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Downtown: Beth Haley’s Neighborhood Guide

Music and history intermingle as locals and visitors discover the diverse selection of arts and culture Nashville’s downtown neighborhood holds. With arresting architecture, inspiring art, and delicious eats, what more could you want? Beth embraces the energetic pace of downtown but welcomes a reprieve from the crowds provided by the downtown honky tonks. Continue below to see her top picks for places to visit on a trip to the city’s core.

21C Museum Hotel

Downtown: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Doubling as a contemporary art museum and boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel falls at the top of Beth’s list of favorites in Nashville. “Downtown introduces a unique perspective on hotels and the 21c personifies that with its treatment of the hotel’s common space. Adding contemporary art to a hotel is an interesting and unexpected way to bring people into the hotel and gives the hotel guest an easy way to see creative art,” Beth says. Stroll through the galleries to see the rotating exhibits, dine at the hotel’s Gray & Dudley restaurant, or book a night in one of the stylish rooms.

Noelle, Nashville, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Visit this stylish spot in the heart of Nashville.
Image: Noelle

The Noelle, thanks to a handful of Nashville’s top creative minds who brought new life into the historic building, has received recognition for its well-designed spaces and cool atmosphere. Three bars (one on the rooftop), a coffee shop, and an all-day restaurant, as well as Keep Shop, a store curated by Nashville’s Libby Callaway, are reasons to visit. While you are there, admire the original art deco design, which was thoughtfully preserved.

Bobby Hotel

Downtown: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: Bobby Hotel

Another boutique hotel with stylish interiors, Bobby Hotel, boasts an edgy-yet-refined design style consisting of an European cafe, a glamorous lobby and a gritty garage bar. One of the more interesting design elements sits atop the roof: a repurposed 1956 Scenicruiser bus. The bus is part of the lively outdoor venue that draws crowds each night of the week.

Dream Nashville Hotel

Good design and great sushi make this a go-to.
Image: Dream Nashville Hotel

Arguably the trendiest of Downtown’s new hotels, Dream Nashville opened earlier this year with six food and beverage concepts, as well as 168 rooms. Each dining and drinking destination within the hotel has something special to offer, but we are partial to sushi under the skylight at Stateside Kitchen (pictured above). See you there?

The Hermitage Hotel

Downtown: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: The Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel, which opened in 1910 with its notable Italian Renaissance and beaux-arts design, continues to reign supreme as a go-to hotel in Downtown. After admiring the grand lobby, head to the men’s restroom to see the famed art-deco design, the much-talked-about color scheme of lime green and black, terrazzo flooring, and shoeshine station. Snap a photo while you are there.

Downtown Presbyterian Church

Stunning architecture and design leave us mesmerized
Image: Steven Hyatt via Downtown Presbyterian Church

An often-overlooked architectural beauty in Downtown, the Presbyterian Church is one of Beth’s most-loved sights in the city. Egyptian Revival architecture defines the structure, which was built rebuilt twice following two separate fires (the last in 1848). The interior is just as striking with wooden pews, a spectacular pipe organ, trey ceilings, and painted columns. The church is also supportive of local contemporary art, giving artists a place to create and displaying their art throughout the historic building.

Fifth Avenue of the Arts

Downtown: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: The Arts Company

Celebrated for introducing local and world-renowned artists and artwork to Nashville, the galleries that make up 5th Avenue of the Arts attracts art lovers each month during the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly event offers the opportunity to see the city’s dedication to art. Rymer Gallery, The Arts Company and Tinney Contemporary are three of the city’s biggest champions of contemporary art. Mark your calendar for next month.


Explore these stops in the heart of the city, and let us know any Downtown spots that inspire you!

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By |August 8th, 2019|Art, Community Events, Inspiration, Nashville, Neighborhood Guide, New Destinations, Traveling|Comments Off on Downtown: Beth Haley’s Neighborhood Guide|

Make a Statement with a Stylish Bookcase

Curating a stylish bookcase can come with questions. How do you achieve a well-balanced look? Should you coordinate colors? What should be on display? Beth’s first piece of advice: “don’t put out anything you don’t absolutely love.” Then, have fun.

Let’s take a look at some of Beth’s favorite bookcase projects and better understand the foundations of a well-styled bookcase. As you scroll, keep these things in mind: you always need more books than you think you do, combine items of different sizes, coordinate books based on colors, and arrange in odd numbers.

