Beat the Heat – Summer Styling Tips!

Let’s face it—we wait for summer all year long, but by mid-July we find ourselves quietly wishing for fall. It’s ok! Summer in Nashville is hot, humid, and intense. Here are some styling tricks to help you beat the heat and enjoy! Edit, Edit, Edit Stacks of magazine and piles of mail do more than just clutter your home; they make the space feel full and heavy. Clear surfaces in your home with abandon. Half-burnt candles don’t need to be displayed, they need to be stored. Gold metallic accessories are nice but best saved for cooler months when the warmth …

Tile Treds

More interesting color, textures, and sizes for backsplashes is the most welcome change to come along, according to Gina Hewlett of Louisville Tile. “White subway tile has its place, but it’s not every place all the time,” she says. Daltile’s Lisa Mcneese reports that while subway tiles are still going strong, the trend is toward larger sizes such as 4x12s and 4x16s. “And we aren’t necessarily installing them in a horizontal brick lay. Sometimes we are straight stacking them or soldier stacking them vertically, even making a herringbone pattern with them,” she says. Mcneese adds that focal or feature walls …

Add Joy to Spring Cleaning

While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming. To add color and whimsy, and make spring cleaning a more joyous event, consider these ideas from mom and designer Joy Cho, the founder and creative director of Oh Joy!—a lifestyle site focused on design, fashion, food, and life’s joyful moments. Frame homemade artwork. Once spring has arrived, you may have compiled lots of children’s artwork from time spent indoors. To keep it all organized, …

Shopping in Berry Hill 2019

Located just off I-65 near 100 Oaks lies Berry Hill and what has come to be called the Design District. This area includes everything from interior decor items housed in Gilchrist and Gilchrist’s small bungalow to the expansive home surplus items found at Southeastern Salvage. Traditions in Tile and Stone’s showroom features thousands of products from across the globe as well as materials from several American manufacturers. Visitors will find natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain tiles, as well as stone, glass, metal, and decorative tile. Nearby, Emser Tile is the largest privately held designer and marketer of tile and natural …

May/June 2019 Cover

Contemporary kitchens feature flush cabinetry, stylized tile, and modern lines such as those found in this small kitchen. Subway tile is branching out to embrace more colors, finishes, and profiles such as the beveled edges shown here.

Shopping Clarksville

Nestled at the junction of the Red and Cumberland rivers, Clarksville is the state’s fifth largest city and offers a variety of antique, home decor, and furniture stores. Mary’s Garden can be seen from the highway, and a stop here includes a visit to the garden center and the nursery where flowers, trees, and shrubs can be found as well as fountains, bird feeders, and more. Filling a 10,000 square foot building are the 70 vendors at the Shoppes at Sango. Here visitors will find “antiques, uniques, treasures, and gently used merchandise.” Featuring a variety of merchandise ranging from vintage …

closet trends 2019

Photo above, courtesy California Closets Creating a luxury boutique feeling in the master closet is a growing trend, according to industry experts. They are taking notes from luxury retail when it comes to lighting, with the addition of backlit shelves and illuminated displays to add a wow-factor to any space. Today’s master closets may include elegant light-filled furnishings with mirrors and glass doors, or may incorporate color or pattern on the walls to give the space a stylish look. Some may favor the look of darker wood or industrial-built storage. “We absolutely take the home’s interior design into account when …

fabrics at home

While most experts say that color is coming back in the home in the form of fabrics, some say they continue to see neutrals as popular. And at the same time, some of the experts prefer tweed or texture while others are very fond of the latest velvets. “Performance fabrics are top-of-mind for everyone in the home fashion business. “Performance’ can mean many things from light-fastness and wearability to cleanability. Homeowners have lots of options and should have lots of questions,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. “The latest in performance fabrics are the textures, whether it is a …

Elegant Brunch

Hosting an elegant brunch is easy when you build a menu around exceptional ingredients. Your dishes don’t have to be overly complicated; simple dishes are perfect for the occasion when you let stand-out flavors steal the show. Quiche is a brunch staple, and no variation of this classic is complete without cheese – in this case, a rich, creamy layering of Jarlsberg’s unmistakable flavor does the trick. For a lighter bite, try these Cheesy, Crispy Smashed Potatoes from Chef George Duran, host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and Food Network’s “Ham on the Street.” You could go a more decadent …

Green Textiles

We hate to say it, but there is a dark side to textiles. Unfortunately, fun and cheery prints can become a little less innocent and sweet as the environmental impact of industrial manufacturing becomes more apparent and the more we learn about the effects of pollution on human health. It is sad but true. Here are some facts: 20 percent of water pollution globally is caused by textile processing and cotton production alone contributes 7 percent of the total. Cotton production also accounts for 3 percent of global water consumption. Linen, widely considered a natural, plant-based product, pollutes waterways with …