How-To Guide: Plan New Year's Eve at Home

New Year’s Eve is always an inspiring time for us, as we’re sure it is for many of you. The idea of a fresh start, a time to set intentions, and a time to reflect back on the goals you met over the past year is something we can totally get behind, especially if it involves inviting all your friends over to sip champagne and make something delicious to eat together.

If you’re the type to skip the crowds and celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, we’re right there with you. Here are a few of our new favorite New Year’s Eve traditions that we’ve found from cultures around the world (or even just around the web).

  • Make a family-style meal. Instead of fighting for a reservation, we love the idea of inviting friends or family over for a family-style meal that everyone can enjoy together. A big batch of Spanish paella, a roasted chicken with lots of tasty sides, or even a taco bar all sound delicious to us, and they’d be even more fun if everyone pitches in.

  • Banish bad spirits like the Danish. In Denmark, it’s customary to throw old plates or glassware against the door to banish bad spirits in the New Year. Sounds like just the kind of noisy and symbolic gesture we love for New Year’s Eve.

  • Eat grapes like the Spanish. In Spain, it’s customary to eat 12 grapes at midnight (one for each time the toll of the clock bell in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol). Stock up on grapes and hand them out to your guests!

  • Bake a King Cake. Many cultures around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve with some type of “king cake”. If you want to take part in this tradition, bake a cake with a gold coin or some other type of oven-safe trinket hidden inside. Serve the cake at midnight; whoever finds the coin is promised an especially prosperous year!

  • Make a wish like the Russians. We already love champagne, but this Russian tradition makes it even more special. The Russians like to write down a wish for the new year on a slip of paper, then burn it and throw it into a champagne glass. By midnight, everyone must drink their glass to make their wish come true.

  • Make a bonfire like the Dutch. In the Netherlands, it’s customary to burn your Christmas tree in a large bonfire outside. If your New Year’s celebration is warm enough to take the festivities outside, we’d love ringing in 2019 bundled up around a cozy bonfire.

Our Favorite Things: 1767 Year-End Round-Up

While we usually round up our favorite things that we saw on the internet that month in our Favorite Things series, we thought that this month, it would be fun to round up our favorite projects that we did this year.

2018 was a big one for us: there was lots of “outside-our-comfort-zone”-ing, lots of learning as we go, lots of jumping head-first into new territories with our projects, and we couldn’t be prouder of the work we did this year. It was a year of saying yes to projects that we may have shied away from in the past for one reason or another, and we’re so happy to say that each one was completed thanks to our incredible team.

From large-scale commercial builds to custom pieces for intimate residential projects, here are a few of our favorite projects from 2018.

Rian’s Custom Floating Bar

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This one was one of our most popular projects on Instagram, and we have to say, it was one of our favorites to make, too. The floating shelf was designed to act as a modern bar, with a steel frame, reclaimed wood sourced from Layman Drug Co., a music production studio in Nashville housed in what was once a pharmacy back in the 1890s, and mirrored elements for some visual interest.

Consider the Wldflwrs’ Shop Displays

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We were honored to be asked to build the custom display cases for fellow Nashville-based makers Consider the Wldflwrs’ new storefront, and it was definitely one of our largest and most time intensive projects of the year. We love the way the steel in-wall display cases look with their handmade jewelry inside, and the way the central cash wrap acts as the focal point of the space.

Mojo’s Tacos Franklin Restaurant

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We’re big fans of both tacos and beautifully designed spaces, and this project combined both. We worked with Powell Architects to create wood installations for a 40-foot bar, a 12-foot back bar and the custom Mojo’s Tacos signage out front, and it ended up being one of our most colorful and unique projects of the year.

Some Drifters’ Bus

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This one was also super popular on our Instagram, and we totally get why. The process was a little non-traditional: while we didn’t actually build out the space, we helped Some Drifters to design the wooden floor installations and smart, compact tables for their schoolbus-turned-tiny-home.

The Cumulus Collection

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Our latest wall art collection was the first one designed by one of our team members, which made it even more special to create. The Cumulus Collection launched this fall, and it was a labor of love inspired by the trees, sky and water surrounding our Tennessee workshop.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

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The Fox was a major milestone for us because it was our first full-scale design-and-build project. We designed the entire space and built it out alongside the bar’s owners (and our good friends), and while it technically opened late last year, we’re still counting this as one of our favorite projects of 2018.