Make a Statement with a Stylish Bookcase
Image: Andrea Behrends

In these built-ins, art in different shapes and heights are paired together and displayed in a thoughtful way. Just because it is a bookcase, doesn’t mean you must display books.

Make a Statement with a Stylish Bookcase

A bright green background brings attention to the well-styled shelves, which hold everything from books to pottery. Paying close attention to proportion and scale, Beth artfully arranged items of all varieties.

Built-in shelving is a common element in traditional design.
Image: Nick McGinn

Built-in shelving is a common element in traditional design. Here, fresh design elements introduce a contemporary touch, and a loose layout on the shelves works in contrast to the formality of the space. But don’t be fooled, each item was intentionally placed.

Make a Statement with a Stylish Bookcase
Image: Nick McGinn

The homeowner’s treasured collection of figurines shares the shelves with family photos and books. Books are stacked horizontally and vertically on the bookcase, so the look isn’t too polished.

A dreamy workspace
Image: Reid Rolls

Productivity is the result of a clutter-free workspace. In this office, the shelves hold elements of art that bring a welcomed level of sophistication into the design.

Even the bathroom deserves art
Image: Nick McGinn

Built-ins belong everywhere — even in bathrooms, and Beth often incorporates art and accessories into bathrooms for an unexpected surprise. Adding gold and white accessories in this bathroom bring style into a room designed for practicality. Beauty and function? Yes, you can have both!

The styled shelves, filled with books and art, help break up the all-white wall.
Image: Nick McGinn

This traditional living room features built-in bookcases that frame the fireplace. The styled shelves, filled with books and art, help break up the all-white wall and add interest, depth and personality into the room.


Go forth and display meaningful items in visually compelling vignettes to enhance the design of your bookcase! Let us know how it goes.

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Discover more of our blog posts here. We cover everything from color to coffee table books to functional design, and we can even help you discover your design style.

By |July 25th, 2019|Accessories, Art, BHD Projects, Bookcases, Decorating, Design Elements|Comments Off on Make a Statement with a Stylish Bookcase|

Problem Solving: How to Make a Room Look Complete

When entering a meticulously designed space, you’ll notice the details that draw a room together. Perfect proportions, well-appointed furnishings, and a functional layout play together to create a cohesive look that is seemingly impossible to achieve. But, these magazine-worthy rooms are achievable.

Beth Haley credits the finishing touches — art, accessories, rugs and window treatments — in completing a room. Layering elements, in a thoughtful way, will give your space that impressive design you’ve been coveting. The littlest details can make the biggest impact.

Gain inspiration from five of Beth’s designs and the space of your dreams won’t seem too far out of reach.

Problem Solving: How to Make a Room Look Complete
Image: Andrea Behrends

Layers of texture, pattern, shapes and color set the foundation for this space, which is elevated with the many well-placed elements.

Problem Solving: How to Make a Room Look Complete
Image: Andrea Behrends

Throw pillows can make a world of difference in decorating a space. Here, they invite a pop of orange in an otherwise neutral room. The window treatment add another pattern yet repeat the pillow color and the art adds strong elements with thoughtful regards to scale, proportion and balance. The side table, accessories and lamp bring add sparkle to the space and the rug grounds the room and provides a sense of coziness. The result is a symphony of texture, pattern and color that beckons you in.

Art, accessories, rugs, and window treatments are all you need to create a complete layered design.
Image: Andrea Behrends

In putting together vignettes, follow the rule of three (or five). An odd number of accessories helps create a balanced and proportional and layered design.

Problem Solving: How to Make a Room Look Complete

Window treatments give a certain refinement required in a well-designed space. Warm earth tones and natural textured wall covering come together to create a cohesive design.

Art, accessories, rugs, and window treatments are all you need to create a complete layered design.

Eye-level lamps, window treatments, and art are all the elements needed for a design that looks thoughtful and complete. Here, Beth mastered the look by layering drapes over natural woven shades and adding a bold console table with large scale hardware.


Beth Haley is teeming with tips on how to make a room look complete. Start by layering different textures and colors in a space, and thoughtfully arrange art and elements you love. Take notes on the spaces shown above, then tackle rooms in your home. Let us know how it goes!

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Discover more of our blog posts here. We cover everything from color to coffee table books to functional design, and we can even help you discover your design style.

By |July 17th, 2019|Accessories, Art, BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Nashville, Window Treatments|Comments Off on Problem Solving: How to Make a Room Look Complete|