Flower Power

Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that a yellow iris represents passion but a yellow hyacinth represents jealousy. 

In interior design, color is as integral as any element in the way it shapes the room atmosphere and creates a sense of space. While color theory in interior design is consistent between colors (yellow is yellow is yellow), there there is great variety in the way a pale sunlightended yellow and a bright lightning strike yellow feel. We often pick flowers for arrangements based on color and shape without regard to meaning. Uncovering the nuanced meaning of flowers adds another depth to design. A subtlety that might not be recognized by many but will be appreciated by some. 

Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a peek at some of our favorite blossoms and their meaning. 

LAVENDER

admiration | solitude | beauty

HYDRANGEA

heartfelt | gratitude

LILY

purity | refined beauty

STATICE

remembrance | sympathy | success

DAFFODIL

regard | chivalry | rebirth | eternal life

IRIS

eloquence | messenger | purifying 

PEONY

bashfulness | compassion | happy life | happy marriage | good health | prosperity

** Adopted from an article written for House & Home magazine. Please click here to see the complete article as it appeared.

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

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Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

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Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

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Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

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Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
Sea Urchin Cactus

 

LIVING PATTERN

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Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!

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!