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,


 

 

March Newsletter – Beware the Ides of Design!

 

 

 

Beware the Ides of design! This month we will try to get to the bottom of some of the biggest blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups surrounding interior design. March is a great month to set-in-motion projects and to consider what you want to accomplish around your house. Hopefully, with our tips, tricks, and techniques, we can help guide you on a beautiful and inspired course!


Featured BHD Space: Before & Afters

Photos are powerful tools to reinforce what a difference good design can make! Here are some before & afters from this past year that highlight many Ides of design!

Beware the boring entry way! Create a vibe from the get go! So often we see plain-jane entry spaces that are begging for a makeover. In this instance, we transformed the dark corner counter into a high-functioning, bright and cheerie space that is a perfect welcome into this downtown highrise. We added character to the walls with elongated wainscotting and designed a lush upholstered bench seat. The result is a crisp, smart, well appointed entryway. Don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t enough space to make an impact! 

Beware of hang-ups! Who is to say what was once an outdoor porch can’t be transformed into an interior space? Sometimes it takes big picture, design thinking to scheme big changes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and allow yourself to think of wild and crazy ideas! In this instance, the client renovated this property before they moved in and knew they would never use covered porch but would love added square footage. The solution was simple after the problem was identified. 

Beware the trappings of an existing floor plan! Don’t settle for a layout that doesn’t suit your needs! In this example, we have a demo plan for an existing kitchen paired with the new floor plan. See how the existing space was choppy due to the cabinetry / island floating in the middle of the space?  By simply removing the cabinets we were able to really open up the space tremendously. Even with the furniture shown on the new floor plan, the floor plan seems more spacious and inviting. 

Beware the fear of designing from a blank slate! We understand it can be daunting and we are here to help. In this instance, we took what was literally an empty, white room and transformed it by adding layer after layer of visual interest, texture, and pattern. Don’t be afraid of to make big changes to the space! Start by envisioning how you want the space to look and feel. Add custom built-ins (if you need them), invest in art you love, choose furniture that speaks to you, and you will be amazed by the results!


Featured Vendor: WOW Design tile from Traditions in Tile

WOW Design is an amazing tile company based out of Spain. The company is innovative and produces ceramic tile that is seriously a work of art. We are using the Wow Fiore collection on a current project and LOVE how the 3D tile is literally jumping off the wall. The texture is stunning and it is incrediable to see how light illuminates the curves and recesses in the pattern. Thank you Traditions in Tile for bringing this tile to Nashville for us! Stay tuned for photos one of project is complete!


Featured Event: Old House Fair

Join us this Saturday for the annual Old House Fair. This free community event is a wonderful place to meet local experts, learn about new products for your home, and to meet like minded Nashvillians, passionate about preserving historic properties in Nashville. This year, we are excited the fair will include not one but two tiny houses to tour! 

When: Saturday, March 5th 9am-3pm
Where: Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Avenue
Tiny Houses: They will be parked next to Sunnyside Mansion in the center of Sevier Park

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Shaping The Healthy Urban Community lecture at the Frist

Join us at the Frist for an exciting discussion lead by two local pioneers! The event is free and will be held at the Frist Museum.  
Shaping the Healthy Community: Diagnosing the built environment for healthy living discussion with Gary Gaston, Director of the Civic Design Center and Christine Kreyling, author of The Plan of Nashville.

When: Friday, March 18, 2016 – 6:30 pm
Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Inside Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott’s LA Home 

We have to say Vogue’s feature on Jeremy Scott’s Hollywood Hills Mid Century Modern home last month was exceptional. Not only is the property one of the best examples of California modern architecture by John Lautner, it is a perfect example of the relationship between personal style and architecture / interior design. We love how Scott says the architecture epitomized the idea of CA living and sort of why he wanted to live in Southern CA in the first place. It wasn’t the beach or the palm trees, it was the Frank Sinatra era, Hollywood glamour that captured Scott’s imagination. It is the same for us as well. Read the full article here and see more images from the home!