January whizzed by and February smacked us in the face. The month was spent organizing, rolling with unexpected weather and preparing for the new year that lies ahead. We are entering said new year by opening the (figurative) door to Beth Haley Design to learn what is inspiring Beth Haley, the brains behind crafting a stylish home. She indulged us by answering a few questions and inspiring us to have our best year yet.

While Beth Haley Design reaches far beyond Beth Haley herself, it is Beth Haley’s ethos and dedication to design that act as the cornerstone for our boutique interior design firm.

Those who have spotted a space designed by Beth Haley Design understand the coolness that can come with color and the necessity of functional design. The award-winning spaces showcase Beth’s ability to use vibrant hues in a way that is at once inspiring and approachable. Unique color combinations excite Beth and reflect the energy of her clients. But color is only one piece of the puzzle. Beth Haley Design is founded on the importance of people, community and creativity.

As a client of Beth Haley Design, Beth wants to get to know you so that she can articulate your personality and preferences into the design.

Today, we turn the tables to get to know Beth a bit more.

INSPIRING SPACES + PLACES + PEOPLE

Industry idols: Kelly Wearstler

Beth gravitates towards Kelly Wearstler due to her captivating point of view. “She has created a look all her own — it is unexpected, colorful, artistic and sculptural,” Beth explains. Kelly’s Los Angeles-based interior design studio has evolved in an inspiring manner and Beth, and other lovers of design, look to her work with respect for her ingenuity and her transformative approach to design.

Inspiring Nashville spaces: Our city is bursting with inspiration and when Beth needs to think creatively she often turns to one of these go-to favorites.  Cheekwood, for it’s revolving outdoor art that brings respected arts to Nashville and encourages involvement from the community, Frist Art Museum for it’s historical, yet modern and fresh, architecture, and lastly, all the new fresh and innovative hotels and restaurants in Nashville.

“I love the emphasis hotels and restaurants are putting on design, exposing Nashville to more creative spaces,” Beth explains. “Not only are they paying attention to design, but they are influencing design.”

Winter wanderlust: Beth is not much for cold weather, so on cold, grey, winter days, her mind often goes to places like Palm Springs or Miami where color and design expression often abound.

BACK TO HER ROOTS

Beth spent her early days in Selma, Alabama, which fostered her love and appreciation of historic architecture. “I have always sought to blend this reverence for history with the livability demanded by today’s busy lifestyle. Honoring time-worn spaces while adding function and creating a nurturing, contemporary space in a sustainable manner remains the hallmark of my aesthetic to this day,” Beth said in an interview.

Beth is revisiting Charlie Lucas’ Tin Man. The book found its back way onto Beth’s bedside table thanks to the incredible stories that accompany Lucas’ journey with American folk art — and their shared Alabama roots.

LOCAL LOVE

Preferred caffeine joint: Just Love Coffee, whose local restaurants are owned by personal friends of Beth’s. She describes it as a coffee shop based on love of people, love of coffee and love of community — three things Beth happens to love, too.

Go-to art galleries: Zeitgeist, The Arts Company and David Lusk Gallery   

“I know I can go to these galleries and be encouraged to think differently and see life in new ways. I’m captivated by the artist’s insight and views on the world,” Beth shares.

Lunching: When Beth slows down to enjoy a lunch hour, she likes Frothy Monkey for their fresh, artistic dishes and The Picnic Cafe, which reminds her of her grandmother and her hometown of Selma, Alabama.

Neighborhood joints: Beth Haley Design is lucky enough to be housed in 12 South, a very walkable community with an ever-evolving choice of restaurants.  Sunny days call for lunch at neighborhood restaurants and visits to local stores to do a little shopping on the way back to the office.  A couple of Beth’s favorite stops are Serendipity and Savant Vintage, both known for their distinctive and quirky style.  

Frothy Money, Nations | Photo: Frothy Monkey

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

“To remain calm, even though my natural state is to ramp up with excitable energy.”

Beth Haley Design is about people, community and creativity. As we embark on a new year, we are reminded of our central focus: helping our clients find a personal connection within their space.

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