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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|

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Inspiration abounds, from the glossy pages of a magazine to art on the walls to colors in nature. Here at Beth Haley Design, we look to homeowners to discover where they find inspiration and creatively infuse inspiring elements into their homes. Whether you are partial to bright yellows, modern aesthetics, or colors and characteristics that celebrate your heritage, Beth Haley Design can create a space with small personal touches that reflect you. Each design starts with a spark of inspiration, and today, we explore three projects and their muse(s).

A Touch of Yellow

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Uncovered while flipping through (an old issue of) Dwell Magazine, these cheerful spaces became inspiration for the project we have dubbed: A Touch of Yellow. Drawn to the pops of yellow and strong architectural lines, Beth Haley mimicked aspects of the Dwell-featured designs to create a space that is at once contemporary and timeless and is, above all, a work of art.

A space inspired by rich color and cool architectural lines | Beth Haley Design
A space inspired by rich color and cool architectural lines | Beth Haley Design

Images by Nick McGinn

A Midcentury Moment

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

A design movement defined by functionality, sleek surfaces, and organic materials, midcentury modern décor welcomes function and form. Spaces that expertly showcase an application of midcentury style helped dictate the design of this kitchen, which focuses on clean lines, warm wood, and cool colors.

A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design
A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design
A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design

Images by Andrea Behrends

A Colorful Nod to Hispanic Heritage

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Drawing from homeowners Hispanic heritage, this client looked to architect Ricardo Legorreta for inspiration on this color-drenched design. Intriguing color pairings and interesting architectural elements playfully interact, yielding a design that is fresh and stimulating.

A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design

Images by Nick McGinn

The creative workings of Beth Haley Design bring together inspiration and preferences of the homeowner, resulting in spaces that are meaningful and livable. Find what inspires you, and apply it to the design of your home. Need guidance? We are always happy to help!

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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 |June 5th, 2019|Art, BHD Projects, Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends, Inspiration, Nashville, Tile|Comments Off on The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs|