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Spring fashions make their debut at the historic Annesdale Mansion



Reggie and Jennifer Garner's effortlessly beautiful home preserves both the environment ATHOMEMMS.COM

IN THE GARDEN Easter Brunch Sprin gFashion

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82 This elegant Easter table designed by Angela Mazanti features pops of color and décor inspired by nature.


Achieve the perfect spring atmosphere with natural elements and colorful accent pieces

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HOME 54 at home with Southern Proper's Emmie Howard

56 technology Technology Can Add Value 68 design A Germantown update 74 garden National Gardening Month

LifEstyLE 26 beauty Organic Beauty Products 28 health Medical Expert Witnesses 30 lifestyle YouFit Health Clubs 50 music The Charlie Daniels Band 52 arts Victor Bokas


On tHE ROad 32 mid south must do Holly Springs Pilgrimage

36 travel Sandals in Grenada 44 roadtrip Spotlight on Tupelo, MS 46 community hotspot Collierville 98 a closer look Can You Guess It?

fOOd & EntERtaining


86 cooking Sweet Treats for Spring 88 chef’s corner Raw Girls Memphis 90 cuisine ComeUnity Cafe

in EvERy issuE 12 | Publisher’s Note 14 | coNtributors 72 | style marketPlace 76 | by iNvitatioN — the social pages 94 | haPPeNiNgs 97 | sources

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publisher’s note

A "Dyeing"

Tradition The Bradford pear trees are in bloom, and flowers all over are starting to sprout new life. Soon our cars will be covered with that lovely greenish film that lets us know spring is here and boosts the number of sinus cocktail shots administered all across our area. The stores are full of spring décor and Easter candy. Well, the Easter candy has actually been there since December 26, but now it is officially appropriate to buy it. I love all of it, even the marshmallow Peeps. In fact, I love getting ready for Easter, but it was a bit more fun when the children were younger. Grand Easter egg hunts with children in their perfect outfits are a memory that just makes me happy. I can still remember my children waking up in the wee hours to see what the Easter bunny brought them and watching their still-half-asleep faces munch on chocolate candy at six in the morning. Time goes by: they no longer wear matching outfits and wake up to eat chocolate at dawn, but the Easter bunny does still visit our home and hides the dyed eggs for us to find. You know, the eggs you color with your family the night before. I thought this was something everyone did until a recent trip to Kroger that left me confused, to say the least. Do you know they now sell already dyed Easter eggs? I couldn’t believe it. I even questioned the guy stocking them. I asked him if people actually bought them. What a horrible thing to do to your children. Egg-dyeing day is one of the best times of the year for being creative with your kids! What is next, a science fair project in a box or a pre-built pinewood derby car? Soon you will be able to buy a greeting card from the store with macaroni noodles already glued on, and already carved pumpkins. I thought pre-decorated Christmas cookies were bad, but factory-decorated Easter eggs are just wrong. Don’t misunderstand me, just because we have enjoyed our share of do-it-yourself projects doesn’t mean we are experts—what we turn out is pretty far from perfect, or even pretty, but we try! You won’t find any of our projects on Pinterest or in the pages of a magazine, but we are fine with that. Whether you’re planning a spring brunch, a vacation or a home remodel project, I hope you find some inspiration in this issue. If you celebrate Easter and part of that celebration includes having dyed eggs, please don’t buy them already done. Better yet, post photos of you and your family in the egg-dyeing act on our Facebook page. No store-dyed eggs allowed… Happy Easter!

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contributors LESLEY harriS COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties as social editor for At Home Memphis & Mid South magazine. colvett’s 15-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the university of Missouri school of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. if you would like At Home Memphis & Mid South to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at


is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. she has been featured on the Today show and better tV, after her recipes won national cooking contests.  You can also see her creating new healthy and simple dishes on her Youtube channel, “April McKinney cooking,” where she demonstrates her recipes on camera. McKinney offers her old family recipes for delicious homemade cookies on page 86.


is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the university of tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden talk.” originally from nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife beccy and son Theo. on page 74, Pulte teaches our readers that interacting with nature can boost satisfaction and productivity.


is the proprietor of Angela Mazanti Design. she specializes in interior, floral and event design, and her work has been locally and nationally recognized as outstanding in the field. This month, Angela brings natural accent pieces to the table. check out page 82 for Mazanti's ideas for an Easter-inspired design.


has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations including WDKn and the interstate radio network. He has also written for such publications as Music City News and Roughstock, and can be heard weekly on WnKX / centerville. turn to page 50 for Dauphin’s take on The charlie Daniels band’s musical inspiration. 14 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

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Tribal Maxi Dress, Statement Necklace Impulse Boutique in Collierville, TN Strappy Espadrille Heel Lavish in Collierville, TN


Navy & White Striped Jacket, White Double Layer Tee, Red High Rise Ankle Jeans, American Navy Flats Signatures in Jackson, TN

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This moisturizer is packed with kale, spinach and Swiss chard extracts, which contain vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients like lutein for a smooth, luminous complexion. Aura Multi-use Blush Stain gives rich and long-lasting color to cheeks, lips and eyes. Aura Multi-use Blush is made with 70 percent Certified Organic ingredients and 30% percent mineral pigments and vitamins. This simple and refreshing Peppermint Sugar Scrub is organic and lovely for the hands and body.

This silky-sheer, translucent blush creates a soft, radiant look with subtle, natural colors. Formulated without oil, talc, fragrance or synthetic dyes, it heightens cheeks and temples with an ethereal touch.

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Legal education is vital to nurses, doctors and health-care providers due to the thousands of medical-related legal cases filed across the country annually. Memphis-based Jurex,LLC, provides expert witness training specifically tailored to health care providers.

Once the Jurex course is completed, these experts go on to develop their own full-time practices or augment an existing job with parttime consulting work at law firms, insurance agencies, hospitals or myriad other options within the health care field.

The comprehensive Jurex Expert Directory comes with both the PLNC and medical expert course. It is the place attorneys look for PLNCs and medical expert witnesses. This online directory provides a complete profile listing for every expert witness.

A medical expert witness is an individual trained in nursing, medicine or a medical field who assists attorneys in making or defending their cases. The medical expert witness reviews the medical record and then provides an opinion about the care and treatment. There may be opportunities to testify, whether in a deposition or a trial.

PLNCs and other medical expert witnesses do not have to limit their scope of cases to medical malpractice. Other types of cases often include personal injury, social security disability and will contests, to name a few.

Upon completion of the PLNC certification course, there is a free year of mentoring to answer questions and provide support. Forms and books which cover necessary tools for PLNC business also come with the program.

Legal Nurse Consultants, as these expert witnesses are referred to in the nursing profession, who obtain certification from Jurex receive a certified designation “Professional Legal Nurse Consultant (PLNC),” thus enhancing credibility and marketability. PLNCs are trained to focus on and intrepret key medical issues in the case. Any nurse, medical doctor or other health care provider can become an expert witness, although certain states may have guidelines or laws with specific requirements. The PLNC or medical expert provides a variety of invaluable services often including the initial review of the medical record essential in determining whether a suit will be filed. Further, once a lawsuit is filed, the medical records in dispute can be reviewed by different medical experts, depending upon the type of case. 28 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

A PLNC, physician or other medical expert Both Jurex courses, and witness can perform many essential services in, are accredited courses. medical-legal cases, such as: PLNC certification at comes with 15 continuing education contact hours • Review and interpret medical records awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing • Render opinions Center. For physicians, the • Testify at depositions course comes with seven AMA PRA Category • Testify at trial 1 credits. • Conduct research • Serve as a liaison among attorneys, clients, Elizabeth Rudolph founded Jurex in 2006 to medical specialists empower nurses and physicians and to teach • Assess medical damages them to become expert witnesses in legal cases. • Assist in class action lawsuits Rudolph, a national speaker on legal nursing • Educate attorney on nursing, medical or and medical issues, earned her law degree, pharmacologic issues master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Jurex accommodates busy schedules and provides its premiere PLNC certification Jurex courses will be offered April 26-27 in training condensed into two days. Physicians Chattanooga and May 31-June 1 in Nashville. and other medical providers can receive their The training is also available through webinars. expert witness training in one day. Both For more information or to register go to www. programs provide the training necessary to or or call effectively review medical records. 901.496.5447.

