Find Inspiration in Award-Winning Home Design

(Family Features) Award-winning renovation projects aren’t just a way to identify top-notch contractors, they’re a chance for homeowners to gather ideas and learn from other home improvement success stories. One such source of inspiration is the National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award Winners who are honored each year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. A panel of industry experts anonymously selected winners based on the functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty of their projects. Find inspiration in these 2020 residential project winners, and see the complete list at nari.org. Residential Exterior Under $50,000 The clients …

St Jude Dream Home 2020

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Nashville St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway® campaign. The house was built by Signature Homes in the McDaniel Estates neighborhood in College Grove, TN. Celebrating the 16th anniversary, the Nashville St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway® campaign has become one of the leading in the countries, raising more than $18 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The focal point of the campaign is the home building built and donations coordinated by Signature Homes. Valued at approximately $600,000, the 3,100 square foot home features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a porte-cochere driveway, vaulted ceilings, and a three …

Tile Trends for 2020

It’s a new year, and a new moment to be choosing tile. While 2020 will go down as the year of Coronavirus, the “stay at home” order offers time to consider your choices. Tile is one of the hottest trends in home décor because it can be as simple or complex or eccentric as the homeowner themselves. Experts point to statement tile being the new rage as,similar to a painted feature  wall, homeowners can make a big statement without overwhelming an entire room. From oversized water jets to  beautiful porcelains that mimic precious gemstones, most experts agree bold colors and …

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 …

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

Vintage Craft Workshop

Macramé, appliqué, decoupagé, and more! Cathy Callahan, founder of the popular blog Cathy of California, brings a fresh look to crafts from the ’60s and ’70s in Vintage Craft Workshop. With an eye toward style, not kitsch, superstar contributors including Diane Gilleland, Jill Bliss, and Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith offer their unique interpretations on 24 vintage projects. Brimming with inspiration shots straight from Callahan’s vintage craft books, color photographs of the finished projects, profiles of the original crafters, and tidbits about this unforgettable era, this spirited book makes vintage crafts perfectly stylish for today. Plus, it’s easy to get started …

Outdoor cleaning tips that could help save you thousands

(BPT) – The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning. “Cold temperatures, snowfall and winter rains can have a big effect on houses and landscaping, so now’s the time to check for potential home repairs and maintenance,” said Christopher O’Rourke, Mercury Insurance vice president of property claims. “Spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of belongings you no longer want or …

Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started

New survey digs into gardening trends: Tips to get started (BPT) – Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go … and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the “victory gardens” of WWII for growing food during years of rationing. Others reflected societal changes, like the green lawns of the 1950s and 1960s, when families spent more time playing and entertaining in their yards than ever before. If you look further into the past, to the 1920s, you see a trend that’s on the rise again — a yearning for going back …