Dwell on Design

Maloney Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit: Noah Walker

Earlier this summer Beth took a trip to LA to discover Dwell on Design and we are very excited to share some of the highlights from her trip. The pictures she posted while she was there were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what she saw and experienced. Dwell on Design – if you are not familiar – is a design conference with a modern mindset organized by Dwell Magazine, one of our favorite design publications.

Beech Knoll House | East Side/Hills | Photo Credit: Dana Meilijson

Beth was in design heaven, surrounded by inspiration and creativity, honing her design skills in kitchen design, bath design and sustainability by attending lectures and classes, visiting exhibits on the latest design trends and “LYFT-ing” her way thru 2 days of contemporary home tours.

Black House | East Side / Hills | Photo credit: Ethan Pines

While attending a seminar on design trends, Beth spotted one of our projects featured in the presentation. What a surprise! No one knew it was our project but Beth knew and that was enough excitement.  Here is the project they featured, one many of you will sur?ely recognize and love!

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Beth Haley Design!

After spending two days touring contemporary California homes, Beth was asked by one of her Lyft drivers what she was going to take back to her own design business.  One noticeable result is an affirmation to stay true to her desire to design for function and simplicity but with an artistic eye and a desired connection between people and nature.

Black House | Mar Vista / Culver City | Photo Credit: Lisa Krutky

One of the most insightful moments of Beth’s trip happened during a late afternoon lecture by California architect David Hertz. He shared highlights from his recent book, “The Restorative Home, Ecological Houses by David Hertz”.  In David’s own words – “I’ve always had a social and ecological concern. The honest expression of materials and structure, a response to climate and a blurring of the boundary between indoors and outdoors are important to me.” According to his books introduction by Michael Webb, David’s projects, “seek to move the client beyond the merely sustainable to the restorative”.  David expands the meaning of restorative “a restorative building is one that gives back more than it takes. It generates more fresh air, nurtures vegetation, harvests energy and captures more water than the building consumes in its lifetime.”

Beth left his seminar ready to rethink existing methods and design solutions yet remain true to her social and ecological leanings. What a refreshing, revitalizing and affirming lecture! Rethinking the use of materials to problem solve for our housing needs, both functionally and aesthetically, can, in turn, create nurturing spaces; spaces that connect us to one another, our environment and our innate needs. For us, design is about feeling and people, making the most from what we have or need. It’s a simplistic design, one that is not carried away for the sake of design or trend, but instead nurtures the human spirit while simultaneously igniting creativity, beauty and human connection.

Beverly Grove Residence | Architect: David Hertz

When we asked Beth what are her biggest takeaways from the trip, she brimmed with excitement and flooded us with ideas!  Use simplified and hardworking materials in creative ways – wood, metal, concrete; expand spaces with outdoor connections creating interesting vistas.

Grand View Residence | Mar Vista / Culver City | Photo credit: Daryl Olesinski

Make the most of all surfaces both horizontal and vertical; open and review site lines – is it purposeful and beautiful?;  mix finishes; add skylights and transoms.

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Maloney Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit: Noah Walker

Use nooks and crannies to create special places to connect within a home; add plants – lots of them, indoors and out.

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

Create multipurpose spaces, adding moveable walls to diversify space; use operable windows and glass walls; include sculptural interiors & floating vanities.

Trousdale Residence | East Side / Hills | Photo credit: Squared Design Lab

Vary the heights of floors to create individualized yet open spaces, use fireplaces as artistic sculptures.

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

Use art to create feelings and lighting not only to direct us but also as art and sculpture.  SO MANY IDEAS! We can’t wait to use these ideas in our next project!

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Piccus Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit:Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

When thinking about the outdoor spaces, Beth was reminded to use colorful walls, sculptural plantings, rocks, art sculptures, metal and concrete creating repetition and rhythm and use of pattern in design.

Piccus Residence | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

The proper use of vegetation screens and multiple, layered decks can create outdoor rooms, extending the living spaces and connecting the homeowners to nature.

Picccus Residence | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

As you can see, Beth is inspired. The trip filled her with design possibilities and she loved having the opportunity to see the results of thoughtful design. “People, problem solving, creating solutions, and being aware of our impact on the environment all while doing it all with an artistic eye is why I love this industry. I hope you are as inspired about your next project as I am. I look forward to us being environmentally creative problem solvers together!”

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

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August Newsletter – ‘What’s New’

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! As much as we like kicking back in the August, there is too much we are excited about to let it wait for the Fall!  Beth‘s trip to Dwell on Design created a distinct vibe in the office and the current mood running through BHD is “what’s new”. What’s new in design, what’s new in products, what’s new in the showroom. Everyone is curious and looking forward to projects that are currently underway and working with client’s who are just getting started. Here’s to finishing the summer strong and enjoying the freedom summer always seems to bring! 


Featured BHD Space: Our showroom!

We don’t think we’ve ever made our BHD featured space the showroom before but now that is it getting filled with new furniture pieces, accessories, and art, we thought it was a great time to share the new pieces we have to share!

Love the pairing of the minimal curved glass table with the vibrant painting by Yuri Figueroa as the beloved foo dog lamp stands guard over the front door. 

We shared this on Instagram last week but we love all the pillows that just arrived and had to share again! Pillows are honestly one of the easiest ways to change the feeling of a space. Some people might be afraid to use assorted prints but this proves you can mix it up! How did we make it work?  Keeping the content consistent with botanical prints and varying the scale and combining complementary color families. 