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Why you should get fit at


Text by Jordan Smith | photography Courtesy Youfit Health Clubs

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Gym rat: that really buff guy who could bench press you and not break a sweat—he goes to the gym 24/7; or that woman who looks like Jillian Michaels and probably has a membership to three or four gyms. These people are intimidating to most, and if you’re someone who is not in shape nor out of shape but sitting in the average-ish zone, you probably don’t want to work out around them for obvious reasons, much less pay some outrageous contract. That’s where Rick Berks comes in. Berks has been in the fitness world for over 20 years and now owns a chain of eco-friendly health clubs. Youfit first opened in 2008 with a mission to be an environmentally friendly facility that is inviting and fun for the general population. “We don’t appeal to clubs that are marketed to triathletes or professional body builders,” says Berks. “We offer a wide array of every type of equipment there is. We build the clubs for the more general population.” This strategy has earned Berks rapid success, bringing in a surprisingly even ratio of maleto-female clientele. “Systemwide, we have a little over 55 percent women members and 45 percent men. This is a high percentage based on my 25-year experience. It speaks for the type of club we offer. It is very attractive to women as well as men,” he explains. “It’s a high-energy, though non-intimidating environment. This is unique to our style of gym.” Eco-friendly aspects also make Youfit clubs stand out. These include high-efficiency A/C units, flooring made from recycled tires and Nike grind (old sneakers), HE air dryers instead of paper towels, and other “green” elements that result in lower energy consumption. Perhaps the most surprising difference is its monthly membership fee of only $10 a month, and there are no contracts or fees. Berks doesn’t achieve the low price tag by cutting corners. He says patrons find top-ofthe-line facilities in Youfit gyms. “They find out that we use the best equipment available. All of our equipment has private viewing screens. We give them a great value for their money.” Youfit also offers classes to those who want some guidance. Berks’ revolutionary ideas seem to be paying off. “We are growing rapidly,” he says. “We have had tremendous success everywhere we have gone. I am expecting us to keep going. We will be opening 40-50 clubs this year nationwide.” If you’d like to get in shape but have been paralyzed by the fear of entering a threatening gym atmosphere or just don’t want to pay the outrageous monthly fees, fret no more. Youfit is here for you. Get fit at Youfit. April 2014 • | 31

mid south must do

Hedge Farm

Burton Place

The Montrose

The Holly Springs

Pilgrimage Text By Laurie A. Summers | Photos Courtesy of Holly Springs Pilgrimage

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Sitting in front of your flat screen with a smartphone in one hand and sweet tea in the other, you might find yourself longing for a time of elegance, when women in courtly dresses were a common sight and grand houses enchanted guests with a dignified grace. If you are looking to immerse yourself in authentic pre-Civil War history, architecture and culture, the 76rd annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage, April 11-13, delivers with refinement and Southern charm. Founded in 1836, Holly Springs, Mississippi, has changed relatively little since the Civil War and is still full of antebellum homes ranging from modest to grandiose. For the past 70+ years, select homeowners have opened their doors annually and invited guests to connect with the past in a unique and immersive experience. Feast on antebellum splendor as you tour preCivil War homes hosted by costumed guides. Catch a free ride in an antique carriage pulled by Percheron draft horses and listen as local storytellers relate the tales of Holly Springs' past. Explore historic churches, meet Civil War reenactors, and attend a variety of special events and attractions ranging from luncheons and evening parties to history and cooking demonstrations. “This is one of the finest events Mississippi has to offer,” says Holly Springs Garden Club president Elizabeth Smith. “It is just as vital and special to our community now as it was 76 years ago.” In December of 1862, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used Holly Springs as his headquarters and supply depot for the campaign to capture control of Vicksburg. Gen. and Mrs. Grant occupied the Walter Place, whose owner was away fighting for the Confederacy. The house combines Gothic and classic Greek Revival styles, making it architecturally unique in the South. A romantic episode is told of saving Grant's papers through an appeal to Gen. Van Dorn's chivalry when he was in Holly Springs to raid the depot. In her memoirs, Mrs. Grant talks of the "sea of army tents" around the grounds of Walter Place. This year, guests can tour the palatial Walter Place Estates, built by Harvey W. Walter in 1858. After a hiatus of many years The Terrace will make a comeback to the tour. Originally built in 1842 with additions in 1857 and in the 1920s, this townhouse has a bank of windows on the east side and a broad front porch on the west end. The home is now filled with two antique furniture collections, that of the current owner’s mother and a collection the Callicutts have accumulated. April 2014 • | 33

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Walter Place

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Built by Alfred Brooks as a wedding gift for his daughter, The Montrose mansion shows the influence of classic Greek revival architecture. The interior features a graceful circular stairway, parquet floors, beautiful cornices and ornate ceiling medallions. The wooded land surrounding Montrose is an arboretum featuring trees and plants native to Mississippi. Montrose is now the home of the Holly Springs Garden Club, sponsors of the pilgrimage. In addition to touring the glorious mansion, this year’s events include Montrose Under the Moonlight on Saturday. Guests can enjoy a Southern-style supper with all the fixings, presentation of pilgrimage royalty and dancing under the stars with live music. Sunday’s guests are invited to a Southern brunch on the grounds. Also on the tour is Burton Place, a restored Federal-style home that still holds original furnishings. The walls of Burton Place are two feet thick with two sets of frames for each window. A cast-iron fence encloses the lot. The fence originally surrounded the Marshall County Courthouse and was manufactured by Jones-McIlwain Foundry, which produced firearms during the Civil War. Described as one of the best examples of a planter's cottage in the state, Hedge Farm will be part of the tour again this year. The house features a large central hallway with many original furnishings and portraits. Once a plantation of more than 2,000 acres, the house is surrounded now by 175 acres that originally formed the core of the farm. On both Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy the Plant it Pink luncheon at the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery as well as the arts and crafts fair on the historic Holly Springs square. On Friday, guests may take part in the annual 5K, “Hoopskirts on the Highway,” to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life project. Afterwards, enjoy the fourth annual “Screen on the Green,” on the stately grounds of Montrose for a big-screen viewing of Smokey and the Bandit with free admission. At “A Walk Through Time” on Saturday, history comes to life during the cemetery tour of historic Hillcrest Cemetery guided by costumed characters from Holly Springs' past. Other attractions this year include the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, and First United Methodist Church, where organ recitals will be held throughout the weekend. Don’t miss the chance to experience it all. For tickets call 662.252.4015 or visit April 2014 • | 35


Sandals Grenada TexT by MarTie WaTson phoTography by barbara May, oWner of Travel leaders

his year our travel agency has seen an increase in couples celebrating honeymoons, special anniversaries and birthdays. Others are asking for a special bucket-list type of vacation. With that in mind, requests are mostly for destinations that are exotic and unspoiled and can offer something really special.


