July/August 2019 Cover

Peaceful elegance describes this bathroom in a multi-million dollar home in The Grove in College Grove, TN. Designed by Summer Ignagni at Let It Be Design Company, the house was built by Hatcliff Construction. This home is for sale by Susan Gregory of Parks Realty. www.homesaroundnashvilletn.com.

Bathroom Trends for 2019

Most bath experts agree that homeowners want to create a peaceful, spa-like atmosphere in their master bathrooms. “Bathrooms have gone from a simple more utilitarian look to a place where homeowners can express their personal style through the use of color, pattern, texture, and art to create a space that has much more visual interest than in the past,” says Beth Duer of Markraft Cabinetry. Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors says many homeowners have become comfortable with the idea of not having a tub, but instead are opting for a larger shower with more features. “For those keeping a …

Paint/Color Trends for 2019

While gray remains popular as an interior paint color with some homeowners, others are shifting to greige, according to area designers. At the same time, designers report they are moving on from greige to shades of white and off-white. Samantha Lewis of the Hoover Paint store reports, “White and greiges are trending as well as white and off-whites as the popularity of the ‘farm house style’ continues to dominate in this area.” According to Kristie Banett of The Decorologist the trend in neutrals has indeed shifted toward white and off-white, as well as barely-there light grays and greiges. “These lighter neutrals …

Bold and Beautiful Alliums for Every Garden

By Melinda Meyers Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms—this year, and for years to come. Just like their relatives, onions and chives, ornamental alliums are easy to grow and trouble free. Pests, diseases, and even deer don’t bother them. Most types are reliably perennial and winter hardy in zones three to eight. Alliums prefer well-drained soil and full sun, though they will also grow in partial shade. You can choose flowers …

Which Design Trends Can Wreck Your Sleep Quality

A bedroom where you feel comfortable and relaxed can help you sleep well. Good design can help you achieve that, but if you’re not careful, some design trends could be a problem for sleep quality. Too much exposure to light, overwhelming colors, even noisy surfaces might look good but be an issue for getting the quality sleep you need each night. Basic window coverings. Your circadian rhythm relies on light to tell you when it’s bedtime (dark time) and daytime (light time). So when you’re exposed to light at night, it sends the wrong message and could make you too …

Celebrate National Pet Month with Flooring America Products

May is National Pet Month, and 85 million of us count beloved furry, feline or feathered pets as part of the family. Let’s face it, we’re obsessed with our four-legged family members and worship the ground (floor) they walk on. And with that mind, Flooring America is sharing the best in show flooring options that stand up to the occasional accident and damage that comes with pet ownership. Take a look at how the different options stack up: Luxury Vinyl Pet Plus: Durable, waterproof, easy clean ups; Pet Peeve: Lower traction Some of our pets are as clumsy and messy …

Real Estate Agent Education Summit June 18

The Real Estate Agent Education Summit, scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday,  June 18,  offers Real Estate Agents & Brokers 5 CE credits. Michelle Moore, noted trainer and host of the Power of Real Estate, will serve as the instructor for the course, which is offered  at the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT) headquarters in Brentwood. Moore, an award-winning author, speaker, leadership coach, and sales trainer, as well as creator of the REP® national designation course, is being joined by two other speakers with expertise in various real estate areas. April Beck, appreciation marketing coach and relationship …

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, …