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Cust om Home Design IN MEMPHIS


The Swag in North Carolina Catching up with

Tim McGraw



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The very best of rustic elegance in the Smokies • YOUR LIFESTYLE FOR YOU • YOUR HOME


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The legendary artist talks about his latest album and favorite movie roles to date






The Swag in North Carolina

The renewal of an old home with Memphis designer Cindy McCord

Catching up with


Tim McGraw


Our favorite looks and the latest in decor elements for creating your perfect home oasis

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contents March 2013

18 fashion

What’s hot this season to accentuate your wardrobe

22 beauty

Makeup trends and colors for spring

26 health

A Nashville doctor discusses five pillars for a healthy body

28 lifestyle


National Nutrition Month: advice on the best foods to combat ailments

32 best of


The best spring break alternatives Tennessee has to offer

44 roadtrip

From an ideal inn getaway on the Gulf Coast to riches in Ridgeland, MS

48 arts

Chattanooga’s Main Terrain: An urban park that combines art and fitness on the Southside

52 at home with

Rachel Boston: The Chattanooga actress on Hollywood and New York City


54 technology

Advances in home security: best protection advice

72 garden

March means maintenance for spring plants and shrubbery

74 in bloom

Plant of the Month: Omeo Gum

82 entertaining

A fun twist for Girls’ Night Out: painting and cocktails

86 cooking

Decadent, rich and creamy snacks that are good for you

88 chef’s corner

Beer takes center stage in this delicious short ribs recipe from Chef Charles Phillips

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90 cuisine

Spotlighting the Gulch in downtown Nashville

92 finance

Auto insurance advice that could help protect your financial future

98 books

An eclectic assortment of reads this month for every taste

March 2013 • Vol. 11 No.12 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Margaret Monger |

EDITOR janna fite herbison |


brittanY WaLLer |

EDITorIal COPY EDITOR terri gLazer


LesLeY CoLvett |


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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES sUzanne boYd | david LaWhon


trip Monger |


coNTrIBUTorS EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Linda Benton, ChuCk dauphin, apriL MCkinney, kristen WaddeLL, sCott FueLLing, shana raLey-Lusk, andreW puLte, Jason reeves, J. david ForBes, aLan doyLe, JaMes neWBurn, CharLes phiLLips, staCey May Brady, andrea CranFord, JuLia FaWaL

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publisher’s note

A New Chapter for


I'd like to believe we have made it through another winter here in West Tennessee without a significant ice or snow storm, but then again, it is the first of March and anything can happen! I remember driving to Destin for spring break five years ago and we had about five inches of snow on the ground in Memphis. As I write this letter, it is sunny and 60 degrees, but rain and a drop in the temperature are predicted tomorrow. By the end of the week we will be back in the mid 30s, or so they say. Enough said. The state of Tennessee is much like our weather in March, ever changing and very different from region to region. I have enjoyed getting to know our state better while traveling from the flatlands and river town in which I live across the state to Rocky Top and everything in between. We, on the west side of our state, enjoy great blues and barbecue and those of you on the east side love your pancake houses. Although we share many great likenesses across Tennessee, our differences are just as abundant. So after seven years of traveling, featuring and celebrating this great state, we have decided it is time to come home and focus on what we know best. Starting with the April issue, At Home Tennessee will become At Home Memphis & MidSouth. The reception we have received from our Memphis and Mid-South families has been overwhelming to say the least, and they couldn’t be more excited about this decision. The majority of our editorial content, going forward, will focus on the core area we call the MidSouth, with Memphis being its heartbeat. We will continue to bring you great places to visit across the state as we still love to spend time in Nashville, and quite a few people around here don’t miss a home game in Rocky Top, with high hopes still for a victorious football season once again. Personally, I can’t think of a better time to be an Ole Miss Rebel, but that’s me! So this letter is definitely not a goodbye to the rest of our Tennessee family, but a warm hello again to our Memphis and Mid-South family. We are happy to be home and look forward to many years of bringing you beautiful homes, great entertainment and everything in between that makes our area so special. Bring on the barbecue and blues and let’s get this spring season started!

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contributors LESLEY COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee magazine. Colvett’s 10-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 Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at


is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. Lusk is a lifelong reader who has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. This month, she highlights four different books for varying tastes on page 98.


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. This month, he gives best advice for your spring plant maintenance on page 72.

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April McKinney 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. In this issue, McKinney shows us how to make indulgent snacks that are surprisingly healthy on page 86.


After a 15-year career in marketing, Linda Benton decided to pursue freelance writing. Over the years, her work has been published in Blush, CityScope and HealthScopem agazines. Benton says she is most proud of her first published article - Lily’s Story. Published in 1998, Lily’s Story is the personal account of Linda’s 1997 travel to Vietnam to adopt her daughter. Benton takes us through a Memphis familys personal remodeling process this month on page 56.


profiles the Main Terrain Urban Art Fitness Park in Chattanooga this month on page 48. She is a member of the MidSouth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, MPACT Memphis and the Arts Memphis BRAVO Memphis program.

chucK DAuphIN

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 such as 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. This month, Dauphin talks to country music legend Tim McGraw about his latest album and acting career on page 50.


Angela Mazanti 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. Mazanti helps to plan the perfect Girls Night Out on page 82.

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Best Seasonal Accessories


From purses to shoes, we have what's hot off the runway


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1) Rose Digital Lace Wide Bangle Bracelet $995, Ippolita, 2) Clear Quartz & Mother-OfPearl Snowman DropEarrings $495, Ippolita, 3) Apricot Blossom Earrings $18, Modcloth, 4) Casablanca Cluster Necklace $98, Anthropologie, 5) Green and Gold Necklace $15, Charming Charlie, 6) Apfel Cuff $420, DANNIJO, 7) Robinson Spectator Envelope Clutch $365, Tory Burch, 8) Red Pump $90, I•N•C International Concepts, 9) Printed Robinson Dome Satchel $395, Tory Burch, 10) Kelsey Middy Satchel $550, Tory Burch, 11) Colorblock Frame Clutch $940, Marni, 12) Marlow Loafer $285, Tory Burch, 13) Colorblock Suede Ankle Strap Sandals $765, Pierre Hardy, March 2013 • | 19


COLOR TRENDS for Spring The latest in makeup colors to transition your look this season


Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Black Sands Estee Lauder, $29,


Countless Color Pigments in Acoustic


Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes Clinique, $16,



Stila, $22,

Endless Silky Eye Pen

Pixi, $15,

Technicolor Eyeshadow



Pure Color Palette in Batik Sun

Estee Lauder, $48,



Spring 2013 Hope and Freedom Fest collection

ORLY, $8.50 each, and Ulta stores


Eye Glow Cube

Lip Color in Wild Ginger

PPixi, ixi, $28,

Tom Ford, $48,


After Glow Lip Color in Tangerine Dream Stila, $18,


Pure Color Sheer Roller Gloss in Squeeze Estee Lauder, $19,

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This sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour is available in 12 shades. It is layerable, long-wearing and versatile, too.

The waterproof formula of Limited Edition Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Black Sands defines eyes with a dual-ended, felt-tip wand in smoldering shades of bronze and black for an eye-opening affect.

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Channel your inner artist with full coverage, multi-use color pigments swirled with a unique effect. Each collage of color is a piece of art.

This waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eyeliner glides on like silk. In a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line with no retouching required! Technicolor Palette features bold, saturated colors that bring the eyes to life. Mix and match the eight shades to create highly pigmented, longlasting looks that reflect any style or mood. Rare and exotic ingredients in this lipstick create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application for the perfect lip color.

This versatile five color palette allows you to play with intensities while blending and mixing shades from soft to bold. A high-style mix of textures and shades inspire creative blending, highlighting and color accenting.


Hope and Freedom Fest celebrates social change, a suit-yourself spirit and a festival-inspired style. The six lacquers in the collection are comprised of pale pastels, hints of glitter and vibrant crèmes.

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Blaze brightly with these lip colors designed to dazzle by day and glow by night. The creamy lip crayons each have an easy-to-apply consistency and a cherry-flavored scent. Pure Color Sheer Roller Gloss drenches lips in the ultimate in sheer, intensely hydrating color and shine. Exclusive technology creates an dazzling high-reflective finish that lasts.


This set includes 16 shadows in fresh metallics, golds, caramels and lilacs for a variety of longlasting eye looks. March 2013 • | 23

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The good news is that increased vitality and energy, weight loss, more restorative sleep, clearer thinking and concentration are achievable and recoverable in a very short amount of time. Thankfully, it doesn’t take nearly as long to feel better as it took to accumulate the problems. The biggest players are specific dietary items and lack of movement. Simply removing the toxic items from our diet What’s frequently missed in our healthcare for as little as two weeks and increasing our approach is how much these issues are directly activity level can show dramatic results and related to our lifestyles – our relationship to give us a taste of how good we can really feel. food, our movement and exercise, our sleep and rest, our stress levels and our cultivation of The primary culprits in my experience are connectedness to ourselves and others. While wheat/grains, dairy, adulterated corn products we can get away with these five issues being in and sugar/sweets. As a culture, we are sub-optimal condition (or worse) throughout barraged by these four on a daily basis, and it adolescence and our 20s, once we approach is precisely for that reason that our bodies are middle age things start to change. I so often so often expressing adverse reactions; a wellhear, “I’m not doing anything differently. Why known principle states that we can make the do I feel so bad? I think it’s my hormones.” It human body allergic to just about anything very well might be, but the more likely answers if we bombard it enough with that substance. lie with lifestyle and the fact that the “buffer Well, welcome to the basic American diet. A zone” for absorbing unhealthy choices has just complete removal of these four items from the about worn out by our mid-30s. diet for two to three weeks will usually result in The most frequent complaint I encounter in my integrative/holistic medical practice is, “Doc, I just don’t feel good.” Feeling tired, achy and “brain-fogged” can become a daily complaint for many as we move into our 30s and beyond. Weight gain, digestive issues and skin troubles often develop, and general energy takes a nosedive. Sound familiar?

