Photography by Justin Rearden & Ryan Mclemore

Located on the upper two levels of a restored 1890s retail building in downtown Nashville, the 506 Lofts, a boutique downtown 5 room hotel, were meant to offer modern lodging amenities and comfort amid historic surroundings. The Powell team focused on not just maintaining but highlighting original building elements, taking a modern residential industrial approach to the Lofts’ design on the whole, but approaching each individual space with an aim of uncovering a unique personality. Color-splotched expanses of ragged plaster walls were lovingly and carefully restored to become centerpieces in each 506 loft space, and new finishes and fixtures were chosen to let those details take the fore. The hotel’s marketing plan called for welcoming “Instagrammable moments,” and Powell set the backdrop with local-pride-infused custom murals from Nashville’s I Saw The Sign, and warm, selfie-inspiring lighting from Nashville’s Southern Lights Electric.