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 …

Aging in Place

Aging in Place You may already know that Universal design is the legacy of the late Ron Mace, FAIA, and founder of The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. His vision was of a world accessible to everyone regardless of abilities. Using some of the Universal Design principles when building a new home or doing a remodel allows a person to stay in their home longer and also increases the market for the home when it’s time to sell it. Have you ever sprained your ankle and realized how hard it is to get around in your …

Build or Remodel

“If you love your current neighborhood and like the bones of your existing home, then an addition or update to meet your current and future needs is a great idea,” says Bryan Edwards of Hughes-Edwards Builders. “Interest rates are historically low and financing can be more easily obtained for a remodeling project due to your home’s equity. We like to work with a client to determine what changes will have the greatest impact on a family’s happiness while being a financially good decision for the overall value and appreciation of the home.” Edwards adds, “There are a lot of great …

Five Popular Front Door Colors and What They (might) Say About You

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Whether or not we realize it, the colors with which we surround ourselves – in our clothes, cars, and homes — reveal a lot about us. For example, bright colors often indicate an outgoing personality, while subdued colors imply a more low-key persona. How can a hue say so much about you? According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, color has a psychological component through which we often communicate our moods, feelings, emotions, and personality. One way we do that is through the paint colors we choose, even on the exterior of our home. “The entire …

decorative ironwork

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Metalworking is “one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back to the bronze age. To say ornamental ironwork is a timeless treasure is an understatement,” says Aaron Walker of David Patton Construction. Metal railings were used in domestic buildings since the early 17th century. Due to the expansion of residential developments, and the continuing improvement in the techniques of iron production and treatment which contributed to the speed of manufacturing and the reduction of costs, ornamental ironwork has continued to grow in popularity ever since. The ironwork products made possible by the remarkable wealth of skills and craftsmanship found among …

occasional chairs

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Occasional chairs. Experts don’t seem to agree on the definition of what is an occasional chair. According to Wikipedia, occasional furniture refers to small pieces of furniture that can be put to varied uses as the occasion demands.  The occasional chair, some report, is simply a stand-alone piece of furniture that is not typically part of a complete set, meaning it doesn’t match the sofa and love seat or the dining room set. The occasional chair is used as additional seating or as an accent piece in a room. Although they are not identical, occasional chairs do need to blend …

Create a Room that Changes with the Seasons

Create a Room That Changes with the Seasons If you have a penchant for seasonal decorating, why not fashion the interior of your home with change in mind? By planning ahead, you can make it easy to modify your surroundings to be seasonall—or even holiday—appropriate.

solid wood furniture

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by Sarai Johnson Solid wood furniture is beautiful, versatile, and can claim a place of prominence in practically any home, no matter what the decorating style. A solid wood chest, armoire, or dining room table carefully chosen in a style you love will last forever,” says Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Redesign. “Solid wood furniture has always been popular. Now, it’s cherished for its durability and in the case of a chest or armoire, its versatility.” People are choosing solid wood over manufactured wood, because “with solid wood, you see a continuous grain pattern all the way through,” says …