Porch Living

“Most people love the outdoor experience, especially when it is easy and comfortable to enjoy,” says David Buffington of Brentwood Interiors. Covered porches are a favored way to enjoy the outdoor world, he says. Overhead shelter makes an outdoor space easier to maintain. Rain isn’t as much of an issue, and it is easier to furnish such a space with deep cushions, deep colors, electronics, and more. “The popularity of outdoor living has fueled the increased availability of stylish outdoor fabrics and rugs,” says Buffington. “Synthetic fabrics have been used for a long time, but today’s fabrics are softer and …

Holiday Decorating

Holiday decorating has seen an increase in natural materials and themes, ranging from the burlap and blues mixed with natural birds found at the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel to ornaments, swags, and wreaths found in many area stores. Some themes mix pearls and other shiny features with the natural look, while vintage looks featuring red, white, and sometimes black are also popular. While traditional red and green remain perpetually popular, some play up the more vibrant apple greens. Birds, too, are popular with this year’s designers, ranging from peacocks in traditional hues as well as richer ones in …

Readers Favorites Awards 2011

Readers Favorites Awards Readers of Greater Nashville House & Home & Garden™ have once again cast their votes for their favorites—their favorite designers, builders, landscapers, “little known” stores, and more. If you’re looking for a service provider and aren’t sure who to choose, try one of these—they’ve received the stamp of approval from readers of the only home resource guide serving the Middle Tennessee area. Air Conditioning/Heating Service Company1st place-Lee Company 2nd place-Copeland & Son 3rd place-Precision Air Antiques1st place-Bagbey House 2nd place-Gas Lamp Antiques 3rd place-Franklin Antique Mall/Ice House Area Rug Store1st place-Brentwood Interiors 2nd place-Sprintz 3rd place-Bradford’s Favorite …

Shopping Downtown Franklin

Shopping Downtown Franklin Franklin has long been a destination for shoppers of all kinds, and the downtown area includes antiques, furnishings, kitchen accessories, and more beautiful accessories than you can imagine.  Surrounding the town square, a 15-block mix of shops, businesses, and restaurants is listed on the National Historic Register. Downtown proper begins at the square and continues along Main Street for a couple of blocks.