May/June 2016 cover

About the Cover This kitchen reflects several of the current design trends including white cabinetry, accent colored island, brass light fixtures, brick accents, industrial elements, and hardwood floors. Image courtesy of Hermitage Kitchen Design Center/Hermitage Lighting.  For more information visit

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Announced

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Readers of Nashville House & Home & Garden™ have cast their votes for their 2016 favorites—their favorite designers, builders, landscapers, and “little known” stores, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a service provider and aren’t sure who to choose, try one of our winners—they’ve received the stamp of approval from readers of the Nashville House & Home & Garden™.

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor Q.I’m thrilled to be in the process of building a custom home that I have dreamed of for many years. I’ve had to make some style adjustments from my original plans, because styles have changed so much during the time I’ve been waiting and hoping. One of the most obvious changes is in wood finishes. It seems the dark cherry I planned is out. Can you give me some advice about kitchens? What is new?  We plan to keep this home until we retire and downsize in about 12 years. How do I do something …

Perfect Pantries

Perfect Pantries Coming from the Old French word “paneterie” (meaning from “pain” the French word for bread) the pantry has changed greatly over time. Generically, a pantry is a room adjacent to the kitchen where food, provisions, dishes, or linens are stored and served. Older homes were designed with a butler’s pantry, and in fact at one time the butler slept in the pantry to guard the silver from theft. Over time, that space became a general storage area for the homeowner. More modest homes began adding a closet-like area to serve as a pantry, and many homes have these …

May/June 2014 Cover

About the Cover  Pops of color can be added to a kitchen through fabric accents and accessories, as shown in this kitchen from RSU Contractors. Local experts say mixing painted and wood finishes is popular, as are upper cabinets resting on countertops in a way that mimics furniture. 

Build or Remodel

“If you love your current neighborhood and like the bones of your existing home, then an addition or update to meet your current and future needs is a great idea,” says Bryan Edwards of Hughes-Edwards Builders. “Interest rates are historically low and financing can be more easily obtained for a remodeling project due to your home’s equity. We like to work with a client to determine what changes will have the greatest impact on a family’s happiness while being a financially good decision for the overall value and appreciation of the home.” Edwards adds, “There are a lot of great …

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 …