For an artists’ manager and his dog, Henri, their charming home in Nashville’s trendy 12 South neighborhood needed a necessary update. With the design expertise of Matt Donahue of Bureau Interiors, they were able to transform the slightly dated home into a rad retreat for the owner’s entertaining and unwinding needs. “The house itself was very well-maintained, but it needed some updating and better use of square footage,” Matt said. “The finishes, appliances, lighting, and paint all echoed a decade or more ago of décor and living.”

The home owner shared magazine tear-outs and Pinterest pages, and within two hours Matt Donahue already knew what direction they’d take — maximize the 1300 square feet, create a clean and personalized aesthetic weaving in lots of texture, and create the perfect setting for entertaining. “The kitchen itself redefined the space entirely,” Matt stated, “there is now wine storage, double the amount of physical storage without expanding the kitchen footprint, and the customized cabinetry creates accessibility for his pet, office, and personal needs as well.” The slick light grey cabinetry and subway tile create a more cohesive look than the heavy honeyed wood cabinetry and mismatched floor tile that was there before. “We had the idea to fabricate a custom dining table that would extend from the island in a waterfall fashion,” Matt shared, “This design idea created continuity throughout the kitchen and dining rooms without additional millwork, furnishings, or construction.”

Creating a good flow through out the house was important. The first thing that Matt did was tear down walls in the entryway to give a greater feeling space. A floating fireplace wall separates the two living areas without completely closing them off. The decoration of the space also serves to maximize the feeling of space. From the glossy white painted ceilings in the kitchen, to the light linen Roman shades in the living room, and the flush mount fixtures instead of heavy ceiling fans, all contribute to the clean aesthetic that the home owner wanted.

Lastly, Matt wanted to infuse the space with personality. The design highlights definitely include the Apparatus Studio Twig 5 fixture over the kitchen island, the artwork by Nashville-based artist Ed Nash over the sofa, and the patterned raffia wallpaper in the powder room. Working with texture, Matt was able to give the space depth. “To craft a layered space, there must be an unfolding of materials that while distinct in their properties, they work in concert,” he said. “We are never afraid to combine a variety of metals, materials, and fabrics.”