Artists’ Downtown Retreat

Feast your eyes on one of  Nashville’s chicest condos. This delightful space in the Viridian is the perfect arts district weekend retreat for our clients who are both artists themselves as well as active in the burgeoning art scene. Our work focused on a gut renovation of the kitchen and furnishing the living room. We worked to infuse life and vibrancy into the space as well as provide an expanded floor plan that was more functional and convenient for the client who wants to use the space to entertain and enjoy a break from their more conventional Franklin home. 

From the before pictures below, we see the original kitchen was slightly dated and dark. The original floor plan included a work station desk adjacent to the kitchen that was obsolete to the lifestyle of our client for their downtown retreat. Lastly, the configuration of the existing living room space didn’t take advantage of the condos square footage and lacked seating for entertaining. The only thing we didn’t need to change were the incredible views looking out on our ever-evolving city!
Working with the existing architecture of the space, we made three main adjustments to the floor plan. The first was removing the existing desk adjacent to the kitchen and incorporating that square footage into the kitchen. By removing the desk, we created a longer row of cabinets and moved the fridge from behind the peninsula and created a pantry. The second order of business was reconfiguring the peninsula and adding a custom open shelving display. Lastly, we were able to sneak in a whole additional half wall of cabinets along side of the kitchen by adding custom 12″ deep open shelf cabinets. Not only does it give a handy storage, it provides much needed additional countertop space. Though the kitchen is not huge by any standard, it is efficient, stylish, and perfectly fitting for a downtown weekend retreat. 
Here we see the newly configured back wall. The stove has been recentered off the peninsula and the existing cabinets were replaced by floating hinged door cabinets that play up the horizontal lines of the kitchen. The image below shows off the green backsplash AND the floor to ceiling wall of WOW 3D tile. We love the texture the tile wall lends to the space as well as the visual appeal. We also love that looking straight at the kitchen you see the green but when entering the space, you notice the wall of 3D tile. Lastly, we love seeing Beth in the photo. It is not too often we capture the designer in the space! Go Beth!

This next image shows the new wall of under counter cabinets. It is was such a clever idea to add this feature to the space. A mere 12″ of space gave us so much function and beauty! The white Cambria quartz waterfall edge countertop and the new bamboo hardwoods are high on function and low on maintenance.

Lastly, we have the living room. The sculptural light fixture is an interesting juxtaposition to the rougher exposed concrete ceilings and grounds the seating area. The sleeper sectional sofa provides ample seating and is inviting, chic and a great way to accommodate extra guests for a downtown event.  

The condo has a great collection of local art pieces. We love the personality the artifacts bring to the space and it was a pleasure working with adventurous clients to create this unique space for their family and friends! Hope everyone enjoyed the peek inside our client’s home and is encouraged to visit the arts district for themselves sometime soon!

 

Stunning Master Bath Before & After

Here’s a before & after that will surely knock your socks off. What a transformation! Working with longtime clients on updating their master bathroom was a designer’s delight. Their love on contemporary style and adventurous spirit meant we could go big designing the bathroom of their dreams!

Even to a trained eye, it is nearly impossible to tell this is the same space! The original bathroom was dated, cluttered, and didn’t align with the client’s love of contemporary style at all. We knew we needed to make the space bright, airy, and open to match the style we’ve created in other parts of the home that have been renovated over the years. For the bathroom, the first order of business was working on a new floor plan.

While there wasn’t tons of space to steal from any of the adjoining rooms, we were able to gain some square footage by removing an awkward portion of the master closet that was originally tucked in behind the toilet. We removed the privacy wall that extended into the space and positioned the toilet flush on the back wall with the vanity. We removed the existing shower, tub, and vanity and gutted the bathroom in order to level out the floors. Lastly, we installed a pocket door to further simplify the space. The result is a much more open, inviting, and spacious layout. 

After you get over the gorgeousness of the bathroom, you might ask yourself why is there a single sink vanity instead of a double vanity. Aren’t dual vanities necessities in luxury bathrooms? It is funny because there was actually space for two sinks but working with the clients and getting to know their routines and lifestyle, we found they didn’t really need two sinks. They preferred storage. Custom storage. 

Luxury means designing what you need and want. not what society deems as standard and necessary. In this case, we designed his and her custom storage above and below the vanity. Above the vanity, we have two vertical cabinets that hide all of life’s necessities and below we have oversize pullout drawers. If there were dual vanities, there would really only be a small storage space available below the vanity. The waterfall edge quartz countertop provides ample counter space and the toilet is nicely concealed behind the custom walnut cabinetry. 

