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 …

Shopping Belle Meade 2011

Shopping Belle Meade Belle Meade, long a mecca for those seeking the finer things in life, holds lots of small antique shops, beautiful furnishings stores, fine art, and top-notch framing companies. From the 440 loop, take Exit 1 to merge onto US-70S W/West End Ave. After passing St. Thomas Hospital you’ll find  Belle Meade Framers on the right, nestled within a Publix shopping center.

Ask a designer – another teenag room

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Ask a Designer™ decorating a teenage room Q. My 16 year old daughter and I are redecorating her room. The decor will center around a fabric we bought that has huge black flocked flowers on a silky white. Bedding and draperies will have to be custom made which will use a lot of our budget. I would like your help with wall color, furniture, and art. My daughter is very artistic and wants too many things for her small room.

gardening compositions – garden with confidence through fall

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garden compositions—garden with confidence through fall By Mike Sikes, Horticulturist, Gardener’s Confidence Collection Late summer in the garden can sometimes be oppressive. Extreme heat and humidity can drive the gardener inside. Periods of drought can make one shut off the hose and give up. It doesn’t have to be that way. A garden can have color, form, and texture throughout the year.

solid wood furniture

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by Sarai Johnson Solid wood furniture is beautiful, versatile, and can claim a place of prominence in practically any home, no matter what the decorating style. A solid wood chest, armoire, or dining room table carefully chosen in a style you love will last forever,” says Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Redesign. “Solid wood furniture has always been popular. Now, it’s cherished for its durability and in the case of a chest or armoire, its versatility.” People are choosing solid wood over manufactured wood, because “with solid wood, you see a continuous grain pattern all the way through,” says …

eco-friendly living

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eco-friendly living by Sarai Johnson Eco-friendly living can cover a lot of ground, but generally it’s accepted that it refers to the use of low-impact materials, energy efficiency, quality and durability, reuse and recycling, sustainability, and renewability. In keeping with that definition, Carol Bass of The Practical Decorator says her favorite buzz word is “redesign.” “I understand why redesign is the fastest growing segment of the decorating industry. Interior redesign reuses what the homeowner already owns to create a space that is warm, inviting, and functional with a designer look without the designer price tag,” she says. Reusing and repurposing …

July/August 2011


About the Cover Melissa Morgan Sutherland of Hermitage Lighting Gallery recently won top national industry honors, creating the lighting for this stunning bath redesign in conjunction with This Old House and HGTV. For more information contact Hermitage Lighting Gallery at 615/ 843-3300 or visit www.hermitagelighting.com. For more about bathroom trends see the article here.

Solar Panels for your home


Energy savings and green energy are the buzz words of the year, if not the decade and perhaps the century. Today’s homeowners are just beginning to become aware of energy solutions designed to reduce energy bills and free them from their dependence on fuel sources outside the home.

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 …

Home Builders

  Don Lofstrom — Franklin Company Name: Cedarwright Custom Homes Describe your enthusiasm for building: I’ve been building Lindal Cedar Homes for 10 years with homes now in three states—Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Building background:  I started in construction building geodisic domes and custom adobe homes while in graduate school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, back in the 1970s. What was your favorite aspect of this project? My favorite part of this project was bringing the outside in with walls of glass, large acccordian doors opening up to large decks. What makes a home more “livable”? A liveable home has …