Mandy! -Amy

Image above: We got this dining set for a steal from an antique shop in our hometown. I recovered the chairs and, without having ever tried it before, cautiously refinished it. It turned out beautifully, and although I’ve tackled many DIY projects in my day, I may be proudest of this one.  White Paint: Ultra White by Valspar

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek We moved into this 3-bedroom house after sharing a 600-square-foot condo in D.C. for six years. That entire time, my craft room was our living room -- complete with straight pins and xacto knives lurking in the carpet every now and then. My sewing table was literally our coffee table. Moving into a full-on house meant that I got my very own workspace, and it's everything I ever dreamt it would/could be --
Image above: We moved into this 3-bedroom house after sharing a 600-square-foot condo in D.C. for six years. That entire time, my craft room was our living room — complete with straight pins and xacto knives lurking in the carpet every now and then. My sewing table was literally our coffee table. Moving into a full-on house meant that I got my very own workspace, and it’s everything I ever dreamt it would/could be — complete with an unhealthy helping of black, white and gold. Gold everywhere, I say! Both the shelves and the clipboards were DIYs that I shared here on Design*Sponge. 

White Paint: Ultra White by Valspar

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See more of Mandy’s Nashville home after the jump!

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek The open stairs sold me on this house. I may not feel the same way when we have a kid one day, but for now, they kind of hold the key to my heart. They lead up to what is essentially a lofted master bedroom. Again, I might change my tune at some point, but I like knowing what's going on in the rest of the house even when I'm up there
Image above: The open stairs sold me on this house. I may not feel the same way when we have a kid one day, but for now, they kind of hold the key to my heart. They lead up to what is essentially a lofted master bedroom. Again, I might change my tune at some point, but I like knowing what’s going on in the rest of the house even when I’m up there. Navy Paint: Royal Navy by Valspar

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Image above: Everyone was so wary of my decision to paint the living room a deep navy blue, but I was convinced that it would make all the features that we loved most about the house shine — the moldings, the fireplace, and the amazing arches. Another benefit of the dark paint – it almost camouflages the television. Almost. A TV above the fireplace was certainly not my first choice, but the narrowness of the living room necessitated it.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek These pieces are my own photographs that I had blown up into engineering prints. The gentleman to the right is my husband's Cyclops action figure from his childhood, and the lady to the left was a ceramic figurine that was in my childhood bedroom basically my entire life. My husband definitely wasn't sold on the concept, but now, I think he secretly loves seeing his favorite childhood toy everyday. Oh, and those terrariums? My thumb is so black that even those no-maintenance plants are long gone. I've since replaced them with plastic aquarium plants...sad but true.
Image above: These pieces are my own photographs that I had blown up into engineering prints. The gentleman to the right is my husband’s Cyclops action figure from his childhood, and the lady to the left was a ceramic figurine that was in my childhood bedroom basically my entire life. My husband definitely wasn’t sold on the concept, but now, I think he secretly loves seeing his favorite childhood toy everyday. Oh, and those terrariums? My thumb is so black that even those no-maintenance plants are long gone. I’ve since replaced them with plastic aquarium plants…sad but true.

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Image above: Our converted attic master bedroom is literally the size of our D.C. condo, and it feels like such a luxury. However, the low walls and pitched ceilings presented a bit of a challenge for figuring out a layout. The oversized headboard was a DIY project that proved to be the ultimate solution for making the whole room make sense. The side tables are an Ikea hack, and several of the pillows are of my own making.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek  Our converted attic master bedroom is literally the size of our D.C. condo, and it feels like such a luxury. However, the low walls and pitched ceilings presented a bit of a challenge for figuring out a layout. The oversized headboard was a DIY project that proved to be the ultimate solution for making the whole room make sense. The side tables are an Ikea hack, and several of the pillows are of my own making.

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Image above: Deciding where to paint when you have pitched ceilings is seriously hard, so we decided not to repaint the bedroom. But I just couldn’t resist painting one little wall in this reading nook. The stakes seemed low, so I went bold. I found that reading chair on the side of the road waiting for the trash man. With the task of furnishing a whole house on my agenda, free was definitely my favorite price tag, so I nabbed it right up, disinfected the heck out of it, and gave it a few coats of black paint and some pretty, new cushions. Black Paint: Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams

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Image above: The guest bedroom feels like the biggest indulgence when you move from a super small place. In fact, having one felt so unreal that this was the one room that I had no vision for when we moved in, so I sort of just threw together furniture we already had and combined some prints and textures that were a bit outside my comfort zone. Polka dots with animal print? Why not?! In the end, it’s the coziest room in the house. Grey Paint: Granite Dust by Valspar

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Image above: I can’t describe how much I love this menu board. After putting in a brand new kitchen, I was stumped on how to bring the old into this room. I found this board at the Nashville Flea Market and fell in love. It was exactly what my kitchen had been waiting for.

