Five Popular Front Door Colors and What They (might) Say About You

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Whether or not we realize it, the colors with which we surround ourselves – in our clothes, cars, and homes — reveal a lot about us. For example, bright colors often indicate an outgoing personality, while subdued colors imply a more low-key persona. How can a hue say so much about you? According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, color has a psychological component through which we often communicate our moods, feelings, emotions, and personality. One way we do that is through the paint colors we choose, even on the exterior of our home. “The entire …

decorative ironwork

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Metalworking is “one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back to the bronze age. To say ornamental ironwork is a timeless treasure is an understatement,” says Aaron Walker of David Patton Construction. Metal railings were used in domestic buildings since the early 17th century. Due to the expansion of residential developments, and the continuing improvement in the techniques of iron production and treatment which contributed to the speed of manufacturing and the reduction of costs, ornamental ironwork has continued to grow in popularity ever since. The ironwork products made possible by the remarkable wealth of skills and craftsmanship found among …

Create a Room that Changes with the Seasons

Create a Room That Changes with the Seasons If you have a penchant for seasonal decorating, why not fashion the interior of your home with change in mind? By planning ahead, you can make it easy to modify your surroundings to be seasonall—or even holiday—appropriate.

solid wood furniture

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by Sarai Johnson Solid wood furniture is beautiful, versatile, and can claim a place of prominence in practically any home, no matter what the decorating style. A solid wood chest, armoire, or dining room table carefully chosen in a style you love will last forever,” says Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Redesign. “Solid wood furniture has always been popular. Now, it’s cherished for its durability and in the case of a chest or armoire, its versatility.” People are choosing solid wood over manufactured wood, because “with solid wood, you see a continuous grain pattern all the way through,” says …

Aging In Place

aging in place Aging in place is the phrase that’s been coined to refer to the many ways homes are being modified and services are being offered to allow homeowners to live in their homes longer—and is becoming a popular concept as the Baby Boomers begin reaching retirement age. According a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, of those making aging in place modifications to their homes, 18 percent are in the 55-to-65-year-old age bracket, while 16 percent of those having such work done 65 years or older. The Nashville area has its own group of experts in …

dining tables

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Although designers agree there is still a demand for a formal dining space in many homes today, they also agree that what constitutes that formal space has changed in the past few years.

Eco Friendly Paint

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   Going Green is a movement that has affected all facets of our lives, according to Ruthanne Hanlon, design manager for PPG Porter Paints.        Environmentally-friendly paint is all the rage. Green is good for obvious reasons. Non-gassing paint protects the planet’s deteriorating ozone layer and makes homes healthier, especially for children and anyone with allergies.      Today’s eco-paints do tend to cost a bit more than traditional paints, and some designers say eco paint coverage may be slightly less consistent in coverage and durability than its conventional counterparts, although the gap is fast closing.      “‘Green’ paint has been …

Flood Victims can use new Dumpster In a Bag®

Waste Management Responds to Nashvile Flooding With Baster® Dumpster in a Bag® for rapid disposal of storm debris The Bagster® Bag Provides an On-Demand Debris Removal Option for Those Affected by Natural Disaster In the aftermath of severe flooding across Nashville, an increasing number of property owners are turning to the Bagster® Dumpster in a Bag® to remove and dispose of floodwater debric quickly and safely. An innovation in waste removal,this product is ideal in a siutaiton in which there is a need to discard more than can fit in a typical bin or garbage receptical, but not enough to …

mattresses

It’s time for a new mattress, the association says, if you wake up stiff and sore, and, in general, every five to seven years. Mattress trends include luxurious pillow tops which offer additional cushioning and extra deep mattresses ranging from 14 to 16 inches and more, but that’s only the beginning of the luxurious options available. Hypnos, headquartered in England but with an office in Franklin, has been producing handmade beds for four generations and its mattresses retail for as much as $20,000. Other notable mattresses range from one infused with a lavender scent to those boasting a natural rubber core. …

Bedroom Furnishings

Retreat. That’s the word used almost universally by area designers to describe what their clients want for a master bedroom. “Many people are taking an individualistic approach to what it is they want and desire,” says Angela DeYoung of Designs by DeYoung LLC.  ”The common thread, however, is functionality and a feeling of retreat.” “More and more, the master suite is regarded as a personal retreat,” says Tanna Miller of Trends & Traditions. “Fabulous closets take care of storage while furniture provides comfort and luxury. Sitting areas, wet bars, and large screen televisions are expected in a well-appointed suite.” Miller …