A Craftsman Home Renovation in East Nashville

We recently took on one of our biggest home design projects to date, and we wanted to give you guys a glimpse into the beginning stages of the project. It's always been a goal of ours to be able to take on full-scale home renovation projects like this one, and it's been something that we've been working towards for a while now. This particular project is just a few minutes from our own home in the Greenwood neighborhood of East Nashville, and it involves a pretty but admittedly kinda crumbly craftsman bungalow with tons of charm to work with. 


Our in-house interior designer Leah is taking the reins in a big way on this one, working with the homeowners to reimagine the entire home and make the floorplan more open and modern (while still maintaining the original charm — you know us). We're also adding a bathroom and expanding on the kitchen, adding some functional space without actually adding an addition to the home itself. 


The homeowners are going to be the general contractors on this project, but we’re helping with the big stuff, including the custom trim, build-outs, and demo. In the next phase, Leah is helping the homeowners to design a new, opened-up kitchen to make it an open concept first floor, as well as adding custom built-ins and vanities (with sinks!) in the bedrooms. We'll also be renovating both of the existing bathrooms to make them more modern, functional, and a little less dusty.


On the outside, we'll be cleaning her up and doing some general maintenance and TLC. The home will get a fresh coat of paint, some new landscaping and if we have any say in it, a ton of plants lining the perimeter of that killer front porch. 


Are you interested in working with 1767 on your home renovation? Check out our other design projects here or let us know here

Our Favorite Things: July 2018

We're rounding out the month of July (and one of our busiest months to date), and we've been relying on things that will help us stay motivated, stay on track and stay inspired. The ins and outs of running a small business can get overwhelming at times, but as our business continues to grow and shift in ways we couldn't have imagined at first, we become even more thankful and excited for 1767's future. 

Here's everything that we loved online and off this month. 

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Via folly.folly on instagram

  • This floating bar project. We posted about this floating bar for Rian's home both on Instagram and on our blog, and you guys seemed to really love it. We do, too — with its mirrored inlays, reclaimed wood shelves and floating effect, this is one of our favorite projects to date. 
  • Grilling heaps of fresh fish and veggies. Do you guys love grilling as much as we do in the summertime? After long days in the shop or the office, all we've wanted to do is come home and throw a giant tray of veggies, spices and fresh fish on the grill for dinner. 
  • Monday. We use this online task management system for lots of things, including keeping track of lathwork and metalwork projects, communicating between teams and planning our shipping schedule. During months as busy as this one was, we're especially thankful for organization programs like this one (and wanted to share the love with any other small businesses!)
  • Criminal. We love listening to podcasts while we're working, and this one is great. If you're into true crime (but not necessarily the gory aspects), it's worth a listen. 
  • Tiny pools. This summer (and every summer, really) has been a scorcher here in Nashville, and we've been dreaming of having a tiny plunge pool for cooling off. We love the livestock tank pool at the Joshua Tree House, and the owners recently published a DIY tutorial for how to make your own.  For more inspiration, check out this one, these, or these

A Custom Floating Bar for Rian's Nashville Home

We just wrapped on a project that's taken a lot of time and patience, but the finished product ended up being better than we even planned.


Our friend and client Rian Dawson and interior designer Zoe Cullen came to us wanting a custom console-bar hybrid for an empty space in Rian's Nashville home. Rian and Zoe were working to design his entire home, and they were looking for something truly unique and one-of-a-kind to function as a bar, but also to add some decorative elements to the living space. 

We love working with interior designers to bring their visions to life for a client’s space, and Zoe is definitely one of the best we've had the pleasure of collaborating with. We're open to just about any job a designer throws our way, no matter how large or how small, and building their trust in us to execute the project is extremely important to our process. Together with Zoe, we came up with the idea for a floating bar concept for Rian's home — part bar, part floating shelf, with mirrored elements and smart design that would allow it to hang on the wall and display his booze collection in a beautiful way. 


Once we showed Rian some rough concept drawings, he gave us the go-ahead (in fact, he kind of told us to do whatever we wanted — always a fun type of client). We set to work building out the bar top using reclaimed wood sourced from Layman Drug Co., a music production studio in Nashville housed in what was once a pharmacy back in the 1890s. A steel frame structure supports the glass shelves, and we added inlayed mirrors to the back of the bar portion to play off the bottles that it will hold. Our friends at The Fox Bar & Cocktail club even loaned us some beautiful barware to get some great photos once the work was done. The finished product is cool and modern, but also classic and filled with tons of Nashville history. 


There's no better feeling than pulling off a project like this, especially when we get to do it with talented designers like Zoe Cullen and great clients like Rian. Lately, we're always on the lookout for the next big project — the more off-the-wall, the better (and in the case of this floating bar, pun totally intended). 


Road Trip to Chattanooga With Treetop Hideaways

After the craziness of Porter Flea (our largest market of the year), our design and marketing team needed a little break and a bit of a creative reset. We've had our eyes on Chattanooga for some time now, and since it's only a little under two hours from Nashville, we decided to hit the road for some R&R in the mountains.


We reached out to a local company called Treetop Hideaways after seeing their modern treehouses on Instagram and they kindly let us take over their beautiful Elements Treehouse for the weekend. It was the perfect place for us to recharge our creative batteries. We found ourselves pretty well aligned with their mission because just like we recycle wood from Nashville's old homes to create our wall art, the Treetop Hideaways team incorporates reclaimed barn wood, antique windows and an old-fashioned, barn-raising construction style to create a modern look in their two treehouses.

