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Welcome Welcome to The Artful Dwelling. I am Patricia Parrott, Owner and Creator of this unique design experience. I am an interior and exterior design consultant in the Nashville, TN area. However, I love to create more than just good design. I love to create a whole experience that can appeal to more than just one of your senses. Along with great design, I combine art, photography, and food on this blog to make this a very unique experience.

My love of life, family, friends, colors, textures, fabrics, furniture, food and more all culminate into one unique designer package, offering my clients someone who will not only listen to what they are saying, but a designer who can then take those ideas and turn them into reality. Whether it’s a re-model, new construction or dream stage, I love working one on one with builders and families to design a home that will reflect how a particular family actually lives. My wish is that through a small piece of advice or a delicious food recipe, I can assist my clients in creating their own artful dwelling and respite, so that their home is a special place where magic happens. If you need help with a remodel, addition, or new construction and would like your home to reflect


your personality, lifestyle, and how you really live, connect with me. I'd like to chat with you. Maybe have a cup of “virtual coffee” and discuss your design thoughts and dreams. I also seem to have a lot of funny things happen to me in my pursuit of my passions, so I am all for being real! I’ll post all my funny adventures here on the blog!

Enjoy! Pat

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05/13/2013

Storytelling Through Design I love stories. I am a self-admitted Pollyanna. I have been wandering lately through a lot of different stories. I have also been inspired by many different mediums, photography, wood, metal, jewelry, fabric, and lots of other things. I just had the experience of a lifetime, and one to check off the bucket list. I just got back from South Africa. I have wanted to go to Africa since I was very little. I have traveled outside the US before, but going to South Africa made my mind explode. So many stories in that country, good and bad. I witnessed so much that colors my world now. I saw a giraffe hiding in the trees as I caught air on an ATV. I felt the giant, slimy, pink tongues of elephants as I fed them. I got wet from the spray that comes out their trunks as they get mad when you walk away from giving them snacks. I saw the truest color of tawny, tawny lions as they walked silently through the same color tawny grass and cross the road about 20 yards from us. I saw a very non-attractive wildebeast, stand by himself, stomp and snort at the lions passing by, like "I see you wandering towards my herd, STOP IT". I witnessed tribal workers in our hotel protest being treated horribly by another ethnic group-but their protest was not violent, it was joyous, vibrant, resilient, and wonderfully musical. I witnessed prejudice towards us, American white people-story was because the local platinum mine had shot workers protesting to get more wages. The same local mine is sponsoring my new found friend's daughter to come to America to college. Flew down the longest zip line and felt like I was actually flying like a bird. Cried


when I left this amazing country and my new found friend wondering how she was going to make it when she kissed her daughter goodbye to go to a city, Washington DC, when she did not even know where it is. I got to put my hands on fantastic hand-made, local products that I want to bring to the United States. How do I weave such stories into people's homes and lives? It's such an honor and pleasure to have this challenge, and offer my gifts and talents to do so. I've got so many ideas, projects, products to show you! I get rather hyper about it. It's all about listening, listening to a person or a families story and translating that into colors, accessories, furniture, art, rugs, and lots of other ideas. You'll get to see more of what I have found on various media-on this blog, facebook as Dwell Nashville, Zazzle as The Artful Dwelling, Pinterest as Dwell Nashville, and The Artful Dwelling. My story has lots of facets, so I have a couple of alias' floating around. If you'd like me to be involved in your story and your home, please email or call me. I would love to help.

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04/10/2013

Dwell Nashville Fabulous news! In my last post, I mentioned developing a new brand for my interior design business, and marketing differently. It's all coming together! Dwell Nashville. I will be offering more products and services to help you create your nest -- through home decor, fashion, heart and soul.

I will be consulting with clients on how to better showcase who they are as people, and help


them select products associated with fashion and home decor to let their personality shine through. I'm all into analogies with this right now....I wish to help client's sing their own song, and shine. Everyone can use assistance I think in becoming brave enough to be really comfortable in their own skin. If you are wearing clothes, and living in rooms that really don't fit you and harmonize with who you are as an individual, you might not be as happy or peaceful as you could be. You know when you have a really good hair day, and you have a fantastic clothes that you adore, you feel better! Your home can do that for you also. I think people forget that. That is also why some people move to a different house, they realize their current home doesn't fit them or how their family lives. I can consult with you to find you the right house, create your own nest in it, and help you create the life you want. My Dwell Nashville team consists of a lot of different women who specialize in a particular service and have come through the same process in life and have that same goal in mind for other people. Rather than just selling a product, or building a house, I really think of my new brand as a giving service to other. Yes, I wish to make money obviously, but the mindset is totally different. Products can be sold all over the country, so I will be consulting over the interent as well. To help people understand the concept and visually see 'others' doing this, I am creating fictitious nests on Pinterest. It's so much fun. It's really like playing paperdolls. Keep following this blog until I have another one up and running. Have you ever wanted to go to Market in Atlanta or High Point and see what it's all about? I will be starting a Dwell NashvilleTrunk Show to bring a little big of market to Nashville.

