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Home Show At a Glance

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What: Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show Where: Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion 2390 Gainesboro Grade Cookeville When: March 7-9 Hours: Friday, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission: $3

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No place like the home show By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Everybody lives somewhere. And now that warm weather is near, that special place called home is on people’s minds more than ever – which is why they’ll likely head to the 40th annual Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show. “In the spring especially, everybody wants to do something different,” said Melanie Chadwell, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland, which sponsors the event. “You’re spring cleaning, you’re organizing, you’re wanting to plant some flowers. “The obvious ones are the people who are building or buying, but I think everybody wants to do something to update where they live.” And the home show provides an opportunity to do just that. “It’s like a giant shopping mall that’s specifically for home and garden-related things,” Chadwell said. “Everything’s in one place, and you have people there who can actually answer

your questions. It’s not like buying things online where you’re just taking a chance.” The three-day home show kicks off March 7 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville, and admission is $3. It’s a place to take a notebook and ask questions, and plenty of people filter through the more than 150 exhibits. “We usually have about 5,000 over the course of the weekend,” Chadwell said. “It’s a big show – definitely the biggest of this type between Nashville and Knoxville. We’re not a big city, and we don’t pretend to be, but we have a lot of exhibitors and a lot of people.” The home show showcases the latest trends in building, remodeling, landscaping, interior design and more. Another highlight is the Cooking Stage and Gourmet Gallery, where home showgoers can find all things kitchen-related, such as countertops, cookware and specialty foods. Chadwell expects another good home show turnout. “Most people are very excited because they’re learning,” she said. “We always encourage our exhibitors to show

what’s new and different. What are the new trends? What are the new products? That’s one of the things we emphasize.” And while visitors are browsing through the different booths, they’ll have an opportunity they won’t likely have elsewhere. “Regardless of what you’re looking for, you can ask questions and compare products,” Chadwell said. “So many people buy things on the internet anymore, but this is a chance for you to see the real thing and talk to the real people. I think that’s huge.” Another thing that’s “huge,” Chadwell said, is the fact that the home show has reached a 40-year milestone. “It’s a testament that the Homebuilders Association has been promoting the housing industry and trying to help consumers for all those years,” she said. It’s an event that benefits businesses as well as consumers. “A lot of our exhibitors are small businesses that might not have big marketing budgets,” Chadwell said. “But this is something that’s inexpensive and local, where they can truly connect with the consumers who are interested in their products.”

Table of Contents 4 —Home Show Floor Map 5 — Gourmet Gallery map 5 — Exhibitors 12 — Cooking Stage schedule 11 — ‘Stay and Play in the UC’ 9 — Coffee with an Author Exhibitor Spotlight: 7 — Honest Abe Log Homes 14 — Wanda Phillips Interiors 17 — Home CORR 10 — Stover’s

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HOME SHOW President’s Message

Welcome to the Home Show! Friends and neighbors, As president of the Upper Cumberland Homebuilders Association, I would like to welcome you to the 2014 Home and Garden Show. This year’s show should be one of the best yet. We have a lot of really wonderful exhibits, plus a cooking stage and decorating seminars going on all three days. Basically, something for everyone! For 40 years, your support of the home show has allowed the Homebuilders Association to provide funds for youth in local high school building trades programs. Education is important for our association because we know that qualified workers will ultimately benefit the inSergio dustry and the general public. Funds are given to schools each year for equipment and supplies, and awards are also presented to their outstanding carpentry students. Home Builders has established an endowment at Nashville State to provide funds for scholarships for students in the construction education program. Once again thank you for your support and enjoy the show. Sincerely, Tom Sergio HBAUC President


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2014 Home & Garden Show exhibitors

Company A Cut Above Custom Roofing Acme Block & Brick Advanced Termite Air Experts All in One Services Allen’s Exteriors Allstate Insurance - Hunt Family Agency Aqua Soles Aquatic Control Inc. Awnings Unlimited B & H Storm Shelter Barky Beaver Blue Ribbon Foods Bluewaters Rental Brendan Johnson Landscaping Budget Blinds Business Cumberland CLM Enterprises Campbell’s Pool & Spa Cell Plus Centurion Exteriors Cherry Creek Nursery Contractors Equipment Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission CookevilleElectricDept CookevilleKitchenSales CookevillePlumbing&Electric CookevillePoliceDept CruiseOne - Huddleston & Associates Culligan Water/Dr. Energy Cumberland Carpet Cleaning Custom Fireplaces & More Cutco Cutlery DT McCall’s & Sons

