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.

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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!

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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 đŸ™‚
 

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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Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern

Trend Alert – Mid Century Modern design is having a major moment. Our phones keep ringing with potential clients asking for MCM. We’ve done renovations to restore MCM homes to their former glory and we’ve infused countless homes with MCM accent pieces and decor. It is funny because baby boomers that grew up with MCM once tended to steer away from the look since it probably reminded them of their parents’ house but like many things, MCM came full circle.

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Mid Century Modern was a design era from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Started by the Bauhaus, an art school in Germany, MCM stems from the idea that everything can be designed. The Bauhaus believed architecture should encompass more than the exterior shell of a building and interior walls, it should include the furnishings, finishes, and decor. Bauhaus saw every object as an “art object”. Bauhaus took this idea and applied it to all aspects of design, including graphic design, industrial design, and interior design.

Beyond Bauhaus, MCM gained traction in America and other parts of the world like Brazil and Scandinavia. American designers are often credited with infusing the strong linear lines of the Bauhaus MCM with a slightly softer, more organic structures. Many of the most iconic furniture still in use today was designed during the MCM era. Undulating forms, curved arms, tapered “peg legs“, and an assortment of woods like teak, walnut, maple, and beech are some of the defining characteristics of MCM design. 

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BHD has long been a fan of MCM. From a design standpoint, MCM is a designer’s secret weapon because the pieces add character and help create a layered look when paired with more contemporary furniture. We love the scale of MCM furniture because it isn’t the puffed-up furniture we tend to see today and is really great for historic homes that tend to have less square footage. Lastly, we love MCM furniture because it is the perfect blend of organic, natural materials and high-design. 

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The great thing about buying MCM furniture today is you have the option to buy new or you can buy used. There are a plethora of design firms recreating classic MCM looks, from walnut credenzas to sling back chairs, that are priced well and give you the look without the hunt. Buying authentic MCM can be tricky but we love tracking down originals because we love their originality and quality. There are local Nashville dealers that specialize in authentic MCM and tons of online sites. It is getting rarer and rarer to find MCM priced cheap at antique stores, estate sales, and thrift stores but there are definitely still deals to be found! 

This BHD space is featured on HGTV’s article on MCM design!

MCM art is another one of our favorite go-tos. We love the organic muted tones and geometrically driven designs. We often have better luck finding MCM art in local thrift stores and the like because it isn’t as recognizable as say an Eames lounge chair or a Saarinen tulip table. 

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An easy and relatively inexpensive way to add MCM appeal to your home is through color, either with paint or textiles. Color wise, small accents of citruses or mustards go a long way. Sherwin Williams  “Vintage Finds” is a good starting point. BHD literally has hundreds of color options to choose from! We love layered accent textiles in a space to build a bohemian, eclectic look.

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