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Designing for Airbnb

When checking out Airbnb rentals, what is at the top of your list? Cleanliness, style, or location? For us, we never sacrifice on cleanliness but what we love about Airbnb is finding places with unique style. The perfect rental becomes the backdrop to a memorable trip; have a funky, cool Airbnb – have a good trip!

Designing Airbnb rentals is a lot of fun. It is a chance to use bold color, vibrant prints, and to create fun, catchy interiors. We design for the client (aka the owner of the property) and the end user (aka the renter). We think what will photograph well to spark interest on Airbnb and what furnishings, what materials, what luxuries, will guests enjoy (and leave raving reviews for the owners)?


Who wouldn’t be happy to walk into this bright, well appointed kitchen? By livening up the standard kitchen with bright accessories in fun shapes and textures, we infused the space with personality while letting the the cleanliness of the kitchen shine. 

In the living room, the bright palette is sure to catch attention online while the soft luxuries like throw pillows, blankets soften up the space. We added table lamps for reading and a nice comfortable club chair for relaxing.


Here is a view from the living room back into the kitchen. Doesn’t the space feel inviting? We designed the space so guests could feel right at home and enjoy the open layout of the apartment.

Art is always an important piece in our designs and here we used ______local??____art to add character to landing space right outside the bedrooms. Fun vignettes like this are sure to appeal to viewers online and to real life guests!

For the two bedrooms, we wanted to create unique color palettes so viewers could easily remember the space as a true two bedroom. When bedrooms appear too bland / similar in photos, it makes it really hard to remember when you compare rentals! This gorgeous blue bedroom with rich red accent pillows grabs your attention. We love the lux materials as they are a bit unexpected.

For the second bedroom, we went with fun prints and pops of color. We like how the colors compliment the first bedroom but are a distinct and memorable on their own.

Stay tuned to next week when we present the second unit!

By |November 28th, 2017|Accessories, BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Nashville|Comments Off on Designing for Airbnb|

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!

 

By |August 25th, 2017|Accessories, Art, Before & After, Beth, BHD Projects, Design Elements, Kate, Kitchen & Bath, Kitchens, Nashville, Tile|Comments Off on Artists’ Downtown Retreat|

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!
 
By |June 28th, 2017|Before & After, BHD Events, Green Design, Happenings, Kitchen & Bath, Kitchens, LEED, Nashville, Sustainable Design|Comments Off on Sustainable Design|