Interiorssneak peeks

A Nashville home that is an exercise in calm and relaxing design

by Amy Azzarito

This Nashville home is located just about 10 minutes south of downtown Nashville on a street lined with white picket fences, blooming gardens and children playing outside. Like the street outside, the interior is filled with Southern charm and character – hardwood floors, old doors, built-in cabinets and farmhouse sink. It was the perfect backdrop for Elise Joseph’s (of Pennyweight and Pennyweight Goods) style that tends toward a mix a masculine and feminine design elements. Her eclectic taste is built on incorporating a collections of objects that either she absolutely loves or hold special meaning for her. When it comes to furnishings, she has taken her time hunting around flea markets, antique shops, traveling or even simply shopping online to find the perfect objects for her home.  Thank you, Elise! And a big thank you to Joe Gomez for the lovely photographs. –Amy 

Image above: I purchased this sofa from my friend who previously lived in the space, and it is nearly brand new from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. It is one of the coziest pieces I have ever had, and the cushions come off to create the perfect twin size bed for extra guests. The massive, antique rug was a Craigslist steal, as was the retro glass coffee table. The wall is an ongoing project, currently housing some Rose Bowl flea market finds. The brass lamp is from an antique mall in town, and only cost me $30 – it casts the most beautiful shadows onto the ceiling that remind me of a disco ball. The blanket is a Pendleton, and cowhide and Kilim pillows are other antique store finds. The black candle with the gold plus sign is by imogene + willie, and makes my whole house smell divine – like ginger, rich mahogany and wood.

Image above: The steel pendant lamp you see in the mirror is from West Elm, and has a really beautiful pattern on it. I searched high and low for this chair, and my mom actually found it for me in North Carolina. It is so comfy, and you can recline and pop-out an attached ottoman. It is in really great condition with no holes – the worn-in leather seat tells a story to me. The fireplace is not working, so instead I filled it with tall glass cylinders and unscented black candles that add a dim glow to the whole room.


3Elise Image above: The natural light in this home is incredible, and definitely one of my favorite things about it. The simple wood bench holds some of my favorite magazines, and I try to have extra floor pillows and seating around – like this pouf from Ikea. The “AR” neon sign used to say “FAR,” but unfortunately broke in shipping. I still love it and now it has a story, so I keep it in the entryway. My sweet friend Katie spotted the Lutheran Church sign when we were out shopping together, and knew it’d be perfect for my space. I like that it says “St. Paul,” as that is where my brother and his wife live.

4Elise Image above: This extra living space is so cozy and inviting. It’s where I keep my TV, but it hides nicely in the corner. The sectional sofa is from West Elm, and I love this purchase because you can change what side the lounge is on – it will be a good piece for any future home. The Kilim pillows are some favorite designs I spotted on eBay, and the coffee table ottoman doubles as extra seating. The vintage chandelier was in the home when I moved in, and the poster and beautiful quote was a limited edition collaboration with my friend Chelsea Petaja for my shop, Pennyweight Goods.

5Elise Image above: The bookcase was another purchase from my friend, the previous tenant. It is extremely old and beautiful solid wood – she started to refinish it but I like it just the way it is. The lamp by the fireplace is a $5 thrift score and I added an Edison bulb to it for just the right moody glow. The portrait painting was found at Wonders on Woodland, one of my favorite antique stores in East Nashville with the kindest owners around. I spotted her when I was there for business, but came back the next week because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. They gave me the best deal.

Image above: I found this gold wooden mirror for $30 on Craigslist, and most of the bits and baubles on my mantle are from the Nashville Flea Market. The discreet candle is another favorite in my home, Paris by Niven Morgan. Good scents are so important to me in a living space. I especially love something a little masculine.

Image above: My favorite room in the house, and the tiniest space of all. My little dining nook has the most beautiful built-ins and plenty of storage for all my dishes, utensils, pots and pans. One window gives off the most magical natural light. The room is a little bit narrow and tricky to fill, so I commissioned my dear friend Christian Fecht to create a dining table, which we designed it together. It is the most special piece I own, and even inspired a similar version that he now produces, named The Elise in my honor. The light fixture is from another friend, Adam Gatchel of Southern Lights Electric. I saw this beauty and knew right away I had to have it, so I called him and he came over to install it for me. I put the bulbs on a dimmer so I can create just the right ambience for a meal.

8Elise Image above: My kitchen is very old school and charming. I put basic white Ikea shelves above the stove, to house my Chemex, Weck jars, iron skillet, cheese boards and other things I need to easily access. The magnetic knife rack is also from Ikea, and holds my favorite Schmidt Brothers knives. The concrete slab and counter I’m told was installed by a previous tenant, and I love the rustic quality it adds to the room.

9Elise Image above: The cute tea towel is another exclusive Pennyweight Goods piece, made by Los Angeles-based designer Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax.


Image above: I couldn’t be more in love with my kitchen sink. Everyone who comes in my home comments on it. It is really shallow, so hand-washing dishes can get messy. I found the perfect floor mat from one of my favorite shops in Brooklyn called Joinery, that helps with the spills. The massive ice cream print is by Debbie Carlos, and I love a little bit of green to compliment all of the white space.

12Elise Image above: My bedroom is such a calming place for me. I invested in some amazing Belgian linen bedding from Restoration Hardware, and sleep better because of it. I was drawn to this quirky pillow on sale at Anthropologie, and I love the throw from The Loaded Trunk. The poster above the bed is by Hands Art Shop, and I joke that the bull is watching over me at night. The bedside table was a quick fix I found at a thrift store (it’s actually a toddler desk, ha!), but I don’t mind how it looks paired with everything else.