The treehouse that we stayed in was cozy but spacious, with an open floor plan, tiny kitchen and one of the most luxurious showers we've seen just about anywhere (there's a mature tree growing up right through the center of it!). Upstairs, there's a loft space with skylights that allowed us to watch the rain fall during the night. 


While we mostly stayed cozied up in the treehouse enjoying the serenity and the beautiful view of Lookout Mountain, we ventured into Chattanooga for dinner and drinks at the Dwell Hotel and breakfast in the morning at The Bitter Alibi, both of which were delicious. We did some window shopping along Frazier Avenue, and we found some seriously good denim at Collective Clothing

On our last day we peeked over at the other treehouse next to ours and lusted over the floor-to-ceiling windows and the way-up-high deck. We'll definitely be back for another stay with Treetop Hideaways, and if you'd like to book your own stay, you can find them online here

This post was written in partnership with Treetop Hideaways. We received a free stay in exchange for our honest review. 

Porter Flea Summer Market 2018

Porter Flea weekends are always some the biggest weekends of the year for us, and we're so excited to unveil what we've been working on for this year's summer market. If you've never been, the event is Nashville's biggest handmade market, and this year it takes place at the Nashville Fairgrounds on June 29th and 30th. 

We have some fun things in mind for our booth this year, and we'll be sharing a ton of one-of-a-kind pieces just for Porter Flea. Whether you're interested in checking out our stuff in person, shopping the pieces that we'll have on site or even commissioning a custom piece or a full-on design job, we'd love to talk IRL! 

We're bringing along 80+ brand new pieces, about half of which are totally one-of-a-kind. We'll also have a few furniture items, including plant stands, tables and more. Here's a little glimpse of some of the pieces we'll have with us at Porter Flea:


Design and Build: Mojo's Tacos in Franklin, TN

We're excited to show you guys a first look at a project we've been working on for a while. The folks at Powell Architects brought us on to collaborate with them on a design and build for Mojo's Tacos in Franklin, TN (just outside of Nashville).

This is the first project we've worked on with Powell Architects, but we think they knocked it out of the park as far as designing a welcoming, fun space with cool accents throughout. Mojo's Tacos is located in the Factory at Franklin, a sort of mall-type building with lots of local businesses and restaurants inside. It's the perfect spot for a beer with friends or some seriously good tacos while you shop. 


For the project, we did a few wood accents throughout the restaurant, all with pops of blue and hammered copper for a Southwestern vibe. The wood installations include a 40-foot bar front, a 12-foot-tall back bar and the custom Mojo's Tacos signage out front. This was a local Nashville project through and through, as we also collaborated with fellow makers I Saw the Sign and FLWR Shop to add some really colorful and unique details. 


While we love designing and creating our own pieces in our shop, getting to go out into areas around Nashville and work with other companies is becoming one of our favorite aspects of the work we do. Mojo's Tacos is a true labor of friendship and we can't wait to hopefully work alongside these talented people again in the near future. 


How-To Series: Mix Vintage Pieces With New Buys

While we'd all love to have a perfectly curated home filled with one-of-a-kind vintage finds, in real life, this often just doesn't always work out. That incredible collection of vintage glassware won't hold up to everyday dining and entertaining, that sleek mid-century modern sofa doesn't feel as comfortable as a modern, deep-seated style, and if you have kids, there are a number off essentials that you just kind of have to buy new. We get it — but that being said, we still think there's a way to mix old and new in a way that functions well in your home. Here's how. 

  • Invest in sturdy, well-crafted furniture that will last a lifetime. While some vintage buys are impractical and too delicate to use every day, other types of antique furniture items are actually more durable than their modern counterparts. Check Craigslist or a local vintage shop for solid wood dressers, credenzas or even bed frames that you can snag for a bargain — and best of all, these are the OG versions of the ones being sold at those pricey designer furniture stores, so you'll get the same look for less. 
  • Mix white, modern furniture with vintage wooden pieces. Now that you have a few mid-century pieces or classic farmhouse buys, you'll likely want to mix in functional, multipurpose items to keep the look feeling fresh. If you're unsure of how to mix and match furniture, we think that white always looks good with everything. In the bedroom, for example, you might mix a modern Ikea bed frame with a timeless vintage dresser, or in the dining room, add a low white buffet to offset your rustic dining table. It's all about allowing the vintage pieces to do the heavy aesthetic lifting while letting the modern budget furniture work as your day-to-day storage.
  • Incorporate vintage textiles with new furniture items. Do you have a cheap couch from your college days or a set of patio furniture that feels pretty bland? Adding vintage textiles in the form of Persian rugs, kilim throw pillows and re-purposed mudcloth fabric is an easy way to transform the look of a furniture piece you're not so fond of. 
  • When in doubt, go for vintage lighting. Even if you live in a rental and you're working with a pretty sterile-feeling bathroom, you can easily make over a whole room simply by adding vintage lighting. Replace boring wall sconces or ceiling fixtures with vintage milk glass pendants or Edison bulbs, add a '50s-style lamp on top of an otherwise plain dresser or place an eye-catching arc lamp next to your living room setup to bring down the mood and up the style in any room.

Metalworking, Steel Fabrication, Custom Furniture & More

We've been giving you guys a look inside our process since the very beginning of 1767, and for the past couple of years, that's meant our growth into custom furniture and design work. We recently added a metalsmith to our team, which has opened a lot of creative doors and made it possible for us to make some pretty huge goals a reality. 

Our friend and studio-mate Joey Verzilli of Lockeland Leatherworks created this video for us to show the expanse of our metalworking capabilities and what we can create using metal and steel (and wood, of course). From custom furniture designed and built for your home or business to installations and complete build-outs, our metalwork marks the future of 1767.