The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club Build

As a company, we've always dreamed of venturing into the interior design and commercial design world, and recently it's felt like the next logical step for 1767. Unlike building that first coffee table or wall art piece, however, it isn't something that we could jump into headfirst. We've slowly been building up our skills and experience with designing interiors through smaller projects (such as the floor at the Thompson Hotel and the installations at Urban Cowboy Nashville), but it wasn't until we signed on to design the Fox Bar & Cocktail Club earlier this year that we really got to take on an entire design project from start to finish. 

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Our good friend decided to open the Fox just a few months back, and we got behind his vision right away. He took over the space underneath Nicoletto's Pasta Co. in East Nashville, and despite its relative emptiness and somewhat cozy size, we knew that it was the perfect space for the type of bar he had in mind. The Fox would be a low-key but high-style hangout for Nashville local and visitors alike, complete with classic, handcrafted cocktails, booths large enough for your whole crew to camp out for an evening and a sleek bar area perfect for grabbing a drink before a show nearby. 

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We started by gutting the space to make room for built-in booths along the wall, as well as a large bar and intimate tables throughout. We created custom orb-style light fixtures over the bar itself, distressed mirrors behind open shelving and brass fixtures on all of the doors. Next, we covered the booths with a luxe green velvet and marble inlays at the center of the tables, while the bathroom got the wallpaper treatment with an art deco-inspired print that instantly made us want to take a mirror selfie. Antique Persian rugs and low, leather seating create a cozy nook in one corner, and the brass light fixtures over the back door make the space feel like a hidden gem or a seriously stylish version of your favorite hole-in-the-wall bar. Once all was said and (almost) done, the Fox ended up with a vibe that's somewhere between a 1920s speakeasy and a laid-back, locals-only dive bar. 

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This was by far one of the most challenging projects that we've worked on, but also the most rewarding — although the real reward will come once we sip that first Old Fashioned at the Fox when it opens for business later this month. 

Three Big Events (And an Even Bigger Apartment)

When it comes to announcements, we like to get right down to business. Here are a few big events coming up for 1767, plus an exciting project that we just couldn't wait to tell you about.

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  • M Street Chef Week With Kayne Prime. From April 24 through April 30, Nashville's M Street restaurant group is hosting its annual Chef Week, which features private dinners pairing some of the city's best chefs with area artists. We were chosen to work with Kayne Prime's Steven Chandler to create custom serving trays to use as the backdrop for his stunning culinary creations. 
  • The Sunday Market. On Sunday, May 14 we'll be heading to Franklin, TN for this makers' market. The market is held in the Shed at Southeast side of The Factory at Franklin, and you can listen to some live music, grab food from Nashville's best food trucks and do some good for local non-profits while you shop.
  • Porter Flea. We always look forward to Porter Flea's huge summer show, and we're already gearing up for this year's market on June 16 and 17. 
  • The Olmsted. We're excited to announce that we're working on some custom installations and furniture designs in the Olmsted, a new apartment complex in Nashville's SoBro neighborhood. The 328-unit building will feature work from a few Nashville artists, so we'll be in very good company. Stay tuned for more! 

 

How-To Series: Cleanse a Room

Cleansing the atmosphere, creating a vibe – whatever you call it, sometimes a room just needs it. We're big believers that a clean space is key for getting to work or getting creative, so we've found lots of ways to freshen up a room and make it feel bright and airy. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cleanse a room (or your whole home). 

