I’m originally from Texas and lived in Houston and in Los Angeles for several years, but the day I set foot in Nashville in 1992, I knew I was home. When I established my own business, a design shop I call The Iron Gate, in Franklin, a lovely town just a half-hour drive from Nashville, I put down roots that continue to grow deeper. Nashville is one of the best-kept secrets in the South, and of all of the city’s gifts, I find the people here unusually open, welcoming, and kind.
Of course, Nashville is Music City USA, and best known for its music business. So many songwriters and musicians contribute to the creative energy here, and being in a creative business myself, it’s inspiring to work with clients who possess an artistic and imaginative mind. As an interior designer, it continues to fascinate me to see the different ways people use and live in their homes. I have been able to design some fun, specialized spaces here — music rooms and writing rooms. It’s rewarding to help design a space that supports someone’s creativity. Nashville has been really good to me professionally. Let me lead you on a personal “tour” of some of my favorite places in my town. I want them to become yours, too.
Much of the city’s creativity comes from Music Row with its hundreds of businesses related to the gospel and country music industries — studios, publishers, record labels. Musicians use the term “Music Row” as a sort of nickname for the industry itself.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS LITTLE AND JOE LITTLE
WRITTEN BY ROZANNE JACKSON WITH EDWARD MCCANN
This story appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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