custom comfort


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 …

exploring green interiors – new lead rules

exploring green interiors – new lead rules Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program I wanted to share some important information for homeowners who may be considering home renovations. Have you heard about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “lead paint law” that went into effect on April 22nd? This law affects houses built prior to 1978—many of our homes! If you are considering home renovations, you may want to find out more. Here are the basics from the EPA’s website:

kitchen design trends


kitchen design trends While kitchen design trends continue to encompass styles from traditional to contemporary with something for every taste, but industry observers say preferences seem to be for either contemporary dark cabinetry or white cabinets. Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This says she has noted a growing trend toward simplicity in appearance with more interest created through colors and textures.  

garden compositions—the 10 commandments of container gardening

h&h&g gardening garden compositions— the 10 commandments of container gardening Ok, boys and girls, it’s time to gather ‘round for a lesson from the Gospel of Gardening. Put on your best overalls and finest gardening gloves, pull up your wheelbarrow to the potting shed, and sit back on your weeding stool as I present today’s sermon on the Ten Commandments of Container Gardening. These “commandments” are guidelines to help you be successful in your container gardening endeavors.

they can’t match my paint color!


ask a designer they can’t match my paint color!Q.  I had a color plan all picked out for my house, and I was really excited, but now it is falling apart. One color I want is half way between two shades on the chart, but the paint store says they can’t mix it. I’ve seen a million commercials on TV saying they can color-match anything.  

May/June 2010


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Beware pf Fly-by-Night Home Repair Businesses

Beware of Fly-by-Night Home Repair Businesses Offering Help with Storm Cleanup Also, Nashville Codes Department Offers Help, Advice As Tennesseans cope with repairs and cleanup work following the recent flooding, Secretary of State Tre Hargett warns them to be wary of unlicensed and unregistered businesses offering to provide help. Also, there’s information from the Nashville codes department intended to help those rebuilding. Other advice for deadling with flood damage can be found at

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 …

bedding & upholstery for a family

ask a designer – bedding & upholstery for a family Q. Can you help with planning new bedding and upholstery? I would like fine quality, but I have a big dog, son, and husband who live with me on a farm.  

garden compositions—a garden murder mystery


h&h&g gardening – garden compositions—a garden murder mystery It was a dark and cloudy winter, and the innocent stood blithely in their gardens, along roadways, in parks, and in front of homes reaching upward in anticipation of summer when their glorious presentation to society would be revealed. Even in their winter appeal with colors of cinnamon, gray, or green, their beautifully lithe arms spoke of grace and beauty. Suddenly, they were cut down.