3 Fun and Easy DIY Decorations

Tissue-Paper Pom-Poms

pom poms

These pom-poms are super cute and so easy to make! Simply make an accordion out of several sheets of tissue paper, bundle them together in the middle with a small ribbon, cut off the ends into a triangle shape, and voila! A gorgeous flower.


Corkboard, Yardstick-shaped


Do you have lots of corkscrews lying around, waiting to be put to use in some project or another? Well, look no further! Buy a wooden yardstick or ruler, and hot-glue the corks on it. You now have a conveniently-shaped corkboard that can fit into tight places and looks so clever!


Word Art

word art

Step 1: Pick a quote/lyrics/verse. Step 2: Buy the required wooden letters and a blank canvas from an art store. Step 3: Glue the letters on the canvas. Step 4: Spray paint the entire thing. And you’re done!

House of the Week: 115 Tambark Circle, Murfreesboro

This lovely new home has all the amenities!  Hardwood floors, granite, ample storage, large bathrooms, etc.  This house is ready for you to personalize!

Nice curb appeal

Nice curb appeal

Lovely cabinets, upgraded appliances
Lovely cabinets, upgraded appliances
Main living room with lots of light and a lovely fireplace
Main living room with lots of light and a lovely fireplace
Additionally, the backyard has a large patio and outdoor fireplace
Additionally, the backyard has a large patio and outdoor fireplace
Lovely entry way with upscale trim, hardwoods, decorative staircase and contemporary entryway
Lovely entry way with upscale trim, hardwoods, decorative staircase and contemporary entryway
Plenty of space, storage and lots of upgrades in this kitchen
Plenty of space, storage and lots of upgrades in this kitchen
Master Bath with lots of storage, two sinks, lots of counter space - photographer not included!
Master Bath with lots of storage, two sinks, lots of counter space – photographer not included!
View of the back of the home, large deck and back yard
View of the back of the home, large deck and back yard
Large laundry room with built-in cabinets and utility sink
Large laundry room with built-in cabinets and utility sink
Spacious Master Bath walk-in shower
Spacious Master Bath walk-in shower
Second bathroom with large garden tub and granite sink top
Second bathroom with large garden tub and granite sink top

agt_298_62192For more information about this incredible custom home, please contact Randy A. Morris, 615-268-7645.






View the website here and click here for a property virtual tour.

Fall Fun in Middle Tennessee

Pumpkin Patch

From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to zombie paintball, Middle Tennessee has amazing and fun fall events for the whole family!


There are so many websites to find information on the events near you, but here are some of them:


Pumpkin Patches and More.org

Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for Nashville, TN
Nashville’s Best Haunted Houses

Nashville Ghost Tours

House of the Week: 6025 Saddleview Dr, Franklin



Handsome and welcoming, this home offers open charm and elegance on 1.6 sweeping acres.



Impressive formal entry hall features beautiful leaded glass and hardwoods and is open to the dining room, living room and hall. The spacious dining room offers light and quality millwork and wainscotting.




The open living room has wonderful built-ins and a wood burning fireplace with a brick hearth. It opens to the breakfast area and has windows overlooking the deck. It also offers a built-in wetbar for entertaining and a half bath.




The gourmet kitchen is luxurious and workable with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, raised breakfast bar and double pantry. There is a new gas Jenn Air stove and lots of windows and light.




The large, luxurious owner’s suite features a trey ceiling, millwork, plantation shutters and master bath with it’s own private entry to the deck.




The master bath has a large tub a separate oversized shower. True his and hers vanities and a large walk-in closet complete the picture of this luxurious master bath.




Veranda-like deck gives marvelous view of the backyard and trees and has been painted with a warrantied product. Serene, virtually private large backyard is ideal for a pool, pergola or just relaxing.



Visit the website, or take a virtual tour below:



For more information, contact Mary Jane Cochran.

AgentPhone: 615-790-7400 Ext 441

Email: cochranm@realtracs.com





Top 5 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent


1. We are licensed professionals with local market expertise.  We have access to the most recent, accurate market information and the ability to give you advice, reports, statistics and details that may not be reliable on the Internet.


2. We help you stay objective.  Everyone knows how stressful and emotional buying and selling can be!  Staying objective and unattached helps the negotiation process.


3. We negotiate on your behalf.  Involving an impartial REALTOR® to help navigate the negotiations is always a good idea.  We know what to look for and we understand contracts, closings, title insurance, deeds, etc.


4. We know the business and can make informed recommendations about repairs, renovations, cost estimates.  We can suggest contractors, repair companies, movers, etc.


5. We help you prioritize what needs to be done to put your house on the market and sell it quickly.  We can help you work through inspections and understand what repairs are needed and how to structure your offer accordingly.


1136 Dora Whitley Road


This private retreat in a Gatlinburg-like setting sits on 5 acres in Franklin.



Enjoy the huge wrap around screened in deck with stone fireplace.


Look at this full unfinished basement with lots of shelves and storage.



Master with lots of storage!


Third bedroom with ceiling fan, wall sconces and plenty of light.


