Kahnle Kitchen

We’ve been excited to share this project for months and are thrilled the time is finally right. Not only has this project won GOLD from American Society of Interior Designers “Best Small Kitchen”, it’s the home of one of our favorite clients.

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Allow us to introduce to you Mike Kahnle.  Mike’s story doesn’t begin when his wife Hilary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 but is is where we are going to start. Three kids, happy household, uprooted by a terminal disease. From her diagnosis to her street fight with cancer, to Hilary’s passing in August 2012, to the very present moment, Mike’s life has been changing. He quickly realized normal was not his going to be his family’s reality.

Mike knows firsthand the titles we all use to define ourselves rarely show the whole picture. Father, landscape architect, designer, artist; all true but in real life, what matters is now is how the pieces interplay. How do you raise three young daughters on your own?  Easy, stand up and confront it!  His new label will be feminist dad!  He will teach his daughters independence and artistry and kindness and joy and laughter.  He will now seek out and support women-owned business in the hope of knocking down the barriers that might stand in the way of his daughters.  He will lead them by example, showing them how to solve problems creatively.  He will teach them to treat people and the planet with kindness.  He will encourage them to start their life’s work today.  He will be a feminist dad!

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Good Grief

Before Hilary passed away, a giant red oak tree fell down in their backyard during a tremendous windstorm. Mike suddenly realized that he wanted to use the tree to make something useful.  A tree falls down but its life isn’t over. Using Hilary’s grandfather’s ax and then a two-handed draw knife for fine carving, Mike cut deeper into the log revealing the grain. “As more and more wood is removed, an intricate pattern of light and dark band reveal the tree’s growth cycle over the years; periods of great growth and periods of drought—not only how old the tree lived to be, but also how the tree lived over its lifetime.’ The sculptures, labeled “Good Grief” have become an expression of Mike’s grief, an expression of losing his wife. Each piece is a part of Mike’s story.image003

Creative Problem Solving

Another piece of the story is the family’s kitchen. Hilary, a talented architect, and Mike liked to muse renovations. Completed in 2015, the kitchen has become “a symbol of the family healing, a decision to move forward with life, and to accept that Hilary’s last wish was for us all to be happy and to grow in her absence”.  Mike chose Beth Haley Design to design a space that fit the family’s new reality – life without Mom – while keeping with the decidedly mid-century spirit of the house and honoring Hilary’s wishes.  A tall order, which came together brilliantly and the long term impact of the renovations have been profound.  The family kitchen in now a gathering spot. It’s a pace to convene and converse.  The transformation from pre-renovation dysfunction to post renovation function can’t be understated.  The experience formed Mike’s developing world view that the basis of design is creative problem solving.

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Taking cues from the existing architecture of the space, our design challenge was to maintain the vintage, 1960’s feel of the home while maximizing function in the existing kitchen. We worked to create layers of visual interest and add to the homes appeal and design.  We brought natural light into the centrally located kitchen by installing a tunnel skylight in the center of the space. Recessed lighting, pendants, and under cabinet lighting work in unison to further illuminate the space.  In addition, we removed a load bearing wall and replaced with an architectural support beam-decked out in red paint-to further open up the space and bring in more natural light.

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To create a sense of openness in the kitchen, we chose to feature doorless cabinets and colorful shelving that reflect the 60’s feel and personality of the home.

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Within the existing layout, the sink wall opening was enlarged and encased in wood paneling on both sides, both facing the kitchen and facing into the other living spaces. The wood paneling creates a very unique, custom look, making the kitchen appear like an exotic, high performing piece of furniture or appliance when viewed from other angles around the home.   The waterfall edge countertop by the cooktop and new eat-in peninsula expand the visual space and are purposely paired with backless barstools that leave the sightline into the space uninterrupted. Hardwood floors were selected to make the kitchen feel more congruent with the adjoining rooms.

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The Saarinen table and Bertoia chairs work perfectly with the period furniture found throughout the house. Accents of red standout against the white and natural wood backdrop.

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Much of the existing layout remained but the addition of a beverage, snack, and lunch station was developed to complete the space. High-function was the aim when we designed this stretch of cabinets with a base with microwave for the kids, pull-out pantry, and lots of drawers for storage. Though it is a short expanse of wall, it is a hub of activity with maxed out functionality.
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Like most kitchens, it is the hub of the house for the active and fully engaged family. This kitchen, more than any we have ever worked on, is the heart of the home. Connection being the key both in terms of space and in terms of relationships. Mike’s life is full of creativity, sensitivity, and passion.  We are honored to share his story with you. Mike is a local designer and landscape architect. We encourage all of you to check out his website and see his work. In addition, we are honored to have some of Mike’s pieces installed in our lawn. If you haven’t been by our shop on Linden recently, come by, say hi, and take a look at the art!

