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Farewell Nashville

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As I sit here trying to type out a comprehensive post, I’m set back with a bundle of emotions. After living, loving, and breathing Nashville for the past five years, I’m bitter sweetly saying goodbye to TN. I’ve accepted a marketing position within an agency I tremendously admire in Denver, CO and will be based there in August.

Nashville will forever be an incredible force I’ll look back on with the utmost respect. It was this cities inspiring new growth that led me to create Under the Guise. A life path and endeavors I would of never imagined taking apart of flourished here. It was Nashville I learned the meaning of nitty-gritty hard work and relentless passion towards your craft when it comes to being self-employed. All the blood, sweat, and tears that led me to where and what I’ve accomplished thus far, I owe so much credit to Nashville’s community that gave me an honest chance to grow with it. I’ve never taken that for granted, and will forever look back fondly on.

You’ve all faithfully followed along these past few years, and I hope you continue to do so as I explore Colorado right here. I’m excited for all the new adventures ahead, and hope you’ll stay connected with me as there’s so much more I want to share.

Here’s to Colorado and new beginnings! Much love and I hope to see you on the west side.

– HJ

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Ruthie Lindsey

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Meet Ruthie Lindsey, a mastermind when it comes to design and styling. As you can see through her East Nashville abode, she has an impeccable eye that naturally cultivates a charming, detail-driven story. Her work has been featured everywhere from Apartment Therapy to Design Sponge, and she’s worked with the crème de la crème including Taylor Swift (the album art for RED was shot at dear Ruthie’s house), along with the folks over at Kinfolk to name a few.

Stay tuned for more on Ruthie and her design work for a top 10 Nashville feature I’m photographing for Bib + Tuck.

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Fond Object

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 Swung by Fond Object a few weeks ago which is a rad record shop and arts collective that was recently opened by members of The Ettes and some of their pals. They’re having a Pick up TN party today from 2-5 that involves free beer and three live music sets, so go check them out now and allow yourself to indulge in a little Sunday shopping.

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Hey Rooster

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When I heard about the brand new Hey Rooster General Store that just opened in East Nashville, I put it on my mental to-do list of places I needed to check out. By coincidence, I was driving along Gallatin yesterday and a gorgeous mint green narrow building with a “General Store” sign hanging above a bright yellow door surrounded by flowers caught my eye. It was Hey Rooster and I happened to have my camera with me, so I pulled a quick left turn and parked my car so I could check out their new digs.

Courtney was perched behind the counter and greeted me with a warm hello upon entering and information on all the handmade products sold in her store. She’s originally from Nashville, but has spent time in Louisiana and New York working in architecture and with Etsy, so it’s no wonder why the store is decked out with stunning treasures made by her friends (my favorite are the Brooklyn Grooming mustache waxes + peanut almond butter!) and family memorabilia like her lake house refrigerator and mother’s sewing machine, among carefully selected flea market finds. She has phenomenal taste.

She’s open until 5PM today, so take a little Sunday trip to her store and say hello! I promise you’ll find a one-of-a-kind treasure to gift a friend or yourself.

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I first caught wind of Rebekka Seale and her work when I was perusing Frankie, and saw that Nashville was lit up on the Australian publication’s website. Through Rebekka’s feature, I was introduced to her work and naturally became a fan. Aside from Rebekka’s gorgeous house portraits and illustrations, her blog is also a well-curated look into her life and has become a site that I check regularly. Above is a glimpse of her charming studio nestled in her home that’s dripping with the most stunning interior design. She’s a girl of many talents!

Your paintings and illustrations are absolutely beautiful and meticulously done. When did it click that you wanted to pursue art full-time and your unique signature style evolve?

I studied art in college, but was afraid that I couldn’t make a living as an artist, so I went a different route and became a pastry chef. I spent a few years working in bakeries and owning a small cake business, but ultimately realized that it wasn’t really authentic for me. My sweet husband encouraged me to drop everything and pursue art and illustration full-time, so I did exactly that about three years ago.

When did you get your first big break as an artist?

Within the first year of quitting my “day job”, I was fortunate enough to have some pretty steady illustration work with a couple of different companies. But about a year and a half ago, Design Sponge featured my house portraits on their website, and all craziness broke loose! Since then, I have been having a hard time keeping my head above water, but it’s been super exciting and fun.

What are some of your go to sources for inspiration?

I get so much inspiration from books and travel. I re-read my favorite books over and over again (lots of Carson McCullers and Madeleine L’Engle), which always fill my head with the richest imagery. And whenever I can, I visit my favorite cities: New Orleans, Brooklyn and Fairhope. Sometimes, just the act of setting aside my daily routine is all I need to smash a creative block!

You’re from the Alabama Gulf coast area, but now reside in Nashville. Are there any hidden gems, or must see places and cities in Alabama that you would recommend scoping out?

My hometown of Fairhope, Alabama is about as gemmy as they come! It’s a tiny city that was founded in the late 1800′s as a utopian, single-tax artists’ community, and it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. It slopes along the Eastern shore of Mobile Bay, and the whole city is covered in flowers and a tattered curtain of Spanish moss. Lots of  artists and writers make their homes there, in the “fruit and nut” district, which is named after the trees that populate the area. But, it also appeals to the eccentric residents too!

If money wasn’t an option, and you had an entire Saturday to indulge and wander around Nashville, what would you do?

I would spend the entirety of the day navigating Nashville’s amazing antique store/flea market scene and buy everything. Then I would eat pizzas and drink wine on the porch at City House.

Do you have any tips for aspiring artists?

Yes! Set aside an entire year of your life and put every last bit of expendable energy into your business!!! I know it sounds intense, but developing a coherent portfolio and marketing your work on the Internet is a full-time job. It takes a lot of work and patience, but it will pay off.

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Dalman Supply Co.

A few weeks ago, I swung by Fort Houston for a studio visit with Jon Dalman of Dalman Supply Co. who creates custom bike locks. As of late, he’s been gaining momentum in the community (and beyond) with his one-of-a-kind pieces. I love how his company evolved out of a simple need, and has now turned into a full-time business with other opportunities in the works (stay tuned on that). Feel free to browse or purchase your very own bike lock here.

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