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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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Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays December 5-7 is a public tour featuring holiday decorations by top-tier Nashville designers in some of Brentwood's most exclusive homes. Homes included in this year's tour are located in the Annandale, Belle Rive II, and Princeton Hills. 

You'll have the opportunity to peek inside exquisite estate homes not normally open to the public. Rather than just viewing lights from the outside, you'll have a special inside peek at their homes decorated for the holiday at their finest.

Homeowners and designers have collaborated on unique looks for each home. Tim Causey of ReCreations is the designer for the home of Jane Ann & Mike Cain and the home of Kim & Ryan Foster. Richie Edwards of Richie Edwards Design is the designer for the home of Melody & David Snodgrass. Jenny Vollmer is the designer for her own home. 

Benefitting the Literacy Council of Williamson County, the holiday home tours are open from 5-8 p.m. on December 5 and from noon-6 p.m. on December 6 and 7. The Literacy Council of Williamson County is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and transforming the lives of adults through free programs that encourage and enable clients to read, write, and employ basic math skills.

Tickets are $20 & may be purchased online in advance. For information visit


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,


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 


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. 


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.





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.


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.



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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