Have you heard of HOTELette yet? It’s a curated collection of design-centric Airbnbs — think the luxuries of a 5 star hotel but the privacy of a home. There are locations in Austin and Nashville, with another Texas location opening soon. Allison Crawford, the founder, says her goal is “to curate inspiring spaces for my guests so they leave feeling stimulated by interior design.”
Located in the heart of East Nashville, HOTELette Nashville embodies the hip, modern vibe of the neighborhood. Allison recently invited a group of gal pals to join her for a weekend away. “The 3,500 sq ft house was recently renovated and we enjoyed the entire house and backyard,” Allison tells us. “Since my guests’ flights were staggered, it made sense to have brunch at house so they could arrive at their leisure. I’m not a gourmet chef by any means, so I kept the menu and beverages simple.”
The brunch started with tea around the banquette and soon progressed into champagne on the patio. Once all the guests arrived, the party moved to the dining room. The wooden dining room table is antique Indian wedding table and the vintage chairs are 1970s classics by Jerry Johnson. “My interior design philosophy is that a space should tell a story, and this room is no exception,” Allison smiles.
As for her hosting philosophy, simplicity is key. “For drinks, I served coffee, hot tea, and champagne with fresh raspberries,” she explains. “Since a few of my friends have food allergies, I created a gluten free menu of egg cupcakes, roasted potatoes, and a mixed green salad.” (Editor’s Note: You can find the recipe fo the salad in the slideshow!)
Finally, the ambiance was enhanced by great music. “All the HOTELette properties have a record player with a diverse collection of vinyls including everything from Tribe Called Quest to Kenny Loggins,” Allison says. “Whenever I wake up in Nashville, I immediately sip on coffee while enjoying a little Frank Sinatra. My other favorite records include House of Balloons by The Weeknd and Take Care by Drake and, of course, there are country legends for boot scootin’.”