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Ideas for Decorating Your Highlands Shotgun House

Tips and Tricks for Designing the Interior of a Narrow, Open Home

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Offset the narrow space with plenty of light.

So you grabbed up a fabulous shotgun house in the trendy Highlands area? Congratulations! Now, how do you decorate such a specific space? Here are a few fun tips that have worked for other shotgun house owners!

  1. Less is More – For the narrow spaces of a shotgun house, big fixtures and furniture will overwhelm the space. Opt for a smaller sink, sofa, and bed than you might choose for a different style home.
  2. Pick a Point – In each room of your home, pick a focal point and design around it. Some things you might consider include: fireplaces, headboards, tables, or light fixtures.
  3. Multitask – Use the furniture in your rooms to create multi-functional spaces and common areas. For example, you can use a well-placed desk in a living room to help it double as an office, or add a high island in the kitchen for some additional seating.
  4. Use Asymmetrical Layouts – To bring balance to your long, narrow spaces, combine several smaller furniture pieces to complement each larger piece.
  5. Bring in the Light – To finish your design, think light! Use white or lightly colored paint on the walls, embrace the natural view from the windows, and add mirrors and other reflective piece to reflect the natural light.


[Source: Hunker]


Highlands' Heine Brothers' Coffee is Moving

It’s Moving Out of Carmichael’s Bookstore, but Just Across the Street

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

You can still get your Highlands cup o' joe from Heine Brothers.You can still get your Highlands cup o' joe from Heine Brothers.

The Heine Brothers in Carmichael’s Bookstore has heard its customers’ requests!

Highlands customers have been asking for more seating and parking for a long time, and an upcoming move should provide both. Sometime this spring, the Louisville coffee staple will move its Highlands location from 1295 Bardstown Rd. to the former Dunkin’ Donuts location, in front of Midtown Mall.

The new location will be more than double the original size, and include a drive-thru. The location will also add an additional six baristas.

And they’ll still be near the bookstore! The new location will be 1250 Bardstown Rd.


[Source: Courier Journal]


Highlands Welcoming a Vegan Restaurant in a Familiar Location

The former Monkey Wrench building will soon be a brewery and Vgrits Food Co.

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


The former Monkey Wrench building will be the new home to a combined brewery and vegan restaurant. Credit: Kevin Gibson

Vgrits Food Co. has been a Louisville food truck staple for years, and this spring, the owners’ dream of opening a location will become a reality in the Highlands.

The new specialty restaurant hopes to open in April at an old Highlands favorite location, the former building of the Monkey Wrench restaurant. The building is being renovated to house Vgrits and a new brewery, which will be called False Idol Independent Brewery. The menu will be familiar to those loyal to the food truck – a combination of organic healthy meals like salads and fruit dishes with their staple vegan junk foods.

The audience for this restaurant will be narrow, but that’s what makes the Highlands a perfect location. The new vegan eatery and brewery will be located at 1025 Barret Ave.

[Source: Insider Louisville]