May Newsletter – Tangible Tips!

Hope everyone is enjoying spring and is looking forward to the start of summer! BHD has been busy working with clients and we can’t wait to see the work come to fruition! Last month we talked about giving your home a new beginning and asked everyone whether they loved, liked, or hated their space. This month, we want to offer tangible tips, fit for any timeline or budget.


Featured BHD Space: Tangible Tips!

Loving your space means you’ve likely put work into designing and maintaining your home. Even though most people live in spaces that are highly functional, sometimes it is nice to spruce up a corner and bask in the glory of beauty, elegance, and perfection!

In this example, it was easy to create a beautiful vignette with coordinated accessories and a bright a shining mirror. This look is pulled together but doesn’t seem overly contrived. We get pleasure seeing this display every time we walked by!

Sometimes there is a difference between liking your home and loving your home. In every home we’ve ever been to, including our own, there is always an opportunity to make a space a little brighter, a little more special. Here we have a gorgeous chandelier in a bathroom. Totally not necessary but oh so luxurious. Safe to say these lucky clients LOVE their home!

This photo captures a bold, dramatic space but when you think about it, the look is achieved by one piece of art and one piece of furniture. Think about any hallway or “walkthrough” space in your home that could use some attention and apply this same technique. One piece of art and one piece of furniture. This tip works for anyone as it can be as simple as reconfiguring existing pieces in your home for a fresh new pairing or it can mean scouting something new. The trick here is finding pieces that balance one another in scale and compliment each other in style. 

This picture captures a couple of tricks. First, think about an area in your home where you aren’t totally pleased with the way it functions. Here, there was an issue with the swing of the door leading to the first floor powder room from the hallway. The solution was a sliding door. Second, think about elevating the look from a purely functional improvement and making a design statement. Form follows function but doesn’t mean there isn’t a world of creative decisions to choose from! We love this antique door and the way it adds texture and interest to both the hallway and the bathroom.


Repeat after us, flowers and fruit, flowers and fruit. There is a reason all interior designers are loaded down with fresh flowers and bags of apples and lemons for every photoshoot – they create a sense of vibrancy. Another simple suggestion, and one that is actually free, is to remove clutter from your countertops on a regular basis. We know firsthand how convenient it is to leave the enormous freestanding mixer and food processor on the counter but we also know first hand how much nicer your counters will look without them. Trust us!


Featured Vendor: Osborne & Little

Last week we had the best time seeing the newest offerings from one of our favorite fabric and wallpaper design companies- Osborne & Little. The company started in the “swinging sixties” (as they like to say) in London and quickly became internationally known for their hand painted, unique designs. Nowadays, they are known for superior quality and innovation. We can’t get enough!


Featured Event: O’more Show House!

Three years ago, the O’more College of Design started an annual show house event that has become a major fundraising event for the school. This year, the house is a 5,200 sq. ft. historic 1919 Craftsman style home and we couldn’t be more excited to see what our friends have come up with!

100% of ticket sales benefit the O’More College Fund

When: The Showhouse is open from May 12-27. The hours are as follows:

 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-4, Thursdays 10-7, Closed Mondays
Where: The O’More Show House – 1006 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

For more info click here.



Hot Topic: BKLYN Designs

Brooklyn Designs is one of the best design showcases in the country and we were eagerly following the coverage last week as the event took place. Brooklyn is a tried and true melting pot for emerging product designers and trends. This year, we fell in love with furniture designer Mark Jupiter, accessory design company Come Out to the Coast, and ceramist Beth Bologia.

For more info click here.


 

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,


 

 

Ides of Design – Print & Pattern tips!

Prints and patterns are often considered the secret weapon of interior design. They bring in color, texture, attention, and interest to a space. The key is knowing how to strategically deploy them!

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How ALL rooms take shape – client presentations!!

If you have ever worked with BHD you know nothing happens without a design presentation. We always begin the design process with hard samples, either pulling them directly from our own resource library or ordering memos from various vendors. It is amazing how pattern and prints help form concepts for entire rooms.

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Colorful bold zigzag curtains paired with colorful striped pillows work in this room because they are balanced. The curtains stand up to the wood panel walls and the pillows draw in the colors of the curtains.

The most common blunder when it comes to prints and patterns is scale. People think a small pattern will make a space look bigger. This is mistake 101 when it comes to using wallpaper in your home. Small rooms like big prints and big rooms like big prints! Typically, we use overscaled prints on the walls and window treatments and small prints and patterns for accessories like pillows.

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This bathroom is spectacular for many reasons but we absolutely LOVE the wallpaper. The scale of the paper is just right for the space, large enough to add interest but small enough that it doesn’t overpower. The geometric, rounded print pairs nicely with the more angular lines of the custom cabinetry.

Sometimes the perfect print is least expected. Clients are often afraid of charismatic prints because they worry they will tire of them. Don’t be afraid to make a statement! Powder rooms are the perfect room to use a wallpaper you love but can’t imagine anywhere else in your home.

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We imagine guests taking their time in this powder room as they enjoy looking at the wallpaper like it is a piece of art!

Hopefully once you have explored the use of a print in a space like a powder room, you’ll be open to using a large print in other rooms in your house. Wallpaper is really a great design tool since it packs a bunch for not a very large investment!

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Can’t get much bolder than this! By keeping the furniture and accessories minimal we let the wallpaper take center stage!

Another thing to remember is accessories and textiles are a great way to add print and pattern. It sounds like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many homes, particularly bedrooms and living rooms, that have not a single decorative pillow or pattern!

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Here we have a cool mix of print, pattern, and color!

Even traditional, everyday surfaces can come with print and pattern and add visual interest to your home. Look at the variety on something as innocuous as hardwood floors and the charred wall cladding! Designers know to think of every detail when putting a room together. Every small decision counts!

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Print and pattern is everywhere!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the Ides of Design series! Let us know if you have any design questions!