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Featured on Convival Home, Table, Garden Interview Series

We are so happy to be featured on Convival’s Home, Table, Garden Interview series to showcase some of their incredible products in A Cozy Casa! See their original blog post here.

PREFACE from Convivial 

Our new Home, Table, Garden Interview Series was initiated to feature Convivial wares within a wide range of settings, styles and uses. Our hope is that these journal entries will inspire you towards curating spaces and implementing practices that push you towards living a life of conviviality. We create the wares, you set the scene. This post highlights Katie Lentile's use of Convivial products from the HomeGarden Categories to create an indoor garden work/live space within her Tennessee Airbnb & home! 

 

INTRODUCTION: Katie Lentile

Hi! I’m Katie Lentile - the owner of A Cozy Casa (which is my house - ha!). I’ve lived in Nashville Tennessee for the past ten years and bought my house five years ago. So why does my house have it’s own brand?  Great question! I started a digital marketing and creative agency a few years ago and our team works on a lot of social media accounts for clients. With our social media clients, we do everything from marketing strategy and engagement to photo shoots and overall aesthetics. Additionally, I travel a ton for work (and play) so I Airbnb my house when I’m out of town. Those two things combined, I decided to start an Instagram account for the house to use as a test for a lot of our strategic marketing approaches on social media and it has been a fun way to market the Airbnb. Also, most of my work days are spent overseeing my business, creating strategies and producing media so I rarely ever get to tap much into my creative side. Decorating + styling the house allows me to flex my creative muscle.

 CONVIVIAL -  Geodesic Fruit Bowl
 Our  Geodesic Fruit Bowls  are handmade and individually carved.

Our Geodesic Fruit Bowls are handmade and individually carved.

Your home functions as an Airb&b correct? Can you tell us a bit of this story...? Do you live in it when Airbnb guests check in? Or is it solely dedicated to being a rental? 

Yes, that’s correct! A few years ago I decided I wanted to do longer trips when I travelled because being able to work from anywhere is one of the greatest perks of owning my own business. Through various jobs in the past I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world and have loved meeting people and getting to learn about different cultures. I believe that one of the best ways to learn about a city is to live like a local. Airbnb provides as close of an opportunity to that without actually knowing a local before your trip. So I decided to open my home to those visiting Nashville and give them all the secret insider tips on what to do in Nashville. I don’t stay in my home with Airbnb guests unless I know them personally. I’m introverted and a lot of my life is spent living like an extrovert so I cherish the times I get to be at home by myself or with a few close friends.

 A glimpse into Katie's plant collection featuring (from left to right)  Small Tabletop Planter ,  Medium Tabletop Planter ,  8" Riveted Planter

A glimpse into Katie's plant collection featuring (from left to right) Small Tabletop Planter, Medium Tabletop Planter, 8" Riveted Planter

Your space seems to run the line of warm + welcoming yet professional +  refined - a hard balance to achieve! Can you describe your space and general aesthetic? 

That is such a nice compliment and I always appreciate people that notice the balance of it all. As I mentioned earlier, I travelled a lot for work in the past — specifically to developing nations. I worked with various makers and met artisans all over the world and slowly brought home items that have such deep meaning to me. Additionally, I was surrounded by architecture and interior design my entire childhood. My dad is a civil engineer and I would go with him to job sites and learn about architecture and structural details…hence my obsession with symmetry and details. My grandparent’s had exquisite taste and really influenced my love for design more than anyone. And then there’s my mom…rather than spending time playing with dolls, she toted me around to every antique store imaginable and taught me the importance of mixing old with new and creating your own style rather than copying trends. My goal for my space is to represent me and to tell a story. The overall aesthetic is so many things mixed in one but with a great focus on keeping it clean and not cluttered. I don’t know if there is a word I can use to describe it other than welcoming. Truth be told, it’s a bit too trendy for me even now, but I know it works well for the architecture of the home.

