If you’re a new visitor to My Mid-Century Modern Life, welcome!
Here’s a quick rundown of things.
Hi, I’m Martina. My husband is Jason. We got married young (18 and 20) back in 2003 and moved to Nashville in 2004 to pursue our dreams. I’m a graphic designer and for 10 years I worked full time for a magazine and web publishing company here in Nashville. Now I do freelance but mostly spend my days chasing around and homeschooling our children. Jason is a musician and a Realtor. He has traveled the world as a guitarist and played on many studio projects. He also spends much of his time as a real estate agent. He also takes on the occasional landscape design project, one of his many talents. We’re super happy that we get to make a living doing things we love.
In February of 2007, Jason and I bought a mid-century modern ranch in an eclectic neighborhood called East Nashville, just across the river from downtown. We fell in love with mid-century modern design and the values associated with our grandparents generation of the 1950s. We started collecting all kind of vintage relics—a sofa, chairs, lamps, dishes, planters—giving them a second chance at a life in our home.
We also put a lot of sweat equity and love into our home. We tiled the floors in our hall bathroom with slate and gave our fireplace a slate tile makeover. We (mostly Jason) did a ton of landscaping and we built a modern wood fence. We completely remodeled our master bathroom and laundry room. We put new bamboo flooring in Jason’s studio. And that’s just to name a few projects.
In the spring of 2011, we decided to respond to the nagging in our hearts and became foster parents for Nashville’s Department of Childrens Services (DCS). That led to two more big home projects. 1. Converting a hall closet into a home office for me. 2. Turning our spare bedroom into a special bedroom suited for 1 or 2 kids between the ages of 0-5. In the years to follow we fostered 6 children.
In September 2011, we were called and asked if we could accept a placement of a 2-month-old little girl. (Our second placement.) We nervously accepted—a baby?! We had no idea the DCS/court drama that would ensue but thankfully, God did a BIG miracle and our girl, Alianna (originally nicknamed Precious here), gets to stay a part of our family forever! We finalized her adoption on August 7, 2012.
Also in 2012 we built an amazing mid-century modern inspired house in East Nashville, working closely with architect Ryan Thewes. In April 2015, our first biological child, our son Isaiah was born. We had planned to continue with foster care once he was around a year old but well before that time I got pregnant again. We decided that marked time to close our chapter as foster parents. Our next daughter, Josephine, was born in July 2016. After a slightly longer break in pregnancy, our next son, Noah, was born in February 2018. In the five years we had doubled the size of our family from 3 to 6.