Beyond Trends

In design, trend lists pop up all the time. The start of the new year, after High Point Market, every change of season, etc. But trends are a funny thing; who are they for? Are there such thing as universal trends or does the design community need to become more specific in designating who the trends are for? Trends for millennials, trends for 30-somethings, trends for 40-somethings?

Color, color, color. We know this bright interior we did for a client will speak to some yet alienate others. This might be on trend but ask yourself, is it right for you?

We ask ourselves this question as the latest batch of trend forecasting dominated January design editorials. We saw calls for extreme bright, bold, graphic and we found ourselves asking, but would we want to live there? 

Perhaps ane elegant, streamlined bath with soaking tub is more up your alley?

Beth hit the nail on the head when she said she said the pendulum swings and what you want at one point in your life isn’t what you want later on. For her, she’s looking for peace and stillness at home, which is quite contrary to current high-energy trends. Yet nobody would dare say Beth is ever off-trend. 

Or perhaps an experly composed color palette of rich violets, greens, creams, and greys speaks to you?

Designers often design rooms imaging how they will look but not necessarily how they will feel. Sometimes, what we see in magazines is designed as an editorial but simply wouldn’t function in real life. Yes it is cool, yes it is fun, but who really wants a room where the eye has nowhere to rest, let alone the body? 

Do you like the bold print and color or does it make your head spin? Be honest!

With all this in mind, we suggest taking trend reports with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, media is normally geared towards upwardly mobile 20-30 somethings.  Keep in mind interior design is about creating a space that speaks to you and finding that connection is so much more important than following what’s current or prescribing to a set of rules. 

Is this your perfect dose of red?

Though we’ve created a few trend forecasts ourselves this past year at BHD, our newest, most updated trend report is be yourself, find yourself, and cultivate a home that is yours and yours alone. Happy nesting everyone!



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.

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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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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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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!



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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.

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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!

March Newsletter – March Madness

March madness is more than basketball. Somehow, without fail, every March our to-do lists explode. It is as if we’ve been hibernating all winter and all of the sudden we are bursting with energy to get projects done around the house, make plans for the summer, and renew our spaces. At BHD, we are excited to see projects progress and we are incredibly eager for the weather to improve so we can enjoy all the landscaping projects we completed last fall. Nothing inspires us like trees budding, flowers blooming, and design projects coming to fruition!



A few months ago, we did a mini-series on Instagram featuring design secrets behind some our most beloved kitchen designs. Everyone loves when we pull back the curtains and share some of what goes into creating projects so we thought we would a followup series on bathroom design. Let’s take a look behind the scenes at some of our favorite creations!

Though all eyes might be on the great soaking tub, the object that really pulls this look together is the chandelier. We wanted to find an extraordinary fixture that could balance the weight of the giant tub yet keep the space light, airy, and open.

The glass chandelier in pale blue draws the eye up and actually makes the space appear bigger. The colors are reflected in custom tile inlays in the shower, vanity backsplash, and vanity knobs. The look is unified without feeling overly matchy-matchy.  And it was a surprised gift this husband staged with our help.

We love the glamour of this small powder room. By painting the walls dark and bringing in light through both a vanity light and a lit custom niche, we created drama that is sure to impress any visitor. In addition, the tile wall placed behind the toilet is totally unexpected and completes the space. 

Surprise, surprise, another bathroom painted grey! This timeless master bath is glamorous and understated. We love the way the contrast created between the dark grey walls and the beautiful marble makes the design pop. The custom tile inlay is exquisite and ties in the grey. The dark tile floor in the shower futher unites the space and creates an interesting contrast with the floor. 

Simplicity shines in this gorgeous, understated master bath shower. Oversize porcelain tile sets the stage for the pearlescent seaglass colored elongated tiles. The long, linear drain placed in near the back wall of the shower mimics the strong horizontal lines while above, a series of windows bath the space in natural light. What a beautiful, zen space- perfect to start and end everyday. 


Featured Vendor: Porter Teleo

Porter Teleo maybe one of the most delightful textile and wallpaper companies we’ve come across in a while. The company uses art processes to create one of a kind, hand painted, large scale, patterned wallcovering and fabrics. The designs are stunning, the colors gorgeous, and the quality unparalleled. The abstract forms are sophisticated, bold, and refined. We can’t wait to share samples with our clients!

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Featured Event: Nashville International Women’s Day

There are a plethora of good events on Wednesday, March 8th for Women’s Day but we love the event happening tomorrow night at Oz Arts. Nashville International Women’s Day, in partnership with OZ ARTS Nashville, will bring performing artists and activists together March 8th to celebrate women and diversity in our city. Their goal is to listen to many different voices of Nashville women and learn how we can work harder to support each other.

Other ways to support “International Women’s Day / aka “A Day Without a Woman” and show solidarity are to exclusively support small, women and minority owned businesses. Nashville has so many great businesses run by powerhouse women that inspire us day in and day out. Take a walk down 12S and be amazed by the sheer number of female owned small businesses. Don’t forget to stop by BHD and say hi!

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Featured Hot Topic: Music & Design 

Interior design is seen as a quiet art, even a silent art yet fashion is almost always linked to music. For anyone with a habit of streaming runway shows know, the fashion becomes inseparable from the tone set by the music and any music lover knows the power of music to change the vibe of their space. Even soundtracks in movies become inseparable from production design and set design.

This month, we’ve been looking for inspiration. A new soundtrack for the new year. A new fight song, if you will. Happily, we’ve stumbled upon house musician Ben Pearce’s What I might Do.Take a listen and see what you think. What is your go-to song these days?