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Image above: This is literally the kitchen of my dreams because, well, I got to pick it all out. The old kitchen wasn’t original and was bare bones to the max. It had one wall of cabinets, a stove on a wall all by itself, and the refrigerator in a different room. We reconfigured a doorway, got the fridge in the mix, and created the best little galley kitchen that’s light and bright and super functional.

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Image above: When I realized that I would get a workspace to call my very own, I knew one thing for certain — it had to have wallpaper and that wallpaper needed to be gold. You have no idea how happy this wallpaper makes me.  Wallpaper: Hygge & West Petal Pusher in White/Gold by Oh Joy

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Image above: The guest bedroom gets some of the best light in the house, which means that our cat Pete is in there soaking it up about 90% of the time. The room also has a great little view of the old telephone ledge.

Mariella

Hi Mandy! Your house looks perfect! I love the clean lines and very well chosen pieces. You have great taste. I live in DC now and totally understand using the coffee table and dining room table and any other big plain surface as working areas! Congrats on your new home :)

Emma

So much beautiful gold! (I love the tidy rows of gold spray paint waiting for use in the craft area.)

Also I adore the green DIY headboard…and the picture is made complete with cute Pete sitting on the bed.

It’s also nice to see such a great galley kitchen! Not everyone has space for big kitchens, but galleys can be just as stylish.

Kate

love the whole thing! color choices, vintage pieces, the architecture and i totally agree on the open-stairs!

Deborah Mickler

Love, love the wallpaper. And love that wallpaper and gold tones are back “in”. So classic and beautiful.

Erin

I love the wallpaper and the navy paint! Might I enquire what the mixture is on the formula?

Emily

Can you tell us about your desk? Did you buy it somewhere or was it a DIY? It is gorgeous!

Stephanie

Paint the outer edges of your steps gold! I just thought of that. Love your space and the enlarged photos are awesome. Those are very reasonable and will fit IKEA frames. Black and white with splashes of metallic just make everything look so elegant.

Debbie

Gorgeous work. Love thatbso mchnisvDIY and beautifully put together. Great job in only 6 months!

Librarian Tells All

As a long time Nashvillian, I thank you for posting a beautiful Nashville home! Almost every picture made my jaw drop. I love your use of color, contrast, shiny finishes, and restraint. This is just too perfect!!

May I inquire about the light fixture over the sofa? I like it very much.

Mandy Pellegrin

Thanks for all the kind comments and questions! To answer them…

The living room rug is from eBay seller “antiquerugbazaar.” I found them to have quite a bit of choice, good prices, tons of pics, and free/fast shipping.

The desk is just from Ikea. It’s their standard tabletop with their workhorse-style legs, which I (you guessed it) spray painted gold.

The light fixture was a DIY using this tutorial from lighting designer Lindsey Adelman: http://lindseyadelman.com/youmakeitchandelier.

Seriously, thank you again!!

Johanna Went

Where did you get that great Banana Leaf fabric for the black chair? It looks like a C.W. Stockwell design called Martinique. If so, that is the pattern of the wallpaper and textiles used in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I didn’t think that it was still available.

Mary Womack

Hey Mandy,
You have done a beautiful job with your home. It is just wonderful. And I love the pictures you did above the dining room table. I remember well when Michael was a small child playing with all those action figures. In fact, I bought him a few for birthdays. He always loved that sort of thing and was a neat little guy, always SO SMART! I am so happy for you both.

Dana

Hi Mandy! Your home is beautiful. We move tomorrow from a 1BR in DC to an actual house and I am overwhelmed with where to start for the space. Can you share the curtain source? I have a hard time finding window coverings I like and these seem simple and clean. Thanks! Dana

Heather

The house is so charming, great use of the dark/navy paint and gold! I want to cosy up in your reading nook and hang out there all day, that chair is incredible, and isn’t that a plant on the little table you have managed to keep alive?!

Mandy Pellegrin

Thanks again!! Here are some more answers for you:

Johanna: The banana leaf fabric is by Tommy Bahama and is called Swaying Leaf.

Katrina: My couch is the Bryant by Ethan Allen.

Erica Lindsey: The polka dotted notepad is by Kate Spade. I picked it up at the Paper Source.

Dana: Almost every curtain in the house is from Ikea. The curtains in the guest bedroom are from J.C. Penney, and the bamboo shades are from Home Depot.

Heather: Ha. Good eye! True story, though. I have had that plant for literally 7 years, and it has managed to stay that exact same size the entire time it has been under my care. Those house plants are known for growing rapidly. The key is bringing it to the brink of death, and then watering it. Very forgiving plant. :)

Nelson

That is such a bonus – a guest bedroom with complementary warm cat. How can I get invited.

Jay

Can I ask how much the kitchen reno cost? We are about to start one and I love everything about yours and have a similar layout!

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