House of the Week: 1401 Autumn Springs Ct, Old Hickory

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This beautiful house features an open floor plan with Master on main, huge bonus room and a fenced level back yard! This home won’t last long…Don’t miss it!

 

 

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A graceful, candelabra style chandelier holds center stage and provides the space with ambient lighting while two-piece crown molding wraps around the room and contrasts beautifully with the rich decorative palate of the room.

 

 

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There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of “fancy,” but a warm and cozy home needs an epicenter that is at once relaxing, informal and familiar – hence this fantastic space, anchored by a gas fireplace with marble surround and deep mantle. The room is carpeted to create a visual divide from the foyer and kitchen and provides a softness to the space, but still feels open to all the living that is sure to take place inside these walls.

 

 

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New memories are waiting to be made in your charming kitchen with ample cabinetry that wraps around one corner of the room and provides tons of storage cookware, bake ware and more. Large expanses of countertops ensure that there’s no such thing as too many cooks in this kitchen. A center island, set on unique tile, provides both a focal point for the room and even more space for recipe-tinkering.

 

 

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The white-on-white color scheme is instantly soothing, but since this room must be equal parts spa and dressing room, the space was planned with a large vanity with double sinks atop ample cabinetry.

 

 

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Surrounded by a privacy fence, this nice, level lot is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon lounging in the sun or an autumn evening cooking out with friends and neighbors. A large patio, with plenty of room for grilling, spans the back of the home.

 

 

 

Visit the website, or take a virtual tour.

Lisa Culp TaylorFor more information contact Lisa Culp Taylor

Phone: 615-370-8669

Email: lisa@lisaculptaylor.com

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Blog Like You Eat [Infographic]

Struggling with creating strong content for your blog? LinkedIn has created an entertaining infographic entitled, “The Blogging Food Groups: A Well-Balanced Diet of Content,” which likens blog topics to food items and how to group them together effectively. Check it out below or visit the original post!

 

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House of the Week: 1503 Tolkien Ln, Nashville

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This great condo is in a secluded location at the rear of Lenox Village and within walking distance of the park. Bedroom 2 and 3 have been opened up to create one huge suite or office space. There are also two parking spaces in rear with fenced courtyard and patio area.

 

 

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Visit the website here.

 

agt_298_62191For more information contact Linda Miller

Phone: 615-459-4040

Email: lmiller@realtracs.com 

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Fun Things to Do on Your Staycation: The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

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The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is as much fun for adults as it is for kids! Open 9-4 daily, it’s a great way to spend the dwindling days of summer vacation. Every day includes animal shows, a 66,000 sqft Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Wilderness Express Train and so much more.

 

Keep a look out for special events too. This Saturday, July 26th is Ice Day at the zoo! According to the press release, “Activities include ice cream eating contests, inflatable water slide, samples from Blue Bell Ice Cream, and make-your-own ice treat station. Special keeper talks take place through the day that feature frosty animal enrichment, such as frozen grapes, turkey broth pops and chilled mealworms. Other activities include the zookeeper balloon burst tank, face painting and animal ice sculptures at exhibits of by Specialty Ice Carvings.

 

The zoo hopes to expand in a major way in the next few years – so help them out by becoming a member or just by visiting!

House of the Week: 4025 Auburntown Rd, Woodbury

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Just minutes from Murfreesboro or Lebanon, this renovated house on over 31 acres of land is truly spectacular.

 

 

 

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The Great Room features a fireplace with insert flanked with bookshelves, hardwood flooring and windows galore to enjoy the view.

 

 

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This updated kitchen features professionally painted cabinets, solid surface counter tops, farmhouse sink, deep drawers, updated appliances and hardwood flooring.

 

 

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Master bedroom is located downstairs with a walk-in closet and hardwood floors.

 

 

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This is a beautiful downstairs master bath with a heated tile floor, large vanity, built-in medicine cabinets, beautiful tile shower and a jetted tub.

 

 

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This beautiful property includes a farm barn with center drive for tractor and stalls with and without flooring and hay.

 

Visit the website, or take a virtual tour.

 

Debbie GarvinFor more information contact Debbie Garvin.

Phone: 615-642-4050

Email: debbie@teamgarvin.com

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Don’t Miss Out on Nashville’s Full Moon Pickin’ Party!

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This summer, don’t miss out on an event that truly shows what Nashville is all about. According to its website, the Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers feature Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Musicians and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy this beloved Nashville tradition. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage.”

 

If you’re a picker who brings an instrument, admission is only $5-$10! Best of all, proceeds from the Pickin’ Parties directly benefit Warner Parks and educational programs for all ages.

You have three more chances to catch a Pickin’ Party this summer:

 

August 8
September 5
October 3

 

7–11 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)

 

 

Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are held at the Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center at 2520 Old Hickory Blvd. You don’t want to miss out!

