A life, home, and interior design podcast covering home tips, tricks, and stories of what it means to love where you live!
Any time I hear a story of someone doing something positive in the world I want to grab onto that story. With so much brokenness in the world, it is so encouraging to hear stories of people genuinely seeking to make a positive impact. Our guest today is seeking to do just that. Alex Craft is a friend of mine from the touring world and he has started a project called “Hope House Nashville AirBNB.” This project is a short-term rental where a portion of the proceeds goes towards sponsoring children in 3rd-world countries through non-profit organizations such as Compassion International, World Vision, and Food For the Hungry. Check out his story below and learn how you can get involved AND book his AirBNB for any trip to Nashville you have.
If you’ve followed along with our story, you’ve certainly seen your fair share of cute pictures of our kid Judah this year. Whether it’s the Designing with Judah Instagram series or just pictures from our life, it’s obvious that parenthood has changed our life tremendously. We love having a new team member on our mission. It’s been challenging and fun and difficult and awesome - pretty much all the things. So today on the podcast, we are reflecting on what this first year of parenthood has been like.
In the last 10-15 years, the peer-to-peer rental / gig economy model has exploded. Companies like AirBNB, Uber, Lyft, and many others have made it commonplace for people to utilize their personal property as a means to make extra income. As a consumer, the gig economy has made life both more convenient and more affordable. In today’s episode, we talk to the founder of one of the newest peer-to-peer rental companies, Zlatko “Z” Bijelic, about how he came up with the idea for his company Sparetoolz.
If you’ve ever looked at a room and thought, “there’s just something missing, but I don’t know where to start,” this episode is for you. If you’ve ever had limited resources (time, money, knowledge) but wanted to make a high impact change to a room, this episode is for you. Every room has unique needs. Yes, sometimes your house IS worse than a needy boyfriend or girlfriend, but here are the FIVE THINGS we recommend STARTING with to make a big impact in your space.
The world of real estate can be intimidating. Whether you’ve been through the buying and/or selling process before or not, there is always a life shift happening when you’re dealing with real estate. Because this is such a big deal and can be intimidating, we brought in our friend Kate Webster to give us (and you) a little Real Estate 101 - a crash course in buying and selling. Kate is a real estate professional in Nashville and is one of the most engaging people we know. This episode will help YOU think through and process what buying and selling looks like, and hopefully it makes the whole process a little less intimidating.
Aside from the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House (1999), the HGTV Smart Home has probably brought the most media attention to home automation in recent years. For many, the idea of home automation is intimidating - how do you even get started anyway? Amazon Alexa? Google Home? None of the above? Well on today’s episode, we hope to alleviate some anxiety and demystify the illusion that home automation is inaccessible. You’ll hear it a million times - it’s all about convenience and it can be as complex or as simple as you want.
Two years ago, Jeff and Chelsea Brinkley wanted to make a change. Discouraged by the lack of flexibility in their jobs, they set out to create a new life where they could incorporate flexibility and freedom into their daily lives. At the onset of this journey, their goals were to work remotely so they could travel the world and work at the same time, spend more quality time together with family and friends, and find/follow their true callings and passions in life. After a move to Denver and with a lot of hard work, the Brinkleys have accomplished these goals in a short amount of time, creating a fascinating life of remote work and travel. They share about their journey and give advice and encouragement for those looking to create a similar life on the podcast today.
Today we want to help you answer a question that we’ve often seen client’s ask themselves: “What Is My Design Style?” We received the request for this episode topic from someone on Instagram actually, and she asked “How do I figure out my design style and create a cohesive look for my home?” This is such a great question for a couple of reasons - First: narrowing down your “style” in advance can really help you make better design decisions long term and help you create a space that you really love. Secondly: a cohesive house is so important. Gone are the days of decorating every room in a different theme (although, if you want a jungle themed living room and nautical dining room, more power to you). Nowadays, people are much more drawn to homes that are cohesive throughout.
Kyle Levy is a Nashville-based woodworker and craftsman who has done AMAZING work for many of our clients. He has a passion for his craft that is inspiring and an attention to detail that will rival anyone. He loves fixing things and helping people, so he created his first company, I Can Fix That For You, to help people BY fixing things. Sounds perfect, right? Well through his work as a handyman, Kyle found the thing he loved most was fine woodworking, and since starting his new company Broken Compass Woodworking, Kyle has never looked back. We KNOW you’ll love our conversation with him, so make sure to check it out!
Today we want to talk more about renovations. Last solo episode we told you guys the story of our most recent renovation. There are a lot of highs and lows when you’re changing spaces in your homes, and while DIY is great, sometimes you just need help. I’m sure this won’t surprise any of you, but we think that if you’re looking for help, an interior designer should be your first thought. Obviously we are a little biased, but we want to take some time today to shed some light on what exactly interior designers do and explain how they (we) can help the renovation process flow from beginning to end.