House of the Week: 617 Bonita Parkway, Hendersonville, TN


This lovely home in Hendersonville is just two blocks from the award-winning Indian Lake Elementary!  It sits on a fenced one-acre lot.



Open foyer has a comfortable and inviting feel. Come on in!


Large Family Room with updated stone fireplace has access to the large backyard.


Another view of the large Family Room


Spacious, updated, eat-in kitchen with bay window, lots of light, views of the back yard!


Updated kitchen with brick back splash, new appliances, double oven, gas cooktop and more!


Large Master Bedroom with full bath and walk in closet


This 4th bedroom is being used as an office.


Large bonus room with built-ins and additional sitting area.


Lovely fenced backyard with large patio and plenty of mature shade trees!


Updated guest bath


 Visit the website or take a virtual tour here.

agt_298_62240For more information about this lovely home, please contact Jeanette Nelson.

Phone: 615-424-1994





Paint Continued: Brushes, Tips & Tricks

Last week”s teaser about the styrafoam in your fridge absorbing the scent of your oil-based paints and depositing it into your foods.  True!  Let me give you the context…


Everyone hates to rinse out brushes, right?  It just takes forever – the paint never comes out of the brush!  Its worse with oil-based paint because you have to use mineral spirits or paint thinner and that stuff stinks and its brutal on your skin, not to mention that its an environmental hazard to dispose of it improperly!  This by the way includes NOT pouring it down the drain.


Messy Paint Brushes blog

How would you like to clean these brushes?


So when you need to quit for the night or you are waiting on that coat of paint to dry, what do you do with the brushes?  For oil-based paint, you can just tightly wrap the brush in plastic wrap or put the brush in a zip-seal bag.  For latex-based paint, do the same thing, BUT, store the brush in the refrigerator.  You cannot do this with an oil-based paint saturated brush.  Its really quite important that you don”t confuse these facts.  The styrafoam insulation in your refrigerator will absorb the chemical smell of the oil-based paint and you”ll actually taste the paint smell in all the food currently in your fridge.


Brushes & Rollers Tips and Tricks:

  • Oil based paints should never be poured down a drain.  Your local government agencies will have drop off locations, check your local government sites.  Check here for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford.

  • Latex based paints can be dried with cat litter, wood chips, or a paint hardening kit can be purchased at your local home improvement store – one the paint is dry, it can be disposed of in your regular trash.

  • All paints contain chemicals, so wear gloves when tackling large projects to minimize direct skin exposure.

  • If you”re painting a wall or doing some simple effects, reach for latex. If there”s wood involved, you may want to consider oil-based paint.

  • When in doubt, tell the experts at your home center what you”re doing and they will be happy to offer advice. With all the new products out there for latex paint, you can tackle almost any decorative finish!

  • It takes surprisingly little paint thinner to clean the brush. Use about a quarter cup in a jar to clean most of the paint off. If you have a brush spinner, it will help to use it now, or you can pat the wet brush off into a clean bucket. Then use another quarter cup to clean the brush off finally, until it”s totally clean. Spin or pat the brush again, and store it in the same folding piece of cardboard that it came with to protect it and hold its shape.

  • Don”t throw away the used paint thinner! Keep it in a jar with the lid on. After a week or two, all of the paint solids will settle to the bottom and compact. So the next time you need to clean a brush, just decant the clear paint thinner off of the solids. You shouldn”t have to throw away or dump any paint thinner at all.

  • Because the drying time is so slow, it is somewhat easier to cause drips with oil-based paints. Make sure to buy premium quality paint, and use good lighting to monitor how the paint is going on.

  • Don”t under estimate the importance of taping off.  No matter how you start out, you are going to get tired and sloppy.  Its like ordering that exercise machine off an Infomercial.  Sure, you start out strong, but two weeks from now, you”ve pushed it over into the corner so you can see the tv while lying on the couch.  In a month, its a closet.  Same principle for taping the corners and trim.  You get tired, hungry, it gets dark outside and next thing you know, you”ve painted over the glass in the windows.  Spend time taping off.  The tired you who just wants to get the job done will appreciate it!

