A Tiny and Charming Cottage in Nashville, TN

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Finding the perfect home is often a waiting game — but one well worth it in the end, if you’re willing to exercise some patience and get creative with clever rental solutions in the meantime. For Jordana and Trent Nicholson, the wait for “the one” continues in Nashville, TN, where the housing market is on fire. “With so many people moving here a day, homes get snatched up left and right,” Jordana explains. “Since we aren’t quite ready to purchase a home yet, we’ve been renting and it’s been great for us!”

Jordana works as a digital content creator and stylist and Trent is a UX/UI designer, so hunting for and decorating their 800-square-foot, 1940s cottage-turned-duplex was an enjoyable process. “We snatched up this tiny home the second it was posted to Craigslist and we were luckily the first ones who inquired about it!” Jordana says. Located in one of Nashville’s loveliest family-friendly neighborhoods, their home is close to plenty of restaurants and great parks. “We immediately fell in love with the charm of this tiny place — it’s definitely one of the smallest rentals we’ve been in, but we couldn’t pass up the old kitchen with original black-and-white vinyl flooring, bright rooms with old windows and the beautiful hardwoods.” Although the cottage is on the smaller side, Jordana and Trent have relished in simplifying their life and ridding oodles of their unnecessary belongings, as Jordana shares: “Living in a bright, clean and clutter-free home just feels so good to us.”

Despite the ongoing slow search for a forever-home, this charming cottage tickles this creative couple’s fancy for the time being. Between making meals together in the kitchen, listening to jazz music on the back porch, or exploring the city’s sights and sounds, “Nashville is the place to be right now,” Jordana says, “it’s exploding with new places and things to check out almost weekly (there are 83 people moving here a day! Crazy)!” Sabrina

Photography by Crystal K. Martel

Full source list:


– Sven Charme Tan Sofa: Bryght – http://www.bryght.com/product/1008/sven-charme-tan-sofa

– Serapi Persian Rug: Ecarpetgallery – http://www.ecarpetgallery.com/

– Fiddle Leaf Fig Basket: Target 

– Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant: Home Depot – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delray-Plants-8-3-4-in-Ficus-Pandurata-Bush-in-Pot-10PAN/203380954

– TV Stand: Target (old)

– Lamp: IKEA – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80302697/

– Coffee Table: Goodwill find

– Brass Tray: Schoolhouse Electric – https://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/round-brass-tray.html

– Wood Vase: Target

– Indigo Mud Cloth Pillow: Loom Goods – http://www.loomgoods.com/

– Brocade Pillow: Clover Artisans – http://cloverartisans.com/collections/pillows

– Wooden Ladder: Antique Find

– Linen Throw Blanket: Cultiver Goods – http://www.cultiverusa.com/products/linen-throw

– Linen Indigo Throw Blanket: Clover Artisans – http://cloverartisans.com/collections/throws/products/solid-indigo-throw?variant=5693689029

– Navy Wool Throw Blanket: Dwell Studio – https://www.dwellstudio.com/Anton-Midnight-Merino-Wool-Throw-DWL7151-DWL7151.html

– Frames: Framebridge, Eventide and thrifted –  https://www.framebridge.com/


– Wooden Bench: Fleamarket find

– Plant Basket: T.J.Maxx

– Large Snake Plant: Home Depot – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delray-Plants-Sansevieria-Laurentii-in-8-3-4-in-Pot-10SANSL/206409395

– Shoe Basket: Target – http://www.target.com/p/short-seagrass-rectangular-wicker-storage-basket-threshold/-/A-14908358#prodSlot=_1_28

– Shaker Peg Coat Rack: The Container Store – http://www.containerstore.com/s/hooks/wall-mounted-hooks/shaker-peg-racks/12d?productId=10005689

– Antique Sketches in Red Frame: Antique find


– Dresser: Goodwill find

– Salt Lamp: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001892AX2

– Antique Mirror: Antique find

– Linen drapes: T.J.Maxx/Home Goods

– Knit Blanket: Target – http://www.target.com/p/threshold-sweater-knit-blanket/-/A-14691367#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=knit+blanket

– Wooden Night Stand: West Elm (old)

– Brass Lamp: Target – http://www.target.com/p/threshold-brass-task-lamp-brass/-/A-17083607#prodSlot=medium_1_32&term=brass+lamp

– Mid Century Clock: Thrifted

– Linen Bedding and Linen Pillows: Cultiver Goods – http://www.cultiverusa.com/

– Brown Frame: Framebridge – https://www.framebridge.com/

– Black & White Forest Print: Debbie Carlos – https://www.etsy.com/shop/debbiecarlos

– Wool Pillows: Handmade

– Knit Blanket: Target – http://www.target.com/p/threshold-sweater-knit-blanket/-/A-14691367#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=knit+blanket

– Linen Dress: Pyne & Smith Clothiers – http://www.pyneandsmith.com/

– Plant Basket: gifted

– Canvas stool: Flea Market find

– Wooden Shelf: Handmade


– ‘Hey Babe’ Print: Oh My Deer – https://www.etsy.com/shop/ohmydeer

– Wooden Tray: Target 

– Turkish Towel: T.J.Maxx

– Shower Curtain: West Elm

– Body Brush: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Brush–Fuzz-Brush-Earth-Therapeutics/dp/B000KNHJ5G


– Antique Farm Table: Flea Market find

– Bentwood Dining Chairs: Craigslist

– Brass Pendant Light: Schoolhouse Electric – https://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/new-fall/new-lighting/brass-factory-modern-no-4-pendant.html

