House into a Home

Slowly but surely, we are turning this house into a home!

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My husband & I designed the house together and it’s the first place that is truly ours, as I moved into his place when we first started living together. I’m not sure how to describe our style, but the house is modern with light colors and clean lines. Lots of natural light and lots of white! There are some retro vibes and we have a huge record collection that is displayed in different parts of the house. It definitely adds character.

It is really hard for me to pick my favorite room of the house because each one offers it’s own comfort. We finally got a king size bed to accommodate our king size dog and everyone LOVES it! The best part is that the mattress is Tempur-Pedic, so no one’s beauty sleep is disturbed when others are getting up at 5:30am!

IMG_0838Bed Z Gallerie | Bedding West Elm | Mattress Mattress Firm

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We had the shoe closet custom built by Rick at Alpha Designs here in Nashville. I was very generous and gave my husband one of the three sections.

I love my kitchen and I actually look forward to making meals! My range is super dreamy and I use the fifth burner all the time.

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We went with open stainless steel shelving instead of upper cabinets to keep the space feeling open and bright.

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I love the first floor living space because it’s so bright. We added the nanawall (folding glass wall) to offer indoor/outdoor living, so we could really enjoy having a back yard.

IMG_0857Couch American Signature | Rug Bliss Home | Table Pangea Home | Credenza Etsy

The second floor loft was initially supposed to be a reading nook, but it turned out to be a pretty large space, so we turned it into a dining room! This space doesn’t see a lot of meals because we eat at the island in the kitchen, but it will be nice to have a space if we ever want to get fancy.

IMG_0869Table & Bench Bliss Home | Rug West Elm | Chairs Amazon

The third floor is home to the record collection and the largest sofa I could find!

It is 10 feet long so the whole family can fit! It is insanely comfortable and will wear nicely over the years with a 120lb dog calling it home. I think it was well worth a crane ride!

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We had all the builts-in custom made to house the record collection.

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The final space I’m going to share is my shed. Women were, and in some cultures still are, sent to sheds during their menstrual cycles, because they were/are seen as dirty and the cause of unbalance. While I see how disturbing this situation is, the introvert in me couldn’t help but long for a week alone in a shed, to be by my damn self without the unbalance of the rest of the world! So, I created that dream space when we built the house.

IMG_0899 Sofa Bliss Home | Tables At Home | Fridge West Elm  |Rug Improvements |Bar Cart Target

It’s a screened in porch with a TV, a dining table with a view of downtown Nashville, a comfy sectional, and a fully stocked bar cart and fridge for wine, meats & cheeses.

IMG_0954Bench Amazon | Tables & Chairs World Market 

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The Shed is my happy place and true north.

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Kenya Raymer is a writer, blogger, dancer and the hostess of the natural-hair meet up Curls & Cocktails. She is a self-love enthusiast who uses her natural-hair platform as a space to discuss hair and all things beautiful & real. She is loving in Nashville, TN, where she promotes the local eats, animal rescue, self-awareness, personal growth, happiness and finding comfort in your own skin.

14 thoughts on “House into a Home

  1. Love the entire home, but that shed is speaking to me 🙂 The home is just as I imagined, a beautiful place for beautiful people. Hope you guys enjoy for years to come.

  2. This is simply stylish and you both manage to still capture the “homey” feel as well. I hope you both are enjoying your new space. It is truly amazing

  3. Your home is beautiful!! I especially love your ‘shed’. Just as a man has his man cave, you can switch up the meaning of that shed and let greatness shine. Because, periods make us even more powerful, duh!

  4. You’re house is amazing, but the shed, girl the shed is giving me life!!! As a fellow introvert can I say that I would probably live there 2wks/month not just the required 1wk. It’s so pretty and cozy and has everything a girl needs! What a vision! Enjoy your life doll! Congratulations on everything!!!💕

  5. Beautiful home! I need a girl shed. Is this a prefab home? My husband and I are wanting to build and want something a bit different.

  6. Hi Kenya! I love your home. It’s so different and I’ve never been interested in building a house, but I am now that I can build a contemporary home like this one. This was definitely inspiration! Do you mind sharing the name of builder? I am in Georgia and I don’t know where to start with researching how to build a home like this. Xoxo

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