David Benjamin TV, Phone, & Internet Deuel’s Photography ES Construction EarthWares Edmond’s Paving Evergreen Today Farm Country Cheese Fire Tree First Realty Fitts Outdoor Cleaning Fragrant Mushroom Frontier Communications Frontier Basement Systems Gentry Brothers Tractor Gentry’s Power Equipment Giuseppe’s 1933 Grandpa Yoders Jam Guaranty Mortgage Gutter Helmet of Cookeville H & R Block Habitat for Humanity ReStore Haller’s Landscaping & Lawncare Health Benefit Solutions Herald Citizen Highland Home Improvement Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electrical HisImageRestoration Holdfast Technologies Holmes Surveillance Home CORR Homes & Land Media Honest Abe Log & Timber Frame HydroCare Ideal Building Systems

Jackson Heating, Cooling & Air Quality Jerry’s Custom Woodcrafts Jindy Dale Farms KitchenCraft L&CCustomHomes Lagniappe Spice LauRes LeafFilter LeafGuard LoJac Materials Lowe’s McCormick Airflow, Inc. McCulley Siding & Windows Madaris MastUtilityBarns Master Gardeners Mid Tenn Foam Mid Tenn Nursery Mitchell Creek Marina/Swan Ridge Lake Resort Naked Salsa New York Life North Central Security Nuttin But Good Orange Lustre Overman Sheds Pain Free Pillow Palm Beach Enclosures Pampered Chef Payne Nursery Pella Windows & Doors Plateau Metal Sales Putnam County Tree Service Quality RRC S&W Pool and Spa

SS Fragrances Scentsy-Pages Scent Scoops Italian Ice Shaffield’s Furniture Silver Point Construction Smart Fireplace Services Southeast Advertisier Southern Landscape Supply Southern Security of America Stamp-Crete Stonecom Stovers Sunset Mountain Superior Walls TK Lawn & Landscaping Technology Store Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hartsville Tri-County Extension Campus Tennessee Credit Union Tennessee Pools & Outdoor Oasis The Integrity Inspection Group The Veterans Cup Townecraft Traeger Grills Tree Board Tupperware Uper Cumberland Real Estate Upper Cumberland Tourism Walker Cabinets Walker Cove Custom Woodworks Wanda Phillips Interiors Watson Windows White County Lawn & Tractor X-Treme Products/HLTD Xtreme Pressure Wash

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HOME SHOW 2014 leaders President Tom Sergio: Sergio & Sons Construction Vice President (Builder) Seth Hudson: HD Homes Vice President (Associate) Elaine Smith: Better Business Bureau Treasurer Kassandra Newman: Swallows Newman Insurance Executive Officer Melanie Chadwell

Board of Directors • Dave Boender: Cove Builders • Mike Corbett: M & D Electric • Donnita Hill: Hill Realty • Freddie Holloway: Holloway & Sons Construction • Josh Jackson: DelMonaco Construction • Darrel Jennings: Capstone Construction • Danny Lee: Cookeville Kitchen Sales • Mike Phipps: Phipps Properties • Robert McCormick: Airflow • Tim Woodward: Ideal Building Systems

What is the HBAUC? UPPER CUMBERLAND — The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland is a nonprofit trade organization that includes contractors, remodelers and others who are involved in the construction industry in Cookeville and throughout the Upper Cumberland Region. The association strives to educate, protect and promote the local home building industry and serves the following counties: Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren and White. “The home is central to American life,” Melanie Chadwell, HBAUC executive officer, said. “It is where dreams thrive and the future takes shape. It is where children are nurtured and families make lifelong memories. Owning a home is a cherished ideal for most families. Homeownership provides peace of mind, longterm security, and a place to call your own.” Housing and homeownership are also critical to a strong and prosperous nation, she said. “New home construction spurs productivity, creates jobs for Americans and

generates revenues for all levels of government. If you are ready to build or remodel your dream home, contact a member of the Home Builders Association.” Chadwell went on to say owning a home is the foundation of the American dream. “Homeownership builds stronger communities, provides a solid foundation for family and personal achievement and improves the quality of life for millions of people,” she said. “It is truly the cornerstone of the American way of life.” Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and a primary source of wealth and financial security. Countless generations of Americans have worked hard and made the sacrifices necessary to own a home. “A home is much more than an investment,” Chadwell said. “In good times and in bad, the opportunity to own a home has been a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment social stability and peace of mind.” To learn more about HBAUC, visit or call 931-528-7472.

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HOME SHOW Exhibitor Spotlight

Special homes for ‘log-home people’ By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

ALGOOD — They’re a different kind of people. But in a good way. At least that’s the way Greg Watson feels about those he calls “log-home people.� Lucky for him, those are the kinds of folks he works with daily at Honest Abe Log Homes. “They’re just a very relaxed, laid-back people,� he said. Watson, along with Ed White, run things at the Honest Abe sales model on Highway 111 in Algood. They spend their days meeting enthusiastic people with visions of their dream home — and they strive to help make it a reality for them. “Most of the time it’s something they’ve dreamed of all their life,� Watson said. “You get to sort of know them and experience their dreams and be a small part of it. That’s the funnest part, without a doubt.� Watson, who has been with Honest Abe

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Ed White, left, and Greg Watson of Honest Abe Log Homes look forward to talking with log home lovers during the home show.