image by Deane Hearne via  The Future Kept

image by Deane Hearne via The Future Kept

  • Smudging. Smudging involves burning a thick bundle of dried herbs, such as sage or cedar. In order to disperse the scent and the cleansing smoke around the room, many people wave it through the air or walk with it through their home. 
  • Palo Santo sticks. Similar to smudge sticks, Palo Santo sticks are great for cleansing the energy in a room. The sticks are taken from Palo Santo trees in South America, and when you burn them like incense, it creates a really calming, fresh-smelling smoke. 
  • Candles. Sometimes all it takes is the glow of a candle to instantly make a room feel cozy and a little mysterious. We like to light a few musky scented candles when we're sketching out new design ideas. 
  • Open it up. We're all about openness when it comes to feeling inspired, so if you're feeling a little stifled in your office or bedroom, try clearing away clutter and getting rid of any bulky furniture that you don't need. 
  • Essential oils. If you're the type who prefers something with a longer lasting scent, ditch the store-bought air freshener and invest in a diffuser. These devices create a steady stream of water vapor when you fill them with water and essential oils, and depending on which oils you choose, they can even help with lots of different ailments. Try diffusing a nice jasmine oil if you're feeling stressed or lavender if you want to relax before bed. 

Our Favorite Things: August 2016

August was a great month for us here at 1767. We made good progress on existing projects and tacked a few more on to our ever-growing to-do list, and we still managed to have some time for cold beers with friends and other summer activities. Here were our favorite things from around the web and here in Nashville this August. 

  • Boating on Percy Priest Lake. There are always new things to discover here in Nashville, even after a few years of living in the city. This month we rented a pontoon boat with friends on Percy Priest Lake and spent the day jumping off cliffs, grilling burgers and getting a bit too burnt for our own good. 
  • Airbnb. We've always loved staying in Airbnbs while traveling, but this month we got really serious about our own Airbnb property. The charming bungalow is located in Nashville's up-and-coming Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, and it's officially open for business if you're looking for a place to rest your head after a night of honky tonking. You may even get to see a few "vintage" 1767 pieces during your stay! 
  • Prepping for Fall Makers' Markets. Our calendar is already full of makers' markets this fall, and we spent much of the month prepping our booth and getting some new pieces built. You can expect to see us at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta, Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC, and Music City Food + Wine Fest in Nashville. 
  • Stranger Things. Did you guys get into this Netflix series? We may or may not have watched it all in one (very lazy) Sunday! 
Image via Netflix

Image via Netflix

1767 x Urban Cowboy

We’re so excited to finally announce a (somewhat) secret project that we’ve been working on for the past few months: the Nashville location of the Brooklyn-based Urban Cowboy B&B. If you’re an Instagram user or someone who frequently peruses design blogs, you’ve likely seen Urban Cowboy’s exposed wood beams and Southwestern décor popping up all over the Internet, so we were thrilled when they asked us to be a part of their expansion from New York to Nashville.

Urban Cowboy owner Lyon Porter purchased a Victorian mansion in the city's up-and-coming East Nashville neighborhood that was once used as a more traditional B&B. A little over 8 months after our initial conversation, the stuffy, unused building is now the site of one of the most unique and personality-filled hotel alternatives in town — and we couldn’t be prouder to say that our art and woodwork plays a part in many of Urban Cowboy Nashville’s rooms. If you’re planning on checking it out on your next trip through Nashville (or even booking a staycation for adventurous locals), be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these custom 1767 pieces.

12' x 10' Installation art piece in the main foyer of the mansion.

12' x 10' Installation art piece in the main foyer of the mansion.

This custom wall is made of a decent amount of copper and a hell of a lot of wood. All of the wood that we used was sourced from the home's original walls (that's our jam, as you know), and the copper was Urban Cowboy owner Lyon's idea. While we had never worked with copper prior to this project, we met the challenge head-on (also kind of our jam). We built and tore down the wall's center design four times before it felt right, but it was well worth it in the end. 

Copper and reclaimed wood artwork above the fireplace in the music parlor of The Cowboy.

Copper and reclaimed wood artwork above the fireplace in the music parlor of The Cowboy.

Copper and reclaimed wood artwork above the fireplace in the main parlor of The Cowboy.

Copper and reclaimed wood artwork above the fireplace in the main parlor of The Cowboy.

Lyon liked the copper look so much that he wanted to extend it throughout the rest of the house. These copper and wood mantles sit in the communal spaces on the first floor. 

Door headdress in 'The Swing' Bedroom.

