Nashville Flipped Episodes #3 and #4: Weaving Home History Into Design

Every historical house in the city has a story to tell says Nashville Flipped host Troy Dean Shafer; and, if the home in episode four could talk, our ears would be burning! 

Julie Couch and Troy Shafer- Nashville Flipped

Nashville Flipped Episode #3

First, episode three was the renovation of a 1920s Craftsman Style Bungalow in South Nashville near a railroad freight yard. Troy did a brilliant job of adding Craftsman touches to the interior including the built-ins flanking the fireplace that look original.

Two tips you could try in your own home from this episode were the refurbishing of the old clawfoot tub and create a character piece which complements a home’s history. 

I worked with a tub refinisher, Southern Bath Systems, to reglaze the tub and painted it to match the room’s tile.  I may never have another white tub!

As an homage to the railroad history of the home, I worked with my friends Brandon and Katie Eller, Hunter + Gatherer Society, on the custom kitchen island with railroad tiles as the legs - so brilliant! We have become such great friends since we started working together on these special projects. They also make custom furniture and design sets for T.V. shows, commercials, movies and photo shoots. And, they recently got married! 

Honor your home’s history and you can’t go wrong.

Nashville Flipped Episode #4

In episode four, described as a 1926 Minimal Traditional, to me the home was a little hybrid Craftsman Tudor and desperately needed a charming front door to help set the tone for Troy’s incredible remodel. nashville flipped episode 4

One of my go-to sources in Nashville is Preservation Station where we found a round door with great hardware. nashville flipped episode 4 living room with rounded door

I also stopped by the Nashville Flea Market.  Held the fourth weekend of every month, we needed to find a few character pieces and came away with great fireplace andirons and a garden bench. Don’t be afraid to haggle a bit.  It was key for me in staying on budget!nashville flipped episode 4 flea market find

Whether your home is old or new, take the extra time to find those character pieces which reflect a bit of its journey.  

Tune in Wednesdays to the DIY Network to Nashville Flipped. You’ll find inspiration and tips for your own home renovation project. I’ll also be live Tweeting at @JCouchInteriors so come join the conversation with your questions or comments!

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