November Newsletter – New Opportunities

All fall, we’ve felt very fortunate to have an array of exciting new opportunities come our way. HGTV presented us with an opportunity to design for an upcoming Nashville show, an out of town real estate development company asked us to partner in creating new Airbnb properties, and we’ve met new clients with a broad range of design goals. For a firm that thrives on diversity, life is good!

We ultimately decided to turn down HGTV (not a phrase you hear often!) so we could focus on our local clients and get our hands involved with the Airbnb projects. With the holidays just weeks away, we are reminding ourselves to slow down and enjoy the ride. We are filled with gratitude to all our clients, vendors, and community partners. Thank you and warmest wishes! Happy Holidays!

Featured BHD Space: Frequently Asked Questions
This past year we’ve worked with a ton of new clients and as the year winds down, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss some of the biggest fears potential clients have when it comes to interior design and renovations. We want to pull back the curtains and reveal some of the inner workings that go into completing projects – on time, on budget, and on point! 

Don't fear timelines! Even a gut renovation on a bathroom is executed with laser like percisi

“Will the project be completed on time?”
Honestly, interior design projects have a significant range of scope. A straightforward project with furnishings, accessories, and paint typically is the easiest to predict because we have the most control over vendors and contractors. During the selection process, we check projected lead times for every piece of the project and it really helps us manage our client’s timeline! A more intensive renovation requires a bigger team of contractors and involves coordinating many moving pieces. BHD sets realistic timelines for our clients and we use our years of experience to both set and manage the timeline. 
Don't fear timelines! Even a gut renovation on a bathroom is executed with laser like percisi
“Will the project come in on budget?”

Budgets are often the biggest worry when it comes to interior design, and we totally understand why. It seems like in the age of HGTV and the DIY network, every episode of our favorite TV show features a project going over budget. Perhaps it is because blown budgets make for good TV? Every episode needs a good hook, or something to keep viewers engaged through commercial breaks. Don’t get us wrong, budgets are fragile in real-life projects as well but not nearly as scary and dramatic as television makes them out to be!

Entering a project, we work with the client to set the budget for the project. We don’t promise the moon and hide change orders to get clients. Second, we rely on contractors early in the project. No uh-oh moments when suddenly it is going to cost X amount of dollars to complete the design! Granted, there are unforeseen problems that can arise when we open walls or start demoing, but often these problems are anticipated and accounted for! 

“I don’t know how to describe my style but I know what I like and I don’t like. How will I know I will like the finished spaces?”
We usually ask clients when we first meet them if they have any inspiration images. We ask if they have any furniture pieces they love / can’t live without / can’t get rid of. We take time to get to know our clients and definitely help clients develop their style. We don’t have a one-size-fits all design philosophy. Your project will be your project, even if you can’t conceptualize what you want when we start the process. 
“Will the furniture be  comfortable? I am scared to buy things I can’t tryout in person!”

This question comes up a lot. Interior designers have an entire world of vendors and manufacturers not available to the public. The only downside is the products are rarely featured in a showroom and our clients can’t “tryout” sofas, chairs, etc during the selection process. We remedy this a few ways. First, we know the brands we carry. Likely, we’ve ordered the piece before or we’ve seen it at market. Secondly, we can usually narrow down what a client will find comfortable by discussing what has worked in the past and what has not worked.  Lastly, we take into consideration ergonomics and make suggestions for our clients based off what is best suited for their own unique needs. Not everyone loves a deep sofa while some clients wouldn’t be happy with anything but!


Featured Event: Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

For the second time ever, the Cheekwood gardens will be aglow this holiday season with over a 1 million lights. We love visiting the gardens at night and this show is sure to be a spectacular sight!

WHEN: November 25 – January 1, 5pm-10pm, Closed on Christmas and every Monday except on December 26th

TICKETS: Adults: $20, Youth (ages 3-17): $15, Children 2 and under: Free, Parking $5, Plus a $5 fee for purchasing onsite. Buy online to save!

Click here for more info and click here to buy tickets online

Hot Topic & Featured Vendor: Nashville Artist Collective

We love finding local artists for our clients and are excited to share with you the exciting new online gallery called Nashville Artist Collective. As an offshoot to the very successful Charleston Artist Collective which was founded in 2010, the Nashville group features area artists whose work is both available online to purchase or who can work on commissioned pieces. We love seeing new platforms arise for artists in our community to get their stuff out there. We can’t wait to see this site grow and for our local artists to get attention even outside the city. Go Nashville!


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BHD does Airbnb

Nashville is a hot city for Airbnb. As of this post, there are over 2,100 rental properties in the city with an average nightly rental of $201. That equals $420,000 potential nightly income and $153 million dollars potential income city wide for the year. Needless to say, Airbnb is serious business.

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BHD has enjoyed being a part of the action. We love creating highly functional spaces and in this case, the challenge is threefold. First, we need to create beautiful spaces that photograph well, as better pictures mean more renters which means higher return on investment for our clients. Secondly, we need to create truly comfortable spaces for the renters so they enjoy their stay and leave positive reviews for their hosts (our clients), which helps ensure future rentals. Lastly, we need to create spaces that are easy to maintain. With guests coming and going, you need durable furniture, durable fabrics, and unfussy materials that can stand up to constant cleaning and use.

Join us on a mini tour of one of our latest Airbnb projects – a converted garage abode!

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For this one bed, one bath studio rental, the clients wanted to maximize the potential of the space by creating a cozy seating area for renters to enjoy. We focused on creating a great lighting scheme for the space and added sconces, table lamps, floor lamps, and simple, operable window coverings for guests wishing to sleep in!  Paint colors are dramatic but simple and highlight the cottage’s architectural features.