We have found the perfect exotic, unspoiled hideaway. It’s called Sandals LaSource in Grenada and offers something that the Caribbean has never seen before. We call it... the Sandals of tomorrow! LaSource, the newest of the Sandals brand resorts, is located on Pink Gin Beach only five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from town. Grenada, three and a half hours from Miami, is known as the “Island of Spice” because of its pristine beaches, remarkable natural beauty, blue seas and its treasure trove of spices – cinnamon, ginger cloves and particularly nutmeg, the most sought after spice.

romance, and offers the best of everything to create a whole new Sandals experience. Sandals LaSource Grenada offers guests a romantic, authentic Caribbean vacation while providing the all-inclusive luxury amenities and exceptional service that have come to be associated with the Sandals Resorts experience. The all-new, 231-room property boasts modern, elegant accommodations including mahogany furniture, flat-screen televisions and stunning views. The resort provides a range of lodging options in three distinct villages. The Pink Gin Village features renovated rooms with custom-built contemporary furniture, elegant Turkish marble floors and lavish amenities. There are a total of 70 oceanfront rooms, including walkout rooms and 30 luxurious junior suites. The Italian Village is perched up on a bluff overlooking the resort and breathtaking Pink Gin Village. The lavish, five-story structure houses two exclusive river pools. One-bedroom, split-level suites with luxurious amenities make up the first three floors, while the fourth and fifth stories boast even more extravagant suites with butler service and private infinity-edge plunge pools situated on a balcony.

Defying every convention of traditional design, the new Sandals LaSource Grenada takes innovation beyond the realm of imagination to create an extraordinary resort unlike anything else. There are pools in the sky and living rooms in swimming pools, private plunge pools, cascading waterfalls and The South Seas Village is the site of Sandals’ meandering river pools. It has an exotic island signature Rondoval suites, top-tier Millionaire paradise where the intoxicating scents of spice suites and plunge pool suites, as well as luxury and tropical blooms make a heady elixir for and premium rooms. 36 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014


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Guests choose cuisine from around the globe at nine restaurants including a Sandals’ first, Butch’s Chophouse, a steakhouse serving prime cuts of beef. Four bars serve premiumbrand spirits and wines. The culinary experience is unlike anything else in the Caribbean: an epicurean adventure that takes you from the passionate palate of Rome and the sophistication of France to the delectable bounty of the sea and the Caribbean’s first true steakhouse. Whether you crave an evening of fine dining, the casual atmosphere of a brickoven pizzeria, a playful pâtisserie or a lively Teppanyaki table, nine thoroughly unique venues offer the cuisine and ambiance certain to suit every mood and whim. A LaSource vacation provides guests unlimited access to the resort’s five pools and land and water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving. The state-of-the-art fitness center and full-service Red Lane Spa (spa services are additional) provide the complete opportunity to explore a world of natural beauty, relaxation, adventure and wellness. Scuba Diving aT SanDalS ReSoRTS

Only Sandals includes unlimited diving and the Caribbean’s most comprehensive resort diving program. First timers can take advantage of an introductory resort program* which provides all the instruction and equipment needed for dives up to 40 feet. Novices will be ready for a new underwater world by the very next day. Seasoned scuba enthusiasts can enjoy up to two dives daily including options of private dives and night dives. Paradise comes to life with sunset viewings and vistas of the charming St. George’s hillside from the comfort of your suite’s infinity pool. And during the day you can soak up the sun or lounge at the nearby beach club with its picturesque vistas of the Caribbean Sea. Or, make a splash in one of the iconic suites with private infinity pools for effortless entry into a sparkling, lagoon-shaped swimming pool. With magnificent Mediterranean charm, the Millionaire Suites offer a private infinity pool, cobblestone veranda, expansive garden terrace offering an al fresco bathing and an outdoor pool. Just picture yourself slipping off into the tranquil calm of a luxury river suite offering access to an inviting lagoon-shaped pool or indulging yourself in the innovative cuisine of Le Jardinier for the ultimate in French delights, a dining experience worthy of all senses. April 2014 • | 39


At Sandals, LaSource you can enjoy your favorite island drink or snack at the swim-up bar or take a short walk to one of the nine restaurants. And, discover savoring signature cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres while seated in the middle of a sparkling pool.

beach and lounging at the beach club, and photos of the resort’s picturesque vistas of the Caribbean Sea. For more information on this new Sandals resort any other Sandals resort, contact the preferred Sandals experts, at Travel Leaders ( 901-377-6600) or visit us at 2765 Wolf Creek Parkway, Ste. 104 (next door to Choose from several categories rooms in David’s Bridal) and let us help you make your each of the villages, including the Italian dream honeymoon, vacation, anniversary or Oceanview Bi-level One Bedroom Butler Suite special occasion the trip of a lifetime. with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub and the South Seas Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with In 2014 travel is on the upswing. Whether Private Pool Sanctuary. it’s honeymooning newlyweds, families marking milestone anniversaries or birthdays, A Sandals LaSource vacation will leave you or adventurers seeking to check items off their with memories of soaking up sun on the bucket lists, their requests are often alike. They 40 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

want an exotic, unspoiled destination with something really special to offer. Sandals LaSource in Grenada is quite possibly the perfect hideaway. With offerings unique to the Caribbean it is… The Sandals of Tomorrow!

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Tupelo, Mississippi Birthplace of elvis

TexT by Frances J. Folsom | PhoTograPhy courTesy oF The TuPelo convenTion & visiTors bureau

Well, since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell. It’s down at the end of lonely street at Heartbreak Hotel… “Heartbreak Hotel,” recorded by Elvis Presley, 1956

on January 8, 1935, to Vernon and Gladys Presley. The family was poor and in 1948 work was scarce due to a post-war depression. Vernon, needing work, packed their meager possessions into their ’39 Packard and the In the mid 19th century Tupelo was a sleepy family set out for Memphis with the hope of little pioneer village. That changed in 1886 better days ahead of them. with the building of the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad that brought in The birthplace complex is a major stop on factories and textile mills. Tupelo rode the crest the Elvis Driving Tour. Another is Tupelo of the boom era until after World War II. Hardware where Gladys bought Elvis his first guitar for his 11th birthday. She paid a Today the city’s infrastructure is based on whopping $7.25 for it. The boy had begged tourism. It’s still small as cities go; there are for a .22 rifle but Gladys thought that was too historic sites and museums along with cultural dangerous so he tearfully settled for the guitar. and outdoor activities. But one thing sets it apart that draws thousands of visitors from Downtown around the world each year: Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Aron Presley. Several of downtown Tupelo’s 19th-century buildings are on the National Register of Even if you are not an Elvis fan you can’t help Historic Places. Many house upscale shops, but enjoy seeing how Tupelo pays homage to galleries and eateries. You can enjoy an elegant the king of rock and roll. afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and fruit tarts while browsing through His and Hers Elvis’s BirthplacE Antiques and Collectibles. The Farmhouse on Main carries a complete line of Annie Sloan The Elvis Presley Birthplace has been Chalk and Milk Paints, fabrics and books. The designated a Mississippi Historic Landmark. Caron Gallery features textile art, pottery and Elvis was born in the two-room shotgun shack jewelry by local artisans. 44 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

outDoors Two prime choices for getting out and enjoying nature are Trace State Park and the Natchez Trace Parkway, where amenities include camping sites, golf courses, lakes for swimming and fishing, and trails for hiking, biking, walking and horseback riding. culturE The Gumtree Museum of Art, located in a stellar Beaux Art building dating to 1906, hosts exhibits of visual arts, lectures and workshops. Spread over 120,000 square feet inside the Tupelo Automobile Museum are hundreds of gleaming vintage cars. Among the rare beauties on display are an 1899 Knox Porcupine, a 1910 Haynes Model 19, a 1957 Corvette Convertible S.C. and a 1985 Triton Aerocar. staying anD Dining The Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn & Suites are convenient to downtown and attractions. Both have indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Sit in Elvis’s booth and nosh a cheeseburger and RC Cola like he did when he came here after school. A specialty at Café 212 is the Blue Suede Grill sandwich – one of Elvis’s favorites – slices of bananas drizzled with honey, topped with peanut butter on grilled wheatberry bread. South restaurant is known for Southern specialties such as pecan fried catfish, fried green tomatoes and Gulf seafood.

EVENTS Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise May 2-4 That’s “cruise” as in cruising rows of classic cars. Gumtree Festival May 9-11 Hundreds of artists from around the country gather on Courthouse Square to display and sell their work. Elvis Festival June 5-8 Four days filled with blues, gospel and rock and roll concerts.

