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!


 

Ides of Design – Color Tips!

In our March newsletter we promised to address some of the most common design blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups. It wasn’t hard to come up with a list of ideas but rather hard to narrow it down! Turns out, clients time and again have a hard time picking, choosing, and using color and prints in their home. Often you see our before photos are either white rooms with minimal color and print or too much print. For now, let’s focus on color!

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A neutral background allows purple to sing!

Color Psychology 101

Everyone has heard red makes you angry and blue calms you down but there is a lot more too it. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are seldomly used in their purest form. Primary red can be perceived as aggressive, primary blue is the calmest of the three colors, and primary yellow really is the color of energy.

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This is red but not primary red. We love it!

Color Mixing 101

Often, we need the secondary colors orange, green, and violet to create the six tertiary colors (colors created when combining  primary and secondary colors) that are most often used in interior design. From there, we need white and black to tint, tone, or shade. White tints, black and white together tone, and black shades.

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Shades and tones of blue and green work really well in this vibrant, peaceful dining room!

Interior design is all about mixing color and creating color schemes. Designers know what colors are considered “classically complementary”, as in opposite on the color wheel but also have a deep, instinctual feel for what color combinations will work in a space.

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Orange, red, green, and blue? Just the right mix in this eclectic space!

We love creating monochromatic rooms with small bursts of color. The idea is a hallmark, fundamental element of design. Many sleek rooms are built from a single color and accentuated through accessories, art, and special fabrics.

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Bathrooms are a great space for a monochromatic look and a single, shining color. Here we have a crisp white bathroom paired with nice bluish greens. It is a timeless look.

Another thing to consider is how spaces flow with one another. You can be bold and have one red room, one blue room, and so forth but often we find it is best to create a general color story for your house. Most homes we see (or design!) are open floor plan. It is generally best to consider the house as a whole rather than in segments.

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Expertly matched blues work well with hints of yellow and many metallic accent pieces. The space was designed to pair with the adjacent dining room but also have a distinct style of its own.

Mixing bold colors can be daunting but pulling it off can have big design impact. The key is to let each bold color balance the other. Scale and furniture placement are important to consider as they will shape the way the color is perceived!

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Fuchsia paired with teal and a yellow make for a very interesting color story! The secret to this working is all three are complementary colors and the scale is just right.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of art in interior design. Sometimes it is best to simply create an environment for the canvases to take center stage.

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The art demands attention on it’s own but the design elevates it to front and center. By placing the canvas on in a space with neutral walls, floors, and keeping the furniture minimal and modern, the art is thrusted to the forefront.

Stay tuned to next week when we get into Ides of design, prints addition!

New Year, New Paint!

Painting a room is one simple step towards making a transformation in your home.  This New Year has us thinking about new ways we can freshen our spaces by only using paint!

Every year paint manufacturers release color trends.  This year, Dulux’s trends were by far my favorite:  dark, moody and saturated!

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Color of the year on the walls?!?!  Absolutely!!

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So many rooms last year went white.  Take this year and make just one wall bold!

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Take an existing color and paint a pretty pattern in metallic on top!

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Use your ceilings as an unexpected place to use a new paint color!

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Contrast colors with an unexpected trim color!

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Or take your new bold color and do it all!  Walls, ceiling, and trim!!

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How can you incorporate a new paint color in your home this year?

 

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