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substantial changes, including cessation of longstanding digestion problems, clearance of sinus issues and improvement in skin conditions, as well as the above mentioned benefits. I see it every day and I no longer become amazed at the changes my patients experience. There’s a phrase I hear, almost verbatim, more than any other: “Well, I never would’ve believed food was doing this to me.” So what’s left to eat, you say? Well, lots of fruits and vegetables (75-80 percent of your intake), healthy lean protein (mostly fish or chicken), legumes and healthy fats from nuts and oils. Just for two weeks. See what happens. Next, get moving! At the beginning, frequency is much more important than amount. If you can only walk for 10 minutes then do that. Every day. Your endurance will soon begin to increase naturally. Whatever form of movement or exercise you choose, make it something you actually enjoy. It won’t be sustainable if it’s just an obligatory task that you power through and hate.

Do I need supplements? Maybe, but not necessarily, and certainly not as many as you may think. A healthy variety of fruits and vegetables provides the majority of what we need, and if we don’t substantially change our diets, supplements won't be able to fix much of anything. To patients looking for a good baseline supplemental regimen, though, I frequently recommend (courtesy of Dr. Mark Hyman) a multivitamin; Vitamin D, 1,000-3,000 IU/ day (get your levels checked and aim for 5080); a B-50 complex vitamin; magnesium, 100-400 mg/day (up to bowel tolerance); fish oil, 1,000 mg/day; zinc, 25 mg/day; and a refrigerated probiotic blend with multiple organisms. These can often restore many missing elements and help you feel generally better. Get some rest! The latest data on sleep is once again suggesting at least the eighthour mark as a good gauge, and studies have repeatedly shown adverse effects with less than six hours per night, including a fourfold risk of diabetes. We tend to be a sleepdenying culture, and it’s killing us. Stress is another major contributor to our sense of disease. We need to clear our bodies of emotional tension through body-based techniques and cultivate our inner world with practices such as meditation, prayer and yoga. It can really make a difference to your health, especially long-term. When we make these five “pillars” important and give them the time and attention they deserve, we reap a huge return on our investment. Not only do the benefits arrive quickly, but the changes we introduce lay a foundation for a future of better health and a more joyful and meaningful life.

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“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” That is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month— the campaign’s 40th anniversary. It encourages healthy eating personalized to each individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns. While eating many fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods is recommended across the board, below are some specific nutrition tips to ward off unwanted viruses, diseases and ailments. Cancer There is no guaranteed cure for cancer, but proper nutrition goes a long way in ensuring your body is prepared for anything. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, berries are a cancer-fighting powerhouse. They are full of ellagic acid, which has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast. They are also an antioxidant, helping the body deactivate specific carcinogens and slow the reproduction of cancer cells. Studies found that the antioxidants found in green tea, red wine and olive oil might be able to prevent cancer cells from dividing and even protect against various types of cancer, according to the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. Osteoporosis Vitamin D and calcium are the main guards against osteoporosis, and the two work hand in hand. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says that calcium builds strong bones and keeps them healthy, but it is useless without Vitamin D to help the body absorb it. Great sources of calcium include broccoli, spinach, 28 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

collard greens, almond milk and low-fat dairy punch. Blueberries are also a major immune products. Vitamin D is harder to find in food, system booster. Mix them with probiotics and but you can get it by eating salmon, tuna and germs hardly stand a chance! vitamin D-fortified juice or milk, by taking a daily multivitamin or by enjoying the March Headaches weather out in the sun. A headache can quickly ruin a perfectly Digestive Health good day. They occur for various reasons, but dehydration is one of the most common For proper digestive health, load up on fiber. factors. The book Teach Me What to Eat if Fiber helps food pass quickly and smoothly I Have Headaches and Migraines suggests to through the digestive system while keeping combat headaches, eat water-rich foods such you feeling full for a longer amount of time. as watermelon. The fruit’s magnesium will Avocados are a great source for fiber, as well as also help soothe your head by relaxing blood whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats vessels. Other foods loaded with magnesium and whole-wheat breads. Bananas are another are almonds, bananas and avocados. Headaches fiber-packed food source, and they also provide can also be a sign that your body needs calcium. electrolytes and potassium. However, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Mood Swings most overlooked but pivotal piece of digestive health is water. Drinking at least eight cups Feeling down? What you eat actually has a throughout the day or eating water-rich foods major effect on your mood. Avoid foods that such as melons, cucumbers and tomatoes are processed and loaded with simple carbs. helps break down and move food through the Instead, try eating oats. They affect blood digestive system. glucose levels less dramatically than simple carbs, so the slow release of energy will make Immune System you feel better throughout the day. For more happy feelings, mix in nuts or banana slices. This year marked one of the worst flu seasons Nuts are full of omega-3s, which are linked to in recent memory, but experts say proper lower levels of depression, and bananas contain nutrition is key to battling those unwanted tryptophan, which MSN Healthy Living says viruses. Omega-3 fatty acids in foods such as will help regulate your mood. But if you simply salmon increase the activity of the white blood feel like nothing but chocolate will cheer you cells that eat up bacteria. In addition, Harvard up, grab dark chocolate. Full of antioxidants, Health Publications cites that the healthy it boosts endorphins and helps release bacteria found in probiotics actually help serotonin, which is one of the "feel good" protect the gut and strengthen the immune neurotransmitters in the brain. Everything in system. Probiotics are found in foods like moderation, of course! yogurt, but try kefir for the strongest probiotic

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Pink Palace Museum

It seems like the winter holidays were just yesterday, and now spring break is already upon us. With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, planning an extravagant trip might be time consuming and out of budget. Instead, take a real break and explore one of the many attractions Tennessee has to offer. Whether you live in Mountain City or Memphis, plan some family time and go on a spring break adventure to one of these great locations.

Chickasaw State Park – Henderson The ideal place for a rustic getaway with the kids this spring, Chickasaw State Park gets its name from the historic Chickasaw tribe of Native Americans. The park boasts 29 tent campsites for overnight visitors and 13 vacation cabins. The property also features hiking trails, fishing, an on-site restaurant and playgrounds.


The Renaissance Center – Dickson The highlight of the spring break season for The Renaissance Center is the musical Seussical, Jr. This production at the Renaissance Players Community Theatre will run March 8-10 and features 50 local kids from the Middle Tennessee area. Seussical, Jr. is a magical, musical adventure based on Doctor Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and a gaggle of delightful characters who try to restore harmony to the Jungle of Nool.

Children’s Museum of Memphis Your kids will not even realize they are learning at The Children's Museum of Memphis. Full of hands-on exhibits, the museum allows children to explore in a positive, family-oriented environment. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With exhibits about banking to thunderstorms and everything in between, the Children's Museum of Memphis is the place where kids play to learn and adults learn to play.


Opry Mills – Nashville Opry Mills features more than 200 stores with savings of up to 70 percent off every day from Pink Palace Museum – Memphis some of the best names in retail, including The museum is one of the largest facilities outlet locations of Banana Republic, Calvin of its kind in the Southeast. The Pink Palace Klein, Coach, Gap, LOFT, Nike, Nine West, features exhibits on subjects ranging from Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue. dinosaurs to Elvis. It also has an exact replica of the very first self-service grocery in the U.S. Adventure Science Center – Nashville Kids can enjoy tours through the mansion Families can join Scholastic's The Magic along with an IMAX theater and planetarium. School Bus™ until April 28 at Adventure Science Center to learn meteorology and the Casey Jones Village – Jackson science of weather. Based on the best-selling The Village features the legendary engineer’s Scholastic books and the television series, the home as well as a railroad museum, Casey Jones bilingual, hands-on traveling exhibit transports mini-golf and the Little Artist Studio. Visitors visitors into the wacky world of weather. The can also enjoy live weekly music at the Music fun begins as children learn how to create Highway Crossroads, along with down-home snowflake crystals, make a hot air balloon soar, Southern cooking and an ice cream parlor at experience a hurricane and snowstorm, and the world-famous Old Country Store. become a meteorologist for the day! March 2013 • | 33

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East Tennessee Tennessee Aquarium — Chattanooga Spring break turns into a wild adventure at the Tennessee Aquarium when kids get a chance to get closer to some of the aquarium’s most amazing animals and discover what it’s like to care for them as Keeper Kids. From March 15 to April 15, kids can explore behind the scenes, chat with penguin experts, feed feisty otters, meet baby jellies and seahorses and learn what it takes to care for giant freshwater fish and toothy sharks. These experiences are free with aquarium admission and available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Wilderness at the Smokies — Sevierville Situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Wilderness at the Smokies is one of the area’s only year-round vacation destinations. The resort is home to restaurants, gift shops, convenience stores, game rooms and two 18-hole championship golf courses, as well as an indoor water park and Adventure Forest. On April 1, Wilderness at the Smokies is premiering the Cyclone Racer, a four-lane high-speed waterslide that turns guests into hydro-powered drag racers. The Cyclone Racer will feature 1,200 feet of combined waterslide lanes. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies — Gatlinburg Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies gives you an underwater experience without getting wet! Experience the lush world of the Tropical Rainforest or have fun in a kid’s paradise in the Discovery Center. Enjoy entertaining dive and feeding shows in Coral Reef, Stingray Bay and Penguin Playhouse—and see it all through clear underwater tunnels. Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Sevier County Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike to the crest of a mountain or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities to enjoy. The hardest part may be choosing which auto tour, trail, waterfall, overlook or historic area to explore! Additional highlights across the state to visit this season include Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Spring Race Weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and Elvis’ new Hawaii exhibit at Graceland in Memphis. Welcome to spring! March 2013 • | 35