HISTORY – TOUR THE BATTLEFIELDS Two of the Civil War’s bloodiest Mississippi battles happened here: Brice’s Cross Roads and the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg. It was important that the Union Army hold Tupelo and the surrounding area in aiding Gen. William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea campaign through Georgia. The Mississippi Final Stands Interpretive Center has maps and exhibits detailing the battles. Reenactments commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battles will be held June 13-15. Gladys and Vernon Presley had no way of knowing that their move to Memphis would propel their shy, introverted son to stardom, or that he would become known as the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis was Tupelo. He will always be their favorite son. Tupelo Convention & Visitors Center

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elcome to the Town of Collierville, an energetic, enterprising community in the spacious, natural landscape of western Tennessee. Located only 25 minutes away from the bustle of Memphis city life, Collierville appeals to those who value a charming small-town atmosphere, historic sites, spacious parkland and community events for families and friends to enjoy. Acres of open, green farmland amid busy town centers remind visitors and residents of Collierville’s modest agrarian beginnings. In recent years, Collierville has paid special attention to the planning and production of large commercial and residential neighborhoods such as Schilling Farms, Price Farms and Oak Grove. City planners drew up new buildings with non-residential uses on the ground level and residential “live-above” units on the upper floor or floors. These development proposals continue to bring income to the town while architects strive to maintain the more traditional, quaint design approach found in Collierville’s Historic downtown area and town square. On your next visit be sure to stop by the Morton Museum of Collierville History, at the intersection of Poplar Ave. and Main St., for an impressive and informative experience. The museum invites visitors to explore Collierville’s rich heritage through a variety of permanent and temporary collections of archives and artifacts depicting the nuances of the town’s past. The museum is currently hosting a temporary exhibition entitled Photographs from Parr’s Studio: Images of Collierville 100 Years Ago. Museum Director Ashley Carver chatted recently with At Home Memphis and Mid South about the origins of the special display. “Soon after becoming director of the Morton Museum I came across Glimpses of the Past: Bessie Dean Parr’s Photographs of Turn of the Century Collierville, Tennessee, written by Katherine Broer Parr. The images immediately grabbed my attention for their sophistication, diversity and window into early 20th century Collierville.” Carver’s interest piqued and she continued to investigate. “I contacted Katherine Broer Parr, who also introduced me to her father, Richard Broer, both of whom played an invaluable role in preserving Bessie’s legacy and a piece of Collierville’s history.” This fascinating display will run through May 17. April 2014 • | 47

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If you’re a new visitor trying to uncover the true essence of Collierville, it would certainly be helpful to know where to start. Mayor Stan Joyner, Jr., suggests that guests begin by admiring Town Square. “The heart and charm of Collierville are best exemplified at Historic Town Square,” he notes. “The locally owned shops, boutiques and specialty restaurants on Town Square offer something for everyone.” At the center of the square lies a red-brick path that leads to a pristine white gazebo, which often serves as the host location for concerts and other events. Part of Collierville’s initiative to preserve its Historic District involves a non-profit called Main Street Collierville, governed by a 15-member volunteer board of directors. Their declared mission is to “preserve and enhance the Town Square area as the heart of Collierville that communicates a sense of community 48 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

pride, heritage, and small town wholesomeness and provides for a successful business and residential environment.” The group produces and develops many special community events, including the Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series, Partners in Preservation Party and Taste of the Town. Their continued efforts have earned Main Street Collierville national recognition for a Top Twenty Main Street community event and the Commercial Appeal’s Memphis Most BEST family event. The town’s annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt began 12 years ago at Suggs Park, where it will be hosted again this year. This event, set for April 11 at 8 p.m., is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, who bring their baskets and flashlights to participate in the nighttime hunt. Some eggs contain more than just candy; participants have the chance to find eggs with gift cards and coupons inside, redeemable at

various local restaurants and movie theaters. Additionally, Main Street Collierville is sponsoring their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Good Friday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for kids of all ages. Occupying one of the most naturally spacious areas outside of Memphis, Collierville’s wellkept and impressively large parks give residents and visitors ample opportunity for outdoor exercise and enjoyment. When asked to speak about the things he loves about Collierville, Mayor Joyner easily pinpoints several attractive features. “I am always proud to welcome visitors to one of the South’s most beautiful and friendliest towns,” he says.

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One might not draw a close link between the music of Charlie Daniels and Bob Dylan, but it was his session playing on a trio of Dylan albums – including the legendary 1969 disc Nashville Skyline that gave Daniels a career boost. The Grand Ole Opry star returns the favor with a just-released disc, Off The Grid: Doin’ It Dylan - a collection of Dylan classics, including “Times, They Are A’Changin” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Daniels tells At Home Memphis & Mid South that when you have a composer with a list of classics to his credit like Dylan, the possibilities of which songs to cover were endless.

Hayward has been with me for thirty-nine years. Bruce Brown, one of my guitar players, has been with me for twenty-three years. We spend a lot of time together, and it’s all about the music. It’s all about playing together and trying to make six pieces work, and everybody complement everyone else. Everybody in my band gets a solo during a show – the bass player, drummer, everybody, of course, the ones who play the other instruments get quite a few of them. I feature my guys. If they write songs and sing them, I feature them on stage. It’s very much a band concept. It’s not Charlie Daniels and the Charlie Daniels Band. I’m part of a six piece band. I do most of the vocals, and am the band leader, there’s no doubt about that. But, at the same time, I am part of a band, and when I’m on stage, that’s how it is. I want to fit into what everyone else is doing, and they want to fit into what I’m doing.”

“You’ve got so many things to choose from that you never run out of music,” he says. “I just tried to pick things that would fit our style, that we could do without trying to do it the way Bob did it, to do it our way — so that when somebody heard it, they would say The entertainer continues to make his home ‘that’s a Bob Dylan song played by the Charlie outside of Mt. Juliet in Wilson County – and Daniels Band’.” there’s no place he would rather be. All the members of the CDB get an opportunity to shine on Off The Grid, and that’s the way the band’s namesake likes it. After all, it is a team effort – and one with very little turnover. “I’ve got guys that have been with me for years. Taz DiGregorio, our keyboard player, he was with me for forty years before he was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Charlie 50 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

“This is home. There ain’t no place like it. I’ve often said that when I leave Tennessee, I want to go to heaven,” he says, allowing that he cheers for both of Wilson County’s teams – Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central, and he’s still a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.


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Having been raised amidst sun-soaked scenery, palm trees and multicolored fish, Victor Bokas encapsulates the essence of the Gulf Coast in the lush colors of his work. He also incorporates Florida kitsch, tourists, beaches, flea-market finds, antiques, pop culture and everyday surroundings into his art, creating a tapestry of color. Bokas is a native Floridian, a graduate of the University of Florida and currently a senior graphic designer at Tupperware and full-time painter. His work appears in several permanent collections, including Tupperware, Darden, the Maitland Art Center, Orlando City Hall, Walt Disney Production and the Orlando International Airport. He found a love of art at a young age. Growing up in Gulf Breeze, Florida, influenced his work. Bokas was also influenced after Florida by artists including Robert Rauschenberg for his use of pop culture and found images in his collages, and Wassily Kandinsky’s use of expressive color and abstract shapes.

to themes important to his vision. “With my background as a graphic designer, I like the contrast of mixing a corporate icon into a fineart painting,” says the artist. With the Scottie dog Bokas tries to capture the absurdity and fun of images and events that surround us in our lives. “This is often expressed in my series “Biff,” who can be protector and alter ego. Easily recognized from his angled outline/ profile, Biff becomes a narrative of my life,” Bokas explains. The fish in his work are inspired by the eight years Bokas spent at Sea World as an art director. “The beauty of their bright colors and patterns is inspiration for a lot of my paintings.” Bokas works in a variety of mediums from classic oils to watercolor and collage using found objects, however, he expresses his love for oil painting. “I think I’ll always favor working in oils. I like the smell, colors and textures you get working with oils. After a day at work on the computer, it’s nice to work with your hands and get messy,” he admits.

my eyes each painting had to be successful on its own. Joined together, the series is 62 yards long. All abstract, the images are whimsical, emotional, colorful and captured current events at the time, and my personal journey as well,” he says. Three years ago, Bokas did a series of paintings to celebrate his 50th birthday, creating one painting a day for 50 days. “The series started off with geometric shapes, morphed into organic shapes, pop images, and ended with self portraits,” he recalls. Though Bokas is based in Orlando, Florida, he has traveled throughout the South doing outdoor shows. The artist even has a special connection to Memphis’s own Elvis Presley. “I’m so lucky to share his birthday, January 8th. I love his music and movies. A pop-culture icon. I have a collection of Elvis memorabilia which I started collecting after I took a drive from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis with my mother singing Elvis songs along the way.”

