May is home improvement month

May is home improvement month May is officially home improvement month and according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, modeling spending is expected to be up about 6 percent by the end of 2012.

Design a Vanity-Win Money

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  Foremost Offers $5,000 for Best Vanity Design Have you ever felt like the current crop of bath vanities on the market lacked enough style or functionality for your tastes? Now is your chance to channel your inner industrial designer.

Natural Stone Countertops 2012

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Natural Stone Countertops Today’s homeowners are more inclined to refurbish their homes for their own enjoyment than for resale. And, where once natural stone countertops were quite expensive, today they are priced much more affordably and the demand for natural stone has continued unabated. Competition has driven the price of granite down considerably and its popularity as well as competition has led to the availability of a larger selection of colors, finishes, and edges. Natural stone is the most durable building material ever known, according to Kevin Sanchez, a spokesman for Antolini, “and has been used in décor and construction …

Exploring Green Interiors – Thrifty Upcycling for Kitchen

Exploring Green Interiors try thrifty up-cycling of your kitchen for the holidays As the summer draws to an end and the weather slowly turns cooler, kids are returning to school and the holidays are creeping ever closer. It is during this time of year that our office is typically bombarded with a flurry of clients anxious to plan and execute a redesign, to be ready just in time for the family gatherings the holiday season brings. Still in the midst of a tough economy, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to completely renovate their homes. So I have …

Kitchen Cabinet Trends 2011

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Kitchen Cabinet Trends 2011 While traditional/transitional kitchen cabinetry remains popular, kitchen designers are reporting an increased interest in contemporary kitchens with clean lines. In addition, homeowners favor perimeter cabinets in one color with an island in another color, according to Nicole Monroe of Chris’s Custom Cabinets. “Frequently the mixed colors will take the form of painted and glazed perimeter cabinets combined with an island in a stained color—or sometimes the exact opposite,” Monroe says. Saying that her company’s clients still prefer a furniture look in their cabinetry is Laura Gunter Nickens of Gunter Woodworking. “While many of our customers seek …

Powder Room Trends


Powder Room Trends        Powder rooms are receiving more emphasis than in the past, according to industry professionals. While some powder rooms are actually larger in size or only appear to be so due to the thoughtful selection of surfaces and decor, the experts agree little is left to chance in today’s spaces.      Powder rooms today are becoming small Zen-like spaces, according to Melinda DuPree-Kewley of Celebrity Status Designs. “They are clean and clutter free. People are spending more and gaining so much in return. Powder rooms are a true reflection of the homeowner. Why not give a …

High-end Appliances


High-end Appliances While style drives interest in the high-end appliance segment, innovation is also a factor, according to Cynthia Crego of Siano Appliances. “The latest trend is eco-friendly appliances that offer intuitive user applications,” she says. “Buyers want green features with measurable benefits. They are looking for a return on investment in the form of energy or water savings. Steam cleaning and auto convection conversion are functions that are eco-friendly and save consumers time.” According to Carla Taylor of Hermitage Lighting Gallery, there are two main factors in high-end appliances. “First is the ‘look’— whether the homeowner wants the pro …

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When a couple sets out to create the home of their dreams, everything has to be perfect. So when a home situated on the banks of the Harpeth River south of Franklin grew from the ground up, its owners wanted it to fit the land on which it sits and be expressive of their love of the country setting. Evocative of farmhouses that grew organically to hold generation after generation of a family, this home is less than a year old. But its flagstone porches, beamed living room, and spaciousness speak of generations at work. The approximately 12,000 square foot …