Nashville Flipped- Behind the Scenes on Episodes 6 & 7

I'm excited to share with you the "behind the scenes" of Nashville Flipped episodes 6 & 7. Don't forget to tune in tonight for the last two episodes of the season at 9 p.m. CST on DIY Network. Here we go:

Nashville Flipped Episode 6- Minimal Madison Mansion

In this episode we tackled a really small house in Madison- only 1164 square feet. It was thought to be one of the first "spec" homes in the area since it was built at a time businesses were just starting to open in Madison.

After Exterior of Nashville Flipped episode 6- Julie Couch Interiors

Since we didn't know the history of the family who had originally owned the home we decided to create an All-American cottage style for this home. Because we were short on square footage on the inside we decided to make the outdoor space become another living space. We maximized the backyard and increased the potential for parties and entertaining large groups or families.

Nashville Flipped Episode 6 home exterior

Though I'm not one to work from a theme, I think that the subtle nods to the red, white, and blue were just enough to give the little home big personality and charm.

Nashville Flipped Episode 7- Germantown Gem

This home near Germantown was the first home on the entire street to be renovated- and there was a sign in the window that condemned it as "uninhabitable." The crazy marble design on the front of the house was something I've never seen, and multiple walls had been added over time, creating tight and confusing spaces. “Bad features, bad lighting, bad everything.”

Troy always opens up rooms as much as possible to create flow and larger livings spaces- which is invaluable to modern buyers.

TROY SHAFER and JULIE COUCH Nashville Flipped

I really love the sentimental touches we added like the wallcovering we had reproduced for the parlor. Entering through the heavy wood door into that parlor truly feels like stepping back in time. I added modern white chairs and brass accents to update the look.

Most people love the charm of an old house, but truly want the functionality and amenities of a new home, so I'm happy we kept the charm of these two "makeovers," but gave future homeowners the bright, open, and beautiful spaces they are looking for!

Don’t forget to watch the last two episodes of this season tonight at 9 p.m. CST on DIY Network.

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Nashville Flipped Premiere- Behind the Scenes

A 1904 Folk Victorian in Springfield, Tennessee couldn’t be that much trouble to renovate, right?!  Well, if you saw the premiere episode last night of the DIY Network's “Nashville Flipped,” you saw how challenging this renovation was even for an expert house flipper and show host Troy Dean Shafer. 

As the official Nashville Flipped interior designer, from reproducing the intricate dentil moulding on the exterior to the game changing, vaulted ceiling, there were so many inspiring details which really got my creative design juices flowing.

The living room’s 1960s style fireplace was a fun challenge.  I went on the search for a great mantle. Simple but beautiful antique pieces can immediately transform a space.  The warmth of the wood tone and the perfect scale of the piece made it feel like it had always been there.  Of course, Troy worked his magic by removing the dated brick and setting the stage for the unique replacement.

The biggest discovery was the original wallpaper.  It presented a timeless color palette which served as the foundation for the home’s color scheme. In this case, simple pastels on a neutral background. This is an important element that I weave into all my projects in some way.  Find that one key element that you LOVE, and build your color story around it for originality and continuity.

A shared love of architecture and preserving these beautiful Nashville historic homes really makes this journey with Troy and Nashville Flipped so much fun.  Watching the first episode it seemed like so long ago, when in reality it has just been a few months. Troy and I, as well as the entire crew of the show developed such wonderful friendships.  Troy has a big heart, and even when we don't agree on design, we always agree on the importance of working together. We both share a passion for these old homes. And we have so much FUN doing it! I hope you loved the first two episodes and watch next week for more inspiration and preservation!

And speaking of fun, Troy and I hosted a premiere party for about 150 of our closest friends at Tackle Box Films HQ in Marathon Village. What a way to kick off this adventure!

Nashville Flipped Premeire Party Crowd

Mike Wolf- Julie Couch- Troy Shafer- Nashville Flipped

I’ll be sharing more great design tips from Nashville Flipped on Friday, April 22 at the Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee at 3 p.m. on the main stage.  I’d love for you to drop by and visit and I’m going to make it even easier.  Head over to my Instagram on Monday where I’ll be giving away several tickets! And, don’t forget to keep tuning in on Wednesdays for the latest episode of Nashville Flipped and then checking back in here for the scoop on what was happening behind the scenes!