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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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  • 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.
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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.

Our Favorite Things: April 2018

Spring just couldn't decide whether or not it wanted to stick around this month, and winter keeps reappearing with the occasional 40-degree Nashville day full of blustery rain. It's been a month of transition, both in the weather and in our company: transitioning our business from the reclaimed wood art world to the design-and-build world, transitioning our retail space into something a bit more like a showroom, and always transitioning our creative process to fit our current goals. In between planning, reevaluating and daydreaming, these things brought us inspiration (and relaxation) this month. 

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  • Design books. We went wild on Amazon this month and scooped up tons of beautiful, design-heavy books on our favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) architects. The biggies like Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles and Bernice Eames were definitely in the mix, but we also found some books about new architects that we weren't so familiar with, like this, this and this
  • Dark green walls. We've been slowly renovating our own home for the past year or so, tackling larger projects over a weekend and maybe working on something smaller late on weeknights. We recently added a dark green accent wall to our bathroom after seeing tons of inspiration all over our favorite blogs. 
  • Backgammon. What's your favorite way to relieve stress? Aside from the occasional Negroni or a night cooking dinner at home, playing backgammon has definitely become part of our weekend stress relief routine. 
  • Japanese travel. We're endlessly inspired by the simplicity and serenity of Japan's homes, landscapes and culture, and we've been dreaming of taking a trip all over the Japan. Remodelista's travel guide is especially inspiring.  
  • Drake. We only love our bed and our mama... and the new(ish) Drake song. We're sorry.

Architect Spotlight: Richard Neutra

We look for inspiration in lots of different places, but there's no better place to go for inspiration than straight to the source. When 1767 started moving into the design world, we began learning all we could about history's best architects, picking up bits and pieces of their styles and finding new and creative ways to approach our own projects.

We frequently post inspirational shots from these architects over on our Instagram page, and lots of you seemed just as interested in them as we are. That's when we got the idea to feature one of our favorite architects each month here on our blog to help share what we're learning, show you where our inspiration comes from and (of course) give you some serious #HousePorn to look at. 

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Our first featured architect is Richard Neutra — master of modernism, lover of art and fellow Californian (though he was originally born in Austria). Neutra worked briefly under Frank Lloyd Wright, but he owes most of his education in architecture to European architects like Gustav AmmannErich Mendelsohn and Rudolf Schindler. Neutra worked under Schindler in Southern California in the mid 1920s, and the work that they created together was so far ahead of its time, we'd swear it was from the mid century. 

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Neutra first worked as a landscape architect when he arrived in California, designing gardens throughout areas like Newport Beach and Hollywood. After his architecture skills began catching up with his mentor Rudolf Schindler, the two went into business together (along with Carol Aronovici) to form the Architectural Group for Industry and Commerce, or AGIC. Their work was geometric, yet airy and open, creating what became known as the West Coast answer to the mid-century modern style. 

We love that Neutra emphasized function for the client, not just style — he was known for asking endless lists of questions before beginning any build so that he could really understand how the family would use the home. He created multipurpose rooms, blended the landscape into the home's design and made the floor plans open, accessible and airy. In a Los Angeles Times interview, Neutra famously called his homes "ready-for-anything".

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Design Travel Guide: Asheville, NC

Just a few hours from Nashville (and with a name that sounds crazy similar), Asheville is a great getaway for East Coasters or Southerners looking for a low-key road trip. This quirky mountain town is full of literary and music history, acclaimed restaurants and design-savvy cabins that make for the perfect weekend away. Here are a few of our favorite Asheville spots. 

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  • The Airbnbs. There are a few hotel options (like the luxe Windsor Boutique Hotel), but in such a friendly, communal city, we love to stay in an Airbnb. Options like this, this or this are quintessential Asheville, or if you're not set on staying right in the city, there are a ton of mountain cabins just outside. 
  • Sovereign Remedies. We love this cozy, narrow bar and restaurant for its eclectic vintage decor and its cool history (it was once the New Medical Building and a drugstore/barber shop). Grab a spot on the couch for a too-pretty-to-drink cocktail and an order of bone marrow tater tots. 
  • Burial Beer Co. Asheville is well known for its breweries (there are tons), and while you'll often hear about the totally worthwhile Wicked Weed, we're partial to Burial Beer Co. for its cool, industrial taproom, colorful murals and outdoor patio. 
  • Cúrate. This incredible tapas spot is pronounced "coo-rah-tay" rather than like the often-overused "curate," so let's get that out of the way first. Moving on to the food: if you're looking for seriously creative Spanish cuisine in a seriously stylish downtown Asheville location, this is the place. 
  • Tupelo Honey. If we had to bet on one restaurant in Asheville that you're going to hear about, it's this one. With cookbooks and press galore, this small chain of Southern-style breakfast spots originated in Asheville before expanding all the way to Texas, but we think it's still worth a visit to try the incredible biscuits and baked goods. 
  • East Fork. Being an independent artisan company, we love to find independent makers to support in other cities, and we think East Fork Pottery is doing it best in Asheville. Stop into their new downtown storefront to pick up handmade pour-overs, sets of dishes or their Instagram-popular mugs
  • The Black Mountain College Museum. This progressive college began in the mountains outside of Asheville in 1933, when artists were being persecuted all over the world. Refugees made their way from Nazi Germany to Asheville to form this experiment in artistic education, and it spawned some of the most influential writers, artists and leaders in American history over the next two decades. Today, the The Black Mountain College Museum is worth a visit to learn about the inspiring story and admire its graduates' art collections. 
  • The Grove Arcade. If you're looking for more architectural history, the Grove Arcade is one of the city's most interesting spots. This downtown marketplace was built in 1929, and today it's full of restaurants, shops, and an awesome outdoor artists market. 
  • The Biltmore Estate. It's huge. It's insane. It's pretty much everything you'd expect from the largest home in America. Even if you're the type to avoid "tourist" attractions, this one is worth a visit. 

 

How-To Series: Spring Home Refresh

We're all about new beginnings here, especially when they involve getting rid of things that aren't working to make space for things that do. That's why we love the whole idea of "spring cleaning": de-cluttering our home, making things more efficient and taking some time to reevaluate how things operate in our space.

Here are some of the things we're planning on doing to refresh our home and shop this season. 

  • Clear out the things you don't need. You know that book everyone always talks about? Well, you don't have to read it in order to get the idea: the Japanese are on to something when it comes to clearing out the unnecessary clutter in your life. We're looking forward to going through our belongings, asking ourselves if they still have value and donating the things that don't. 
  • Tackle those little projects. Whether you own your house or you rent, there are always little home improvement projects that pile up. From installing a new clothing rack in a closet to an entire bathroom renovation, now is a great time to set aside some time (and money) to get those reno jobs done. 
  • Prep your outdoor space. If you're anything like us, you think every hangout is more fun if it's outside. We're planning on making this the year that we finally make our patio a place for a few drinks with friends by adding some furniture, incorporating outdoor lighting and brightening it up with lots of plants. 
  • Switch out your linens. This one is pretty specific, but we love the idea of switching out heavy winter bedding and shabby towels with light linens for the warmer seasons. 
  • Make the most of your windows. Now that the days are longer and the temperatures are warmer, you'll likely be using your windows a lot more. Give them a thorough wash inside and out to clean off any winter debris, then trade in any heavy window treatments for light, white curtains or blinds that you can easily pull away.