New Client // Co-work Studio in Nashville by Lauren Bradshaw

A few months ago I began working with a super talented client who is creating a co-work space here in Nashville. The idea is to have an office for people involved in all types of media production, so this space will have recording studios as well as offices. There will also be a lounge for communal working, and a kitchen.

The client and I got together and discussed the vibe he wanted for the space, and I presented some options for direction. He was really into a Wes Anderson/Ace Hotel coziness, but with a good dose of Scandinavian added in there. He had already planned on plywood for flooring and desks, which was a perfect way to incorporate the more minimal Scandinavian look. He's also into taxidermy and animal imagery (think Natural History Museum), which I thought was a perfect nod to the South (hello, taxidermy at every estate sale I've been to in Nashville). 

We began with a palette I chose based on some of the inspiration images we both liked. The main colors will be black/white/plywood, and then natural colors like green/blush/yellow.

Lauren Bradshaw Design // Co-Work Studio Inspiration

We began designing the kitchen and bathrooms first, with an overall direction for the main lounge area. Here are a few of the images we loved for inspiration. I loved these particular images for the black and white combinations, with added warmth from the wood, and art on the walls. We wanted to lean very Scandinavian but still with that touch of Wes Anderson/Ace Hotel. 

Lauren Bradshaw Design // Co-Work Studio Inspiration

Here are some Before photos of the kitchen, lounge area, and two (very green) bathrooms.  

Kitchen // Lounge

And finally, here are some shots of the progress that's been made on the buildout. Even just this small snippet shows signs of life!  

Lauren Bradshaw Design // Co-Work Studio Progress

Inspiration photos, top (from left to right): DesignLoveFest, NeM Architects, Malplaquet House

Inspiration photos, bottom (from left to right): Stylizimo, Colombe Design, Läderfabriken

Den Update at Novella Farm by Lauren Bradshaw

We've made some progress on the den at Novella Farm, in Orlando, Florida. I posted the original plans for the den, which was the final room to complete in the renovation of the home. I visited Orlando and shot some photos of the space as it's starting to come together. The back half of the room is still being used to store books (they named their farm Novella for a reason!) so the game room portion isn't complete yet.

Here's a recap of the original plan:

Lauren Bradshaw Design - Novella Farm Den
Lauren Bradshaw Design - Novella Farm Den

The Lawson-Fenning Thin Frame Lounge Chairs got switched out for a slightly more family-friendly West Elm option. The Cara sofa from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams is just dark enough to hide spots, but still feel bright in the room. Pillows, rug, and coffee table from Anthropologie. (Pillows and rug were purchased last fall, but similar here and here.)

Lauren Bradshaw Design - Novella Farm Den
Lauren Bradshaw Design - Novella Farm Den

The homeowners have an actual farm, with cows, goats, chickens, and plenty of other birds all around. I know them well so when I suggested a peacock table, I had a hunch they'd go for it. I like how it adds some whimsy into this room. Table from Anthropologie. (Wooden and brass bowl are vintage.)

Lauren Bradshaw Design - Novella Farm Den

I love the details on the coffee table with the combination of wood, brass, and marble.

We're still working on the rest of the space but it's fun to see it come together with the placement of all the new furniture.

Topanga Canyon Modern Farmhouse Tour by Lauren Bradshaw

At the end of December, our family moved across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville. Before we left, I styled and photographed a few areas of the Topanga Canyon home I designed. 

The whole house went through such a transformation with gorgeous new flooring, and bright white paint. It helps that the clients are the owners of a high-end flooring company, so they know their stuff! We chose a wide plank and a very natural finish. It's so beautiful in person. Here's the tour, with before and after photos at the end.

In the kitchen we removed a cast iron wood burning stove and added a bar. The cabinets are all new and painted Farrow and Ball's Pavilion Gray. The marble is Calacatta, and we used lighting and hardware from Schoolhouse Electric. Brass schluter adds a pop of shine and completes the edges of the backsplash. The open shelves are walnut, and the rug is vintage. On the refrigerator side, we took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling and added crown molding for a finished look. 

In the living room, the original rock wall was overpowering and heavy. Out it went, and the whole living area felt so much better. To add just a touch of modern farmhouse, I showed them inspiration for a shiplap fireplace wall. The walnut mantle ties into the kitchen's open shelving, and the black Schoolhouse Electric sconces look so great with the petite granite stone on the fireplace and bench. I wish I had a closeup of it--it looks like there are little fossils in the stone, so cool. The fossils and variations in color help the black not feel too heavy and dark. Due to the shape of the room (which is hard to see here), there was nowhere for a TV to go besides above the fireplace. We discussed various ways in which to hide it but ultimately ended up with the TV visible. The fireplace itself is off center on the wall, but we knew the furniture arrangement would be centered; therefore we decided to center the TV on the wall instead of directly above the fireplace.

We reconfigured the master bath to fit both sinks on one side of the room. Previously the bathroom had been split up, with a vanity on either side of the room. The tub felt like it was in a cave, with all the tan tile and rock surrounding it. We added an additional skylight so that it would never feel like a cave again! This bathroom has a romantic feel, with the brass accents, marble backsplash, and the lucite and gold pulls from Restoration Hardware. The shower is done in a white herringbone pattern.

The design inspiration for the hall bath came from the cement tiles we found at Cement Tile Shop. I had always wanted to use this Wisteria mirror, and I chose the vanity and sconces to work with it.   

Here are the before and afters from the project.


A new den to complete the home by Lauren Bradshaw

In June 2015, I began work for clients in Orlando, Florida. The owners are such wonderful people, and so helpful with all the extras needed (like photographing, measuring, and assessing light) when doing design from afar. The home is nearly finished, and the final room to take shape is the den. The owners have three kids in major hangout phase--middle and high school--as well as two lively dogs. They need a space that looks good, is durable, and most importantly, comfy. The rest of the house leans more traditional so they wanted a variation for the den. They are fans of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, so we selected the Cara sofa. (Our MG+BW sofa has lasted us 10 years, and has survived two small boys, so I recommend the company to everyone!) In the back of the room we added a game table and console for serving (non-alcoholic) beverages ;) This was my original mock-up of the furniture layout, along with a photo of the actual space. We're in the purchasing stage now and I can't wait to see the furniture when it comes in.

The den after renovation

The den after renovation

The den before renovation

The den before renovation