 CONVIVIAL - (Left Planter)  Medium Tabletop Planter  w/ Sansaveria

CONVIVIAL - (Left Planter) Medium Tabletop Planter w/ Sansaveria

 CONVIVIAL - (Right Planter)  Small Tabletop Planter  w/ Philodendron

CONVIVIAL - (Right Planter) Small Tabletop Planter w/ Philodendron

Do you have a interior design philosophy or motto you make decisions by?

Ahh — love this question! The answer is…does it tell a story or represent me in some way. The rug in my kitchen — I hauled it back in my suitcase from India and every time I step on it I remember how hilarious it was pulling that thing all over India. The french bench in the living room was the first piece of furniture my mom ever purchased after college. I have a sea-glass bottle in my kitchen that I dug up on the beach in the Bahamas on my best friend’s bachelorette party. Obviously, not everyone can travel to meet artisans or their mom doesn’t save furniture or they probably wouldn’t be up at 6am running on the beach during their friend’s bachelorette weekend. But I have found that even intentional purchases can represent an individual. Also, I always stick to the rule that large pieces should be neutrals, and accent decor be your pops of color.

 CONVIVIAL -  Medium Tabletop Planter  w/ Sansaveria

CONVIVIAL - Medium Tabletop Planter w/ Sansaveria

What main needs influenced how you'e set up and prioritized the areas within your home. How is your space set up to function? 

So my house is around 1300-1400SF, but it’s a 3 bedroom 2 bath. Whoever designed this house did an INCREDIBLE job maximizing space with the layout, but the rooms aren’t as big as your typical newly built home. I always get caught up on the idea that if I have 30 people over I will never have enough room for everyone to sit. The reality is that there is no way I could have room for that much furniture and I have probably only once ever had that many people in my house at one time. Once I stopped obsessing over how I could make it work for what I thought it needed to be and focused on what it could be with the space that I do have, it made the process so much easier. I wish I could say I just throw everything together and it looks great, but I analyze every single detail. The best attribute of this house is the natural light so a lot of the rooms are designed around making sure the light can pour in as much as possible. Overall, it functions best for having a few friends over and making sure they feel at home.  If I had 15 ft ceilings and a table that could hosts endless amounts of people, my aesthetic for a home would look drastically different…but I love my little casa just the way it is. 

There are so many different products in the world. Are you selective about what you allow into your space? If so, what criteria goes through your mind when selecting items?

You can’t force a product to be meaningful. I have found that I purchase things that share someone else’s story and then let those items inspire me. I am selective in who makes the products I collect, the quality, and the design aesthetic. I’m probably not going to find a coffee pot that makes me feel any sort of emotion, but I can find one that I think is beautifully designed. Also, I am always in support of estate sales, antique shops and small businesses. 

 CONVIVIAL -  Small Tabletop Planter  w/ Philodendron

CONVIVIAL - Small Tabletop Planter w/ Philodendron

Can you describe your Convivial items in 3 words? What drew you to collecting Convivial wares? 

My first two words are — 1. Beautiful and 2. Functional — I have a lot of plants and bowls. Like a lot, a lot. Convivial has the only planters that I know of that are large enough for decent size plants, absolutely aesthetically stunning, AND functional — ie: draining hole for water + designs that allow light to come across the entire top of the planter. It’s so important to have both of those when growing healthy plants. My third word is intentional. I love watching the Convivial instagram stories when talking about work and love for community. I learned about Convivial last year through Ryn Manby  http://www.rynmanby.com - she had reached out to talk to me about my business and asked a few questions — and then sent the planter as a thank you gift for my time! It was so thoughtful! Obviously, I love plants and small businesses so I have been fascinated by watching Convivial grow — so while I didn’t find the planters or bowls on the side of the street in Tanzania, I know they are made with such love and intentionality - and the quality and designs are incredible! 

 CONVIVIAL -  Small Tabletop Planter  w/ Philodendron

CONVIVIAL - Small Tabletop Planter w/ Philodendron

Please check out their original blog post and visit their website for some dreamy design ideas and products! https://www.convivialproduction.com/journal/katielentile

Farris Smith
Featured on France & Son: House Tour
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I'm so excited to share a bit of A Cozy Casa over on France & Son today! It was such a great opportunity to show others that you don't have to be a professional designer to create a unique space. After making a few new changes and updates to the house, it was so fun to style each room to share!

