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Bathroom design trends are all about providing a spa-like atmosphere, and shown here is an example of a luxurious free-standing tub with separate filler, black and silver wallpaper, and striking cabinetry and tile work. Photo courtesy KraftMaid® cabinetry. 

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Fall Festival of Homes At The Grove Oct. 10-26


Scheduled Octover 10-26 at The Grove in Williamson County is “The Fall Festival of Homes” presented by Franklin Synergy Bank and co-sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, and The Jaeckle Centre.Hours are between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.  On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there will be a kids’ fun zone with old-fashioned carnival games. Pet adoptions are scheduled on selected days. Visitors can participate in the “People’s Choice Awards” sponsored by LP Building Products. Participants qualify for a two-night stay at the new downtown Omni hotel and dinner for two at Bob’s Steakhouse. Admission is $12 and proceeds benefit First Tee of Tennessee and Happy Tales Humane charities.

The Grove, a new private community in southern Williamson County, has undergone a vast amount of construction and development since World Golf Hall of Fame member and businessman Greg Norman visited his Signature golf course when it opened in September of 2012.

The roughly 1,000-acre development features a variety of core amenities that make it truly special in Middle Tennessee. At the heart of The Grove is the par-72, 18-hole Greg Norman Championship Course that flows seamlessly into the landscape of the area.

Currently under construction is the 33,000-square-foot Manor House, which is slated for completion in the spring of 2015. The Manor House, designed to echo a traditional country estate with sophisticated architecture and classic décor, will include a full-service spa, locker rooms, bar and upscale restaurant, fitness center, and  wine cellar.

Professional, highly-trained staff will greet members at the full-service spa which will offer massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. The spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms will include lounge areas complete with flat-screen TVs, food and beverage service, showers, and changing rooms.

The clubhouse will also include a first-class restaurant and bar, with menus prepared by an executive chef. Other dining options include a nutrition and juice bar, al fresco dining by the pool, and another option at the Practice Field. A fully stocked wine cellar with a wide variety of bottles from around the world will be onsite. Classes and tastings will be offered to residents.



Cooking: Halloween Fare

Haunted with the thought of a ho-hum Halloween? Never fear—trick-or-treaters will want more than just candy once they see your party table. Throw a fabulous Halloween party fit for little goblins or grown-up monsters with some devilishly good sweets. Try these easy party ideas from Wilton to make your Halloween spook-tacular.

Masquerade Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Imitation Almond Extract
Royal icing
Orange, Black, Green, Lemon Yellow, Brown and Violet Icing Colors, as desired
Orange, Yellow, Orange, Lavender and Black Colored Sugars, as desired
Halloween Jimmies, Nonpareils and Icing Decorations, as desired
Candy Melts® candy
Cookie sticks


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.

These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2014, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space.

“Facilitating greater accessibility into and around the home has become the dominant home layout consideration,” says Kermit Baker, PhD and AIA chief economist. “With home sizes increasing only modestly, households are investing more attention in exterior and property improvements," he says.

While accessibility rose only a percentage point, survey respondents also indicated an 1 percent increased interest in a single-floor plan and a 3 percent greater interest in square footage. Some 6 percent of respondents indicated a greater interest in outdoor living space.

There has also been a 3 percent growth in interest in remodeling additions and alterations to existing homes.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit



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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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