Kaitlyn and Shawn's Accidental Love Nest
When Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth unexpectedly found themselves out of an apartment with just three weeks to find and move into a new place, the laid-back couple, who met on The Bachelorette in 2015, thought they’d settle for a furnished rental. But the place they found in a pinch, a newer house in their adopted hometown of Nashville, turned out to be the dream house they didn’t know they were looking for.
“We ended up loving it and buying it,” says Bristowe, 32, who hosts a podcast about life in Bachelor Nation. “I feel like it was meant to be.”
The couple is pictured with their dog, Tucker.
Starting from Scratch
They moved in with only the furniture Booth, a personal trainer, 31, had in his “single dude” apartment. "It was like a bed frame, a couple dressers . . . basically everything else we kept renting," says Bristowe.
"Kaitlyn does like to say how terrible my stuff was. I heard on a podcast episode yesterday," adds Booth. "But I will tell you it is not that bad."
To create a fully grown-up home, they turned to online design service Decorist and home decor retailer World Market to help outfit their main spaces: the living room, dining room and a breakfast nook.
Finding Their Style
“It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, just like the city,” says Decorist designer Jessica McCarthy of the look she created.
In the living room, the couple wanted a bright white and cozy space. "We kind of went for like a farmhouse style, which we didn’t even realize we would like until we saw it," says Bristowe. "It was kind of a process of getting to know what we wanted."
One piece of Americana decor was a sticking point for Canada-born Bristowe. "One of the major disagreements we had was [over] the American flag hanging in the living room," says Booth. "I loved the flag and the patriotism."
"I did really like it," says Bristowe, "But I was like, then we have to put a Canadian one up somewhere." So far a maple leaf hasn't made it into their Tennessee home.
A Sense of Place
Their home pays homage to its locale in Music City in a few ways, including the reading material. Black-and-white portraits of famous musicians sit on a pair of credenzas flanking the fireplace in the living room, and hang in a gallery wall in the formal dining room.
Buy It! Faceted metal coffee table, $300; worldmarket.com
Girly and Green
The breakfast nook off the kitchen — the couple's next big project is an overhaul of the cookspace — embodies Bristowe's modern-boho style with a Midcentury table and chairs layered with a sheepskin throw and cowhide rug.
"I wanted everything to be bright and clean with some gold accents and a pop of color, like the green cactus that we got," she says. "Because one room is bright and cozy, the other room, we said, we could make a little more rock n' roll."
Trick of the Eye
"With this room in particular, [the dark color] actually made the space feel bigger and more dramatic. It made the walls feel taller," says McCarthy.
The dining room's furniture balances out the urbane color palette. "We did a farmhouse style table and added the rustic bench to create a juxtoposition. It made the space feel more eclectic, which is the look we were going for," she notes.
The Happiest Hour
Now that the decorating job is done, the couple, who have been engaged for two years, can kick back and enjoy their space, including their new bar cart, a must for wine-enthusiast Bristowe (her podcast is called Off the Vine).
"I feel like it finally feels like our little sanctuary, our happy place," says Bristowe. Adds Booth, "It's a good feeling."
Buy It! Gold rolling bar cart, $170; worldmarket.com