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had visited The Swag Country Inn for dinner years ago with my mom before returning for an official stay last November to the retreat not far from Asheville. And the peaceful, serene setting along with amazing scenery struck me once again. I was fortunate to spend a few days at The Swag this time around, and I’m still counting the days until I can go back. Now celebrating its 32nd season, The Swag is the perfect blend of high-end, resort-quality cuisine and amenities in a rustic, quiet locale with a season that runs from late April to mid-November. It sits on 250 acres at an elevation of 5,000 feet, and is a full-service destination mountaintop inn. I stayed in a cabin called The Woodshed, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, a private sauna, an outdoor shower, and the Smoky Mountains as my backyard view. No televisions in the rooms – but believe me, you won’t need them. There is a television in the main building, but you eventually forget it’s there. The rooms do come, however, with a new friend – a cute little stuffed black bear you can adopt to take home if you wish (I did – and now “Smokey” belongs to my eight-year-old son). The Swag has a total of 14 unique guest rooms (including four suites), along with three separate guest quarters – The Woodshed, Two Story and The Cabin. The main lodge and the cabins on the property are actually built of 17th- and 18th-century hand-hewn logs. One of the best souvenirs (aside from the bear) is a personalized hiking stick in each room. Mine came in rather handy during our hikes, and now is a special reminder at home of my Swag stay. Another interesting feature is the daily delivery of the New York TimesDigest – just a small reminder of the busy world left behind, if only for a few days. The most special aspects about this private retreat, though, are the warm welcome and genuine hospitality you receive from the innkeepers – Dan and Deener Matthews – along with the entire staff of less than 40. “Once you enter our gated driveway, you will climb 2-1/2 miles up our tree-lined road,” says Dan. “You will gradually shed the cares of your world behind our welcoming gate.” Dan is also an Episcopal clergyman, and now Rector Emeritus of Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City. He and others were inside the church across the street from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, but miraculously, they all survived that day when the Towers came down. March 2013 • |41


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“I didn’t hear from him for hours,” says Deener. “It was really hard, but we are so very thankful that Dan and everyone at the church eventually made it out. Experiences like that help remind you to be grateful for each day.”

Boar Stew in red wine, goat cheese, smoked tomato chutney, and Pear and Blackberry Tart for dessert – basically the type of cuisine you would expect from a five-star restaurant in the city, not a mountaintop retreat. But then again, it’s just one way The Swag stands out.

Indeed, the spirit of The Swag is evident to all who visit, and the Matthews say that is an One of the most memorable events of my important part of the entire experience. stay, took place after an early-morning hike through a nearby trail in the Smokies. Each “When you come here, there is just a feeling trail at The Swag is well maintained and in the air, and there’s nothing else like it,” says carefully marked. We finished the hike and Deener. “Just breathing it all in is special.” walked atop Gooseberry Mountain, where we were met with stunning views and a gourmet “We are the highest inn east of the Rockies and buffet picnic that Chef Kimmett serves each have a full mile frontage on the boundary of Wednesday. And if the hike doesn’t take your Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” adds breath away, the gorgeous scenery on this Dan. “So when our guests go out to explore the mountaintop will. It is truly like nothing I 6,000-year-old trail at our back door, they are have ever seen in terms of nature’s beauty. not likely to encounter other hikers.” Many of the visitors you meet at The Swag have been returning for years. With the inn’s My wife Sylvia and I intimate setting, you get the chance to spend time with the other guests and get to know first visited the Swag their stories. I enjoyed spending time with on our 15th wedding Sylvia and Troy Tomlinson of Portland, Tenn., who were celebrating their 25th anniversary at anniversary, and The Swag, something they have done for the recently celebrated our past 10 years.

25th there. Dan and Deener’s hospitality, the staff, the new friends made and the marvelous cuisine make The Swag special to us every time. When we start up that mountain, we feel like we are going home.

Upstairs, next to the gift shop, pictures of some notable guests and friends of the Matthews line the walls, including Dolly Parton, Katie Couric, Rudy Giuliani and even a picture of Dan with the Queen of England. These same pictures are interspersed with photos from events such as their daughter’s wedding and of The Swag’s caretaker. To me, it was just one sign of a rich life and history for this special couple and their family – one they enjoy sharing with others year after year.

-Troy Tomlinson, President/CEO Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville

So if you are looking for an unforgettable and unique getaway with all the comforts and features of resort living, albeit rustic style, I The food and atmosphere inside the main highly recommend a visit to Dan and Deener’s lodge of The Swag are just as high quality as little hideaway in the mountains. the amenities. All meals are covered in your stay, and include a huge breakfast buffet, lunch packed in a backpack or picnic basket, hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the porch at 4 p.m. (bring your own wine or spirits if that’s a preference), followed by a mouthwatering four-course dinner each night. I can speak from experience in saying each and every meal was delicious and unique. Executive Chef Bryan Kimmett brings his own flair of slow cooking that he calls “comfort food with a twist.” Some of the menu items include Poached Lemon Sole, Wild

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PARADISE FOR LOVERS text by Stacey May brady

Nestled within the fine, sugary-white dunes on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Henderson Park Inn in Destin, Florida is among the best kept secrets on the Gulf of Mexico. This luxury boutique hotel has become a favorite getaway for couples seeking a romantic respite and for those who appreciate living well. The inn offers adults an inclusive experience where their only decision is which seats to take while enjoying cocktails on the veranda. Recently, Henderson Park Inn was recognized as “Most Romantic Hotel in North America” in the Readers’ Choice Award contest; it placed as the number one hotel of 42 in Destin and was voted “Best Place to Pop the Question” in Destin magazine’s “Best in Destin” readers’ poll. In spring 2011, the inn added new upgrades and a fresh palette. The lobby sets a relaxing tone with rich hardwood floors, custom art and shades of sea greens, blues and sandy creams reflective of the Emerald Coast. The inn would be right at home in the wine country, but has set out to forge its own 44 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

unique identity with its New England style of Happy hour is a popular occasion out on architecture, warm, tailored décor, attention to the spacious deck each day as guests gather detail and Southern charm. at the Tiki Hut bar for fresh margaritas, wine and beer. Wood and wicker rocking chairs “We offer a very unique experience. Our on a padded deck make it a comfortable and motto is ‘act before asked,’” says Ryan Olin, welcoming place to enjoy. Just off the deck general manager and innkeeper. a large lawn strung with festive party lights evokes a garden-like atmosphere. The understated charm and luxury of Henderson Park Inn lend themselves to a On the north side of the inn, a new area has very “grown-up” sophistication. Rooms are been extensively landscaped to host wedding elegantly furnished and decorated with four- receptions and other events. The Beachwalk poster beds, sitting areas and spectacular views Café serves dinner nightly; only the food of the Gulf of Mexico. surpasses its panoramic views of the Gulf. This award-winning eatery has been popular for “When guests arrive to their room they are years among locals and is the only area finegreeted with a bottle of wine, grapes, a rose and dining restaurant located directly on the beach. romantic music,” Olin says. Henderson Park Inn is a special place to create Beyond the rooms, a wrap-around porch memories and has become a favored destination and wooden veranda offer ample space for for seasoned travelers from around the country meandering, sitting, admiring the breathtaking and abroad. Yet to be discovered by the masses, vistas or having a glass of wine while watching the inn offers a laid-back elegance ideal for the ocher hues of the sun as it takes its final lovers and those looking for inspiration. bow into the Gulf waters. The inn provides complimentary bicycles, beach umbrellas and chairs for guests’ use as well.


Handmade jewelry at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

Hand-blown Glass Artwork at Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

Handmade Wooden Rockers at Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival


COLORING OUTSIDE THE LINES TexT and phoTography courTesy of The ridgeland, ms commission

“Visit a good art fair and you may very well see art in a new light. Visit a great art fair and you’re likely to see all of life in a whole new light,” says Doyle Warrington, Executive Director of the Ridgeland (MS) Tourism Commission, which founded the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival (then called the Renaissance Fine Arts Festival) in 2009. Over the past four years, that core belief has helped the innovative event “color outside the lines” in a free-flowing, family-friendly celebration that does more than showcase museum-quality art. Rather, it connects art and artists with the public in a way that many say has been rewarding for all involved.

Still, festival organizers continue to innovate. This year 82 artists from all over the nation will showcase their works against the lushly landscaped backdrop of Renaissance at Colony Park, a lifestyle center inspired by Old World European design. Once again, visitors will stroll down brick walkways, past fountains and outdoor cafes as they find themselves immersed in an arts experience that delights every sense.

Be warned, however: If you attend the 2013 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, you may take home beautiful art work, but you may take home an artist, too, when the child who came with you finds the spark for a lifelong passion. “Since we’ve had so much success with our “In Ridgeland, it’s a very accessible event,” ARTtipate children’s activities, we decided to says a past exhibitor. “It’s a relaxed, beautiful expand them this year in several important ways,” Warrington explains. setting in beautiful spring weather.” Not surprisingly, the two-day art show, set this year for April 6-7, has seen attendance and participation climb, as accolades have rolled in, including recognition in Art Fair Sourcebook’s Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the U.S., and as a Top 20 event by the Southeastern Tourism Society. 46 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

sculpt wire creations, and Ken McLemore and Henry Bufkin will carve wood art. Children will have the opportunity to see art made and to make it themselves, Warrington notes, which may spur them to visualize some of the many lifelong opportunities inherent in art itself. “This will help them to imagine the many ways they might make art a vocation as well as an avocation.” Approximately 100 students from area high schools will show and explain their creations in the festival’s Youth Art Show and Gallery.

