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Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design

At Beth Haley Design, we fancy ourselves problem solvers. Beth, herself, is a master at searching for solutions. Whether it be devising a design suited for a large family or making the most of a small space, her ability to prioritize function without sacrificing style is something truly magical.

Beth’s commitment to flow and functionality is a result of her time spent getting a degree in interior design at Watkins College of Art and Design. “I always gravitated towards the nuts and bolts of creating a space,” Beth shares. “Interior design goes beyond decorating and I always start a project by asking the client how they use the space.”

Let’s look back on a handful of projects that showcase BHD’s commitment to functionality and creating livable spaces.

Mudrooms, Pantries, Laundry Rooms + More

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Nick McGinn

Mudrooms and entryways quickly become dumping grounds for bags, jackets and boots. Shelves, racks, cabinets and hooks can keep things looking clean and decluttered. This entryway has a place for everything — even the family pup.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Nick McGinn

Lately, there has been a reemergence of butler’s pantries, designed to offer additional storage and counter space for entertaining. A bar sink, wine fridge and dishwasher make entertaining easy, and the extra cabinets offer the perfect hiding place for extra glasses and serving platters.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Nick McGinn

Laundry is no longer a dreaded chore when you can do it in a bright, cheerful locale. In this laundry room, Beth showcases the ability to use color to show personality and well-considered design for a more functional space.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Nick McGinn

Don’t let a small kitchen leave you starved for storage. A thoughtfully designed kitchen makes the most of the space it has and offers ample room for storage and food prep. Small but mighty, this kitchen is brimming with good design and drawers for days.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Andrea Behrends

Stylish storage is on full display in this pantry that doubles as a drop zone for the kiddo’s bags and shoes. Although the pantry is typically tucked away and out of sight of guests, it deserves to look as stylish as the rest of your home.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Andrea Behrends

Custom closets make getting dressed a breeze. The custom built-in storage in this master bedroom provides room for his-and-her belongings and the ability to hide it all away by simpling closing the doors.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Andrea Behrends

This hallway serves as a transitional entryway and catchall storage space. Our favorite features are the farmhouse-style sink and sliding wooden door that leads to the washroom.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Jerry Atnip

Bid small vanities goodbye. We are in full support of a practical place to store your soap, shampoo and everything else you might need in the mornings. The dual vanity is framed by sophisticated storage to create a look that is both elegant and functional.

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Reid Rolls

Start your day on the right foot with a stylish coffee bar. Playful and practical, this coffee bar is regularly used and admired — and we can see why!

Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design
Image: Reid Rolls

Make the most of your home office to enhance productivity. Clutter is the enemy of creativity. Avoid the distraction of papers by filing them away. In this space, storage and décor go hand-in-hand.

Beth Haley Design is about people, community and creativity.

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By |March 1st, 2019|BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, Organization, Storage, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ditch the Clutter: Functional Spaces + Practical Design|

Faux Sho-House: Laundry Room Edition!

Too often a great laundry room is overlooked in a home. I was excited to get to design this space for our Faux Sho-House! Having 2 kids, 1 dog, 2 cats, and a husband, laundry is a never ending battle. For our family, the ideal laundry room would have plenty of storage, a work space, and would be multi-functional. I would love a space that not only served the purpose of washing and folding clothes, but hanging them up as well. This could be to dry or a place to put the hangers and dry- clothes on hangers until they go to their respective rooms. I would also love to use this space to  wrap and store wrapping supplies, store swimming gear and toys (we do not have a garage…in typical Nashville style our garage is a recording studio) and store other household goods that don’t always have a home!

I wanted this space to be easily cleaned with a fresh, modern feel. In each of the tall built-in cabinets there is a pull-out hamper for each member of my family. There are multiple pull-out drawers, plenty of shelving and hanging rods.

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The ease of these Forest chairs and Onda table makes me happy. They are light weight, easy to clean, and portable.

This simple chandelier adds just the right pop of color to brighten your day and is available through BHD.

Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier

Lolita Powder Coated Chandelier

Again, I have selected easily cleaned finishes that require little to no fuss!

From left to right:

Floor tile: Oyster Strands available through BHD

Countertop: Snow White EcoTop Surface

Cabinet finish: Custom Poggen Pohl Cabinets

Backsplash:  Ann Sacks Blossom Tile

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With so much laundry to do I needed something that works fast to fit into our busy schedules. This washer and dryer from Electrolux seemed to be the perfect fit!

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My whole family can go on and get dirty with this set up, grass stains, wine stains, and all.  A Laundry Room as an (almost) meditative space.  Hope to see you in the next room of our Faux- Sho House!

By |August 20th, 2013|Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Faux-Sho House, Hannah, Inspiration, Laundry Rooms|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Laundry Room Edition!|

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