13Elise Image above: My mid-century dresser came from a nearby antique mall, and the crumbling antique mirror above it is from the Nashville Flea Market. The lamp was on sale at Home Goods, and the dresser is full of trinkets and jewels collected on my travels. You can barely see it in the photo, but the ivory elephant is a special gift from my dad and is supposed to bring good luck. My leather backpack travels with me everywhere, and is from the kind folks at Hasso.

Image above: Everyone asks me about this standing floor fan – it is by Fanimation. I honestly had eyed it for years, and when I moved into this home I finally decided to take the plunge. I use a fan for noise every night when I sleep, so I figured it was worth it. The bentwood pendant light is from West Elm, and casts the prettiest shadows on my ceiling. I bought the vintage rug from a dear friend who moved to London, and it’s a very special piece to me. I have memories of it in her home. The white cowhide was a gift and makes my room feel luxurious and sexy.

15Elise Image above: In the corner of the room is this wooden chair that my mom found for me for only $15 – I love its bones. We had dark blue velvet seat cushions made and the faux sheepskin throw is from Ikea. I’m a sucker for portrait paintings, and found this one at an antique store.

Image above: This hallway is in the center of my house, and allows access to nearly every room. The rug is an old vintage scrap from my friends at imogene + willie, but fits perfectly in the space. I hung some vintage photos of my grandmother from her modeling days in the 1950s. The neon pink robot toy does flips, and was a gift from my 11-year-old friend – it brightened my day when I was feeling down.

17Elise Image above: The guest room is the most colorful spot in my home, and doubles as my office space. I will cherish the incredible rug forever, and bought it from my dear friends and owners of imogene + willie. My great grandmother made the white quilt, and the ragged denim textile acts as a throw, bargained for a steal at Rose Bowl. In the corner, I made a clothes rack out of pipes from Home Depot, and use it to hang some of my vintage collection. I picked up the old ceiling fixture from a cute shop in Salt Lake City.

18Elise Image above: The wall lamp is another piece from my friend Adam of Southern Lights Electric, and I love how it swivels in any direction. The wire chair used to be covered in ugly vinyl, but I stripped it and now have extra seating. It’s not very comfortable, but for $30 I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Maybe one day I will make a cushion.

19Elise Image above: My bathroom is another bright spot in the home. It’s very old, so naturally there is some rust and cracked tiles, though I find it all the more charming and endearing that way. I always keep a cheery orchid in the space, and let the blue and white tiled bath and floor make their own statement. I have a bit of an obsession with Turkish towels, and have picked up a variety of patterns and colors along the way. You can use them for everything!

Image above: A peek at my Turkish towel obsession – these beauties came from Bath Style on Etsy.

21Elise Image above: My tiny back porch is where I love to curl up with a good book and cocktail. I hung a shelf to keep drinks and snacks on, and decorated with candles and hanging lanterns. The fun striped hammock was on sale for $50 at Anthropologie.

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  • What a great home! I love how you’ve utilized the a lot of the fixtures and incorporated them so seamlessly with the rest of the house! Beautiful!

  • Would love to see a better shot of the clothes rack – great idea to steal

  • oh my goodness- one of the most beautiful home tours I’ve ever seen. I love every detail. And now I want one of those amazing standing fans!

  • AWESOME! I hope no one ever updates that kitchen and bath. So glad you appreciate it. You have incredible style.

  • I was lucky enough to stay in Elise’s home this past spring while visiting Nashville – the space and all of her little collections are so thoughtful and charming. Love seeing it here!

  • Anyone else see the “Minion” in the second picture? The mirror is the eye, fireplace the mouth….

    Just me? Awesome.

  • Elise! Your home is absolutely STUNNING! Such a wonderful eye you have for simple beauty – just looking at the images of your home made me feel calm. So inspired by all that you do!

  • How long ago did you purchase that coffee table off Craigslist? I had an identical table except I had painted it all white. I sold it on Craigslist in Nashville about four years ago because I was afraid the glass would break eventually. Ha! Looks great in your space.

  • Beautiful home! I would love to know what paint color you used throughout the house.

  • This is my favorite house tour that I’ve ever seen. Absolutely love your style!

  • I was happy to see your dining nook. I have a similar room with a built-in like yours. It is very bright and cheerful and we found the perfect square table and antique oak chairs. The “breakfast nook” is between the kitchen and dining room.

  • Simple, yet intriguing in the little details. Perfect use of space and light, as well. Thank you for the view!

  • I need to know more about that chair. !! It’s perfection in furniture.

  • I love your home Elise…I get so excited when I see something in “Real Life” that people buy from the loaded trunk! You have great style, restraint and the right amount of funk!
    Thank you for your support…and Design Sponge, thanks for your constant flow of inspiration.

  • Loved this sneak peek! Also, been trying to find a similar guest bed for our home. Where did you find your simple platform bed?

  • Agree with Jennifer – love, love that guest bed. Is this something you built? Any additional info would be appreciated Elise. (Especially since I think I’ll try a DIY version soon.)

  • Oh my! I am inspired especially because you’re in my neck of the woods & I never get to see cool house tours in the SE.

  • I know this is a few months late…but my husband and I used to live in this house. This was our first place when we moved to Nashville 4 years ago. We’re the previous tenants who left the chandelier in the front room, and we installed the concrete counter top in the kitchen. I’m kicking myself now for ever moving! It looks beautiful!