Home Tour / Tec + Chelsea Petaja

Tec and Chelsea were kind enough to let us into there home a few weeks ago. They live in a simple old home in Nashville that is filled with character. It's full of light but still homey and they mix modern with old perfectly. 


Tec + Chelsea Petaja



TP / Photographer

CP / Paper Goods + Hand Lettering



TP / Traverse City, MI

CP / Lawrenceville, GA


Current Town:



Favorite Book:

TP / Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

CP / Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott


Favorite Movie:

TP / The Darjeeling Limited

CP / Dumb and Dumber (only because I'm not a big movie person and this is the movie I've seen the most number of times)


Favorite Band:

TP / Phosphorescent

CP / Sufjan Stevens


Favorite TV Show:

TP / any NHL game

CP / The Office


Favorite Restaurant:

TP + CP / Rolf + Daughters in Nashville


Favorite place you have traveled to:

Capri, Italy


Next destination on your list to travel to:

We both agree that Iceland is next on the travel wish-list agenda!


What you like about your city:

Nashville is young and full of creatives.  People think of it as a music town, which it is, but there's so much more here, too.  Visual artists, writers, furniture makers.  It's a rare thing to be surrounded by so much creativity in such a small town and we don't take it for granted.


Reason for moving into current home:

We knew we wanted an older home with character and we knew the neighborhood we wanted to be in.  There wasn't much out there when we were looking, so when our realtor got wind that this house was about to be listed, we went and looked at it and put down an offer before it was even on the market.  Though it's a tiny home, it's perfect for us and this season of life we're in.


Design origins:

I (Chelsea) like to pretend that I like neutrals and whites exclusively, but my home is filled with patterns and bright pops of color.  I'm not sure where that came from, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the room I dreamt of as a child--black and hot-pink checkered walls, black and white striped floors and a hot pink bedspread.  I guess I've always been one for subtlety.  


Favorite or most meaningful piece in your home:

I think we'd both agree that the antique chandelier hanging in our living room is our most meaningful piece.  Tec surprised me with it as my wedding present and it was hauled all the way down here from Michigan.  Regardless of the type or style of home we ever live in in the future, that will come with us and be on display wherever we go.


Biggest challenges with your space:

We both work out of the home; Tec has a studio in the back yard (a former garage that he and my dad converted into a studio the summer we moved in) and I work out of our one spare bedroom.  Our one bathroom is located as a jack-and-jill, right between the two bedrooms and the only way to access it is through my studio or our bedroom.  So yeah... A studio desk that sits right next to the one toilet in the house isn't ideal for times when I'm working and we have company over.


Dream house and city:

We dream of an open, modern farmhouse, on land but in the city.  Surprisingly, finding an acre or more of land within city limits is harder than you might think...


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