Large kitchen with plenty of work and storage space


The spacious kitchen is open to the dining area


Kitchen offers tons of light and great views of the wooded, secluded back yard


This open space flows from the kitchen to the dining area to the open living room – all with tons of outdoor light and access to the screened in deck.


One of two wood burning stoves


Another great view of the first floor living space


Another view of this wrap around, comfy screened in deck


A view of the outdoor stone fireplace on the screened in deck


The main entrance to the home from the deck


Front angle view of the secluded home


A retreat in Williamson County

Click here for the virtual tour or the website


agt_298_62138For more information contact Lisa Rose Johnson

phone:  615-495-0554






Improvements . . . Or Not?

Are you thinking of putting your house on the market?  Naturally if you speak with a real estate agent or read articles online you will find several great ideas of things to do to improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your home’s listing price.  Well, there are some things you might consider doing that will not improve the value of your home.  Here are a couple:


Repaint in bright, unique colors.Master Bedroom

Painting your child’s room in Thomas the Tank Engine Blues and Red is one thing, but having your entire kitchen burnt orange and your living room deep sea blue will send many house hunters running.  If the time has come to refresh your paint colors, check out the popular colors for the year and lean towards the more neutral tones.  Its easier for people to see themselves in your space when the paint is not speaking louder than the real estate agent!


Putting in/taking out (above ground) pool.iStock_000043167118Small

Think a pool will improve your home’s value?  Maybe.  It really depends on the buyer and the climate in which you live.  Many people today don’t want the hassle and liability of a pool.  Today pools seem less like a fun summer oasis and more like an expensive, time consuming upkeep – not to mention the liability, the added insurance cost and the fence maintenance.

If you have an above ground pool and you’re considering removing it before putting your house on the market, that’s a great idea.



Leaving the third bedroom as a home office.

Many people do not want to work from home and actually need that third bedroom.  Not all home shoppers are not able to visualize the potential of a room or house.  Asking people to imagine a bed in a bedroom is difficult, its hard to see the true size of the room.  Its easier to see a bedroom and picture using it as an office than see a room made up as an office and picture a bed fitting into it.



Don’t take the cabinet doors off your cabinets.

While this may seem like a clever, trendy idea (it is!), it won’t appeal to everyone.  We don’t all have gorgeous matching dishes.  Many people store boxed-food items in their cabinets and its not an attractive display.  Leave the doors on the kitchen cabinets.



No matter what you do, try to think in terms of what is trending and popular right now and try not to make decisions based on what you like.  Remember, you’re selling your house to someone who may have vastly different needs or goals!

House of the Week: 5040 Falling Water Road

This beautiful home in the Bent Creek subdivision comes with all the community amenities – sidewalks, pool & cabana, pavilion, parks, playgrounds, walking trails, party barn and underground utilities.


This home has great curb appeal with attractive landscaping and two-car garage with craftsman-style doors.


Warm & inviting entry with hardwood foyer open to the formal dining room.


The formal living room, also open to the foyer, is currently being used as an office.


You’ll feel at home the moment you enter the family room overlooking the backyard. The gas log fireplace gives a warm, cozy feeling.


The fireplace is the focal point of the family room with a custom mantle and tile facing.


Wonderful open floor plan with family room views into breakfast area & kitchen – ideal for everyday living and entertaining!


This kitchen offers ample storage, a spacious pantry, hardwood floors, granite countertops, a tile backsplash. under-cabinet lighting and more!


So much storage! An eat-in bar with views to the breakfast area and family room


The main-level master suite has plenty of space with double windows and a walk-in closet.


The master bathroom offers a double vanity, soaking tub and tile floors.


The master bath also features a custom tile shower with glass door.


This large bonus room with double windows is accessible to the three upstairs bedrooms and full bath.


There are three additional bedrooms upstairs, all generously sized with great closet space.


This is the second full bath upstairs with a double vanity and plenty of cabinet space.


The deck overlooks the treed backyard and provides an extension of family living and entertaining space.


Visit the website, or take a virtual tour here.


agt_298_61869For more information contact Debbie Coleman

Phone: 615-370-8669

Email: debbie@debbiecoleman.com


Blogs We Follow

People ask all the time, which blogs do you follow?  Good question!  There are so many great blogs out there its hard to keep up with all of them, but here are a few that we watch locally and nationally; some real estate, some not as much.




Houzz is so much more than a blog!  They offer so many great resources, Q&A forums,  ideas for every possible room of the house, great photos and much more.

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This is a great southern blog – kind of a what’s going on in and about Nashville and other metropolitan southern cities.

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If you’re a local foodie, there’s no doubt you already follow this blog.  Beth always helps us find the best new restaurant for our out of town guests or if we’re just in the mood to break out of the routine.

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Inman News


This blog is pretty much all things real estate and they do a great job covering the latest and greatest in the industry.  I like how they spell things out – explaining mergers and industry rules and regulations but also stay on top of technology.

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Of course their blog is secondary to the empire that is Home & Garden Television, but the blog offers great ideas – I especially love the photos!  Its a nice balance of design, ideas, the occasional recipe, etc.

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There you have it, a few of our favorites!  As we find more, we’ll publish an update.