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.

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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|

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

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!



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.


– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.



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.


– 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.


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!


– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.


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