Bokas works from his home studio, surrounded by his wonderful collection of Elvis Describing them as “a visual journal,” Bokas memorabilia and his snow globe collection. Accents of these influences pop up in Bokas’s says he always enjoys working on a series. His To view more of his work, go to his website work as repeating symbols. The RCA “Nipper” favorite work is from 1994, a series of 100 dog, the Scottie dog, and fish images all relate abstract paintings on watercolor paper. “In 52 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014


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Many clothing lines come and go. In one season, out the next. It’s a cycle we’re all too familiar with. However, something that goes beyond just clothing, something that embodies a culture, a way of life, heritage, tradition… That stays. That’s exactly what Emilie Howard, fondly known as Emmie, has done with Southern Proper. Growing up in the Tennessee Delta, Emmie learned a thing or two about fashion. “Nothing is more quintessential to a Southern gentleman than a seersucker suit and bow tie!” she says. “I was brought up in a 'Sunday best' family and was surrounded by gentleman who worked hard, but looked their best for every occasion. I wanted to create a brand that reflected that style and upbringing that is so prevalent in the South.”

reason for founding Southern Proper. “Plus, All that guidance Emmie received has the opportunity to share my humble yet ingrained in her an attitude of the same caliber. unique childhood with the rest of the world “I always love to help young entrepreneurs is such an honor.” because I've been very fortunate to have a lot of help along the way!” she says. “That would The idea of founding a clothing line didn’t be my first piece of advice: don't be afraid to come to Emmie overnight; the dream grew ask for help. Also, my mother raised me with up along with the little girl in the Tennessee her golden rule of ‘It’s better to be polite Delta, and it shows in Southern Proper. “If than always right!’ This is tried and true, my friends and family could describe me, and especially comes in handy when dealing I think you would certainly hear the word with customers. Goodness always prevails. ‘preppy’ from them! Since I was young I've Finally, I would tell anyone to follow their worn traditional yet preppy clothes. I think dreams, work hard but be unique. Use your some of my traditional style is reflected in passion…a business or clothing or a dream Southern Proper, but adapted for menswear.” should reflect who you are.” The major success of her brand still surprises her and has caused her to plan for the future. “Believe it or not, our customer is getting younger and younger!” she exclaims. “We are now seeing a major growth area in the high school market. We are focusing on smaller sizes and items that cross over to both girls and guys. Our bow ties have been a major growth category as well as buttondown shirts, tees and swimwear. You’ll see some new spins on vintage looks coming out this fall. We foresee that some of those old fashions hanging in dad’s or granddad’s closet will be making a comeback soon!”

To Emmie, Southern Proper is more than just the clothes. Her upbringing instilled in her something beyond just a keen eye for premium fabrics and flair. “Home is where the heart is,” she explains, “and it’s where I learned that style was more than just how you looked, but how you acted too! To dress well, we also have to live well, and my West Tennessee roots always remind me of that! I also find it important to remember the great people who helped raise me and pay tribute to them through our clothing. We have products named after people, places and heritage of the Tennessee Delta.” Southern Proper, casually referred to by many as SoPro, uses the South as inspiration for the company mascot/logo – a black Labrador sporting a red bow tie. “The black Lab is a symbol of one of the greatest pastimes and friendships in the South.” Emmie says. “From your old hunting dog to the family pet, Labs are loyal and royal. We love our logo (and our own Lab, affectionately named “River”). The addition of the red bow tie on our logo reflects that hardworking heritage, but with the properly attired touch!” Emmie has remarkable creativity and an unbreakable entrepreneurial spirit, but don’t think for a second that she’s forgotten her roots. “I wanted to share and express my passion for the South,” she says about her 54 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

To be a woman as successful and gifted as Emmie requires a combination of natural talent, passion and acquired skills. When asked about her time at Brenau Women’s College and what she learned that translated into the culture of Southern Proper, Emmie says, “Brenau, like West Tennessee, is rich in tradition and heritage. It was wonderful to go from such a small hometown to a small college community like Brenau. Being one of the few business majors at Brenau afforded me leadership opportunities that I might not have gotten at a larger university. The oneon-one attention that I received from my professors also set me apart in the business world from other graduates.”

Despite her success in predominantly men’s fashion, Emmie doesn’t plan on stopping there. “We are building a great lifestyle brand and feel that it’s important to carry that over into other areas. Southern Proper is poised to expand vastly across the United States in the next few years, but also into areas like Europe and Asia. Our ability goes beyond simply providing clothing, but also into spreading culture. We also want to expand beyond the gentlemen’s line and into ladies, children’s and pets.” Many things come and go, but with someone like Emmie at the helm of Southern Proper, the sky is the limit. Her passion, upbringing and truth to who she is contribute to her success. Her drive and love for what she does will propel Southern Proper to become a classic, just like the South. And something like that stays.

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Throughout the time I have been writing this column, I have discussed technology in many different forms and on many different levels. I have mentioned how technology can improve your life through safety, security, comfort, convenience and control. But one topic I have not yet covered is how properly designed and installed technology can add value to your home. Yes, REAL VALUE. Resale value is something most of us have to consider when making improvements to our home. Curb appeal and sizzle will help sell the home, but we want to make smart investments that we will see a return from, if and when we sell our home to move on. Sure, custom kitchens, bathrooms and even flooring can help you recoup your invested dollars, but when you think of technology, you most likely look at it as a luxury item with little return for your hard-earned dollar. This can be a very shortsighted view. There is no question you can go over the top on anything. You can even design a new home so specific to you and your taste that there may not be another individual who would want to live there. However, we all have some common needs and desires in our lifestyles and these items, rest assured, will bring a return on your investment at resale time.

terms of smartphones, tablets and computers; most of us are also integrated with broadcast television in some form or another. These technologies allow us to bring information into our homes and to communicate with others. They are all dependent on some form of infrastructure to support them— infrastructure that requires both wired and wireless technology to provide necessary reliability and performance. A strong wiring infrastructure will support the need for cable, satellite and Internet services. This allows a robust home network to be installed, one capable of a high-security mode for use by the homeowner as well as a guest mode for visitors. High-speed and highbandwidth performance ensures everyone can have access without slowing down anyone else. Building a reliable solution means the home is ready to meet the most demanding needs, something any homeowner will value greatly.