Carrie Radford
Featured on Poly & Bark : Home Style Tips
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I recently partnered with Poly & Bark and have loved using their chairs to give my dining room and bed rooms a new look! My dining room area was in need of a new look and these chairs were the perfect addition. Head on over to their blog to see how I styled their chairs throughout the house and read a few summer home style tips and be sure to check out their beautiful pieces!  

Carrie Radford
Featured on Darling: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Airbnb in Today's Market
 Photo by: Carrie Radford

Photo by: Carrie Radford

 

A few weeks ago I was eating tacos with my friend Ziza (Digital Managing Editor for Darling Media) as she had just returned to Nashville from living in Italy for 3 months and was about to leave to move back to L.A. She was sharing all about her time in Italy (we overlapped there by one day but were in different parts of the country) and I was sharing about my Europe trip, #vanlife trip, and everything that has been going on with the house. 

As we were talking she mentioned that she thought the Darling audience would love to hear about my experience with Airbnb. So here we are...and over on the Darling blog I've not only shared tips of Airbnb, but also the pros and cons if you are considering starting your own Airbnb. 

 
Welcome to A Cozy Casa
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Never in a million years did I think I would be creating a website for my house, but here we are and honestly...I'm so excited! Let me backtrack a little bit and give you some context about how all of this came to be. 

I've lived in Nashville for almost 10 years. It has been crazy to watch it grow and change over time. About 5 years ago, I realized the cost of renting was starting to increase rapidly and decided to go ahead and make an investment and buy a house. My cousin is a realtor in town and helped me through the process of trying to buy in Nashville. After a bid and an inspection fell through on other homes, she had a client selling a home in East Nashville (specifically Inglewood) and asked me if I wanted to see it before it went on the market. The house was not anything remotely to what I would have considered my dream house and it was not in an area most were willing to invest in at the time. However, it was in really good condition for a 1940s home and had so much character throughout that I saw the potential in the home and the neighborhood. Thankfully, that risk paid off — the neighborhood has new restaurants and coffee shops popping up all over the place and my street looks completely different with so many flipped and renovated houses. 

During my first three years of owning my home, I decided to have roommates and focused on small, renovation projects throughout the home. Some of those projects were painting the majority of the interiors, redoing a good bit of electrical, changing light fixtures, and improving the landscape. (It sure seemed like a lot more than just those things at the time.) 

At the beginning of 2017, I started thinking about the possibility of transitioning from having roommates to using the Airbnb platform. I had officially started my own marketing/consulting agency full time that would allow me to work remotely as well as few other changes in my life happening that made me realized I wanted to start focusing on larger renovation projects for the house and going on longer trips whenever I was traveling — so with all of those factors in play, Airbnb made the most sense. 

 
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Once I decided to transition to Airbnb, I think it took me all of two days to have a contractor signed on for the kitchen renovation and I was already working on mood boards for the interior design. My next few months, I let my house become a bit of a personal, passion project and poured a lot of creative energy into it...and loved every second of it. Then I went through the wonderful, lovely process of obtaining a Short Term Rental Permit that is required by the city of Nashville and officially started Airbnb-ing last June. 

Since I started Airbnb-ing my house, I have spent a month in Haiti, two months all over Europe and Morocco, and just recently returned from a three-week road trip across the Southwest. While that seems glamorous (and for the most part it truly is), there are some cons to renting out your house, and I will address those in a later post. However, I have truly loved getting to share my home with others. Not only those who come and stay but through social media and now this website, this has become my own little project that I have total creative freedom with and I absolutely love it! In addition to my own design and products that I have sourced from all over the world, there have been several companies and brands that have wanted to partner with me or have photoshoots at my house (the natural light is pretty amazing!) which has resulted in a ton of people asking where they can purchase certain items. So I thought why not create a website that allowed me to dive deeper into my design style, renovations, and showcasing some of my favorite artisans and brands. I don't really have any lofty goals with all of this other than to have fun. So we shall see, I hope you enjoy my home as much as I do! 

 
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