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Best floor covering options for homes with pets, kids or high traffic

I once had a neighbor who vacuumed her carpet every day, moving backward so that she never had a footprint on the pile of the rug. She insisted her children not walk on the rugs,

When you love the location but hate the house

By CATHI AYCOCK You love the location. You want one-level living but hate the outdated floor plan. Sometimes you imagine what is possible. "We wanted to downsize. And we wanted most of the living area

Tile, tiny homes, DIY and decor, Home and Remodeling Expo is back

The Nashville Home and Remodeling Expo is coming back to town, March 10-12 at the Music City Center. The show, hosted by Marketplace Events, will feature special guests, exhibitors, and even a few celebrities. All

No more faux chateau in decor and design

A sea change has occurred in design and decor. We have moved from an obsession with old world European to a clean, American style. No more fake castles and French chateau vibed decor in the

The change that gives home decor (and art) a fresh vibe

The beloved portrait of your children. The painting you brought back from the trip of a lifetime. The art that you love and saved up for--that you never had framed. From art that has been

Dinner party crisis (dogs! chocolate!) averted with mad table-setting skills

By CATHI AYCOCK I once prepared homemade chocolate covered cherries wrapped in beautiful sparkly cellophane and placed them at each place setting as a little gift for a Valentine's Day dinner party. While I ran

Judds have owned 1,000-acre farm in Leipers Fork more than 20 years

By DONNA VISSMAN Many may know that the country music superstars- the Judd Family – have called Williamson County home for a long time, but did you know they purchased their 1,000-acre property in Leiper’s

See top design trends at House of Hope

See all of the newest trends in home design and decor and help Young Life. Or Special Olympics. Or one of more than a dozen other charities that the House for Hope Designer Show House helps

TV trays get a major makeover

When I was a kid, I got to eat on a TV tray when I was really sick. Like chicken pox sick. And somehow, the thrill of eating my chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese

The most underutilized decor item that can instantly elevate

By CATHI AYCOCK I'm obsessing over pillows. Specifically, pillows for my new neutral sofas. I'm dreaming of pillows -- these beautiful ivory and inky blue velvet pillows transformed my new oh-so-white sofas. Pillows from Maxi B.

Choosing the right lightbulb for beautiful (functional) decor

When did lightbulbs get so complicated? Lighting is a often unrecognized design element that can add warmth and vibrancy to your home. But choose the wrong lightbulb and your space can seem cold, sterile and

Houzz, the online shopping and idea center website, has put together a list of the top home design ideas that you will see in 2017. Based off their data and insight from industry leaders, they

Pantone Color of the Year beautiful in home decor

Pantone has announced their Color of the Year, a bright and powerful shade they dubbed Greenery. This zesty yellow based green is a perfect accent color to lift home decor that has been mired in

Behind Closed Doors: A Christmas tree in (nearly) every room!

For local Realtors Dick and Judy Williams, Christmas decorating means go big or go home. And their Brentwood home is definitely Christmas big, beautiful and filled with friends and family who are blessed with the

Beautiful, Santa-approved fireplace designs

Santa will be shimmying down thousands of chimneys this Christmas. With all of that fireplace focus, we asked the Big Guy for a rundown on fireplace trends in home design. (And yes, Santa asked the

Should you close your pool or leave it open year-round?

Winter is coming! For all you swimmers out there, it means you have to forgo your outdoor swims until next year. The biggest question for many pool owners is - should I close my pool

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Owner of Maxi B. gives us a look at her joy-filled home

By CATHI AYCOCK Taking a tour of our most recent Behind Closed Doors home is like an instant primer on the personality of Karen Fuqua, owner of Maxi B. Home in Brentwood. Colorful art and

Word trends are hottest holiday gift

By CATHI AYCOCK I love words. Written words in books, spoken words in theater -- words are (no pun intended) my love language. This holiday season word gifts are the perfect way to share your wit,

Make + Model pop-ups feature Mid-Century Modern

I met Brandy Adams at her home in Brentwood a couple of years ago. I was taken by her love of mid-century modern furniture, to which I have an affection for as well. At the

Make your Christmas tree pop with these brilliant, unbreakable lights

Now that turkey day has come and gone, it's time to set up the tree, hang wreaths on the door, lights on the house, arrange garland, tinsel, ribbon and set out the holiday knickknacks we've

This new trend might be in your attic

By DONNA VISSMAN Home interiors have started leaning toward the '70s with pink influences and brass making a big statement right now. And there's one trend that if you are in your 40s and older,

Holiday Village is coming to Homestead Manor

Homestead Manor is kicking off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, with its second annual Holiday Village -- a farmer’s market-like festival offering a host of fun-filled activities like ornament making, cookie decorating, photos

Eleven great (non-chain) furniture & design stores you need to know about

By CATHI AYCOCK The gold standard for design and furniture stores? You've found it if you walk in and immediately start redecorating in your mind, walk aimlessly through the store, entranced by all the pretty

Cathi’s Closet: Fall is my jam. Best fall decorations and cuteness.

By CATHI AYCOCK Fall is my jam. Crisp mornings and sunny days that let you wear a sweatshirt and shorts without sweating or freezing. Evenings meant for football and bonfires and the return of boots

Ten things to ask before you hire a contractor

By CATHI AYCOCK Looking to build your dream home? Here are the ten questions you need to ask before you hire a contractor: Building a home can be exciting -- or a nightmare. Choosing the