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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Farmhouse Style to be Replaced with Chinoiserie??

I read recently that the farmhouse style we all love is to be replaced soon with chinoiserie.  What??!!

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

Actually, replaced may be the wrong term.  I'd like to change it to "married!"  

What if farmhouse style married with chinoiserie?  Sound crazy?

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

Total side note:  Maybe it's the fall weather.  I think this is a great time of year to get married.  My husband and I were married in October and it was the perfect fall day.

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

Actually, farmhouse and chinoiserie make a great couple.  I've been trying to "fix the two up" for years and hopefully others are warming up to the idea.

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

Did you notice the upholstery on my kitchen chairs? Or the bamboo frames on the farmhouse paintings above?  How about the non-white walls?

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor

How about oriental porcelains in blue and white?  Or geometric patterns?

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor cotton blooms

farmhouse chinoiserie spain hill farm fall decor pumpkins

What about cotton blooms and chinoiserie pumpkins?!  

So what do you think?  Farmhouse marries Chinoiserie.  Too crazy??

Thanks for stopping by!

farmhouse marries chinoiserie spain hill farm

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Meeting John Gidding of HGTV's Curb Appeal: The Block

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Photo from Nashville Home

This past Friday, I attended the Nashville Home Show and met HGTV's John Gidding.  We actually had a special blogger/media event with John.

Did you know he graduated from Harvard with an architecture degree? Wow! He had lots to share about adding curb appeal to our homes.

The biggest takeaway from his talk was that he always looks at these five things when approaching a home's curb appeal:

1.  The Front Path - Is that path easily accessible from the driveway or street?  If not, make changes so that your guest have an obvious, welcoming path to your front door.

Consider adding pavers like these!  A few of these stone looking pavers are inexpensive yet create an obvious path to the front door where no sidewalk exists.

2.  The Front Door - Can the front door use a fresh coat of paint or even a color change?  Some colors are traditional to certain styles of houses so the color choice may be fine.  See if it needs freshening up.  If you want to change the color, choose a color that fits with the style but also adds a pop of color to the front facade.  I have used and recommend Modern Master's Front Door paint.  I painted the front door of our former home with their Elegent (Navy Blue).  Loved it!

3.  The Mailbox - Is your mailbox sad, beat-up, or just plain boring?  Add a little pizzazz.  Here you can get a little expressive!  Love this bronze one from Amazon. Even just adding your house numbers in an exciting, eye-catching color helps.  Which brings me to the fourth item.

4.  The House Numbers - Here is another area you can express yourself.  John said adding nice looking numbers to the front of your home gives your guests an idea about you.  Do you have the sad reflective stick on numbers?  I confess, my mailbox is the only place we have our house number and, YES, they are those 96 cents reflective stick ons.  I've added it to my list to change ASAP.  Many online sites have inexpensive numbers in a variety of styles.  Why not choose a fun one?!  I'm considering something like this from Etsy.

5.  The Not So Perfect Items - Are there things that need fixing up?  Is there an item that's broken or just doesn't belong?  Those are the last items John considers when adding curb appeal to a home.  

See, it doesn't take a lot of money to make your home more appealing.  These are great tips if you're considering selling your home.  If you are, just make sure your choice of door color as well as the mailbox adornment would be pleasing to most everyone.  

Hope you learned something.  I sure did!  John was very nice and generous to share his tips with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nashville Home Show and a Giveaway!!

Nashville's largest and longest-running home event, the Nashville Home Show, opens September 8-10 at the downtown Nashville Music City Center with over 300 home building and remodeling experts, sessions with HGTV Curb Appeal and outdoor living expert John Gidding as well as great DIY projects at the three-day event.

Homeowners will be able to find the most comprehensive home improvement event in the city where they can shop and compare under one roof according to even producer Eric Udler.

"For 34 years, this event has provided home owners inspiration, expert advice and the opportunity to shop, compare and save from hundreds of home improvement experts.  We've added a HGTV design expert, interior designers converting sheds into inspiring spaces and popular food blogger demos," Udler said. "This is the can't miss home event of the season, and, during the show, we are giving away a GE appliance upgrade of your dreams valued at $5,000 from Electronic Express."

You won't want to miss John Gidding, an architect, designer and host of HGTV's Designed To Sell and Curb Appeal: The Block!  He'll be teaching a session on boosting home values by sprucing up exterior appearances.

Have you heard of "she sheds?"  The new frontier in outdoor living is the backyard shed which will be showcased in a special shedquarters area of the home show.  Tuff Sheds have been transformed into fun spaces by area designers Marcelle Guilbeau, DC 7 Designers, Decorating Den Interiors' Bohnne Jones and Designs By Tamerah.  That sounds like fun!!

Popular Nashville area food bloggers will also be demonstrating delicious recipes throughout the event including "That" Susan Williams, The Hungry Waitress, The Local Lady, Luv Cooks, My Paella Travels, Chelsea's Choices, Lhyme, The Nutrition Adventure, Handmade Healthy, and Miranda's Kitchen Adventures.  Yum!!  Come hungry!

So avoid long lines and buy tickets online at where you will also find nearby discount parking!  Use code "blogger" for $3 off when purchasing tickets online!

However, one lucky reader is going to win 4 (FOUR) tickets to the Home Show!!  That's right, I'm giving away 4 tickets to the Nashville Home Show.  Hop over to instagram to ENTER!

Hope to see you there!