Taking on a rundown Queen Anne house, Masters of Flip hosts Kortney and Dave Wilson transform it into an eclectic masterpiece in just over two months. From its bright, colourful walls to the Moroccan-inspired rugs, this Nashville home captures the imagination – and the right high-paying buyer.
To Boldly Go
The moment you walk into this completely renovated heritage house, you can tell the design choices are going be anything but basic. “This wall to me says ‘We’re home!’, and then the sconces on either side are everything,” says Kortney. “Go bold or go home.”
Opposite the teal-toned entryway is the newly designated dining room (it used to be one of the three original bedrooms) featuring a gorgeous, vintage teak dining set and the original fireplace and mantel, now painted out in a matching teal.
Kortney used a diamond-shaped stencil to create this geometric-patterned feature wall in the dining room. She decided to keep it black and white to help balance out the splashes of colour throughout the sophisticated space.
The large, Victorian multi-paned windows at the front of the house were what originally drew the Wilsons to this property. Unfortunately, they were too damaged to salvage but Dave was able to recreate the same vintage look with these energy-efficient replicas.
When it came to choosing the decorative accessories, Kortney wanted to make the home look like it belonged to a world traveler who had picked up treasures from the four corners of the globe.
The main-floor master bedroom is one room where the modern bohemian look really shines through. From the bold orange striped bedspread to the multi-coloured woven wall hanging, each accessory is mixed and matched to present an eclectic vibe.
On Solid Ground
Black and white are used throughout the master bedroom – seen here in the curtains, throw pillow, side table and wall art – to help ground the bolder colours (hello, royal-blue wall!).
The master bedroom transitions to the master ensuite through a set of white double doors adorned with Victorian-inspired moulding and a change of flooring, moving from hardwood to large, high-shine grey tiles.
Kortney was keen to have a clawfoot tub in this Victorian home but decided to give it a colouful update by painting it this rich olive tone, which plays off the burnt-orange feature wall beautifully.
Eye on You
The symmetry of the matching black vanities and bathroom mirrors gives the eye somewhere calm and neutral to rest amongst a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns.
Boasting the same width as the expansive ensuite, this bright walk-in closet has space for all those long, flowing gypsy dresses and pairs of gladiator sandals every boho-chic babe owns.
Flex Your Muscles
Since there wasn’t enough square footage to put in an ever-popular flex space, Kortney decided to add an extra peninsula to the kitchen to provide that bonus entertaining and seating area.
“This tile has one foot in the boho world and one foot in the Victorian world,” says Kortney of the graphic grey-and-white tile found here in the kitchen backsplash and in the master suite ensuite.
Grey for Days
Opening up the wall behind the kitchen fireplace, Dave discovered original 100-year-old red brick, which Kortney painted a dark grey to go with the grey-and-white multi-patterned tile backsplash.
There’s no denying that these grouped, over-island pendant lamps are lighting showstoppers – with their pentagon shape and mixed-metal construction, they meld together industrial and modern aesthetics in a really unique way.
The open-concept kitchen has a ton of counterspace thanks to an oversized quartz-topped island and that extra peninsula Kortney opted to add for even more sit-up seating.
Pull the Other One
The living room is where Kortney and her team really went to town pulling furnishings, accessories and wall art to fit in with the declared décor theme of “Victorian bohemian”.
They decided the couch needed to be another bold colour to stand up against the punch of those purple walls. After cycling through pink, red and orange, they landed on a deep-blue couch, choosing a luxurious velvet fabric, which couldn’t feel more boho.
While some designers shy away from bold colour choices, Kortney dives in head first – with stunning results. The eclectic mix of prints, paintings and a taxidermy deer trophy stand out against the electric purple of this living-room feature wall.
Pull the Rug Out
“I’m in love with the rug,” says Kortney of the gorgeous, vintage-inspired rug that features purple, orange and blue laying in the centre of this boho-Victorian living room. “It really pulls the entire colour palette in for the entire house.”
Creating something from nothing, Dave added a whole second floor to this once-single-storey heritage home giving it two more bedrooms and a bathroom. This room continues the gypsy-chic look with an ornately carved headboard and a pink-and-brown kilim carpet.
Hats Off to You
The grouping of straw hats hanging on the wall above the bed not only add a touch of neutral colour and texture to the room but also references those carefree days of traveling the world when you’d grab a hat and just go exploring.
The décor in the second upstairs bedroom is a touch more masculine in its leaning, featuring a large set of horns, an army-green velvet headboard and two bedside table lamps that are the exact same shade of green as the painted clawfoot tub in the master ensuite (not by coincidence).
Out in the Atmosphere
When the rest of house has so many spaces saturated in bright, lively colours, it’s important to also have areas that are wholly neutral in their colour palette to add a level of calm to the overall interior atmosphere.
After breaking out into a new, untested Nashville neighbourhood and being hit by unexpected structural issues, the Wilsons thought they were going to lose money on this flip. They bought the crumbling house for US $200K and put $225K into the reno, and in the end managed to sell it at full price for $520K, making a $64K profit after fees.