A Day In The Life of Ruthie Lindsey

I first discovered interior designer, stylist and creative director Ruthie Lindsey through her beautiful Instagram feed. I love her upbeat attitude combined with her wonderful old-meets-new aesthetic. When she’s not designing beautiful interiors, Ruthie collects vintage jewelry she often re-sells in stores like Catbird and she’s also in demand as a stylist for photo and video shoots (Taylor Swift shot her album cover in Ruthie’s home!). There’s always been a little part of me that’s wanted to live in Nashville for a while, so catching a glimpse inside Ruthie’s beautiful flower and friend-filled day makes the idea even more tempting. Thanks so much to Ruthie for letting us peek inside her day! xo, grace

Photographs by Sionnie LaFollette

My day usually starts pretty early, I don’t sleep a ton so i usually go to bed pretty late and wake up pretty early, this morning I was up around 7:30. I love not being rushed and having time to read a little bit and make a to do list for the day!

I got to do a really fun collaboration with my friend Chelsey of Type A Press with designs by my buddy Christian Watosn of 1924us. Chelsea is the amazing lady behind Kinfolk’s beautiful letterpress work. We made encouragement postcards with some of my favorite sayings. Letter writing is one of my favorite things, I adore sending and receiving letters so I’m so thrilled to get to have these super fun cards to send folks! you can order the cards here, I’m mailing some off right now to my precious friend-kindred spirit Katie Ann Denis.

My favorite place to work and have meetings is Barista Parlor. It’s only a half mile from my house, I adore all the folks that work here, the vibe is amazing and the food, oh my gahhh! I don’t drink coffee or tea but I LOVE the food! The sausage biscuits and the macaroons are both to die for! If I’m hard pressed to get a lot of work done I cant really work here because all of my friends also frequent this awesome place so it can easily become social hour! I had a fun meeting with my dear friend who happens to be one of the most talented and inspiring film makers and photographers i know, Cale Glendening. He also is one of my favorite people to ride motorcycles with.

Lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant ever, Mas Tacos with my dear friend Molly Parden. Their tacos, elote and tortilla soup is to die for, I eat here as many times a week as possible. I love the owner and all the people that work here. For Valentine’s Day my best girl Sionnie and I went to all of our favorite places and brought mustache tattoo valentines, candy and a jam box filled with some of our favorite songs to dance to. We wanted to spread the love to our favorite places so we of course had to stop by mas tacos and do a little dance for them. we busted into the kitchen and danced with the staff to Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty To Me. It was a mighty fun time! we also gave all the guests eating in quite the little show :)

I am in the middle of a project decorating Donald Miller‘s new office in Nashville and finishing up my dear friend Mikky Ekko‘s new loft so im always on the lookout for really cool old pieces at antique malls, flea markets, Craigslist and garage sales to add character and pieces with history and a story. This is one of my favorite antique malls in town to find treasures in, the Downtown Antique Mall. Spending the rest of the afternoon shopping around Nashville is always fun!

I absolutely adore my neighborhood East Nashville, I have lived over here for almost 10 years. There are many days that i don’t have to get in my car because all of my favorite places and people are within walking distance. Ellie my pup LOVES going on walks around the neighborhood.

Spring time is my all time favorite time of year because everything around me feels like its coming to life after a long winter. I LOVE picking flowers to have around my house and to give away. In the past year I’ve also started arranging them for events which is just so fun for me! I keep cash and clippers in my car all spring and summer long for when i see gorgeous flowers in folks yard, I can knock on their door and offer to pay to cut a few stems. No one EVER lets me pay but I always always offer. Fresh flowers in my home bring me such joy! I also enjoy collecting small vintage vases because I love giving them to friends with fresh flowers as often as possible. I think being a delivery girl for a florist would be such fun- you get to make people SO happy!

Another favorite past time in the springtime is having sunset picnics with my friends. Sunsets plus picnics- only two of the best things ever! We have a beautiful walking bridge in my neighborhood that connects east Nashville to downtown. My girlfriends and I love to go watch the sunset over downtown Nashville here. This night we packed sandwiches in my little thrifted picnic carrier! Such a fun night listening to music, eating drinking and chatting with some of my favorite girls. We also happened to have a mighty gorgeous sunset on this night.

Every Monday night our local east Nashville bar The 5 Spot has Motown Monday. they play incredible old soul and funk and the entire place becomes a room filled to the brim with incredibly sweaty dancing folks! It’s SO fun! My friends and I all love to dance, so Monday nights are always a great excuse to get our dance on!

Time to call it a night, I always have to bathe after Motown Mondays because I become a hot sweaty mess! I usually find myself doing a good bit of work before I go to sleep, I return a lot of emails, do online shopping for clients, etc. I love scratching off my to do list. I’ll write the most obvious things like, sleepy time just because it feels so good to scratch it off! My sweet Ellie girl is always right there beside me in bed and gets so excited when I finally get home after a long day away from her!

  1. I would move to Nashville just for Motown Monday! Thanks for a fun article…..

  2. Laurel Hill says:

    Attitude is everything, and Ruthie’s is the best! Her posts always make me smile. I’ve only had the briefest interactions with her, but she’s such a genuinely kind, thoughtful person. Yay Ruthie!

  3. i love this. such a reminder of how much i love my town.
    ruthie sounds lovely, i wish i knew her!
    and grace, please move to nashville. you would love it.

  4. Chandra says:

    I was just in Nashville this past weekend at Barista Parlour and do drink coffee and it was amazing! Also remember when Mas Tacos was just a food truck in East Nash so nice to see them expand. Nashville is basically the best. That’s all.

  5. Rita Marie says:

    Awe! Loved reading this. Ruthie’s instagram is so uplifting!

  6. Katrina says:

    Hey Grace, Ruthie is a D*S veteran. I just watched her Creative Mornings talk and her mention on D*S in 2009 (along with the enormous positive feedback via comments) was instrumental in altering her self-perception (from non-creative to a creative). Cool talk:



    1. Grace Bonney says:

      oh that’s so cool, thanks for sharing, katrina! i didn’t even realize that was the same ruthie! :)


  7. Gillian Peabody says:

    Go Ruthie! You are beautiful inside and out. I’m a suburban mom and Ruthie graciously took time to help me update my home and decorate to make it feel warm and homey, but also stylish. It was such a blessing to get to spend those hours with such a talented and sweet lady.

  8. Ashley Johnson says:

    Ruthie if that is what most days in your life are like, can I please have your life? Pretty please?

  9. Her Creative Mornings talk was so beautiful and encouraging!

  10. Lisa says:

    Thank you Design*Sponge for introducing me to Ruthie. What an amazing spirit. Her personal story moved and inspired me.

  11. Ngaio Parr says:

    So proud to see my most inspiring friend inspiring even more people to be the best they can be! Ruthie is just such a gem of a lady – and has some of the best dance moves you’ve ever seen! What a great post.

  12. What a fun post to read. It made me feel like I went away on a brief vacation with a fun friend. I love flowers too, and travel around with cash and clippers too. Thanks for sharing. Glad to meet you.


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