The Beauty of Custom New Construction

Upon arriving at this home in a wooded neighborhood near Radnor Lake in Nashville, guests might be surprised by the interiors unless they knew our client. In that case, friends would likely recognize the aesthetic and personality from a mile away and be able to match up the interiors with the homeowners immediately. From the hand-painted Mexican tiles inspired by an old magazine clipping our clients saved, to the playroom tucked under the over-sized kitchen island, friends would be able to pinpoint  the client’s Hispanic heritage, love of color and love of family. Everything has a reason, a function, and most importantly, a story. 

Front entry way complete with custom door and a melange of custom colors inspired by travels to Mexico.

One thing everyone comments on when they walk into the home is the strong, unabashed use of color. Even we have to admit they are gutsy and unique! Some might be surprised to see a brand new construction home infused with so much personality, intrigue, heart and soul, but that is the magic of a custom home, isn’t it? In a custom home, the clients, the design team, and the contractor come together to not only create a space that reflects the client’s personality, but also to take an objective look at every aspect of construction; Nothing is a given, everything is a decision. The result in this custom home is pure joy. Bright pink, deep blues, citrus greens – they are all at home!

Our client loves color which was used inventively throughout the home.

The open and bright entryway makes the perfect welcome area. Warm wood tones, vibrant colors, custom stairway, and gallery wall featuring a collection of photos from the clients travels makes a strong design statement and sets the tone for the rest of the home. The miniature doorway under the stairs was designed to give access to the crawl space under the stairs, but we imagine the grandchildren are fascinated by the little door and have declared the space as one of their own!

A spacious and open kitchen functions as the multitasking heart of the home

We loved designing the details of the kitchen and tailoring it specially to the homeowners cooking, storage and personal design aesthetic.  First, was to layout the floor plan to create a chef’s kitchen that was at once hard working but also easy on the eyes.  Next, we selected the finishes and fixtures to match the inspiration photos.  Lastly, we stretched our imaginations to use every bit of the island which includes a small play space for the grandchildren.  Not only does this space work as a great place to tuck away toys when they are not in use, it also is illuminated so the kids can play while everyone gathers around for family events. 

Detail shot of tile sourced from the old magazine clipping and a closer look at the island 

We love the organic quality the tiles lend to the kitchen. The bright blue is lively and upbeat but the unique characteristics of each tile feels very genuine and real. It’s interesting because those are the words we would use to describe the rest of the house as well.

Custom cherry built-ins with accent lighting in the living room

The eclectic mix of colors compliments the wall of beautiful built-ins perfectly. The color balances the brown and creates a nice layered look. We love the rich hues and mix of textiles and surfaces. The shelves are an assortment of family heirlooms, photographs, interesting books and treasures collected from around the world.  The furniture is bold and charismatic, beckoning you to come sit, relax and enjoy the natural light which warms the spaces. 

This master suite could be in Nashville, LA, Barcelona, or anywhere else in the world. The modern mix of prints, color, texture, fabrics, textiles, surfaces is truly international. We love the floor to ceiling tiles and emphasis it adds to the bed.  You feel transported to another part of the world. 

This gorgeous wallpaper actually started as a ceiling accent but it was so cheery, warm and unexpected, we had to extend it down the walls as well.  We love the pattern and the soft glow it lends to the space. Its a perfect compliment to the grey custom designed storage.

The guest suite designed for our client’s daughter is an intentional departure from the vibrancy of the rest of the home. Bathed in neutrals and serene natural elements, the guest suite is the perfect tailored to their daughter’s aesthetic. What a nice gesture to design for your most sought after guest!

Last but not least, here is the accompanying bathroom as part of the guest suite. The soft, serene environment is continued and we couldn’t be more pleased with the balance, tone, and texture of the space. All and all, this house manages to find the right balance between vibrant eclectic and modern, serene and contemporary. Designed to match the personality and lifestyle of its family, this custom home will welcome many, offer a backdrop for happy memories and engulf the owners in joyful celebration of life, heritage and family.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

February Newsletter – Where is the Love

Though we are only a month and a few weeks into the year, there is a lot to LOVE about 2017. Clients are always at the top of the list but this year we wanted to throw in some surprises as well. After all, interior design is about expanding our horizons and sharing our inspiration! Here’s to a wonderful, love fueled year. Thank you!

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THINGS WE LOVE

We have a lot of buns in the oven, so to speak, and this year is turning out to be quite exciting already. Here is a roundup of some of our latest loves and obsessions. 

DIVERSITY IN DESIGN
Interior design is all about creating unique interiors for our clients. No two project is the same because no two clients are the same. Interior design is really all about combining different design elements in unique ways to create fun, dynamic spaces. Nobody pays us to shop a catalog for them. Rooms that aren’t full of diverse elements sourced from vendors producing goods literally all over the world fall flat. We love how design inspires us to explore the world, explore different styles, and bring them all together. 
 
 
GREENERY AS PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR

It is no secret BHD loves the color green. Greenery, green, to be exact. We know Pantone can’t choose the same color year after year, but we have.  I bet they wish they could too!

 
 
Here is Greenery in action. We love how the color pairs with natural wood and the custom white built-ins. Fresh, lush, and natural, just the way we like it!
 

