Transforming a humdrum home into something worthy of a daydream is what every designer — and homeowner — hopes for. The inhabitants of this Nashville home desired interiors that would maintain the mid-century modern architectural design and suit their traditional style. Another requirement for the house on a wooded lot in Radnor Park was bright, airy interiors that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. It took removing walls, gutting the kitchen, adding windows to reveal lush canopies and upgrading every inch of the design to realize these dreams.
The homeowners turned to Beth Haley Design to blend traditional tastes and modern elements — something the design firm does well. Lead designer Stefani Benson reimagined the space and brought the dream home the clients envisioned to life. “Working with a client who has a clear sense of style is always a delight, but incorporating her style in a home with strong mid-century features was no small feat,” Stefani explains. “We married the two styles by keeping the architectural features of the home while reimagining their uses to work for the busy lifestyle of two working professionals with kids. The result is a stunning balance between form and function, old and new, and trendy and classic.”
What was once a dated and choppy design is now bright and open. After removing the wall between the kitchen and living room to create easy movement through the space, a wood-clad beam was added for structural support and acts as an eye-catching element to divide the rooms. The designer helped the homeowner say goodbye to the previous floor plan that impeded flow from the kitchen to the living room. It required a little bit of inspiration and trust — and much heavy lifting — to reach the end result. A simple color palette of natural hues and creams, and subtle accents of blue on the kitchen chairs and in the throw pillows, complement the rich greens of the nearby trees. In fitting with mid-century modern design, the furnishings are smartly edited. With only a large sectional, round coffee table and small accent pieces, the views through the tall windows are unobstructed.
Stefani, guided by her client’s traditional tastes, transitioned the interiors in the remainder of the home — comprising three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a master bedroom with ensuite and closet, and a finished basement. The designer admits that the master bathroom layout was tricky and perhaps the biggest hurdle to overcome. It was necessary to be creative with the space so that the homeowner could have her dreamed-about bathtub. After that puzzle was put together, the focus was on the finishes, including large tiles with grey veining, grey cabinets to complement and champagne bronze fixtures.
“Our client had a very specific idea of what her style is, and we helped interpret that,” says Stefani. “It is our job to edit the design you have imagined to make it work for you. We understand that homeowners are overwhelmed; we are here to help guide you and select pieces that work together.” Bright, inviting and livable, the interiors showcase the endless opportunities that are possible.
Whether you’ve been in your house for a while or just purchased a home in need of renovation, you likely have ideas swirling in your head of what “could be” — a drab bathroom made bright and bold, a dated kitchen renewed with fresh designs and updated appliances … Imagine all of the possibilities — then reach out to Beth Haley Design to help you make them reality.
This article is sponsored by Beth Haley Design. All photography provided by Beth Haley Design