Top Trending Window Treatments

Window treatments provide privacy, let the sun in (or not) and help to keep the cold weather out. They dress up windows and make rooms look formal and elegant, modern or romantic, or create a whimsical or bold design statement. They can also make or break a room design. Window Treatment trends for 2020 take old materials and make them new. There are different schools of thought regarding the shape of window treatments in 2020, but most experts agree, simple is better. Beth Jones of The Interior Collection offers, “straight, European pleated panels or ripplefold panels,”  are a growing trend. …

3 Perennial Plants that Add Pizzazz

June is Perennial Plant Month, and whether you’re a plant nerd or a novice gardener, perennials are a wonderful addition to any home landscape with their dependability, seasonal versatility, and low maintenance. Perennials also provide nectar, pollen, and nesting materials for pollinators. Here we’ll cover a few perennials that take the cake in performance, bloom longevity, and overall presentation. First up, the peony. These romantic blooms are extremely  hardy and thrive on a proper winter. In order to ensure optimal performing peonies in our region, select early to mid-season varieties over later-blooming varieties. Japanese or single flower forms perform best …

Shopping in Franklin

Carriage House Custom Home & Interiors is an award winning design build firm providing clients an extraordinary experience. With over 40 years of industry experience,they specialize in enhancing lifestyles and exclusive properties delivering quality design. They have designers on staff to help you explore countertops, cabinetry, from remodeling to complete home building. Closets By Design designing your custom walk-in closets, reach-in closets, wall-beds, pantry, home office, hobby rooms, media centers, garages cabinets, laundry rooms, and more since 1982. Their staff of experienced designers offers closet systems to organize your wardrobe and your life. They offer many options and accessories and …

Nutritious Eating at Home

Better-for-you family foods with satisfying flavor (Family Features) If spending additional time in the comfort of your home has you rethinking the family menu and looking for new ways to enjoy nutritional meals, rest assured you can make better-for-you food choices without losing mouthwatering taste. Easy, efficient at-home recipes like Thai Coconut Lime Freezer Chicken, Burrito Beef and Cauli Mac and Cheese can all be made in less than an hour while reducing the intake of carbs and unnecessary sugars. All are part of a balanced Atkins low-carb lifestyle, a long-term, healthy eating approach focused on high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein …

Ways to Make Hearty Meals at Home with Pantry Staples

(Family Features) Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on-hand doesn’t do as much good if you aren’t sure how to use them or feel as if you’re constantly whipping up the same dishes. For example, canned protein is a popular pantry item as it cuts down on prep time and holds a long shelf life while adding important nutrients to family meals. Canned seafood, in particular, is a versatile choice that can be used in a variety of easy recipes or …

May/June 2020 Cover

About the Cover The inspiration for this kitchen’s color scheme was the pinky-coral tile – it looks like a sunset, and is uninterrupted by switches and outlets! Opaque taupe cabinets are a decided break from white or stained wood. Polished nickel cabinet hardware echoes the shape of the chandeliers. Kitchen by Bohnne Jones, Decorating Den Interiors http://bohnne.decoratingden.com/ 615-469-7334

A Berry Balanced Breakfast

  (Culinary.net) Add fruit to your breakfast with this take on French toast, which includes a mixture of berries, bananas and vanilla yogurt wrapped in tortillas and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Fruity Yogurt French Toast Wraps 1          cup blueberries 1          cup strawberries, sliced, plus additional for garnish (optional) 1          cup bananas, sliced 1          cup vanilla yogurt 1/4       cup granola 1          egg 1/4       cup milk 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg 6-8       tortillas 2          teaspoons butter 4-6       teaspoons powdered sugar, for …

Give a Treat with a Kid-Friendly Sweet

(Family Features) Letting kids get hands-on in the kitchen is an easy way to keep them busy while teaching important life skills. Planning for delicious snacks children can make all on their own (or with minimal assistance) makes for a winning solution, and these Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches are a prime example. Find more kid-friendly snack ideas at milkmeansmore.org. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 6 1          cup vanilla ice cream 1/4       cup chopped candy bar 6          graham cracker sheets, broken into 12 …

Dinner’s in the Oven

Enjoy easy and healthy one pan weeknight dinners without any fuss. Fresh, simple, delicious— and simple! This vibrant cookbook is a comprehensive guide to creating tasty and quick one pan meals for any time or day of the week. With 75 satisfying one pan meals, there is something for all friends and family to enjoy, including: – Chipotle Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Wedges – Crispy Baked Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Basil, Mozzarella and Pine Nuts – Steam-Roasted Salmon and Broccoli with Lime, Ginger, Garlic and Chile These clever dishes are the ideal solution for busy home cooks looking to eat …

A Good Day for Salad

Once upon a time, salad meant lettuce, tomato, and cucumber covered in Thousand Island dressing. Today its succulent fish, seasoned meat, crispy tofu, herb pasta, and anything else you want to toss together in a saladlike way. In A Good Day for Salad, Jeannette Ferrary and Louise Fiszer get creative, offering an intriguing array of starter salads, dinner salads, party salads, picnic salads, and dessert salads, as well as classics and ingenious new takes on old favorites. Here are 150 salads to delight the gourmand, the health nut, the dieter, the vegetarian, hurriers, worriers, and even people who hate to cook. …