When interior designer Kendall Simmons downsized her home to a historic 660-square-foot loft in Nashville, she didn't let the small size compromise her decorating plans. Instead, Simmons and her husband jam-packed it full of character, sentimental finds, and bright colors, culling anything that "wasn't truly beautiful or meaningful." The intimate space reflects the couple's eclectic taste and global travels. "Our move to a small space was fueled by a desire to live more intentionally," she told MyDomaine.
"We wanted to focus on buying experiences, not things to fill our home."
The building was originally built in the mid-1800s and converted into contemporary lofts in 2008 while keeping the original bones intact. The hardwood floors, exposed timber beams, and brickwork are all original features that are complemented by Simmons's varied aesthetic. "As a designer, my personal style evolves constantly," she said. "My home is an eclectic mix of individual items that make me happy and things I won't grow tired of. I like to surround myself with color and pieces that tell a story about who I am and where I've been." Ahead, Simmons shares her design details for each room.
"I knew my backdrop had to be completely neutral so that all of the individual colorful pieces I brought in could stand on their own," she explained. "White was a no-brainer for the walls, and then the colorful mix of furniture and accessories happened organically."
"The first thing I bought for our home was the pair of gray swivel chairs in our living room," she said. "I was still mulling the design direction over in my mind, but my husband really needed a place to sit! We bought the chairs as an impulse buy because they were able to be delivered immediately, but they're wildly comfortable, and we've loved them ever since."
"We made cosmetic changes to the kitchen, bathroom, and foyer, including new tile, paint, marble countertops, cabinet hardware, and lighting," she said. "We also removed a small wing wall from the kitchen that separated it from the living area."
"My vintage bar cart is a longtime favorite," she said. "I bought it for $30 at a yard sale. A few coats of spray paint changed it from an old school AV cart to an excellent bar for entertaining. I'm also in love with my mint-green counter stools from Target. I hunted online forever to find the perfect stools, and I ended up finding these for $75 each."
The vintage Smeg fridge in powder blue adds a hint of old-school cool to the kitchen.
"The high ceilings and the huge windows sold me on our loft from the first moment I saw it," she said. "You can never have too much natural light."
"Other than my large collection of books and some personal artwork and accessories, we scrapped everything from our previous home," she said. "We wanted to make sure that we loved each and every item that came in the door of our new place. Already owning it wasn't a good enough reason to keep anything."
"We love to travel, and by simplifying our life and our home, we've been able to increase our number of annual travel days dramatically," she said."Each time I travel to a new place, I bring back a small piece of that place to help fuel my memory. I gravitate toward books and original art. These carefully chosen mementos add meaningful layers and texture to our small space."
"The ongoing challenge with this home is constant editing," she said. "Nothing is allowed in that isn't meaningful or beautiful. There's just no space for things that are only okay."
The bathroom also reflects Simmons's chic, eclectic taste. We love the use of geometric pattern here with a subtle vintage appeal.
Did someone say color? A shock of cobalt blue is enough to make anyone smile.
This striking original artwork by Jessica Kenyon is the perfect hallway accompaniment.