A Chat With Nashville Interior Designer Katie Vance

Dated: 03/07/2016

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by TJ Anderson

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If you get out much in Nashville, I’d almost put money on the fact that you’ve seen — and fallen in love with — some of local interior designer Katie Vance’s work. 

Katie works with Powell Architecture and Building Studio in East Nashville, and her deft touch with blending classic cool and lived-in warmth and measured pops of unique interest has helped make countless restaurants and other businesses around Nashville beautiful. 

A tiny bite of what’s on her growing resume: Butchertown Hall in Germantown; Bar Luca, Butcher & Bee and Five Points Pizza in East Nashville; the new 506 Lofts downtown (which I just mentioned in my roundup of unique places to stay in Nashville); and many, many more.

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Maybe one of my favorite things about Katie’s design touch: her way of using classic shapes, colors, materials and finishes but turning them on their end just a touch, to keep the timeless beauty but add a fresh and exciting flair. Check out one of the 506 Lofts showers, above — that tile work will be just as aesthetically stunning in 50 years as it is now. 

She also has a knack for combining forces with some of Middle Tennessee’s most exciting independent artists/artisans, with everything from furniture (like Nashville’s Steric Design) to custom wallpaper (Emily Miller, an artist I mentioned in my roundup of exceptional Nashville mural artists).

I’m far from the only one who’s been wooed by Katie Vance’s skills of late, too. Late last year, Eater Nashville’s Eater Awards named Butchertown Hall 2015’s most stunning restaurant. (Given how high the restaurant design bar has been raised in Nashville of late, that’s a heavy back-pat.)

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Although Katie tends to work with commercial spaces, the designs she creates have a homey touch — I’m consistently driven to steal her ideas for my home. As an interior design buff, I was inspired to get a little insight into what makes Katie Vance’s design brain tick, and she was kind enough to share a few thoughts and a little advice. Take a look:

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If you had to define your approach/aesthetic as a designer, what would you say?

Katie Vance: “My approach/aesthetic is to create a space that people are not only are wowed by initially but then find themselves comfortable enough in the space to return again and again. I want to make new, exciting spaces that stand the test of time. I personally always try to use local artisans to not only create a beautiful environment but weave in the community as a whole to the design.” 

Where do you tend to find inspiration for new designs?

“I love to travel and stay in great hotels and eat at awesome restaurants. I always ask the locals where they eat, drink, and shop. I love seeing new cities and the types of spaces that flourish in them.” 

Is there any advice you can give to homeowners who are working on designing their own space?

“I would say purge! Get rid of stuff that has no meaning to you. Invest in furniture and invest in art — these pieces that you have a connection with will always be in style.”

Big thanks to Katie for sharing some thoughts. Follow Powell Architecture and Building Studio on Facebook to keep up with what design magic she’s spinning lately. (Follow TJ Anderson Homes on Facebook while you're at it, too?)

Are there local interior designers you’re particularly nuts about? I’d love to see whose work gets you inspired.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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