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!

 

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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