Architect Spotlight: Cape Cod's Modernist Homes

We love featuring an iconic architect here on the blog, but this month, we decided to delve a little deeper into not one specific architect, but rather a group of unexpected homes and the architects who designed them.

Jack Hall’s Hatch House via Surface Mag

Jack Hall’s Hatch House via Surface Mag

The Modernist homes in Cape Cod are a bit of an enigma: they’re located in a coastal area that is certainly not well-known for this style of home, and because of that, most of them have been long-forgotten and fallen into disrepair. The majority of the area’s Modernist homes were built between 1930 and 1960, right in the midst of the Modernist period. There were about 110 Modernist homes total built along the Cape during that time, and most of them were built deep in the woods around Cape Cod Bay in order to really blend in with the natural setting.

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

Maybe our favorite thing about Cape Cod’s Modernist homes is the reason they were built in the first place. Modernist architects (many of whom were self-taught) loved the Cape’s easy, summer vacation mentality, which they thought jived well with the open, social feel of the Modernist style home. They decided to build these homes in the Cape in order to get away from the bustle of nearby cities like New York and Boston, but they chose to place them away from everyone else deep in the woods so as to not disturb Cape Cod’s longtime residents with their bohemian, artist lifestyles. Luckily, the two groups seemed to coexist peacefully, and the homes didn’t disturb the otherwise seamless look of Cape Cod’s beachy shores.

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

The Kugel/Gips House, via Remodelista

So, how did these frugal yet stylish vacation homes hold up? Unfortunately, around 1961, legislation was passed to freezing all new development, and many of the Modernist homeowners were bought out and their homes were demolished. The Cape Cod Modern House Trust was established in 2007 to attempt to restore some of the more well-maintained existing homes, including Jack Hall’s Hatch House, Charles Zehnder’s Kugel/Gips House and Paul Weidlinger’s personal home. These three homes are now up for rent, so if you’re looking for a piece of Modernist history for next summer’s vacation, you’d be hard pressed to find something more impressive.

A Custom Dining Room for Matt's Nashville Home

We love to share a look into our residential projects with you guys, and one of our more recent projects was an especially fun one. Rather than the usual reclaimed wood, for this one we used smooth, modern walnut and oak to create floating shelves and a custom dining set for his Nashville dining room.

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Matt wanted a spacious dining table that could seat lots of friends, so we used a nice walnut to create a modern dining table with matching benches. He added some mid-century-inspired chairs at either end for additional seating, plus lots of plants on top.

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For the modern, black and white kitchen, we built some oak floating shelves that would add a natural element while still feeling really open and functional. We love the contrast they have against the white subway tile, and their symmetry on either side of the hood vent.

Are you interested in a custom furniture or design project for your home? Email us! hello@1767designs.com.

Pricing + Shipping Transparency

 
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For the sake of transparency in our pricing, we wanted to update you guys on something that we’ve been working on for a while now (and something we think you’ll be pretty happy about).

We realized a little while back that we were able to take advantage of some loyalty discounts through our shipping provider since we ship so many items, and we were excited to pass the shipping savings on to you. The majority of 1767 pieces are made of solid, reclaimed hardwood, which means that they aren’t exactly cheap to ship.

Unfortunately, we quickly realized that our online platform doesn’t allow us to create custom shipping prices; rather, the online platform pulls standard shipping prices directly from the shipping provider based on the size and weight of the item, without factoring in any loyalty discounts we may have.

This left us with a decision to make: we could go the easy route and allow our website to continue to calculate shipping automatically (even though we’re now eligible for shipping discounts), or we could manually tack the cost of shipping (including our discount) on to the price of each item. Since we know that the cost of shipping is sometimes what stands in the way of a purchase for many of you, we decided to figure out out what shipping would cost for each item and manually add that on to each item’s price.

So what does that mean for your purchase? Well, if you already had your eye on a specific item, it may look like the price has gone up — but we can assure you that it hasn’t. With our new “sorta free shipping” pricing system, the cost of (discounted!) shipping is automatically included in the price of every item, so there will be no more pricey fees once you add that item to your cart. This will save you a few bucks on shipping with each purchase — even if it requires a bit of extra explaining on our end.

Got a question about shipping, pricing or other small business things? Shoot us an email at hello@1767designs.com.