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as much or as little as they prefer. “We’ll sell anything from a kit,� he said. “We provide anywhere from the building

materials delivered on your site to a complete turn-key home.â€? While kits are available, Watson said 90 percent of what they do is custom-design. “We have a floor plan book, but it’s just more for ideas,â€? he said. “We guide them, help them find out what they want to do and help them accomplish it if we can. Everybody has a dream as well as a budget most of the time‌ we meet somewhere in between that space.â€? Looking ahead to the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, which is March 79, Watson and White are eager to meet more “log-home peopleâ€? and help make their dreams come true. What’s the best part? “Just talking to people,â€? said Watson, who’s been going to the home show as long as he can recall. “You get to see a lot of past customers, a lot of old friends, coming through. I think that’s probably the funnest part.â€? Honest Abe is located at 3205 Highway 111 North. To learn more, call 931-5373651.

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An Irish tradition comes to the Home Show COOKEVILLE — Chef Barry O’Connor of the Bull & Thistle in Gainesboro has more than 25 years of experience in Ireland, the UK and Europe, with formal training in French, Irish and British cuisine and years of award-winning experience cooking in London and Paris. And he’ll be bringing that experience to the Home Show on Sunday at 1 p.m. in his presentation of “Bubble and Squeak — An Irish Tradition.” In his hometown of Cork City, Ireland, he successfully established and maintained five restaurant/pub premises that were awarded accolades for the highest quality of culinary offerings and service, culminating in his Crow’s Nest restaurant receiving Pub of the Year in Ireland for 1999. At The Bull & Thistle, Chef Barry has developed a superb menu based on the best of Irish, UK, European and Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on a “field to fork” approach to menu planning. “Bubble and Squeak” is a traditional dish that appears extensively throughout England, Ireland and Scotland in many variations. Chef Barry’s recipe is a staple of The Bull & Thistle menu and brings an elegant scrumptiousness to this longstanding favorite.

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Chef Barry O’Connor of the Bull & Thistle will present “Bubble and Squeak — An Irish Tradition” Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Home Show cooking stage.

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HOME SHOW ‘Coffee with an Author’ features favorite Scarecrow recipes COOKEVILLE — Wanda Fitzpatrick is a wonderful cook who comes from a family of wonderful cooks. She shared that gift with locals for many

years as owner and chief cook and operator of The Scarecrow Country Inn, which opened here in Cookeville in 1988. It was in a log building that was built from 150-

200 year old log cabins, and in that building was a bed and breakfast, the restaurant and a gift shop. The Scarecrow was “the place” to go for date nights, business lunches, special celebrations and so much more. It closed completely in 2011 and is missed by many. Fitzpatrick is now living in Maryville, but will be back for a visit at the Putnam County Library Friends’ “Coffee with an Author” on March 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the 2014 Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show at Hyder-Burks Pavilion. The event will be in the Seminar Room, which is right inside the front entrance. Fitzpatrick has written a cookbook, “The

Scarecrow Country Inn Cookbook,” and in the cookbook you will find her favorite recipes. At the “Coffee with an Author” event, she will share stories about The Scarecrow, her recipes and herself. She will have her cookbook available for purchase and will be signing them, too. “Coffee with an Author” is hosted by the Putnam County Library Friends, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support and promote the use, services and facilities of the Putnam County Library System. To learn more, email Also, “Like” them on Facebook.

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HOME SHOW Exhibitor Spotlight

Stover’s: Still in the family after 30 years By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

COOKEVILLE — For Tim Stover, it’s a family thing. And it’s something he’s always wanted to be a part of, ever since his father, Minor Stover, got the ball rolling 30 years ago, establishing the Stover name as part of the Cookeville business scene. “Our specialty is flooring, but we do everything under the sun, really,” he said. But it didn’t start out that way. In the early days, Stover’s had dealt in food. “We were in the salvage grocery business and then just started buying tile and switched over into building materials,” Stover said. “That’s kind of what got us started.” Today, Stover’s offers plenty of other flooring materials as well, including hardwood, and a wide variety of other items to complete a home. “We deal in all kinds of goods,” Stover said. “Every day we’re buying different deals and remarketing them – anything to do with homes and office supplies.” Every day offers something new. “We deal with so many deals in a day’s time,” Stover said. “It’s just the uniqueness of what we do.” Stover has seen plenty of growth in the family business since he bought it from his father years ago. Now, not only does Stover’s service the Cookeville area, it has facilities in Nashville, Knoxville and Bristol, Va. “And we plan to open four new stores in the near future, including ones in Jackson, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala.,” Stover said. “We are going to try to open those two this year.” Word is also getting out through the inter-

Amy Davis | Herald-Citizen net, allowing Stover’s to do business all over the world. Looking over some hardwood flooring samples at Stover’s are, from left, Tim And Stover’s continues to be a family Stover, owner, and Robert Lewis, store manager. Stover’s is a long-time exbusiness, with his mother, Carole Stover, in- hibitor at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show. volved as well as his wife, Farah; daughter and son-in-law Katie Beth and Joseph Case; daughter Julianne Stover; and stepson Justin Maxwell. More than 90 employees are also part of the Stover’s team. “We’re redoing all of our stores right now to do even more projects,” Stover added. “We do a lot of close-out projects, but we also do a lot of first-line projects.” Stover said he looks forward to meeting people at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, something he’s been a part of for 20-plus years. “It brings you business two and three years beyond,” he noted. Stover’s retail store is located at 452 W. Broad St., Cookeville. To learn more, call 526-2591.

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‘Stay and play’ in the UC The following Upper Cumberland tourism exhibitors are part of the 2014 “Stay and Play in the UC” travel expo: Blue Herron Studio Byrdstown – Pickett County Caney Fork Canoe Rental at Big Rock Market Canoe the Caney Celina – Clay County Crossville Outlet Mall Cumberland Caverns Dale Hollow Marina Deep Valley Campground Edgar Evins Marina Historic Granville Historic Red Boiling Springs & Grandpa’s ISHA Institute of Inner-sciences Jamestown – Fentress County Livingston – Overton County McMinnville – Warren County Mitchell Creek Marina Sunset Marina & Resort Swan Ridge Development Tennessee State Parks Tennessee Discover Trail & Byways

Home Show attendees can also learn about places to “stay and play” in the Upper Cumberland.


UPPER CUMBERLAND — It amazes her every time – that so many locals don’t know the treasures in their own backyards. Don’t know they can “stay and play” in the Upper Cumberland rather than travel hundreds of miles elsewhere for a family adventure. But Ruth Dyal, executive director of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, hopes to change that notion – starting with UCTA’s next “Stay and Play in the Upper Cumberland” travel expo, which is coming up for the second year in a row at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show March 7-9 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville.

“Every time I talk to people, some will say, ‘I didn’t know we had this here,’” Dyal said. “So, there’s still new stuff people have not seen.” She emphasized that UC residents have plenty of places to go, things to see… all on one tank of gas. Places like state parks, lakes, a host of cultural, historic and scenic attractions as well as outdoor recreational opportunities and lodging and dining options. “We’re a large enough area to have people as tourists in our own region,” Dyal pointed out. “A tourist is somebody who drives more than 50 miles. So, if you think about it, if we drive from here to McMinnville or to Red Boiling Springs, we can be tourists within our own region. It’s tourism money — and tourism money is what we need. It’s what we’re striving

for. And our numbers are going up.” She especially wants to get the word out about the various new scenic driving trails that meander through the UC as part of a state initiative to promote tourism. “We have ‘The Promised Land,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘Pie in the Sky,’ ‘Top Secret’ and ‘Jack Trail,’” Dyal said. “We’ll give information about all those trails.” Several “Stay and Play” exhibitors from throughout the Upper Cumberland will be on hand to tell about various points of interest. “I’d like to bring the Upper Cumberland to the people of the Upper Cumberland,” Dyal added. “So many times they have no idea what beauty we have here... because you’re so busy working on your house and garden!”

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Cooking stage offers plenty of delicious tips

imals, as well as humans. Healthful food choices can help you and your pets to live long, healthy and happy lives.

Gourmet Gallery The kitchen is truly the heart of the home, and the Gourmet Gallery will be devoted to exhibits of cabinetry, cookware and specialty foods.

2 p.m. ‘Scarecrow Memories’ Wanda Fitzpatrick, author of Scarecrow Country Inn Cookbook If you have fond memories of special meals at the Scarecrow Country Inn, you probably miss and crave Wanda’s famous broccoli salad.

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Friday, March 7 5 p.m. ‘not the Perfect Cook’ Aimee Fortney, TV personality Quick and easy party recipes and tips. Aimee Fortney has appeared on The Today Show, Better TV and Nashville’s WSMV Channel 4 News and More at Midday. A food writer and a travel writer, she Fortney takes the love of both (travel and food) and meshes them together in many of her recipes.

6 p.m. ‘Perfect Pickles’ Freaky Dave and Lee Wray, 98.5 KISS FM radio personalities Cucumbers are not the only veggies that can be pickled, and homemade pickles make great gifts for friends and family. Saturday, March 8

10 a.m. ‘Pick Tennessee Products’ Tammy Algood, PTP spokesperson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Let local shine in your kitchen. Finding the freshest food is easy — and so is using it. While it may be a cinch during the summer months, it’s just as simple throughout the year. 11 a.m. ‘Enhance with Lagniappe’ John Brantley, Lagniappe Spice Company Lagniappe utilizes spice sources from

3 p.m. ‘guiltless Fried Foods’ Mike Pugh, Townecraft Cookware See how to prepare fried foods without any oil, grease or chemical contamination associated with non-stick cookware. Taste delicious fried chicken that is salt and MSG free and naturally low in calories. Booya shrimp

around the world, but the custom blends are rooted in their Southern heritage. The gourmet spices will enhance your favorite recipes — and hopefully a few new ones such as shrimp and grits, blackened steak and fish, and citrus chicken. noon ‘Food for a President’ Harris Linda Brooks Jones, Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn Grey Gables is nestled on the outskirts of the 1880s English village of Rugby, and it is noted worldwide for scrumptious food, as well as its beauty. Linda Jones will demonstrate recipes served to President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter during an overnight stay at the inn. 1 p.m. ‘Healthy Cooking for You AnD Your Pets’ Vickie Harris, Paws 4 Health founder Vickie Harris will demonstrate pet-

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5 p.m. ‘Cooking with Kids’ Drucilla Ray, Herald-Citizen food columnist and cookbook author of Drucilla’s Little Helpers Your mini chefs will enjoy Ray being creative in the kitchen 2 p.m. with these kid-friendly and ‘American Comfort Food’ Jay Albrecht and BBQ grillmaster fun recipes. Michael McDearman, Seven Senses Food & Cheer 6 p.m. Seven Senses is a local dining option that ‘Beef for Healthy feeds all your senses. Meals’ Cindy Holman, JindyDale 3 p.m. Farms It is easy to slip nutrition ‘Oregenata’ Tom Short, author of Kitchen Creations into family meals using allnatural, grass-fed beef and Simple can be elegant when you start with Holman three basic ingredients to make a topping for veggies. pork, tomatoes and shrimp that “takes them up a notch.” Sunday, March 9 1 p.m. The demonstration kitchen is created by ‘Bubble and Squeak – An Irish Cookeville Kitchen Sales. Many of the preTradition’ senters will sell and autograph their cookChef Barry O’Connor, Bull & Thistle books. Pub

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COOKEVILLE — As part of the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show festivities, Lowe’s will be offering something for the kids. Through its free “Build and Grow” Kids Clinic, Lowe’s invites parents to register their children to build a bird house on Sat-

urday, March 8, from 1-3 p.m. in the seminar room near the front entrance of the Home Show at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion. Along with their wooden project, children will also get a free apron, goggles, patch and more. Kits are available for 150 children.

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Improve home’s curb appeal with window treatments By AMY dAViS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

COOKEVILLE — Nothing like a drab window to get Wanda Phillips’ creativity flowing. And when she’s done her magic, it’s a good feeling — not only for the homeowners who benefit from it but for herself as well. “It just delights you to make a change for them,” she said. Phillips, who has more than 25 years of window fashion experience, works from her home in Algood, where she’s lived for 10 years. She specializes in window treatments, home decor and floral designs. “Right now I’m doing a lot of updating — helping people replace old window treatments with shutters or drapes,” she said. “I’m doing a lot of outdoor curtains right now for kitchen areas outside.” Originally from Murfreesboro, Phillips comes from a building family. “My husband (Bobby Joe Phillips) was a developer builder for about 36 years, and we built several hundred homes in Murfreesboro,” she said. “And when he passed away, I didn’t want to stay in that anymore. My daughter actually took over that title — she’s a builder here in Cookeville.” Instead, Phillips turned her attention to windows. “I retired my real estate broker’s license, closed our corporation and just decided I wanted to do windows,” she said. “That’s my love — my passion. I really enjoy it.” Phillips explained that the window treatment industry has two references — hard treatments and soft treatments. “I do both,” she said. “Hard treatments would be like your blinds, Plantation shutters, woven woods, solar shades — that type

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Wanda Phillips displays a sample of clear vinyl panels used for enclosing porches during the winter months. Behind her hangs “Sunbrella” fabric. Wanda Phillips interiors will be an exhibitor at the home show.

of thing. Soft treatments would be like top treatments, panels, drapes and curtains.” Phillips does both commercial and residential work and said most of her customers come from referrals or repeats. She’s also proud that all her products are made in the U.S.A. A couple of new products she’s excited



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HOME SHOW Decorating seminars ready homes for the market COOKEVILLE — Two home decorating seminars are coming up Saturday night, March 8. Starting at 5:30 p.m., The Realty Firm will sponsor “Is Your House Ready for the Market? You Be the Judge.” Then from 7-8 p.m., Lane Design sponsors “Top 10 Decorating Mistakes.” The instructor for the seminars is Carol Bass, who is known as “The Practical Decorator.”

Practical decorating is not only Bass’s profession — it is her passion. Her designs range from million dollar homes to modest ones, but she loves decorating for real people in real homes with real budgets. As a practical decorator and trainer, she believes “just because decorating is practical doesn’t mean it can’t be magical.” She loves the creative process of helping homeowners create beautiful rooms, and she is also ready to roll up her sleeves to

Window Treatments From Page 14 about now are some clear vinyl curtains, which allow for a patio area to be enclosed during the cold winter months, and some special bug and mosquito netting. “I hope to do a lot of houseboats and outdoor gazebos — places where people want to keep the mosquitos off them!” she said. What’s the best part of her window work? The end result. “It just brightens up a home,” she said. “A lot of people overlook the fact that window treatments can enhance a curb appeal dras-

tically.” Phillips looks forward to spreading the word at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, where she’ll be a first-time exhibitor March 7-9. “I think the home show is very good for Putnam County,” she said. “It’s a great avenue for exposing the public to all variations with the home and garden, presenting a lot of new ideas, upcoming trends, fashions and products. I’m excited about it.” To learn more about Wanda Phillips Interiors, call 510-8717.

lend a hand to frustrated homeowners with preparing homes for the market. Bass says that selling a house is like going on a blind date in that “one needs to maximize the positive and minimize the negative to improve the first impression,” she said. If you plan to put your house on the market soon, you will learn how to prepare your home to attract or charm a potential buyer. Bass also says that “homes, like lemonade, are best sold from the curb.”  There are many quick and inexpensive ideas for home staging from the curb to the attic. Most buyers have trouble seeing a room’s potential on their own, and they can’t envision empty rooms furnished.

Staging ensures that your home appeals to more people, more often. Natalie Stout said, “The Realty Firm is a proud sponsor of the Home Staging Seminar. When selling your home, the prospective buyer needs only 90 seconds to determine whether they like a property or not. This is why it is so important to stage your house before you put it on the market. Plus, staged homes sell up to three times faster than non-staged homes. As the prime selling season approaches, we know Carol Bass’s tips and pointers will enable sellers to get their home market-ready.” See Decorating, Page 16

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Carol Bass, right, who is known as “The Practical Decorator,” shares decorating tips with Nashville television personality Holly Thompson. Bass will be presenting two seminars at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show on Saturday at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Decorating Seminars From Page 15 At 7 p.m., you will learn to avoid the “Top Ten Decorating Mistakes.” Mistakes are made from lack of knowledge, so you will discover the importance of style, scale, texture, color, line, and pattern. Whitney Lane, owner of Lane Design said, “Lane Design is very excited to have the opportunity to sponsor a seminar with Carol Bass, ‘The Practical Decorator.’ I speak with so many homeowners who feel frustrated with the aesthetic of their homes,” Lane said “They know something just isn’t right, but struggle with finding solutions to the design issues. She will offer fixes, to the top 10 decorating faux-pas, to



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help make your home more functional and beautiful.” She added, “Many people ask me, as a designer, what I specialize in. Jokingly, I reply that I do it all, but there is truth in jest. I offer a broad array of interior design services, including finish and fixture selection, color consultation, space planning, project management, new build and remodel design consultation, as well as custom furnishings, drapery, and bedding. “To me, there is such a reward in seeing a design come to life, and a home transform into a functional and beautiful space for its family.” Lane Design is located in the historic Maddux Building.

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HOME SHOW Exhibitor Spotlight

Home CORR wants to bring home design dreams to life By MEGAN TROTTER HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

COOKEVILLE — Many businesses have made it a tradition to participate in the annual Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, however each year there are always new businesses jumping into the mix to give visitors a glimpse of what they can offer. Home CORR — which stands for Create OR Renovate — is one of those businesses. Owned by Adam Ryan and Tom Lee, the business centers on home creation or renovation. They offer countless options for flooring, tile, cabinets, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, appliances, glass and more for small upgrade projects to complete makeovers or new construction. “We work with the best local contractors, designers, handymen, painters, landscapers — you name it, to be whatever someone needs us to be,” Ryan said. Ryan has been a design-build contractor for 15 years, while Lee has been in the kitchen and bath business for more than 25 years. They have combined their businesses, The Jewel Dean Company and Kitchen and Bath Gallery, and will hold their grand opening for their new business, Home CORR, located at 601 Design Dr. in Cookeville, on March 15. Visitors to the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show will get a sneak peek at what they can offer. “We want to use our experience to help folks through the process of remodeling or building,” Ryan said. “As anyone knows, it can be an overwhelming task. A home is the biggest investment most people make in a lifetime. It’s the intimate space where we raise our families and create lifelong memories. So, when building, remodeling or adding-on it’s important to us that our clients realize we’re on their side and have those interests in mind.” Ryan’s favorite part of the job is seeing a customer’s reaction when they see their project turn into something spectacular — something that they never would have dreamed of without a professional’s help. “I’m a people pleaser,” Ryan added. “I want customers to enjoy the process of creating their home and hopefully minimize frustrations of the construction process. That hap-

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Adam Ryan, owner of Home CORR, and designer Cassie Olson talk kitchen decor in preparation for the home show March 7-9. Home CORR will be a first-time exhibitor.


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pens best through knowing how and what to communicate, from design through final construction.” And as for why Ryan and Lee decided to join this year’s Home and Garden Show? “To introduce ourselves and who we are as a company of course,” Ryan said. “But also, to support the Home Builders Association. Melanie (Chadwell) and everyone involved in the HBA (Home Builders Associaiton) do such a great job. There’s less sense of competition and more a sense of community, of supporting each other in this industry. Ultimately that’s a win, win for everyone and certainly makes it more fun!” For more information about Home CORR, call 931-400-2190.

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HOME SHOW Do your ‘homework’ before hiring a builder Doing your homework will help you to have a more successful experience. Use this checklist to help select a home builder or remodeler for your home: • Contact your local home builders’ association for the names of member builders and remodelers at You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations. • Make sure the builder or home remodeler is licensed and has a good reputation with local banks and suppliers. • Find out how long they have been in the building business. You want to be sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties. • Check to see if any complaints have been filed with your local Better Business Bureau: • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises. • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. Some good questions to ask homeowners: Are you

happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you hire the builder/remodeler again? • Ask to see the builder’s/remodeler’s work, both completed and in-progress. Inspect the quality of workmanship and materials. Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember, you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home. • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better. Do not let the price be the main reason you choose one contractor over another. Often, the lowest bidder is cutting corners somewhere they shouldn’t. Would you want the lowest-paid doctor operating on your child or the cheapest lawyer defending you in court? Make your choice based on service, knowledge, ability and communication.

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Look for ways to cut fencing costs Fencing serves many purposes. Some homeowners erect a fence for privacy, while others do so to contain pets and children. Because fencing can be expensive, some homeowners look for ways to cut costs, which can be relatively easy, especially for those homeowners willing to consider various materials when erecting their fence. Traditional fences are available in materials ranging from wood to vinyl to metal. Homeowners have other options at their disposal if they prefer a more natural fence. Different shrubs, trees or grasses can be planted to create a barrier between properties or within the property. When choosing a fencing material, consider that even a less expensive material may prove more expensive in the long run if it needs significant maintenance or has to be replaced in just a few years. Therefore, the most cost-effective fencing material may not necessarily be the least expensive one at the store. Here are some materials homeowners can consider. • Found material: Repurposed wood or metal can be crafted into a rustic, one-of-akind fence. Materials can be found that are no cost, requiring only the cost of labor. Should you build it yourself, this can be next to nothing. Sometimes existing fences on another property can be disassembled and re-built on your own property for little to no cost as well. • Chainlink/chainwire: Chainlink fencing is one of the most economical types of boundary fencing. The fencing comes in a variety of diamond sizes and is fixed to galvanized pipes spaced across the perimeter of the property. Although it is some of the least expensive fencing, it does not offer much privacy on its own. But if you are looking at fencing simply as a barrier, chainlink could be the way to go. • Picket fencing: A wooden picket fence is another inexpensive fencing material. The pickets can be purchased in various heights, and this fence may be used as garden border fencing or to mark a property line between homes. Spacing the pickets widely apart may cut down on the number that need to be purchased, further keeping the cost down.

• Bamboo: Bamboo is a rapidly growing grass that produces a hard wood-like material that is used in many building applications. Bamboo wood can be used to build a fence, but the natural plant also can be planted to form a living fence for privacy. • Stockade fencing: A stockade fence is one of the more basic wood fencing options. Wooden slats are placed alongside one another to form an effective and affordable privacy fence. Stockade fencing can be stained or painted to preserve it. Many home improvement retailers sell panels of stockade fencing so that you can make fence installation a do-it-yourself project. • Vinyl fencing: Although vinyl fencing is one of the more expensive fencing materials at the outset (it costs about twice the price of a wood fence), it does pay for itself rather quickly thanks to minimal maintenance. Unlike some other materials, vinyl will not rot or discolor. You also won’t have to purchase stain, paint and expensive cleaners for a vinyl fence. That means once you make the investment, you will have years upon years of maintenance-free enjoyment.

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Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop. “Usually, when shopping, I go early before the crowds and also before the staff are worn out,” said Jack McKinnon, a garden coach from the San Francisco Bay area. “I like asking questions like, ‘What are you getting in next?’ ‘What is new?’ and ‘What is the most popular now?’ If it is early (in the season), you may learn a lot that puts you ahead of the masses in designs and trends.” The most important factor in plant shopping, however, is the health of the plant, McKinnon said. “As one nurseryman I trust says: ‘Don’t accept ugly plants.’ And he doesn’t give refunds.” How can you tell if a plant is diseased, pest-ridden or beyond its prime? “Look for any unusual brown, black or gray spotting on the foliage,” said Rizanino

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— Bare-root, container grown, or balled and burlapped? “Bare-root plats have not had a chance to get root-bound in a pot, and you can see what you’re buying,” McKinnon said. “Both are definite advantages.” — Work from a plan. “I recommend having a general list so you avoid too many impulse buys on plants that may not end up getting planted or worse, get forgotten,” Reyes said. — Annuals vs. perennials: “Perennials come back and can look great the year’round,” Reyes said. “Annuals provide traffic-stopping impact and remarkable color. You save and have the most incredible garden by integrating both.” — Buying tropicals and houseplants: “Take care in transporting these from the store to your vehicle as some may be very sensitive to the cold,” Reyes said. “Plant them right away or keep them cool but not frozen. Keep them watered and moist.” — Choosing bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes: “Look for plump, firm bulbs,” Reyes said. “Usually, the bigger the better. Hardy bulbs like lilies are ready to plant as soon as possible. For dahlias and other tender bulbs, wait until after frost to plant or pot them up and start indoors.”

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HOME SHOW Firepit transforms concept of backyard entertainment People have sat around an open fire outdoors for centuries. Not only does fire provide warmth and light, but also it offers a relaxing setting for conversation and socialization. The outdoor fire pit has transformed the concept of backyard entertaining. Homeowners understand how a fire pit can add value to a home and make their yard an inviting place to be on a summer evening or a chilly autumn night. Outdoor fire pits are a relatively new creation that continue to grow in popularity. Once available strictly through specialty retailers, fire pits can now be found on the shelves of many home improvement and big box stores as well as online. Fire pits can add a lot to a home’s exterior entertaining area. Some fire pit styles and materials will last longer than others. Homeowners should assess their needs and the space available before choosing a fire pit for their home. First, homeowners must decide if they want a permanent or portable fire pit. If you are ready to make an enduring change to your yard and landscape, then a permanent fire pit is the way to go. These can be made of stone or brick and are often very durable. Permanent fire pits can be incorporated into landscape designs to create a professional patio look. They’re also some of the safer types of fire pits because they cannot be knocked over and the bricks or retaining wall construction provide a barrier around the fire. Portable fire pits are freestanding units that can be moved around the yard on a whim. They also can be loaded into the car and taken to a neighbor’s house or even to the beach. Portable fire pits are less expensive than permanent models, and some homeowners prefer a trial run with a portable pit before deciding to install a permanent structure. Portable fire pits are made of metal and usually coated with a fireproof paint. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause the metal to rust or weaken, something homeowners should consider prior to purchase. Homeowners also must consider a fuel source. Wood is a common fuel source for

A fire pit can add value to a home and make a yard more inviting. fire pits. Wood can be inexpensive, espe- signs to fit most preferences and size concially when gathered from around the yard. straints. Once you have chosen a fire pit, safety However, a wood-burning fire will constantly have to be fed with new branches. If should prevail. Here are some tips to conyou want to have a roaring fire but don’t sider. • Keep the fire pit away from the home want to maintain it, then a gas-fueled fire pit is better. Natural gas fire pits can run off and objects that can burn. Maintain a safe of a portable propane tank (think barbecue distance from the fire pit at all times. • The best place to have the fire pit is on tank) or be directly connected to a home’s hard stone, cement or tile. Portable fire pits natural gas supply. Now you can decide on the style. Gas fire can be placed on patio stones in the lawn. pits will give you a greater number of design options, but there are still plenty of choices with wood fire pits. From bowlshaped pits to rectangular-shaped pits to barrel-style pits to chimineas, there are de-


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• Use a screen to keep embers and sparks from escaping during use. • Keep children a good distance away from the fire pit and always supervise when the pit is in use. • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before going in for the night. • Do not use any accelerants to make the fire bigger or light faster. • Buy a vinyl cover to protect the fire pit from the elements when not in use.

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