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!

 

Faux Sho-House: Play Room!

Last but not least, the Faux Sho's final post, the playroom (for young and older). What fun a playroom can be! It’s a high activity space: tumbling, playing instruments, music listening, art creating, playhouse and lego building, movie/TV watching, gaming, lounging, entertaining! Often an odd shaped space, long and skinny, the room over the garage, an attic build out, basement build out, odd pass through room…these rooms are unusual and perfect for a multi-tasking.  I prefer to think of these spaces as separate zones based on activity and because of their high energy these rooms can take bold design elements.

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I love all things abstract and color but with a little grounding and practicality. This American Leather sofa is large, plush and versatile.  Available in leather or fabric, the backs can raise and lower to meet any body frame. It softly says, come lounge (or jump) on me…I’m comfy! By adding abstract pattern pillow,s from Dedar, we create a simplified graphic statement. Accompanying the sofa is an ottoman from Montis. Pack it with books, mags or toys. It’s soft yet has a flat surface, has rounded corners for safety and offers a punch of color.

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Dedar Pillow Fabric & American Leather Sofa

Purcell Living’s Cuscino easy chair is constructed of a quilted synthetic leather stretched over foam.  Extremely comfortable for gaming and movie watching, but can take a  beating!  We’ve paired it with Made Good’s Lambert table.  Formally know as the potato table, we love this recycled cement paper on wire frame’s asymmetrical curves!

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We couldn't pass up this chaise lounge by Patricia Urquiola!  It’s wooden and steel frame with woven cord upholstery would make a lovely place to read or work on your laptop! Paired with this versatile floor lamp which allows you to direct light where and how you need it!  This lamp is available through BHD. 4

With most of the rooms lending themselves to active specific areas, use flooring to define the spaces. Where tumbling, art,  and indoor wall climbing happen we placed cushy rubber puzzle tiles.  Interface’s new plank-style carpet tiles are the perfect practical soft flooring for all other areas.  Both easy to clean, repair and replace if ever needed!

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Playrooms can never have enough storage!  We love this concept image of a wall full of asymmetrical shelving to hold toys, books, and movies.  For game storage we chose B+N Industries collaboration with Rex Ray, the Ellipses and Waves credenza.  Practical, functional and absolutely fun all in one!

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Playrooms are the perfect place for wall treatments!  We love Designing Solution’s chartreuse climb wall!  And for an accent wall we chose Flat Vernacular’s Peaks and Valley’s wallpaper to give an area an extra special pop!

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We hope that our Faux-Sho playroom design has inspired you to look at your playroom design differently; whether this space is for the young or young at heart. How can you incorporate some of these design details into your play area?

Thanks for following our Faux Sho House Tour. We've enjoyed the challenge and exploration of designing our own spaces. Hopefully you have gathered inspiration and ideas along the way. Until our next Sho-House returns happy designing! -The BHD team

By |September 13th, 2013|Beth, Faux-Sho House, Furniture, Kids|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Play Room!|

Faux Sho-House: Living Room!

With  BHD  in charge of the complete design style of this Faux Sho-house, we selected architecture we find inspiring. Not your every day Nashville home! Like so many of our client’s, we pulled this image from Houzz which came from my ideabook for my own home. I truly love contemporary, earth bound, architecture. For me it is the mix of materials and  the natural, relaxed design elements in the structure and within the landscape.  I love experiencing an architectural structure and a landscape having a clear, harmonious dialogue together.

Come see how we interpret the spaces based on what we are seeing in the market, how we see clients using their spaces and what inspires us at BHD! We hope you find what you typically don’t see and are inspired to take a new approach with your own home design.

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Beth's Faux Living Room

My personal style completely influenced our Living Room and includes natural elements juxtaposed with some industrial components to keep spaces from feeling a little too precious and more relaxed. I enjoy mixing materials and textures: various wood species, metals, ceramics, and stones. Art is big in my spaces as well as sculptural forms. I much prefer relaxed artistic spaces.

Living rooms are meant to be used and eye catching. Often the first space seen from the entry, they work hard at being welcoming and comfortable beacons, inviting you into the lives of their inhabitants. But no need to be stale, this one is anything but! Our living room definitely brings the outdoors in, unintentionally. I started the design process by pulling my favorite things. You can tell I'm drawn to natural sculptural elements!

Sideboards, new, fresh, and hardworking can be used as entry pieces, entertainment pieces and even toy storage! This one is a focal point and storage haven.

How about a vintage sofa designed by Milo Baughman with its original fabric, wrapped in cork and trimmed in chrome! Haven't seen that one lately.

I love agate and found a coffee table version – don't have to worry about scratching or adding accessories – it's decorative on its own.

The chairs are a similar design to a couple of chairs I regrettably let slip from my hands at market one year. These are a new design from American Leather. Available in leather and fabric.  I believe Milo Baughmean had a similar design.  Seeing a trend?

 

Lots of lighting, the more the better, all varieties, task, ambient and general, all on dimmers. The chandelier is new, the lamps and sconces are vintage – materials: metal, teak, brass, and ceramic.

Tables galore, these are bronze and stone. Stacking tables are out of the way until they can be shared with guests.  You can never have too many for entertaining.

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Painting (Beth)

Art and accessories, bold, sculptural, and graphic. Aged brass and pewter.  Oil Painting by David Kidd, represented in Nashville by Bennett Galleries.  Vintage wool shag rug.  Mixing finishes is huge now, allowing opportunities for experimentation. Never boring or expected.

The secret to great spaces? Mix, mix, mix! Bring together vintage and new in textures, finishes, and fixtures.   Follow us throughout the month as we continue through our little Faux-Sho House!

By |July 31st, 2013|Accessories, Beth, Faux-Sho House, Furniture, Inspiration, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Living Room!|