December Newsletter – Best of the Best

2016 has been an exceptional year for BHD. We’ve worked with many new types of clients, completed more work than ever before, and we’ve found new community partners, vendors, and people to partner with. Office wise, we’ve welcomed Mary to the office as a designer and are so happy to have her. Beth has been busier than ever so it is great to have another person on the team. In addition, we are looking to hire another design assistant, so if you know someone special, please let us know! Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. Cheers everyone!


Featured BHD Space: Spaces we Love

The clock is ticking for us to share some of our favorite spaces. Here’s a roundup of spaces we love that we haven’t had the chance to share until now. Hope you enjoy!

What is sweeter than having a guest bedroom dedicated to the comfort and joy of tiny visitors? This bunk room sleeps four and is the ultimate “destination getaway” for grandkids! White wood contrasts wonderfully with the rich mocha walls while fun custom curtains and pillows pull the look together. 

This jewel box of a bathroom is the perfect mix of unique tiles and placement.  By tiling the walls vertically and carrying the look into the shower niches, we created great visual height and texture. We further amplified the look by wrapping the front facade of the tub in the same tile as we used for the shower walls. The look is very custom, sophisticated and stylish, and adds great value. Beautiful custom glass doors keep the bathroom spacious and put the tile work on display. 

We love this MCM kitchen remodel and love the way the space is the perfect example of “form follows function”. This is a beautiful, hardworking kitchen, custom designed for busy, multifaceted lives of our clients. The pullout pantry designed to keep countertop appliances within an arm reach, yet off the counter, was one of our favorite solutions for the space. Planned storage fills us with joy!

Sometimes accessories stay in our mind long after we deliver them safely to a client and this leather turquoise tray is one of them. The color was perfect, rich yet refined and the proportions were just right. We styled the look with a simple vase and two air plant terrariums. Picture perfect. 


Featured Event: Porter Flea

Attending the Porter Flea Holiday Market is somewhat of a tradition at BHD. Best gifts, great crowd, awesome holiday merrimount. New this season is the option to buy a VIP ‘Porter Pass’ to skip the (long) line on Saturday. We highly recommend this option if you don’t have time to stand in line!

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 10-5pm. 

WHERE: Skyway Studios, 3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville View Map

Click here for more info!

Featured Event & Vendor: Pre to Post Modern

Pre to Post Modern is one of our favorite local shops for vintage furniture, accessories, and decor. We love that on any given day we can walk into the shop and be inspired by the selection and quality of the pieces available. The store is well edited and curated. With all the work we’ve done the last few months for commercial Airbnb projects, we’ve relied on this shop for readily available, unique pieces. It’s been a total lifesaver! Can’t wait for their holiday event this weekend – shop local this season!

HOLIDAY EVENT: Sunday, December 10, 12-5pm.

LOCATION: 2110 8th Ave S, Nashville

Click here for more info!

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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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