Rian's Nashville Home Full of Custom Pieces

The only thing we like more than working together with our customers to create beautiful, functional custom pieces for their homes is working with our customers to create lots of custom pieces for their homes. Rian Dawson is that type of customer for us here in Nashville. We first worked together earlier last year on this floating bar, which was kind of a dream project for us. Once the project was done and installed in Rian’s home, he contacted us to create a few other pieces to really tie the rooms together. Rian’s interior designer, the talented Zoë Cullen, took the reins on this one, and we loved helping to bring her vision to life.


If you remember, we created the floating shelves to act as a sort of hybrid bar and shelving unit. It features reclaimed wood 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 and glass shelves. The back of the bar is accented by mirrored elements for a bit of visual interest.


Rian is a musician, so of course he has a killer vinyl collection. In his living area, we built some floating record shelves to both store the records and put them on full display. The reclaimed wood pops against the matte black wall, and his turntable sits just below. On the flip side of the wall is a fireplace, and we created a floating wooden slab fireplace mantle with just the right amount of rustic detail. We also added a custom metal fireplace grate beneath with a diamond shape in the center and arched details around the edges.


To finish things off, we created an oversized custom mirror for Rian’s bedroom. The room is painted matte black with some really cool wainscoting, so Zoë wanted to add to the room without overpowering it. All it really needed was a giant bent steel framed mirror and not much else, so that’s just what we made him.


Finally, Zoë came to us with a design for a solid white oak dining table to replace the round table Rian had in his dining area. While the new design is still round to allow for easy access throughout the open concept space, it has a slatted detail around the base made of white oak half rounds to add some unique detail. We built the table to Zoe’s specifications, and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product (or more excited to see it in Rian’s space).


Want to get started designing your own space? Email us! Hello@1767designs.com or take a look at our past projects here.

Architect(ure) Spotlight: Georgia O'Keeffe's Homes

While we normally spotlight a favorite architect in this series on our blog, you guys seemed to really love our dive into Cape Cod’s Modernist homes last month. This got us thinking about other famous homes that we really love rather than particular architects, which led us to Georgia O’Keeffe.

via O’Keeffe Museum

via O’Keeffe Museum

If you’re already a fan of O’Keeffe and her famous homes, then you know what we’re talking about. The renowned painter’s two New Mexico homes were often the backdrops in her paintings, and they both have this incredible sparse, yet lived-in feel that you just can’t replicate.

The first, Ghost Ranch, is located about an hour outside of Santa Fe in the high desert. One of the country’s first environmentalists, Arthur Pack, purchased the ranch and sold a piece of it to O’Keeffe because she loved visiting the area to work on her paintings. The ranch got its (undeniably badass) name because many years earlier, cattle rustlers would hide stolen goods there. To deter neighbors from poking around, they started a rumor that the area was haunted by spirits. The turn-off to the ranch was always marked by a large animal skull, but it wasn’t until O’Keeffe famously incorporated the skull into her paintings that it really became the unofficial symbol.

via Architectural Digest

via Architectural Digest

O’Keeffe bought her second home, Abiquiú, in 1945. It would later become her home and studio, and while she previously spent only summers in New Mexico, she moved there more permanently after her husband’s death in 1949. Abiquiú was in ruins when O’Keeffe purchased it, but she lovingly restored the 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era home over the next four years. O’Keeffe lived and painted between Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú until 1984, when she moved to Santa Fe because of her deteriorating health.

Via O’Keeffe Museum

Via O’Keeffe Museum

Today, you can take tours of both homes and even stay overnight, which sounds like a pretty dreamy getaway to us.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.