From the Publisher

Hollie Deese


I’ll be honest – I started and stopped this letter many times before I hit file. Which is basically a metaphor about how I have felt the past few months, and most likely, how a lot of you have felt too. A burst of creativity or spark of drive to somehow improve on everything while life was put on pause just as quickly turned to inaction as decisions became harder to make with a future so uncertain.

But then I was able to come back to this issue after some weeks of reflection, and I got to revisit the content we had been working on in a whole new light, before everything changed.

Like the long-lasting friendship between Abigail Breslin and Emily Bache, better known as The Wanderlust Girls. Wardrobe stylists and fashion bloggers, the pair met in seventh grade and have been best friends for 20 years. After moving to Madison a few years ago, Abigail helped Emily through an unexpected cancer diagnosis that hammered home just how important they were to each other – and readied them to tackle 2020 with a renewed fervor after surviving the worst year of their lives.

It also made me look at the minuscule paper creations artist Jessica Saylor makes for her business Tiny Towns in a much more meaningful way as we watch beloved mainstays shut their doors, perhaps permanently. By capturing a business as paper art, she is documenting all the work and emotion someone puts into a dream that can be gone in an instant. But the art is a reminder of what was once achieved.

And we couldn’t welcome Circa Lighting to town at a more needed time, after weeks of life indoors we see now just how important the right light is for our mindset, our workflow and our sanity. Our feature focusing on different spaces where families gather hammers home how Circa helps create a mood that certainly feels like it means more than ever.

This season we hope you are finding refuge in your own homes, connecting with family and using spaces in a whole new way as we all hold on tight to what is really important.

Nashville Interiors, Hollie Deese


Nashville Interiors

At Nashville Interiors, we believe very simply that life is lived at home. So it is important to make that home the absolute best it can be – livable, lovely and filled with loads of inspiring touches that make four walls and a roof so much more. Everything should enhance, not detract, and if it makes the day-to-day that much easier, even better.

In print since 2000 but under new ownership since 2017, that philosophy of making your home should be a place you can’t wait to escape to is evident in our pages and online as we seek to highlight the spaces that inspire, created by the best builders, artists, designers, artisans, architects and landscapers who are all responsible for making Middle Tennessee more beautiful.

Hollie Deese
Hollie DeesePublisher and Managing Editor
Hollie Deese studied magazine journalism at Columbia College in Chicago, working at CS Modern Luxury and Chicago magazines before moving to Nashville in 2003 to work for The Tennessean. In 2008 she left the paper to raise her children and grow her freelance career, writing and editing for the Nashville Ledger, Parade, AARP and multiple USA Today publications. The Tennessee Press Award winner still covers news for papers statewide, writes features for national magazines and is a stringer for The New York Times.
Pam Harper
Pam HarperSales Director
Pam has worked with Nashville Interiors for more than ten years and knows the Middle Tennessee cultural landscape well. She has enjoyed building relationships with professionals who focus on design and quality of life in the prosperous region.
Jennifer Goode Stevens
Jennifer Goode StevensCopy Editor
Jennifer Goode Stevens has been a professional editor for 25 years, working in newspapers, magazines, websites, public relations, advertising and the occasional book — fiction or non. A transplant from Virginia, she’s now been in Middle Tennessee longer than anywhere else and has enjoyed watching the area grow and change. She teaches water aerobics with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus and works to keep up with her family of a husband and two medium-sized children.