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 …

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 …