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Stunning Master Bath Before & After

Here’s a before & after that will surely knock your socks off. What a transformation! Working with longtime clients on updating their master bathroom was a designer’s delight. Their love on contemporary style and adventurous spirit meant we could go big designing the bathroom of their dreams!

Even to a trained eye, it is nearly impossible to tell this is the same space! The original bathroom was dated, cluttered, and didn’t align with the client’s love of contemporary style at all. We knew we needed to make the space bright, airy, and open to match the style we’ve created in other parts of the home that have been renovated over the years. For the bathroom, the first order of business was working on a new floor plan.

While there wasn’t tons of space to steal from any of the adjoining rooms, we were able to gain some square footage by removing an awkward portion of the master closet that was originally tucked in behind the toilet. We removed the privacy wall that extended into the space and positioned the toilet flush on the back wall with the vanity. We removed the existing shower, tub, and vanity and gutted the bathroom in order to level out the floors. Lastly, we installed a pocket door to further simplify the space. The result is a much more open, inviting, and spacious layout. 

After you get over the gorgeousness of the bathroom, you might ask yourself why is there a single sink vanity instead of a double vanity. Aren’t dual vanities necessities in luxury bathrooms? It is funny because there was actually space for two sinks but working with the clients and getting to know their routines and lifestyle, we found they didn’t really need two sinks. They preferred storage. Custom storage. 

Luxury means designing what you need and want. not what society deems as standard and necessary. In this case, we designed his and her custom storage above and below the vanity. Above the vanity, we have two vertical cabinets that hide all of life’s necessities and below we have oversize pullout drawers. If there were dual vanities, there would really only be a small storage space available below the vanity. The waterfall edge quartz countertop provides ample counter space and the toilet is nicely concealed behind the custom walnut cabinetry. 

Too keep the look clean and contemporary, we installed an oversize mirror between the two upper cabinets and installed thin, 1/2 inch LED vanity lights along the vertical edges of the mirror. The custom install eliminated the need for vanity light fixtures and provided more space for storage. In a streamlined bathroom that like this, the less ornamentation the better. That being said, we extended the cabinetry to go above the toilet. The strong horizontal line helps extend the space and the curated collection of accessories tie the look together. The backsplash is marble and the faucets are from Cal Faucets. 

This beautiful tub and shower are made even more wonderful by the full-height, full-width mosaic tile accent wall. Working with a tile manufacturer, we created a custom designed calcutta marble pattern that would fit perfectly on the wall. No cutoff patterns or awkward seams! Thick custom cut glass enclosing the shower compliments the look and add shine to the space. 

Carrying the waterfall edge countertop to the tub gave the master bath a clean, pared down, elegant look and feel. The white quartz tub surround serves double duty as bench for the adjacent shower. The smart design detail helps make it flow together seamlessly. In addition, we picked up the walnut from the vanity and added it to the tub to further unify the space. Some people might be scared to do this but with a few coats of marine grade lacquer, small overhang, and a separate kids bath (with a tub), we managed to do the seemingly impossible!

By |June 1st, 2017|Accessories, Before & After, BHD Projects, Kitchen & Bath, Nashville|Comments Off on Stunning Master Bath Before & After|

Flower Power

Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that a yellow iris represents passion but a yellow hyacinth represents jealousy. 

In interior design, color is as integral as any element in the way it shapes the room atmosphere and creates a sense of space. While color theory in interior design is consistent between colors (yellow is yellow is yellow), there there is great variety in the way a pale sunlightended yellow and a bright lightning strike yellow feel. We often pick flowers for arrangements based on color and shape without regard to meaning. Uncovering the nuanced meaning of flowers adds another depth to design. A subtlety that might not be recognized by many but will be appreciated by some. 

Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a peek at some of our favorite blossoms and their meaning. 

LAVENDER

admiration | solitude | beauty

HYDRANGEA

heartfelt | gratitude

LILY

purity | refined beauty

STATICE

remembrance | sympathy | success

DAFFODIL

regard | chivalry | rebirth | eternal life

IRIS

eloquence | messenger | purifying 

PEONY

bashfulness | compassion | happy life | happy marriage | good health | prosperity

** Adopted from an article written for House & Home magazine. Please click here to see the complete article as it appeared.

By |May 15th, 2017|Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Flowers, Kate, Landscaping|Comments Off on Flower Power|

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

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Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

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Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

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Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

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Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
Sea Urchin Cactus

 

LIVING PATTERN

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Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!

By |April 18th, 2017|Art, Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Fabrics, Gifts, Inspiration, Kate, prints|Comments Off on Illustrators and Paper Artists|