1767's Nashville Holiday Gift Guide 2018

We’re definitely a little biased, but we think that Nashville has one of the best maker communities in the country. We’ve worked side by side with so many incredible local brands on projects throughout the years, and when we set up shop at Porter Flea every year, we can’t help but feel amazed by the other maker booths around us.

This year, we decided to put together a Nashville gift guide to help locals and non-locals alike shop our favorite brands this holiday season. We strongly believe in shopping small for holiday gifts, so we wanted to help make it easier for you guys to find quality wares from our local maker community.

Here are a few of the 1767 team’s favorite things.

How-To Guide: Shop Small + Local for the Holidays

One of the things we get asked about the most is our pricing. We aim to price our pieces fairly for the amount of work (it’s a lot!) that goes into making them, but we understand that well-made, handcrafted goods are a bit more expensive than something similar that you’d buy at a store.

If you understand the value of shopping small and local, but you’re struggling with how to budget to buy handmade items around the holidays, we want to help. We’ll be sharing a complete gift guide to our favorite Nashville brands in the coming weeks, but until then, we’d like to help you out with some tips for shopping small and making it affordable this holiday season.

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  • Aim to buy fewer, better things. First and foremost, you need to have the mindset that you don’t need to buy lots of gifts for your loved ones, but rather one really great gift that’s made to last. If your friends and family are the type to appreciate well-made goods, then they’re sure to understand the value in something handcrafted and made with care.

  • Budget and plan ahead of time. Many of us set out to do our holiday shopping at a mall, without a plan in place or specific items chosen ahead of time. This usually leads to blowing your budget, buying lots of things that you’re not sure if your loved ones will even like, and generally just flying blind with your shopping, so to speak. Instead, set a budget ahead of time and promise yourself that you’ll stick to it. In that same vein, you should also make a list of what you’d like to buy each person ahead of time so that you can put some extra thought into each present.

  • Hit a makers market. If you live in a city with a designated holiday makers market, this is the best way to shop for lots of locally made goods in one place. You’ll also know that they’re all high-quality, because most markets vet the maker submissions and only accept the best ones. In Nashville, our favorite makers market is Porter Flea.

  • Shop independent boutiques. Lots of independent boutiques carry wares from local makers, so if you’re not sure where to go (but you know that you don’t want to go to a mall), these are great places to start.

  • Put thought and care into your gift wrapping. You may feel self-conscious about how few gifts you’re giving out (especially if your friends and family are the types to go overboard on gifts), so putting extra care into the presentation will make each gift feel more special. If you’re worried that your loved ones won’t quite understand the story behind that piece of wall art or that handmade bag, take the time to attach a handwritten note describing who made the item, where you bought it, and why it made you think of them.

  • Encourage your crew to shop local, too. If your friend group normally does a secret Santa or another type of gift exchange, suggest that everyone buy a locally made gift this year. It’s a fun way to support the local maker community, do some good for the environment and make sure that everyone gets something they’ll actually like!

A Showroom Build for Consider the Wldlflwrs

We’re excited to finally show you guys a design project that we’ve been working on for a while now, and one that marks a big milestone in the design-and-build phase of our company.

We’ve done makers’ markets alongside Nashville-based jewelry brand Consider the Wldflwrs for a few years, so when they approached us to create some custom display cases for their brand new showroom, we were immediately on board. The showroom would operate as a place for owner Emily to meet with potential clients to design their own custom jewelry pieces, but it would also be a place to display Consider the Wldflwrs’ jewelry collections for customers to shop in person. Emily had big ideas for what she wanted the space to look like and how she wanted the furnishings to work, and we loved helping her create pieces that worked for her business as it continues to grow.

We built some custom steel in-wall display cases for the space, adding glass windows and brass handles for a little contrast. We also built a large, central cashwrap with a display case on one side for displaying their beautiful rings and other jewelry. The final result is clean and minimal but also timeless and a bit moody, which you guys know is right up our alley.

Check out the completed space below, or visit it in person (if you’re in Nashville) at 901 Woodland Street, Suite 102.

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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.

  • Fireclay Tile. This made-in-America tile company creates handcrafted tile in more than 130 individually mixed colors. We can’t stop admiring the huge variety of shapes, sizes and color combinations that people create using their tiles (and if you follow them on Instagram, you’ll also love how satisfying it is to watch Fireclay employees hand paint each tile).