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!


 

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! 


 

January Newsletter

With all the high hopes of the new year, January is the perfect month to think about organization in your home. It is not the icing on the cake of what we as designers do, but it is one of the most powerful tools we have in terms of creating functional, enjoyable, livable homes. For us, organization can be broken down into two categories: planning and styling. Organizational planning is a very specific part of the design process. From the moment we meet a new client we are trying to piece together the puzzle of what the family needs. We take everything into consideration- lifestyle, age of kids, pets, collections, hobbies, how the client entertains, etc. Styling, on the other hand, is what we do on a daily basis to keep our houses looking put together. We know life is more complicated and messy than a glossy magazine spread but with a few helpful pointers, we can help you get there.


Featured BHD Space: Organizational Masterpieces

Let’s take a closer look at some BHD spaces that nail the organization element.

We worked with our client to discern exactly what they needed in their master bathroom. Like most clients, it boiled down to storage so we designed this custom millwork piece to provide a home for every product with electrical outlets discretely hidden yet right at your fingertips. The final result is what everyone wants: a functional, clean, organized bathroom.

In another custom solution for storage, we took a rambling, awkwardly configured floor plan and converted it into a master closet. Just look at how streamlined the space is from the outside yet how the inside reveals a master level of organization. From roll-out trays for accessories to the adjustable shelves designed for scarves, hats and jewelry stands, to the custom fabricated necklace holders on the door panel, this space is hard working.

This pantry is elevated to the forefront of design. To meet the needs of the client, we combined many functions into the space, giving a proper, logical resting spot for all of life’s necessities. The kids have their cubbies, hooks, and baskets while the pantry has adjustable shelves to meet the demands of the kitchen. Design details add beauty to this high function area with bead board backing, dark stained walnut tops & wicker baskets for texture and go-to storage. The key here was proper planning!

Kitchens cabinets are all about preemptive organizational planning but this kitchen takes it a step further through beautiful design tricks and details. What do you do for a client that wants a streamlined look (aka no countertop appliances on constant display) but wants them ready to go the instant they are needed? Simple – hide them behind an operable garage style door. In addition, notice the pullout tray designed for the kitty box. Managing & organizing pet care is a common request amongst our clients. From all of our experience designing kitchens, we have found function is so much more elevated when it is truly incorporated into the design! It is details like these that create dream kitchens for clients with the perfect blend of style and high performance organization.

The last space we want to share is a vision of organization. Picture a blank, unused wall in your house and then picture it with custom built-in storage. This beautiful row of cabinets is neatly tucked into a corner in a master bath but the idea is universal. Here, we have a hamper hidden in a pullout cabinet, oversized drawers for linen storage, smaller drawers for bulky hair styling equipment, upper cabinets for products, and open shelves for display. Serenity now!


Featured Vendor: Napa Home & Garden

BHD is proud to showcase beautiful Napa Home & Garden accent pieces in our showroom! Touches of soft color and elements of nature are sure to warm our senses during the cold winter months.  We had a lot of fun featuring some of their products in our 12 Days of Christmas last month and we have a lot more to choose from. Visit us anytime!


Featured Event: Art Exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History

Don’t miss BHD showroom artist Yuri Figeroa’s work featured at the Nashville Public Library as part of the exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History. The show features a collaboration of artists and events that explore the ‘culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States’. We can’t wait to see this cactus series Yuri created for the show!

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

This event isn’t until next month but we are so excited to see Ms. Goop herself, we thought we would share this early so you can mark your calendars. 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. Don’t forget to plan ahead as this event may sell out!

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Nashville Public Art
 

It is no secret that it’s an exciting time to be a resident of Nashville. With a new development around every corner and a new restaurant opening every week, it is sometimes hard to keep up with this great, changing city. That being said, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one particular aspect we have noticed making a major impact on the city and that is public art. Nashville has long had Musica on the Music Row Roundabout, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks on the Cumberland River but we are so excited to see a new crop of art to feast our eyes on. There is something to be said for a city that is organized and in the position to support the arts and provide the community a source of daily inspiration and escape.

Click here for info on projects in the pipeline!