April Newsletter – 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. Anything goes; Let’s make April the month of new beginnings!


Featured BHD Space: New Beginnings of all sizes!

Here is a collection of BHD transformations that run the gamut between decor and styling to gut kitchen and bath remodels. We included before pictures to show just how great an impact we can achieve, no matter the scale of the project!

This is a space that needed a true ‘new beginning’. The laundry list of items that needed to be changed was extensive – everything from the layout of the existing kitchen to the placement of the exterior windows and doors. The family loved to cook so we designed a true cook’s kitchen with a great 6 burner gas stove, two sinks and plenty of cabinet storage. In this kitchen, it is all about the details. After all, you can’t paint a picture without a million tiny brush strokes!

Look at this transformation through decor alone! Though the Werthan Lofts in Nashville provide great bones and tons of character, our clients wanted an elevated look for their weekend getaway. We created a sultry, refined space by bringing in sophisticated furniture and accessories. Here the rich velvet blue sofa anchors the space while unique sculptural wall ornaments create a focal point. Talk about a new beginning!

In the same space, the dining room did not get ignored. The before image shows the architectural details hidden. Even though the space has great light and a high ceiling, the spaciousness was lost in the decor. The after pictures show the space truly reimagined and transformed. Definition was given to the windows by painting them an industrial black color and selecting light and airy sheer panels. Contrast between the soft drapery and the textured brick create focus and highlight the historical architectural structure. Furniture, lighting, and window treatments fit the scale of the space. Even though the furniture is larger, the space looks larger. Funny how that happens!

This last example shows a plain-jane den transformed into a cozy, grownup space fit for relaxing and entertaining. Most often, we find clients wishing their living room spaces had more character, more style. Here, we gave the space functional, warm-toned built-ins that give a lot of nuanced interest to the space, added detail to the ceiling and selected subtle patterns and color to balance the open space and create visual pop. For the furniture, we went with a cozy, clean-lined sectional and an arm chair with a graphic punch. The furniture was rounded out by accent pieces with strong, yet simple lines. At the end of the day, this is where you will want to relax with your family!



Featured Vendor: BHD Showroom

It’s lamps galore at the showroom these days. What better way to give your room a new beginning than with a gorgeous base and a crisp new shade? Lamps are an easy add and we are forever amazed by the transformative power just a single lamp can make! As always, we can special order if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for in the showroom.



Featured Event: Earth Day

Help make Nashville the greenest city in the south! Earth Day in Nashville is becoming a bigger and bigger event. We look forward to a fun, free, family orientated day in Centennial Park! This year the event features a beer garden, a pop-up farmers market with local produce and locally made goods, as well as live music. In addition, you can bring items to donate to Goodwill! Recycle your unneeded items and let them be a new beginning for someone else!

When: April 23, 11am – 6pm
Where: Centennial Park

For more info click here.



Hot Topic: Life of Zaha Hadid

We were all shocked and saddened a few weeks ago to hear of the passing of architect Zaha Hadid. She was one of the preeminent architects of our time and virtually the first woman to ever break the glass ceiling in architecture and rise to the top of the field so dominated by men. Her work spans the globe and has influenced all aspects of design. While she could design her way around anything and no two buildings are the same, we would say she is best known for huge, organic geometries that defy gravity and look as though they being continually pumped full with air. The design world feels a bit deflated after her untimely passing and we hope her work is preserved for generations to come.

Here are links to some of our favorite buildings, articles, and videos featuring the work and life of Zaha Hadid. Video Interview, Dezeen, The Guardian, The New York Times, Architizer,


 

 

March Newsletter – Beware the Ides of Design!

 

 

 

Beware the Ides of design! This month we will try to get to the bottom of some of the biggest blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups surrounding interior design. March is a great month to set-in-motion projects and to consider what you want to accomplish around your house. Hopefully, with our tips, tricks, and techniques, we can help guide you on a beautiful and inspired course!


Featured BHD Space: Before & Afters

Photos are powerful tools to reinforce what a difference good design can make! Here are some before & afters from this past year that highlight many Ides of design!

Beware the boring entry way! Create a vibe from the get go! So often we see plain-jane entry spaces that are begging for a makeover. In this instance, we transformed the dark corner counter into a high-functioning, bright and cheerie space that is a perfect welcome into this downtown highrise. We added character to the walls with elongated wainscotting and designed a lush upholstered bench seat. The result is a crisp, smart, well appointed entryway. Don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t enough space to make an impact! 

Beware of hang-ups! Who is to say what was once an outdoor porch can’t be transformed into an interior space? Sometimes it takes big picture, design thinking to scheme big changes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and allow yourself to think of wild and crazy ideas! In this instance, the client renovated this property before they moved in and knew they would never use covered porch but would love added square footage. The solution was simple after the problem was identified. 

Beware the trappings of an existing floor plan! Don’t settle for a layout that doesn’t suit your needs! In this example, we have a demo plan for an existing kitchen paired with the new floor plan. See how the existing space was choppy due to the cabinetry / island floating in the middle of the space?  By simply removing the cabinets we were able to really open up the space tremendously. Even with the furniture shown on the new floor plan, the floor plan seems more spacious and inviting. 

Beware the fear of designing from a blank slate! We understand it can be daunting and we are here to help. In this instance, we took what was literally an empty, white room and transformed it by adding layer after layer of visual interest, texture, and pattern. Don’t be afraid of to make big changes to the space! Start by envisioning how you want the space to look and feel. Add custom built-ins (if you need them), invest in art you love, choose furniture that speaks to you, and you will be amazed by the results!


