January Newsletter

With all the high hopes of the new year, January is the perfect month to think about organization in your home. It is not the icing on the cake of what we as designers do, but it is one of the most powerful tools we have in terms of creating functional, enjoyable, livable homes. For us, organization can be broken down into two categories: planning and styling. Organizational planning is a very specific part of the design process. From the moment we meet a new client we are trying to piece together the puzzle of what the family needs. We take everything into consideration- lifestyle, age of kids, pets, collections, hobbies, how the client entertains, etc. Styling, on the other hand, is what we do on a daily basis to keep our houses looking put together. We know life is more complicated and messy than a glossy magazine spread but with a few helpful pointers, we can help you get there.


Featured BHD Space: Organizational Masterpieces

Let’s take a closer look at some BHD spaces that nail the organization element.

We worked with our client to discern exactly what they needed in their master bathroom. Like most clients, it boiled down to storage so we designed this custom millwork piece to provide a home for every product with electrical outlets discretely hidden yet right at your fingertips. The final result is what everyone wants: a functional, clean, organized bathroom.

In another custom solution for storage, we took a rambling, awkwardly configured floor plan and converted it into a master closet. Just look at how streamlined the space is from the outside yet how the inside reveals a master level of organization. From roll-out trays for accessories to the adjustable shelves designed for scarves, hats and jewelry stands, to the custom fabricated necklace holders on the door panel, this space is hard working.

This pantry is elevated to the forefront of design. To meet the needs of the client, we combined many functions into the space, giving a proper, logical resting spot for all of life’s necessities. The kids have their cubbies, hooks, and baskets while the pantry has adjustable shelves to meet the demands of the kitchen. Design details add beauty to this high function area with bead board backing, dark stained walnut tops & wicker baskets for texture and go-to storage. The key here was proper planning!

Kitchens cabinets are all about preemptive organizational planning but this kitchen takes it a step further through beautiful design tricks and details. What do you do for a client that wants a streamlined look (aka no countertop appliances on constant display) but wants them ready to go the instant they are needed? Simple – hide them behind an operable garage style door. In addition, notice the pullout tray designed for the kitty box. Managing & organizing pet care is a common request amongst our clients. From all of our experience designing kitchens, we have found function is so much more elevated when it is truly incorporated into the design! It is details like these that create dream kitchens for clients with the perfect blend of style and high performance organization.

The last space we want to share is a vision of organization. Picture a blank, unused wall in your house and then picture it with custom built-in storage. This beautiful row of cabinets is neatly tucked into a corner in a master bath but the idea is universal. Here, we have a hamper hidden in a pullout cabinet, oversized drawers for linen storage, smaller drawers for bulky hair styling equipment, upper cabinets for products, and open shelves for display. Serenity now!


Featured Vendor: Napa Home & Garden

BHD is proud to showcase beautiful Napa Home & Garden accent pieces in our showroom! Touches of soft color and elements of nature are sure to warm our senses during the cold winter months.  We had a lot of fun featuring some of their products in our 12 Days of Christmas last month and we have a lot more to choose from. Visit us anytime!


Featured Event: Art Exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History

Don’t miss BHD showroom artist Yuri Figeroa’s work featured at the Nashville Public Library as part of the exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History. The show features a collaboration of artists and events that explore the ‘culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States’. We can’t wait to see this cactus series Yuri created for the show!

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

This event isn’t until next month but we are so excited to see Ms. Goop herself, we thought we would share this early so you can mark your calendars. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams. Don’t forget to plan ahead as this event may sell out!

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Nashville Public Art
 

It is no secret that it’s an exciting time to be a resident of Nashville. With a new development around every corner and a new restaurant opening every week, it is sometimes hard to keep up with this great, changing city. That being said, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one particular aspect we have noticed making a major impact on the city and that is public art. Nashville has long had Musica on the Music Row Roundabout, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks on the Cumberland River but we are so excited to see a new crop of art to feast our eyes on. There is something to be said for a city that is organized and in the position to support the arts and provide the community a source of daily inspiration and escape.

Click here for info on projects in the pipeline!


 

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/

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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!