Artist Feature: Yuri Figueroa

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Sanrin yama | Oil on canvas| 48 x 60 in

It has been our pleasure to feature artist Yuri Figueroa in our showroom this fall. We love how the paintings look in our space and we are thrilled his art has made it into so many of our client’s homes. Allow us to share his story.

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Winter mountain dragon | Oil on canvas| 48 x 48 in

Having grown up on the western coast of Mexico, Yuri came to Nashville 4 years ago to work on a documentary film shortly after finishing school. The documentary is on none other than Manuel; the living local legend who has been designing couture for the stars since Elvis was king. It is not surprising that a charismatic character such as Manuel would attract a kindred spirit such as Yuri. The documentary is still a work in progress and we can’t wait to see it!

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Now slide #2 | Oil on canvas| 36 x 24 in

Beyond the story of what brought Yuri to Nashville is the story of what has kept Yuri in Nashville.  Nashville feels like home to Yuri and has a great atmosphere that has been a sweet spot for him to produce work. Whether it was the mix of Nashville’s vibrant yet low-key, city but small town feel, it has been enough to entice another wanderlust to stay.

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Yuri Figueroa | Photo Credit Erika Weaver

Yuri is by and large a self-taught painter. Throughout his studies in film school he continued to work and paint, focusing on exploring mixed-media arts, different styles and techniques. You can see the breadth of his methods and interests from his pieces in our showroom. He creates sculptures, oils, acrylics, ink, abstracts, line drawings, and just about anything in between. We wouldn’t be surprised if his creativity took him deeper into uncharted territory and some day he invents a new way of creating mixed media art. Click here for a great piece written on him last year for Nashville Arts Magazine.

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Sarin #1 | Oil on canvas| 36 x 36 in

Part of what attracts us to Yuri’s work is the use of color. We love his combinations and the movement of color through the canvas. We also find the texture of his painting very unique and pleasing. There is clear dimension on each painting, which is something we always look for when choosing art. When you can see crests, ridges, and valleys, it makes the painting so much more dynamic, as subtle variations are exposed from different angles.

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Untitled (Another road) | Oil on canvas| 36 x 24 in

We are really impressed with the way Yuri’s paintings complement interior design. From the series we are showing in the showroom to the pieces that are available on his website, we feel like there is something in his work that stands out, makes a statement, yet doesn’t dominate a space. Perhaps it is Yuri’s subdued yet widely magnetic personality, transmuted to canvas, that is slightly protected yet pulls you in.

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Cowboys and Indians | Oil on canvas| 48 x 36 in

In addition, be sure to check out Yuri’s sculptures in Nashville’s downtown public library! His work is part of the show Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American HistoryEstamos Aqui is a series of projects and events focused on exploring the culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States. Nashville Public Library, in partnership with local community organizations, will host film discussions, art exhibits, oral history projects, and other programs throughout the next year.

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Mutant cactus | Moulding compound, enamel, wood, concrete and steel| approx. 4 x 12 in

Stop by our showroom to experience Yuri’s art!

December Newsletter – Season of the Home Part Two

Last month we declared November and December season of the home. With November behind us, we think it is safe to say December is really the month that says home. To us, December is as much about decorating for the holidays as it is making yourself a cozy nest to ride out the winter months. We all want our homes to sparkle and shine but the foundation has to be peace, comfort, and joy. As we come to a close on 2015 we are very thankful for all the clients we have had the pleasure of working with this year and for all our vendors and community partners, new and old. Wishing you all wonderful holidays and happy New Year! We look forward to designing with you in 2016!


Featured BHD Space: Headboards Galore

Even in a busy month like December you still need to sleep! We thought it was the perfect time to reflect on some killer headboards we have worked on over the past year; beds worthy of dreaming about all year long and certain to be greatly appreciated in December!

This custom headboard has everything going for it. We wanted to create a focal point on the wall and chose to exaggerate the height of the headboard beyond what was needed for function. The scale commands attention while the expertly tufted velvet is so lush and tactile. The built-in sconces are a refreshing dose of minimalism and help streamline the overall look of the room, creating a larger sense of space.

This headboard is all about working with the space and not defining it. We played heavily with scale in this instance, opting for a massive floral wallpaper pattern and a small, dare we say cute, bedside table. The dark grey headboard anchors the space while the scale of piece balances the room. The nail trim adds a subtle but defining geometric layer and helps the headboard standup to the strong wallpaper print.

Many times, you wouldn’t want to place a bed in front of any window, not to mention a floor to ceiling window. However, we wanted to create a great flow in this master bedroom and to do so, we needed to place the bed on the window wall. Selecting the right headboard was imperative to make this room work. We were thrilled to find this luxurious tufted headboard that scoops to serve as a cocoon. Even the small recessed back with side panels give this bed a very cozy, private, safe feel. Design well done.



