Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel

  Parade of Homes Weaves Magic of Holidays Magical holiday events combined with a spectacular array of decorating and building ideas awaits as the Parade of Homes returned on December 6-21, 2014 to the beautiful Kings’ Chapel community in Arrington benefiting Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. The Parade homes are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last ticket sold at 7 p.m.). The annual Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee event is presented by Reliant Bank and LP Building Products. Tickets ($12 for those 12+) are available online and at the gate. The 16-day home tour features DIY blogger trees and 12 Days of …

Folk & Folly Part of Pop-up Barn Show Oct. 17-18

Folk & Folly Part of Pop-up Barn Show Oct. 17-18 Folk & Folly, sponsored by Social Marmalade, is a creative and collaborative design showcase presented by Dream Team events at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show scheduled Oct. 17-18.    Slated at the Buddy Killen estate at 3090 Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin, the show features this year some Poe-inspired interior design, as well as vintage and antique shopping, jewelry, artisans, and more; live music and food trucks. Just past the rusting iron gates enveloped with nature’s growth lies a path that leads over a stone bridge to a mansion. It …

Mortgage Trends

  He adds that market inventory has remained a concern for both realtors and lenders. “New housing starts are beginning to ramp up and we should continue to see those first time home buyers, that were sidelined during the meltdown, continue to buy and search for homes,” Hoover says. Knowing your credit score is paramount in today’s market. “You should examine your credit score at least six months before even thinking about buying a house,” Hoover says. Loan applicants should “know that their financial and credit life will be an open book. If they are unwilling or simply refuse to …

HGTV Smart Home in Nashville

The first HGTV Smart Home built in the Nashville market was part of a giveaway.             Designed by P. Shea and constructed by Carbine & Associates, the home is located in Green Hills. The English country style home, plus an all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and a $100,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans bring the value of the grand-prize package to over $1 million.           For information visit www.hgtv.com/smart.                                    

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 …