Nashville Public Art – East Nashville Murals Edition

Has anyone noticed all the murals sprouting up around Nashville? Not a week goes by that we don’t discover a new space being prepped for an installation. Nashville has always been a spectacular city but public art is making it truly fabulous! Join us now for a tour through East Nashville’s mural art installations!

This tour is brought to us by our Office Manager, an avid urban walker, who’s evening strolls might last as much as 3 hours and weekend hikes might last 10 miles. She took these pics for us over the weekend on one of her many outings.

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East Nashville has been synonymous with the Tomato festival for years and this ode to the Tomato by Eastside Murals feels right at home. In a way, it reminds of us of the famous “We Can Do it!” poster. East Nashville DOES it!

Next on the tour we have a piece located at Five Points. The colors in this one are beautiful and remind us of the resurgence and attitude of East Nashvillians.  Again, we can’t help but be reminded of another work of art we’ve seen before…

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Doesn’t it have a striking resemblance to the Tiffany Clapp piece we featured in the showroom last year? One of the things we love about art is how it opens our minds and creates connections and gives context to our lives. We are always surprised by what our imaginations come up with when we visit a gallery, museum, or now the streets of Nashville!

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This mural by local artists Jake Elliott and Russ Hagan, is in Lockeland Springs, one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city. We love the cranberry red, cream, and grey color combination. The cool tones fit right in. Also notice how cool the logo is for East Nashville, the way they use the AS in both? Very clever.

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Check out this mural painted on a fence! You have to love that creativity and art can find a home just about anywhere.  “A fly over Tennessee” is also located in Lockeland Springs.  Love this collage of ideas and inspiration by Andee Rudloff.

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The dense, bold, layered colors remind us of famed muralist / graffiti artist Keith Haring.

Speaking of graffiti, we are trying to distinguish between what is considered graffiti and what is considered mural art. Is the difference simply murals are commissioned and graffiti is uninvited? Or is more a style? These murals at Five Points are created on what seems like temporary walls encasing construction sites though we hope they are here to stay.

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Thanks East Nashville for demonstrating your artistic talent and inspiring us all to notice the art around us.  We hope this artistic tour will encourage you to get out and walk Nashville’s neighborhoods.  Hope to see you around!  Get inspired!
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Also happening in Nashville right now are two great shows featuring street artists- both locally and internationally known (can you say Bansky?!). Check the websites for Tinney Contemporary and The Rymer Gallery for more info!

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May Newsletter – Tangible Tips!

Hope everyone is enjoying spring and is looking forward to the start of summer! BHD has been busy working with clients and we can’t wait to see the work come to fruition! Last month we talked about giving your home a new beginning and asked everyone whether they loved, liked, or hated their space. This month, we want to offer tangible tips, fit for any timeline or budget.


Featured BHD Space: Tangible Tips!

Loving your space means you’ve likely put work into designing and maintaining your home. Even though most people live in spaces that are highly functional, sometimes it is nice to spruce up a corner and bask in the glory of beauty, elegance, and perfection!

In this example, it was easy to create a beautiful vignette with coordinated accessories and a bright a shining mirror. This look is pulled together but doesn’t seem overly contrived. We get pleasure seeing this display every time we walked by!

Sometimes there is a difference between liking your home and loving your home. In every home we’ve ever been to, including our own, there is always an opportunity to make a space a little brighter, a little more special. Here we have a gorgeous chandelier in a bathroom. Totally not necessary but oh so luxurious. Safe to say these lucky clients LOVE their home!

This photo captures a bold, dramatic space but when you think about it, the look is achieved by one piece of art and one piece of furniture. Think about any hallway or “walkthrough” space in your home that could use some attention and apply this same technique. One piece of art and one piece of furniture. This tip works for anyone as it can be as simple as reconfiguring existing pieces in your home for a fresh new pairing or it can mean scouting something new. The trick here is finding pieces that balance one another in scale and compliment each other in style. 

This picture captures a couple of tricks. First, think about an area in your home where you aren’t totally pleased with the way it functions. Here, there was an issue with the swing of the door leading to the first floor powder room from the hallway. The solution was a sliding door. Second, think about elevating the look from a purely functional improvement and making a design statement. Form follows function but doesn’t mean there isn’t a world of creative decisions to choose from! We love this antique door and the way it adds texture and interest to both the hallway and the bathroom.


Repeat after us, flowers and fruit, flowers and fruit. There is a reason all interior designers are loaded down with fresh flowers and bags of apples and lemons for every photoshoot – they create a sense of vibrancy. Another simple suggestion, and one that is actually free, is to remove clutter from your countertops on a regular basis. We know firsthand how convenient it is to leave the enormous freestanding mixer and food processor on the counter but we also know first hand how much nicer your counters will look without them. Trust us!


Featured Vendor: Osborne & Little

Last week we had the best time seeing the newest offerings from one of our favorite fabric and wallpaper design companies- Osborne & Little. The company started in the “swinging sixties” (as they like to say) in London and quickly became internationally known for their hand painted, unique designs. Nowadays, they are known for superior quality and innovation. We can’t get enough!


Featured Event: O’more Show House!

Three years ago, the O’more College of Design started an annual show house event that has become a major fundraising event for the school. This year, the house is a 5,200 sq. ft. historic 1919 Craftsman style home and we couldn’t be more excited to see what our friends have come up with!

100% of ticket sales benefit the O’More College Fund

When: The Showhouse is open from May 12-27. The hours are as follows:

 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-4, Thursdays 10-7, Closed Mondays
Where: The O’More Show House – 1006 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

For more info click here.



Hot Topic: BKLYN Designs

Brooklyn Designs is one of the best design showcases in the country and we were eagerly following the coverage last week as the event took place. Brooklyn is a tried and true melting pot for emerging product designers and trends. This year, we fell in love with furniture designer Mark Jupiter, accessory design company Come Out to the Coast, and ceramist Beth Bologia.

For more info click here.


 

What’s Your New Beginning Quiz?

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As we said in our newsletter, April is the month of new beginnings. As nature is busy blooming, we turn our attention to interior design projects, big and small, that we want to accomplish around the house. Anything from applying a fresh coat of paint, to reupholstering a sofa, to major overhauls. Let’s begin! What’s your new beginning?

new beginning quiz2For simplicity sake, we are starting the quiz with one basic question. Your home: love it, like it, or hate it? Be honest and consider how you truly feel about your home!

 

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LOVE IT! 

Congrats! Loving your home is a very good thing and not always an easy feeling to achieve! Though you love your home, can you think of anything you want to improve? Sometimes improvements are simply meant to enhance an already wonderful space instead of completely overhaul.

LIKE IT

Most of us likely fall into this group. We are perfectionists who love our homes but have a hard time admitting it because we always have a list of “items to improve”. If this sounds familiar, know there is no time like the present. Now is the time to tackle that list!

HATE IT!

We understand! We’ve all lived in spaces we felt weren’t right for us. If this is you, try to find things you can realistically improve. This can be anything from giving your space some good old fashioned elbow grease to a complete renovation.

Hope this quiz has served as motivation and the catalyst for a new beginning around your home!

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