– Cowhide Rug: Dwell Studio – https://www.dwellstudio.com/Brown-and-White-Cowhide-DWL4418-DWL4418.html

– Pitcher/Vase on Farm Table: Farmhouse Pottery

– Linen drapes: T.J.Maxx/Home Goods

– Letter Board: Letterfolk Co. – http://www.letterfolk.com/

– Wooden Shelf: Handmade

– Porcelain Vase on Shelf: Edgewood Made – http://www.edgewoodmade.com/collections/home-goods/products/vase


– Wire basket: Antique find

– Wooden Butcher Block: IKEA – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00309829/

– Basket on bottom shelf: Target – http://www.target.com/p/short-seagrass-rectangular-wicker-storage-basket-threshold/-/A-14908358#prodSlot=_1_28

– Bowl/Pie dish on bottle shelf: Farmhouse Pottery – https://www.farmhousepottery.com

– Dishes: IKEA – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70258949/

– Bowls: Farmhouse Pottery – https://www.farmhousepottery.com/products/product

– Wooden Dish Rack: Target – http://www.target.com/p/lipper-international-bamboo-dish-rack/-/A-10495887#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=wooden+dish+rack

– Small wooden vase & bowl on window: Collin Garrity – http://collingarrity.com/

– Brush dish: Anthropologie – http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/20744306.jsp#/

– Wooden Paper Towel Holder: Target – http://www.target.com/p/threshold-acacia-paper-towel-holder/-/A-14907403#prodSlot=medium_1_23&term=paper+towel+holder

– Peg Rack: Goodwill find

– Linen Aprons: Gifted

– Hand Dustpan & Brush Set: Schoolhouse Electric – https://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/accessories/cleaning/hand-dust-pan-brush-set.html

– Duster: T.J.Maxx

– Wooden Brush: World Market – http://www.worldmarket.com/product/tampico-bristle-wood-dish-set-of-2.do?&from=Search

– Framed Recipe: Gifted

  1. I agree, that sofa is stunning! I love the whole vibe of the house. If I had the money to start over, my furnishings would look similar!

  2. Stacy says:

    Their style is so similar to mine, and I’m working through decorating my own new, small house. Will be pinning all of these images as inspiration as I move forward! Lovely home, thanks for sharing.

  3. Marsh says:

    Just lovely, Jordana! I don’t typically go for the minimal look and often think it clashes with beautiful old home architecture like yours, but your touches are really perfect! You’ve managed to make it look cozy and comfy while also looking “clean”. Not easy to do!

    On a totally unrelated note, can you tell where you got those great slippers shown in the bedroom photo? Love them!

    1. Thank you so much! The slippers are from: http://glerupsusa.com/ :)

      1. Marsh says:

        Thanks so much for the info as well as the speedy reply! Both appreciated :-)

  4. Denée Fay says:

    Love your home, Jords!! So beautiful! Xo

    1. Jordana Nicholson says:

      Thanks, Denee! xo

  5. Alexandra says:

    I love the sofa. It really brings a stylish design. You can see the UI/UX minimalist touch.

  6. beks says:

    Its a darling house and very well put together, but we’ve seen these trends (the sven- you can go to their site and find links to a over dozen other house tours + rustic table + tattered rug + textiles + brass) everywhere. It would be nice to come to DS and be inspired- show us something new!

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      We have plenty of home tours that don’t look this way. Let me know what you’re looking for and I can send you some links here that suit that style. We can’t fight the zeitgeist right now, which is definitely a lot of white walls + wood + textiles. ;)

  7. Aileen says:

    What a lovely home- thanks for sharing! Having lived in Washington D.C. and now Europe I’m always somewhat surprised when people think an 800 sq ft home is small, but I’m just used to tiny spaces. Now I really can’t imagine living in a larger space. I put a lot of thought in what pieces make it into my home decor and I can honestly say it makes it feel that much more special walking in to your smaller space.
    xoxo from Germany

  8. Alzyna says:

    Lovely home, a balanced use of tried and tested shapes and textures. But I have one query which is not just directed to this particular house tour, which is: is the cowhide really that necessary? I’m currently transitioning into veganism, so what really bothers me is that animal products continue to be used extensively in interior design. I’m sure we can all forego the skin and pelt of animals in our homes, there are so many other choices. I’m sure there are other surreptitious uses of animal products in other materials, but at least it’s not as blatant as displaying the flayed skin of an animal. I don’t mean to sound nasty, just concerned.

  9. sara_writes says:

    awesome post….i love your style of blogging

  10. Caroline says:

    Great home, very inspiring!
    What is the source of the persian rug? I’ve been on the hunt for something like this for a while. Thanks!

    1. Jordana Nicholson says:

      Thank you, Caroline! The Serapi rug is from Ecarpetgallery :) My apologies for not having the sources listed! They should be up soon.

      1. Caroline says:

        Thanks! :)

  11. Carolyn Foster says:

    Love, love, love…. You’ve got the touch.

  12. Jordana Nicholson says:

    Thanks you so much :)

  13. Kate says:

    I love your house! How is the Sven couch holding up?

  14. Jaclyn says:

    I love your house and style! How is the Sven couch holding up and is it comfortable enough for a rainy all day movie session with the hubs? We have been looking at PB and CB for a leather couch but they are double to triple the price.

  15. Allison says:

    What is the paint color? Sorry if I overlooked it somewhere. Thanks!


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