Featured Vendor: BHD Showroom

It is not often we share the treasures of our showroom but we thought December was a great month to do so. Last minute gifts available locally! Here is a round-up of some of our newest accessories. Call for availability and pricing!


Featured Event: Lockeland Springs Home Tour

Don’t miss the 37th annual Lockeland Springs Home Tour happening this weekend! The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association always puts together a fantastic tour, highlighting the best of the best in the eclectic, vibrant East Nashville neighborhood. Hope to see you all out and about!

Details: December 5th, 5-9pm & December 6th, 1-5pm. For more info visit: http://lockelandsprings.org/2015-holiday-home-tour-map/


Featured Event: Porter Flea Holiday Market

Porter Flea Holiday Market is a great place for holiday shopping. We never miss it! “Featuring modern handmade goods from the area’s most talented designers, Porter Flea is Nashville’s definitive pop-up event for independent artists, designers, and artisans.”

Details: December 4th Preview Party, 6-9pm & December 5th, 10am-5pm. For more info visit: http://porterflea.com/

URGENT UPDATE
LOCATION WAS CHANGED
OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville TN 37209



Hot Topic: Color(s) of the Year!

Every year, major design companies declare a “Color of the Year” and the industry takes note. Yesterday, Pantone announced TWO colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. And to think we thought white was an unconventional choice, but more on that in a moment. Pantone said in their press statement the color of the year is really the marriage between the two colors. The decision to name two colors was also in part a statement of current times, a symbolic representation of the fluidity we see in society in terms of gender equality; nothing is black and white anymore. The colors alone, pastel pink and baby blue, scream nursery colors with clear gender undertones. Maybe this is the point Pantone was trying to make in this duplicitous selection, to move beyond gender stereotypes and to see colors for what they purely are. We can’t wait to see how the colors of the year influence fashion, design and architecture this year. Stay tuned!

White might not have been the most obvious choice for Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams to name “color” of the year but it was a very sophisticated choice none the less. When the colors were announced, a lot of people thought of white walls as a default, or not designed. To designers, however, everything we do is intentional and if we choose white, it is for a reason. White is the ultimate backdrop and the most basic building block in a room that lets individual elements shine. If you’ve ever visited our office, you know our color library contains at least 500 different shades of white. Each offers a subtle nuance of undertones, whether it be warm or cool, muted or electric. Trust us, the perfect white for your project isn’t as simple as ordering a bucket of ‘white’ paint!


 

Nursery Inspiration!

It is no secret I am 7 months pregnant and have all things baby on my mind. As an interior designer, I have spent almost every evening fantasizing about how I can create the perfect space for our baby boy.

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Choosing the crib was daunting. I wanted one by Oeuf till I learned the price. This simple mod crib by Babyletto ended up being my best solution. The bright white feels right for the baby’s room and I am happy with the level of craftsmanship.

It wasn’t until I read a mountain of baby books that I realized I needed to invest in a rocker / glider nursing chair. A lot of reviews directed me towards gliders I would never in a million years invest money into but I finally found one from Gus Modern that feels like it is a worthy purchase because we might be able to use it in another room down the line.

As for the classic changing table verse dresser debate, I ended up choosing a dresser that was designed for a nursery. I like the idea of using a real dresser with a specially designed attachable changing pad because changing tables aren’t a permanent item in a kids room but a dresser certainly is. This dresser by Newport Cottages has great reviews and think it will last a very long time. I had a 6 drawer dresser growing up and loved it. As I got older I made it my vanity by hanging a mirror above it and loved all the surface space.

I am still ironing out what kind of rug I want to laydown over the carpet. Usually I am not a rug on rug type of person but I want to make the baby’s room as warm and soft as possible. This fantastic Moroccan rug I found online is out of my reach but I am using the image as placeholder till I find one with a friendlier price tag.

I have been having fun doing some DIY projects. I love these prints from illustrator Danielle Knoll and was inspired to make my own series. I ended up doing the cheetah, an elephant, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, and lion. I am very pleased with the way the series turned out. I think I will hang them above the dresser but I will wait till we move in to decide.

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Another project I am looking forward to is making a pom pom mobile. There are a lot of beautiful ones online, like this one from artist Dana Haim, but  I am having fun coming up with my own design! I like the idea of making things for the nursery because it gives the space a very personal touch.

 

The last thing I know I won’t be able to live without is an assortment of oversize African baskets. I have a few at now but plan on adding a couple more to the collection. I know it won’t work for as a diaper pale (!) but I imagine they will be perfect for storing toys, blankets, dirty clothes, etc.

Woven African Laundry Clothes Hamper - Silver Herringbone - Large

 

As excited as I am to move into a new chapter, baby, house, NC, I will be sad to say goodbye to the wonderful world of Beth Haley Design. It has been my absolute pleasure working with everyone and being apart of the Nashville design community! Goodbye and best wishes everyone!