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Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern

Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern design is having a major moment. Our phones keep ringing with potential clients asking for MCM. We’ve done renovations to restore MCM homes to their former glory and we’ve infused countless homes with MCM accent pieces and decor. It is funny because baby boomers that grew up with MCM once tended to steer away from the look since it probably reminded them of their parents’ house but like many things, MCM came full circle.


Mid Century Modern was a design era from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Started by the Bauhaus, an art school in Germany, MCM stems from the idea that everything can be designed. The Bauhaus believed architecture should encompass more than the exterior shell of a building and interior walls, it should include the furnishings, finishes, and decor. Bauhaus saw every object as an “art object”. Bauhaus took this idea and applied it to all aspects of design, including graphic design, industrial design, and interior design.

Beyond Bauhaus, MCM gained traction in America and other parts of the world like Brazil and Scandinavia. American designers are often credited with infusing the strong linear lines of the Bauhaus MCM with a slightly softer, more organic structures. Many of the most iconic furniture still in use today was designed during the MCM era. Undulating forms, curved arms, tapered “peg legs“, and an assortment of woods like teak, walnut, maple, and beech are some of the defining characteristics of MCM design. 


BHD has long been a fan of MCM. From a design standpoint, MCM is a designer’s secret weapon because the pieces add character and help create a layered look when paired with more contemporary furniture. We love the scale of MCM furniture because it isn’t the puffed-up furniture we tend to see today and is really great for historic homes that tend to have less square footage. Lastly, we love MCM furniture because it is the perfect blend of organic, natural materials and high-design. 


The great thing about buying MCM furniture today is you have the option to buy new or you can buy used. There are a plethora of design firms recreating classic MCM looks, from walnut credenzas to sling back chairs, that are priced well and give you the look without the hunt. Buying authentic MCM can be tricky but we love tracking down originals because we love their originality and quality. There are local Nashville dealers that specialize in authentic MCM and tons of online sites. It is getting rarer and rarer to find MCM priced cheap at antique stores, estate sales, and thrift stores but there are definitely still deals to be found! 

This BHD space is featured on HGTV’s article on MCM design!

MCM art is another one of our favorite go-tos. We love the organic muted tones and geometrically driven designs. We often have better luck finding MCM art in local thrift stores and the like because it isn’t as recognizable as say an Eames lounge chair or a Saarinen tulip table. 


An easy and relatively inexpensive way to add MCM appeal to your home is through color, either with paint or textiles. Color wise, small accents of citruses or mustards go a long way. Sherwin Williams  “Vintage Finds” is a good starting point. BHD literally has hundreds of color options to choose from! We love layered accent textiles in a space to build a bohemian, eclectic look.



December Newsletter – Best of the Best

2016 has been an exceptional year for BHD. We’ve worked with many new types of clients, completed more work than ever before, and we’ve found new community partners, vendors, and people to partner with. Office wise, we’ve welcomed Mary to the office as a designer and are so happy to have her. Beth has been busier than ever so it is great to have another person on the team. In addition, we are looking to hire another design assistant, so if you know someone special, please let us know! Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. Cheers everyone!


Featured BHD Space: Spaces we Love

The clock is ticking for us to share some of our favorite spaces. Here’s a roundup of spaces we love that we haven’t had the chance to share until now. Hope you enjoy!

What is sweeter than having a guest bedroom dedicated to the comfort and joy of tiny visitors? This bunk room sleeps four and is the ultimate “destination getaway” for grandkids! White wood contrasts wonderfully with the rich mocha walls while fun custom curtains and pillows pull the look together. 

This jewel box of a bathroom is the perfect mix of unique tiles and placement.  By tiling the walls vertically and carrying the look into the shower niches, we created great visual height and texture. We further amplified the look by wrapping the front facade of the tub in the same tile as we used for the shower walls. The look is very custom, sophisticated and stylish, and adds great value. Beautiful custom glass doors keep the bathroom spacious and put the tile work on display. 

We love this MCM kitchen remodel and love the way the space is the perfect example of “form follows function”. This is a beautiful, hardworking kitchen, custom designed for busy, multifaceted lives of our clients. The pullout pantry designed to keep countertop appliances within an arm reach, yet off the counter, was one of our favorite solutions for the space. Planned storage fills us with joy!

Sometimes accessories stay in our mind long after we deliver them safely to a client and this leather turquoise tray is one of them. The color was perfect, rich yet refined and the proportions were just right. We styled the look with a simple vase and two air plant terrariums. Picture perfect. 


Featured Event: Porter Flea

Attending the Porter Flea Holiday Market is somewhat of a tradition at BHD. Best gifts, great crowd, awesome holiday merrimount. New this season is the option to buy a VIP ‘Porter Pass’ to skip the (long) line on Saturday. We highly recommend this option if you don’t have time to stand in line!

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 10-5pm. 

WHERE: Skyway Studios, 3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville View Map

Click here for more info!

Featured Event & Vendor: Pre to Post Modern

Pre to Post Modern is one of our favorite local shops for vintage furniture, accessories, and decor. We love that on any given day we can walk into the shop and be inspired by the selection and quality of the pieces available. The store is well edited and curated. With all the work we’ve done the last few months for commercial Airbnb projects, we’ve relied on this shop for readily available, unique pieces. It’s been a total lifesaver! Can’t wait for their holiday event this weekend – shop local this season!

HOLIDAY EVENT: Sunday, December 10, 12-5pm.

LOCATION: 2110 8th Ave S, Nashville

Click here for more info!

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November Newsletter – New Opportunities

All fall, we’ve felt very fortunate to have an array of exciting new opportunities come our way. HGTV presented us with an opportunity to design for an upcoming Nashville show, an out of town real estate development company asked us to partner in creating new Airbnb properties, and we’ve met new clients with a broad range of design goals. For a firm that thrives on diversity, life is good!

We ultimately decided to turn down HGTV (not a phrase you hear often!) so we could focus on our local clients and get our hands involved with the Airbnb projects. With the holidays just weeks away, we are reminding ourselves to slow down and enjoy the ride. We are filled with gratitude to all our clients, vendors, and community partners. Thank you and warmest wishes! Happy Holidays!

Featured BHD Space: Frequently Asked Questions
This past year we’ve worked with a ton of new clients and as the year winds down, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss some of the biggest fears potential clients have when it comes to interior design and renovations. We want to pull back the curtains and reveal some of the inner workings that go into completing projects – on time, on budget, and on point! 

Don't fear timelines! Even a gut renovation on a bathroom is executed with laser like percisi

“Will the project be completed on time?”
Honestly, interior design projects have a significant range of scope. A straightforward project with furnishings, accessories, and paint typically is the easiest to predict because we have the most control over vendors and contractors. During the selection process, we check projected lead times for every piece of the project and it really helps us manage our client’s timeline! A more intensive renovation requires a bigger team of contractors and involves coordinating many moving pieces. BHD sets realistic timelines for our clients and we use our years of experience to both set and manage the timeline. 
Don't fear timelines! Even a gut renovation on a bathroom is executed with laser like percisi
“Will the project come in on budget?”

Budgets are often the biggest worry when it comes to interior design, and we totally understand why. It seems like in the age of HGTV and the DIY network, every episode of our favorite TV show features a project going over budget. Perhaps it is because blown budgets make for good TV? Every episode needs a good hook, or something to keep viewers engaged through commercial breaks. Don’t get us wrong, budgets are fragile in real-life projects as well but not nearly as scary and dramatic as television makes them out to be!

Entering a project, we work with the client to set the budget for the project. We don’t promise the moon and hide change orders to get clients. Second, we rely on contractors early in the project. No uh-oh moments when suddenly it is going to cost X amount of dollars to complete the design! Granted, there are unforeseen problems that can arise when we open walls or start demoing, but often these problems are anticipated and accounted for! 

“I don’t know how to describe my style but I know what I like and I don’t like. How will I know I will like the finished spaces?”
We usually ask clients when we first meet them if they have any inspiration images. We ask if they have any furniture pieces they love / can’t live without / can’t get rid of. We take time to get to know our clients and definitely help clients develop their style. We don’t have a one-size-fits all design philosophy. Your project will be your project, even if you can’t conceptualize what you want when we start the process. 
“Will the furniture be  comfortable? I am scared to buy things I can’t tryout in person!”

This question comes up a lot. Interior designers have an entire world of vendors and manufacturers not available to the public. The only downside is the products are rarely featured in a showroom and our clients can’t “tryout” sofas, chairs, etc during the selection process. We remedy this a few ways. First, we know the brands we carry. Likely, we’ve ordered the piece before or we’ve seen it at market. Secondly, we can usually narrow down what a client will find comfortable by discussing what has worked in the past and what has not worked.  Lastly, we take into consideration ergonomics and make suggestions for our clients based off what is best suited for their own unique needs. Not everyone loves a deep sofa while some clients wouldn’t be happy with anything but!


Featured Event: Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

For the second time ever, the Cheekwood gardens will be aglow this holiday season with over a 1 million lights. We love visiting the gardens at night and this show is sure to be a spectacular sight!

WHEN: November 25 – January 1, 5pm-10pm, Closed on Christmas and every Monday except on December 26th

TICKETS: Adults: $20, Youth (ages 3-17): $15, Children 2 and under: Free, Parking $5, Plus a $5 fee for purchasing onsite. Buy online to save!

Click here for more info and click here to buy tickets online

Hot Topic & Featured Vendor: Nashville Artist Collective

We love finding local artists for our clients and are excited to share with you the exciting new online gallery called Nashville Artist Collective. As an offshoot to the very successful Charleston Artist Collective which was founded in 2010, the Nashville group features area artists whose work is both available online to purchase or who can work on commissioned pieces. We love seeing new platforms arise for artists in our community to get their stuff out there. We can’t wait to see this site grow and for our local artists to get attention even outside the city. Go Nashville!


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