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November Newsletter – Season of the Home

Can we go ahead and call November and December the season of the home? For what are the holidays without the gathering of family around a festive table, overnight guests tucked into stylish bedrooms, and the once-a-year desire to have a gift wrapping room? Apart from adding the traditional holiday decor, we love making the most of the season by reimagining our homes in a broader sense. Are we making the most of the furniture layout in the living room? What accessories do we love and want to highlight? What needs to be replaced? If you need any last minute accessories or tips let us know; our showroom is open and we are happy to help style your home! We hope everyone enjoys getting ready for the holidays and we like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 



Did you see the BHD Werthan Lofts project featured on StyleBlueprint earlier this month? Click here to take a look!


Featured BHD Space: Built-in Bars

A common thread throughout many of our remodels is the addition of a bar. Whether added to a bonus room, dining room, or just a dedicated area in the kitchen, bars are the perfect marriage of function and style.

The bonus room in this Brentwood home was begging for a feature wall and this custom built-in bar was just the thing. Beyond offering a refined service area, the bar becomes a design focal point for the space. Open shelves become display and the tile backsplash and textured wallpaper add dimension.

Need we mention the perfect opportunity bars give for seasonal styling? Here bright pink flowers brightened the space during our spring photo shoot. Just imagine how the bar looks now, all decked out for fall and the holidays!

Home renovation often comes down to making the most of your space. In this instance, you can see how me made the most of a small expanse of wall bringing the kitchen and dining area by creating a wet bar. Notice how the bar cabinets differ from the kitchen cabinets in color and design yet the backsplash is the same? This is a trick we used to define the bar but keep the space cohesive. There is no doubt where the drinks will be served!


Featured Vendor: Scion

This exuberant collection of fabrics and wallcoverings from UK brand Scion is high on our list of products we are looking forward to bringing our clients. Here is just one look from the Levande collection- a perfect blend of organic shapes and geometric patterns with a unique color story. For many more looks and inspiration click here www.scion.uk.com.


Hot Topic: Landscape architect and artist Roberto Burle Marx

We love finding new designers that inspire us. This past month Elle Decor mentioned the work of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx and we were intrigued. After a bit of digging, we found that beyond being one of the leading modernist landscape architects of his time, Marx (1909 -1994) would be known today as a sustainable designer. He used principles of biophilic design and ecology to guide his creations, installing site specific, low-impact projects. Marx understood how to use the built environment to help foster a relationship with nature, as biophilic design is about recognizing humanity’s place in nature and using the built environment to maintain, restore, and enhance our physiological and psychological connections to the natural world.


 

Nursery Inspiration!

It is no secret I am 7 months pregnant and have all things baby on my mind. As an interior designer, I have spent almost every evening fantasizing about how I can create the perfect space for our baby boy.

baby room

Choosing the crib was daunting. I wanted one by Oeuf till I learned the price. This simple mod crib by Babyletto ended up being my best solution. The bright white feels right for the baby’s room and I am happy with the level of craftsmanship.

It wasn’t until I read a mountain of baby books that I realized I needed to invest in a rocker / glider nursing chair. A lot of reviews directed me towards gliders I would never in a million years invest money into but I finally found one from Gus Modern that feels like it is a worthy purchase because we might be able to use it in another room down the line.

As for the classic changing table verse dresser debate, I ended up choosing a dresser that was designed for a nursery. I like the idea of using a real dresser with a specially designed attachable changing pad because changing tables aren’t a permanent item in a kids room but a dresser certainly is. This dresser by Newport Cottages has great reviews and think it will last a very long time. I had a 6 drawer dresser growing up and loved it. As I got older I made it my vanity by hanging a mirror above it and loved all the surface space.

I am still ironing out what kind of rug I want to laydown over the carpet. Usually I am not a rug on rug type of person but I want to make the baby’s room as warm and soft as possible. This fantastic Moroccan rug I found online is out of my reach but I am using the image as placeholder till I find one with a friendlier price tag.

I have been having fun doing some DIY projects. I love these prints from illustrator Danielle Knoll and was inspired to make my own series. I ended up doing the cheetah, an elephant, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, and lion. I am very pleased with the way the series turned out. I think I will hang them above the dresser but I will wait till we move in to decide.

knoll

Another project I am looking forward to is making a pom pom mobile. There are a lot of beautiful ones online, like this one from artist Dana Haim, but  I am having fun coming up with my own design! I like the idea of making things for the nursery because it gives the space a very personal touch.

 

The last thing I know I won’t be able to live without is an assortment of oversize African baskets. I have a few at now but plan on adding a couple more to the collection. I know it won’t work for as a diaper pale (!) but I imagine they will be perfect for storing toys, blankets, dirty clothes, etc.

Woven African Laundry Clothes Hamper - Silver Herringbone - Large

 

As excited as I am to move into a new chapter, baby, house, NC, I will be sad to say goodbye to the wonderful world of Beth Haley Design. It has been my absolute pleasure working with everyone and being apart of the Nashville design community! Goodbye and best wishes everyone!

Porches Galore

If you have a porch at your house, I am sure you spend half of Fall lamenting the days when it will be too cold to use and you spend all of Winter counting down the days till warmer weather. Porches are a great space in any home and unique because they are not static. They get packed away and re-imagined each year.

Screened-in porch with colorful accents  pictures for porch

This room is bursting with pillows, cushions, fabric, and texture. Nothing is more unexpected and luxurious than fancy pillows outside! Choose fabrics meant for indoor / outdoor use. Some of our favorites are from Robert Allen Sunbrella collection and Duralee Pavillion Bella Dura collection.

 

Another element not to overlook is lighting. Consider placing lamps outside to help the space feel like a real room. Table Lamps and floor lamps help make porches warm and inviting.

An element that is gaining more and more popularity recently are “sleeping porches”. Depending on your space, you can never do wrong with an over sized swing. Outfit your swing with some pillows and a nice throw and you might be tempted to spend the night out there!

This photo from Domino Magazine is great inspiration. It is definitely the work of a stylist and probably was just staged for a photo shoot but, that being said, there is a lot to take away from it!  Maybe next time you have a get together at your house, you can pull carpets from other living spaces and create a cool, layered, comfortable looking floor, complete with over-sized throw pillows and practical, drink-holding side tables. The effect would be really warm and inviting.

If you haven’t given your porch a little bit of love and attention yet, hopefully this gets you going!