VIEWS FROM A CLIENT’S HOME

We are absolutely wild about the progress of our client’s home! This tree-house, as we have affectionately referred to it, features a two-tiered bridge connecting the main house to a separate dwelling containing an office on the main floor and a guest room on the second floor. Right now you see the temporary supporting structures, the corrugated sub-floor for the concrete flooring, and the stunning cantilevered roof atop the terraces that bridge the structures. We are proud to be working alongside Manuel Zeitlin Architects and Keystone Building Group in producing this art piece amongst the trees. 
 

PHOTOS FROM A RECENT JOB

We love collecting professional images from our completed projects but the most recent batch blew us away. The photographer was able to capture the colors and the images are bursting with energy. If only life was always as clean and pristine as a photo shoot 🙂
 

ACCESSORIES IN THE SHOWROOM

Every corner is full of pieces we love. Here we have a great bone inlay table paired with a neutral side chair, graphic pillow, some chic accessories, and art. Perfectly complete. If you haven’t come by to visit us in a while, stop by sometime this week for some valentine’s treats!
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Featured Vendor: Design Wild

DesignWild, an up and coming Nashville artisan recently came to our office and completely knocked our socks off with a product we’ve never seen before. David Wildman creates intricate architectural wood wall tiles that are innovative, unique, and true show stoppers. We love the texture they would give to a space and each tile is a work of art in itself.  We’ve added it to our design arsenal of things we love and can’t wait to share with our clients!

Click here for more info

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January Newsletter – Winter Styling

Isn’t it funny and sad that year after year, every time you take down your holiday decor it creates a sense of emptiness in your home that wasn’t there in November? The excess of “stuff” that we love in December makes for a seemingly lonely January. Pair freshly sparse interiors with grey weather and it is no wonder people tend to wish winter away.

That being said, let us offer you an alternative outlook. Conjure up the beauty of simplicity. Imagine serene, quiet, peaceful interiors where every accessory, every accent, is deliberate, intelligent, and purposeful. January is an excellent month to strip down your decor and redefine purpose within spaces. Start fresh. De-clutter. Keep what you love, let go of what can be forgotten, and open yourself to new design directions and experiences. There is something cathartic and regenerating about letting go of the holidays and the confines of last year.

Here’s to creating space for 2017. Happy New Year!

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Featured BHD Space: Winter Styling 

Clean off your surfaces and go simple this season. Don’t be surprised if a vase with fresh flowers is all you need to brighten your space and set the tone for a peaceful new year.

Here, the simple pop of yellow picks up the warm accents in the painting. Intentional without seemingly overly done. 

Here, the simple pop of yellow picks up the warm accents in the painting. Intentional without seemingly overly done. 

Grey walls, white built ins, white appliances, and a few buds are all you need to make this space come alive. Beauty in simplicity and softness in color.

With good bones – in this case, good vanity, countertop, back splash, faucets, mirrors, and lighting- all you need is a vase of flowers to pull it all together. We chose a darker, linear fuchsia flower to balance the boldness of its counterparts and follow the vertical lines of the lighting. 

Monochrome metallic accessories add a nice sheen during the dark winter months. This simple collection is all you need to warm up a space. 

We love how the white porcelain shines against the dark beadboard and oil-rubbed bronze faucet. The pink zinnias set in an antique pitcher are all this space needs to make it feel complete. 

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Featured Event: Carlyle Wolfe at David Lusk Gallery

Don’t miss the ethereal beauty of Carlyle Wolfe’s paintings at David Lusk Gallery.  We love how the paintings capture the stillness and tranquility of nature. Let the show be inspiration for your interiors. Before you go, check out the painters website and Instagram, both are truly beautiful and provide great context for the artist’s work. 

WHEN: January 3 – February 4th, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pmWHERE:  David Lusk Gallery, 516 Hagan Street, Nashville 

Click here for more info

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Featured Event: Antique and Garden Show

Though this event isn’t till next month, we wanted to remind everyone to take a peek at the list of special events / lectures early because these events tend to sell out. This year, the caliber of speakers is remarkable and really worth checking out! We highly recommend Every Home Tells A Story featuring mega-star designer Nate Berkus and Creating Patina Farm with designers Brooke & Steve Giannetti Friday. Nashville’s Antiques and Garden Show gets the best speakers!

LECTURES: February 3, 11am Nate Berkus, February 3, 2pm Brooke & Steve Giannetti

SHOW RUN: February 3 – 5: Friday & Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

WHERE:  Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville

Click here for more info

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Hot Topic: Ojai California & Patina Farm

Nestled in the mountains between Santa Barbara and Malibu, Ojai California has long been our list of places we most want to visit. Over the last few years, the design aesthetic in this charmingly laid back, mountain town has emerged into a very polished, rough-lux vibe we want to experience in person.

Luckily, the Antique and Garden Show is bringing in two of Ojai’s top designers, Brooke and Steve Giannetti, as part of their lecture series. Hopefully, the discussion will give us insight into the way interior design combines with the magnificient rustic beauty of the natural surroundings. Just one look at their majestic tree featured out the kitchen window at Patina Farm has us on the edge of our seat! We were so impressed with the homes featured on the Dwell on Design LA home tour last spring and we can’t wait to see more California indoor-outdoor spaces and the sustainable design approaches that are seamlessly incorporated into everyday living. 

Click here for the designer’s website and more images from Patina Farm

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