Beth Haley Design | BHD | 1207 Linden Avenue | Nashville, TN 37212 | 615.228.3664

What it means to be a sustainable designer in 2016

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about sustainable design in 2016 is versatility. As a firm we specialize in sustainable design, yet our interiors aren’t stereotypically “green”. Our resource rooms are chocked full of locally sourced products, green textiles, recycled glass tiles, and reclaimed wood yet you would never know unless you read all the labels. Green manufactured products look just as good as traditionally manufactured products and often times, they outperform. We use green products in historic renovations as well as new construction because of the range of options  and their versatility to fit any design style, from eclectic to artisan to modern. We love the ability to create gorgeous spaces that also happen to be green!

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By designing for the widest range of people possible you eliminate the need for future renovations.  Here we have a bathroom with personality that is both ADA compliant and has a wood-look tile floor with 66% recycled content.

Being a sustainable designer means wearing many hats. You are a researcher, always seeking new products in a rapidly changing industry that give the right look yet are manufactured responsibly. You are an engineer, combining products to increase efficiency and create innovative solutions. You are an educator, taking your research and innovations to work collaboratively with contractors, and clients. Lastly, you are a psychologist, working within the built environment to create beautiful, healthy, positive spaces.

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This bamboo vanity with recycled content glass tile is both sustainable and gorgeous!

We see sustainable design as an evolving understanding of practices and techniques we can use to better serve our clients and the environment. To us, it is staggering that in 2015 the built environment continued to account for 30-40% of human impact on the planet.  While our work is specifically interior design, we see ourselves as part of the equation that can limit the effect our interiors have on the environment. We strongly support historic preservation and historic remodels and completely adore whole house renovations that push us to reconfigure the floor plan to work for today’s modern family, while working within the original footprint of the home. To us, preserving and enhancing what is already there makes sense.

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This gorgeous table and chairs are a great example of repurposing. Sometimes all it takes is a great vintage find, a professional painter and a good upholsterer. Repurposing is one of our favorite ways to work green design into our projects.

BHD’s mission is to help our client’s balance their homes overall environmental friendliness and efficiency with visually pleasing designs. Some might ask how will my project be influenced if I work with a sustainable design firm. Will it cost more? Will my project get LEED certification? Will it be 100% organic?  Will my project look “sustainable”?  All these questions get to the heart of what it means to be a sustainable designer and an experienced sustainable designer can help answer all these questions for you.

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This historic home remodel stayed within the original footprint and yet we were able to open up the space to create this generous kitchen.  The reclaimed floors blend seamlessly with the existing 100 year old flooring.

In 2016, sustainable design is no longer a small niche market. Every year we see more and more companies switch their manufacturing techniques from the traditional heat / burn / treat method to green chemistry. There is more transparency for how products are made, with some companies offering anything from full Life Cycle Analysis, Green Guard Certified. or percent recycled content. Designers, builders, contractors, and architects work in tandem to create integrated systems for the home that ensure the house is energy efficient and low-impact.

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Cork floors are great for aging in place as they are offer soft cushion for the body and they are an easily renewable, sustainable product. Cork is a really good product to use because it is easy to transition to existing flooring. We love that it is stylish too!

Interior design can have a substantial impact on the health of your home and the overall longevity of the planet. As designers we recognize the direct correlation between green house gases, the heat island effect, and climate change. We also know the importance of removing toxins from interior environments and the importance of restoring the connection between the natural world and interiors. We are proud of our commitment to bringing elements of sustainable design to all our clients. Call us when you are ready to get started on your own project!

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An integrated compost station in this kitchen counter made perfect sense for our client and helps promote a sustainable practice. Little details make the difference.