Door headdress in 'The Swing' Bedroom.

We brought the same design as the mantle covers to add some shine above the doors (with the help of our now-good friend Clinton Van Gemert of Printsburgh). The piece worked around Clint's already amazing handmade wallpaper installations.

Reclaimed Oak bed and patterned copper headboard in 'The Swing' Bedroom.

Reclaimed Oak bed and patterned copper headboard in 'The Swing' Bedroom.

Reclaimed wood bed with patterned copper head and footboards in 'The Muse' Bedroom.

Reclaimed wood bed with patterned copper head and footboards in 'The Muse' Bedroom.

What's a great bed without a great headboard? We worked with Lyon to design custom headboards for all of the beds in the Cowboy. Some of them are solid copper in starburst shapes, while others extend all the way to the ceiling. 

Reclaimed wood and copper installation headboard and footboard in 'The Lion's Den' Suite.

Reclaimed wood and copper installation headboard and footboard in 'The Lion's Den' Suite.

Reclaimed charred Heart Pine bed in 'The Midnight Rider' Bedroom.

Reclaimed charred Heart Pine bed in 'The Midnight Rider' Bedroom.

Urban Cowboy's initial credo was to create a space for artists, musicians and interesting people of all kinds to gather, and that's an idea we can certainly get behind. We couldn't be happier to see 1767 pieces find a home in this inspiring space (and now that the work is done, to curl up in one of those rooms ourselves!). 

Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations

Photo by Kate Dearman

Photo by Kate Dearman

Patrick Hayes is the artistic mind behind 1767, a Nashville-based business that breathes second life into salvageable materials. While still in his mid-twenties, the designer’s stunning woodwork has captured the attention of some serious heavy hitters. What serendipitously happened over the last couple years is still a marvel to this hands-on-kinda-guy. By cementing his own path, Hayes is preserving the ever-changing landscape of Nashville. In a city perpetually under construction, he snags hidden gems from a sea of sawdust. It is Hayes’ social consciousness and affinity for human connection that makes his installations, furniture and creativity stand out in the crowd. After experiencing his charm, drive and on-the-money insights in person I was a fan.  

1767— what’s the significance behind those digits?

It’s the distance in miles from my California home to my Nashville digs. However, I love letting people interpret the name as they want. 

 

Why the move from the West to the Southeast?

Prior to moving here in 2014, I had no real direction as far as a career path. My wife had a job opportunity and together, we accidentally stumbled across one of the most up-and-coming cities in America—Nashville, Tennessee.

Moving can sometimes help you find yourself where it was hiding all along. 

It’s hard to break away from the habits of everyday life. My intention was to throw myself into a situation where I didn’t know what would happen. I began teaching myself woodworking because I was jobless, and it was better than sitting around the house.

(Laughs) Did you learn by crashing and burning like me?

Reclaimed wood artwork w/ copper inlay.

Reclaimed wood artwork w/ copper inlay.

(Laughs harder) Yes! And by watching a lot of YouTube videos.

It’s amazing that a guy who salvages century-old materials learned how to through online tutorials. 

I went to school for entrepreneurship so I already had an idea of how to run a business. I learned woodworking through trial-and-error. 

Why the desire to be your own boss?

Before 1767, I went back and forth a lot in my mind about how I wanted my life to look. After high school graduation I ditched college to pursue music and live on the road for a few years. After getting that out of my system I went back to study business because, truthfully, I am a bad subordinate. While my path wasn’t intentional I knew, in my gut, I could not work for someone else. 

You first started making furniture for your home, right?

Yep. My first pile of trash wood came from a construction worker who collected it from the homes he was working on. I had no idea there was a whole movement around makers until I started taking my wares to the flea market.

Do you still pinch yourself about the huge following you’ve gained? 

Yes!

Is social media your premium networking tool? 

It’s everything. When I check the statistics on my website literally 90% of the business is funneled through Instagram. The rest comes from word of mouth and telling every single person I encounter what it is that I’m working on at the moment.

