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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Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern

Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern design is having a major moment. Our phones keep ringing with potential clients asking for MCM. We’ve done renovations to restore MCM homes to their former glory and we’ve infused countless homes with MCM accent pieces and decor. It is funny because baby boomers that grew up with MCM once tended to steer away from the look since it probably reminded them of their parents’ house but like many things, MCM came full circle.

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Mid Century Modern was a design era from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Started by the Bauhaus, an art school in Germany, MCM stems from the idea that everything can be designed. The Bauhaus believed architecture should encompass more than the exterior shell of a building and interior walls, it should include the furnishings, finishes, and decor. Bauhaus saw every object as an “art object”. Bauhaus took this idea and applied it to all aspects of design, including graphic design, industrial design, and interior design.

Beyond Bauhaus, MCM gained traction in America and other parts of the world like Brazil and Scandinavia. American designers are often credited with infusing the strong linear lines of the Bauhaus MCM with a slightly softer, more organic structures. Many of the most iconic furniture still in use today was designed during the MCM era. Undulating forms, curved arms, tapered “peg legs“, and an assortment of woods like teak, walnut, maple, and beech are some of the defining characteristics of MCM design. 

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BHD has long been a fan of MCM. From a design standpoint, MCM is a designer’s secret weapon because the pieces add character and help create a layered look when paired with more contemporary furniture. We love the scale of MCM furniture because it isn’t the puffed-up furniture we tend to see today and is really great for historic homes that tend to have less square footage. Lastly, we love MCM furniture because it is the perfect blend of organic, natural materials and high-design. 

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The great thing about buying MCM furniture today is you have the option to buy new or you can buy used. There are a plethora of design firms recreating classic MCM looks, from walnut credenzas to sling back chairs, that are priced well and give you the look without the hunt. Buying authentic MCM can be tricky but we love tracking down originals because we love their originality and quality. There are local Nashville dealers that specialize in authentic MCM and tons of online sites. It is getting rarer and rarer to find MCM priced cheap at antique stores, estate sales, and thrift stores but there are definitely still deals to be found! 

This BHD space is featured on HGTV’s article on MCM design!

MCM art is another one of our favorite go-tos. We love the organic muted tones and geometrically driven designs. We often have better luck finding MCM art in local thrift stores and the like because it isn’t as recognizable as say an Eames lounge chair or a Saarinen tulip table. 

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An easy and relatively inexpensive way to add MCM appeal to your home is through color, either with paint or textiles. Color wise, small accents of citruses or mustards go a long way. Sherwin Williams  “Vintage Finds” is a good starting point. BHD literally has hundreds of color options to choose from! We love layered accent textiles in a space to build a bohemian, eclectic look.

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