A solid security system has become a very valued amenity in today’s market. A complete set-up that covers all exterior doors and windows and provides life safety devices such as heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors not only provides protection, it can also mean a home insurance discount. Add Internetbased security cameras to the design to allow remote viewing when you are away from The term “connected home” has been home, and chances are pretty high others will overused, in my opinion. Many people still find it a selling point. do not understand what it means, nor do they realize the value it brings. We are all connected Distributed audio or audio/video systems are in our everyday lives. We use technology in becoming much more commonplace. People 56 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

tend to enjoy their music and video and want it simplified with a central distribution providing ease of use, reliability and performance, while reducing clutter. A properly designed solution will not only complement the décor of the home, it will add value when the time comes to find a buyer. When you are evaluating new technology for your home, a good professional integration firm will be able to help guide you through what adds real value and what will be something you should consider taking with you when you move. They can also help you make the best long-term decisions for your specific situation. One thing to consider when you are selling your home is a home technology assessment and audit. The purpose of this is to prepare a buyer’s guide for the technology included in the home. The process involves a full testing and accounting of all systems, including a complete description of the technology, replacement costs and the performance offered. If there are any deficits in the systems, they are noted and disclosed, allowing the buyer to better understand exactly what they are purchasing and why the home has additional intrinsic value. My firm has prepared these reports for many of our customers. In fact, we have been privileged to do multiple residences for many of our clients. In most cases they have seen significant returns on their technology investment. Till next month…


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When Jennifer and Reggie Garner decided to build a new home for their family in the Chateau Gardens neighborhood of Germantown, they knew they wanted to create something beautiful that could also hold up to their three young sons. Thinking of their children’s future, they decided they wanted their new place to be something else as well: sustainable. As vice president of Magnolia Homes, building is Garner’s life’s work. The company’s homes are always constructed with energy efficiency in mind, so when Reggie embarked on a plan to build his own house there was no doubt in his mind about the extra steps he’d take to do it in an environmentally conscious manner. The layout of the 5,500-square-foot, five bedroom, 4.5-bath residence was planned by Jeff Bramlett Custom Residential Design. To begin with, Garner’s crew flash coated every exterior wall of the house, effectively “sealing it up like an envelope,” to prevent air leakage and reduce heating and cooling needs. Inside the home, workers added special insulation to the walls touching the attic, a spot where heat can come in and escape, adding to energy costs and taxing limited energy resources. While foam insulation has become somewhat common in new construction, Garner took extra steps in his family abode to ensure energy efficiency. Styrofoam beams above each window prevent heat seepage, every hole made for electric work in the interior is insulated, and all appliances in the home have an Energy Star rating. With the groundwork laid for an environmentally-friendly build, the Garners called in Steve Nabers, ASID, owner and head designer of Nabers Interiors. Having worked with the family on their previous home as well as numerous Magnolia Homes, Nabers immediately understood the ambiance of casual elegance that the Garners wanted to create. Working with existing pieces from their first house, he began to build a design concept that was both stylish and family friendly. April 2014 • | 63


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To establish the color scheme for the home, Nabers took inspiration from a rug the Garners already owned; its vibrant reds provide an aura of comfort he could extend throughout the home, and its green accents lend a touch of excitement against a neutral palette that is both homey and forgiving of young children’s activity level. Garner notes that he loved Nabers’ willingness to work with his existing furniture. “Most designers will buy a whole new house of furniture and you’ll find the old stuff in the garage. Steve worked with what we had and then added to it.”


It was also important to Nabers to consider the home’s special architecture; inspired by A. Hays Town’s famous Louisiana style, the Garner abode features sections of interior exposed brick and cedar paneling. Because the cedar in the home picks up so many tones, Nabers had unlimited choices of finishes—he worked with a range of woods including mahogany and chestnut as well as hand-painted treatments. Doing so helped the family establish a lived-in feeling for the house, avoiding the impression that they’d “run out to the furniture store and picked out matched sets of everything,” says Nabers. In striving for that old-family-home appeal, the designer worked to establish a comfortably chic vibe in every room. In the front entryway, a large, lighted cabinet serves as the backdrop for showcasing Jennifer’s extensive McCarty pottery collection, which she’s been building since she was a teenager. Moving into the family room, exposed brick walls are met with a mounted flatscreen TV, but softened with a limestone mantle which Nabers had to apply to the brick surface. The home’s open concept provides views from the family room into the majority of the downstairs living spaces. Looking into the kitchen, custom-distressed cabinetry gives a lived-in look that doesn’t sacrifice the streamlined design of pale granite and stainless-steel appliances. In the dining room, Nabers and the Garners bypassed tradition, choosing a round table designed to facilitate family table talk instead of a more conventional rectangular piece. Wanting to ensure the properly formal tone, however, Nabers selected a tremendous table with a six-foot diameter. The “statement” light fixture that hangs above the table is well matched with the others installed throughout the house. April 2014 • | 65


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The hallway that leads out of the dining room glows with light coming from twostory windows. Nabers softened the space (and provided some much-needed privacy) by hanging earth-toned draperies along the bottom section of the windows.

in the creamy distressed-wood cabinetry and comfort. On top of “green” bones, Nabers’ dramatic chandelier. inspired design provides the finishing touches on a house designed to preserve the planet for The main floor design stylishly meets the the Garner children to enjoy as they grow. needs of its residents, and Nabers delivers more of the same on the second level. Upstairs are Sources three of the five bedrooms, three bathrooms, Jeff Bramlett Coming from the hallway and entering the an office and a game room where the Garners’ custom residential design downstairs master suite, Nabers’ design belies young children can play and relax. 901.619.1613 the grand scale of the large space and creates a warm, inviting retreat where the Garners can In designing the boys’ rooms, Nabers was Steve Nabers escape at the end of a long day. Choosing large mindful that they won’t be young forever; he ASID, owner Nabers Interiors pieces with simple lines, Nabers filled the room selected finishes that could be used for the long with warmth while avoiding any impression of haul, with patterns that are whimsical but can 901.323.2892 clutter or busyness. grow alongside the children. Playfulness comes from fun additions like a dark wood rocking Reggie Garner While the master bedroom is cozy and horse, both functional and attractive. vice president Magnolia Homes streamlined, the bathroom offers the couple spa-like luxury. Built around the color palette While so much forethought went into the established by the porcelain tile and stone, the construction of the Garners’ house, the finished 901.755.4258 fresh lightness of the room is also reflected product conveys effortless, elegant family October April 2014 2013 • | 67


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When Lisa Harris and her husband Shawn Wood moved into their home they knew they had found a gem, but it was in need of some updating. It was a perfect project for the couple, as Shawn is a contractor and Lisa is a realtor. They had considered building, but loved the “west Germantown” location of this home, so they decided to upgrade the house and outfit it with all of the wonderful new materials and features typically found in newer homes. According to Lisa, the house was built in 1998 and had high ceilings and great "bones," but it felt dated with its jeweltones and flowered heavy drapes. “We neutralized the house and even though it had a newer open floor plan it lacked the upgrades and new amenities that we were looking for.” That’s where Shawn’s expertise came into play. Lisa says that the kitchen and keeping room were large but the different floor coverings made it feel broken up, so they put large travertine tiles in both rooms to increase the flow and add drama to the house. The ceilings were nice and tall, 10 and 12 feet, but did not have any charm. Shawn added solid cedar beams in both the keeping room and the living room. The couple also wanted their home to have a better flow. With the original floor plan they had to walk through the living room to get to the kitchen and the master bedroom, so Shawn added a gallery hall in back of the living room with arches and was able to bring brick into the interior. This changed the location of the master bedroom entrance, allowing the couple to double the size of the master closet. Shawn built bookcases framing the fireplace in the living room where the former bedroom entrance was. With the re-design project of the home well underway, Lisa called Sara Walden of Sara Walden Interiors. “I love the eclectic feel that Sara brings to homes. It’s fresh and current without being trendy,” Lisa says. Walden works with the philosophy that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. She says, “When designing a room, neutralize it first and then add layers of color, texture and personal touches.” April 2014 • | 69


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Besides being based on sound design principles, every project needs texture and layers to give it a high-end finished look. Walden accomplished this by working from large to small, and mixed traditional and trendy pieces to make the home feel updated. She brought in a variety plush Mongolian fur pieces and replaced dark and traditional rugs with neutral ones layered with a cowhide that provided a nice contrast of dark against the lightness of the room. As for the bookshelf, taking out unnecessary shelves and only choosing pieces that the clients really love, rather than just filling it with stuff reflects Sara’s “less is more” design approach. Expanding the living room really opened the space up and provided a great flow, but the design needed another layer. Walden a added custom-made ceiling-tofloor drapery from Tanner Meyer of East Memphis to fill and warm up the space and finish out the room. And the icing on the cake to this design project was purchasing new lamps and end tables and replacing artificial greenery with real plants to bring signs of life to the home. As a realtor, Lisa has worked with many homeowners who were disappointed in the current market values of their property. She says updating is an important aspect of securing the value of your investment. “Sellers can’t expect top dollar if they are not keeping up with new trends that buyers are demanding. I can't tell you how many appointments that I have gone on where the seller has to install granite and stainless appliances in their kitchen in order to sell and compete in this market. It’s a shame that they didn't do it sooner for themselves so that they could enjoy it. Kitchens and bath remodels are costly but with low interest rates, buyers would rather pay more for a house that is updated than do the work themselves,” Lisa says.