You never know who is in the know. Why are you so passionate about repurposing pieces of history?

While I love the aesthetic of reclaimed wood, the real pull is in the story behind the material. It’s a bummer these homes are being thrown away however, I love having the ability to revitalize them. That’s where the emotional tie is for me.

That must be moving indeed.

Through this business I’ve had amazing, one-of-a-kind opportunities like standing in a house where family photos fell from behind a mantel and onto the floor. Finding stuff that’s been lost for decades is the most rewarding part.

How did you develop your aesthetic?

I mimic techniques and then make them my own. Working with Lyon Porter, owner of the Urban Cowboy BnB, has been so freeing. Our collaboration is about pushing the envelope, allowing yourself to make mistakes, and having fun. He’s on another level altogether. 

Photo by Kate Dearman.

Photo by Kate Dearman.

Are there moments where you think, shit I can’t pull this off! 

If something scares me I usually run at it.

Is every second a learning curve?

Every single day I learn a million new things.  Right now I am transitioning from a woodworker into a designer. Building a team presents a lot of unexpected challenges. It takes a lot of trust to execute the vision. Delegating is my biggest obstacle right now.

To grow you have to sometimes get out of your own way. 

Yes! And the hardest fact to face is that no one is going to care about your work as much as you do. One day I realized, I can’t do everything myself. Otherwise, I’d go crazy.Thankfully, every mistake is reparable so as long as we’re learning no harm, no foul.

What’s the best compliment anyone has ever given you about your work?

Two years ago, I visited a house to collect some wood and a gentleman began chatting me up. He told me that he grew up in the house, gave me a tour and told me some stories. Several months later, I reworked a mantel extracted from that same home into an installation for Porter Flea Market. The same man came out and brought his entire family. He began crying the second he saw what I had built from the remnants of his childhood home. After giving me a hug and thanking me, I never saw him again. It was the first time I realized there is so much value beyond things looking cool. There were no words exchanged yet it was the most surreal moment.

You made his day. 

-By Lily Hansen

A Forgotten Family Home Takes on New Life in Nashville’s Salemtown Neighborhood

 
The No Dogs - No Dogs house, January 2016.

The No Dogs - No Dogs house, January 2016.

It’s no secret that when a city starts to become the latest It City, it comes with a cost; in Nashville, that’s been the loss of quite a few of our landmark homes.

Now, we’re not opposed to the city’s growth or even the high-rise apartments and modern condos that have since popped up in place of these 1920s craftsman homes, but we couldn’t just sit idly by and watch as these incredible houses were torn down and disposed of. That’s why we’ve always made it a part of our mission to honor Nashville’s past with every piece that we build.  

Just about all of the wood that we use to create every patterned coffee table, every rustic mantle and every piece of wall art comes from a home that was recently torn down in Nashville. From just one house, we can create dozens of pieces of furniture and art, preserving a piece of Nashville’s history and giving our customers something completely unique to display in homes both in Nashville and across the country.

Our most recent home is a different endeavor altogether, and it involves what we like to think of as the next, natural progression for 1767.

This home was originally built in 1898 in what is now Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, a hip and upscale area known for its warehouse-turned-artist-studios and sleek brunch spots. The low, brick duplex is riddled with damage from a fire, and it stands out like a sore thumb against the modern apartment buildings.

When the home’s owner approached us to help salvage what we could from it and incorporate its charred wood into the design of the new structure, we couldn’t help but think that this is exactly the type of job we’ve always hoped that our company would someday progress into doing: one that would help us to preserve Nashville’s past in an even more permanent way.

The battered, old home, with its boarded-up windows and “No Dogs - No Dogs” warnings spray painted across the front, will soon take on a new, purposeful life, and we couldn’t be happier to help the structure maintain some of its original spirit — whether it's in the form of a new floor, a wall, a mantle, or something else entirely. We're not exactly sure how the recycled wood will fit into the new design quite yet, but it's all a part of the process. 

Watch this space for more updates on the “No Dogs - No Dogs” House.