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Throw Back Thursday – Cabinetry with Style…

Cabinetry. The very thought of it brings a peaceful satisfaction to my kitchen-loving soul… A permanently installed element in the kitchen that is meant to solely provide storage and organization. Perfection in simplicity and purpose. What a beautiful thing?!

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The most recognizable element of kitchen cabinets are the doors. They set the groundwork for the rest of the space’s design. Let’s take a moment to consider shaker style cabinets. A simple face with a raised, straight edge around the perimeter. The shaker design is suitable for nearly all kinds of hardware, tile, and other decorative elements in kitchens and bathrooms. Previous blog posts have described the shaker as “universal”. Aptly put. Whether a kitchen leans traditional, modern, vintage or contemporary, shaker faced cabinets establish a canvas that can speak to each of these design aesthetics.

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On another note, flat front cabinets are sleek and clean. Interior designers are implementing this minimalist notion more and more in contemporary designs. Flat front cabinets are also beautiful in the absence of hardware and with the purity of a high gloss finish. No glazing here.  For many of today’s homeowners, the streamlined design offers a welcome calm via minimalism.

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The earlier mention of “glazing” makes me think of more traditional cabinetry which often has beautiful dimension. Here the cabinet door design has a raised panel and a more detailed profile along the trim. This is beautifully shown with a touch of glaze applied by hand for and artisan and organic character. “Distressed” doors also are used in traditional kitchens and bathrooms, though here a more cottage-like appearance is what clients are after.

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Another favorite from traditional homeowners involves a different glazing altogether. Glass front cabinet doors. Here “seeded” glass has a beautifully vintage, slightly skewed charm. The aged and less uniform element is perfect in its imperfection. In contrast, a pristine, clear glass accomplishes the modern aesthetic we discussed earlier!

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There is so much more to say about cabinetry and how it affects kitchen design as a whole… Custom elements to hold cutting boards and cookie sheets, deep drawers for heavy pots and pans, open shelves for cookbooks and coffee mugs. The list goes on and on, but that is another blog post for another time!

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Until then, we would love to hear your thoughts on cabinetry design and your favorite kitchens!

~ BHD

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!