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This spectacular 10,000+ sq. ft. home in Leiper’s Fork features a luxurious open-plan master suite featuring this copper tub, open shelving, and fabulous lighting. For more information about the property call Heidi Green at 623/ 692-4894 or visit Photography by Marty Paoletta, ProMedia Tours.

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Nolensville's Sherwood Green Estates Hosts

2015 Parade of Homes 

October 10 - 25


Nolensville’s Sherwood Green Estates is the site for the 2015 Parade of Homes™ sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee scheduled October 10-25.  Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with the homes closing at 8 p.m.

Four homes built by three builders will be open for tours as part of the event. Parade builders are Arnold Homes, Landmark Homes of Tennessee, and Regent Homes.

A sophisticated cottage, the Arnold Homes house features a courtyard entry, white painted brick, and an exposed brick fireplace. The great room showcases an exposed beam ceiling with an octagonal design and a stone fireplace.

A dramatic two-story space graces the dining room and a dramatic Juliet balconey overlooks the area from the upstairs bonus room. Shiplap walls, a restaurant style kitchen are featured in the kitchen, which also includes painted cabinets and island with reclaimed wood countertop and hood. Randy Arnold is the builder and Julie McCoy is the designer.

Nick Wisniewski, builder for Landmark Homes, and designers Lauren Blalock and Kara Blalock of ReFresh combined their talents on a classic European home with a modern twist. Use of a wide array of reclaimed materials brings the outdoors inside. The great room features 18 foot ceilings and a dramatic 12-foot sliding glass wall separating the home from the outdoor living area.

Striking new black-finished appliances and black Shaker-style cabinets are accentuated  by white upper cabinets featuring glass doors. A country-style island is stained gray. Marble countertops and beveled subway tiles accented by charcoal grout, warehouse lighting, and a custom hood with a black metal finish round out the design. Upstairs, three bedrooms and a bonus room share the space.

The first of two homes built by Regent Homes, You Are My Sunshine is designed as a modern, fresh home for a young famly. Accented by tones of gray, blue, turquoise, and pops of yellow, the home features white and gray furniture, light woods, chrome and brushed nickel light fixtures and faucets, and mirrored accent pieces. Designed by Shapiro and Company Architects, the 3,769 sq. ft. home features the workd of designer Anthea Click.

Visitors to the home are welcomed by a sun porch/foyer that leads to the living/dining area. Glass rear doors from the family room lead to a covered porch. Glacier gray hardwood floors and soft gray cabinets surround a white island wrapped in beadboard. Featuring black stainless appliances and a white raised trellis pattern backsplash, the kitchen showcases Delta’s touch technology. Shades of gray are echoed throughout the master suite. The home offers three additional bedrooms and a playroom.

Designed by Mark Lynn of Mark Lynn Architectural Services, Regent Homes’ second home also features the design work of Anthea Click of Fresh Perspectives. The 3,778 sq. ft. rustic tudor home features a mix of brick and stacked stone with board and batten shutters. Hinting at the rustic elegance inside are the copper exterior lights. Shades of beige and chocolates are highlighted with coppers, antique brass, and shades of bronze.

Featuring a trey ceiling and custom woven wood, the dining room is accented with a large brown mercury glass chandelier. A brick arched entryway leads from the coffered-ceilinged great room while accordian doors lead tothe outdoor living space.

Sherwood Green Estates is located off Rocky Fork Road and features a stately entrance, tree-lined streets, sidewalks, and decorative street lamps. Community amenities include pocket parks, preserved nature areas, a greenway, and a walking trail along Mill Creek. Homes in the neighborhood range from $439,900 to $500,000.