  • Cover carpet and furniture with plastic or a drop cloth.  Its better to be safe than sorry.  You can trip and step in the paint bucket or worse, knock it off the ladder!  And in spite of your best efforts, sometimes rolling paint can splatter.  Ideally, your paint tray is nearly the same width as the roller so excess paint won’t collect on the ends of the roller.  This excess paint will splatter as you are rolling the wall.     Another important measure to prevent roller splatter – try not to overfill the paint tray.  Only fill the reservoir at the bottom – this will also keep the roller from becoming over-saturated, as that will splatter and possibly cause drips!

The most important thing about painting is remembering to buy the best paint you can afford and preparing your surface and work area might be a little extra work in the beginning, but its truly worth it at the end!

House of the Week: 1803 Shackleford Road

1803 Shackleford Road, Nashville, TN 37215

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32 x 25 rec room

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Custom Master Closet


Master Suite with custom fireplace

Master Suite

Custom kitchen with stainless appliances

Beautiful lower floor family room with coffered ceiling and a wall of French doors opening to the covered patio. Custom built ins and beautiful moldings!

Formal dining room with gorgeous moldings

Property Virtual Tour


This beautiful, custom built single family home is a great price for almost 5,500 sf in Green Hills!

agt_298_62597For more information contact Elizabeth Crockett.

Phone: 615-202-7580

Visit Elizabeth’s website here.




Why are there so many different kinds of paint?


Paint is an affordable way to completely transform a room. The hardest part is not always selecting the color. Do you know how many shades of beige exist? Me neither.


Renovations in a modern home

An important part of this decision process is choosing the correct paint for the job and the quality you expect. Ever heard the saying, “You get what you pay for” ? Well that certainly rings true with paint. A good quality paint that will last for years, hold up to cleaning and fade less is thicker than dime store paint. Purchasing paint from a reputable paint or home improvement store is key. Off-brand paints or overstocks can have added water and even lower quality resins and oxides. Less water and high-quality materials makes for a more durable, colorful paint. Always buy the best paint you can afford.


Besides color, the biggest question to answer is latex or oil-based?


Oil-based paints have traditionally been the more durable paint but advances in latex have really made the two quite similarly long lasting. And really, latex can be worth the trade off simply because it’s a much easier cleanup, it dries quickly, less intense smell and ease of disposal (oil paints are environmentally hazardous when not disposed of properly.)


Many pros still suggest there are times when oil based paints are necessary – ie, trim work, kitchen back splash, exterior doors. Either latex or oil-based, some paints contain enamel, an additive to make the finished surface harder and less porous. This is especially good for high-traffic areas or areas that may be subject to spills and liquids and frequent cleaning.


Don’t think you’re finished with all the tough decisions – there’s more! The type of finish… these levels of sheen have different names, but typically you see the following types:


  • Flat – the flat finish absorbs the most light, so use it on walls with imperfections, not suited for kitchens and bathrooms because the porous finish absorbs the moisture in these rooms. Easy to touch up, hard to clean.

  • Eggshell – this low sheen is great for living rooms and bedrooms but not high traffic areas – its got a gentle finish that mars easily.

  • Satin – this finish works nicely on trim or woodwork and is good for children’s rooms, laundry, kitchen and bath. Difficult to touch up, easy to scrub clean.

  • Semi-Gloss – even more resistant to humidity, this finish is great in kitchens and baths, but works best on smooth, blemish-free surfaces.

  • Gloss – think patent leather! This finish is like a mirror – rarely used on walls, the gloss finish is mostly reserved for exterior doors and trim work.

