We moved from Boston to Nashville in June of 2014. While Boston will always hold a special place in my metaphorical heart, I feel we came to Nashville for reasons that were originally unbeknownst to us. For instance, if you would have told me in June of 2014 I would be working at Elizabeth Suzann, I most likely would have gazed back at you in bewilderment–not because it was a silly idea, but rather because I felt trapped, emotionally and academically, in my then current field.
But let’s not get too off track here. I want to soon discuss my transition from one field to another (that I would argue aren’t so different), but I’m not quite done processing that transition myself. For now, let’s focus on what preceded my first day at Elizabeth Suzann. Let’s focus on how Jared and I created the space we return to after spending most days elsewhere. Let’s focus on our home, a space that feels personal, warm, and perfectly cozy for Jared, Jones, Albert, and me.
We moved into a building that was originally a factory that produced canvas bags. It was important to us to work with its inherent bones – brick walls, large wooden beams, bright and exposed pipes, and mismatched wooden floors. We took our time learning our favorite arrangement. We took a year and half to be exact. We slowly added color and even more slowly created niches for meaningful pieces we’ve each collected. Decorating our home was an evolution in a sense; one corner influenced the next corner and so on.
Below I have shared a few of those corners. Each photo was taken in our largest room, a room that triples as our living room, dining room, and kitchen.
A treasure from Embu, Kenya + a few of our favorite books
A bench in good company
Ceramics from friends
Artwork + books + a daily reminder
An air plant + a treasure from Mumbai, India
A golden heart
Aloe in our favorite planter from Wilder
A succulent from our favorite nursery in town
Our favorite olive oil by ILĀ
Thank you, Lauren, for taking these photos!