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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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|

Everything Has a Place

Not to belabor a point, BUT… I adore kitchens. They truly are the heart of the home and considering all of the activity whirling about, they beg for organization. Dishes, cookbooks, coffee makers, mail, and backpacks… This list could go on!  In an effort to keep everything from being strewn about, kitchens call for a place for everything!

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Just below, I love the open shelving under this kitchen’s island. Here we have a “tucked away” spot for cookbooks. These could also be displayed by grouping the books by color – Sorting the whites, yellows/oranges, blues, darker colors, etc… A collection of canisters would also be beautiful.

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– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

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Open shelving for cookbooks above the cabinets provide great functionality. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

Here, the corbels supporting the wall-mounted shelves and island counter top provide a nice decorative element and dimension to the space.

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– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

These stained-wood shelves provide a warm contrast to the otherwise very white & neutral space. They provide an out of the way space for decorative objects, are a discrete location for the music source, and stow away the cups & saucers.

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The linear and minimalist design frame out the space which is set apart for the espresso machine and beautifully compliment the herringbone tile detail on the wall! – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

Aren’t the glass doors on this cabinetry fabulous? Another beautiful way to accomplish attractive and useful storage in the kitchen. More to come!

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– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

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By |August 10th, 2015|Design Elements, Kitchens, Organization, Storage|Comments Off on Everything Has a Place|

In Living Color

Oftentimes, in our first conversations with homeowners, there is a request for livability and a home with stylish design. They want it to reflect their personality and unique characteristics without losing its functionality. One way we meet this need in interior design is through the application of color. While many individuals seek a serene muted and monochromatic space, that is not what I am referring to here…today I am speaking to the design preferences of those who seek to be In Living Color. 

Here color is enjoyed on a daily basis as seen in this kitchen and breakfast area…

Family dining... Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table.

Family dining… Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Resting in the guest bedroom,

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The gentle pink above has added interest found in the floral patterned wallpaper. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

These clients seek fun, yet livable, color. The two color palettes above utilize dominant colors partnered with white. White, as it is composed of all colors in the spectrum of light, will always compliment the already present hues.

I do love the simplicity of the yellow pedestal as it accompanies this multi-color, floral chair.

I also LOVE the sweet  golden in this photo! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette! - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

How ’bout the sweet golden in this photo?! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette… – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Beth Haley Design’s master bedroom below is made a bit more restful as it has a more muted hue.

A restful master with mossy green complimented with a nice rusty red. - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

A restful master – Here mossy green is complimented with a nice rusty red. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Check out this autumn, mum-gold in this bold and colorful wall-paper… You know that folks must be having a good time in this living room!

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What are some of your favorite bold colors for a space? Do you like to make a colorful statement in your kitchen, living room, or other spaces in your home? If so, we would love to hear from you!

By |July 27th, 2015|BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Organization, Uncategorized|Comments Off on In Living Color|