Shopping in Murfreesboro

Photography by Jaime Rock From the shops downtown to the stores found along Murfreesboro’s bustling byways, these is much to beckon home owners and decorators in search of a special find. It’s obvious when you enter JD’s All About Home that an interior designer’s touch makes the store a beautiful place. A soothing space, it features larger furnishings, lighting, framed art, and more, Designer Jennifer Davenport has created a welcoming shop filled with light and interesting details. Full of Southern antiques and primitives, mid-century modern and industrial pieces, as well as vintage linens and dishware, Re-inVintage has expanded to fill additional …

Green Interiors: Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas Getting the lighting right in your home isn’t always easy. A lot of times, people complain that it’s too dark in the mornings, too bright in the afternoon, and too glaring in the evenings. Here’s how to get the perfect fit! Set The Tone Try to focus on creating lighting scenarios, not just lighting solutions. This might mean overhead dimmable recessed can lighting for the morning with under cabinet dimmable LED strip lighting in the kitchen and bathroom, a nice table lamp with adjustable modes in the living room, and sheers on any windows that need help filtering …

August Is National Curb Appeal Month

August Is National Curb Appeal Month Fypon launched the first annual “National Curb Appeal Month” in August, 2014, to create a month-long period dedicated to helping homeowners focus on ways to add value and design appeal to their home’s exterior. Among home improvements that can affect curb appeal are roofs, garage doors, residential doors, lighting, easy-care options such as Fypon and similar decorative trim, and manufactured stone,

Ask A Designer: What Will Bring Style to My New Home?

What Will Bring Style to My New Home? Q. I have a house that was built a few years ago. It has a nice floor plan, but there is no trim and there are no interesting windows. What can I do to give it a more substantial look? I want it to look “designed” not just decorated with pillows and things. On the other hand, I can’t afford to rip up perfectly good floors and walls. I want something more than paint, but less than a remodel. What suggestions might you make?—K.J.

Man Caves

  Man Caves Experts agree that man caves are as varied as the men who create them. It’s a man’s freedom to make the design and decorating choices that make it a man cave, and his interests generally lead the way. “Man caves have become a highly desirable home feature,” says Kurt Schusterman of California Closets. “Creating a place of refuge and relaxation for the man of the house has become a home improvement trend.” Stansell Dye of Ferguson agrees that man caves vary enormously. “More than just a spare room, today’s man caves are built around themes and are …

Shopping in Green Hills

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Shopping in Green Hills 2012 Green Hills is something of a mecca for those seeking home design. From modern furnishings at Mitchell + Gold to the finest antiques at Marymount Plantation, this area offers the most varied possibilities. Start this shopping trip at the south end of Hillsboro Pike at the Green Hills Antique Mall, where you’ll find tables, armoires, and some fun nostalgia pieces. Less than a block north, Harpeth Gallery specializes fine smaller-scale antiques and gift items, including lighting, pillows, art, decorative items, and more. Almost next door, Bradford’s Interiors offer furnishings, oriental rugs, antiques, and interior design …

exploring green interiors – energy efficient light bulbs

exploring green interiors – how many lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb? As January 2012 creeps closer, many designers and homeowners have begun stockpiling incandescent bulbs due to fear of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that takes effect in just six months. This article focuses on the portion of the bill that requires a 25 percent increase in light bulb efficiency starting in 2012. I have heard countless stories of people ordering bulbs in quantities of thousands—yes, thousands—for fear of running out. It actually reminds me very much of the Y2K scare over a …

exploring green interiors – green lighting—watts it all about?

exploring green interiors – green lighting—watts it all about? One of the easiest and most effective ways to “green” your home is by switching out incandescent fixtures for compact fluorescent bulbs.  We’ve heard about them for years, and most of us know they are more efficient; however, we also know they are much more expensive than the standard incandescent. It comes as no surprise that the average skeptic might wonder what the fuss is all about. An incandescent lamp (yes, the one invented by Thomas Edison) has not changed much since its conception in the 19th century. To emit light, …