Our Favorite Things: October 2018

October is here, bringing with it cooler temperatures (occasionally — it is still Nashville, after all) and a bit of relief from the busy summer season. We can’t help but want to take things a little bit slower this season, even when work doesn’t exactly make that possible. It’s nice to take a few moments to yourself to make a slow cup of coffee on a chilly morning, listen to podcast on a walk around the neighborhood or just sneak in an afternoon nap as you transition into fall.

Here’s everything we’re loving on those slow autumn days.

  • Planning for Japan. We’re heading to Japan this month on a much-needed (and much-planned-for) vacation, and we’ve been bookmarking just about every beautiful place we see online. This list of incredible buildings in Tokyo is just one of the things that has us daydreaming of Japanese architecture.

  • Truck Furniture. At the top of our Japan list is this incredible furniture company that we’ve been following online for a few years now. Truck Furniture is a stunningly simple, modern furniture company headquartered in Osaka, and we’re making it a priority to check out their incredible showroom in person.

  • Dr. Death. If you’re a podcast lover like we are, then you’re likely always on the hunt for that next addictive show to become the next Serial. If you’re into true crime (or just really great storytelling), you’ll definitely want to binge-listen to this one.

  • The perfect cup of campfire coffee. This fall, we’re hoping to spend as much time as possible outdoors, preferably around an open fire. This article shows you how to make a great cup of coffee over a campfire, which seems like it will come in pretty handy on those fall camping trips.

  • Leanne Ford’s Echo Park home. One of our favorite interior designers, Leanne Ford, just listed her Echo Park cabin — and it definitely has us dreaming of skipping town in favor of the West Coast.

A Schoolbus-Turned-Tiny-Home for Some Drifters

Every once in a while, we get approached to do a project that’s so cool, we just want to share it everywhere. The school bus we did for Some Drifters is one of those projects.

Married couple Jeff and Britt approached us to design some beautiful and functional elements for their school bus, which would soon become a tiny home for the couple to live and travel in. Tired of the fast pace and closed quarters of their life in Brooklyn, they decided to pack up and head out on the road, originally toward southeast Utah. Britt is a co-owner of the bohemian bridal company Daughters of Simone, and Jeff had hopes of turning the school bus project into what could eventually become a career. “The bus project was conceived on the road, on a cross country camping motorcycle trip a couple years back. It was a solution to a problem, to find a way to be able to explore, spend most of our time in the outdoors, but still stay connected and able to live our regular lives,” Jeff said.

Jeff didn’t want us to build out the school bus like a typical home remodel, but rather design portions of the bus that needed a little extra attention to detail. We designed the patterned flooring and interior layout, as well as some compact dining tables for inside the bus. On the outside, we designed the patterned wood facade that would be the first thing you’d notice when the bus pulls up (and kind of the main thing that removes it from its former school bus glory), as well as one of the coolest elements of the project: an extendable, fold-out patio that would allow the couple to sit on their “porch” when the bus isn’t in motion.

“When designing the bus, I really tried to give it everything I have, and in that search for the special, I found 1767. I just found Patrick's style to be so captivating. Artistic, sophisticated yet rustic... a novel approach with a total craftsmanship to his method. When you saw his work you could tell someone really cared and was passionate about the work. Once I saw his designs, my head just started sparking with inspiration and I just wanted to sorta inject his artistry into the bus. So, I reached out and asked him to design as much of the wood inlays as possible. Patrick ended up designing all the flip-up tables, the floor, the outside "woodie" panels, the deck floor and even gave me some helpful general design input on the interior that I went with, like doing the whole front driver area in wood.”

-Jeff, Some Drifters

We didn’t do the actual build for this project, so it was really fun and inspiring to collaborate and design these elements for Jeff and Britt to bring to life themselves. This is definitely a project that you just have to see to really understand, so have fun taking a little virtual tour through the photos below.

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  All photos by Kate Dearman.

All photos by Kate Dearman.