Sherwood Green Estates is located at 3267 Burris Drive. For more information, visit



Spooky Treats for Halloween

Spooky Treats for Halloween

Transform your house into Frankenstein’s lab with a few party tricks and Halloween treats. Set the scene with a mad scientist-themed sweets table and carry it home with a crazy good menu featuring frightfully yummy appetizers, mocktails, and, of course, treats.. For more information visit








Apple Pie Potion

Makes: 8-10 servings

1  bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled 5cups apple juice, chilled
7  drops Wilton Treatology Warm Cinnamon Graham Flavor Concentrate
3  drops Wilton Treatology Creamy Vanilla Custard Flavor Concentrate
4 drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color
1 drop Wilton Blue Color Right Performance Color


In large pitcher, combine club soda, apple juice, Warm Cinnamon Graham and Vanilla Custard flavors and colors.

Whisk until well combined. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Mac and

Cheese Cups with Chili

Makes: 24 servings
2    tbsp. butter
1/4  cup all-purpose flour
2    cups milk
8    oz. white American cheese, shredded
1    pkg. (8 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1    pkg. (16 oz.) elbow pasta, cooked and kept warm
2    cans (25 oz. each) chili

Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two muffin pans with vegetable pan spray. In large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir flour into butter and cook 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk milk into flour mixture and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses, onion powder, dry mustard and pepper. Stir in cooked pasta.

Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly. Cool in pans 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, heat chili according to package directions. Serve each macaroni cup on top of 1/4 cup chili.

Tip: To make ahead, refrigerate macaroni and cheese cups in muffin pans after baking. When ready to serve, remove from pans and microwave 30-45 seconds each until heated through


Candy Corn Cupcakes

Makes: 2 dozen cupcakes
1 pkg (16.25 oz.) white cake mix
Egg whites
Vegetable oil
17 drops Wilton Orange Color Right Performance Color
3 drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Wilton Limited Edition Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (about 1/2 pound)
Candy corn for garnish (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pans with baking cups.
In large bowl, beat cake mix, egg whites, water and colors with electric mixer at low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among baking cups, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on grid.

In medium microwave-safe container, combine Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy and heavy cream. Microwave at half (50 percent) power 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on half power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melts are almost melted. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add Candy Melts mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in honey and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes. Top with candy corn, if using.

Frankenstein Cake

Serves: 12
6  cups favorite cake recipe or mix
4  cups Wilton White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing (4.5-pound tub)
Wilton Color Right Performance Color System
Wilton Black Icing Pouch with Tips
Wilton Large Candy Eyeballs
Wilton 6-by-3-inch Round Pan
Wilton 10-by-16-inch Cooling Grid
Cake plate
Wilton Cake Leveler
Wilton 13-inch Angled Spatula
Wilton 12-inch Disposable Decorating Bags

Prepare cake according to box instructions and make two layers using 6-inch round pans. Bake and cool on cooling grid.

Prepare Spring Green icing using this color tint formula from the Color Right Performance Color System: 4 cups icing + 30 Y + 6 B.

Stack layers on cake plate for a two-layer cake, using leveler as needed. Ice cake sides smooth with green icing.

Use black pouch icing without tip to cover top of cake. Use tip of spatula to create spiral effect. Use black pouch icing with star tip to pipe pull-out bangs around top edge and two hair strands on cake top.

Prepare a disposable decorating bag with green icing; cut a hole in point of bag the size of tip 3. Attach candy eyeballs with dots of green icing. Pipe green eyelids.

Use black pouch icing with round tip to pipe dot nose and neck bolts, outline mouth and stitches

For more Halloween party ideas and inspiration, visit


Aging in Place Home Tour Oct. 30-31

A senior-friendly home being built to highlight design for a healthy aging environment will be open to the public October 30-31 in Green Hills. It’s a custom-built home for a local couple that has wants to Age in Place, but whose long-time family home did not fully support that goal.



Shopping 8th Ave. S. and 12S

Although the cityscape continues to change, 8th Avenue South continues to be a resource for those seeking antiques, home decor, and more.

At the Downtown Antique Mall there’s a repository of all things home-related. From wood and upholstered furniture to vintage and mid-century decor, and farmhouse chic, the merchants represented here offer an amazing collection of items.


Ask a Designer

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 that is fashionable now and still desirable when we are ready to sell?—JWB



What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to being its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly.

The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used).


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