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03/31/2013

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Fashion and Home Design--All in One! I am having a blast! I am doing what I used to love to do as a child--play paperdolls, and make believe! With interior design though, not imaginary friends or dolls--but just as fun. I am very excited to offer complete room designs that reflect a particular aesthetic or scheme and a name to help the consumer understand where I am going with the design and also to be a little funny. As a consumer or client, you can call up and say, "I would like to buy Zsa Zsa's bedroom" or "I would like to buy Fitzgerald's study, but I would like a less expensive desk". Along with designer products, you will find name brand lines that you can purchase locally, paint swatches, wallpaper, countertops, etc. All the room designs are Pinterest! So easy and user friendly. The beauty and ease of this is that I can work in sweat pants, or if you are in Nashville I can bring it all to you, consult with anyone in the country by phone and email, and I can change products to fit your budget. You can also purchase "the look" with the exact paint swatch numbers, and related product item numbers for a flat fee if you feel so inclined to do all the leg work and purchasing yourself. I can work it however you would like to do so and within any budget. You can say, I want "the Gayle bedroom" look but I would like to purchase everything at Target! Or I can deliver to your door a custom bed designed and made just for you. Stay in touch Go onto Pinterest, look me up, http://pinterest.com/parrottpat/boards/, and have a peek. Are you more like Gayle or Denise? If you would like to submit a fictitous "person" that needs a design, just email me and I will put a board for that "person". It's like a design game and paperdolls all rolled into one. Soon I will be announcing a new 'brand' name for this part of my business and offerings. I will be offering styling for the whole person-fashion and home! i.e. if you like "Gayle's bedroom", you will also see clothing and accessories for "Gayle" also. Feel free to email me now if you would like me to create your own look for you!


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03/13/2013

Modern, Mountain Lake Retreat For Sale-Lake Lanier This is one of my former projects that is so special to me. It's my second home. I wanted to buy a lake house on Lake Lanier as a respite from normal life and to be whisked away to a very special place. I knew it was "the one" as soon as I set foot in the house. One of the reasons I love this house is because you feel like you are so far away from Atlanta-but you're really not. It's all intersate to within 5 minutes of the house. North Lake, to me at least, is so much better than South Lake. It's not as crowded, you can scoot around Gainesville very easily without a lot of traffic, and you have the view and feel of the amazing North Georgia Mountains. It really feels like you have been transported to a real retreat--not a neighborhood with houses close together that happen to be on a lake. The minute I turn my car into the driveway, I take in a breath and sigh really big--it's so private, so peaceful, and so charming. There is a farmers market nearby, and a neat grocery store within 10 minutes. It is convenient to everything. Don't let the Lula address fool you. This is unlike other house on South Lake. Totally renovated to evoke more feelings of the mountains, but a little modern and chic too, it's ready to be that place for someone else. Take a look! http://www.coldwellbankeratlanta.com/property/details/1522195/MLS-5084924/4107-CagleRoad-Lula-GA-30554.aspx Here is the listing agent's website: http://www.housesonlanier.net/


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Modern, Mountain Lake Retreat For Sale-Lake Lanier This is one of my former projects that is so special to me. It's my second home. I wanted to buy a lake house on Lake Lanier as a respite from normal life and to be whisked away to a very special place. I knew it was "the one" as soon as I set foot in the house. One of the reasons I love this house is because you feel like you are so far away from Atlanta-but you're really not. It's all intersate to within 5 minutes of the house. North Lake, to me at least, is so much better than South Lake. It's not as crowded, you can scoot around Gainesville very easily without a lot of traffic, and you have the view and feel of the amazing North Georgia Mountains. It really feels like you have been transported to a real retreat--not a neighborhood with houses close together that happen to be on a lake. The minute I turn my car into the driveway, I take in a breath and sigh really big--it's so private, so peaceful, and so charming. There is a farmers market nearby, and a neat grocery store within 10 minutes. It is convenient to everything. Don't let the Lula address fool you. This is unlike other house on South Lake. Totally renovated to evoke more feelings of the mountains, but a little modern and chic too, it's ready to be that place for someone else. Take a look! http://www.coldwellbankeratlanta.com/property/details/1522195/MLS-5084924/4107-CagleRoad-Lula-GA-30554.aspx Here is the listing agent's website: http://www.housesonlanier.net/

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02/21/2013

All Over Again We have finally, maybe found our next house. I have been considering all different locations around Nashville and Williamson County, but I do dearly love the west side of Franklin. We have found ourselves looking at a Brady Bunch house that needs me! I just drew the floor plan of the entire upstairs in my design software. I'm already taking out walls and seeing how it would flow. We have not made an offer yet. We do have to sell a house before all this can happen, but I can dream. I do want to go back and just sit on the land, and get the 'feel' of it. For me, the emotional woman buyer, it's about the feel of a place. I want to see nature, not neighbors, and have a relaxing environment, not a busy neighborhood one. This is a classic case of "everyone else is scared of this house but me". It has been on the market 9 months I believe, with no offers. Even though it needs an overhaul inside, what makes it a great deal are: all the major systems have been replaced in the last year or so, including roof, HVAC, double pane windows, and all the plumbing and major electrical equipment and appliances could stay in the same place--if I want them too. Maybe I want to change where they are...don't quite know yet. I can tell which walls are load bearing, so I can easily see what I can take down. I can't show you pictures yet because it's not a done deal, but let's just say...it is a true 70's split level with wrought iron, white railings inside, the most ornate 70's bathroom cabinets I have ever seen, gold faucets, and a mustard yellow master bath. My kind of gem! I'll keep you posted!If you need help finding a gem or renovating one in Nashville, give me a call.

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02/20/2013

Westhaven-A Great Family Neighborhood Westhaven is one of those great family neighborhoods near Nashville where your kids can play nearby, you can walk to the grocery store, the neighborhood's own elementary school, restaraunts, a daycare, and other professional offices. It does remind you of a time long ago, where cities were actually like that and everyone knew each other. There is a sense of belonging here. Luckily, the real estate market in Westhaven has not fallen as much as other areas in Nashville or in Middle Tennessee, and values are starting to come back up. People seek out this neighborhood, move in, and then keep moving around inside the neighborhood--they love it that much.The home values are protected by all those great feautures that people keep seeking out. If you have a large family, or need an in-law suite, you need to check out this listing. It was especially designed with moms in mind. There is a huge mud room with cubbies, a very large walk-in pantry, and a mom control center/office right off the kitchen as well. It also have one of the biggest backyards in Westhaven that backs up to woods! It also has a custom retaining wall, stone flanked flower beds and a fountain. The floor plan is flexible enough that you can have 4-6 bedrooms, and you have a front staircase and a back staircase for convenience. To be a large house, it's very comfortable and relaxing, not overly decorated or dramatic. Front the front porch, from the family room, and backyard you can see for miles. It is a terminal lot, so no one is in front of you to obstruct your views. There is a historically correct paint color scheme for the outisde of the home, plus custom from doors copied from a 1920's brownstone in New York City. To many custom features to list here. Take a peek! http://www.showcasebyagent.com/sba/index.php?sbo=ba1211301


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01/23/2013

Relocating to Nashville? It's the best place to live! Nashville is so hot right now-with the ABC TV show, music production of all genre's of music, professional football, hockey, and a reasonably steady and growing real estate market. I just


talked to a real estate friend who told me that in my area, there were around the same level of sales in December as in 2007. That is an amazing statement. New construction is finally started again. Johnny Depp may be moving here, things are hopping! The rolling hills of Tennessee landscape is what made me fall in love with this state and with the Nashville area 16 years ago. I love the fact that you can be in downtown Nashville, and 20 minutes later you can be out where it feels like you are far away, in farm land and private settings. Franklin has the quintessential small town feel ..a great town square with the restored Franklin Theater, and a charm that is hard to pass up. Franklin also has a stellar work/live/play community in Westhaven. You can walk or bike to the grocery store, UPS store, Mexican and Chinese restaraunts, the golf course, and many playgrounds. There is one house on the market right now in Westhaven that has the biggest backyard on the market, many designer upgrades and finishes, huge mudroom, mom's control center next to the large walk in pantry, 4-6 bedrooms, and three potential family/tv areas, beautiful backyard with custom patio and retaining wall, rock walls around the flower beds and fountain, and great landscaping. If you are relocating to Nashville area, this is a great home. Take a peek: http://www.showcasebyagent.com/sba/index.php?sbo=ba1211301 My friend Sarah has it listed: sarahkilgore@realtracs.com or 615-948-1887


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01/14/2013

Deer in the Living Room My latest obsession for a new house to renovate when our's sells is one of those gems that other people probably don't see as a gem! It's on 2 acres, in a great part of Nashville to recoup your money and flip, has the space to easily open up rooms and make the kitchen bigger. It has been for sale for a while--one of the reasons just might be the large deer statue that is in the living room. It's bronze, fairly large, with antlers, and just looks into the dining room. As a buyer, you really got to look past some things. I will keep you posted. If this goes my way, should be as interesting as The Lake House Tale. The house hasn't been touched since 1971--has some really cool 70's fireplaces in it! Posted at 02:09 PM in Design, Designing On A Tight Budget, Investment Property | Permalink | Comments (0)

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01/09/2013

Lake Renovation My beloved Lake House, a modern, mountain and lake retreat near Atlanta, is for sale. Renovating this house long distance in only 6 weeks was such a rush. It has had two fantastic rental years, and it's time for someone else to enjoy this house and or use it as a vacation rental home. Some of the things in here I did so inexpensively and some items I spend a lot of money on. Take a peek! http://housesonlanier.net/Properties/4107_Cagle/4107Cagle.htm

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ABOUT ME • My earliest memories include fabrics and color. Even as a young girl, I’d design clothing and homes in my imagination, conjuring up unique combinations of textures and color to get just the right combination in my head to create a beautiful, finished product. I live near Nashville with my husband, two wonderful kids, three horses, and three dogs. I am a southern girl at heart and absolutely love what I do.

Pat Parrott

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