Award-winning Alabama painter Charles Gatewood, whose moody, school room paintings have been a hit with critics and the public alike, has witnessed firsthand the excitement of children participating in art fairs First, working with the Craftsmen’s Guild of like Ridgeland’s. “They’re very proud of the Mississippi, the Festival will host a “Creative work they’ve made. And when they arrive, that’s Crafts Corner” offering hands-on craft making their first question. ‘Where’s the kids’ tent?’” for children as well as demonstrations by guild EvERy CHILD IS aN aRTIST. THE artisans at work. Blacksmith Lyle Winn will pRObLEm IS TO REmaIN aN aRTIST forge unique iron pieces, Robert Pickenpaugh ONCE HE GROwS Up. – Pablo Picasso will hand-throw pottery, Anne Campbell will

Growing up in Mississippi, Gatewood had no education in art, and worked as an industrial designer for General Motors for more than a decade before becoming a painter. Many artists come to their passion through circuitous routes, and discovering their stories can be one of the more inspirational—even aspirational—aspects of the festival experience, says Warrington. “All great art is at heart a mystery. But the artistic dialogue here is refreshingly demystifying, which can lead to greater artistic appreciation at every level. And that may also awaken an impulse to create.” In other words: the artist you take home from the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival may be…you.


As in the past, the juried art selections will encompass works in 12 different media including clay, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. But the festival will also “color outside the lines” with a taste of excellence in culinary arts, with the ticketed Eat Y’all Chef ’s Table on Saturday evening, a five-course dinner event and demonstration with sommelier service. Also on Saturday adults can enjoy the TINT refreshment area. But to soak up the musical atmosphere, visitors won’t need a ticket, thanks to a lineup that includes the jazz stylings of festival favorite Raphael Semmes and performances by the bands from Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute. The institute will also bring along its Music Mobile Lab where visitors can see the instrumental and audio setup that allows students to create their own music. Whether creating, collecting, coloring or carving at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Warrington notes, “you’ll find ageless art experience for all ages.”

H.C. Porter – Local Mississippi Artist and the Artist Liaison Festival attendees shopping in one of the art booths

Festival hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Just a few miles outside the state capital of Jackson, Ridgeland is a combination arts colony and retail mecca with more than 140 restaurants, excellent lodging options and a variety of attractions. In the immediate vicinity, visitors can explore other works by the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild at the Mississippi Crafts Center, or enjoy nature’s lavish handiwork at the Natchez Trace Parkway and the blue jewel of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Art-related destinations in nearby Jackson include the Mississippi Museum of Art and the hands-on Mississippi Children’s Museum. Learn more about the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival at and Ridgeland at March 2013 • |47



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Main Terrain Urban Art Fitness Park Offers Interactive Art, Fitness and Fun TexT by KrisTen Waddell

Outdoor fitness parks are popping up in cities across the country, and Chattanooga is no exception. Local businesses have collaborated on an urban redevelopment project that has transformed a vacant tract of land into an unprecedented fusion of fitness, fun and art. The Main Terrain Urban Art Fitness Park recently opened its gates to the public in Chattanooga’s Southside district. The park is located on a 1.72 acre lot that sits along Broad Street between West Main and West 13th. Once an unused property, the park now connects the vibrancy of downtown with the up-and-coming Southside and features interactive public art, a one-third mile walking track and a five-station adult fitness center used by Chattanoogans and tourists alike. This revitalized public green space allows parkgoers to experience art in a new way while highlighting the city’s commitment to wellness. “The Southside’s landscape and community will never be the same,” says Peggy Townsend, 48 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

director of Public Art Chattanooga. “The Bridge. The pieces are movable so that parkproject’s innovative design is not only stunning goers can interact with them by turning the 18-inch spoke replica “steam wheels” at the but uniquely functional.” base of each sculpture, in turn rotating the After a year of planning and construction, components 360 degrees. The sculptures are Main Terrain held its grand opening in also fitted with energy-efficient lighting that, late January. Funding for this inventive at night, simulates the lights on a real bridge. project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the “Chattanoogans will be able to directly U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the interact with the sculptures,” says Townsend. Lyndhurst Foundation and a collaboration of “The park will give everyone the opportunity local businesses and organizations including to appreciate art while engaging in physical the City of Chattanooga, PlayCore, ArtsBuild, fitness in a fun, brand-new way.” Public Art Chattanooga, Trust for Public Land, and Ross/Fowler Architecture and Landscape Main Terrain also functions as a site Architecture. for stormwater management. This key environmentally-friendly feature battles Internationally-renowned artist Thomas storm water pollution and overflow and can Sayre was chosen from a national competition accumulate 40,000 gallons of stormwater to design a distinctive urban park that would weekly, which will be reused to supplement combine art and fitness in a unique space for irrigation of the park. physical play. Sayre designed a series of nine sculptures which are the centerpiece of the park and are reminiscent of the Walnut Street



City Scene

With Chuck Dauphin

Legendary artist Tim McGraw talks music and movies One of country music’s biggest stars of the past two decades, Tim McGraw, enters into a new phase of his recording career with the release of his latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom. It’s his first album for Big Machine after a long run with Curb Records. Many critics are calling it his best work – which is saying a lot, given his long line of successes such as Live Like You Were Dying and Southern Voice.

McGraw adds that acting is similar to recording in a lot of ways. “You try to create a scenario where you are the character walking through the song, and translate that to where the listener can feel the same thing. That’s what you do as an artist – you try to project life or someone else’s life into what you’re doing. You want them to make that connection as well. That’s why great characters in songs or movies are so layered, that somewhere in the character you can find yourself, and if you can find that In addition to his music, McGraw has carved in something you are listening to or watching, out quite a movie career, with roles that have you can go along for the ride. I think that’s included Memphian Sean Tuohy in The Blind what every sort of art is intended to do.” Side. Is there anything new coming down that career avenue for McGraw? “Nothing right With 2013 marking two decades since his now,” he says. “I’m reading scripts and I’ve first album, is there anything he would do read a few that may come back around, but it’s differently if he had a chance? “There’s a long all about timing for me. It’s finding time to do list, but I guess it’s a practice in futility, because it.” Time might be hard to come by lately with any different step you make along the way the album release and a summer tour figuring could change where you are. Certainly, under heavily in McGraw’s plans. “That being said, if a microscope, I might say ‘I would change this I found a film or project that I just had to do, and that,’ but once you pull out from that and then I would do it, but so far, I haven’t found you look at it as a whole, the picture begins to that yet,” he admits. change. And I don’t know if I would do that,” he says honestly. Which movie did he enjoy the most? “I’ve enjoyed every one of them, learned from each, Two Lanes Of Freedom is in stores now. Look and got to work with some great actors, but for McGraw on the road starting in May, along Friday Night Lights is one of my favorite roles. with Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft. That character was such a dark character, but (had) so many layers to it, and it was my first big role. Bad guys are always fun to play,” he says with a smile. 50 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

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A young Rachel on stage on Signal Mountain

Rachel Boston

Signal Mountain native and actress Rachel Boston has made a name for herself in television and film, starring in hit shows such as American Dreams and In Plain Sight along with movies like Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and 500 Days of Summer. This month, she dishes on recent projects, growing up in East Tennessee, and her early days as a Southerner in New York City. IntervIew by Janna FIte HerbIson | pHotos courtesy oF nancy IannIos Mccarty, core pr

At Home Tennessee: You moved from When I first moved to New York, I would and everyone she loved to start a new life. I Signal Mountain to New York at age 17 to smile at people on the street and they would pursue acting. What motivated you to take suspiciously stare at me and then ask, "Do such a big step? I know you?" I quickly learned that in the North, people only smile at you if they know Rachel Boston: It took a lot of courage, you. This seemed strange but I kept my head but I knew what I wanted to do and was ready down. Now, when I'm working in New York, I to go. I started singing in the church choir just smile at everyone and walk really fast. That when I was seven and my mom told me there really confuses them. Next I'm going to start was this city with lots of lights where people baking homemade cookies for my New York sang on stage for a living. She later contacted neighbors and hand them out in my cowboy New York University and Juilliard, so that was boots—really get their heads spinning. the start of my love for New York. In high school, I had an extraordinary drama teacher AHT: What were some of your most named Suzanne Smartt who had worked in memorable roles early on? New York, so she really encouraged me to make the move. I bought a one-way ticket and RB: The first show I filmed in Los Angeles started the journey. was American Dreams. I drove onto a lot with the Hollywood sign in view and couldn't AHT: What type of challenges did you face believe I was getting to tell stories on a studio as a Southerner? lot in California. It was a very magical time in my career and in my life. Following that RB: I had a strong Southern accent growing role, I was very fortunate to walk in the shoes up but it somehow disappeared. It still comes of some beautiful souls. I played an Amish back every time I talk to my grandmother. woman on Grey's Anatomy. She left her family 52 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

also played an American soldier who was raped in Iraq on ER. I have many childhood friends who serve in the military and I wanted to bring truth and respect to the women and men who are protecting us. After that, I started doing a lot of comedy.

AHT: Tell us about playing the role of Abigail on the USA Network hit series In Plain Sight. (2008-12) RB: I've always been fascinated by the U.S. Marshals Service and was fortunate to join a show I had already watched and loved. The cast was very embracing and I really enjoyed filming in New Mexico. Years before I started work on In Plain Sight, my car was broken into in New Mexico while I was filming another series. The Albuquerque Police Department caught the guy, and I became friends with the detective assigned to the case over the phone. So when I was cast in In Plain Sight, I called up my detective friend and he took me on ride-alongs.

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AHT: What are some of your current and upcoming projects?

RB: I just filmed a pilot for Lifetime called Witches of East End. Julia Ormond plays my mom and Jenna Dewan Tatum is my sister. I play Ingrid Beauchamp. When I was born, my mom did not tell me that I have supernatural powers, but I start slowly piecing it together and find the strength to use these gifts to help people. A film called It's A Disaster is also coming to theaters (and On Demand) in March. It's about the end of the world and was so much fun to shoot. Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and David Cross are all wonderful people to spend time with if the world may or may not be ending. An indie we filmed in New York called The Pill is out on DVD now and I produced a film called Black Marigolds that will be out in festivals this year.