Too keep the look clean and contemporary, we installed an oversize mirror between the two upper cabinets and installed thin, 1/2 inch LED vanity lights along the vertical edges of the mirror. The custom install eliminated the need for vanity light fixtures and provided more space for storage. In a streamlined bathroom that like this, the less ornamentation the better. That being said, we extended the cabinetry to go above the toilet. The strong horizontal line helps extend the space and the curated collection of accessories tie the look together. The backsplash is marble and the faucets are from Cal Faucets. 

This beautiful tub and shower are made even more wonderful by the full-height, full-width mosaic tile accent wall. Working with a tile manufacturer, we created a custom designed calcutta marble pattern that would fit perfectly on the wall. No cutoff patterns or awkward seams! Thick custom cut glass enclosing the shower compliments the look and add shine to the space. 

Carrying the waterfall edge countertop to the tub gave the master bath a clean, pared down, elegant look and feel. The white quartz tub surround serves double duty as bench for the adjacent shower. The smart design detail helps make it flow together seamlessly. In addition, we picked up the walnut from the vanity and added it to the tub to further unify the space. Some people might be scared to do this but with a few coats of marine grade lacquer, small overhang, and a separate kids bath (with a tub), we managed to do the seemingly impossible!

Mixing it up the Nashville Way!

Last fallwe shared work we had done on an Airbnb project in Nashville. Little did we know, Airbnb in Nashville would brew into a hot topic just a few months later! Everyone knows it is a great time to live, work, and invest in Nashville but everyone may not know the heated debate surrounding just how big Airbnb and other short-term rental properties have become. In just a few days, the Metro Planning Commission will review a proposal for a temporary hold on new permits for new, non-owner, short-term rental property permits. What does this mean? It could mean a temporary freeze for real estate developers creating properties specifically designed as short-term rentals. Regardless the outcome, we trust the city will find a resolution that is fair and considerate for everyone.

Apartment A

Leaving politics aside, we are excited to share photos from two projects we recently completed.  Beth had the time of her life meeting the tight budget and even tighter deadline and we love the way both spaces turned out. There is nothing like performing under ultra-defined conditions!

Apartment A

The story goes like this, Beth was given 2 weeks and a set budget to source and furnish 2 apartments in a popular downtown residential building. In the world of interior design, 2 weeks is very little time. For any of our past clients reading, you know everything we order is typically custom / semi-custom and takes weeks to manufacture and deliver. It is just how the furniture industry works. For this project, we obviously didn’t have time to wait for pieces to be made. Instead, we had to put the spaces together using what was currently available in local stores. Though Nashville is lucky to have an abundance of great furniture showrooms, galleries, and antique stores, the prospect of picking everything ‘off the floor’ was daunting. 

Apartment A

Beth left no stone unturned as she put together these units. Literally zooming around town to all the shops, checking out the inventory, cataloging it all in her head, and making decisions on the spot. “I’ll take a half-dozen of those and a dozen of these”. The result is an expert mix of high and low, contemporary and vintage. We love the play of color, pattern, and texture. Also, Nashville is a great art town and the art Beth found for these spaces is truly spectacular! Big shout out to Bebo Folk Art, Hatch Show Print, and Chad Swick!

Apartment A

Part of what helped Beth stay grounded was the connection she felt between the spaces and their intended purpose– hosting guests. At the end of the day, it was all about creating comfortable, enjoyable, happy spaces for out of town visitors to relax as they explore Nashville. This meant giving the guests everything they would need for a great stay– comfortable beds, fun, bold accessories to catch their eye and inspire their imagination, and easy, uncluttered floor plans. The spaces had to be beautiful but almost more importantly, high functioning. Materials had to be durable, long lasting, and easy to maintain. 

Apartment B

Working on all cylinders, Beth and the team scoured the city. It was all hands on deck! We love the unique pieces like the great patterned armchair in the picture above and the classic MCM coffee table and accent tables. Timeless! The layered rugs ground the space and add warmth and texture. As Beth cleverly coined the look, it is MCM meets country music flavored with pop art. Or, in other words, cow-punk style meets classic Nashville flavor. Mixing it up is the Nashville way!

Apartment B

These beautiful art pieces from Rustic Modern Art where two of our favorite finds. They look so cool mounted above the bed in the master bedroom suite!

Apartment B

While we are at it, can we keep all the art and furniture from this room? We would be happy to wake up to these pieces everyday!

Apartment B

This sweet guest room is perfectly appointed. Unfussy twin beds get the job done and are charming in their old fashioned his & hers way, paired with modern accessories, bold colors, and unique accents. 

Apartment B

All and all, designing these two apartments in tandem was exhausting, exhilarating, and fun! We love how they turned out and hope all the people that eventually pass their doors enjoy their stay in Nashville!