Keeping Your Natural Stone Looking Great

Here are 6 tips from a stone restoration pro for keeping it looking beautiful. 1. Dust Mop. Dust Mop. Dust Mop. Sand and grit carried in on shoes can cause tiny scratches when walked on, which is what takes that beautiful shine away. 2. Use Only Stone-safe Cleaners one of the most common, but very erroneous recommendations for cleaning natural stone is to use vinegar. The fact is, anything acidic will damage marble and other calcite base stones. Be careful to only use quality cleaners designated safe for natural stone. 3. Use Preventative Measures Easy, but effective habits, can make …

September/October 2018

About the Cover This custom home built by R. Thomas Construction, LLC will be one of 6 homes featured during the Charity Tour of Homes sponsored by the Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee September 28-30. Tickets are $15 and include all three days. Photo courtesy Nick Thomas. For tickets or more information visit www.mastercustombuilder.com.

For Blinds, Shutters, and Interior Furnishings For Distinctive Homes, Turn to BlueHouse

Locally and family owned, BlueHouse Blinds, Shutters & Rugs offers 34 years of experience in serving the interior needs of homeowners in Middle Tennessee. With two showrooms in the area, owner Roy Strickland says, “we’re the area’s leading blinds and shutters specialist.” “We offer blinds, shutters, drapes, lamps, furniture, and more to meet our customers’ needs,” Strickland says. An official Graber® dealer, the company offers free estimates and also offers remote controlled blinds. Visitors to the BlueHouse showrooms will find numerous area rugs from which to choose, as well as chairs, dining room tables, home decor, and fine art. Showrooms are in …

Counters by Elite brings skills, modern equipment to the job

Founded in 1998, Elite Installation & Design Countertops moved from Gallatin to Hendersonville in 2000. What began as a business outfitting counters in tour buses soon grew so that residential and commercial jobs far outnumbered work on tour buses. Chris Brown and his talented team of skilled craftsmen built of the only three Corian® fabrication centers in the Nashville area in 1998. Within a few years, the team opened the first granite fabrication shop in the Nashville area. Elite has become the leader in fabrication and installation of natural and engineered stone countertops in Middle Tennessee. With over 60 years …

Be in control and enjoy the view with ShadeWorks installed solar screens

The west setting sun blaring down, bugs running rampant, blasting rain soaking your patio furniture—Nashville weather changes on a dime so you and your patio need to be prepared for it! Family-owned and -operated, ShadeWorks has been supplying shade products for over 15 years and offers a wide variety of products to fit every homeowner’s needs. Designed to get the most out of your space, ShadeWork’s installed solar screens will give you all the coverage needed, without taking away the view. Built with all-aluminum framing, these fiberglass-woven screens have served the company’s clients’ purposes in: cutting down on bugs, sunlight, …

HGTV’s “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” Adds TN Box Beams to Increase Home Value

When homeowners want to increase their home’s resale value, they turn to Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott—and when Jonathan and Drew wanted to add wood beams to enhance a Nashville property for their show, their producers turned to TN Box Beams. “Wood beams are a hot, yet classic look,” said Phil Stoner, president of TN Box Beams. “We were thrilled to join Jonathan and Drew on their set to feature our wood beams in an episode of “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” that will air in the spring.” TN Box Beams began when a local builder approached Stoner’s craftsmen …

Charity Tour of Homes Scheduled Sept. 28-30

You will find a slice of hilltop living or lakeside luxury as part of the Charity Tour of Homes with 6 stunning houses stretching across Middle Tennessee from a couple of lake area homes in Sumner County to a lodge style home on eight acres. One ticket will admit visitors to all six homes over a three day period. Homes will be open from noon-5 p.m. Friday – Sunday, September 28-30. Presented by the Master Custom Builders Council of TN, the tour includes homes built for customers at substantial savings and are fully furnished. A single ticket allows visitors to …

Nashville Painting Company— Creating Beauty Inside and Out

Since the Nashville Painting Company was started in 2011, the company has committed to the goal of providing excellence in service to local communities. At the heart of the company’s ethos is a drive to deliver the highest quality experience to every customer, regardless of the size of the job. This attitude, which values the needs of homeowners and commercial business owners, has solidified the Nashville Painting Company’s place as a service provider that delivers on the promises it makes. The Nashville Painting Company takes an innovative approach to provide customer satisfaction. While quality painting services is a focus, the …

Shopping 8th & 12th Avenues

Eighth Avenue South is a resource for homeowners and decorators, offering shops full of antiques, mid-century furnishings, custom built wooden furniture, and more. Specializing in interior design concepts with a focus on customization, Epiphany Design Studio features vintage pieces, modern furnishings, art, and fabulous lighting. If you’re thinking about the home renovation or interior design, don’t miss this great store. Tucked just behind Epiphany is Downtown Antiques, a store overflowing with antiques of all descriptions. If you’re seeking mid-century furnishings, home decor pieces, vintage finds, industrial items, art, or an unusual piece to finish a room you’ll want to plan …

Interior Lighting

Reporting that customers are choosing to mix finishes and styles in interior lighting fixtures is Kelly Oakley of ReFresh Home. “You definitely see a good mix of pendants and chandeliers,” she says. “People aren’t afraid to stop out of ‘the rules.’ If a pendant is more size appropriate homeowners are open to that. Or using two pendants instead of one chandelier.” Oakley says recessed lighting isn’t going to disappear. “We almost always use both recessed lighting with other fixtures. The in-ceiling lighting carries out most of the lighting function, which leaves the homeowner open to choose a chandelier or pendant …