As Abigail in USA Network's In Plain Sight (with Frederick Weller)

“ I drove onto a lot with

the Hollywood sign in view, and couldn't believe I was getting to tell stories on a studio lot in California.

-Rachel on the early days of her career

AHT: Who or what has surprised you the most in the entertainment industry? RB: I learn something new every day and there are always surprises with new casts, directors and crews. Each character guides me to a deeper level of compassion. That's what drew me to this art form. I feel such a deep connection with people I meet, and I want to walk in different shoes. I think the biggest surprise for me has been the travel. They don't teach you how to live out of your suitcase when you are in theater school.

Screen shot from In Plain Sight With Jonathan Bennett in Lifetime's Holiday High School Reunion

AHT: At the end of the day, what makes Tennessee such a special place to call home? RB: The values, the spirit, the soul and the kindness of the people. I love getting off the plane in Nashville. My heart feels happy. I spent Christmas with my family on Signal Mountain. When I'm in Nashville I take my grandmother to The Grand Ole Opry; she and my grandfather went on their first date to The Opry. I'm a huge fan of Minnie Pearl. She came on stage every night saying "Howdy, I'm jes’ so proud to be here!" That's how I feel when I come home to Tennessee!

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With the number of home invasions, violent crimes, break-ins and more reported on the news each day, it should come as no surprise that many homeowners want to enhance their home security and safety solutions. Today’s home security systems are more versatile than ever. However, when you couple them with a solid home control system, you not only get additional security benefits, but also energy management, comfort, convenience and ease of use.

lock, any open garage doors close, all public areas of the home power down, the interior and exterior lighting set to your desired levels and the thermostats adjust after a predetermined time, preparing your entire house for retiring for the evening.

If your security system detects an intrusion, all lighting can be activated inside the home and exterior lighting set to flash to draw maximum attention to the property. In addition, bedrooms will remain dark, allowing you to have the upper hand by seeing intruders Life is complex these days and most everyone before they see you. retreats to their home to relax, unwind and spend all-important quality time with their If a life safety alarm activates, such as smoke, families. The last thing people want to heat or carbon monoxide detection, lighting have to worry about is their family’s safety can be turned on at low levels in hallways and security. Through a well-thought-out and staircases, and lights at exits can flash to approach to home protection, you can rest assist you in finding them should smoke be easy knowing your home is secure and your present. Any and all of this is possible now. family is safe. The best part is a large majority of the options are retrofit ready, meaning that often no new When meeting with my clients, I ask them wires have to be installed. to help me understand their lifestyle—how their home is utilized during the day and also How about advanced camera solutions that during the evening hours. Imagine having a offer high-definition resolution in a color by solution that automatically pops up a door day, low-light/infrared by night format? It is or driveway camera on any television that not only important to see outside, but to be is in use when the doorbell rings, and then able to identify as well. Couple these cameras automatically resumes your originally selected with the latest in camera system apps and you source after a predetermined time limit… have the ability to see your home in real time from most anywhere in the world with active Or maybe heading off to bed at night and 4G service. simply pressing the goodnight button on any light switch, keypad, television, smartphone Parents of young children appreciate a simple or tablet and having all of your exterior doors deadbolt keypad on an exterior door that will 54 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

allow a child to enter a code, unlock the door and send an email letting you know he is home safe and sound. These devices can even program the door to lock after the child enters the home. A pleasant byproduct of these types of security solutions is the additional lifestyle enhancements they provide. Simple and energy-efficient control of your home’s major systems is readily available. Easy access and control of your entertainment systems and even remote management of your home are possible. You can install all of the security devices you want, but it is important to have a plan. You have to make sure your family applies some simple practices as a normal behavior. • Closing doors after entering the home, keeping all entry points secure and locked. • Arming the security system when you are home for the evening, providing an immediate alert to any attempted unauthorized entry. • Having your children arm the alarm system once they are home from school. • Determining safe hiding areas should the need to retreat be present. • Most importantly, being aware of what is going on around you. These as well as many other scenarios all add valuable reaction time in case a situation occurs. Till next month…


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he old East Memphis home had a lot going for it—a great location, a large wooded lot, a quiet cul de sac and tons of character. But it was stale, dark and in need of updating. The homeowners initially contacted Memphis builder Phil White to look at ways to update and expand the kitchen. “It always starts with the kitchen,” laughs White, who is well known in the Memphis area for high-end renovation projects. “But it always evolves into more!” Built in the 1980’s, the traditional home had great bones, but the kitchen was cramped and dark. Its layout was not conducive to the residents’ love of entertaining family and friends. “After a couple meetings with the homeowners, the excitement over the possibilities led to bigger plans....much bigger plans!” White worked with the homeowners and Memphis designer Cindy McCord to transform the entire house from middle-of-the-road to magnificent.


“This was an amazing project,” says McCord, owner of McCord Designs. “I was given so much creative freedom in choosing paints, fabrics and furnishings, but the greatest aspect of this project was being able to weave my design vision with Phil White’s construction genius—he is a perfectionist in everything he does.” Walking into the home’s front entrance sets the stage for a traditional, yet comfy-casual environment. “We kept the Mexican terracotta tile which was prevalent in most of the house,” shares McCord. “It was a great springboard for the interior color palette.” Creamy ivories, taupes and white dominate the walls and floor coverings, but almost every room of the house has a warm pop of coral, crimson or rich chocolate brown. “Because the homeowners love to entertain, the dining room, kitchen and adjoining hearth room received the most attention,” she adds. While most dining rooms are filled with the traditional table and chairs, the homeowners had a unique request for seating they had seen at a friend’s place on Lake Michigan. “They wanted banquette seating at each end of the dining table,” says McCord. “Because this room was so big, the idea worked beautifully.” The designer found curved-back banquettes that hugged the curved edges of the custommade mahogany table. Upholstered in a buffcolored velvet, the banquettes give the room a definite originality. A trellis pattern repeated in the custom-made sisal rug and the silk window panels along with a combination of wallpaper and paint give subtle interest to the walls without competing with the other patterns in the room. March 2013 • | 59


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By knocking out a few walls in the kitchen, opening up the space to the hearth room and adding a breakfast nook to the side of the house, the main hub of the home is now bright, spacious and very user-friendly. In the kitchen, classic ivory-glazed cabinets serve as a great backdrop for the glass-tiled backsplash and the two different shades of granite. countertops “I wanted to bring some contrast to the cabinets so I chose a dark granite for the perimeter of the room, but I used a lighter shade for the island counter to keep the space open and bright,” says the designer. For a unique focal point in the breakfast nook, McCord used an oversized Chinese-red lantern above the antique walnut table and chairs. A sisal rug warms up the terracotta tile floor while taupe and red linen drapes frame the windows without shutting out the welcome light. The hearth room adjacent the kitchen is designed for family time with comfortable seating in abundance, a large flat-screen TV, a leather ottoman for resting weary feet, a fireplace and plenty of storage. “One of the unique features of the room is the restyled built-in cabinetry,” says McCord. “It was big, white and bland.” Bland no more, the cabinets are finished in warm taupe paint and have doors that feature heavy-gauge metal screens backed with fabric. Between 62 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

the two storage cabinets is a piece of art that was commissioned especially for the family. “The homeowners are newly married, and they wanted a piece of art that would reflect their lives coming together as one,” Mccord says. The artwork, by Ken Lecco, was created from a variety of forged metals. It depicts four trees which represent the husband, wife and two daughters. “After experiencing the pain and loss of divorce, the family really wanted to make a statement about ‘growing together’ as a new family; this piece of art reflects that sentiment beautifully,” she adds.

with pillows hangs on heavy hemp ropes from the ceiling. “It’s the most coveted seat in the room!” laughs McCord. “And what’s a screened-in porch without a swing? I think it adds a romantic element.” A fireplace and a flat-screen TV above the mantel complete the space making it ideal for an intimate, late-night cup of cocoa or entertaining a crowd on a football Saturday. With the help of landscaper Wade Arnold of A & W Lawns, the backyard is now worthy of the house, with a natural mountain stone fountain and a large round fire pit. “Both the fire and the water add elements of interest which naturally draw The flow from the hearth room and the folks outside,” says White. screened patio beyond provides a space custommade for entertaining. “I am so pleased the Both White and McCord give much of the homeowners liked the idea of covering the credit for the successful renovation to the backyard patio,” says White. “The yard is homeowners. “They were great clients,” says such an asset to this home and the creation of White. “They were patient and supportive the outdoor living space allows the family to throughout the entire remodel and that’s hard really enjoy it more!” Details in the outdoor to do when you are living amidst the chaos, living room like the knotty-pine beadboard dust and host of workmen.” McCord couldn’t ceiling and the dramatic roof pitch give the agree more. “When I think about this newly space show-stopping style. Skylights flood created family and the wonderful living space the area with natural light. Cindy furnished that Phil and I have helped them create, I am the outdoor living room with practical and reminded of why I like my job so much,” she durable lightweight aluminum furniture in admits. “This was definitely a labor of love for a driftwood gray finish, topped with comfy a couple very much in love!” cushions and pillows in shades of yellow and gray. A custom-made wooden sofa swing filled

Home Feature Sources Front exterior oF the home: Exterior, Benches and lighting — Grahams Lighting View oF BreakFast room: Chinese red lantern — Graham's Lighting Woven shades — The Custom Shutter Store View oF Dining room: Sisal area rug — Kiser’s Floor Fashions Wall covering — Osborne and Little Chandelier — Graham's Lighting exterior screeneD-in Porch: Bed swing — Millstone Market Outdoor Furniture — Graham’s Lighting March 2013 • | 63


