House for Hope designer show house tours planned March 4-12 in South Franklin

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House for Hope designer house

tours planned  March 4-12

A charming, wrap-around covered porch draws visitors to the doors of the modern farmhouse serving as the inaugural House For Hope Designer Show House.

The house is open daily March 4-12 from noon to 5 p.m. in Franklin’s Southern Preserve neighborhood. The address is 2045 Lewisburg Pike. Tickets are $15 per person and available via or at the door. Realtors presenting a business card are admitted free of charge.

A fresh take on a Southern favorite, the show house featuring more than 4,200 square feet was created by top Southeastern design tastemakers partnering with Carbine & Associates, builders of the Nashville HGTV® Smart Home and a Traditional Home O’More Show House. The house is designed to inspire from its paint colors and kitchen and bath details to its pretty porches. The home offers visitors numerous new ideas while benefiting area children’s charities.The exterior consists of painted brick and James Hardie fiber cement lap siding.

Showcasing new home products, in partnership with GE and Electronic Express, GE Profile series appliances can be seen throughout the kitchen and laundry room. The French door refrigerator sports a Wi-Fi connected Keurig brewing system. All feature a new slate finish with a versatile, matte surface for hiding fingerprints—and it holds magnets. 

The kitchen was designed by Carbine with Alabama designer Lucy Farmer, featured on HGTV’s Beach Flip competition. A highlight are Farmer’s custom designed island pendants. The mud and laundry rooms were designed by Atlanta-based Rhoda Vickers, of Southern Hospitality, a pioneer in blogging and founder of the popular DIY/home conference, Haven.

Aurea Stone, a new manmade stone, is being showcased throughout the home. Created with PHI Technology, the premium natural stone composite has great durability, increased consistency, and features less water absorption and greaterstain resistance. PHI Technology is the careful application of heat during the fabrication process that turns everyday stone components into the final product.

On trend room ideas are woven with classic touches throughout the home by the talented team of design tastemakers. Visitors will have a chance to meet many of them on site at a Meet The Designers event from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The House For Hope design team includes: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, Nashville; Kara Blalock and Lauren Elder, ReFresh Home, Franklin; Amanda Carlson, Amanda Carson Interiors, Nashville; Julie Couch, Julie Couch Interiors, Nashville; Lucy Farmer, Lucy’s Inspired, Birmingham; Angie Forte, and Jerome Farris, Peddler Interiors, Murfreesboro; Chad James, Chad James Group, Nashville; Gina Julian, Gina Julian, Franklin;  Colleen Locke, Trot Home, Nashville; Jamin and Ashley Mills, The Handmade Home, Franklin; Mitzi Maynard, Redo Home + Design Team, Nashville; Karrie Seaton and Stephanie Handley, J & K Design Studios, Brentwood; Rhoda Vickers, Southern Hospitality, Atlanta; Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer, The Home Edit, Nashville, and KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farms, Kentucky.

The work of makers/artisans are woven throughout the home. The front porch and upstairs game porch designs from J & K Design Studio feature custom cedar planters with a white-washed patina, the work of South and Sea Designs’ John Fleming. A black, distressed hanging bed with bright coral pillows completes the front covered porch and was crafted by Four Oak Bed Swings of Montgomery, Alabama.

One of the most interesting architectural features of the home is the front staircase. Based on Chad James Group design, flat sawn balusters have a unique and historic flair crafted by Andrew Caldwell of Nashville CNC.

Custom, box wood beams in the living and master bedroom are a clever, on-site building solution by Narrow Gate Artisans. Carbine has been a proud supporter of Narrow Gate Artisans, a faith-based mentoring program for young men. Those interested can visit the organization’s website, ( to see the wood, leather, and metal products produced in the Franklin workshop.

The Decorologist, aka Kristie Barnett, has created the color palette for the home weaving beautiful Sherwin Williams hues Comfort Gray and Iron Ore with splashes of Malted Milk and Alpaca. The show house tour book includes a helpful color guide, room details, and website information about each designer.

KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms provides a great DIY on her blog about the life-size board games she created for display in the family game room. The room’s beautiful La-Z-Boy sectional and Wayfair rug are donated and part of the home tour sale benefiting the children’s charities. Some items from the house will be auctioned online and will also benefit the charities. Look for more information during the tour.

With the rolling Middle Tennessee hills and four-board fencing outlining the 35-acre neighborhood, Southern Preserve provides a bucolic lifestyle just moments from a bustling 840 exchange. A quarter of the land is dedicated to wooded open space with just 20 acre-plus home sites available in the charming neighborhood being developed by Carbine & Associates.

“Carbine is celebrating over 30 years of building excellence by giving back to our community through this tour and sale of this beautiful home in the new boutique community. At the same time, tour visitors are going to see incredible building ideas and interiors from some of the brightest minds in the Southeast,” says James Carbine, founder and president.

Founded in 1993 as a nonprofit 501C3 by Carbine and his brother, the late Denzel Carbine, the project’s goal is to yield $100,000 for over a dozen children’s charities upon the sale of the home. More information about the the charities will be available during the tour.
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