O’More Designer Show House

Offering more than 4,000 square feet of inspiration, the 2017 O’More Designer Show House at Voce in Brentwood was built on land that belonged to country music icon Eddy Arnold on south Granny White Pike. The ShowHouse showcased the designs of four decades of O’More alums, all leaders in their field. Designed to be exceptionally welcoming, from the exterior paint colors to the interior finishes, the home was harmonized with progressive design and technology. Designers involved with this year’s home include Susan Besser of Franklin Preservation Associates; Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interiors; Lila Pryon Frank of Lila Pryor Frank …

Sunrooms, Outdoor Rooms

“People want to feel connected to the world around them even while they’re indoors,” says Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors. “More people want to spend their time outdoors, or at least feeling connected to what’s outside their walls,” she says. While screened porches remain popular, allowing outdoor living with barriers to the weather and bugs, homeowners today often opt for three- to four-season sunrooms. Sunrooms not only bring the outdoors in but are a space that can be lived-in all year.       Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design Reporting that people want to make as much use …

Laundry & Mud Rooms

No longer simply a utilitarian space, laundry rooms have been coming out of the basement and closet for years, moving into more convenient areas of the home, such as the master suite and off the kitchen and garage. In fact, most architects and designers are incorporating more comprehensive laundry rooms in their house plans so homeowners can create a comfortable and functional space for the whole family to enjoy. The average person spends at least six hours a week in their laundry room washing clothes so it’s no surprise that homeowners crave a more organized, attractive, and functional space. New …

5 myths about solar panels, debunked

Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home’s carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster. The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying the system, leasing it on reasonable payment terms, or having a third-party pay for and install the system at no up-front cost at all for the homeowner. Plus, home solar systems are eligible for federal tax credits. All of this explains why the number of homeowners installing solar has sky-rocketed across America. Nevertheless, …

Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids’ safety in mind

Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids’ safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project. Here are the top five things to keep in mind to create a stunning yet safe space for your family: Window coverings Corded window coverings are a Top 5 Hidden Hazard in American homes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Dangling or accessible cords on window coverings can pose …

Increase kitchen efficiency with ease

As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy. Plan in advance Set aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from simple appetizers to the main entree. Grocery shopping apps, like AnyList, allow the whole family to share and build lists together — which can help avoid any last-minute trips to the grocery store. Also, try to …

The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever. “As urbanization continues, builders and developers are focused on optimizing available land, which results in more homes, apartments and condos built near highways and airports,” says Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing for leading window manufacturer Ply Gem Windows. “The convergence of telecommuting and higher noise levels means there’s a growing …

America’s finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.

Here are six of America’s finest domestically made products for the home: ANN SACKS — Every tile in the company’s 14 MADE by ANN SACKS collections is handcrafted and produced in its Portland, Oregon, headquarters. Founded in 1981 by Ann Sacks, the company’s tile and stone products in unique patterns, shapes, sizes, and glazes are favorites of homeowners and interior designers seeking top-quality luxury and beauty for their home designs. In addition to a repertoire of standard tiles, the company also has partnered with famous designers to create innovative luxury lines. They even create custom designs to help homeowners achieve a …

5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day

Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs. To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any DIYer, each of which will have an impact on the entire home. * Make a hardware swap. Replacing your kitchen cabinets changes the entire look of your kitchen — but it’s expensive and requires considerable skill. For a simpler, smaller project that can still have a big impact, replace the hardware on your …

Shedding new light: 8 surprising facts that will have you rethinking your lighting

You step into a dark room, turn on the light switch and go about your day without giving it another thought. But here’s the thing — you should. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home has approximately 50 light sockets, and most of those still contain inefficient light bulbs. These bulbs spend 90 percent of the energy they use creating heat around the bulb and only the remaining 10 percent providing any real, actual light. This is just one surprising fact about your lighting you may never have considered. To get you thinking about your lights …