This Bungalow Combines Vintage and Contemporary Styles
This little Nashville bungalow mixes new and vintage finds for an eclectic and eye-catching design. Many pieces were flea market finds that homeowner Brittany updated herself to fit the space.
Evidence of creativity saturates Brittney Forrister's home, which she lovingly updated and adorned with a blend of thrifted treasures, savvy splurges, and gifts from loved ones. Brittney's passion for thrifting stems from a desire for her home to stand out, not blend in. Under her careful curating, bargains sidle up next to indulgences, and it's often hard for visitors to distinguish.
Blue glass vases in the dining room could pass for antiques, but they're actually retail finds from a home decor store. The glass-and-bamboo table in the same room might have been one of West Elm's most recent releases, but in reality it's a decades-old purchase from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. And an old brass chandelier had potential to drag the dining room into 1970s territory, but once it was stripped of its shades and lit with exposed round bulbs, it's just the glamorous touch the space needed. Subtle geometric patterns in the rug, window treatment, and fabric bench work together to add interest to the space.
A midcentury modern table with an inlaid mother-of-pearl top exalts everything around it, making vintage signs and photos from Brittney's travels and childhood look like pricey art. Smaller than a bar cart, this makeshift dry bar is perfect for entertaining.
Clean and Airy
To prevent the living room from feeling cramped, Brittney hunted for a Lucite table. Velvet Kelly green pillows give the room a touch of glamour. A jute rug brings in natural texture and color.
Brittney scored her kitchen cabinets from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore for a mere $700. They were torn out of an old house undergoing a renovation, and Brittney had them painted and retrofitted to her space. A cabinet was also converted into an island, and everything was capped with butcher-block counters, a cheaper and homier alternative to granite.
Wide shelves were custom-built to stretch around the kitchen and display Brittney's collection of dishes and glassware. Different textures and shapes allow the all-white shelves and accessories to make a subtle statement.
Brittney crafted a mood board in the kitchen out of plywood and metal sheets from a home center. It stretches from floor to ceiling and is always a conversation starter. She starts over every year, resulting in a new piece of personal art each time.
Bird figurines on the nightstand and a bird motif quilt provide whimsical touches to the bedroom—kept from veering too cutesy by a modern lamp scored at an estate sale. Brittney framed wall decals from IKEA to create the high-style, low-cost floating-flowers artwork.
Saturated blue walls, a playful pile of patterns on the bed, and edgy artwork transform the guest bedroom's brass bed from ordinary to alluring. White window treatments keep the bold wall color from overpowering the room.
The bath started out the same blue as the guest room, until Brittney realized she didn't like the dark hue in such a tight space. White walls and wainscoting now provide a quiet backdrop for a gallery of framed photos and canvases. High-contrast black paint coats the window casing and the underside of the tub, which is original to the house.
Inexpensive boards from IKEA pair with brass brackets from Anthropologie to create chic shelves in the bath. The narrow elements of the shelving don't overpower the texture of the wainscoting.
Brittney's porch invites people in with thrifted ladder-back chairs, plush pillows, and a gaily patterned rug underfoot. Shades of blue and turqoise (including a light blue ceiling) unite the space.
Brittney's bungalow is located in Nashville's red-hot 12 South neighborhood. Basic landscaping and large planters at the end of the steps look clean and tidy. The teal and white exterior keeps the home colorful but light.