Nashville Public Art – East Nashville Murals Edition

Has anyone noticed all the murals sprouting up around Nashville? Not a week goes by that we don’t discover a new space being prepped for an installation. Nashville has always been a spectacular city but public art is making it truly fabulous! Join us now for a tour through East Nashville’s mural art installations!

This tour is brought to us by our Office Manager, an avid urban walker, who’s evening strolls might last as much as 3 hours and weekend hikes might last 10 miles. She took these pics for us over the weekend on one of her many outings.


East Nashville has been synonymous with the Tomato festival for years and this ode to the Tomato by Eastside Murals feels right at home. In a way, it reminds of us of the famous “We Can Do it!” poster. East Nashville DOES it!

Next on the tour we have a piece located at Five Points. The colors in this one are beautiful and remind us of the resurgence and attitude of East Nashvillians.  Again, we can’t help but be reminded of another work of art we’ve seen before…


Doesn’t it have a striking resemblance to the Tiffany Clapp piece we featured in the showroom last year? One of the things we love about art is how it opens our minds and creates connections and gives context to our lives. We are always surprised by what our imaginations come up with when we visit a gallery, museum, or now the streets of Nashville!

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This mural by local artists Jake Elliott and Russ Hagan, is in Lockeland Springs, one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city. We love the cranberry red, cream, and grey color combination. The cool tones fit right in. Also notice how cool the logo is for East Nashville, the way they use the AS in both? Very clever.

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Check out this mural painted on a fence! You have to love that creativity and art can find a home just about anywhere.  “A fly over Tennessee” is also located in Lockeland Springs.  Love this collage of ideas and inspiration by Andee Rudloff.


The dense, bold, layered colors remind us of famed muralist / graffiti artist Keith Haring.

Speaking of graffiti, we are trying to distinguish between what is considered graffiti and what is considered mural art. Is the difference simply murals are commissioned and graffiti is uninvited? Or is more a style? These murals at Five Points are created on what seems like temporary walls encasing construction sites though we hope they are here to stay.


Thanks East Nashville for demonstrating your artistic talent and inspiring us all to notice the art around us.  We hope this artistic tour will encourage you to get out and walk Nashville’s neighborhoods.  Hope to see you around!  Get inspired!

Also happening in Nashville right now are two great shows featuring street artists- both locally and internationally known (can you say Bansky?!). Check the websites for Tinney Contemporary and The Rymer Gallery for more info!

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What’s Your New Beginning Quiz?

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As we said in our newsletter, April is the month of new beginnings. As nature is busy blooming, we turn our attention to interior design projects, big and small, that we want to accomplish around the house. Anything from applying a fresh coat of paint, to reupholstering a sofa, to major overhauls. Let’s begin! What’s your new beginning?

new beginning quiz2For simplicity sake, we are starting the quiz with one basic question. Your home: love it, like it, or hate it? Be honest and consider how you truly feel about your home!


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Congrats! Loving your home is a very good thing and not always an easy feeling to achieve! Though you love your home, can you think of anything you want to improve? Sometimes improvements are simply meant to enhance an already wonderful space instead of completely overhaul.


Most of us likely fall into this group. We are perfectionists who love our homes but have a hard time admitting it because we always have a list of “items to improve”. If this sounds familiar, know there is no time like the present. Now is the time to tackle that list!


We understand! We’ve all lived in spaces we felt weren’t right for us. If this is you, try to find things you can realistically improve. This can be anything from giving your space some good old fashioned elbow grease to a complete renovation.

Hope this quiz has served as motivation and the catalyst for a new beginning around your home!

By |April 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s Your New Beginning Quiz?|

Why hire a designer?

new doc 3_1We wish people would ask us “why hire a designer” more often. Perhaps people don’t ask because they think it is rude. Or perhaps they think it is obvious, as silly as asking someone why hire a plumber, why hire an accountant, why hire a lawyer. But, in the age of DIY, HGTV, weekend warriors, and the good old fashioned spirit of America of “you can do it”, we have a hunch there are many people out there that wonder what are some of the benefits of paying for professional design help. So, without further ado, here are some of our top reasons to hire a designer!

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We believe it really boils down to 4 major categories. Hiring a designer provides access to better products, it saves time, it saves money, AND it delivers better results. Like any professional, interior designers took the time to acquire specialized training to do their job. Interior design is more than just decorating; it requires an elaborate set of skills ranging from project management, drawing, research, client services, negotiation, and that little thing we like to call creativity. Interior designers dream up the big picture but also have the tools to orchestrate the small army of craftsman, vendors, and deliveries to get the project done.

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Designers have access to a whole world of products and resources that aren’t available to consumers. You would be amazed at what is available beyond the big box stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, or Crate and Barrel! Designers spend a lot of time researching brands and know what products are best suited for your project. Say you want a cream upholstered sofa with modern lines and a casual yet sophisticated presence. A designer will narrow down the search for you based off what they know about your lifestyle, taste, and budget and will offer a series of selections that feature durable fabrics, comfort, and style. Of the thousands of cream sofas in the world, you will be presented with the best option for you! Furthermore, designers have amazing industry partners they rely on to help them complete a project. Why worry about the reputation of a company when your designer has a handful of professionals they use time and time again?


Every project seems to involve a million decisions and require organization on par with running a small country.  Hiring a designer frees up your time and saves you energy. Some clients want to be involved every step of the way but they want someone to do the “hunting and gathering” for them and present them with all the options, while other clients want to have a turn-key property awaiting their arrival.  Whatever your preference, we often hear a designer’s value lies amount of stress taken off the homeowner during the construction process.  People often underestimate the amount of moving pieces involved in any given project and interior designers know what steps have to take place to get X, Y, and Z completed and in the right order.  Managing timelines, tracking orders and scheduling installs are a major piece of the services included in interior design and we work tirelessly to keep the job on schedule, chugging ahead smoothly, on time and under budget.


Interior design is a process that takes time and for a lot of people, time is money. Often, people hire designers because their time is valuable. Some clients find that projects they meant to complete within a year have either dragged on or never got off the ground until they hired a designer. Not only that, people find that they have tried to complete a project on their own but the results didn’t meet their expectations and had to be redone. Redos are expensive! Hiring a designer means it will be done right the first time around. Designers measure. Designers have experience. Designers know better than to cut a corner that will backfire later down the line. Designers know how to save money and when to save money. The fees designers take for their work are often recouped by creating a project that will stand the test of time and not have to redone time and time again.


This final category goes without saying. Interior designers are able to create custom interiors for you that you wouldn’t be able to create yourself. The professionally designed space has a vision unique for that space and isn’t simply copied from a magazine. The best designers get to know their client and incorporate the family’s lifestyle into the design.  The home then functions around the family rather than forcing the family to function around the home.  Interior designers have a way of putting everything together that makes the project look polished and complete.  The result is rooms that feel enchanted, almost magical, because they are so perfectly curated, perfectly executed, and perfectly “you”.

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Photos have the power to say a thousand words and we think this before & after perfectly sums up our point! This isn’t DIY, HGTV, or weekend warrior. It is 100% designer!

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By |February 11th, 2016|Before & After, BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Kate, Nashville, Our Office, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why hire a designer?|