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Todd and Laura Gummerman - Nashville, TN

A lifestyle blogger and her musician husband breathe new life into a classic Southern home with their fresh twist on Mid-century style that’s hip yet homey and sure to be trending.
If Laura and Todd’s suburban Nashville home were to have a mantra it could easily be good vibes, only. Their newly remodeled 3-bedroom rancher—bathed in bright white, and accented with brass finishes, palm leaf wallpaper, and a flicker of neon—inspires a chill modern feel. This is a fitting trait considering the single-story home doubles as an office for Laura, a DIY blogger for A Beautiful Mess, and a studio for Todd, the guitarist and keyboardist for alt rock band Mutemath. “It’s nice to have a peaceful place that also doubles as a creative space,” Todd says.
 

Nearly two years ago, the couple relocated to the Music City from Springfield, Missouri. Like any transplants, they’ve had the challenge of acclimating to a new city and settling into a new house. “The first day we were here our neighbor brought us a pie—that’s southern hospitality,” Laura says with a smile. With her keen eye for detail, Laura spent the last year transforming the house with personality while Todd was away on tour. “My parents renovated every house that we grew up in so I’m pretty good at seeing the bones and knowing what can happen. I think we’re definitely at that spot where it feels good; it feels like home.”
How would your describe your design style?

How would your describe your design style?

Laura: I feel like our style is Mid-century with a twist. I love to have the clean lines and classic shapes of Mid-century, but we don’t want it to be too boring so we throw in fun elements like lots of brass, neon signs and pink walls. It feels homey but it also feels fun. I definitely want the house to feel unique when people walk in.

My love for Mid-century came from a childhood of watching 1960s movies starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Their apartments were so cool.

It’s nice to have a peaceful place that also doubles as a creative space.

- Todd

Who takes the lead when it comes to decorating?

Who takes the lead when it comes to decorating?

Laura: Todd’s very easy going and I am very type A. I know exactly what I want so most of the time I’m able to lay out this whole plan and he’s usually fine with it.

Todd: I tour a lot and it seems like every time I come home something is different and it usually improves the mood and the vibe of the house. She’s talented so it’s always a really fun surprise. It’s like living in an HGTV show!

Laura: Before & After!

I think we’re definitely at that spot where it feels good; it feels like home.

- Laura

How was the house before you made it your own?

Todd: All the rooms were pretty normal before. She did a really great job of being creative and getting the rooms to feel special. The before and after was drastic.

Laura: We called it the beige palace! We got rid of all the beige and brown colors we hated and we used a lot of white to brighten up the space. We were able to save the wood floors and just restain them a dark beautiful color. I really had to pump personality into the rooms.

Would you say color plays a big role in your design inspiration?

Laura: Everybody has an internal color scheme and some things just feel so wrong, like browns and tans and oranges for me, and then others just feel so right like clean neutrals, pinks and teals.

I find that color really stands out more when you have a clean palette behind it so I painted most of the walls white.
Our style is Mid-century with a twist. I love to have the clean lines and classic shapes of Mid-century, but we don’t want it to be too boring so we throw in fun elements.

- Laura

Take the Tour

Laura and Todd’s Nashville home is nothing short of a dream. Scroll on for a closer look inside their light, bright and anything but ordinary home.

Any tips for merging two design styles in one home?

Laura: You don’t want to forget about the other person when you’re designing so having little touches that are special to both of you or to one person throughout the house is a good compromise. For example, I found a The Big Lebowski print—that’s his favorite movie—but it’s in my color scheme so it works for everybody.
I tour a lot and it seems like every time I come home something is different and it usually improves the mood and the vibe of the house.

- Todd

How does this home make you feel?

Todd: It’s definitely a retreat for both of us and especially me considering how chaotic the road can be. We can just chill and enjoy each other’s company, the cats and the quiet.

Laura: For me, our house is really a place where you feel peaceful and you feel like you can be yourself with the people and the things you love.

It just feels very comforting and homey and familiar.

Is this your forever home?

Laura: The more work we put into it, the more it looks like you and the more attached we become to it, then the longer we want to stay! We definitely have some strong home vibes happening now.

Todd: We would like to start a family so we may end up feeling like we have to move for more square footage.

Laura: Then we’ll do this all again in a bigger house!
Our house is really a place where you feel peaceful and you feel like you can be yourself.

- Laura

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