Fall / Winter '18 Preview: The Cumulus Collection

While 1767 started as a one-man operation in its earliest days, it’s long been a team effort (ever since… well, ever since we were able to hire a team). Tim, a longtime artisan on our design-and-build team, came up with a few really great designs for some one-of-a-kind pieces that we created over the summer, and we loved them so much that we told him to run with them. The result is the Cumulus Collection, a cohesive line of wooden wall art that blends our signature angles and lines with rounded, flowing shapes like we’ve never experimented with before.

For his first collection, Tim said that he was inspired by nature, first and foremost. When drawing inspiration, he would admire the sky on his drive to the 1767 studio each morning, think of the plants and trees he encountered on walks in the forest, and even call to mind the patterns he saw on insects, many of which looked like subliminal faces.

“This line is my interpretation of the sky as the giant hero, the giver of nature; and nature can’t help but thank it by mimicking similar patterns to show respect,” Tim said.

While the Cumulus Collection won’t be released until late fall, we wanted to give you all a sneak peek here. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to release this line, especially since it’s been such a labor of love for one of our team members.

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Our Favorite Fall Things in Nashville

Each season, we like to put together a little travel guide of our favorite things in and around Nashville. There are so many visitors coming into town for a weekend stay, transplants putting down roots (much like we did five years ago), and road-trippers passing through on some type of journey throughout the South.

Nashville is a place that feels very different from season to season, so if you’ve been here in the summer, it might feel like a totally different place than when you come in the fall or winter. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit when the weather cools down.

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  • Natchez Trace Bridge. One of the most scenic spots in the Nashville area (and the country) is the Natchez Trace bridge, a double-arched bridge over Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County. We like to go out there when the leaves are changing colors because it offers some pretty incredible views of the Tennessee wilderness from the bridge’s center — and if you’re interested in design, there’s a lot of inspiration behind the bridge’s construction.

  • Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival. This is a fairly new music festival, but it draws huge names from Nashville and beyond. This year’s fest takes place September 22 & September 23, with headliners like Jack White, Lionel Richie, Hozier, Counting Crows, Chris Sapleton and Dave Matthews.

  • Seasonal cocktails at The Fox. Have we mentioned how much we love The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club? All jokes aside, the bar that we designed in East Nashville recently unveiled their list of fall and winter cocktails, and that thing is no joke.

  • Old Hickory Village. Some people (ahem — investors) are saying that Old Hickory could become the “new East Nashville.” We don’t know about all that, but we do think it’s a pretty special in its own right. This area just outside of the city is the home of the 1767 studio, and if you haven’t explored it yet, we’d recommend getting out there this fall to check out the lake, the historic homes and, of course, our home base.

  • Nashville Flea Market. We’re always talking about how much we love the flea market at the Nashville Fairgrounds, but anyone who knows the flea will tell you that fall is the best time to go. Nashville gets hot in the summertime, so once the weather cools down, it’s much more comfortable to wander the grounds and shop for treasures.

  • Chattanooga. Okay, not much of a Nashville activity, but if you’ve lived in Nashville for a while and you’re looking for a seriously easy (and inspiring) fall road trip, we’d suggest hitting the road for Chattanooga. We recently made the trek and stayed with Treetop Hideaways, but we also loved The Dwell Hotel, Collective Clothing and the beautiful Hunter Museum of American Art.

Architect Spotlight: Joseph Eichler

If you follow along with our blog, you know that we've been diving deep into the history of modern architecture and the architects who have influenced it. This month, we're looking at Joseph Eichler, one of the most influential names in the mid-century modern movement and, most interestingly, tract housing. 

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Eichler wasn't really an architect at all, but rather a real estate developer. Throughout the early 20th century, he was a major advocate of bringing the modern architecture that was popular in corporate buildings and larger, pricier custom homes to the general public through his company Eichler Homes.

Eichler Homes built tract housing throughout California, and lots of them. In fact, he built more than 11,000 homes in Northern and Southern California between 1949 and 1966, and eventually these homes became known simply as "Eichlers". These homes were built in large developments of multiple identical units, but we love them because unlike similar developments, Eichler found a way to inject major modern style and design elements influenced by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. By hiring architects and instructing them to create these affordable homes with the mid-century modern elements that Eichler appreciated, he created an entirely new type of tract housing.

