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!


BHD’s Top 10 ways to add value to your home!

Nashville, or should we say Nowville, is experiencing unprecedented growth. Last month, Consumer Reports magazine did a case study of a home in Austin that underwent a $65,000 renovation that raised the home’s value by $142,000. The article said the renovation was smart and strategic but also had a lot to do with the market in Austin, 20% appreciation in the last 3.5 years. It got us thinking about Nashville. After looking it up, we learned Nashville appreciation rate for the last 3 years was 23.5, even more than Austin.

Renovations come in all sizes but at the end of the day, homeowner’s usually have the same thing in the back of their mind— resale value. Are the dollars going in going to generate a return on investment or are they going to fall flat. Sometimes it is a war between renovating for personal use and renovating for resale. Other times, it is a war between making luxury upgrades you will enjoy verses the fear of over-improving and never seeing a return for the work. BHD knows the struggle is real and we are here to help you find the perfect balance. Check out of list of top 10 ways to add value to your home and make sure to read Consumer Reports “8 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value”!

B H D ‘ S   T O P  1 0  W A Y S   T O   A D D   V A L U E

BethHaley_AB_Buckley-56691. Kitchen –  The big decision with kitchens is whether to invest in a gut remodel or to work within the ex existing framework. Whatever the decision, make sure your kitchen is at the bare minimum clean and functional. This usually means new cabinet fronts or repainting, countertops, backsplash, hardware, lighting, and flooring.  Buyers love stainless steel, hard stone surfaces like granite or quartz, and hardwood.





2. Floor plan – A lot of buyers crave open floor plans and are eager to buy properties that have already been renovated. When considering your own renovation, think about doing work to open up smaller rooms and how to create a good flow through your home. The range in this kind of work is extensive so talking to a designer will help you see all the options! If you do decide to get into major reno work moving walls, consider making the floor plan suitable for aging in place; In 2040, 21% of the population will be senior citizens and the current housing stock won’t be able to accommodate. Some elements are first floor master suites, non-threshold showers, and widening tight spaces to allow wheelchair or walker access.






3. Bathrooms – Like kitchens, any work done to your bathroom will likely add value to your home. Ranging from the most simple and obvious stuff like replacing medicine cabinets, lighting, countertops, vanity, flooring to the complete renovations, focus on creating a clean, functional space.





4. Flooring – Get rid of outdated flooring. Old carpet has to go. Linoleum has to go. Refinish hardwood floors. Add hardwood floors. Add tile. Whatever you do, unify the look of your home through flooring. It can make the whole house look bigger and it will do wonders to the overall character of the space.








5. Storage – Make your storage areas work for you and make sure to add storage areas if you undertake any renovation that either removes existing storage or reconfigures the floor plan. Homeowner’s love dedicated mudrooms, built-ins, pantries, walk-in closets, and other unique storage setups particular to your home. Find the opportunities and capitalize on every nook and cranny available.








6. Cosmetics – Cosmetics really come down to making your house feel like it has been well cared for. Make sure nothing is broken in your home and nothing screams outdated. Simple fixes like new lighting, new doors, new hardware, new faucets, and even new trim / molding are a surefire way to increase the value of your home. Also, don’t forget to paint, paint paint!




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7. Landscaping – Take care that the outside of your home appears low-maintenance. Add value by replacing part of your backyard with a patio with seating, fire pit, and BBQ area. Make sure the curb appeal of your home is as good as it can be. Replacing the front door, stoop, and steps is a classic way to modify the front facade. You would be surprised what a significant statement those 3 elements make on the overall look! * Photo: Courtesy, Bagnato Architects of Austraila. Photo Credit: Axiom Photography.





8. Technology – Integrate technology whenever possible. Simple upgrades like USB outlets in bedrooms to programmable thermostats create the feel of a modern, renovated home. Consider creating a focal point in your home by adding a modern, linear fireplace or renovate an existing fireplace. Small investments can result in big returns upon investment when you consider the overall effect on the aesthetic of your home.








