Nursery Inspiration!

It is no secret I am 7 months pregnant and have all things baby on my mind. As an interior designer, I have spent almost every evening fantasizing about how I can create the perfect space for our baby boy.

baby room

Choosing the crib was daunting. I wanted one by Oeuf till I learned the price. This simple mod crib by Babyletto ended up being my best solution. The bright white feels right for the baby’s room and I am happy with the level of craftsmanship.

It wasn’t until I read a mountain of baby books that I realized I needed to invest in a rocker / glider nursing chair. A lot of reviews directed me towards gliders I would never in a million years invest money into but I finally found one from Gus Modern that feels like it is a worthy purchase because we might be able to use it in another room down the line.

As for the classic changing table verse dresser debate, I ended up choosing a dresser that was designed for a nursery. I like the idea of using a real dresser with a specially designed attachable changing pad because changing tables aren’t a permanent item in a kids room but a dresser certainly is. This dresser by Newport Cottages has great reviews and think it will last a very long time. I had a 6 drawer dresser growing up and loved it. As I got older I made it my vanity by hanging a mirror above it and loved all the surface space.

I am still ironing out what kind of rug I want to laydown over the carpet. Usually I am not a rug on rug type of person but I want to make the baby’s room as warm and soft as possible. This fantastic Moroccan rug I found online is out of my reach but I am using the image as placeholder till I find one with a friendlier price tag.

I have been having fun doing some DIY projects. I love these prints from illustrator Danielle Knoll and was inspired to make my own series. I ended up doing the cheetah, an elephant, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, and lion. I am very pleased with the way the series turned out. I think I will hang them above the dresser but I will wait till we move in to decide.


Another project I am looking forward to is making a pom pom mobile. There are a lot of beautiful ones online, like this one from artist Dana Haim, but  I am having fun coming up with my own design! I like the idea of making things for the nursery because it gives the space a very personal touch.


The last thing I know I won’t be able to live without is an assortment of oversize African baskets. I have a few at now but plan on adding a couple more to the collection. I know it won’t work for as a diaper pale (!) but I imagine they will be perfect for storing toys, blankets, dirty clothes, etc.

Woven African Laundry Clothes Hamper - Silver Herringbone - Large


As excited as I am to move into a new chapter, baby, house, NC, I will be sad to say goodbye to the wonderful world of Beth Haley Design. It has been my absolute pleasure working with everyone and being apart of the Nashville design community! Goodbye and best wishes everyone!

By |June 4th, 2015|Accessories, Art, Decorating, Inspiration, Kate, Kids, Nashville, Nurseries, Nursery|Comments Off on Nursery Inspiration!|

Jimmy Abegg, Artist

IN the early summer, I was scouting out artists for the BHD showroom. I was talking to a painter in the former hosiery mill on Chestnut Street; he said his neighbor a few studios down might fit the world of interior design. “Go check out Jimmy Abegg.” On meeting Jimmy,  I fell into a sort of vortex of excitement. A whole field of limitless thought opens when you enter into his studio, where a guardian spirit is saying “as long as this guy works, he's going to produce beauty for us.”
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He's a brilliant conversationalist with the self confidence and openness that makes an interlocutor at home. I have visited him five or six  times since June, and each time I walk out of his studio I know I saw only a small portion of his paintings and drawings.  And it bothers me.


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As long as he is working, he seems to be earning his keep on the planet. In return the planet has afforded Abegg with a beautiful marriage, wise and equally artistic daughters, a new granddaughter, a highly successful professional photo career, as well as success as a touring musician. He's been a merchandising and disc packaging guru for many a band on an international level; it is a portfolio of hundreds. And he's a painter. Oils mostly.

“Zipper” Oil on Canvas, 24″x36″. Available in BHD Showroom

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I never got the number of years he's been producing fine art. He has hand-bound books of photographs of past paintings that have been sold.  He did mention that when the economy plunged in 2008, it was painting that he fell back on to make a living.  “Can you imagine? Having fine art as your back-up plan?”

“No. You're self taught, too.”

“Yeah, self taught. If I had graduated from the Art Institute and had a degree or two, would I be doing this?”

We both stopped and looked at each other,  knowing the answer to the question before I said, “You'd be lucky if you were doing this and had an art degree.”

“Yes, I have a great life. I feel very lucky.”

Self-Portrait, Wood Cut.

Self-Portrait, Wood Cut.

On my first visit, he said, let me show you these.  They are called “Spirit Levels” and he paints them in series. They are approachable with a fine design sense and balance. Oils on prepared paper.

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“Spirit Level” Oil on Prepared Archival Paper, 18″x24″. Available through BHD Showroom

“Yellow Sprit Levels” Oil on Prepared Archival Paper, Mounted on Panel, 22″x30″. Available through BHD Showroom

“I work a piece until it is finished. Hours turn into days usually.”  Layers, solvent, layer, dry, layer, until it is done. What's the goal?  “It is done when it is done,” Jimmy said.


“Spirit Level”, Oil on Prepared Archival Paper, 18″x24″. Available through BHD Showroom.

“Spirit Level,” Oil on Prepared Archival Paper, 18″x24″. Available through BHD Showroom

He grew up in Nebraska. When he settled in Nashville and started working as a musician and artist, he was able to provide his mother with a photographic portrait of one of her favorites, Merle Haggard. He also furnished her with a print of John Cash, Johnny's son, and somewhere in the mind that is a Mother's Pride, she believed he played with Johnny, but no. For the record, Jimmy and Johnny never played together.  And I have no copies of those portraits here.  In fact, due to time limitations, I have laid a hand on maybe five photographs.  Again, it bothers me.  Thankfully, his website  has a nice sampling of photos. It is fair to say he is a master of photographic portraits.

He grew up with a rigid spiritual background and found his faith was greater than any closed form. His is more like flight, tumbling and rising frequencies, love and acceptance. His work is never far away from his faith,  nor is it ever far from the intuitive.

Photos of Oil of Canvas Paintings

Photos of Oil of Canvas Paintings

“Wren” Oil on Canvas, 54″x70″. Available through BHD Showroom

Unfinished,  Oil on Canvas

Unfinished, Oil on Canvas

“The Crow”, Oil on Canvas, 16″x32″. Available through BHD Showroom

Unfinished, Oil on Canvas

Unfinished, Oil on Canvas

Shoes & Chairs, Oil on Linen Mounted on Wood.  Available through BHD Showroom

Shoes & Chairs, Oil on Linen Mounted on Wood. Available through BHD Showroom

Jimmy Abegg will be featured at BHD through December.  We would love to introduce you.

Jimmy's Studio Door. 427 Chestnut Street, Nashville.

Jimmy's Studio Door. 427 Chestnut Street, Nashville.

Self Portrait, Woodcut

Self Portrait, Woodcut

By |October 14th, 2013|Amy, Art|Comments Off on Jimmy Abegg, Artist|

Holiday Party – Save the Date!!

We hope to see you November the 7th from 6pm -8pm for a Holiday Bazaar! Browse our showroom, meet and greet with local artisans, purchase gifts and enjoy some refreshments.  Hope to see you all there!Save the Date revised

By |October 3rd, 2013|Art, BHD Events, Gifts, Holidays|Comments Off on Holiday Party – Save the Date!!|