Featured Vendor: WOW Design tile from Traditions in Tile

WOW Design is an amazing tile company based out of Spain. The company is innovative and produces ceramic tile that is seriously a work of art. We are using the Wow Fiore collection on a current project and LOVE how the 3D tile is literally jumping off the wall. The texture is stunning and it is incrediable to see how light illuminates the curves and recesses in the pattern. Thank you Traditions in Tile for bringing this tile to Nashville for us! Stay tuned for photos one of project is complete!


Featured Event: Old House Fair

Join us this Saturday for the annual Old House Fair. This free community event is a wonderful place to meet local experts, learn about new products for your home, and to meet like minded Nashvillians, passionate about preserving historic properties in Nashville. This year, we are excited the fair will include not one but two tiny houses to tour! 

When: Saturday, March 5th 9am-3pm
Where: Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Avenue
Tiny Houses: They will be parked next to Sunnyside Mansion in the center of Sevier Park

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Shaping The Healthy Urban Community lecture at the Frist

Join us at the Frist for an exciting discussion lead by two local pioneers! The event is free and will be held at the Frist Museum.  
Shaping the Healthy Community: Diagnosing the built environment for healthy living discussion with Gary Gaston, Director of the Civic Design Center and Christine Kreyling, author of The Plan of Nashville.

When: Friday, March 18, 2016 – 6:30 pm
Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Inside Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott’s LA Home 

We have to say Vogue’s feature on Jeremy Scott’s Hollywood Hills Mid Century Modern home last month was exceptional. Not only is the property one of the best examples of California modern architecture by John Lautner, it is a perfect example of the relationship between personal style and architecture / interior design. We love how Scott says the architecture epitomized the idea of CA living and sort of why he wanted to live in Southern CA in the first place. It wasn’t the beach or the palm trees, it was the Frank Sinatra era, Hollywood glamour that captured Scott’s imagination. It is the same for us as well. Read the full article here and see more images from the home!


 

Why hire a designer?

new doc 3_1We wish people would ask us “why hire a designer” more often. Perhaps people don’t ask because they think it is rude. Or perhaps they think it is obvious, as silly as asking someone why hire a plumber, why hire an accountant, why hire a lawyer. But, in the age of DIY, HGTV, weekend warriors, and the good old fashioned spirit of America of “you can do it”, we have a hunch there are many people out there that wonder what are some of the benefits of paying for professional design help. So, without further ado, here are some of our top reasons to hire a designer!



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We believe it really boils down to 4 major categories. Hiring a designer provides access to better products, it saves time, it saves money, AND it delivers better results. Like any professional, interior designers took the time to acquire specialized training to do their job. Interior design is more than just decorating; it requires an elaborate set of skills ranging from project management, drawing, research, client services, negotiation, and that little thing we like to call creativity. Interior designers dream up the big picture but also have the tools to orchestrate the small army of craftsman, vendors, and deliveries to get the project done.

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1.BETTER PRODUCTS

Designers have access to a whole world of products and resources that aren’t available to consumers. You would be amazed at what is available beyond the big box stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, or Crate and Barrel! Designers spend a lot of time researching brands and know what products are best suited for your project. Say you want a cream upholstered sofa with modern lines and a casual yet sophisticated presence. A designer will narrow down the search for you based off what they know about your lifestyle, taste, and budget and will offer a series of selections that feature durable fabrics, comfort, and style. Of the thousands of cream sofas in the world, you will be presented with the best option for you! Furthermore, designers have amazing industry partners they rely on to help them complete a project. Why worry about the reputation of a company when your designer has a handful of professionals they use time and time again?

2. SAVES TIME

Every project seems to involve a million decisions and require organization on par with running a small country.  Hiring a designer frees up your time and saves you energy. Some clients want to be involved every step of the way but they want someone to do the “hunting and gathering” for them and present them with all the options, while other clients want to have a turn-key property awaiting their arrival.  Whatever your preference, we often hear a designer’s value lies amount of stress taken off the homeowner during the construction process.  People often underestimate the amount of moving pieces involved in any given project and interior designers know what steps have to take place to get X, Y, and Z completed and in the right order.  Managing timelines, tracking orders and scheduling installs are a major piece of the services included in interior design and we work tirelessly to keep the job on schedule, chugging ahead smoothly, on time and under budget.

3. SAVES MONEY

Interior design is a process that takes time and for a lot of people, time is money. Often, people hire designers because their time is valuable. Some clients find that projects they meant to complete within a year have either dragged on or never got off the ground until they hired a designer. Not only that, people find that they have tried to complete a project on their own but the results didn’t meet their expectations and had to be redone. Redos are expensive! Hiring a designer means it will be done right the first time around. Designers measure. Designers have experience. Designers know better than to cut a corner that will backfire later down the line. Designers know how to save money and when to save money. The fees designers take for their work are often recouped by creating a project that will stand the test of time and not have to redone time and time again.

4. BETTER RESULTS

This final category goes without saying. Interior designers are able to create custom interiors for you that you wouldn’t be able to create yourself. The professionally designed space has a vision unique for that space and isn’t simply copied from a magazine. The best designers get to know their client and incorporate the family’s lifestyle into the design.  The home then functions around the family rather than forcing the family to function around the home.  Interior designers have a way of putting everything together that makes the project look polished and complete.  The result is rooms that feel enchanted, almost magical, because they are so perfectly curated, perfectly executed, and perfectly “you”.

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Photos have the power to say a thousand words and we think this before & after perfectly sums up our point! This isn’t DIY, HGTV, or weekend warrior. It is 100% designer!

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