September Newsletter

September is many things but to people in the design industry, but mostly it is anticipated as the month magazines and design publications release their “style issues”. Fall seems like the perfect time to take stock of the past year and to look forward to the next year. This year, style previews couldn’t be more timely. Last week, Beth Haley Design projects took home SIX design awards and we are proud for many reasons but chiefly we are proud of the breadth of the projects and styles. BHD is no one-trick-pony. We say it often but every project is different because every client is different. We love our clients! It is an honor to work with you on designing your home. Thank you!


Featured BHD Space: American Society of Interior Designers Award Winners!

BHD was honored with 6 awards for our design from the American Society of Interior Designers. Not to toot our own horn, but we submitted 6 projects and 6 projects came back winners! Join us as we celebrate the wins and explore all the different styles mastered by BHD!

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KITCHEN LARGE 
 
Like much of the home, the existing kitchen needed a complete overhaul. After reviewing the entire layout of the home, we reworked much of the floor plan to best achieve our client’s goals. Where did the kitchen find its new home?  In the den, of course!  Sometimes the best layout is in a completely different space.  Highest on the wish list for the new kitchen was a highly functional, spacious kitchen, fit for entertaining, with plenty of storage, counter space, and access to the outdoors. In selecting finishes for the kitchen, we worked to strike the right balance between dark and light, matte and glossy, solid and patterned. 
 

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KITCHEN SMALL

Taking cues from the existing architecture of the space, our design challenge was to maintain the vintage, 1960’s feel of the home while maximizing function in the existing kitchen. We worked with the homeowner and architect to create layers of visual interest and add to the homes appeal and design. We love Mid Century Modern design and this project really let us flex our design muscles! Everything from the tiles to the waterfall edge countertop to the cabinets and lighting feels right.

 
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BATHROOM LARGE
 
The existing 1990’s bathroom was tight, bland, and cluttered. The challenge was to create a spacious, NYC pied-a-terre worthy master bath, with better storage, without increasing the square footage. The solution was to remove the closed-in full height shower walls, built-in tub, and standard height vanities, and start fresh. Double vanities were a must but we were hesitant to fill the space with cabinets. We found a perfect solution in the polished nickel, custom height pedestal vanities with marble tops. They exude glamour, give great countertop area, yet don’t clutter the space. Instead, their reflective qualities expand the space. We added floor to ceiling cabinets between the vanities and on the wall behind the vanities where an existing closet was removed. The cabinets were custom designed for our client’s needs, giving all their products a discrete, organized home, leaving the expanses of marble open and burden free.
 
 
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RESIDENCE UNDER 3,500 SQ FT
 
Working with long-time clients on one of their final home purchases, we set out to remodel and update a single level 1980’s home to accommodate aging-in-place. Other goals for the project were to create open public spaces for entertaining, organized storage, and to add additional square footage by enclosing an existing porch. The emphasis of our renovation was to create a sense of connection throughout the home and to provide our clients an oasis for their family. Stylewise, our clients yearned for easy sophistication and a strong preference for red and an affinity for prints, we chose timeless pieces that would compliment items collected over the years.
 
 
SILVER
RESIDENCE UNDER 3,500 SQ FT
 
Working with clients who are fortunate to call Nashville their weekend home, our design challenge was to take an 1850’s warehouse turned condo and create a sophisticated, urban retreat. Work included giving major upgrades to the master suite and kitchen, adding a guest suite, and bringing warmth and comfort to the former industrial space. This job was equal parts removing walls as it was using unique materials, textiles, and furnishings. We were lucky the loft had great bones – huge oversize windows, high ceilings, heavy wood beams, original brickwork, etc. We love the juxtaposition of the existing architecture with sleek furnishings and lux finishes.
 
 
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RESIDENCE UNDER 3,500 SQ FT

For our clients who truly love to entertain, our challenge was to transform the original Victorian floor plan of assorted small rooms lacking in cohesiveness and function and create a high performance, finely tailored home. The idea of the project wasn’t to obliterate the historical roots of the home but rather give the home a loving push into the 21st century. Our work was preservation as much as it was renovation. Style wise, we chose pieces that would compliment that both the existing architecture of the house and our client’s modern design sensibilities. This meant a vibrant mix of old and new, unexpected pairings, and sophisticated color palette with deep greys, reflective whites, paired with rich purple accents. 


 
 
Featured Event: Belcourt Theater
 

Belcourt Theater is one of our favorite local institutions and we can’t wait to check out the renovation completed earlier this summer. There’s nothing like catching a film at the Belcourt and enjoying the sites in Hillsboro Village! 

