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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


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January Newsletter- Marie Kondo Style

New Year, new you?

We love the energy and excitement of a new year. To-do lists are sharpened, resolutions are in full force, everyone is trying to do their best. This year, we’ve noticed an increase is type of atmosphere thanks to the wonderful Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, based on the widely popular book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. In the series, viewers get to follow along as homes (and families) are restored and transformed to happy, organized chaos. Each episode is the perfect mix of practical tidying tips and feel good drama.

With the spirit of Marie Kondo, lets visit some homes we have worked our magic on!


Featured Topic: Lovely Living Rooms, Marie Kondo Style

Let’s look at a sweet collection of livings rooms. Each space we design is centered around the idea of creating a gathering spot and casual encounters where family and friends can come together and enjoy one each others company. The idea that if you build it, they will come, is very Marie Kondo as she believes every object should spark joy, we believe every room should spark joy!

This living room is the perfect mix of pattern, color and layered visual interest. The wall of built-ins helps center the space and gives a really nice backdrop for the entire space. We love how the different textures – shiplap, cabinet doors, and mantle – are subtle yet detailed. 

This tidy corner is the perfect balance of color, scale, and visual interest. The organic textures from the ceramic pot to the rattan blinds provides an earthy, grounded atmosphere that gives the space its serene feel. Doesn’t hurt the art is spectacular too! 

We love the lines of this sectional sofa. It is elegant and refined yet adds so much functional seating to the space. The round coffee table is the perfect accent piece and practically beckons people to come sit and gather around. Coffee tables are the perfect place to highlight objects that give you joy. By placing them front and center, and within arms reach, you invite the objects to be part of your everyday life. 

Serving as the second seating area in the same living room as the sectional photo we just saw, this balanced, well composed arrangement seems like the perfect spot to gather and enjoy. Symmetry is an easy design tool that creates a sense of comfort and serenity because it is easy for our brains to understand.


Featured Event: Antique & Garden Show

It is almost time for one of the best events of the year! The Antique & Garden show is full of inspired displays, great vendors, and is always a pleasure to attend. This year, the focus of the show is A Passion for Home, and couldn’t be more fitting!

When: February 1-3, 2019
Time: Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
General Admission Tickets:
$20 before midnight Jan. 27, 2019 (CST)
$25 beginning Jan. 28, 2019
Seniors (65 or older), Active Military & Students:
$15 at the door or in advance.
Children 12 and under are free.

For more info click here!  https://antiquesandgardenshow.com/schedule/


Taking Marie Kondo a step further (and darker) is another tidying trend of the moment “dostadning” . Translated from Swedish, it roughly means death cleaning. The idea is that people can live simpler, cleaner, less messy lives in the present if they imagine what would happen when they die and who would take care of cleaning up after their messy, unorganized life. The idea is dark but unlike Marie Kondo, is a bit more concrete. If you can’t feel joy from objects, can you imagine your loved ones sorting through your mixed-matched sock collection in 30, 40, 50 years or whenever you pass, and thinking you were a hoarder. One tip if dostadning is too dark for you – imagine death in a less literal sense. Replace the word death with moving (Swedish moving cleaning) or In- Law (Swedish In-Law cleaning.)

Still not convinced? Checkout Margareta Magnusson’s “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Make Your Loved Ones’ Lives Easier and Your On Life More Pleasant


November Newsletter- Spirit

November Newsletter – Spirit

Enthusiasm is contagious and we find ourselves inspired more than ever by the spirit of the holidays. Perhaps it was the rapid change of seasons we experienced this year, or maybe it was setting the clocks back a few weeks ago, but whatever the case, we’ve caught a serious spirit bug. Join us this month as we highlight styling tips to help create a festive, holiday home for you and yours. From all of us at Beth Haley Design, Happy Thanksgiving!


Featured Topic: Styling 101

Styling a showroom isn’t as easy as one might think. Neither is preparing for company. So how do we do it? Sure, we have a ton of options to
choose from and yes, we are always getting new things in, but the piece
of the puzzle nobody accounts for is how little planning you can really do in terms of when something will sell. Interior design, as many of you
know, takes planning. Careful planning. We labor over decisions for our
clients day in and day out creating contingency plans to the highest level of detail. If this drapery fabric and this sofa fabric, then this, this, and
this will work for pillow fabrics. It goes on and on. 

The showroom is more of a grab bag scenario. This chair, that end table, and this, this, and this pillow. When it comes down to it, having a showroom is a really big design challenge; how to make mix-matched pieces come alive. In the photo above you see many unique design pieces that could easily stand on their own come together and sing

One of the biggest secrets to creating an interesting composition is to find the right balance between shapes / masses (this is design speak for balancing furniture pieces). In the image above, we actually used a very traditional layout (sofa flanked by end tables paired with a mirrored set of chairs) but the result is a anything but ordinary. Look, an orange wall, not one but two abstract pieces of art, leather, velvet, silk, oh my! Yet, even with all the elements, the space feels grounded. Secure. The key is balancing the biggest pieces and creating unique, memorable moments with the accessories. 

Another secret is color coordination. Find a good color and stick to it! Here, we see perennial favorite BHD green come alive yet none of these pieces were purchased with the intent of creating this little vignette. We simply collect what we love, use what we have, and style, style, style. 

In this zoomed in image, we see the eclectic mix makes for an interesting arrangement but the color story ties the whole look together. 

Another unique aspect of having a showroom is the sheer abundance of stuff you have on hand that needs to be displayed. Here, we are basically running an operation that is the exact opposite of minimalism modern (even if that look is one of our jams). Beyond using design techniques like creating balance and telling color stories, we often find ourselves thinking in terms of texture, tone, and materials. What works together? What haven’t we seen before? What pairings surprisingly work together? Often, we get an idea in the showroom and use it as a spring board for design ideas down the road. 

Here, we highlight the purple in the painting in the choice of purple flowers. Design accident I think not! A sure fire way to create a nice, coordinated display is add fresh flowers in a color taken from the surrounding of your home. This means shopping intentionally for flowers and sometimes choosing the less obvious. 

The last piece of styling advice we want to parlay from our experience with the showroom is to not be afraid of color. Sometimes what you would never think would work on paper goes together in a flash. You might just create design magic with items you already had in your home. 

But as always, if you find yourself missing a few pieces or want to freshen things up with something new, you know where to find us! 


Featured Vendors: Artesia

We always leave High Point Market with a wish list longer than Santa’s but this past market, we really wanted to bundle everything from Artesia and take it back with us. They really captured a trend of now- lux raw materials- and gave it new life. Their displays were amazing and each element sung. 

Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page for a cool 360 degree view of their showroom. It looks like the one from Spring 2018 not Fall 2018 but will still give you a good idea of the collection and the vibe they are trying to create though their brand. 


Featured Event: Antique picking party at GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too

Though GasLamp is always high on our list come holiday season for a one stop shop for finding thoughtful, unique gifts for everyone on our list, this year they are having a holiday shopping event we don’t want to miss! Shop both locations for special deals, holiday treats, and giveaway prizes. Honestly, don’t miss this easy-breezy chance to pickup lots of one of a kind objects from curated collections of the areas top dealers!

When: November 17
Time:10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Location: Both locations! GasLamp Antiques & GasLamp Too/100 and 128 Powell Pl

For more info click here! gaslampantiques.com/