Operation Finally Home

Operation Finally Home Operation FINALLY HOME, in partnership with local builder Carbine & Associates, LP Building Products, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, and Kings’ Chapel Community recently completed construction of a custom built home for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luke Van Dorston. Dorston is decorated combat veteran with deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq. He flew 140 combat missions and directed 194 Close Air Support missions. He suffers from severe PTSD and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011 as a result of his service. Van Dorsten and his wife Abby have a two year old son …

Ornamental Ironwork

  Ornamental ironwork for the home can range from decorative railings on a home’s exterior to balusters on an interior staircase, and from doors boasting beauty and security to a table or lamp base. From finials atop a roof acting as lightening rods to drapery rods that are custom made, ornamental iron is part of the beauty of area homes and is part of homeowners’ attachment to handmade products. Whether you want to emphasize a house design with vintage Art Deco looks, recreate a New Orleans vibe, or custom designs with personal significance to the homeowner, there are few limits …

Roofing Trends

  The color of your home’s exterior can really make or break its curb appeal. And experts say that many homeowners are gazing upward to their roofs to make a statement. “Whether you go with a timeless look or you shake things up with something more modern, the color of your roof can really be an area for true self-expression,” says national color expert Kate Smith of Color Marketing Group and owner of Sensational Color. “Roofing colors should reflect a homeowner’s personal style and tie in with the overall home exterior,” she says. If your roofing has had a rough …

Storm Shelters

As winter turns into spring the Nashville area looks to the skies for signs of super cell clouds and homeowners think about adding a storm shelter for the safety of their families.  Storm shelter choices range from those dug in the ground, those placed under garage floors, those built as a safe room within a home, and those that are bolted securely into a garage or other living space. “Before you decide what storm shelter is right for your family, it’s important to focus on purchasing a storm shelter manufactured with the highest quality materials. We recommend buying a storm …

Upholstered Furniture

Eclectic is the look for furnishings, according to industry observers. Homeowners are turning away from matched sets and favoring a mix of colors and styles. Experts also say that indoor-outdoor fabrics continue to gain popularity for indoor upholstery. “Due to their versatility—stain and fade resistance—and new textures,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. Kendall Simmons at Julie Couch Interiors attributes much of its popularity to young families with children and pets. “We tend to use indoor-outdoor fabrics, leather, and vinyl for durability,” she says. New on the scene is a textile called Crypton, which Jones says provides protection against …

Holiday Decorating

Holiday decorating has seen an increase in natural materials and themes, ranging from the burlap and blues mixed with natural birds found at the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel to ornaments, swags, and wreaths found in many area stores. Some themes mix pearls and other shiny features with the natural look, while vintage looks featuring red, white, and sometimes black are also popular. While traditional red and green remain perpetually popular, some play up the more vibrant apple greens. Birds, too, are popular with this year’s designers, ranging from peacocks in traditional hues as well as richer ones in …

Southern Living Idea House

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  Gorgeous vistas, expansive porches, soaring ceilings with antique barn wood beams, and clerestory windows caught our eye during the first visit to the nation’s only 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel. It’s open for a tour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through December 29. In our second look, great design elements which can be easily adapted grabbed our attention. With 2,800 square feet of porches, project builder Nashville-based Castle Homes used all-weather decking material and cable railing to make sure the view of the beautiful gardens, designed by Page|Duke Landscape Architects, remained unobstructed. Designer Phoebe Howard, …

Door Trends

Door Trends  More glass to provide more light, taller and wider front doors, and bright colors are all trends among today’s homeowners, according to the experts. “Glass is becoming more popular recently—it can help showcase the home,” saus Michelle Peake of Sara Ray Interior Design. “The architectural style of the home can, and should, greatly influence the door style. For a more modern look, we see clean lined, solid panel doors, but for a more traditional house, the door can really change the look. It can either play up the style or contrast a bit to update the look of …

Room Color Trend: Divide and Conquer

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Can’t agree on room colors? Now you don’t have to choose. You want bright yellow. He prefers grey. Your favorite color is blue. She likes neutrals. According to the Paint Quality Institute’s Debbie Zimmer, couples don’t have to fight over room colors anymore. This season’s hottest make-over trend calls for multi-color paint schemes using three, four, or even five accent colors in a single room.

Refreshed French Manor

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Refreshed French Manor When Robin and Mark Tillman decided to redecorate their Governor’s Club home and complete an unfinished basement, they turned to Chris Carlisle of Chris Carlisle Interiors, a Franklin-area designer who arrived in Middle Tennessee from California a few years ago. Mrs. Tillman says the couple always talked about eventually building a custom home and they moved into their dream home in 2003. “We poured over home design books and finally agreed I’d show him the home I liked best and he’d show me the home he liked best—and they were practically identical,” she says. Armed with their …