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This stunning kitchen boasts a Cambria Torquay Quartz waterfall island fitted with dual sinks and black drawers accented with polished nickel pulls. Waterfall countertops in which the material extends down to the floor are growing in popularity. Photo courtesy Cambria.


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East Nashville Parade of Ponds

Promises Tranquility Aug. 1-2

The babbling of a brook, water splashing and gurgling as it flows over rocks—these are some of the most soothing and relaxing sounds in nature. It is the tranquility of ponds and water gardens that motivates many homeowners to add water features to their living space. Visitors can get a taste of this tranquility during the 2015 Parade of Ponds August 1-2, hosted by the Nashville Pond Society.

Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 if purchased on-site. Visit this link for tickets and more information.
Waterscaping has grown in popularity in recent years and benefits both pond owners and the environment according to experts, including the Alderleaf Wilderness College. The Nashville Pond Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people learn about and care for water gardens and their inhabitants.

According to organizers, this year’s Parade will feature ponds in the vibrant neighborhoods of East Nashville, Inglewood, and Madison. Ponds range from hidden urban oases to pastoral retreats. When not exploring the eco-friendly habitats of birds, butterflies, frogs, and salamanders, visitors can sample fresh, local cuisine and browse the unique art and antique stores in the area.

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Larger Homes Grow in

Popularity According to AIA

As the housing market continues its recovery, homeowners are increasingly seeking more square footage while simultaneously looking for more accessibility inside and outside of the home, according to new findings  from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space.

All of the data can be accessed through AIA's newly redesigned home design trends survey infographic.

“An increase in home square footage with the rising popularity of accessible design concepts points to a population that is preparing to age-in-place, or, perhaps, is anticipating responsibility for caretaking of older relatives in the future,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “As homeowners prepare to stay in their current homes, investment in outdoor living spaces has also increased.”

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Nolensville Sherwood Green Estates

to host 2015 Parade of Homes Oct. 3-18

Nolensville will be taking the spotlight October 3-18 for this year’s Parade of Homes in the new Sherwood Green Estates.

The Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee chose the community, which features several builders.

“Our builders are going to create some truly special homes with unique features you won’t see anywhere else,” David McGowan, owner and president of Regent Homes and its subsidiary, Regent Sherwood Development, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to giving attendees a show they won’t forget.”

More than 18,000 potential home owners are expected to attend to see the latest in home decor, construction and technology.

“Nolensville is proud to be a part of this year’s parade and can’t wait to welcome visitors to the event,” said Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander in a prepared statement.

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

 

Shopping

Shopping Fayetteville

Blessed with a thriving courthouse square, Fayetteville welcomes visitors with furniture stores and antique shops where you’ll find the latest in home furnishings and amazing vintage pieces.

Standard Furniture, an essentially Alabama company founded in 1912, continues to offer upholstered and wood furniture for every room in the home from a variety of manufacturers. The Fayetteville store is the northernmost location in the 15-store chain.

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Ask a Designer

Decorating a Condo or Small Home

Q. My new condo is transitional with mostly straight lines. I can’t change the floor plan, but I can customize some of the built-in elements like countertops, cabinets, fireplace, and shower tiles. I travel internationally and really want to create a resort feel even though the condo is in downtown Nashville. The rooms are not big, but they are open to each other, so it doesn’t feel small. How many colors and patterns should I use in each room? How do I get an exotic feel without a lot of clutter?  Since I travel a lot, I don’t want to spend time dusting when I get home Should I paint all it one wall color?

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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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