For some of us, a Nashville dream home is a sprawling estate with dedicated rooms for every need or want in our lives. For others, it’s more cozy, with less space to keep up and a lifestyle based on the spirit of minimalism.
An upcoming documentary screening at the Regal Green Hills 16 got us focused on the latter. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things gives voice to the question, “How might my life be better with less?” And that’s definitely a question we’ve seen some of our buyers asking themselves. Sometimes our downsizing clients are empty-nesters or newly single homeowners; sometimes they’re families who see more freedom in the idea of streamlining toward necessities.
If you’re feeling intrigued by the idea posed by the documentary, the screening is set for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 (more info here).
For the Nashville-area downsizers among you: Let us know if we can help you find the right cozy and minimal space here. In the meantime, we rounded up some of our favorite furniture picks for small spaces — great for and inspired by minimalism — all of which are available here in the Nashville area.
Fantastic furniture for small or minimalist spaces
Industrial storage coffee table
If you’re a work-from-home pro with a small space, finding somewhere to work that doesn’t take up a lot of room: pretty key. Which is why we like this storage-heavy coffee table — not only can you keep all your paperwork/gadgetry stored and organized, but the top pops up at the perfect height to serve as a couch-bound laptop desk. ($599, West Elm)
Have the occasional big-family gathering, but not the space to dedicate to it? We’re into this multi-function table from Nashville shop 2 Danes — not only does it easily extend from a cozy table for three to a bigger table for six-plus, but it makes smart use of the under-table space too, with storage baskets and compartments. (2 Danes, 73 White Bridge Road)
Cute extra seating, somewhere to put up your feet and a place to store your stuff: These multi-purpose ottomans at Bliss in the Melrose area do all their jobs well, with lots of storage space and strength (they can stand up to 275 pounds), while also being collapsible, if you really need to get them out of the way. Bonus: They come in a bunch of cute colors. ($44.95, Bliss Furniture)
Pull-out couches work, but for your guests, they always feel more like sleeping on a couch than on a bed. If you have space for a wall bed, a.k.a. Murphy Bed, in your home office or other smallish nook, you’re doing your visitors a solid. The thing we like about Closet Factory’s options, aside of the fact that they have a location in the area, up in Goodlettsville: These wall beds are totally customizable, from finishes to accessories (like extra fold-down tables, hideaway TV lifts and more), so you can up the style and functionality to suit your tastes and needs. (Closet Factory, 715 Space Park North, Goodlettsville)
When even a small kitchen table makes your eat-in kitchen feel more like an eat-in closet, something like this flexible kitchen set can help provide the function without the clutter. The stools stow away for extra floor space, the drawers bring extra storage, and the built-in towel holder lets you clear up some countertop space, too. ($349.99, World Market, 6728 Charlotte Pike in Nashville, 1006 Andrews Run in Hendersonville, and 2615 Medical Center Pkwy in Murfreesboro)
Does this have the wheels turning in your brain? Give us a call or send us an email if we can help you start your home search!