Driveway Finished-ish

November 4, 2015

Well, I really didn’t think it would take a year to finish off the upper driveway project, but here we are. Grass grows REALLY SLOWLY in deep shade. Just sayin’.

You may recall, many moons ago, that when we replaced the driveway, there was an area under our huge elm tree where we did not re-pour concrete. It has been a parking pad, and we still needed it, but wanted to minimize stress to the tree’s roots and opted instead for a permeable paver system. Not only does water drain down to the roots of the elm tree, we are maintaining a grassy spot underneath the tire swing – sort of. It turns to mud pretty quickly after the Halloween party, but at least it’s not a slab anymore.

We purchased our paver mats from Landscape Discount which was the least expensive option we could find. We noticed that one of our local parks used the same stuff in their parking area, but instead of seeding it, filled theirs with gravel, so there are other uses besides planting it as we did.

So as a refresher, here’s where we started.

driveway beforedriveway scraped

First you level it out, and add gravel for drainage and additional leveling, then a layer of soil, the paver mats, more soil, then plant the grass seeds. A lot of shoveling, tamping and more shoveling. Good upper body work!

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permeable paver installation IMG_2652Then wait about 6 months.

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We are parking there now since there won’t be any more grass growing in this season. We will over seed again in the Spring to try and thicken up the area even more. While it was a lot of work, it is an inexpensive option for areas you want to protect from stormwater runoff or where you need extra parking without giving up green space.

Nashville Symphony House

June 12, 2015

I have a few things working away to show you – the next phase of the driveway is finishing up, and I’m still trying to figure out storage in the laundry area, but in the meantime, I went on a cool house tour and wanted to share some of the details I enjoyed the most!

Castle Homes and Wade Weissmann Architecture have built a home to benefit the Nashville Symphony in Forest Hills, and it opens to the public TODAY! They invited  Julie Couch, Mark Simmons Interiors and Rozanne Jackson from The Iron Gate to design the interiors, and I got a sneak peek! For more photos of the rooms in their entirety, go HERE.

As we entered the home, we were asked to remove shoes or wear booties since there were some expensive rugs in the home, some in the $40k range. I really loved this one in the kitchen…

Nashville Symphony House

One of the first things I noticed is the sheer scale of every room in the house. 5500 sf with tall ceilings make the entire house seem incredibly spacious.

I have always loved an elevated fireplace, your back will get toasty while you eat at the kitchen island (that is probably the size of 2 pool tables end to end – no kidding)
Nashville Symphony House


I didn’t take a photo of the island in full, so here it is via today’s Style Blueprint piece.

NashSymphShowHse-411 Photography by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography


I also noticed that the use of antiqued mirror was a consistent theme in the finishes, from free standing as below, or here as a backsplash in the bar area.
Nashville Symphony House

Nashville Symphony House


I really loved these boxy, soft club chairs.


Nashville Symphony House

Art in the master bath….

Nashville Symphony House

The art that stuck with me the most was the series of brass flowers by Tommy Mitchell.  So delicate and just completely beautiful.

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I also enjoyed seeing Julie Couch mix it up by upholstering the traditional settee in white cowhide. Clever and easy to clean!

Nashville Symphony House


And the chandy by Oly is a stunner.Nashville Symphony HouseFinally, the gravel patio beyond the back porch was covered in a material I was not familiar with, birds-eye gravel. It has the same color as pea gravel, but smaller stones with sharper edges. It looks great.

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A great day out – I enjoyed the garden party with Carmen Johnston, Troy Marden, and delicious treats by Miss Daisy King.

The best part?

There will be an “after the tour” sale!! June 29th from 10am-2pm so if you see something you like, you will be able to buy it!  Go and check it out, so the Symphony can stay in the black and keep bringing our community great music. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Best Find

March 5, 2015

When Chairish asked me to do a post on my best find, I was flattered and terrified all at once.* I am TERRIBLE at picking favorite anythings. 95% of my furnishings are vintage/previously loved, so how do you even qualify such a thing? Is it the piece that has the most value in relation to what I paid? Is it the most rare? It’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite kid, you can’t – you love them all equally, yet uniquely.

