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A Touch of European Design Amps Up a Nashville Rental

by Garrett Fleming

Decorating can sometimes get complicated. It can get in its own way with wallpapers, accessories, furniture — the works. Other times you come across homes that are so sparse, they seem unlivable. Finding that perfect in-between seems to be the right move, but it’s not always easy to achieve. However, Doug and Carina Jenkins, the antiquing duo behind Eneby Home, have done just that. They moved into their Nashville, TN rental two years ago and have since gone about decorating it in a streamlined fashion with European antiquities they’ve picked up on their travels there.

The space is not big on bold hues and bright accents. Instead it’s rich in earth tones and lived-in leathers, both of which give it a level of comfort and calm perfect for the couple and their two young daughters. Doug tells us this unfussy design was all in the plan. “We just wanted a home that was functional. Comfort is key with kids and us old folks. We wanted it to be easy on the eyes and full of character, but it [had] to be comfortable,” he says. Luckily, the pair was able to achieve this with some of their most beloved vintage finds, and they are extremely happy with the look they’ve landed on. That’s not to say they won’t switch it up from time to time. That’s just the reality when you’ve got a home run by two antique dealers. So take a peek at this home, stat. It’s bound to look different — albeit just as fabulous — tomorrow. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Gregg Roth

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Most of Doug and Carina's home is decorated with antiques they've brought here from Europe, and the dining room is no exception. A table from the early 19th-century and Danish portraits give it an old world look. Lighting by Poul Henningsen.
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The Jenkins family -- Doug, Carina, Elina and Vivi -- spend their summers in Sweden with Carina's family, but they live the rest of the year in this Nashville, TN rental. They chose this particular apartment for its good bones.
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Natural light fills the spacious living room. It's the Jenkins' favorite room in their home and the one they spend the most time in.
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More space means more room for playing. Doug and Carina's two daughters aren't complaining.
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On most nights, the family gathers here on a leather bench from the Czech Republic and at a table from the 1800s. Its streamlined look makes it not only functional but aesthetically pleasing to Doug and Carina, a double win.
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When they began decorating, the Jenkins family just wanted to create a home that worked for them. The guest bedroom -- designed "for comfort and function" -- follows suit and is purposefully understated thanks to its "edited" style.
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The room's Borge Mogensen leather chair is one of the family's favorite finds.
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The guest bedroom's cabinet of curiosities holds little finds they've picked up all over Europe.
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A Swedish Dala horse in the girls' shared bedroom.
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Up until very recently, this playroom was the youngest Jenkins child's bedroom. Now it's a space for the two sisters to color, paint and giggle.
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"The thing we love most about our home is that..."
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The two-story home was built in the 1950s and features two stories and eight rooms.

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