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.


May Newsletter – Tangible Tips!

Hope everyone is enjoying spring and is looking forward to the start of summer! BHD has been busy working with clients and we can’t wait to see the work come to fruition! Last month we talked about giving your home a new beginning and asked everyone whether they loved, liked, or hated their space. This month, we want to offer tangible tips, fit for any timeline or budget.


Featured BHD Space: Tangible Tips!

Loving your space means you’ve likely put work into designing and maintaining your home. Even though most people live in spaces that are highly functional, sometimes it is nice to spruce up a corner and bask in the glory of beauty, elegance, and perfection!

In this example, it was easy to create a beautiful vignette with coordinated accessories and a bright a shining mirror. This look is pulled together but doesn’t seem overly contrived. We get pleasure seeing this display every time we walked by!

Sometimes there is a difference between liking your home and loving your home. In every home we’ve ever been to, including our own, there is always an opportunity to make a space a little brighter, a little more special. Here we have a gorgeous chandelier in a bathroom. Totally not necessary but oh so luxurious. Safe to say these lucky clients LOVE their home!

This photo captures a bold, dramatic space but when you think about it, the look is achieved by one piece of art and one piece of furniture. Think about any hallway or “walkthrough” space in your home that could use some attention and apply this same technique. One piece of art and one piece of furniture. This tip works for anyone as it can be as simple as reconfiguring existing pieces in your home for a fresh new pairing or it can mean scouting something new. The trick here is finding pieces that balance one another in scale and compliment each other in style. 

This picture captures a couple of tricks. First, think about an area in your home where you aren’t totally pleased with the way it functions. Here, there was an issue with the swing of the door leading to the first floor powder room from the hallway. The solution was a sliding door. Second, think about elevating the look from a purely functional improvement and making a design statement. Form follows function but doesn’t mean there isn’t a world of creative decisions to choose from! We love this antique door and the way it adds texture and interest to both the hallway and the bathroom.


Repeat after us, flowers and fruit, flowers and fruit. There is a reason all interior designers are loaded down with fresh flowers and bags of apples and lemons for every photoshoot – they create a sense of vibrancy. Another simple suggestion, and one that is actually free, is to remove clutter from your countertops on a regular basis. We know firsthand how convenient it is to leave the enormous freestanding mixer and food processor on the counter but we also know first hand how much nicer your counters will look without them. Trust us!


Featured Vendor: Osborne & Little

Last week we had the best time seeing the newest offerings from one of our favorite fabric and wallpaper design companies- Osborne & Little. The company started in the “swinging sixties” (as they like to say) in London and quickly became internationally known for their hand painted, unique designs. Nowadays, they are known for superior quality and innovation. We can’t get enough!


Featured Event: O’more Show House!

Three years ago, the O’more College of Design started an annual show house event that has become a major fundraising event for the school. This year, the house is a 5,200 sq. ft. historic 1919 Craftsman style home and we couldn’t be more excited to see what our friends have come up with!

100% of ticket sales benefit the O’More College Fund

When: The Showhouse is open from May 12-27. The hours are as follows:

 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-4, Thursdays 10-7, Closed Mondays
Where: The O’More Show House – 1006 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

For more info click here.



Hot Topic: BKLYN Designs

Brooklyn Designs is one of the best design showcases in the country and we were eagerly following the coverage last week as the event took place. Brooklyn is a tried and true melting pot for emerging product designers and trends. This year, we fell in love with furniture designer Mark Jupiter, accessory design company Come Out to the Coast, and ceramist Beth Bologia.

For more info click here.