Eco Friendly Paint

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   Going Green is a movement that has affected all facets of our lives, according to Ruthanne Hanlon, design manager for PPG Porter Paints.        Environmentally-friendly paint is all the rage. Green is good for obvious reasons. Non-gassing paint protects the planet’s deteriorating ozone layer and makes homes healthier, especially for children and anyone with allergies.      Today’s eco-paints do tend to cost a bit more than traditional paints, and some designers say eco paint coverage may be slightly less consistent in coverage and durability than its conventional counterparts, although the gap is fast closing.      “‘Green’ paint has been …

Flood Victims can use new Dumpster In a Bag®

Waste Management Responds to Nashvile Flooding With Baster® Dumpster in a Bag® for rapid disposal of storm debris The Bagster® Bag Provides an On-Demand Debris Removal Option for Those Affected by Natural Disaster In the aftermath of severe flooding across Nashville, an increasing number of property owners are turning to the Bagster® Dumpster in a Bag® to remove and dispose of floodwater debric quickly and safely. An innovation in waste removal,this product is ideal in a siutaiton in which there is a need to discard more than can fit in a typical bin or garbage receptical, but not enough to …

mattresses

It’s time for a new mattress, the association says, if you wake up stiff and sore, and, in general, every five to seven years. Mattress trends include luxurious pillow tops which offer additional cushioning and extra deep mattresses ranging from 14 to 16 inches and more, but that’s only the beginning of the luxurious options available. Hypnos, headquartered in England but with an office in Franklin, has been producing handmade beds for four generations and its mattresses retail for as much as $20,000. Other notable mattresses range from one infused with a lavender scent to those boasting a natural rubber core. …

Bedroom Furnishings

Retreat. That’s the word used almost universally by area designers to describe what their clients want for a master bedroom. “Many people are taking an individualistic approach to what it is they want and desire,” says Angela DeYoung of Designs by DeYoung LLC.  ”The common thread, however, is functionality and a feeling of retreat.” “More and more, the master suite is regarded as a personal retreat,” says Tanna Miller of Trends & Traditions. “Fabulous closets take care of storage while furniture provides comfort and luxury. Sitting areas, wet bars, and large screen televisions are expected in a well-appointed suite.” Miller …

Exterior Stone Trends

“The past decade has brought in increased interest in mixing exterior materials on a home’s elevation to give it an individual look and often to reflect a style from the past,” says Vicki Donovan of Hearthstone Interior Design. “Stone/faux stone mixes well with a lot of different building materials,” she says. “Depending on its execution, it can have a traditional, contemporary, cottage, English Tudor, French chateau, or a Tuscan/Old World charm.” Eldorado Stone reports that historically the most popular application for architectural stone veneer is on home facades to add curb appeal. However, the company notes a growing interest in …

Home Builders

  Don Lofstrom — Franklin Company Name: Cedarwright Custom Homes Describe your enthusiasm for building: I’ve been building Lindal Cedar Homes for 10 years with homes now in three states—Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Building background:  I started in construction building geodisic domes and custom adobe homes while in graduate school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, back in the 1970s. What was your favorite aspect of this project? My favorite part of this project was bringing the outside in with walls of glass, large acccordian doors opening up to large decks. What makes a home more “livable”? A liveable home has …

Sofa Trends

  Modern sofas have two things in mind—style and comfort. Gone are yesterday’s rock-hard options or the ones so plush you had to struggle to stand up. Today’s sofas are new and evolved—a sofa that seeks the best in terms of upholstery material, color, and design. While conventional wisdom suggests the color range for sofas is essentially neutral, some designers and homeowners step out of the norm to add a major splash of color with what is most often the largest piece of furniture in the room. Key to color selection is the cost of the upholstered sofa. Quality is key for this investment piece, designers …

Closet Design Trends

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Custom Closet Design Trends Demand for custom closet design has grown exponentially, it seems, in the past decade. Builders of custom homes today include areas once large enough for kitchens or family rooms designated for master closets and include shelves, racks, islands, and more to increase their functionality. According to Steve Case of Advantage Closets, “In 1983, most of our custom closet customers had one family income and viewed the custom closet as a luxury item. Today most of our customers have two incomes and have a need for organization in their lives because of the demands of two jobs …