Then it hit me – the piece that has probably had the most impact in my home, and how I have decorated around it, seems to be what I should choose. But it has no provenance that I am aware of; shouldn’t I choose something with a pedigree like my Barcelona or Wassily chairs?! Nope. At the end of the day, our no name sofa made our house a home. We’ve had it almost 5 years now, and no regrets.

The architecture of our house called for something with a 70’s mod vibe, and I had envisioned De Sede and Pantonova in the living room, but my budget had other ideas. I scoured Ebay, flea markets, antique malls, estate sales, and craigslist (pre-Chairish era) for months until I found it, lonely in Florida, photographed in front of a dumpster. $480 of curving allure. While that’s not dirt cheap, it’s a LOT of sofa for under $500 in my opinion. Ebay did not fail me.

It seats 10, but we find most often it seats 6-8 and everyone feels comfy and not crowded. It had no tags, labels or identifiers of any kind and I have never been able to find another one online or otherwise, so I am still in the dark (if you know – please share!!) but it anchors our home.

When we first brought it home, I didn’t have the right table to go in the center, so that evolved over time…

lr sectional sofa modfrugal

sectional with Tulip Overload 3 LR

modfrugal curvy sectionalModrugal Living Room Horse/sofa

This is where we are lately….the sofa works best with the 3 level swiveling brass and glass table. Friends can swing a level out closer to them to hold food and drinks, and for family gaming.vintage curved sectional modfrugal

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sectional modfrugalWho knows what’s next, but whatever it is, it will revolve around this sofa for a looong time.

*Chairish is not paying me; this is NOT a sponsored post.



Dining Room Refresh + DIY Brass Pendants

February 8, 2015

modfrugal DIY brass chandelier

Happy New Year! Yeah, I’m a bit late. the bloggaversary came and went, and I was too ashamed to even mention it because, really, why draw attention to the fact that I’m a terrible poster these days. “Hey, it’s been 6 years and I got nothing!”

So here I am, and I finally have something . Yay for not wasting your time?!? It’s a long one though, so come back, or settle in for awhile.

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DIY X Wing Fighter with Fiber Optics

December 19, 2014

I had a post mostly written about the marbled wrapping paper and it is so very much the WRONG way to do it, and so finicky, it is a fail for sharing. I will do it properly when I get the right materials, but if I told anyone else how I did it and they tried and went through all the mess I did, they would hate me, so for everyone’s sanity – I can’t in good conscience post a DIY that is so flawed. It came out well because I was patient and stubborn, not because it is an easy technique.

The CC, on the other hand, has been a busy man with more translatable success.

DIY X wing fighters Modfrugal

This has been our dining room for the past few weeks as the CC went all out again this year for the annual ornament DIY for the Things. (See, I wasn’t lying about only one corner of my house being tidy.)


Behold the X Wing Fighter for 2014, that can fly around last year’s Death Star on the tree. For a complete (insanely complicated) tutorial on how he did it, go to his Instructable here.

DIY X Wing Fighter rear modfrugal

DIY Xwing Fighter Ornament Modfrugal

For past years’ nerdaments (DIY ornaments for nerdy families like us) click here.

Real Estalking

November 24, 2014

For those wondering, phase 3 of the driveway isn’t happening until Spring. We had a cold snap in October and it didn’t make sense to try and plant grass then, so you haven’t missed anything. Now that’s out of the way, can we discuss this house, PLEASE?

I had to show you another gem that has been on the market for about a month and has just gone under contract.  Given the school district in which it is located, I’m surprised it took that long, but modern is not your typical Nashvillian’s dream house (sadly).

It’s so fun, and I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as I do!! Click the link or the photo for more info….

Here is the Timberwood modern.

Timberwood Modern Nashville

All my previous real estalking posts can be found here.

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