Make+Model Home Tour, A Mash-Up of Vintage Chic Style

I recently sat down with Nashville’s Brandy Adams, to talk about her vintage decor business and personal style. Brandy lives in a 1972 home with a mock Tudor facade and a mid-century modern interior with neo-classical elements.  The mash-up of nostalgic architecture suits her just fine.

brandy adams of make+model

Brandy launched her business a mere two years ago, and she’s already making her mark on the Nashville design scene.  Her brain child is Make+Model, a combination style studio and high-end vintage shop. After fifteen years of working in pharmaceutical research, Brandy switched gears and drove full-throttle into her passion for curating eclectic and one-of-a-kind finds.  Her aesthetic is two parts Hollywood Regency, one part mid-century modern, one part Palm Springs chic, and a splash of global style – all stirred up in a cold martini glass and topped with an olive.

retro floating stairs interior

floating stairs in entry


Make+Model sells furniture and decor items on its website, but the quarterly “pop-up shops” are what fuel the success of the business.  Brandy scours estate sales, flea markets, and auctions to find an amazing array of must-haves for the design-obsessed.

brandy adams make and model


Make+Model’s inventory includes an everchanging array of furniture, lighting, art, barware, sculpture, and her currently popular juju hats.  In case you don’t know (I didn’t), a juja hat is a feather headdress originally designed to be worn by tribal chiefs and dignitaries in Africa.
juju hats

 golden statue and hot pink juju hat


Not only does she curate her finds, Brandy diligently researches and studies the items she sells through Make+Model.  “I love the stories behind the pieces, and I really like to share those stories with my clients,” says Adams.



Brandy’s influences include legends like Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, and David Hicks, as well as modern designers like Kelly Wearstler and Ryan Korban.  Her home’s decor is a mixture of modern, vintage, and global style, but there is a consistency in her “look.”  The backdrop for most rooms is white and the spaces are layered with layers of texture, highlighted with the occasional pop of color.

vintage modern

vintage brass and marble coffee table


asian bedroom

 bedroom details


vintage fur coat

vintage fur and gold leaf chairs 


vintage art

vintage portait 


Her favorite finds that now feature prominently in her own home include a cheetah-print rug, a high-style 1970s dining table made of goat parchment, and a vintage Eames lounger.

vintage mod 1970 decor

Brandy Adams’ dining room


gold office

Brandy Adams’ glam but functional home office


Here’s a temporary stash of a small sampling of Adams’ latest finds as she prepares for the upcoming Nashville Pop-Up Shop this Sunday, September 14.



If you don’t live near Nashville, you can still get your fill of Brandy’s fantastic finds from her online store, here.

graphic wallpaper


If you live nearby, you won’t want to miss her sale this weekend.  And look for me there, of course!  Just please don’t take all the good stuff . . .



You must know – I’d rather keep this to myself (I found some amazing finds at the last sale).  But honestly, Brandy is such a great girl and I believe she is going to be a very big deal in the near future. And I’d like to be invited to all her parties, because I’m pretty sure they’d be awesome. I’m totally hoping for brownie points . . .



  1. Dana Tucker

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me some Brandy Adams and Make + Model!!! So proud of her and the success she has had. That girl is going places!!!

  2. Lori Pruitt

    Great article! I just recently discovered Brandy through Instagram and I’m SO glad I did 🙂 I’ve never been to one of her pop up shops, so I’m excited about this one. I’ll say hi to you…if I can tear myself away from the beautiful vintage goodies, that is!

  3. Brandy Adams

    Thanks Kristie for taking the time to interview me and showcase the MAKE + MODEL vibe. I’ve been so blessed these past 2 years to meet so many new friends who share the same interest and love of design… being one of them. I’m so thankful and look forward to future adventures with you!

  4. Kathy

    Great post, Kristie! Fun to see Brandi’s personal style. I loved her pieces in Dana’s house and look forward to seeing what’s in the pop-up shop!


  5. Teresa Wagner

    I LOVE that the photo of her office looks like a REAL office where someone actually works! Love it! I roll my eyes when I see home office photos of a perfectly decorated office, quite beautiful, but not one piece of paper or file to be seen anywhere. Thank you for REAL photos of REAL person! Similarly, loved that some clothing was hanging on the outside of the closet doors. Real life!

  6. Lindsey Armstrong

    Brandy is one of the greatest gals in Nashville and has the best eye for incredible finds. I’m so glad she’s being featured here! Great piece!

  7. Mallory Shaw

    Love this! Her house seriously is a vintage finds mecca!

  8. Gina

    What a well written article, Kristie! I can see how you would be drawn into Brandy’s style. I love how she was in science all those years, but her creative side must have been calling loudly as she chose a career change. Kudos to her! Her passion has truly come to life. I’m sure you’ll gain “brownie points” and we’ll soon see you schmoozin’ with the best of ’em in future posts! You inspire me to become a blogger and better stager. I’m looking into your January course. Can’t wait to hear how the September workshop goes.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thanks you for your comments, Gina. I’d love to have you at my January course – we are finishing up all the details for next week’s course – I think it’s going to be awesome!!!

  9. Karen Hattan

    I’m in love with the poodle on her desk in her office!


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