We couldn’t enough of this gingko print.  These have sold but more designs are on their way!

Baskets, planters, and pillows galore! We love the bright colors in Yuri’s art hanging over the mantel too!

This sideboard is a show stopper and we love this collection of Yuri’s paintings paired with Jerry Atnip’s photograph. The long neck, glass and acrylic lamp and the reflective ball sculpture finish off the monochromatic vignette!

Lastly, we have a series of photographs just in from Yuri. The bright colors are energizing the blossoms fresh feel. Just imagine how appreciated these will be when nature takes her winter break!


Featured Vendor: Gold Leaf Design Group

Gold Leaf Design is one of our favorite accessories companies. We look towards them time and again for unique pieces. Here is a collection of goodies that just arrived for one of our clients. Coordinated colors yet each item is cool on its own!


 

Featured Event: Tomato Art Fest

We look forward to this event every year. If you’ve never been before, it is an East Nashville tradition, filled with art, festivities, street vendors, and people watching galore! Costumes are encouraged and we hope to see some familiar faces out and about this weekend!

When: August 12, 6PM – whenever & August 13th, 9am – whenever. Click here for a program of events!

Where: 11th and Woodland is the center of the festival where you can find the Tomato Art Fest information booth. Click here for a complete map of the festivities! 


Hot Topic: Power of Design

We love when we are reminded of the power of design and its ability to speak volumes through aesthetics alone. Case in point – Architectural Digest magazine was looking beyond politics when they declared  “Wood accents, clean lines, and an all-white palette make this space instantly pinnable”. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on or whether you watched the Democratic Convention a few weeks ago, everyone in the design community has been buzzing about the kitchen featured in Hillary Clinton’s intro video.

What made the kitchen stand out, why did it capture everyone’s attention, and why did it look strikingly familiar? First and foremost, it was a beautiful kitchen bathed in the most amazing natural light. It was perfect. The all-white cabinets, butcher block counter, and black framed mullioned windows are timeless, tasteful, and contemporary. The kitchen visually reinforced attributes emphasised in the video. It was as if the kitchen were a set and the set happened to be one of our favorite movies. Architectural Digest suggested it looked straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie. 

Nancy Meyers is a living legend when it comes to set design. Her movies are some of the most gorgeous and hilarious – Father of the BrideIt’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Intern come to mind. She creates sets that feel straight out of heaven. She harnesses the power of design to help narrate a movie. It is like her sets become the third character in the scene. 

Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes created Hillary Clinton’s video and the question on everyone’s mind is whether this was a scene scouted for the cameras or was this her actual home. All we know is we love using interior design to gesture who we are. We love projecting our client’s values, lifestyles, and taste through design, finishes, and materials. We’ve never thought of it this way but it is true, we design the backdrops of our client’s lives and we couldn’t be happier or more proud to serve!


 

June Newsletter – Creative Nashville

Last month, we featured East Nashville murals on our blog and it got us thinking – what are we doing to help make our community more creative, innovative, and fun? Sometimes, all it takes is taking a step back to see how your actions are painting the bigger picture. Turns out, we are doing a lot! Nashville landscape designer and artist Mike Kahnle is installing a series of sculptures on our front lawn on Linden Avenue in 12 South, we are preparing projects to submit to the American Society of Interior Designer’s state competition, and we are working with clients on several big renovations. Whew! We love being a part of the creative scene in Nashville and want to thank everyone, clients, vendors, and friends that keep us inspired! 


Featured BHD Space: Perfect Pairings

Every time we take on a project, we ask what will make this space great? Often, when working on whole house renovations, we try to create a unified look through the entire home and give each room its own special treatment while keeping it part of the whole. Usually, it is a combination of many elements, layered to perfection, styled to a tee, that give us the final result we want. Join us as we visit two projects that show perfect pairings!

This kitchen is from the same historic home in 12S. We worked to maximize the cooking, storage, and serving space while maintaining the placement of the existing windows. By bringing the cabinets to the ceiling and by creating the massive central island, we managed to fit a lot of function (and style) into moderate amount of square footage. 

This small office nook is smooth and sleek. We love how the walnut shelves streamline storage in the space and create an interesting focal point. It is a custom solution to the age old problem of office space storage and proves minimal modern versus traditional bulky wins!

Notice a similarity between this picture and the small office nook? Smooth and sleek reign again! Both office spaces are in the same home and we love how the looks compliment one another. This office is full of custom walnut built-ins that provide tons of storage and two nice display shelves. Even with the heavy woodwork, the space still manages to remain light and airy thanks to the minimal bench, bright area rug, and the window drenching the space in natural light. 


Featured Event: Art at the Rymer Gallery

Great to see a show bringing together artists from Nashville and one of our favorite West Coast cities! We love the vibrancy of this show and can’t wait to check it out in person.

When: June 3 – 30th, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Where: The Rymer Gallery, 233 5th Ave, Nashville 

For more info click here.



Hot Topic: New this month!

A lot is going on in the design world this month. The Louvre in Paris is wrapped by street artist and made to disappear, Pirch, a 32,000 sq. ft. kitchen and bath showroom opened in NYC and is a serious game changer in terms of what we might be able to come to expect from showrooms, and lastly, the Venice Biennial is underway, featuring some of the best installations we’ve ever seen! Here in Nashville, we are excited by the new collections Renaissance Tile showed us last month when they had us to visit! Keep your eyes peeled everyone, inspiration is everywhere!