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Spruce up your home or office with these environmentally friendly items Solar Bubble Glass Lanterns Allsop Home & Garden, $32,

Organic Cotton Ridgeline Dhurrie Pillow Bambeco, $196,

Tribeca Eco Friendly Bookcase and Storage in espresso Way Basics, $88,

Reclaimed Wood Cafe Chalkboard Bambeco, $278,

Jacquelyne Curved Lidded Basket Pottery Barn, $89,

Recycled Glass Teardrop Terrarium Bambeco, $49,

Recycled Tire Rubber Scroll Mat Flat Tire Decor, $22,

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Vineyard Recycled Wood Board Frame Bambeco, $50,

Perry Divided Hamper & Liner, Savannah Weave Pottery Barn, $179,

Daisy Organic Pillow, Linden Bambeco, $29,

Brushed Bi-Color Bamboo Viscose Throw Bedding Pure Fiber, $89,

Natural Carved Round End Table $100,

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When we flip through plant catalogs and garden magazines, a dormant winter landscape comes to life with all the possibilities of spring. We make note of the plants we want to try and the new beds we want to plant. As winter loses its might and spring appears this month, take time to pass along your love of gardening to others. This is particularly important if you have children or grandchildren; research shows that a parent or grandparent inspired most people who love gardening as adults. Today, children seem less connected with nature. They often spend more time on inside activities rather than playing outdoors. Termed “Nature Deficit Disorder” by author Richard Louv in his books The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, awareness of this phenomenon has increased. Research indicates that spending time in nature and gardening can increase satisfaction and productivity, and can decrease mental 74 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

fatigue and stress. Studies have also shown that individuals who enjoy outside play as children are more likely to overcome obstacles and to continue to spend time outdoors as adults.

• Help maintain school gardens. Many local teachers and administrators would jump at the opportunity for assistance with caring for a school garden.

Young people can learn about gardening at GROWING A GARDENER home, in school and in after-school and camp programs. Inspiring a love of gardening is as Plan a garden with a special young person in simple as planting a seed with a young friend, your life. Encourage the child to look through neighbor or relative. Some other ways to get plant catalogs and gardening magazines with involved with youth gardening include: you and ask them what kind of flowers to grow, what kind of fruits and vegetables to try, and HELPING A SCHOOL what smells, colors and textures they want to see spring up in this year’s garden. One of the biggest hindrances to school gardening is the limitation of teachers’ time VISITING A PUBLIC GARDEN and resources. There are over 500 public gardens in the Gardeners are needed to: United States. If you are planning a summer • Volunteer to assist with a gardening lab. vacation, make sure a visit to one of them is on • Help design or build a school garden. your list of activities. • Secure plant donations and help with fundraisers.


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Bunnies, carrots and pastel candies aren’t the only items available to decorate an Easter table. Follow event designer Angela Mazanti’s lead and be inspired by nature to create a memorable holiday setting this spring.



The theme for this table was “An Easter Celebration.” Mazanti chose to use elements you would see in nature. She also set the table in a garden atmosphere to reflect the theme, and the gorgeous historic Annesdale mansion in Memphis served as the perfect backdrop.



“I always like to create different elevations on my tables to add visual interest, and old books in robin's-egg blue and clay pots in the same color scheme worked perfectly,” Mazanti says. She used small clusters of artificial carrots that she picked up locally to add a little pop of color. This look is easy to achieve by using items readily available in gardens and homes like stones, moss, old books and bird cages. Another festive element on the table is the colored eggs. Mazanti dyed her eggs in more natural-looking shades, then purchased smaller eggs in a robin's-egg tone to fill in. These touches give the table a more natural and vintage feel, she says. This type of set-up is great for a buffet or dessert table or would make the perfect spot to place plates, flatware and glassware.



To achieve the desired look of natural tones punctuated with pops of color Mazanti chose bright orange and yellow Ranunculus. “I mixed in these gorgeous blue-green succulents which I love to use in many different settings. They are so versatile,” she says.

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Sweet Treats



• 1 cup softened butter • 1 cup brown sugar, packed • ½ cup granulated sugar • 2 eggs • 1 tsp. vanilla • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour • 1 tsp. salt • 1 tsp. baking powder • 1 tsp. baking soda • 1 (10-oz.) bag chocolate chips DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350˚. In a mixing bowl cream together the

One of my first memories of being in the kitchen is helping my mom make homemade cookies. Of course, I would always sneak the dough when she wasn't looking; that is one of the many perks of making cookies, right? For chocolate chip cookies, we always used a Betty Crocker recipe from my Cooking with Kids cookbook, and nowadays that cookie page definitely shows the wear and tear of all of the times we made the recipe. Those are some wonderful memories, and definitely where my love of cookies began! Obviously, there are tons of recipes out there for chocolate chippers, but I am sharing with you mine, tweaked from that old recipe and a few others I like. They are rich and chewy with a hint of salt, which is just how I like them, making it almost impossible to just have one. On the topic of my mom and cookies, her favorite has always been pecan sandies. When I was growing up I never truly appreciated those buttery, nutty cookies, but now I see them in a whole new light. Maybe because I love coffee now, and a shortbread cookie with a warm cup of coffee is just hard to beat. For this recipe, I have added some toffee bits which give them a little more of a chewy texture than typical shortbread cookies. As you can probably tell, these cookies aren't low-fat, but as always, “everything in moderation.” I believe if you're going to have cookies you should make them from scratch; that way you control all of the ingredients. Another reason I love to make cookies is that they are wonderful to have on hand for last-minute company. It seems like we always do more entertaining in the spring and these cookies are a quick and easy way to have a crowd-pleasing sweet treat in a pinch. I hope you enjoy these and make some of your own homemade cookie memories! For more recipes visit 86 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • April 2014

butter and sugars for 2 minutes and then add in eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. 2. In separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. 3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; once all of the flour has been added stir in the chocolate chips. Drop tablespoons of dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.



• 1 cup softened butter • ½ cup packed brown sugar • 2 cups all-purpose flour • ¾ tsp. salt • ½ cup finely chopped pecans • ½ cup toffee bits DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 325˚. Using a mixer, cream together the

butter and sugar. Mix in the flour and salt and then stir in the pecans and toffee until thoroughly combined. 2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Pinch off a 2-inch ball of dough. Place the dough ball on the sheet and gently press the ball down with the bottom of a glass. 4. Bake for 12 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack.