9. Energy efficiency – Make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be. People love buying older homes but they don’t want to feel like the home is outdated. If you have a crawl space below your house or in the attic, make sure it is insulated. If your windows need to be replaced, look for Energy Star / Low-E coated windows. Buyers are savvy and will recognize the value added. An easy update is to buy new, energy efficient appliances.







10. Systems – Everything should be in working order- or in tip-top shape. Either you pay for it upfront and reap the rewards or the inspector finds all the flaws and buyers have leverage in their offer. Try to sell your home without punch list items that need to be addressed, anything from an old water heater to an outdated furnace. Nobody wants to feel like they are buying a house that has been fixed up cosmetically but is still rusty under the hood!




February Newsletter – Things We Love






February is the month of love and we thought there was no better time to share some of things we love. It goes without saying we love design but we often are asked what we most love about being a designer.  We love that our work is our passion and it requires a creative eye and a vivid imagination. Inspiration is everywhere: the hallmark vacation of the year, last week’s blanket of snow, a good book, or a walk around the block. Life is colorful when you live like a bloodhound on a hunting spree; there is always something to search-out and fixate on.

Another thing we love about being a designer is working with clients. Not only do we get to work with great people but we also get to shape the way they live in their homes. Lastly, we love that being a designer means keeping your finger on the pulse of so many different creative fields, fashion, architecture, the arts, you name it. Design is often likened to being a renaissance career because of the sheer variety. We absolutely love being renaissance women! Happy Valentines Day and warm greetings to you all!

Featured BHD Space: Spaces we love

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and discuss what we love about some of the highlights from last year!

This amazing Werthan Lofts space was featured on StyleBlueprint but we can’t get enough of the gorgeous custom wood built-ins featured in the dining room. We love the way the textured inlays in the cozy coves make accessories pop. We simply adored working on this historical meets industrial meets city chic interior!

Love #2 is this stunning Scandinavian/Post Modern inspired kitchen remodel. We love so many things about this space that it is hard to narrow down just a few things to discuss! First, we love the color story and the way the beautiful wood grain looks paired with the earthy green, graphic glass backsplash, vibrant turquoise walls, and gleaming stainless steel. We love the open geometric, block shelving that makes serving meals within reach. The slim lines of the built-ins scream minimalist modern are just the right scale. 

We always love a good before & after and this example is great because it shows the sheer power of interior design. Nothing was changed except the furnishings and accessories but what a transformation! Light, bright, and colorful were the name of the game for this downtown highrise remodel!

Last but not least, we love this kitchen renovation that completely changed the look and feel of the home. The entire house was redone but like so many homes, the kitchen was the centerpiece. Here we love the whiteness of the kitchen balanced by the dark oversized center island with bar seating. We love the way two banks of window fill the space with light yet there is still plenty of upper cabinet storage. What a great kitchen remodel!

Featured Vendor: Robert Allen 

Robert Allen is one of our favorite go-to vendors for fabric. A few days ago we were lucky to have a sneak peak at some of the newest lines from their collection. We are obsessed with the new colors and patterns! Indigo, rhubarb, palm, and beet, to name a few! We also love the tactile feel of the fabrics; Durable yet soft, warm, and inviting. Can’t wait to bring these fabrics to our clients!

Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

We mentioned this in the last month and we are excited the time has finally arrived! If you haven’t gotten your ticket to this lecture and others make special events at the Antique & Garden make sure to do so soon! Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams.

For more info click here.

For more info on the Antique & Garden show click here.

Hot Topic: Maison & Object

One of our favorite trade shows for interior design inspiration and products is Maison & Object. The show takes place several times a year in Paris, Singapore, and Miami and each show is highly anticipated. We love the international vendors and the exposure the show brings to smaller talent we might not see elsewhere. Here are a few of our current favorites: tables, chairs, lighting, and cactus vessels that remind us of our own resident artist Yuri Figueroa! Do yourself a favor and follow Maison & Object on Instagram and tag Beth Haley Design in posts you love!