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Most of Eichler's homes are known for a few key factors. Many of them are constructed with flat, gabled roofs and low lines that line up with the horizon. There are few (and sometimes no) windows on the front facades, but large, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the interiors. These homes were private from the street and open and full of light inside, while the public rooms were spacious with few walls and the private areas, such as the bedrooms and baths, were smaller and cozier. 

Today, Eichler's homes are synonymous with Californian architecture, and many people even refer to his style as "California contemporary". We love that Eichler sourced local elements such as redwood in Northern California and used them to create high-style, natural homes that were affordable and efficient for the average resident. 

   all images via  Dwell

all images via Dwell

Our Favorite Things: August 2018

August came and went in a hot, humid blur, and with it came lots of growth and changes for our company. We're still working away at getting our showroom set up for its re-opening, finishing up lots of custom wall art projects and right in the middle of one of our biggest interior design jobs to date. 

If you're equally busy and looking for some things to keep you inspired and on track, here are some songs, shows and sites we loved this August. 

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  • Japan planning. We're hitting the road for Japan this fall, and we couldn't be more excited to check out the gorgeous architecture, incredible restaurants and everything else that Japan has to offer. If you've been before and have suggestions, leave them in the comments! 
  • Creepy crime shows. We watched the Staircase and Sharp Objects this month, and both were great ways to unwind after a long day. Seriously creepy (and addicting!) 
  • This incredible Faroe Islands building. As soon as we saw this town hall building in the Faroe Islands, we were so inspired by the way it uses its natural surroundings as part of the architecture. The building was designed by Ósbjørn Jacobsen and is designed to look like it's floating right into the landscape. 
  • New Nashville hangouts. There's always a lot of action in the Nashville restaurant scene, and this summer we've seen quite a few new favorites pop up around town. We're particularly loving Folk and Wilburn Street Tavern in East Nashville. 
  • Music to work to. We're big fans of playing music (loud) to keep the whole shop motivated. This month we were loving the new Death Cab for Cutie and Childish Gambino.

Check out what else keeps us inspired on our Instagram and our Pinterest

How-To Series: Update Your Home's Exterior

We've been helping a lot of people lately who are buying homes with major potential, but that don't have much curb appeal going on currently. From '50s ranch homes that don't have that big, mid-century modern style to cozy bungalows that have seen better days on the exterior, these homes are charming, but just kind of... boring. 

There's no reason that you can't add some upgrades to a home's exterior even on a smaller budget; all it takes are a few smart touches to upgrade the facade without a full face lift. Here are a few of the budget-friendly renovations we've been making to the exteriors of homes we've worked on recently. 

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  • A fresh coat of paint. It's the most obvious exterior job, but a fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference when it comes to updating brick, wood or even vinyl siding. We're always huge fans of matte black to make a house feel modern and unexpected, but stark white paint is also a great way to bring a cool, timeless charm to your home. 
  • Tiered flower beds. We recently built some wooden, tiered flower beds along the entire front of our home, and it's made the facade feel more complete and interesting. Instead of filling yours with the classic landscaping flowers, we love adding cacti, tropical plants (if you live in a warmer climate), bonsai trees or even tall sunflowers. 
  • A statement wooden wall. If you're looking to add mid-century flair or a California vibe no matter where you live, you might add a slatted wooden wall against the front door or along the porch. This element adds some contrast against the material of your home, and it even adds shade if your porch gets a bit too sunny in the afternoon. 
  • New, modern windows. This one is definitely a bit pricier, but if you have the budget for it, replacing the windows with larger, more modern windows is a great way to add style and natural light (always important!) to your home. Many people replace the existing windows with a newer version of the same size, but while you're doing all that, why not go for something bigger and better? 
  • Swap out the light fixtures and finishes. Barely any budget for exterior renovations? Even just switching things like the exterior light fixtures, doors and railings can make a huge impact. We recently built some custom outdoor light fixtures for our friends The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, and it made a huge difference in that initial curb appeal. 
     

Interested in making some updates to your home's exterior? What a coincidence — so are we! Hit us up: hello@1767designs.com. 

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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