5 Easy Ways to Control Pests Naturally

I have a confession to make: I hate bugs. They give me the goosebumps and shudders like everyone else, but they also make me crazy. I don’t necessarily scream when I see a spider dropping from the ceiling or cry at the sight of ants marching across my floor, but I do start performing karate moves that I have never actually learned. The other day, a spider found its way onto my lap, and I lost consciousness for several minutes, but I am told that I beat the spider repeatedly, even after it was obviously dead; my bruised leg is …

Whole Home Concept House Announced for Nashville

House Beautiful recently announced its second annual Whole Home Concept House is being built in Nashville in partnership with Castle Homes.  This show house—scheduled for tours from October 18-November 3— will be devoted to designs and ideas to create a home that promotes wellness and better living. Wellness Within Your Walls, which promotes health and sustainability in home design, will also participate in the project. The home is being built in Belle Meade and proceeds will benefit the Nashville Symphony. “At House Beautiful we believe your home should be a refuge that helps you recharge and unplug from your busy external …

March/April 2019 Cover

Imperial Dragon wallpaper in turquoise and coral sets off the Bennett settee in Ellis Herringbone woven fabric in cream with pillows in Mesa Ikat fabric in blue, Ogden embroidery woven fabric in coral, and the coordinating Imperial Dragon printed fabric. For more information visit www.thibautdesign.com.

Hot new designer buzzwords for 2019

Every industry has its own buzz words and lingo. In design, particularly sustainable design, we love to use “pop” (a pop of color, a pop of life, a pop of energy) and we love to use hygee (the Danish word meaning to give comfort, joy, and peace). Pop is easy for everyone to understand because it is literally like an exclamation point in a room—an accent, a focal point. Hygee, on the other hand, takes a little more explaining and little more thought—It is something to be considered. Hygee is tough because there is no literal translation in English and …

Countertop Trends

Above: Clairidge by Cambria (from Woodstone Collection) Quartz continues to be popular as the countertop material of choice, according to industry experts, although home decorators and designers still are known to select their personal favorites, whether that’s marble, granite, soapstone, or some other natural stone. According to Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design, “More and more customers have heard of quartz and are open to using it. When it was first being introduced, some clients may have thought it was interior to other countertop finishes, but now most people appreciate it.” She adds, “Marble is timeless and basically will never …

nashville lawn & garden show

Returning to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show scheduled Thursday, February 28, through Sunday, March 3, 2019. The four-day, indoor show will include live garden displays, lectures, vendors, floral designs, and special programming, including the popular Tennessee Wine Festival. This year’s theme, “Changing Times, Changing Gardens,” will highlight topics such as the changing trends and realities of modern cityscapes, suburban and rural gardens, community initiatives, container and waterwise gardens, organic foods, sustainability, and more. “As Nashville has gone from a small city to the ‘It City’, the way folks in and around Nashville garden and …

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens remain high on homeowners’ wish lists, and can range from a simple “plug and play” grill island to a far more complex addition of built ins under shelter designed to take every cooking chore outdoors. Outdoor living and outdoor kitchens are the number one desire for many homeowners, according to Carol Sullivan of Nashville’s Hearth & Grill Store. “The demand for outdoor living has led to the expansion of manufacturer’s offerings,” she says, everything from portable outdoor grills to grills installed in custom islands, with added features such as refrigerators, side cookers, ice makers, smokers from The Big Green Egg, …

vintage market days spring show

Vintage Market Days® of Nashville is presenting ‘”Roam Free” from March 15-17 at The Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon. Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $11, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. The market is a three-day event held several times a year throughout the Middle Tennessee area. “Each Vintage Market Days® event is a unique opportunity …

Hot Cocoa Bar DIY Tutorial

By Brandon Nunnally & Melissa Bowen @ AR Workshop Nashville Winter is here to stay—at least for a couple of months! We love winter time at AR Workshop Nashville & Franklin. It’s the perfect time to gather together around the workshop tables and make projects and memories you will keep forever. One of our favorite projects you can D.I.Y. at home is a Hot Cocoa Bar. This not only serves as a gathering spot all winter long but also serves as a beautiful winter display. Gather your supplies before starting the project. Materials Needed 1. Clear jars of varying heights …

Cooking Healthy with Olive Oil

  One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese, and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare. When it comes to cooking, focus on the essentials and the highlights of each dish. Building recipes around …