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uilding a new home, renovating part of one, or just looking for new ways to enhance your bath oasis? We talked to one Memphis home builder about some of the latest and greatest trends in home bath design this year. Eco-friendly. Builders are noticing a push for sustainability in bathroom remodeling. “We get many requests for recycled products. We also often retrofit light fixtures to use LED lights or even add solar panel lighting into the ceiling,” says Mid-South area builder Dave Moore. A natural escape. Nature’s familiarity and comfort are making their way into bathroom design. Color schemes of earthy tones, woodgrain ceramic tiles, stone or wood flooring and cabinetry and vessel sinks help recreate the peaceful feeling of the outdoors. For a finishing touch, add curly bamboo stalks, humidity-loving Boston ferns or bright pink flowers for a pop of color. Heated floors. No one likes stepping out of the shower onto a cold surface. Installing heated floors is the perfect solution. A Spa Experience. Looking to create the relaxation of a spa in their own bathroom, homeowners are adding the luxurious touch of jetted showers, whirlpool baths, towel heaters and even steam rooms to their remodeling plans. Hands-free devices. Flu season was particularly bad this year, which is why many homeowners are installing hands-free faucets, toilets and soap dispensers into their own bathrooms. Showerhead speakers. Whether you prefer unwinding to the sound of ocean waves or belting out songs to wake up and start the day, showerhead speakers are a great remodeling addition for any age. Space-savers. For homeowners with limited space and without the funds to expand, floating vanities add depth to the bathroom while adding a sleek and elegant look. “For the perception of a bigger shower, you can also build soap dishes into the walls and add frameless doors. Using bigger tiles makes the entire room seem even larger,” Moore says. March 2013 • | 65


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Natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows or even skylights bring more sunlight into the bathroom and make the entire room brighter. Technology. People want to be connected. Homeowners are requesting TVs built into bathroom mirrors and the ability to control lights and water temperature via an iPad or iPhone. Pops of color. Too much color in the bathroom is overwhelming; however, a rising trend is the inclusion of a slight pop of color to accent a traditional bathroom. Adding vibrant red or turquoise accents, towels, floor mats or storage devices is a quick and easy way to give your bathroom a new look. Moore adds that one of the biggest trends is the revival of the bathtub. “Frequently, people now want freestanding tubs, whether it’s a whirlpool or soaking tub,” he says. Whether you just want to accentuate your bath or your goal is to create a brand-new look, these ideas will help lead the way to the ultimate spa-like escape right at home. March 2013 • | 67


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Magnolia x soulangeana a large deciduous magnolia often blooms late in the month of March


March is a great time for a final cleanup before spring

Signs of spring are everywhere this month. You will commonly see witch hazel blooming in our area anytime between January and March


February slipped away so quickly and spring is just around the corner—time to get serious and ready the garden for spring. The fickle weather of March makes it nearly impossible to set specific dates and schedules for planting, so proceed with caution! In Tennessee a warm day in March can quickly turn cold and rainy, so take advantage of nice weather when you can and spend some time in your garden. Here are a few things you can be working on to make sure you are ready for spring when it fully arrives.

SHRUBS & TREES Climbing roses should not be pruned until after their first flush of growth. Now is a good time to tie the canes to a support before they flush out with spring growth. If you have Knock Out® roses or other shrub roses that have gotten bigger than you desire, in mid to late March cut well-established plants back two 72 72 || At At Home Home Tennessee Tennessee •• March January2013 2013

to three feet shorter than the height you desire contorted filberts, weeping cherries, weeping them to reach. mulberries, dogwoods, fruit trees, crabapples, grafted rose and Japanese maples. Summer flowering Spirea japonica are best cut back before the new growth appears. A few THE BORDER common cultivars are ‘Gold Mound,’ ‘Magic Carpet’ and ‘Gold Flame.’ Cut older branches When night temperatures get above 40 on Callicarpa (beautyberry) to encourage new degrees, feed your pansies with a water-soluble growth that produces more berries. Anytime fertilizer such as 20-20-20. You can soak seeds during March, rejuvenate overgrown Nandina in water and cover them with ¾ inch of soil. by cutting them back to a few inches on the outside, leaving taller canes in the center, March is a good time to shop for and add staggering the heights. lungwort (Pulmonaria), and Lenten rose (Helleborus) to your garden. Lungworts Before they are covered with leaves, limb up are early-flowering shade perennials that and remove crossing branches on trees including often struggle in the heat and humidity tree-type crape myrtles as needed. Don’t make of our Tennessee climate, so be aware that the mistake of topping trees; pruning of large Pulmonaria longifolia and its cultivars trees and shrubs should be done selectively. and hybrids are much more durable. Look closely at grafted plants and remove all Good selections are ‘Roy Davidson,’ ‘E. B. growth below the graft, paying close attention Anderson,’ ‘Trevi Fountain’ and for its vigor to commonly grafted plants like witch hazels, and heat tolerance, ‘Diana Claire.’'

Cut back Liriope (monkey grass) before new growth appears—use a string trimmer for larger areas. Additionally, cut hardy ferns (particularly evergreen forms) before new growth appears Also, Epimedium (barrenwort), Acorus (sweet flag) and Carex can all be cut back.

EDIBLES Evaluate your vegetable garden plans. Often a smaller garden with fewer weeds and insects will give you more produce. Additionally, make sure the edible garden planned fits your lifestyle. Get these coolseason annual veggies in this month, the sooner the better: spinach, head and leaf lettuce, collards, turnip greens, onions, beets, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, early potatoes, radish and Swiss chard can be direct seeded or transplanted into the garden.

THE LAWN Apply a pre-emergence herbicide to your lawn if you have had crabgrass and other summer weeds in the past. Timing is important and a good indicator of when to apply is just as forsythia begins to show some color. If you have a cool-season lawn, the addition of a slow-release fertilizer can be beneficial to boost the growth of your lawn. Numerous brands are on the market and no matter which one you select, be sure to follow label directions.

HOUSE PLANTS Houseplants will react to longer days and brighter light at this time by putting out new growth. March is a good time to pinch them back to further encourage bushy new growth. Fertilizing with a dilute solution of soluble houseplant food will encourage strong new growth. Wait until night temperatures are above 50 to move tropical houseplants outside; cool temperatures can damage tender foliage.

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Our plant of the month for March is actually appealing all year long. That is because Eucalyptus neglecta, commonly called Omeo Gum, is an evergreen that maintains its foliage year round. Its familiar blue-green eucalyptus foliage with round to oval-shaped leaves and delightful fragrance makes it ideal not only as a specimen tree but also as a source for branches that can be dried and used in arrangements. 74 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

Native mainly to Australia, many eucalyptus species do not tolerate frost, much less a freeze. Eucalyptus neglecta, however, is winter hardy to Zone 7. The specimen in the UT Gardens, Knoxville, which is in Zone 6b, has been in the ground for six years and is thriving, having reached a height of 16 feet in that short span of time. It does well in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

To add to the attributes of this beautiful tree, let’s take a look at the species name ‘neglecta.’ Any plant whose name implies it doesn’t need much care is a winner in my book. Omeo Gum can tolerate many soil types including heavy clay soil. Once established, it needs little supplemental watering in our region, making it ideal in a Xeriscape landscape or in an area where irrigation or the hose do not reach.

Although the Omeo Gum does have a white flower, the blooms are so inconspicuous that you may not even notice them. However, the foliage is striking—not only does it have the beautiful leaf color, but the leaves and stems of the new growth are tinged with shades of pink. Speaking of leaves, eucalyptus trees have juvenile and adult leaves. Until the plant reaches about 12 to 15 years old, the leaves are the round shape we associate with dried arrangements. As the tree further matures, new foliage becomes narrow and equally appealing. As a fast grower the tree can reach a height of 20 to 40 feet in 15 to 20 years and can ultimately reach a height of 60 feet. As it ages the bark becomes another an outstanding feature, peeling off to give the tree a shagbark appearance. Eucalyptus has long been valued for its aromatic properties and has been used medicinally as an antiseptic and for respiratory ailments. The leaves are popular for use in potpourris, flower arrangements and wreaths as well as for extraction of their essential oils. Even if you never use the cut foliage, the many fine characteristics of Eucalyptus neglecta warrant its use in the landscape and earn it the title “Plant of the Month” not for one month but all year long. James Newburn is assistant director of the UT Gardens, Knoxville. The UT Gardens located in Knoxville and Jackson are part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. See for more information.

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As winter turns to spring and the weather changes from day to day, it’s sometimes hard to decide what to do with girlfriends during the change of seasons. One fun and unique idea is what we decided to highlight this month – a Girls’ Night Out with a twist. We recently visited Pinot’s Palette in East Memphis for a great alternative to the basic dinner and drinks – painting and cocktails! It’s a chance to spend quality time with friends doing something different and fun. This venue is a great example of a good way to relax, kick back, have a few laughs and get creative together. Our menu of easy cold appetizers, a specialty drink and dessert could also work for a night of Bunko or a book club. You can substitute wine for cocktails and tailor the menu to fit everyone’s preferences. So enjoy, and here’s to good friends and great times!


• Paloma Cocktail • Gorgonzola and toasted walnut spread • Vegetable pizzas • Black bean pinwheels ole • Cilantro and tequila marinated shrimp • Decorative sugar cookies

Special thanks to: Angela Mazanti Angela Mazanti Events Kristi Bauer Pinot’s Palette Collins Tuohy, Co-Owner/Director of Sales & Marketing Whimsy Cookie Co. 84 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013




INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened • 3 Tablespoons half-and-half • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • Warm breadsticks or French bread slices, if desired • Fresh apple and pear slices, if desired

INGREDIENTS: • 3/4 cup cooked black beans • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened • 2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped • 4 green onions, sliced • salsa or guacamole

INSTRUCTIONS: Reserve 1 Tablespoon of the Gorgonzola cheese for garnish. Place cream cheese, remaining Gorgonzola cheese, half-andhalf and pepper in food processor. Cover and process just until blended. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of walnuts for garnish. Stir remaining walnuts into cheese mixture. Spoon into shallow serving plate. Sprinkle with reserved Gorgonzola and walnuts and the parsley. Serve with breadsticks and fruit slices. 16 servings (2 Tablespoons each).

