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HOME SWEET HOME

I moved away from home when I was 19. I was on a dance scholarship, cheerleading, and living with four people in a one bedroom apartment. We had one bathroom, a tiny kitchen, and a lot of mattresses on the floor. I made it work because I was a dancer trying to find my way, and that’s what dancers do! You struggle in order to achieve success. That’s how all great stories start, no? Mine just played out in a different way than I planned. No dancing, and some TV. 

Once I left home, I found myself apartment hopping, job hopping, and soul searching. As long as I was dancing, I was happy. I couldn’t even commit to a bed because I didn’t want to be tied down. My family called me a gypsy soul. I just wanted to dance and be free – and was finding my way in life. I was figuring it out and growing into the “real” Kaitlyn. I’m a “been there, done that” kind of  gal, who has grown into a “I wanna settle down” kind of soul. Even if that means traveling every other day, I want a home base to recharge. Shawn and I have found that. 

We were casually home searching, part-time renting, and then randomly found our dream home. Woops!!! 

We love Nashville and want to build a family here, but what we didn’t know, was how fast we would find that starting ground. It casually fell into our laps, and we found ourselves in a very large, empty, beautiful  space that we couldn’t wait to decorate. One problem. We aren’t good at decorating. 

ENTER DECORIST.

For $299 per room Decorist matches you with a designer to help design your room virtually no matter who you are or where you live. It was so nice to talk to someone who was always available no matter what. We worked with Decorist Design Director Jessica McCarthy on our living room and dining room design. I didn’t even know I had a style until she brought it out in me. I soon found myself loving every second of the process. Jessica made it so easy and fun to fit our style and vibe.

We really wanted it to have a Nashville feel, so Jessica, Shawn and I teamed up with World Market to make sure we got everything we wanted. Our dining room has the most bad ass vibe with framed rock and roll artists, a whiskey cart, a farm style table and chairs, and some layered make Mongolian sheepskin to make you feel southern and stylish. 

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

Our living room is more for cuddles and comfort. I love a cozy bright space!! My fav is the white sectional couch paired perfectly with the faux chairs and metal coffee tables with glass tops. I really wanted some beautiful light curtains to soften the room, while also secluding us! These ones from World Market are absolutely perfect. The art work and gold lighting fixture bring a bit of edge to the room, and I think the main rug brings it all together. Did I mention they talked me into having an American flag up? Don’t worry we still have other rooms to decorate!!! Cough, Canadian flag, cough…

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

Last but not least is our little kitchen nook. I really wanted this to be our wind up and wind down space. Since I love to cook, this is where I want Shawn to sit back and enjoy the view. I want it to be the place where we wake up and have our coffee, eat our embarrassingly healthy breakfast, while opening our lap tops and starting our day. Then be the spot where we wind down, have a glass of wine and chat before bed. I love the farm style vibe we have been going for, so the faux cowhide rug seemed appropriateJessica talked me into the antique brass feathered drum pendant shade, which now, is possibly my favorite light fixture. 70’s are back baby!!! 

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

I could go ON AND ON about our new home and how I wake up feeling like a new woman full of comfort and joy, but you can also head to decorist.com and worldmarket.com for more inspiration. I’ll be counting on them for our kitchen next! 

Love,

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WHEN IN NASHVILLE

The other day I accidentally said ‘y’all’ instead of ‘you guys’ and realized it’s been almost two years since I moved to Nashville! I’ll always be a Canadian girl at heart, but the ol’ South has really grown on me. How could it not? Nashville’s got such an energetic vibe. There’s live music everywhere you go, a happening restaurant scene, and the night life—well, let’s just say there’s a reason they call it Nash Vegas…

Because I travel so much, it’s always a treat to stop and smell the roses (the fried chicken?) here in Nashville and spend time exploring the city. These are a few of the best places I’ve been to so far.

Honky Tonk Central

When in Nashville, you go Honky Tonkin’ (it’s basically a law) and Lower Broadway is packed with watering holes to hit for a drink and a good time. My personal fav? Honky Tonk Central. With three floors, three bars, and three dancefloors—it’s the place to let loose. There’s a live band on every floor, so bring dancing shoes and get ready to HOLLER AND SWALLER!

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Photo Credit: Instagram @honkey_tonk_central

Husk Nashville

Next level Southern cuisine? Check. Steller service? Check. Cocktails so nice you’ll want to drink them twice (I did)? Double check. I’ve never been a huge food snob, but this place takes the whole ‘fine-dining’ thing to the next level. All of their dishes are fresh takes on Southern classics, and every ingredient is locally sourced. The décor is simple and elegant (the building itself is 147 years old!!) and the servers will make you feel like a real Southern belle.

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Photo Credit: Husk Nashville 

Country Music Hall of Fame

Is it a tourist trap? Probably. It is still worth a visit? HECK YEAH! The first time I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, I fan-girled HARD. Was it the life-sized replica of Taylor Swift’s tour bus? Elvis Presley’s gold Cadillac? RCA Studio B where Dolly Frickin’ Parton recorded the vocals for “Jolene?!” I don’t know, but I was star-struck the entire time. Even if you’re not a huge fan of country, this is a must-see. There’s a 52 ft. guitar that doubles as a slide (it’s not just for kids you guys…) and enough interactive exhibits to keep you entertained for hours.

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Photo Credit: Country Music Hall of Fame

Ascend Amphitheater

It may not be as old and prestigious as the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium, but when it comes to outdoor concerts, Ascend Amphitheater is where it’s at. Every seat in the house has a great view (even the lawn seats), and the beer gardens keep the fun flowing. If you catch a concert at sunset, not only do you get a great show, but you get a preemo view of the sun going down over the Nashville skyline (date night anyone???)

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Photo Credit: youvisit.com

Belle Meade Plantation

I’ve never been a huge history buff, but when I heard the tour of this plantation ended with a wine tasting, I was there faster than you could say Greek-Revival architecture. Back in 1807 the plantation was just one tiny log cabin. Now, it’s a 34-acre property with a Victorian mansion, carriage house, horse farm, Boxwood Garden and more. Started from the bottom now we here.  Apparently, lots of people have weddings here, and I can see why. The property is breathtaking, and did I already mention they have a winery?!

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Photo Credit: Instagram @bellemeadewinery

Arrington Vineyards

When I want my wine without the pre-happy hour history lesson, I head to Arrington Vineyards. Rolling hills, a private wine loft, some great-tasting grapes—the only thing that could make this vineyard even more amazing would be live music. Oh wait, they have that too (cue angels singing.) Yup, every weekend jazz and bluegrass bands bring the tunes to Arrington Vineyards for ‘Music in the Vines,’ so pack a picnic, grab a bottle of their Antebellum red wine (trust me on this one), get cozy on the lawn in front of the jazz tent and voila! You’ve got yourself a preemo date night.

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Photo Credit: Arrington Vineyards (Facebook)

Pedal Tavern

If you’ve never been to Nashville, Pedal Tavern’s tours are by far the best way to see the city. I mean, a 15 seat bar-on-wheels manned by a hilarious guide beats a walking tour any day of the week. All Pedal Tavern tours are BYOB so stock up on your go-to beverages, grab a few friends, and get ready to hit the open road. The best part? With 15 people, no one notices if you don’t pedal.

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Photo Credit: Pedal Tavern

There’s so much left to explore, and I’m always looking for new suggestions. Any places I need to check out?

Love,

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