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 – Color Tips!

In our March newsletter we promised to address some of the most common design blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups. It wasn’t hard to come up with a list of ideas but rather hard to narrow it down! Turns out, clients time and again have a hard time picking, choosing, and using color and prints in their home. Often you see our before photos are either white rooms with minimal color and print or too much print. For now, let’s focus on color!

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A neutral background allows purple to sing!

Color Psychology 101

Everyone has heard red makes you angry and blue calms you down but there is a lot more too it. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are seldomly used in their purest form. Primary red can be perceived as aggressive, primary blue is the calmest of the three colors, and primary yellow really is the color of energy.

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This is red but not primary red. We love it!

Color Mixing 101

Often, we need the secondary colors orange, green, and violet to create the six tertiary colors (colors created when combining  primary and secondary colors) that are most often used in interior design. From there, we need white and black to tint, tone, or shade. White tints, black and white together tone, and black shades.

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Shades and tones of blue and green work really well in this vibrant, peaceful dining room!

Interior design is all about mixing color and creating color schemes. Designers know what colors are considered “classically complementary”, as in opposite on the color wheel but also have a deep, instinctual feel for what color combinations will work in a space.

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Orange, red, green, and blue? Just the right mix in this eclectic space!

We love creating monochromatic rooms with small bursts of color. The idea is a hallmark, fundamental element of design. Many sleek rooms are built from a single color and accentuated through accessories, art, and special fabrics.

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Bathrooms are a great space for a monochromatic look and a single, shining color. Here we have a crisp white bathroom paired with nice bluish greens. It is a timeless look.

Another thing to consider is how spaces flow with one another. You can be bold and have one red room, one blue room, and so forth but often we find it is best to create a general color story for your house. Most homes we see (or design!) are open floor plan. It is generally best to consider the house as a whole rather than in segments.

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Expertly matched blues work well with hints of yellow and many metallic accent pieces. The space was designed to pair with the adjacent dining room but also have a distinct style of its own.

Mixing bold colors can be daunting but pulling it off can have big design impact. The key is to let each bold color balance the other. Scale and furniture placement are important to consider as they will shape the way the color is perceived!

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Fuchsia paired with teal and a yellow make for a very interesting color story! The secret to this working is all three are complementary colors and the scale is just right.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of art in interior design. Sometimes it is best to simply create an environment for the canvases to take center stage.

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The art demands attention on it’s own but the design elevates it to front and center. By placing the canvas on in a space with neutral walls, floors, and keeping the furniture minimal and modern, the art is thrusted to the forefront.

Stay tuned to next week when we get into Ides of design, prints addition!