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A small food bar for guests to make coffee and reheat leftovers is all the kitchen needed. Even though the food bar is simple, the appearance is elevated by presenting the offerings in stylish manner. Coffee cups are displayed on a tray, a napkin lined basket holds breakfast bars, and a tiny bud vase adds color and says welcome. The best part about this area is it is unfussy yet friendly, inviting, and easy to recreate, guest after guest.


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Complementing the food bar is a very simple two top table. There wasn’t much space but this table and chair fit the bill perfectly. The glass top is easy to clean and keeps the space feeling fresh and offers a relaxing vista of the beautiful and well-manicured gardens below.










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We added max functionality to the small bathroom by selecting a sleek floating vanity and oversized medicine cabinet. We wanted to expand the space and keep the bathroom feeling fresh so we used large subway tile on the walls and large porcelain tiles on the floor to increase visual space.




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White towels and a small vase with greenery finishes the space. This bathroom photographs beautifully and is sure to impress guests in person as well!






Have guests coming to town and need a little extra space?  Here is the link to this fabulously chic and welcoming getaway.  Happy renting!




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Dwell on Design

Maloney Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit: Noah Walker

Earlier this summer Beth took a trip to LA to discover Dwell on Design and we are very excited to share some of the highlights from her trip. The pictures she posted while she was there were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what she saw and experienced. Dwell on Design – if you are not familiar – is a design conference with a modern mindset organized by Dwell Magazine, one of our favorite design publications.

Beech Knoll House | East Side/Hills | Photo Credit: Dana Meilijson

Beth was in design heaven, surrounded by inspiration and creativity, honing her design skills in kitchen design, bath design and sustainability by attending lectures and classes, visiting exhibits on the latest design trends and “LYFT-ing” her way thru 2 days of contemporary home tours.

Black House | East Side / Hills | Photo credit: Ethan Pines

While attending a seminar on design trends, Beth spotted one of our projects featured in the presentation. What a surprise! No one knew it was our project but Beth knew and that was enough excitement.  Here is the project they featured, one many of you will sur?ely recognize and love!

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Beth Haley Design!

After spending two days touring contemporary California homes, Beth was asked by one of her Lyft drivers what she was going to take back to her own design business.  One noticeable result is an affirmation to stay true to her desire to design for function and simplicity but with an artistic eye and a desired connection between people and nature.

Black House | Mar Vista / Culver City | Photo Credit: Lisa Krutky

One of the most insightful moments of Beth’s trip happened during a late afternoon lecture by California architect David Hertz. He shared highlights from his recent book, “The Restorative Home, Ecological Houses by David Hertz”.  In David’s own words – “I’ve always had a social and ecological concern. The honest expression of materials and structure, a response to climate and a blurring of the boundary between indoors and outdoors are important to me.” According to his books introduction by Michael Webb, David’s projects, “seek to move the client beyond the merely sustainable to the restorative”.  David expands the meaning of restorative “a restorative building is one that gives back more than it takes. It generates more fresh air, nurtures vegetation, harvests energy and captures more water than the building consumes in its lifetime.”

Beth left his seminar ready to rethink existing methods and design solutions yet remain true to her social and ecological leanings. What a refreshing, revitalizing and affirming lecture! Rethinking the use of materials to problem solve for our housing needs, both functionally and aesthetically, can, in turn, create nurturing spaces; spaces that connect us to one another, our environment and our innate needs. For us, design is about feeling and people, making the most from what we have or need. It’s a simplistic design, one that is not carried away for the sake of design or trend, but instead nurtures the human spirit while simultaneously igniting creativity, beauty and human connection.

Beverly Grove Residence | Architect: David Hertz

When we asked Beth what are her biggest takeaways from the trip, she brimmed with excitement and flooded us with ideas!  Use simplified and hardworking materials in creative ways – wood, metal, concrete; expand spaces with outdoor connections creating interesting vistas.

Grand View Residence | Mar Vista / Culver City | Photo credit: Daryl Olesinski

Make the most of all surfaces both horizontal and vertical; open and review site lines – is it purposeful and beautiful?;  mix finishes; add skylights and transoms.

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Maloney Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit: Noah Walker

Use nooks and crannies to create special places to connect within a home; add plants – lots of them, indoors and out.

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

Create multipurpose spaces, adding moveable walls to diversify space; use operable windows and glass walls; include sculptural interiors & floating vanities.

Trousdale Residence | East Side / Hills | Photo credit: Squared Design Lab

Vary the heights of floors to create individualized yet open spaces, use fireplaces as artistic sculptures.

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

Use art to create feelings and lighting not only to direct us but also as art and sculpture.  SO MANY IDEAS! We can’t wait to use these ideas in our next project!


Piccus Residence | Santa Monica/Venice | Photo credit:Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

When thinking about the outdoor spaces, Beth was reminded to use colorful walls, sculptural plantings, rocks, art sculptures, metal and concrete creating repetition and rhythm and use of pattern in design.

Piccus Residence | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

The proper use of vegetation screens and multiple, layered decks can create outdoor rooms, extending the living spaces and connecting the homeowners to nature.

Picccus Residence | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Thomas Story/Rudin Donner Design

As you can see, Beth is inspired. The trip filled her with design possibilities and she loved having the opportunity to see the results of thoughtful design. “People, problem solving, creating solutions, and being aware of our impact on the environment all while doing it all with an artistic eye is why I love this industry. I hope you are as inspired about your next project as I am. I look forward to us being environmentally creative problem solvers together!”

Adelaide Place | Santa Monica / Venice | Photo credit: Sam Frost

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