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Raw Girls Memphis


Amy Pickle and Hannah Phillips have created freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables provided an easy, healthful way for Mid Southerners to by the local farmers and organic groceries in and enjoy organic, seasonal, locally grown food free around Memphis. of dairy, gluten and refined sugar. According to the Raw Girls, raw food just feels Each week, Pickle and Phillips create a box of good. It’s unaltered; it’s whole and in its natural raw food products that are free of chemicals, form. They love to work with foods that haven’t preservatives and artificial ingredients – gone through a factory and haven’t been in nutrition in its most healthful, natural form. plastic on a shelf or in a freezer. The boxes, which are delivered to customers on a weekly basis, include savory soups, gourmet The service is currently available in Memphis entrées, side dishes and two delicious desserts. and the surrounding areas, but Pickle and Easy and convenient, the items are perfect for Phillips hope to one day expand nationwide. home dining and provide a healthy alternative They want to use their passion for whole, raw foods to change the way (and convenience with to workday fast-food lunches. which) people eat, and the sky is the limit for They also offer cold-pressed juices, and every these Raw Girls of Memphis. day Pickle and Phillips choose their drink delivery menu based on availability of the


TROPICAL SPRING SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS • 1 mango, peeled • 2 bananas, peeled • ½ cucumber • 1 cup spinach or wild greens • handful of goji berries • 1 cup spring water • ice (optional) DIRECTIONS Place everything in a blender. Add more water if needed, this smoothie is thick and filling. Pour into a glass, serve and enjoy!

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ComeUnity Café

To Love. To Feed. To digniFy. TexT by LesLey Harris CoLveTT PHoTograPHy by Cari PHiLLiPs, Urban garden Manager

ComeUnity Cafe opened this past November in Jackson, Tennessee, and has gained quite a following. Since its doors opened at 218 East Main Street, the restaurant has successfully carried out its mission: “We exist to build community by providing nutritious and delicious food made with as much organically, locally and sustainably grown ingredients as possible to all people of Jackson regardless of their ability to pay.”

products as possible. We utilize the farmers market and local farmers as much as possible! We are striving to keep as much of our food dollars local as possible, including our fresh roasted coffee.” Kale salads and any sandwich on a pretzel roll are big hits at the café. Deli sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head products, which Crenshaw feels are the best quality meats available.

On average, the café serves about 100 people a day. About 15 percent of those are “volunteer” meals paid for by exchanging an hour of work time. No special skills are required. The volunteer opportunity is unique to ComeUnity Café, and participants can commit to an occasional shift or several hours a week on a regular basis. Crenshaw plans to ComeUnity Café operates on a “pay as speak at Jackson-area high schools to involve you can” model. While the eatery has a the youth in serving to earn some of their large number of regular paying customers, school-required community service hours. if someone is unable to pay they are allowed to give an hour of their time working in the The café has its own organic garden, just café in exchange for their meal. “This, we feel, one block away. Urban gardener Cari Phillips gives dignity to the exchange. We are not a is starting seedlings in a portable greenhouse hand out, but a hand up,” Crenshaw explains. this spring, and plans to enlist some of the volunteers to help in the garden. The café strives to operate in an atmosphere that allows everyone and anyone an The future is bright for ComeUnity. opportunity to “come to the table” and enjoy a Crenshaw’s passion for the café is contagious, healthy meal. This laid-back approach invites and spreading as the Jackson community clients to come and have lunch, meet with begins to enjoy and become a part of the friends and make new ones in a welcoming venture. Whether it’s by enjoying a relaxing, ambience. Two large “community tables” that wholesome lunch or being hands-on as a seat 10-14 people allow diners to sit among volunteer, Crenshaw encourages everyone to people they may have never met or had the experience this culinary gem. opportunity to have spoken with otherwise. Crenshaw plans to add outdoor seating this ComeUnity Cafe hours are Monday-Friday, spring as the weather improves. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and brunch on Saturdays (beginning this spring) from The menu changes daily, but consistently 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. More information, as includes two soups, two salads and two well as volunteer sign up, is linked to the sandwiches, along with a few extra surprises website every now and then. ComeUnity serves a variety of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo items. According to Crenshaw, “Our menu will definitely change seasonally, as we use as many locally sourced, seasonal According to creator and founder of ComeUnity Café Amy Crenshaw, the restaurant exists to serve everyone a good healthy meal, utilizing as much locally sourced and organic food as possible, regardless of the customers’ means to pay.

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The Intergalactic Nemesis The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000

Performing Arts Camp Registration The Ned, Jackson, TN 731.425.8397


April 6-30: 29th Annual Artists Showcase Downtown Paris, TN 731.653.7274

Battle of Shiloh 152nd Anniversary Shiloh National Military Park 731.689.5696


Bunny Run Car Show Jackson, TN Fairgrounds 731.427.1677

7 Memphis Knights Big Band at the Garden Memphis Botanic Garden


Back Home with the Neelys Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Wolfchase Galleria 901.386.2468 Caterpillar Club: Getting to the Roots of Veggies Memphis Botanic Garden



April 2-30 Nature's Calling Art Exhibit Memphis Botanic Garden


Prophets of Funk Gertrude Castellow Ford Center


Pastel Workshop with Chantel Memphis Botanic Garden


Dinner Entertainment by the Casey Jones Barbershop Chorus The Old Country Store Jackson, TN 731.234.0360

April 13-July13: Memphis Milano: 1980s Italian Design The Dixon 901.761.5250

Creative Aging Annual Senior Game Day Memphis Jewish Community Center

Boeing Boeing The Ned, Jackson, TN 731.425.8397




Hortus Arcana: Tales From the Ethnobotanical Underground Memphis Botanic Garden

Alan Jackson Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, MS 800.303.7463

10th Annual Juke Joint Festival Clarksdale MS

17 10th Annual Taste of DeSoto Landers Center, Southaven, MS 901.634.8332





April 22-27: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The Orpheum Theatre


Opera Workshop Jennings Hall, Union University 731.661.5345

Wine Downtown Tupelo, MS


Cedar Hall Bridal Show Cedar Hall, Memphis

Stage & Screen Concert Northside United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN

28 20th Anniversary Concert First Baptist Church Jackson, TN 94 | At Home Memphis Tennessee&•Mid October South2012 • April 2014


Symphonic Band Concert First Baptist Church Jackson, TN

Vine to Wine: Green is Groovy! Memphis Botanic Garden

30 Memphis Downtown Food Tour Hampton Inn on Beale Street


Spring Market The Agricenter, Memphis 901.757.7777


GCA Major Flower Show The Dixion

7th Annual Chili Cook-Off Care Garden Corinth, MS 731.607.3432

Trisha Yearwood Gold Strike Casino & Resort 662.357.1111


Derek Joseph Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, MS

April 25 19th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival


Joy in Unity Symphony Performance Carl Perkins Civic Center,

April 11-12: Spring's Best Plant Sale Memphis Botanic Garden

Ballet Memphis: Peter Pan The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000

April 24 Wine Downtown


Tunica Rivergate Festival Downtown Tunica Park

Music on the Square Downtown Bolivar, TN

Ledisi: The Truth Tour The Orpheum Theatre


Peavine Music, Arts & Crafts Festival 731.847.6359


Easter Egg Hunt The Dixon

Easter Egg Hunt Pickwick Landing State Park 731.689.3149 April 19-27: World's Biggest Fish Fry Paris, TN

April 30 Memphis Downtown Food Tour


8th Annual Cruz-n for a Cure Car Show Savannah, TN 731.925.9001

19th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival Oxford Courthouse Square 662.232.2367

Casey Jones Village Spring Festival Jackson, TN 731.668.1222

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sources 20 | Fashion Location — Annesdale Mansion Model — Katie Kalsi Makeup — Matt Gossett, Heather Cosmetics 901.249.5018 Photographer — Sarah Rossi 30 | Lifestyle Rick Berks — Founder of YouFit 36 | Travel Special thanks to — Martie Watson, Travel Leaders Travel & Cruises Director of Marketing 46 | Community Hotspot Special thanks to — Mayor Stan Joyner, Jr., Town of Collierville Tish Lewis, Community Program Director, YMCA Schilling Farms Sheila Moody, Tourism Coordinator, Collierville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Ashley Carver, Director, Morton Museum of Collierville History Jason Gambone, Development Director, Town of Collierville 56 | Technology Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment 68 | Design Sara Walden — Sara Walden Interiors and Main Street Décor 90 | Cuisine Amy Crenshaw — Founder of ComeUnity Cafe April 2014 • | 97

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