By: Lifestyle Communities
You don’t have to be an avid fan of home improvement shows to appreciate good interior design, though it probably doesn’t hurt to steal all of your ideas from Chip & Joanna. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, it can be easy to become indifferent to the look and style of your home decor. Sometimes, you just need to spruce things up a bit and bring a bit of freshness back into the space.
The good news is that when you live in Nashville, you have a plethora of options available that will allow you to remove the old and usher in the new. No need to hit those big chain stores; there are local options around every corner that will bring the charm of Music City right into your home. Let’s take a look at some eclectic shops in and around the city that will help you kick your interior style up a notch:
Bits & Pieces, Germantown
402 Madison Street, Nashville, TN 37208
This vintage boutique is one of Germantown’s best treasures, providing bits from the past and pieces for the future with a wide variety of antiques, clothing, artisan pieces, gifts and much more. Honestly, we could get lost in this space for hours. The mix of new items with curated finds in an open and airy building is the perfect combination for a Saturday shopping trip well spent.
We found a really cool vintage record player here, along with some great leather-bound books for the living room coffee table and the most amazing scented candle. There are hidden gems and special selections all throughout the two-level shop, and we’re willing to bet you’ll find more than a few things you absolutely have to have. The store even hosts embroidery workshops with Thistle & Leaves (@thistleandleaves), so you can try your hand at making something of your own.
Bits & Pieces is open every day of the week - hours vary, so check the website - and have some items available for purchase through the online store. Check them out! You won’t be disappointed.
1212 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
If you made it to Bits & Pieces, you’re a stone’s throw away from Wilder, located in a bright space on 4th Avenue North, right between two of our favorite Nashville eateries, Henrietta Red and City House. This design shop first opened its doors in November 2014, and man are we glad they did. There are so many contemporary designs here, including furniture, lighting, fragrance and apparel, and they frequently partner with new collaborators on exclusive products and innovative popups. This is where you’ll find the showstopping piece that has your friends and guests enviously saying, “Where did you findthat?” You can thank the creative spirit of owners Ivy & Josh, who relocated to Nashville from NYC, for envisioning and creating this incredible space. (They were once a Rockette and a Blue Man, after all.)
On our last visit, we picked up some table tile coasters that brought some geometric design and modernity to our living room, but we bet you’ll spot plenty of things you’ll want to own. Whatever you choose, we know it’ll be a piece worth bragging about.
Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
224 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
If you’re looking to bring a piece of Music City into your home, Hatch Show Print is the place for you. This iconic shop has been creating letterpress prints since the 19th century and these eye-catching conversation starters are a must for people looking to bring some history (and color) into their rooms. In the 2010’s, Hatch Show Print moved from its home on lower Broadway into its current place within the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
They see a ton of visitors (more than 100,000 annually), and host regular participation-based activities that are fun to try. It’s definitely worth a visit to the space to see what they’re all about and hopefully walk away with something of your own. If you’re unable to make it to the physical location, you can visit their website and order some prints through their online store. It’s really a great way to showcase a local Nashville favorite and kick your artwork up a notch.
Amelia’s Flower Truck, Various Locations
If you’ve spent any time in 12 South or The Gulch, we bet you’ve spotted the adorable vintage Volkswagen Transporters we’ve come to associate with Amelia’s Flower Truck. And if the VW’s weren’t cool enough, these particular versions are decked out in fresh flowers for purchase. It’s almost too much for one person to handle. Owner and creator, Mattie Bush, envisioned bringing the accessibility to fresh flowers she came to love about big cities right here to Nashville - and it totally worked.
In our minds, few things brighten a room quite like a vibrant bouquet of flowers, and it’s one of our favorite ways to liven up a living space. You can incorporate a mix of smaller arrangements or opt for one large showstopping bouquet, but whichever you choose, fresh is definitely best. Amelia’s Flower Truck even offers floral subscriptions, so you can have some on-hand as often as you’d like. If you’re a beginner like us, we highly recommend letting the experts at Amelia’s design a bouquet for you, but if you’re feeling adventurous, visit a truck and see what you can create on your own. At least you know it will smell good!
Now that you’ve got four good local places to visit, we hope you’ll share some of your home decor finds with us on Facebook or Instagram (@lifestylecommunities). We love seeing what you’re able to create and could always use some more design inspiration. Happy decorating!
Britt is a Content Marketing Manager for Lifestyle Communities (LC), who enjoys sharing the stories of cities and neighborhoods. With communities throughout Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville - Germantown, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro and SoBro (coming soon) - LC is committed to bringing people together to form meaningful connections. It’s not about building apartments, restaurants, pools and gyms - it’s about building places for people to engage, to connect, and to be themselves. It’s about building a place to call home. Learn more at LifestyleCommunities.com or on Instagram, @lifestylecommunities.
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