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!

 

Sustainable Design

A few weeks ago, Moore & Moore Garden Center in Nashville hosted a day of Science & Art workshops and invited Beth to speak about sustainable interior design. As a designer specializing in sustainable renovations and new development, Beth was honored to share some insights for fostering a sustainable future for Nashville and top tips for green design. Here are some of the highlights from her presentation!
 
 
In the next 20 years, Nashville is expected to grow by 1 million people. What will that mean for Nashville? Will it become the next Atlanta? Perhaps the answer falls somewhere between urban sprawl / low density development and concentrated communities / high density developments. The picture below illustrates the point perfectly. Imagine dense, downtown urban developments (like the Gulch) that are walkable and developed with residential conveniences.
 
BHD focuses on sustainable design as a part of every project. We work with clients and their properties to understand the function of their current space and develop a sustainable solution. This can mean anything from incorporating green design practices to aging-in place principles, to aesthetics, materials, and selections.  Below is a list of our top techniques:
 
 
Here are a few examples of our work that highlight great use of utilizing sustainable materials and techniques. The existing bath in this Brentwood home was dated and needed a complete overhaul. We worked with the client to re-imagine their space and ended up delivering a bright, high functioning bathroom that is both visually stunning and deeply rooted in sustainable design practices.
 
 
The next kitchen remodel is an excellent example of reworking a space to fit the modern needs of a growing family. The remodel is gorgeous and sustainable. Here are a couple of before pictures and a whole slew of after pictures!
The last example highlights great design that prolongs the usability of a home. Aging-in-place helps guarantee homeowners can enjoy their property despite future physical limitations. Renovating with the foresight of aging-in-place not only reducing the number of future remodels needed, it adds value to the project as well. 
 
 
 
 
 Hope you enjoyed the before and after pictures and foray into sustainable design. As always, if you have any questions, give us a call and we are happy to discuss! Big shout out to Moore & Moore Garden Center for hosting the event and bringing sustainable design to the forefront of Nashville design!
 

The Beauty of Custom New Construction

Upon arriving at this home in a wooded neighborhood near Radnor Lake in Nashville, guests might be surprised by the interiors unless they knew our client. In that case, friends would likely recognize the aesthetic and personality from a mile away and be able to match up the interiors with the homeowners immediately. From the hand-painted Mexican tiles inspired by an old magazine clipping our clients saved, to the playroom tucked under the over-sized kitchen island, friends would be able to pinpoint  the client’s Hispanic heritage, love of color and love of family. Everything has a reason, a function, and most importantly, a story. 

Front entry way complete with custom door and a melange of custom colors inspired by travels to Mexico.

One thing everyone comments on when they walk into the home is the strong, unabashed use of color. Even we have to admit they are gutsy and unique! Some might be surprised to see a brand new construction home infused with so much personality, intrigue, heart and soul, but that is the magic of a custom home, isn’t it? In a custom home, the clients, the design team, and the contractor come together to not only create a space that reflects the client’s personality, but also to take an objective look at every aspect of construction; Nothing is a given, everything is a decision. The result in this custom home is pure joy. Bright pink, deep blues, citrus greens – they are all at home!

Our client loves color which was used inventively throughout the home.

The open and bright entryway makes the perfect welcome area. Warm wood tones, vibrant colors, custom stairway, and gallery wall featuring a collection of photos from the clients travels makes a strong design statement and sets the tone for the rest of the home. The miniature doorway under the stairs was designed to give access to the crawl space under the stairs, but we imagine the grandchildren are fascinated by the little door and have declared the space as one of their own!

A spacious and open kitchen functions as the multitasking heart of the home

We loved designing the details of the kitchen and tailoring it specially to the homeowners cooking, storage and personal design aesthetic.  First, was to layout the floor plan to create a chef’s kitchen that was at once hard working but also easy on the eyes.  Next, we selected the finishes and fixtures to match the inspiration photos.  Lastly, we stretched our imaginations to use every bit of the island which includes a small play space for the grandchildren.  Not only does this space work as a great place to tuck away toys when they are not in use, it also is illuminated so the kids can play while everyone gathers around for family events. 

Detail shot of tile sourced from the old magazine clipping and a closer look at the island 

We love the organic quality the tiles lend to the kitchen. The bright blue is lively and upbeat but the unique characteristics of each tile feels very genuine and real. It’s interesting because those are the words we would use to describe the rest of the house as well.

Custom cherry built-ins with accent lighting in the living room

The eclectic mix of colors compliments the wall of beautiful built-ins perfectly. The color balances the brown and creates a nice layered look. We love the rich hues and mix of textiles and surfaces. The shelves are an assortment of family heirlooms, photographs, interesting books and treasures collected from around the world.  The furniture is bold and charismatic, beckoning you to come sit, relax and enjoy the natural light which warms the spaces. 

This master suite could be in Nashville, LA, Barcelona, or anywhere else in the world. The modern mix of prints, color, texture, fabrics, textiles, surfaces is truly international. We love the floor to ceiling tiles and emphasis it adds to the bed.  You feel transported to another part of the world. 

This gorgeous wallpaper actually started as a ceiling accent but it was so cheery, warm and unexpected, we had to extend it down the walls as well.  We love the pattern and the soft glow it lends to the space. Its a perfect compliment to the grey custom designed storage.

The guest suite designed for our client’s daughter is an intentional departure from the vibrancy of the rest of the home. Bathed in neutrals and serene natural elements, the guest suite is the perfect tailored to their daughter’s aesthetic. What a nice gesture to design for your most sought after guest!

Last but not least, here is the accompanying bathroom as part of the guest suite. The soft, serene environment is continued and we couldn’t be more pleased with the balance, tone, and texture of the space. All and all, this house manages to find the right balance between vibrant eclectic and modern, serene and contemporary. Designed to match the personality and lifestyle of its family, this custom home will welcome many, offer a backdrop for happy memories and engulf the owners in joyful celebration of life, heritage and family.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!