Next week, I will explore brushes and some invaluable tips to make your DIY paint project go without hiccups. I’ll give you a teaser – don’t put brushes with oil-based paint in the refrigerator! The styrafoam insulation in the refrigerator will absorb the paint fumes and the odor will actually get in your foods.


Until next week!

House of the Week: 518 Brennan Lane, Franklin

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This house is a stunning home – the sellers have spent over $163,000 totally renovating the home and it truly shows like a model: awesome curb appeal, irrigation, three-car, side entry garage and new roof, fascia and gutters in 2013.




Elegant entry with curved staircase with rod iron spindles (stairs, banisters, and hardwood floors refinished in August 2014), front and rear stairs, designer lighting and molding throughout and freshly painted just before listing.




The downstairs is an open floor plan with great flow – bright and cheerful with lots of windows and renovated with every attention to detail. The family room opens to the kitchen with recessed lighting, island, end panels added to cabinets and around island, granite tops and tile backsplashes.



Main-level master suite has a wall of windows, newer carpet, crown molding, designer ceiling fan – your own personal retreat!




the master bath was totally renovated this year with travertine floor, separate shower and corner tub with surround. Have no fear of losing hot water as a tankless water heater was installed in 2013. There are two separate custom vanities, cabinets with a linen closet, designer lighting, extensive crown molding, granite tops and recessed lighting.




Your backyard is your oasis with the professional landscaping. Sellers removed the deck and added an aggregate, stamped concrete patio.



Visit the website, or take a virtual tour here.

agt_298_61869For more information contact Debbie Coleman

Phone: 615-370-8669



Get Your “Fair” Share of Fun!

Fair Picture

The time has come again to hop on those carnival rides and eat those tons of delicious Southern fried goodies! Here is a list of all the county fairs in Middle Tennessee, with details about places and times available at each individual fair’s website:

Wilson County Fair

Cheatham County Fair

Maury County Fair

Dickson County Fair

Tennessee State Fair (Nashville)

House of the Week: 3180 Skinner Dr, Antioch



This beautiful home has a wooded backyard and is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. Within walking distance to elementary and middle schools, it has been meticulously maintained by owner.



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master bath





Visit the website, or take a virtual tour below:



Alison HillenbrandFor more information contact Alison Hillenbrand

Phone: 615-790-7400



August 5th : National Oyster Day

Today is National Oyster Day!  (It is also National Underwear Day, but we’ll leave that alone.)  There are several great restaurants in town that serve oysters, so make sure you go out and celebrate!


But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page when it comes to an understanding of those slippery little suckers.


Did you know?


  1. One in 10,000 oysters has a pearl.

  2. It was once assumed it was only safe to eat oysters during months that contained the letter “r”  in the month name.  This is a myth based in truth, in some instances, oysters are more likely to spoil in May, June, July and August.

  3. Oysters must be eaten alive or cooked alive.

  4. Fried oysters with egg and flour is a common dish in Singapore.

Source: Wikipedia


Tomorrow is Root Beer Float day, yum!





(Credit: Samuel Adams, Recipe by Food Network chef Michele Ragussis)

What you’ll need:
24 oysters
1 shallot, diced into small pieces
1 package bacon
2 bunches Swiss chard, chopped into small pieces
1 bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1/2 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Breadcrumbs (optional)

How to:

1. Dice half the package of bacon into small pieces. In a large sauté pan, cook bacon until it starts to brown and gets crispy. Drain off half of the grease. Using the remaining half of the grease, add the diced shallots. Cook about 2 minutes.

2. Add the chopped Swiss chard and half a bottle of the beer to the sauté pan. Let reduce until almost all of the liquid is gone.

3. Add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese to the sauté pan. When mixture thickens, let it cool.

4. In the meantime, open the oysters. Try to save the liquid, as keeping the liquid in the oyster adds extra flavor. Use a good spoonful of the mixture to top the oysters. Add a sprinkle of cheese and a small amount of breadcrumbs (optional).

5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 3 minutes, and then broil about another minute until golden brown.