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Wildin’ Out at a Nashville Family Ranchion

by Annie Werbler

Ivy and Josh Elrod, parents to Chance (age 3), Rev (8 months), Mr. Pickles (their 10-year-old Tabby cat), and Lana Cloud (a six 6-month-old puppy), relocated to Nashville from Brooklyn toward the end of last year in a hurry. The family purchased a house just two weeks before opening their design store and gallery space called “because we are crazy,” jokes Ivy, who is an accomplished dancer, actor and writer. Josh, a talented painter and actor, actually performed onstage as a for ten years before this latest chapter in life. The 2,000 square-foot home consists of ten rooms spread out on one floor, which inspired a Brooklyn-based friend to name “The Ranchion” (ranch-mansion). “As New Yorkers, anything bigger than a bagel is a mansion.”

With a newborn child and a newer business to run, the couple set out to buy a house that didn’t require any major overhauls. Luckily for them, they found this updated 1950s home that included a 2014 addition with modern conveniences. They especially love the big half-acre lot on which the property is situated, rare for this boomtown where developers are squishing buildings more closely together than ever before. Another nostalgic feature is the train that runs behind the house, which is visible through the trees during winter. The couple is finished with moving for a very long time, especially because Ivy and Josh inhabited 37 apartments between themselves in total during 20 years in New York City. But just because they are setting down roots in Nashville, however, that doesn’t mean the decorating process is or will ever be finished. Keeping things changing for the family’s needs is an ongoing evolution. The vast open space in the home (when compared to previous dwellings) removes former limitations on the  process, and as Ivy explains, “allows for lots of unwieldy dancing.” To her, home is ultimately where the Elrod family finds itself together. And with all the moving she’s done in her life, “I know my feeling of home has less to do with things or geography, and everything to do with where my people (creatures) are.” —

Photography by , except where noted

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Finally having the space in which to display this giant Vito Acconci work on paper is exciting for the couple, as it's been rolled up in storage for seven years awaiting just the right spot. The living room is finished with a sectional by and the .
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Ivy and Josh launched the textile line by Andra Eggleston (daughter of famed photographer William), which takes her father’s works on paper and translates them into fabrics. The roman shades are made of the Havana Azul pattern, and the orange hide on the floor is the rug.
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The sunroom's interesting clash of patterns includes a vintage kilim rug, , offset by a black .
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In the home's listening room hangs a Richard Kern print, center, which was a gift from the artist (and also used in the cover design of the Sonic Youth record EVOL). Graphic pillows by decorate the streamlined leather sofa, all beneath a hanging pendant from .
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The “listening” room (turntable just out of frame to the right) features a mask by , a (made in Brooklyn of Tennessee cordage), and a photographic print by .
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The Elrods are in love with the work of fellow husband-and-wife team , who made the leather chair and ottoman, in part because it feels extra artful that their work might be imbued with romance.
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The dining room is filled with trades made between Josh and other artists, such as an painting and the large vase by . The room is finished with a circular canvas floor covering that is a custom piece from Portland, Maine's , George Nelson California Case Study (like the planters) fiberglass chairs in Twilight with black Eiffel base, and a window shade made with green fabric.
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Future plans for the master bedroom include a dark, moody wallcolor for contrast with the rest of the home, against which the fabric-covered vintage chairs will pop. Other details include an antique Chimayo rug draped over the headboard, the arc LED lamp , and a .
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A trim vignette including the dresser paired with a circle mirror from help keep the bedroom free of clutter, which the couple believes is a battle worth fighting.
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Chance’s room needs to stay streamlined enough for him to build the crazy tracks he’s constantly working on, so it's a good thing he actually enjoys lining things up in a particular way himself. Josh accumulated lots of toys before becoming a dad, and enjoys seeing his kids have fun with them today. The little guy is, "passionate, sensitive and really a rebel at heart—which we appreciate so much as people, and also come up against as parents." A toddler bed was Chance's crib, too.
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The blocks in Chance's room are a hand-me-down from a fancy friend. The white rocket is George Nelson for , and the vintage educational posture poster came from in Austin, TX.
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Rev, also nicknamed "Pixie," snuggles with her parents on the floor's thick . At bedtime, she gets tucked into a mini crib from . "Her smiles are musical and she laughs with her entire body," says her doting mom.
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Propped up on a vintage child's dresser from , artist made a series of paintings featuring dancers in New York, and happened to catch Ivy during her pregnancy. The praying hands nightlight is another example of something the couple picked up without realizing it would be gifted to their kids down the road.
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In Rev's room, the combination of the name train, a gift from a film director Ivy once worked with, and the theatrical pink glow cast by the hot pink tassel curtain, stands as a reminder to Ivy that her mama track is not separate from her creative path. The .
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The home's exterior, nicknamed "YellowDoors" by Chance when the family first viewed it, has a bottle cap sculpture by . The outdoor chair by is made of salvaged hurricane-felled trees, while the bullet planters at the front door are from .
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Chance, Ivy, Reverie, Lana Cloud, Josh & Mr. Pickles Elrod on their front steps. Photo by
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The home's floorplan, sketched by Josh Elrod.
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"What we love most about our home is all the wild creatures inside" - the Elrod family

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