INSTRUCTIONS: Mash 1/2 cup of the beans in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup beans, cream cheese and jalapeno pepper and mix well. Spread bean mixture on the tortillas. Sprinkle with the cheese, red bell pepper and green onions. Roll the tortillas to enclose the filling and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours. Slice ½- to ¾-inch thick and place cut side up on a serving platter. Garnish with salsa or guacamole.

THE PERFECT PALOMA COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS: • 1 1/2 shots of reposado tequila (or any good quality blanco)* • Juice of half a ruby grapefruit • 1/2 shot of agave syrup or sugar syrup • About 75 ml club soda • A squirt of fresh lime juice (optional) INSTRUCTIONS: Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar syrup until well mixed. Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. Optional: add a squirt of lime juice and rim the glass with salt. If you want to reduce your sugar intake, simply leave the sugar out. It’s less sweet but delicious. (*1 shot = 25ml) March 2013 • | 85



RICH AND CREAMY… AND HEALTHY SNACKS If there is one thing I can’t live without, it is snacks. We tend to believe that snacking is bad for us, but the truth is if we make the right choices when snacking, it can improve our metabolism and curb cravings. Of course, there are plenty of snack options we can buy, but making them is an even better idea. This way we can control what is going into our food and save money! Products such as organic, preservative-free snack bars and prepared hummus are usually pretty expensive so I have come up with a couple of delicious ideas that won’t break the bank and will keep you energized and satisfied. The first is a recipe for Roasted Garlic Hummus. It is, surprisingly, super simple to make, and I have a shortcut for quick roasted garlic! When the garlic is roasted it gets a sweet, mild flavor as opposed to the sharpness of raw garlic. Also, if you buy a jar of the tahini paste, which is basically sesame seed butter, it will last forever! Then you can just stock up on cans of chickpeas and whip up some hummus in no time. Of course pita chips are great for dipping, but I also like to serve this with carrots, celery and cucumbers. This snack full of protein and fiber is a great way to get more veggies in your diet. The other recipe is a sweet snack for when you are craving something decadent but still want to keep it healthy. It is one of the easiest dessert recipes I have ever made, and I really can’t believe how much it tastes like ice cream. The key is always storing a few peeled and sliced bananas in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Even though bananas are the base of this recipe, freezing them actually mellows the banana flavor. So if bananas aren’t your favorite, you will probably still enjoy this “ice cream.” This is also a recipe that you can really get creative with. You can change the mix-ins to whatever you have on hand, so I might choose chocolate sandwich cookies to make cookies and cream or cookie dough if I really want to go crazy. I can’t imagine a better sweet snack, especially in the summertime when I am craving all things frozen!

ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS INGREDIENTS: • 1 can of chickpeas • 1 Tbsp. tahini paste • 3-4 roasted garlic cloves (see below) • ½ tsp. salt • ½ tsp. dried oregano • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice • 2 Tbsp. water • Carrots, celery, pita chips, cucumbers, etc.

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat a skillet over medium heat, place

unpeeled garlic cloves in the dry skillet and toss occasionally for 6-8 minutes. The skins should be lightly browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and peel skins. 2. Place chickpeas and roasted garlic in a food processor, pulse until finely ground. 3. Next add salt, oregano, olive oil, lemon juice and water. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Serve with pita chips and sliced vegetables.

CHOCOLATE CHIP “ICE CREAM” INGREDIENTS: • 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced • 1 5 to 6-oz. container vanilla Greek yogurt • ¼ cup chocolate chips • ¼ tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS: 1. Place bananas in food processor and

pulse until ground. 2. Add Greek yogurt and process until

smooth. 3. Add chocolate chips and cinnamon

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chef ’s corner

Another Nectar


My chefs and I most certainly appreciate a great glass of wine, but we’ve been in a quandary as of late. Why is beer not enjoying the same “day in the sun” as its juicy cousin? We left a beer tasting at the soon-to-open Tennessee Brew Works and were honestly just as excited about doing a food and beer pairing as any wine dinner we have participated in lately. Let’s face it, sometimes we just want a nice refreshing beverage, no two-hour analysis before we take the first sip. Give it a quick smell and go—makes for a nice change. This is not to say the beers we had lacked complexity because they had a lot going on for sure and were all good! We are seeing a lot of beers being brewed to either cook with and or specifically pair with foods, and we love it. Beer can bring inspiration (if consumed in modest amounts) and we wanted to share it with you. We currently have a beer braised short rib on our menu with a white cheddar boxty. Delicious! A big dark stout type of beer is suggested: pick something from a local brewery or perhaps a classic like Guinness. A local Nashville brew for this dish could be St. Charles Porter from Blackstone Brewery or Tennessee Brew Works’ Sweet Potato Stout. With food that is spicy or has a high level of citrus, honestly, beer just works better. So let the sun shine in and think beer for a change. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! EAT WELL & BE WELL — CP

BEER BRAISED SHORT RIB WITH WHITE CHEDDAR BOXTY • 4 7-oz. boneless short ribs • 4 cups of mirepoix (diced carrot, celery, onion) • 5 cloves of garlic, sliced • Your favorite brew–think a bit dark • 3 Tbsp. of tomato paste • Beef stock to cover (1 1/2 quarts) • 1 sprig thyme • 3 bay leaves • Splash of Worcestershire Sauce • Splash of Cholula Sauce (mild hot sauce) Potato boxty • 2 cups shredded cooked potatoes • 2 cups mashed potatoes • 1 ½ cups shredded white cheddar • Salt and pepper to taste • Chopped scallions • 1/2 red onion diced small and sautéed until translucent • ½ cup horseradish sauce and sour cream– mix to your liking FOR THE SHORT RIB 1. Dredge the short ribs in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Shake off excess flour. 2. Pan sear in a non-stick pan. 3. Place mirepoix in the bottom of a roasting pan and place beef on top. 4. Add beer, garlic, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaves, Worcestershire and Cholula sauces. 5. Pour in just enough beef stock to cover the short ribs. 6. Cover with foil and slow cook at 325˚ until tender, about 4 hours. FOR THE BOXTY Combine all the ingredients and form into a cake, then pan sear.t TO SERVE 1. Remove short ribs when tender and strain sauce—if it is still a bit thin reduce it until it coats the back of a spoon. 2. Place the short ribs in a bowl, cover with sauce and top with the potato boxty. 3. Top with a dollop of horseradish sour cream.

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Pan Seared Diver Scallops from Watermark

Whiskey Kitchen

NASHVILLE’S GULCH THE HOT SPOT FOR DINING text by AndreA CrAnford And JAnnA f. Herbison

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A “gulch” may not sound like the hippest place to visit, let alone eat, but Nashville’s downtown Gulch district has become just that. The opening of several restaurants in the past few years has signaled renewed growth for an area that was once dominated by abandoned warehouses.

“The attitude of the people here has changed, too,” says Waggoner. “It’s an Gulch cuisine is where Southern amazing time to be involved in Music comfort meets upscale elegance. Two City cuisine.” restaurants, Watermark and Whiskey Kitchen, prove that when dining in WHISKEY KITCHEN downtown Nashville, you don’t have to look too far to find variety. Located on trendy M Street in the Gulch district of Nashville, Whiskey Kitchen is described as “tavern-chic,” WATERMARK combining down-home feel with a Watermark in downtown Nashville has modern twist. Opened in 2009, it is one an atmosphere that exudes elegance and of four restaurants created by Nashville sophistication. Opened in 2005, this native Chris Hyndman that share the restaurant highlights the best of refined same block on McGavock Street. Southern cuisine. As its name implies, the bar at Whiskey Watermark is consistently named one Kitchen boasts more than 120 different of the top restaurants in the city, and kinds of whiskeys, bourbons, ryes and also has recently served as the backdrop scotches from around the world. With for restaurant scenes in ABC’s hit show both rare brands and local favorites, Whiskey Kitchen has the largest selection Nashville. of spirits in any Tennessee restaurant. New to the helm of Watermark’s kitchen is executive Chef Bob Waggoner. The restaurant itself makes you feel Chef Waggoner has been the recipient of at home with décor that goes down numerous top culinary honors, including as smooth as an aged whiskey. Olda 1999 James Beard Award and a fashioned whiskey jugs reclaimed from French knighthood from the prestigious a Kentucky distillery pepper the vintage l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. This spring, bar and sit atop wooden shelves, paying Waggoner is bringing his cooking show homage to the restaurant’s impressive Sing for Your Supper to PBS and will film drink selection. Rich, dark brown, it at the Ryman, alongside some top leather-embossed wall coverings and a sprawling patio complete the tavern feel. artists in the music industry. Yes, this is a restaurant you can relax in. “I am excited to be back in Nashville,” says Waggoner, who previously worked The food at Whiskey Kitchen is just as at the city’s (now defunct) Boar’s Head hip as its collection of spirits. The menu restaurant and currently splits his time includes chef-inspired creations as well as between Music City and Charleston, Southern comfort foods. Old favorites S.C. “Cuisine wise, Nashville is exactly like fried green tomatoes share the where Charleston was 15 years ago. And menu with exotic additions like “Tuna Togarashi,” an Asian-style tuna with a that’s a great sign of what’s to come.” wakame seaweed salad. Whiskey Kitchen His cooking style is influenced by his also has a separate menu devoted entirely years of living in France. He prepares to its wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas range regional Southern and Low Country from the common “Spicy Pepperoni” to cuisine with French finesse. Waggoner the more lavish “Prime Burger Pie,” that also uses local ingredients and products, comes with white truffle fries. items he admits weren’t always plentiful during his previous run as a chef in Nashville. The impeccable crisp, white linen tablecloths epitomize Watermark’s urban atmosphere. The décor is upscale and


traditional without being outdated, and the patio is a perfect warm-weather spot to view Nashville’s skyline. Big changes have been made to the restaurant of late, with the introduction of a new bar downstairs.

