Artists’ Downtown Retreat

Feast your eyes on one of  Nashville’s chicest condos. This delightful space in the Viridian is the perfect arts district weekend retreat for our clients who are both artists themselves as well as active in the burgeoning art scene. Our work focused on a gut renovation of the kitchen and furnishing the living room. We worked to infuse life and vibrancy into the space as well as provide an expanded floor plan that was more functional and convenient for the client who wants to use the space to entertain and enjoy a break from their more conventional Franklin home. 

From the before pictures below, we see the original kitchen was slightly dated and dark. The original floor plan included a work station desk adjacent to the kitchen that was obsolete to the lifestyle of our client for their downtown retreat. Lastly, the configuration of the existing living room space didn’t take advantage of the condos square footage and lacked seating for entertaining. The only thing we didn’t need to change were the incredible views looking out on our ever-evolving city!
Working with the existing architecture of the space, we made three main adjustments to the floor plan. The first was removing the existing desk adjacent to the kitchen and incorporating that square footage into the kitchen. By removing the desk, we created a longer row of cabinets and moved the fridge from behind the peninsula and created a pantry. The second order of business was reconfiguring the peninsula and adding a custom open shelving display. Lastly, we were able to sneak in a whole additional half wall of cabinets along side of the kitchen by adding custom 12″ deep open shelf cabinets. Not only does it give a handy storage, it provides much needed additional countertop space. Though the kitchen is not huge by any standard, it is efficient, stylish, and perfectly fitting for a downtown weekend retreat. 
Here we see the newly configured back wall. The stove has been recentered off the peninsula and the existing cabinets were replaced by floating hinged door cabinets that play up the horizontal lines of the kitchen. The image below shows off the green backsplash AND the floor to ceiling wall of WOW 3D tile. We love the texture the tile wall lends to the space as well as the visual appeal. We also love that looking straight at the kitchen you see the green but when entering the space, you notice the wall of 3D tile. Lastly, we love seeing Beth in the photo. It is not too often we capture the designer in the space! Go Beth!

This next image shows the new wall of under counter cabinets. It is was such a clever idea to add this feature to the space. A mere 12″ of space gave us so much function and beauty! The white Cambria quartz waterfall edge countertop and the new bamboo hardwoods are high on function and low on maintenance.

Lastly, we have the living room. The sculptural light fixture is an interesting juxtaposition to the rougher exposed concrete ceilings and grounds the seating area. The sleeper sectional sofa provides ample seating and is inviting, chic and a great way to accommodate extra guests for a downtown event.  

The condo has a great collection of local art pieces. We love the personality the artifacts bring to the space and it was a pleasure working with adventurous clients to create this unique space for their family and friends! Hope everyone enjoyed the peek inside our client’s home and is encouraged to visit the arts district for themselves sometime soon!

 

Flower Power

Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that a yellow iris represents passion but a yellow hyacinth represents jealousy. 

In interior design, color is as integral as any element in the way it shapes the room atmosphere and creates a sense of space. While color theory in interior design is consistent between colors (yellow is yellow is yellow), there there is great variety in the way a pale sunlightended yellow and a bright lightning strike yellow feel. We often pick flowers for arrangements based on color and shape without regard to meaning. Uncovering the nuanced meaning of flowers adds another depth to design. A subtlety that might not be recognized by many but will be appreciated by some. 

Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a peek at some of our favorite blossoms and their meaning. 

LAVENDER

admiration | solitude | beauty

HYDRANGEA

heartfelt | gratitude

LILY

purity | refined beauty

STATICE

remembrance | sympathy | success

DAFFODIL

regard | chivalry | rebirth | eternal life

IRIS

eloquence | messenger | purifying 

PEONY

bashfulness | compassion | happy life | happy marriage | good health | prosperity

** Adopted from an article written for House & Home magazine. Please click here to see the complete article as it appeared.

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

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Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

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Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

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Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

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Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
Sea Urchin Cactus

 

LIVING PATTERN

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Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!