The 18 square blocks that make up Nashville's neighborhood were once a scene of condemnation and imminent demolition. Among them sits a shotgun house — a small style of home that was popular in the Victorian era — dating back to 1899. For years, its potential went untapped, until interior designer stepped in, giving the home, like its neighbors, new life.
Arnold kept the layout of the home true to its shotgun roots — meaning the rooms sit one right behind another with the kitchen serving as the main hallway — and incorporated vintage pieces and old school art to give each room an authentic feel.
"I like to use a ratio of 40 percent new pieces to 60 percent vintage and antique pieces," he says.
Beyond his proclivity for mi old and new, Arnold's passion for Southern architecture made renovating this Tennessee stunner a no-brainer for him.
Read on to see inside the charming space.
The home's original layout did not include a living space, so Arnold converted the main parlor into a richly layered living room.
The living room window is the only one in the front of the house, so Arnold arranged furniture around it to fully maximize the light.
As the small home is without a dining room, Arnold designed the kitchen to work as both a functional cooking space and entertaining area.
Dramatic black paint sets the scene for this glamorous sleeping area. The chandelier and gold bed frame add opulence, while the soft, neutral bedding grounds the space in reality.
The master bathroom was added on during the renovation, but Arnold kept its style true to the home's history by including an exposed hand hewn wood ceiling.
The guest bedroom features a custom velvet headboard.