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The Parade of Homes returns for the holidays to the Arrington neighborhood of Kings' Chapel, December 6-21, and is packed with decorating, building, and holiday design ideas. The guest bedroom in the Gregg & Rains Parade home is wrapped in a luxurious Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent and is decked for the holidays by ReFresh Home with touches including a charming custom burlap pillow on the antique iron bed. See the article.


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Parade of Homes Weaves Magic of Holidays

Magical holiday events combined with a spectacular array of decorating and building ideas awaits as the Parade of Homes returns December 6-21 to the beautiful Kings’ Chapel community in Arrington benefiting Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

The Parade homes are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last ticket sold at 7 p.m.). The annual Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee event is presented by Reliant Bank and LP Building Products. Tickets ($12 for those 12+) are available online and at the gate. The 16-day home tour features DIY blogger trees and 12 Days of Christmas Parade of Homes related activities. An After The Parade Sale is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 22.

Nashville’s premier home tour unleashes the creativity of four of the area’s top builders teamed with incredible designers and popular Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home bloggers. John Powell, Kings’ Chapel developer, says the homes, ranging from French Provincial to English Country, highlight the beauty of Williamson County while providing so many great ideas for visitors.

“Wrapped in 350 acres of green space, the Parade homes are packed with great home inspiration for kitchens, baths, and outdoor living. We’re also hosting 12 Days of Christmas fun events including a Southern Living Tablescapes Workshop with Lifestyle Garden Editor Carmen Johnston, a Mother/Daughter High Tea and a Santa’s Workshop,” Powell says. “Each of the festive homes has blogger decorated trees based on actual wishes of Make-A-Wish children with themes of the circus, Greece, the Grammys, and Comic Con. The pretty Balsam Hill pre-lite trees are also part of an on-going Parade of Homes silent auction,” Powell says.

The holiday Parade of Homes, chaired by David Crane, of Crane Builders, includes builder, designer and blogger teams: Arnold Homes LLC with Julie McCoy Interiors and home blogger,

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Sweet Potato Crisp

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It's been served to many groups and families, over the years that it's become a holiday favorite. 

Sweet Potato Crisp 

Potatoes

3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed)

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs 

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mash cooked sweet potatoes, add all other ingredients and put into a 9 x 13 greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Put the topping on for the last 10 minutes of baking time. 

Topping 

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup pecans

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter, softened

Mix all of the topping ingredients together and place on top of the sweet potatoes for the last 10 minutes of the baking.

 

 

 

Accessibility, Outdoor Improvements Top List

The demand for larger homes is on the rise, according to a recentl survey by the American Institute of Architects, which also indicates a greater interest in accessibility features and outdoor living spaces.

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Shopping

Shopping Bell Buckle 2014

Bell Buckle is a fascinating collection of shops all within a few steps of one another, and a great place to pick up some painted furniture, holiday decor, or charming interior accessories.

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Ask a Designer

A Teenage Girl's Room

Q. I would like help thinking long-term for my 13 year old daughter’s room so that I don’t have to decorate her room twice. We are about to move into a home that we plan to stay in for at least 11 years which will be when our youngest completes college.

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Gardening

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

For years the experts have been telling us about the benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Native plants are those that occur naturally in a regional area. Native species have evolved over time to thrive with biological and physical factors specific to their region such as soil, climate, and rainfall.

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Holiday Gift Guide

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