House of the Week: 351 Cumberland Hills Dr, Madison, TN

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This beautiful house in Madison is updated and is both ready to entertain and spend quality time with the family!

 

 

 

 

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The renovated eat-in kitchen has beautiful cabinets, granite, stainless steel appliances, tile floors and a bay window with a seat and a beautiful view of the back yard.

 

 

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Cathedral ceilings and a fireplace make this den feel open but cozy, and friends can enjoy themselves while you are preparing the gourmet meal!

 

 

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The master bedroom has hardwood floors, crown molding, two closets and leads to the renovated master bath that feature solid surface countertops and a tiled shower and floor.

 

 

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The spacious bonus room has lots of storage and is connected to a full bathroom and laundry area.

 

 

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You will love entertaining your friends on this deck, and the backyard is perfect for a volleyball net and/or a game of tag football!

 

 

Visit the website or take a virtual tour below:

 

 

For more information contact Joni Miller

J MillerPhone: 615-390-1496

Email: jonimiller@realtracs.com;

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Mattresses, Sheets, and the Perfect Night’s Sleep

We’ve all read tips on how to buy the mattress that is right for each of us – there’s even a mattress out now with an incline adjustment in case the person next to you is snoring! (Where has THAT been all my life, right?)

 

What you might not know is the importance of the atmosphere, the mattress, the linens, etc., when it comes to choosing the right mattress.  So I’ve found some tidbits that surprised me and I thought I’d share them.

 

 

This fascinates me (I don’t know why) . . . the most expensive mattress in the world!  It is made by a privately owned family company in Sweden – Hästens.

 

vividus_crossI think I like the blue checked material more than anything.  But of course at this price, you get to choose from a selection of fabrics and colors.

Once you place your custom order for your new mattress, its a six-month wait for delivery  (greatness cannot be rushed) and the mattress comes with a 25 year warranty.  Each mattress is built entirely by hand and takes approximately 140-160 hours to construct.

This custom sliver of nirvana will cost you about $65,000.  The closest store in America? Chicago.

 

Did you know that we use our beds more than any other piece of furniture in our homes?  It makes senseSERENO BED you’d want to put a little extra time, money and effort into making this into a comfy, cozy place!  We do spend one third of our lives sleeping.

 

 

 

What does an unmade bed say about you?  It says you’re healthier.  HA!  An unmade bed actually kills the dust mites that trigger allergies and asthma.  Making the bed in the morning seals in moisture that those little suckers need to survive.  You can go here to read the study.  I started reading about how many dust mites there typically are and what they do – it might be TMI…  I warned you!

 

 

Do sheets really make a difference in my quality of sleep?  YES!  But different things are important for different people.  Some people want to stay warm, for others, its about sweat wicking properties.  Some folks swear by percale or high thread count.  Some even think linen sheets are the greatest thing since sliced bread.  (By the way, Linoto makes a fantastic linen sheet.)  Its important to do some research and find your perfect sheet – it will be worth it and you will notice a difference.  I found a blog that has done an unbelievably exhaustive search to find the perfect set of sheets, I’ll include a link because I couldn’t be more thorough or attentive to detail than she is.  Nice Job, Melissa Tan @ The Sweet Home!

 

 

Want to sleep better and longer?  Paint your room blue.  Blue is a calming color – thought to slow the heart rate and even lower blood pressure.

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If Only the Handle had not Broken off the Microwave

We all know, this is how it starts.  The sink drips.  A cabinet door is loose.  The plastic door handle breaks off the microwave.  Thousands over budget and six months later you have a brand new kitchen.

 

According to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report by Realtor® Magazine, the top remodel projects that provide the best return on investment are:

 

Deck addition – 87.4%


Major kitchen remodel – 63.6%


Bathroom remodel – 63.6%


New roof – 63.0%


Basement Remodel – 77.6%

 

Strange as this may sound, it’s not really about what you like.  It’s about what you can sell in the future when you plan to move.  Paint, up-to-date cabinetry and energy star appliances are all a fairly current kitchen needs.  But if you’re staring at the business end of a fruit-painted tile overlooking a harvest-gold appliance, a major reno may be in store for you.

 

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Just remember, when searching for a contractor, it’s great to get reviews and especially recommendations from friends.  This is a good rule of thumb to follow – contractors are only as good as their last completed project.  Compare differences in labor, labor costs, materials, etc.  All these things factor into your decision, and references from two years ago might not be helpful today in the decision-making process.

 

I did a little research on some of the biggest bangs for your buck – here are a few sites that  offers some great info:

 

Houzz.com – 10 Ways to Books Your Home’s Resale Value

 

ThisOldHouse.com – Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment 

 

Happy remodeling!