Pictured in front of their new home in East Nashville are Staci and Michael Whitworth.
They are such a sweet and adorable, cool and creative couple. She's a graphic designer/yoga instructor (she did our beautiful logo & Wilder's shower invitation) and he's a songwriter here in Nashville. We go way back; Michael and Rohan (Britt's husband) played in a pop/rock band together almost 10 years ago; and if you're lucky enough to meet Staci, you will have an instant and forever friend.
Both Ashley and I fell in love with their house the second we walked in; It was beautiful and open, and we both gasped out of excitement. There wasn't one thing that didn't belong there - no clutter anywhere. It was magical. You can't help but feel zen in a space like that. We have always said that the first step in making your space more visually appealing is to get organized and get rid of all the things you don't need. After seeing this house, you'll see what a difference it can make!
In addition to taking you on a tour of their house, they've answered some questions on how they achieved their minimal and modern style. If you're anything like us, you'll be completely inspired to ditch the clutter and embrace the space in your own home.
Use 3 words to describe your style:
Modern, Organic, and Eclectic
What has inspired the design of your home?
Staci: We've found inspiration in a lot of places. Articles on feng shui, wabi sabi, and minimalism on the internet (MBG, Apartment Therapy, etc). I also just got into The Minimalists podcast and I'm loving it. And watching the documentary Tiny about the tiny house lifestyle.
What is your process in determining what to keep or get rid of?
We both find a lot of peace from a lack of clutter and our parents advised us when we first got married to be conscious about how much stuff we have. From the very beginning, we've had a lot of conversations about our style and how our home and things in our home fit into that. Is it useful and does it bring us joy? Does it keep us present? For sentimental items like cards, photos or old journals we had to ask tough questions, like "Do I believe I will lose a part of this person or this experience if I get rid of this thing?" Also, our friends made a documentary called The True Cost (about fast fashion) which made us think about the impact of all the things we buy. Environmentally, ethically, etc. We're just trying to be more thoughtful about what we have in general.
What is your favorite item in your home and why?
Michael: My Grandfather's chair (grid photo 2); it fits into our style perfectly, and more than that, every time I sit in it, it brings back memories of chats with him before he fell asleep in it. Because, damn that chair is comfortable.
Staci: Our plants. Having something alive, wild and green inside our home has been very therapeutic and fun for me.
Decor inspiration or designers you love:
Michael: Eames as a designer, and the Japanese minimalist aesthetic.
Staci: My mother and her love of antiques. Apartment Therapy has been hugely influential in our style development, we're both very into feng shui and the concept that everything has a life force or energy and is connected. The less clutter you have, the more that good energy can flow freely.
Quotes you live by?
Michael: "Freedom of constraint."
Staci: "All you need is less."
Couch: West Elm
Chair/Credenza/Nesting Table: Vintage
Floor Lamp: Ebay
Rug: All Modern
Prints: Gifted from Staci's Parents
Rug: All Modern
Lamps: West Elm
Shag Rugs: HomeGoods
Thank to the Whitworths for sharing their home and design philosophies with us! We hope you are just as inspired by this gorgeous home and way of living as we are. Tell us in the comments section below some of the things you do to keep a tidy home!