Our Haven team spent the weekend in Nashville last weekend and it was the perfect little getaway. We needed to meet up and just spend some girl time together to celebrate the huge success of Haven 2013 and to get ready for some planning on Haven 2014 and Nashville seemed to be a good meeting spot, so hello girl’s weekend away. Always fun to do that! There are 6 of us on the team and we all got in at different times and started the day in Franklin, a beautiful little Nashville suburb with a sweet little main street, with shops, restaurants and lots of ambiance. Nashville is a great city with lots to offer and we saw as much of Franklin as we could in a couple of days. This was my first time there (to Franklin, not Nashville), but I don’t think it will be my last. There’s nothing like small Southern towns like this on a warm Fall day.
The Haven team, who are all such special women and I’m so glad we are a team: me, Beth, Chris, Sarah, (front) Kristin (our “da bomb” events planner), Traci
Downtown Franklin is so quaint and picturesque, just the kind of small town you fall in love with.
This beautiful Presbyterian church is awe-inspiring for sure.
The little town is just full of ambience and a great small town feel. I think I could live here.
Sort of like Mayberry.
We had lunch twice at this fun spot, 55 South and both times it was delish.
We had lunch al fresco the first day there and this spinach salad with grilled chicken was just perfect.
Next, we hit the sidewalks, strolling and looking and browsing the pretty shops, like this one, Lulu.
They had some fun typography pillows all over the place.
We all hooted at this set. Would you sport these on your bed?
Loved this sign too and all the pretty bedding.
Happily ever after, what we all would love to have, right? This shop was so soothing and serene, we loved it.
Beautiful bedding and lots of pretties to look at.
Next was Anthropologie and you can always count on this trendsetting company to have lots of eye candy.
I’ve been in their stores in several cities and it never disappoints.
Beautiful displays and vintage feel.
They have neat-o clothes and home décor.
All with a rustic and vintage feel that is so on-trend now.
Loved this quilt hanging from the ceiling.
We caught the window-dresser doing his thing and Beth was asking him lots of questions. It’s amazing how creative they get on dressing these windows. It’s like art and these mushrooms were made out of all sorts of things, like glue, wax and paper.
Next we hit The Iron Gate and when we walked in here, we all gasped.
Such pretty things to look at. Old, vintagey, industrial, romantic, all wrapped up in one store.
Beautiful backdrop of brick walls and rustic appeal. Don’t you love this stuff?
Check out this beauty of a bed. Ooo-la-la!
Large wine bottles
And this huge clock on the brick wall. Swoon!
Lots of garden inspired things too.
This planter filled with plans was so pretty.
We loved all the beautiful and unique lighting too.
So much to see and take in.
Beautiful handmade pottery.
Passing through the streets of Franklin, there were many beautiful homes like this. I remember seeing Franklin on House Hunters a few times. Lots of desirable neighborhoods and homes in this quaint town and I can see why it’s a popular spot. Right next to Brentwood, which is home to many country celebrities, the Nashville suburbs is a happening place.
Who knows which celebrity might live at this address? Look at that winding white fence and beautiful green acres. The rolling hills of Tennessee are a beautiful sight to behold, truly a pretty state. We enjoyed our little visit so much and I’m sure I’ll be back there again one day. Nashville is so fun to visit, have you been?
We also hit a few antique stores, so I’ll share those later. And we hit downtown Nashville on a big concert night with Taylor Swift playing in a downtown arena, so it was a bit crazy. We ate some yummy food and listened to some country music and I wore my cowboy boots.
The House Beautiful book giveaway winner has been announced and the winner has been emailed!
So glad you enjoyed my hometown. We think its quite special! Next time you really must go into PD’s. There’s nothing like it anywhere, or anywhere that I’ve been. It’s so quirky it doesn’t even have a name on the building, you just have to know where to go! Merridee’s is fantastic for breakfast, btw, and Papa Beaudreaux for Cajun is fabulous!
Anita rudzinski says
I love your outfit!!!
I love Franklin. It’s a neat, neat place. I could very easily live in Franklin. Did you eat at Puckett’s?
Susan Kirby says
I live in Franklin and LOVE it! I also sell real estate in the area and I always tell my clients how much they are going to love living here. The beautiful views, the slow southern style, great events but the best part is the people! Wonderfully warm, genuine people!
[email protected] Designs says
What a great post on Franklin…and yes, Haven was so successful…thanks to you and your team…I plan to make a trip to Franklin to see the Showcase Home…can’t wait to see it and that beautiful town!…Thanks for giving us info on great places to eat and shop!!
I absolutely love everything about this blog! One of my best friends lives in Franklin and she loves everything about it. Every time I visit her, she always takes me somewhere new and interesting. I have certainly thought about moving there once I graduate college.
shar y says
My daughter used to live in Franklin and now lives in Spring Hill, just a few miles down the road. I love visiting her because we always make a day of Franklin, lunch and shopping. The most awesome place. I used to take my grandson down there when he was just a little guy and we would stroll through Franklin. So much fun! You look great!
Phillips Phamily Mama says
GASP is right! I did the same thing when I went into The Iron Gate this summer. Love all your pictures!
[email protected] Charm says
I am heading up to Franklin on Wednesday for a few days with a friend. We are going to the City Farmhouse Barn Sale…it’s going to be awesome! I found this charming little town a few years ago and I go there every chance I get. The Iron Gate is one of my favorites too.
Yes my husband and I lived in Franklin for a couple of years and it is an adorable town. We had our first apartment there with a little brick fireplace and we’d go downtown to the antique shops whenever we could ,but never saw that Iron Gate store,but that was 16 years ago so guess lots of new things. My favorite memory there was in winter and we got like 2″ of snow which we being midwesterners thought was no big deal so went to this Chinese restaurant for dinner and had the whole place to ourselves(one of our favorites and usually quite busy).
Julie Davidson says
LOVE your article on Franklin!! Next time you visit, stop by Riverside Antiques & Home Decor at 144 Bridge St. They’re “off the beaten path” ~ a hidden treasure!!