Nashville has witnessed a rebirth over the last decade of several historic neighborhoods, including the beloved Germantown area. Sandwiched between some of the most talked-about restaurants in the city, like Rolf and Daughters and 5th & Taylor, The Werthan Lofts were converted from 100-year-old factories and are testament to the way Music City has restored and cultivated some of its iconic homes and buildings. Today, we get a sneak peek at one of these apartments, which was renovated by interior designer Beth Haley. Bringing pattern and texture to the forefront of the design, Beth creates a space that is modern and artful, but ultimately still urban. Take a look at the transformative results.
The apartment was designed for clients who were using it as a second home to their residence in Texas, which is largely traditional. They wanted this new space to be totally different — fresh, contemporary and open — and they chose the industrial Werthan Lofts as their canvas and invoked the creative prowess of Beth Haley to direct the renovation. Beth specializes in remodeling older homes in historic neighborhoods, so the project fell under her area of expertise. But like most historic properties, each space has its own eccentricities and poses its own specific design challenges.
The master bedroom incorporates a row of window treatments behind the headboard to disguise a block wall which had been filled in at some point in time. Decorating the side wall are metal bead sconces, which balance the weight of the brick wall from the opposite side. Beth also used maple hardwood to fill in the spaces around the existing maple hardwood floors where tile had previously been used. This created a smooth and consistent surface throughout the entirety of the room.
Beth’s aesthetic approach is diverse. From traditional to modern, edgy renovations, her projects range in style and scale, so she was accustomed to dealing with all sorts of interiors. When she approached the Werthan Loft project, she knew she wanted to maximize its light and warmth. Because it was a corner apartment, this space had super high ceilings, which created strong drafts throughout. This dictated that both cosmetic and structural changes would be necessary to make the rooms feel intimate.
Having to abide by the historic commission and building guidelines, Beth made sure that any changes made would maintain the integrity and support of the building by utilizing smart and efficient design. There was a nook off the guest bedroom, for instance, that backed up to the powder room. It was the perfect size to create a true guest bathroom with a tub, shower, vanity and toilet. So she took the tub and shower out of the powder room and put it in this newly created guest bathroom, which was space that was actually gathered from the guest bedroom. The tub stayed in the same location, but Beth cleverly opened it to the guest room and walled it off from the powder room, so that it functioned as a true powder room, with a vanity and toilet only.
Aside from bringing warmth into the apartment, Beth also wanted to increase the amount of light. She made the most of each lighting fixture, choosing large, dynamic pieces that would be functional and artistic. She also added LED track lighting along the beams of the ceiling, which illuminates the gorgeous woods, reminding you that this is a historic space composed of noteworthy materials.
Art also plays a huge role in this apartment, taking the form of paintings, sculptures, wall accents and even the furniture itself. The heavy presence of art also brings additional lighting, as each piece was specifically lit by LED lights. The intentional placement of art objects and lighting fixtures throughout the rooms ensures that each area receives deserved attention. The pieces are effective individually, but they also complement the unique fabric and wallpaper choices, which are decorated with cool colors and patterns. This is most evident in the built-in shelves in the living room (see below), which are lined with a striped gray grass cloth. Each shelf or cubby holds an eclectic assortment of ornaments, which only accentuate the surrounding textures.
Beth kept the flow of the apartment smooth and open, ensuring that it was a space designed for hosting guests. This is clearly articulated by the layout of the kitchen, which is arguably the apex of the design. With a bar that stretches more than 15 feet, the kitchen is as much for preparing and storing food as it is a place to entertain. Again, Beth incorporates both light and art into every feature by placing lights behind the striped paneling beneath the bar. This gives the kitchen a svelte attitude and creates a focal point at the center of the space.
Naturalistic patterns, materials and textures are used in varying degrees throughout the space. By mixing rustic and contemporary elements, Beth creates a really dynamic composition with lots of layers, without making the space feel overly contrived or chaotic. Because the materials and fabrics are mostly muted tones, each piece of art, whether it be a painting, drawing or sculpture, is able to be fully animated.
A special thanks to Beth for sharing this inspiring interior with us today. To see more of her work, click here. And to discover more great interior designers and builders in Nashville, check out our SB Guide!
Today’s beautiful photography was provided by Andrea Behrends.