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60th Annual Nashville Home Show

Returns To Fairgrounds, Offers Seminars

Returning to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for its 60th year, the Nashville Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, has announced a lineup of seminars by award winning experts on home design, home building, color, food, landscaping, and more.

Scheduled February 20-22, the Nashville Home Show offers visitors an opportunity to meet with exhibitors who offer products and services for their home. In addition to the extensive list of seminars, this year's show will also feature a Parade of Pet Homes with homes built for dogs, cats and even a pot bellied pig. The pet homes will be voted on by visitors and they will be auctioned off to benefit pet related charities.

Hours for this year's show are 9 A.M..-8 P.M.. Friday and Saturday and 10 A.M..-5 P.M.. Sunday

Seminar Schedule 


10 A.M..    Ready, Set, Go! On the Road To Aging
    Aging in Place Transition Services, Sara Beth Warne
11 A.M..    Landscaping with Tennessee Native Plants
    David Lynn Cook, Davidson County Extension Agent
Noon    Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening in Middle Tennessee

    David Lynn Cook, Davidson County Extension Agent
1 P.M..    The Energy of Change—Your Key to a Stress-free Home
    Gail Adkins, Change-Magic
2 P.M..   Five Ways to Make More Money Selling Real Estate (builders & realtors)
    Michelle Moore, The Power of Real Estate Show
3 P.M..    The Color Wheel: Understanding and Using Color as an Element of Landscape Design

    David Lynn Cook, Davidson County Extension Agent
4 P.M..    Options for today's kitchens with LED
    Brad Dobson, Hermitage Lighting
5 P.M..    The Ease and Advantage of Purchasing a New Home
    Trey Lewis, Ole South Builders
6 P.M..    Green Building/Urban Development
    Renee Condre, Beth Haley Design
7 P.M..    What Homes are Worth & Why
    Kevin Pellatiro, Benchmark Realty




9 A.M..    Cabinets 101, Everything You Want to Know About Cabinets But Were Afraid to Ask
    Barbara French, French’s Cabinet Gallery
10 A.M..    Window Coverings: From Simple to Divine
    Bohnne Jones, Decorating Den Interiors                                                                                                   
11 A.M..    Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Kitchen                                                                                

    Crystal Watson, Embers Grill & Fireplace Store


Diane Keaton to Offer Keynote

Speech at Antiques & Garden Show

This year Diane Keaton, author of two books on residential design, opens the 2015 Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, running Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at Music City Center. Of Father of the Bride and Annie Hall fame, Keaton offers an enthusiasm for design.

The 25th anniversary Antiques and Garden Show also welcomes celebrated fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette, who will serve as honorary chairmen for the event.

Kae Gallagher and Julie Fleming, chairmen for the event, say their decision to spotlight Keaton and the de la Rentas made choosing the signature theme for 2015—“Style”—relatively easy.

Founded in 1990, the event has become the largest show in the country combining spectacular garden spaces, fine antiques, and horticultural items. Since its inception the show has raised nearly $6 million on behalf of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum and the many Nashville charities supported by the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON), formerly the Nashville Exchange Club.

Also featured in this 25th anniversary year are celebrated interior and horticultural designers; five interactive, specially designed gardens; and more than 150 sought-after antique, art and horticultural dealers from the U.S. and Europe. Their on-site booths offer visitors a one-stop, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity for everything from fine paintings, furniture and designer jewelry to unique garden urns, fountains and repurposed vintage pieces.


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.



Shopping Lebanon

Long known for a myriad of downtown antiques stores, offerings in Lebanon today also include home decor, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and accessories.


Ask a Designer

What Are the Colors of the Year for 2015?

Q. I’ve been keeping up with decorating trends, because I’m having a custom home built which will be ready at the end of the year. Several design blogs are talking about new colors, but the colors are really different from each other.  Who is the authority on color? I’m intrigued with marsala, but most things I’m seeing are brighter.  I’m good at planning things, and I don’t want to get stuck with a color I can’t work with after all my hard work! How long will the bright colors last? What goes with marsala?—M.B.

A.  The selections for color of the year were announced in early December for 2015. The colors are so new that showrooms don’t yet have fabrics stocked. You must really be doing your homework!

Traditionally, forecasts have been made by industry insiders or people sneaking a peek at what is unloading at the pier. Today, forecasts are often not much more than ideas. Some have little connection to merchandise.

Four industry leaders have announced a color of the year for 2015. Pantone is the champion of the color “marsala.” What you should know is that Pantone sells a color matching system for artists and designers; they don’t manufacture home furnishings. Their prediction is based on the tremendous success marsala couture has enjoyed.

Kravet Fabrics is partnering with Pantone to provide marsala fabrics, but the collection has been made from Kravet’s existing fabrics which tend to be on the rust side of the marsala color range. The collection is very attractive but not extensive. So far, fabrics are generally solid or tone on tone. Marsala on the runway was almost always solid with little embellishment. I would expect more variety for home decorating. Brown, gold, and rust coordinates are easy to find, but patterned fabrics incorporating another color with marsala are not. Since the public seems to like the color, more coordinates are sure to be available within a few months.

Sherwin Williams has developed four unique paint color palettes in addition to their standard line. Coral Reef, from the Buoyant Collection is their color of the year. Having a full bodied presence and moderate vibrance, the color is suitable for many applications including rustic and winter homes. The color is clean enough for tropical use as well. We have no doubt that this color will be a huge success.

Benjamin Moore Paints has also developed a comprehensive palette for the year which is fairly similar to Pantone’s spring fashion palette. Guilford Green is their color of the year, offering a light, foggy background sure to compliment all things. The color is just green enough to compliment wood tones, just dark enough for white, just clean enough for grey, and just about the prettiest color you can imagine that is quiet but still a color. Benjamin Moore specializes in sophisticated variations of colors that particularly please the design industry.
The last color, Calypso Blue is offered by Robert Allen Design, design house and fabric manufacturer. Calypso Blue is not a specific hue like marsala. It is a collection of blue from sky to ink in beautiful fabrics.

Yes! Robert Allen has manufactured many coordinating fabrics in a variety of styles within the Calypso Blue concept. Robert Allen even went a step further to suggest other colors that will be trending this year. They are all cheerful but not hard hitting: sunray, coral reef, spring grass, and water. At this time, Robert Allen’s fabrics are being stocked in designer showrooms. The five colors compliment each other well, and the collection offers other accent colors outside the five making the new fabrics quite versatile.

This year, we realize more than ever that consumers will be the ultimate authority regarding design trends. Companies that dare to inventory their best ideas will have an advantage, but the public can take any of the concepts and run with them.

Generally speaking, the home furnishings market is very fragmented in both color and style. Change is the only thing that is certain. You are quite right: you could get “stuck.” Since you have many months left to plan, I suggest assigning marsala to one room and another color that is not a thick, heavy color to another room. Then, start collecting ideas that could link or transition from marsala to the other. Consider off beat colors like thistle, periwinkle, burnt orange, and citrine as well as light colors in items with substantial presence like white marble. Use hardware and light fixtures to add warm or cool touches. You are so on top of things, you will have no trouble at all!

Note: We welcome all questions related to home design—ask us about color, room arrangement, planning for a new home, selecting furnishings, lighting, flooring, and more. Answers provided by Tanna Espy Miller, who has operated her award winning interior design practice for 23 years. You may also contact Tanna at 615/ 601-0552.



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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