February Newsletter – Things We Love

 

 

 

 

 

February is the month of love and we thought there was no better time to share some of things we love. It goes without saying we love design but we often are asked what we most love about being a designer.  We love that our work is our passion and it requires a creative eye and a vivid imagination. Inspiration is everywhere: the hallmark vacation of the year, last week’s blanket of snow, a good book, or a walk around the block. Life is colorful when you live like a bloodhound on a hunting spree; there is always something to search-out and fixate on.

Another thing we love about being a designer is working with clients. Not only do we get to work with great people but we also get to shape the way they live in their homes. Lastly, we love that being a designer means keeping your finger on the pulse of so many different creative fields, fashion, architecture, the arts, you name it. Design is often likened to being a renaissance career because of the sheer variety. We absolutely love being renaissance women! Happy Valentines Day and warm greetings to you all!


Featured BHD Space: Spaces we love

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and discuss what we love about some of the highlights from last year!

This amazing Werthan Lofts space was featured on StyleBlueprint but we can’t get enough of the gorgeous custom wood built-ins featured in the dining room. We love the way the textured inlays in the cozy coves make accessories pop. We simply adored working on this historical meets industrial meets city chic interior!

Love #2 is this stunning Scandinavian/Post Modern inspired kitchen remodel. We love so many things about this space that it is hard to narrow down just a few things to discuss! First, we love the color story and the way the beautiful wood grain looks paired with the earthy green, graphic glass backsplash, vibrant turquoise walls, and gleaming stainless steel. We love the open geometric, block shelving that makes serving meals within reach. The slim lines of the built-ins scream minimalist modern are just the right scale. 


We always love a good before & after and this example is great because it shows the sheer power of interior design. Nothing was changed except the furnishings and accessories but what a transformation! Light, bright, and colorful were the name of the game for this downtown highrise remodel!

Last but not least, we love this kitchen renovation that completely changed the look and feel of the home. The entire house was redone but like so many homes, the kitchen was the centerpiece. Here we love the whiteness of the kitchen balanced by the dark oversized center island with bar seating. We love the way two banks of window fill the space with light yet there is still plenty of upper cabinet storage. What a great kitchen remodel!



Featured Vendor: Robert Allen 

Robert Allen is one of our favorite go-to vendors for fabric. A few days ago we were lucky to have a sneak peak at some of the newest lines from their collection. We are obsessed with the new colors and patterns! Indigo, rhubarb, palm, and beet, to name a few! We also love the tactile feel of the fabrics; Durable yet soft, warm, and inviting. Can’t wait to bring these fabrics to our clients!


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

We mentioned this in the last month and we are excited the time has finally arrived! If you haven’t gotten your ticket to this lecture and others make special events at the Antique & Garden make sure to do so soon! Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams.

For more info click here.

For more info on the Antique & Garden show click here.


Hot Topic: Maison & Object
 

One of our favorite trade shows for interior design inspiration and products is Maison & Object. The show takes place several times a year in Paris, Singapore, and Miami and each show is highly anticipated. We love the international vendors and the exposure the show brings to smaller talent we might not see elsewhere. Here are a few of our current favorites: tables, chairs, lighting, and cactus vessels that remind us of our own resident artist Yuri Figueroa! Do yourself a favor and follow Maison & Object on Instagram and tag Beth Haley Design in posts you love! 


 

What it means to be a sustainable designer in 2016

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about sustainable design in 2016 is versatility. As a firm we specialize in sustainable design, yet our interiors aren’t stereotypically “green”. Our resource rooms are chocked full of locally sourced products, green textiles, recycled glass tiles, and reclaimed wood yet you would never know unless you read all the labels. Green manufactured products look just as good as traditionally manufactured products and often times, they outperform. We use green products in historic renovations as well as new construction because of the range of options  and their versatility to fit any design style, from eclectic to artisan to modern. We love the ability to create gorgeous spaces that also happen to be green!

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By designing for the widest range of people possible you eliminate the need for future renovations.  Here we have a bathroom with personality that is both ADA compliant and has a wood-look tile floor with 66% recycled content.

Being a sustainable designer means wearing many hats. You are a researcher, always seeking new products in a rapidly changing industry that give the right look yet are manufactured responsibly. You are an engineer, combining products to increase efficiency and create innovative solutions. You are an educator, taking your research and innovations to work collaboratively with contractors, and clients. Lastly, you are a psychologist, working within the built environment to create beautiful, healthy, positive spaces.

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This bamboo vanity with recycled content glass tile is both sustainable and gorgeous!

We see sustainable design as an evolving understanding of practices and techniques we can use to better serve our clients and the environment. To us, it is staggering that in 2015 the built environment continued to account for 30-40% of human impact on the planet.  While our work is specifically interior design, we see ourselves as part of the equation that can limit the effect our interiors have on the environment. We strongly support historic preservation and historic remodels and completely adore whole house renovations that push us to reconfigure the floor plan to work for today’s modern family, while working within the original footprint of the home. To us, preserving and enhancing what is already there makes sense.

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This gorgeous table and chairs are a great example of repurposing. Sometimes all it takes is a great vintage find, a professional painter and a good upholsterer. Repurposing is one of our favorite ways to work green design into our projects.

BHD’s mission is to help our client’s balance their homes overall environmental friendliness and efficiency with visually pleasing designs. Some might ask how will my project be influenced if I work with a sustainable design firm. Will it cost more? Will my project get LEED certification? Will it be 100% organic?  Will my project look “sustainable”?  All these questions get to the heart of what it means to be a sustainable designer and an experienced sustainable designer can help answer all these questions for you.

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This historic home remodel stayed within the original footprint and yet we were able to open up the space to create this generous kitchen.  The reclaimed floors blend seamlessly with the existing 100 year old flooring.

