Keys to the City: Nashville, TN, Kidd Epps
Kidd Epps’ interior design and furniture fabrication is easy to spot around Nashville: just looks for clean lines, minimalist shapes and sleek pieces crafted with durable, mixed materials. His Art Shop, located in the Buchanan Arts District, is testament to Epps’s distinctive aesthetic and the timelessness of his pieces, whether they are walnut floating shelves or graceful light fixtures. “Buchanan is a wonderful neighborhood with a unique vision to become a hub for manufacturing great products and involving the community in the process,” he says of the up-and-coming area, where he’s among like-minded creatives. Here are some of Kidd’s favorite stops in the Buchanan Arts District and greater Nashville.
I met the team behind this socially conscious fashion brand when we became neighbors last year, and then was thrilled to make the display racks in their store. They create a beautiful and ever-expanding line of useful and well made goods that are manufactured in impoverished parts of the world. I have a great pair of their boots.
Albert Marquet 1915 Oil Painting "La Varenne"
Max Kalish Circa 1930 Bronze Sculpture of Laborer on Original Porto D'Oro Base
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 "Designo Launch Edition"
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
I always see Melody Greer when I stop in to this small welcoming atmosphere, which will leave you looking fresh and beautiful, and feeling like family.
John Cleaveland Oil Painting "Bereft"
Three Piece Leather Sectional and Ottoman
Po Kim Monumental Oil on Canvas "Birth of Purple"
George Segal 1956 Monumental Oil on Canvas "Girl Combing Her Hair"
There are so many great coffee shops in Nashville these days, but Steadfast seems to offer a bit more when it comes to craftsmanship. Get the breve or butterscotch latte.
Leather Reclining Sectional Sofa by Leggatt & Platt
Minor White 1958 Gelatin Silver Print "Peeling Paint, Rochester, New York"
John Cleveland Oil Painting "Fortile Grond"
Mocha Leather Sectional by Cindy Crawford Home
Slim & Husky’s Pizza & Beeria
Stop in here for the best pizza in town, not to mention amazing local beer, and 90’s hip hop! Our shop provided all of the furniture, lighting, windows, doors, and design!
Tom Levine 2005 Oil on Linen "Fortress"
Robert Wyland Lucite Sculpture Limited Edition "Surf Riders"
Esther Phillips Gouache Painting "Gowanus Canal"
Oak "Cross Extension Table" by Matthew Hilton for Case
This is definitely the top dinner spot in town! I classify the menu as Italian-Southern fusion with a variety of well done dishes designed and executed by James Beard Award winning chef, Tandy Wilson. You can’t go wrong with the Belly Ham Pizza.
Norwegian Modern Teak "Korbo" Bench by Torbjørn Afdal for Bruksbo, 1960s
Two-Wheeled Cart, Late 19th/ Early 20th Century
Mid-Century Wood Block Lamps
G.W. Coffin Co. Buckeye Foundry Large Bell, Mid 19th Century
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
This is where my wife and I bring the kids to blow off steam after a long day of being in the shop. It has a great walking trail, and lots of cool granite features, including the Court of 3 Stars, a plaza encircled by 50 columns with carillon bells inside.
West Elm Mango Wood Pull-Top Coffee Table
Vintage Brass Firewood Bucket
1945 Rookwood Pottery "Butterfly" Vase
Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Cartier Coffee Table Books
Going to a Nashville Sounds baseball game is always a great bang for your buck and fun for everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the sport. Plus they have Dippin’ Dots in miniature helmets!
French Style Metal Coal Hod
Joan Miró 1964 Limited Edition Lithograph from "Obra Inedita Recent"
West Elm Mango Wood Console Table
Jennifer Bartlett 1987 Prints "From Rhapsody (A Suite of Three Prints)"
The most well-designed and well made handbags in the world reside in our neighborhood at this beautiful atelier. Every single piece is made by hand, in-house, and it shows. Much like our company’s designs, these are pieces that you can buy and enjoy for a lifetime.