Chef Bob Waggoner


Courtesy of Watermark Executive Chef Bob Waggoner

Dish: Pan seared Diver scallops over white asparagus, young arugula and Granny Smith apples in a passion fruit vinaigrette. INGREDIENTS:

• 4 U-10 Diver Scallops • 2 stalks asparagus (blanched and cut into thin strips) • 1 Granny Smith apple (peeled, seeded and cut into thin strips) • 3 Tbsp. passion fruit juice • Juice from 1 lime • Lime zest from ½ lime • 6 Tbsp. plus 1 Tbsp. virgin olive oil • 1 shallot (chopped fine) • ½ cup baby arugula • 1 tbsp. fresh chervil • 1 Tbsp. fresh chives • Salt • Black pepper • White pepper SCALLOPS:

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small Teflon pan over high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops on both sides and place them in the hot oil. Cook for 1 minute on each side, then toss them in a 400˚ oven for 2 minutes. VINAIGRETTE:

In a small bowl mix together the passion fruit juice, lime juice and lime zest along with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Then add 6 tablespoons of olive oil and the chopped shallot. Mix the strips of white asparagus and the thin strips of apple together in a small bowl; add some salt and fresh white pepper, chopped chervil and chopped chives. Place a small amount of baby arugula on each plate then place the apple/asparagus mix on the top of the arugula. Remove the hot scallops from the oven and place them over the asparagus and apples then drizzle the passion fruit vinaigrette over the scallops and salad. March 2013 • | 91




You might think that an article on auto insurance would be pretty boring, but the explanations below could possibly save you a lot of money and protect your financial future. Most consumers don’t pay enough attention to their automobile coverage until they have a claim, and most of the time that’s too late. A standard personal auto policy includes liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage to others. It should also include medical payments, plus uninsured and underinsured motorists’ coverage for the policy owner. Finally, physical damage coverage for vehicles is referred to as comprehensive and collision. Let’s explore what these types of coverage could really mean to you and your family. The liability coverage of your policy protects you against financial loss due to legal liability resulting from an automobile accident. This includes both bodily injury to others and physical damage to someone’s car or property. Oftentimes we think of this in terms of coverage for auto accidents with other cars, but your liability extends to other forms of property damage, such as a collision with a building or a light pole, for example. Liability also covers your legal defense in court. The average family should have a minimum coverage of $300,000 to $500,000 in auto liability, plus a $1,000,000 personal umbrella liability policy.

expenses for an insured motorist who sustains bodily injury caused by an auto accident, without regard to fault. Payment depends on the policy coverage limit. Most policies also extend this coverage to anyone injured in your vehicle. Coverage varies by state but could also include you and your family members who might be involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian. Typical expenses for reimbursement could pertain to your major medical deductible, copayments and out-of-pocket expenses. Most companies allow a $5,000 maximum limit. Both uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can pay for injuries to you and your passengers, and in some cases damage to your property, due to an auto accident caused by another person. An uninsured driver is someone who simply does not have auto insurance coverage. An underinsured “at fault” driver is one who carries liability limits lower than the other party involved in an accident. A hit-and-run driver also counts as uninsured as it relates to bodily injury and property damage. It is important to note that this type of protection is separate, although in many states both these types of coverage can or must be purchased together. Your uninsured and underinsured limits should match your liability limits, as this coverage protects you and the people in your car.

So what then is comprehensive auto coverage? Well, this type of insurance Medical coverage in a personal auto pays for physical damage to your covered policy provides reimbursement for medical vehicles. Comprehensive covers the cost of 92 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

damage repairs to your car as a result of some act or event that is covered by your policy, minus your deductible. Those perils can include fire, theft, hail, flood, vandalism, wind, glass breakage, falling objects, etc. Keep in mind–the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. Some policies waive the deductible for glass breakage. If you’re involved in an auto accident with another vehicle or object or your car overturns your collision coverage will pay for the damage to your vehicle, regardless of fault. The maximum amount you will receive is the cost of the repairs, minus the deductible or the actual cash value of your vehicle, minus the deductible if the car is considered a total loss. A higher deductible can substantially lower the cost of your collision coverage. If you have a loan or lease on your vehicle, the lien holder will require you to carry both comprehensive and collision to cover their interest. Take a few moments and pull out your current auto policy to review the coverage. Your assets, your continued health and your financial future could depend on whether you have sufficient coverage. Never purchase insurance protection based solely on price, but instead consider whether it provides proper coverage for your individual situation.


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March 5


River North Dance Chicago UTC Fine Arts Center, Chattanooga 423.425.4269

March 6 - April 30 “Gathering 5” Art Exhibit The Ned, Jackson 731.425.8397


7 Pirate’s Ball Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg 800.568.4748




March 11-15 Spring Break Camp The Memphis Zoo 901.333.6500

Jackson Photography Club “The Lodge” in Gander Mountain


14 Hard Rock Rising: Battle of the Bands Finals Gatlinburg 865.430.7625







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

A Home for Frog and Toad Memphis Botanic Garden 901.636.4100



Tuesdays on the Terrace Wine Tasting Memphis Botanic Garden 901.636.4100


28 March 28-30 Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show Gatlinburg Convention Center 800.568.4748


Easter Sunrise at Ober Gatlinburg 800.568.4748

Wildflower Walk Norris Dam State Park 865.426.7461 94 | At Home Tennessee • March October 2013 2012




March 1-31 Farmer Jason Lee West & Ann Cobb Concert Beach Art Exhibit Renaissance Center, Dickson Memphis Botanic Garden

Patsy Cline Memorial Weekend Arbor Day Tree Planting Memphis Botanic Garden Camden Chamber of Commerce



March 8-9 Gatlinburg Improv Fest 800.568.4748

Head to Toe Show Lawrenceburg Rotary Park 423-263-7608

19th Annual Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrasss Festival Historic Gem Theater, Etowah


Arbor Day Tree Planting

March 15-17 Ballet Arts Spring Gala Event Carl Perkins Civic Center


March 15-April 15 Keeper Kids at The Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga

22 March 22-23 5th Annual Everything Garden Expo Horse Park, Starkville, MS 662.324.3080


16 51st Annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Parade & Arts and Crafts Festival Downtown Erin 931.289.5100


MED Gala Peabody Hotel, Memphis 901.266.2662

March 23-April 14 Williams Island Family Adventure Cruises The Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga

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Spring Break Camp

Keeper Kids at the Tennessee Aquarium


March 29-31 Marie Humphreys Spring Native Plant Sale & Wildflower Festival Chattanooga 423.821.1160

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sources 38 | Travel: Special thanks to — Erin Burns Freeman, Ackermann Public Relations, Knoxville Dan and Deener Matthews — The Swag staff

52 | At Home With: Special thanks to Nancy McCarty Iannios, CORE PR

54 | Technology:

64 | Design: Builder — Dave Moore, Photographer — Mike Boatman,

82 | Entertaining: Design/Staging — Angela Mazanti, Angela Mazanti Events, Cookies — Collins Tuohy, Whimsy Cookies, Venue — Pinot’s Palette, Kristy Bauer,

90 | Cuisine: Special thanks to Julie Montgomery Executive Chef Bob Waggoner, Watermark restaurant, Nashville March 2013 • | 97


The BesT of The Book World:

someThing for everyone TexT By SHANA RALey-LUSK

When it comes to what makes a book worth reading, we all have our opinions. Whether it is the daydream-evoking novel, the educational non-fiction volume or the informative how-to guide, good reasons abound to pick up a book and learn something new or sail away to a different world. Highlighted here are a few of the best that the bookshelves have to offer as of late—the cream of the crop, if you will. So make your choice and relax with one of these hand-picked selections. You never know where it might take you. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee: Ever have one of those days where you just feel like you need a good talk with an old friend? Well, the new release from Darien Gee is absolutely the next best thing. Set in a delightful Midwestern town, this novel is the heartwarming tale of five unlikely friends brought together by a scrapbooking society. The characters in the book run the gamut in terms of background, so there is someone with whom almost any reader can closely connect and 98 | At Home Tennessee • March 2013

relate. A tale of friendship and memories, The like, the book is a must-have for those seeking to Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is an uplifting create their own budget-friendly pieces. reminder about life’s true treasures. A Million Wings by Susan Schadt: Anyone Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, with a love of the sporting life or an appreciation Craft, Update, and Show Your Home Some of gorgeous photography will be grateful for Love by Sherry and John Petersik: From the the release of this book from Wild Abundance couple who has taken the DIY blog world by Publishing. Taking readers inside the Mississippi storm comes a book filled with ideas to help Flyway’s finest duck hunting clubs, the book readers add some budget-friendly style to their boasts 260 pages of stunning photography by homes. Fans of the blog will love Young House Lisa Buser. Personal stories from owners and Love as it has the same conversational tone and members are also included. A beautiful addition anecdotal style. With plenty of simple projects to any home library, A Million Wings provides a and straightforward advice, the book is sure to rare glimpse into a private world. make home improvement a little bit more fun. The Handbuilt Home by Ana White: Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran of the do-it-yourself movement, this book is full of attainable woodworking projects that will add beauty and a healthy dose of character to your home. Written by popular blogger Ana White, the volume puts some cool-factor into furniture building. With furniture plans that echo the design aesthetics of Pottery Barn, Ikea and the