In 2016, sustainable design is no longer a small niche market. Every year we see more and more companies switch their manufacturing techniques from the traditional heat / burn / treat method to green chemistry. There is more transparency for how products are made, with some companies offering anything from full Life Cycle Analysis, Green Guard Certified. or percent recycled content. Designers, builders, contractors, and architects work in tandem to create integrated systems for the home that ensure the house is energy efficient and low-impact.

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Cork floors are great for aging in place as they are offer soft cushion for the body and they are an easily renewable, sustainable product. Cork is a really good product to use because it is easy to transition to existing flooring. We love that it is stylish too!

Interior design can have a substantial impact on the health of your home and the overall longevity of the planet. As designers we recognize the direct correlation between green house gases, the heat island effect, and climate change. We also know the importance of removing toxins from interior environments and the importance of restoring the connection between the natural world and interiors. We are proud of our commitment to bringing elements of sustainable design to all our clients. Call us when you are ready to get started on your own project!

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An integrated compost station in this kitchen counter made perfect sense for our client and helps promote a sustainable practice. Little details make the difference.

 

By |February 4th, 2016|Aging in Place, BHD Projects, Design Elements, Design Trends, Kate, Nashville, Sustainable Design|Comments Off on What it means to be a sustainable designer in 2016|

December Newsletter – Season of the Home Part Two

Last month we declared November and December season of the home. With November behind us, we think it is safe to say December is really the month that says home. To us, December is as much about decorating for the holidays as it is making yourself a cozy nest to ride out the winter months. We all want our homes to sparkle and shine but the foundation has to be peace, comfort, and joy. As we come to a close on 2015 we are very thankful for all the clients we have had the pleasure of working with this year and for all our vendors and community partners, new and old. Wishing you all wonderful holidays and happy New Year! We look forward to designing with you in 2016!


Featured BHD Space: Headboards Galore

Even in a busy month like December you still need to sleep! We thought it was the perfect time to reflect on some killer headboards we have worked on over the past year; beds worthy of dreaming about all year long and certain to be greatly appreciated in December!

This custom headboard has everything going for it. We wanted to create a focal point on the wall and chose to exaggerate the height of the headboard beyond what was needed for function. The scale commands attention while the expertly tufted velvet is so lush and tactile. The built-in sconces are a refreshing dose of minimalism and help streamline the overall look of the room, creating a larger sense of space.

This headboard is all about working with the space and not defining it. We played heavily with scale in this instance, opting for a massive floral wallpaper pattern and a small, dare we say cute, bedside table. The dark grey headboard anchors the space while the scale of piece balances the room. The nail trim adds a subtle but defining geometric layer and helps the headboard standup to the strong wallpaper print.

Many times, you wouldn’t want to place a bed in front of any window, not to mention a floor to ceiling window. However, we wanted to create a great flow in this master bedroom and to do so, we needed to place the bed on the window wall. Selecting the right headboard was imperative to make this room work. We were thrilled to find this luxurious tufted headboard that scoops to serve as a cocoon. Even the small recessed back with side panels give this bed a very cozy, private, safe feel. Design well done.



Featured Vendor: BHD Showroom

It is not often we share the treasures of our showroom but we thought December was a great month to do so. Last minute gifts available locally! Here is a round-up of some of our newest accessories. Call for availability and pricing!


Featured Event: Lockeland Springs Home Tour

Don’t miss the 37th annual Lockeland Springs Home Tour happening this weekend! The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association always puts together a fantastic tour, highlighting the best of the best in the eclectic, vibrant East Nashville neighborhood. Hope to see you all out and about!

Details: December 5th, 5-9pm & December 6th, 1-5pm. For more info visit: http://lockelandsprings.org/2015-holiday-home-tour-map/


Featured Event: Porter Flea Holiday Market

Porter Flea Holiday Market is a great place for holiday shopping. We never miss it! “Featuring modern handmade goods from the area’s most talented designers, Porter Flea is Nashville’s definitive pop-up event for independent artists, designers, and artisans.”

Details: December 4th Preview Party, 6-9pm & December 5th, 10am-5pm. For more info visit: http://porterflea.com/

URGENT UPDATE
LOCATION WAS CHANGED
OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville TN 37209



Hot Topic: Color(s) of the Year!

Every year, major design companies declare a “Color of the Year” and the industry takes note. Yesterday, Pantone announced TWO colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. And to think we thought white was an unconventional choice, but more on that in a moment. Pantone said in their press statement the color of the year is really the marriage between the two colors. The decision to name two colors was also in part a statement of current times, a symbolic representation of the fluidity we see in society in terms of gender equality; nothing is black and white anymore. The colors alone, pastel pink and baby blue, scream nursery colors with clear gender undertones. Maybe this is the point Pantone was trying to make in this duplicitous selection, to move beyond gender stereotypes and to see colors for what they purely are. We can’t wait to see how the colors of the year influence fashion, design and architecture this year. Stay tuned!

White might not have been the most obvious choice for Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams to name “color” of the year but it was a very sophisticated choice none the less. When the colors were announced, a lot of people thought of white walls as a default, or not designed. To designers, however, everything we do is intentional and if we choose white, it is for a reason. White is the ultimate backdrop and the most basic building block in a room that lets individual elements shine. If you’ve ever visited our office, you know our color library contains at least 500 different shades of white. Each offers a subtle nuance of undertones, whether it be warm or cool, muted or electric. Trust us, the perfect white for your project isn’t as simple as ordering a bucket of ‘white’ paint!


 

By |December 8th, 2015|Accessories, Beds, BHD Projects, Color, Community Events, Custom Furniture, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Fabrics, Holidays, Inspiration, Kate, Nashville, Newsletter, prints|Comments Off on December Newsletter – Season of the Home Part Two|