Five Simple Tips to Enhance Your Home’s Personality Your home can say a lot about you. A state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted with a double oven likely means you enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and family. Likewise, a backyard complete with play sets, a treehouse or a basketball hoop is a sure sign your house is also a hangout for the neighborhood kids. “My house is more than just a haven for my family. It’s a real life scrapbook, art gallery and personal sanctuary,” says Michelle Hinkley, mom to three young boys and the lady behind the home and lifestyle blog www.4men1lady.com. …
Residential Outdoor Living Trends for 2011 According to a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), many outdoor living and landscaping design elements identified in 2010 are developing in 2011. Homeowners at nearly every level are still very much interested in creating livable outdoor spaces that function like indoor rooms, according to Nancy Somerville, ASLA’s executive vice president.
Plan More Time for Outdoor Living Daylight-Saving Time not only signals the onset of longer days, but also the beginning of the outdoor living season. Homeowners shopping for new outdoor furnishings this year will find fresh colors, surprising new motion furniture, and maximum value in all categories.
Readers Favorites Named for 2011 Readers of Greater Nashville House & Home & Garden™ have once again cast their votes for their favorites—their favorite designers, builders, landscapers, “little known” stores, and more. If you’re looking for a service provider and aren’t sure who to choose, try one of these—they’ve received the stamp of approval from readers of the only home resource guide serving the Middle Tennessee area.
Pantone Picks Color of the Year for 2011: Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle Pantone LLC, a global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, recently announced PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a reddish pink, vibrant, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011.
Blend Tried-and-True Fall Décor with New Colors This Fall For the latest in fall color and decor advise, don’t miss the chance to visit with Anthea Click at Kirkland’s home decor store openings.You can talk over decorating dilemmas again with her at the new store in Spring Hill from 1-4 p.m. December 4 and 5 at the Crossings. New trends are blending the tried and true in autumn home décor (those favorite leaf and pumpkin arrangements) with colors that are hot for 2010, like blues, rich browns, and muted golds.
Beware of Fly-by-Night Home Repair Businesses Offering Help with Storm Cleanup Also, Nashville Codes Department Offers Help, Advice As Tennesseans cope with repairs and cleanup work following the recent flooding, Secretary of State Tre Hargett warns them to be wary of unlicensed and unregistered businesses offering to provide help. Also, there’s information from the Nashville codes department intended to help those rebuilding. Other advice for deadling with flood damage can be found at www.rononrestoration.blogspot.com.
New Rules for Remodeling the Pre-1978 Home Homeowners and remodelers need to be aware of the fast-approaching April 22, 2010 deadline for full implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule governoring the work of professional remodelers in homes where there is lead-based paint. Since the use of lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978, it is generally assumed that this rule applies to any residence built prior to 1978. The original law was passed on Earth Day (April 22) in 2008.