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February Newsletter – Love It Or List It

What a pleasure this year’s Nashville Antique & Garden Show show was! The flowers! The art! The antiques! Every year, we feel such pride to call Nashville home as we see the Antique & Garden Show bless our little city with magic. The show always captures our imagination and gives us a big healthy dose of inspiration. This year, it was all about the quality of antiques on display. The variety was incredible and we really fell in love with the contemporary vintage. No shocker there.

All the vintage got us thinking though…Why does some vintage feel so good yet other vintage feel so…wrong? What makes a piece intriguing and another piece stale? We find ourselves asking the questions, “How do you know what to keep or what to look for?” and “How do you know when it’s time to let something go?” 

Keep reading for answers to your questions! 


Featured Topic: Love it or List It?

Clients ask us this question all the time: “Can I keep this piece from my parents? Will it go in the new house?” Let’s dive into the archives and try to pinpoint why we sometimes can love it but sometimes have 

A contemporary living room that is architecturally interesting. The fireplace is chic and the decor is on point. The vintage sideboard feels at home with the modern decor and adds a layer of curiosity to the space.

Vintage doesn’t just apply to furniture. Display what you have and display what you love. The bright antique bowl is perfectly at home with a nice little vanity vignette. It’s sure to intrigue guests.

Talk about a perfect pairing! The secret to this inspiring space is the contrasts. Contemporary architecture paired with heirloom antiques. Often clients worry their collection won’t match the space and in some cases, it’s true. But in this case the unusual mix works because the space is grand enough to hold the furniture and give it space to breathe. The composition feels like it’s a curated corner of a museum, displaying fine works of art and fine examples of period antiques.

Another fine example of unusual pairings – A modern kitchen mixed with what could be called a “decor console” and it WORKS! The ingenious pairing feels fresh, unexpected, and the juxtaposition makes both the kitchen and the vintage piece that much more interesting.


Featured Event: Exciting show at the Frist

Have an afternoon to spare? Indulge in a world class show downtown and enjoy time with some of the best French painters of all time. Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art runs now through May 5 but we have a hunch you might just want to go back for seconds!

When: February 2 – May 5
Where: Frist Art Museum
Hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m. (Café opens at noon on Sunday) 

For more info click here

Hot Topic: Netflix & Chill

After you watch all the episodes of Tidying Up With Marie Kondoand feel a void fill it up with the delightful Netflix design show Stay Here. Follow along as a talented designer and real estate guru transform lackluster properties into hot Airbnb rentals. Each episode takes place in a new city and tackles a new design challenge. What’s more, each episode is packed with  insightful design & business tips. Marie Kondo inspired us to Tidy up but Stay Here is inspiring us to rent it out!

We’ve watched the first and second episode (Seattle houseboat and Malibu beach house) and we are already hooked! Nothing like an awesome design show to watch during one of the coldest months of the year!

Click here for more info


By |February 1st, 2019|BHD Projects, Color, Community Events, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Nashville, Newsletter|Comments Off on February Newsletter – Love It Or List It|

Beyond Trends

In design, trend lists pop up all the time. The start of the new year, after High Point Market, every change of season, etc. But trends are a funny thing; who are they for? Are there such thing as universal trends or does the design community need to become more specific in designating who the trends are for? Trends for millennials, trends for 30-somethings, trends for 40-somethings?

Color, color, color. We know this bright interior we did for a client will speak to some yet alienate others. This might be on trend but ask yourself, is it right for you?

We ask ourselves this question as the latest batch of trend forecasting dominated January design editorials. We saw calls for extreme bright, bold, graphic and we found ourselves asking, but would we want to live there? 

Perhaps ane elegant, streamlined bath with soaking tub is more up your alley?

Beth hit the nail on the head when she said she said the pendulum swings and what you want at one point in your life isn’t what you want later on. For her, she’s looking for peace and stillness at home, which is quite contrary to current high-energy trends. Yet nobody would dare say Beth is ever off-trend. 

Or perhaps an experly composed color palette of rich violets, greens, creams, and greys speaks to you?

Designers often design rooms imaging how they will look but not necessarily how they will feel. Sometimes, what we see in magazines is designed as an editorial but simply wouldn’t function in real life. Yes it is cool, yes it is fun, but who really wants a room where the eye has nowhere to rest, let alone the body? 

Do you like the bold print and color or does it make your head spin? Be honest!

With all this in mind, we suggest taking trend reports with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, media is normally geared towards upwardly mobile 20-30 somethings.  Keep in mind interior design is about creating a space that speaks to you and finding that connection is so much more important than following what’s current or prescribing to a set of rules. 

Is this your perfect dose of red?

Though we’ve created a few trend forecasts ourselves this past year at BHD, our newest, most updated trend report is be yourself, find yourself, and cultivate a home that is yours and yours alone. Happy nesting everyone!

 

 

By |February 22nd, 2018|Design Musings, Design Trends|Comments Off on Beyond Trends|

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

instagram | website

Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

instagram | website

Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

instagram | website

Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

instagram | website

Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
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LIVING PATTERN

instagram | website

Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!

By |April 18th, 2017|Art, Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Fabrics, Gifts, Inspiration, Kate, prints|Comments Off on Illustrators and Paper Artists|