 

Final Faux Sho – Master Bedroom

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For the final Faux Sho room of 2015, we wanted to play with some of our favorite design trends from this past year and use some of our tried-and-true design tricks. Often, bedrooms follow a very formulaic pattern, sort of like a living room, because everything is centered around the bed. In this instance we wanted the traditional, symmetrical layout but also wanted to create a contemporary space. The soft watercolor floral wallpaper fit the bill perfectly. The exaggerated scale is of the moment yet will prove to be timeless. For the bed, we needed a piece that could hold its own against the wallpaper and chose a robust boxy leather wrapped 4 poster bed that mimics the angular architectural style of the modern addition. A pair of matching white lacquer bedside tables nicely contrast the heaviness of the bed and helps keep the room feeling light and airy. We pulled inspiration from the circular hardware on the bedside tables and repeated the shape in the pounded metal mirror above the bed, and the mirror table lamps and sconces. We like how the curves add a softer geometry to the space, as some of the keys in design are balance and form.

We added a plush velvet undulating chaise lounge chair in a rich green and paired it with a circular side table to continue the look. For the floors, we used wide plank bleached oak hardwoods and laid a luxurious, textured wool carpet on top. Again, this contrast between scale, texture, pattern, and color creates intrigue and when right, a sense of harmony. The result is quite romantic, ethereal, and relaxing.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Faux-Sho 2015 house! Happy Holidays everyone!

 

 

Artist Feature: Yuri Figueroa

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Sanrin yama | Oil on canvas| 48 x 60 in

It has been our pleasure to feature artist Yuri Figueroa in our showroom this fall. We love how the paintings look in our space and we are thrilled his art has made it into so many of our client’s homes. Allow us to share his story.

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Winter mountain dragon | Oil on canvas| 48 x 48 in

Having grown up on the western coast of Mexico, Yuri came to Nashville 4 years ago to work on a documentary film shortly after finishing school. The documentary is on none other than Manuel; the living local legend who has been designing couture for the stars since Elvis was king. It is not surprising that a charismatic character such as Manuel would attract a kindred spirit such as Yuri. The documentary is still a work in progress and we can’t wait to see it!

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Now slide #2 | Oil on canvas| 36 x 24 in

Beyond the story of what brought Yuri to Nashville is the story of what has kept Yuri in Nashville.  Nashville feels like home to Yuri and has a great atmosphere that has been a sweet spot for him to produce work. Whether it was the mix of Nashville’s vibrant yet low-key, city but small town feel, it has been enough to entice another wanderlust to stay.

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Yuri Figueroa | Photo Credit Erika Weaver

Yuri is by and large a self-taught painter. Throughout his studies in film school he continued to work and paint, focusing on exploring mixed-media arts, different styles and techniques. You can see the breadth of his methods and interests from his pieces in our showroom. He creates sculptures, oils, acrylics, ink, abstracts, line drawings, and just about anything in between. We wouldn’t be surprised if his creativity took him deeper into uncharted territory and some day he invents a new way of creating mixed media art. Click here for a great piece written on him last year for Nashville Arts Magazine.

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Sarin #1 | Oil on canvas| 36 x 36 in

Part of what attracts us to Yuri’s work is the use of color. We love his combinations and the movement of color through the canvas. We also find the texture of his painting very unique and pleasing. There is clear dimension on each painting, which is something we always look for when choosing art. When you can see crests, ridges, and valleys, it makes the painting so much more dynamic, as subtle variations are exposed from different angles.

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Untitled (Another road) | Oil on canvas| 36 x 24 in

We are really impressed with the way Yuri’s paintings complement interior design. From the series we are showing in the showroom to the pieces that are available on his website, we feel like there is something in his work that stands out, makes a statement, yet doesn’t dominate a space. Perhaps it is Yuri’s subdued yet widely magnetic personality, transmuted to canvas, that is slightly protected yet pulls you in.

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Cowboys and Indians | Oil on canvas| 48 x 36 in

In addition, be sure to check out Yuri’s sculptures in Nashville’s downtown public library! His work is part of the show Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American HistoryEstamos Aqui is a series of projects and events focused on exploring the culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States. Nashville Public Library, in partnership with local community organizations, will host film discussions, art exhibits, oral history projects, and other programs throughout the next year.

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Mutant cactus | Moulding compound, enamel, wood, concrete and steel| approx. 4 x 12 in

Stop by our showroom to experience Yuri’s art!