Womanista Decor: Decorating a New “Womanista” Home

About a year and a half ago, my husband and I purchased our dream home in Nashville – We only looked at it once before making an offer, and I knew immediately that I wanted it to be ours. The property is what sold me almost immediately. We have sweeping magnolias, an elegant pool, and a quiet courtyard with a bubbling fountain and winding ivy. And even though the decor of the house wasn’t exactly my aesthetic upon first glance, I was instantly drawn to the soul & bones. My mind was spinning with ideas on how to make it our own!

The day that we closed I called my friend & ridiculously talented designer, Lindsay Rhodes. Lindsay and I got to work on creating a plan for the design – we wanted the house to be chic & elegant, but still warm & inviting with a fun, playful vibe. Here are a few “Before & After” photos – I am so proud of how it turned out and I wake up every single day with a thankful heart that we get to live here!

This is the living room before

The living room (aka “the ladies lounge”) now! We removed the TV cabinet and put a window back in where it was originally. I love all of the different colors & textures in this room

The kitchen before – it was nice, but a little dark & closed off for me.

Our dream kitchen! We had to take down walls to create an open entertaining space. I have always loved a white kitchen, so I went ALL THE WAY and added some glitzy touches with the carrara marble “waterfall” countertop & antique-mirrored backsplash.

Another view – the kitchen flows directly into the family room. It’s awesome for entertaining!

This was originally the formal living room…

 …and it’s now our glam dining room! We updated the fireplace & had a custom dining table designed to fit the space (it’s 200 inches long!)

The library was already a cozy room featuring Italian oak cabinetry

Now it’s a cozy, swanky music room with lots of modern textures! I would have never pulled all of this together in the way that Lindsay pulled it together. She is a genius! The cabinetry is now finished with navy blue lacquer & antiqued mirror back the bookshelves. It’s the perfect place to showcase my husband’s awards.

…and that’s it, womanistas! I am so proud of our home and I think it perfectly reflects my husband and I – just like I knew it would the second I walked in it for the first time (it just needed a little elbow grease & polish!) What about you? What do you love about  your home that reflects you?

xo, the Womanista


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32 Responses to “Womanista Decor: Decorating a New “Womanista” Home” Subscribe

  1. Mia @ MakeMeUpMia August 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I’m reading through old posts of your Cassie and came across this, your home is stunning. If I could create my dream home, I’d be clipping pics of yours for inspiration. Pink and gold, bright white gorgeous kitchen, YES! Love it :)

  2. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate December 30, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I just love this! As someone currently rehabbing her first TN home, too, (an 1800s Victorian), I can appreciate every last detail in these before-and-afters!

  3. Abby November 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Wow – That is beautiful! Props to your friend Lindsay for doing a great job!

  4. Caroline November 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Absolutely Beautiful! Love everything about your home

  5. Emily Stroud October 22, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Absolutely stunning Cassie! Love Love Love the kitchen!

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks Emily! I love it too :-)

  6. Lindsay Rhodes October 22, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Cass, I love seeing the before and after pics. I totally forgot the “before” house! What a fun, fun project, working with clients/friends with fabulous taste and the kindest of hearts. Love!

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Lindsay, you are THE BEST! I loved getting to do this with you, and seeing the “before” pics again made me say “WOW, look how we made this FABULOUS!” :-) xxxxx

  7. Brittany smith October 22, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Wow!! When I saw the kitchen awhile ago I just knew the entire reno was going to be absolutely beautiful!! Every single bit is divine! Thanks so much for sharing your home! :)

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks, Brit! xxxx

  8. Teresa Puliti October 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Now I know why Ali LOVES going to your house….besides seeing you, of course!

    Your home is beautiful, warm, and inviting!

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Ha ha, Thanks T! I love having Ali for a visit!!! :-)

  9. Alison Abernathy October 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Beautiful, Cassie! Loved meeting you in Nashville! Enjoy your new home!

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks, Alison! I loved meeting you too! xo

  10. Amy Collins October 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    This is amazing!!! Everything turned out so perfect! Thanks for sharing! Dying over that dining room :)

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks, Amy! We have loved every inch of that dining room! :-) xo

  11. Lisa October 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Thank you for sharing pictures of your home. It looks absolutely gorgeous!! I love the kitchen!! All of the rooms looks so inviting!! Enjoy

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks so much, Lisa! xo

  12. Veronica S October 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Oh, I forgot to say: OMG your home is beautiful! I LOVE your style! Like me you like it bright! AND I REALLY LOVE your kitchen, like seriously..can I just borrow that kitchen to just to bake som really stylish cupcakes??

    • Woman October 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Ha ha, thank you! I do love it light & bright! :-)

  13. Veronica S October 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    First of all, I bet your kitchen is as big as out family/livingroom. I live in an apartment so it’s not that big but big enough for me, my mom and brother (yes I still live at home…) BUT it is an apartment that reflecs all of us, we all had a say in decorations and everything. The only thing I’m not too happy with is my room, so I’m re-doing my room after Christmas!

  14. Sarah October 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    YOU, my friend, have the most elegant and fabulous taste of anyone around. Your home is absolutely STUNNING!!!!

    • Woman October 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah!! YOU are fabulous :-)

  15. Claudia October 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Cass, your home is every bit you and Charles,
    so warm and welcoming to everyone, thanks for always opening your home to family and friends, it’s special to be there!

    • Woman October 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Thank you!! We love having everyone over! :-)

  16. Whitney October 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Gorgeous, Cassie! Love every single space you shared… glam, warm, chic, cozy!

    • Woman October 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Thanks, Whitney!! xo

  17. Meghann Myers October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I love, love, love your home Cassie! It is so beautiful and glam but also cozy and functional at the same time. Lindsay is a genius when it comes to mixing patterns and textures, so the space is inviting. Thanks for sharing some pics!

    • Woman October 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks, Meggie! Love you!

  18. Lindsay Miller October 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Cassie! Coming from an interior designer– who sees gorgeous homes every day– your house is absolutely beautiful! Classic and timeless. Great job!

    • Woman October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks, Lindsay!! Coming from you, that’s such a compliment! And I worked with another “Lindsay” who also happens to be an Ole Miss alum :-) xxx

      • Lindsay Miller October 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

        AHH!! just looked her up on your Facebook link, I think she was a Senior KD when I was a freshman. Small world. :)

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