Hot Topic & Featured Vendor: Sherwin Williams 2017 Color Forecast


Each year, Sherwin Williams puts together an in depth look at trends they foresee for the upcoming year. This year, there are 4 main looks of ideas emerging. We love the looks, especially the romantic, jewel tones and the vibrant, bold colors. For more info and to see the complete presentation click here


Noir – “It’s among our most precious commodities: night.”


Holistic – “Sustainable design and radical transparency are the new standards.”


Intrepid – “The virtual and the real are blurring in the form of seamless commerce and “office anywhere” collaboration.”


Unbounded – Global immigration is redefining borderlands, national identity and our sense of coexistence.


August Newsletter – ‘What’s New’

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! As much as we like kicking back in the August, there is too much we are excited about to let it wait for the Fall!  Beth‘s trip to Dwell on Design created a distinct vibe in the office and the current mood running through BHD is “what’s new”. What’s new in design, what’s new in products, what’s new in the showroom. Everyone is curious and looking forward to projects that are currently underway and working with client’s who are just getting started. Here’s to finishing the summer strong and enjoying the freedom summer always seems to bring! 


Featured BHD Space: Our showroom!

We don’t think we’ve ever made our BHD featured space the showroom before but now that is it getting filled with new furniture pieces, accessories, and art, we thought it was a great time to share the new pieces we have to share!

Love the pairing of the minimal curved glass table with the vibrant painting by Yuri Figueroa as the beloved foo dog lamp stands guard over the front door. 

We shared this on Instagram last week but we love all the pillows that just arrived and had to share again! Pillows are honestly one of the easiest ways to change the feeling of a space. Some people might be afraid to use assorted prints but this proves you can mix it up! How did we make it work?  Keeping the content consistent with botanical prints and varying the scale and combining complementary color families. 

We couldn’t enough of this gingko print.  These have sold but more designs are on their way!

Baskets, planters, and pillows galore! We love the bright colors in Yuri’s art hanging over the mantel too!

This sideboard is a show stopper and we love this collection of Yuri’s paintings paired with Jerry Atnip’s photograph. The long neck, glass and acrylic lamp and the reflective ball sculpture finish off the monochromatic vignette!

Lastly, we have a series of photographs just in from Yuri. The bright colors are energizing the blossoms fresh feel. Just imagine how appreciated these will be when nature takes her winter break!


Featured Vendor: Gold Leaf Design Group

Gold Leaf Design is one of our favorite accessories companies. We look towards them time and again for unique pieces. Here is a collection of goodies that just arrived for one of our clients. Coordinated colors yet each item is cool on its own!


 

Featured Event: Tomato Art Fest

We look forward to this event every year. If you’ve never been before, it is an East Nashville tradition, filled with art, festivities, street vendors, and people watching galore! Costumes are encouraged and we hope to see some familiar faces out and about this weekend!

When: August 12, 6PM – whenever & August 13th, 9am – whenever. Click here for a program of events!

Where: 11th and Woodland is the center of the festival where you can find the Tomato Art Fest information booth. Click here for a complete map of the festivities! 


Hot Topic: Power of Design

We love when we are reminded of the power of design and its ability to speak volumes through aesthetics alone. Case in point – Architectural Digest magazine was looking beyond politics when they declared  “Wood accents, clean lines, and an all-white palette make this space instantly pinnable”. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on or whether you watched the Democratic Convention a few weeks ago, everyone in the design community has been buzzing about the kitchen featured in Hillary Clinton’s intro video.

What made the kitchen stand out, why did it capture everyone’s attention, and why did it look strikingly familiar? First and foremost, it was a beautiful kitchen bathed in the most amazing natural light. It was perfect. The all-white cabinets, butcher block counter, and black framed mullioned windows are timeless, tasteful, and contemporary. The kitchen visually reinforced attributes emphasised in the video. It was as if the kitchen were a set and the set happened to be one of our favorite movies. Architectural Digest suggested it looked straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie. 

Nancy Meyers is a living legend when it comes to set design. Her movies are some of the most gorgeous and hilarious – Father of the BrideIt’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Intern come to mind. She creates sets that feel straight out of heaven. She harnesses the power of design to help narrate a movie. It is like her sets become the third character in the scene. 

Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes created Hillary Clinton’s video and the question on everyone’s mind is whether this was a scene scouted for the cameras or was this her actual home. All we know is we love using interior design to gesture who we are. We love projecting our client’s values, lifestyles, and taste through design, finishes, and materials. We’ve never thought of it this way but it is true, we design the backdrops of our client’s lives and we couldn’t be happier or more proud to serve!