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Tudor style in Green Hills

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Find decorating ideas, inspiration on holiday home tour Seasonal tablescapes to impress your guests

Metallic tones lend sparkle and shimmer to a holiday table setting. Traditions salt & pepper set, $32 at Color. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLOR

Market Spotlight: Green Hills Tudor

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The sun porch of the Clark home in Brentwood sports holiday greenery, tiny twinkling lights and more. It’s one of four houses featured on the Homes for the Holidays tour. PHOTOS BY DAN MENLOVE / TN MEDIA GROUP

Homes for the Holidays tour offers holiday decorating inspiration


o you need some ideas and inspiration to get your home decked out for the holidays? The Homes for the Holidays tour in Brentwood, set for Dec. 6-8, is the perfect way to find stunning decorating ideas to make your home a holiday wonderland. The second annual event, which benefits the work of the Literacy Council of Williamson County, will feature four Brentwood homes decorated by some of the area’s premier designers. “Last year’s inaugural event surpassed all of our initial expectations with over 1,500 people touring the homes,” says Barbara Nowak, co-chair of the tour. “We are eager to see what the designers have in store for us this year.” Designers Rhonda Perry, owner of RDP Design, and Gail Adkins, owner of Change Magic Interior Redesign (with a little help from assistant Casey Johnson) are working together on

decorations for the home of Michael and Stayce Clark in Windstone. Perry says she approaches a holiday design the same as any other decorating project. “I visit the home and get the feel of what the client likes,” says Perry. “I take photos and inventory their holiday décor, then study the photos I’ve taken. The décor ideas just start coming.” According to Adkins, a big part of any holiday decorating project is listening to the homeowners to discuss their likes and dislikes, as well as their general needs during the season. “We discuss holiday entertainment plans, the possibility of stay-over houseguests, holiday traditions and anything else that will help me understand her holiday needs,” says Adkins. “We inventory the existing décor together, take photos and discuss options.”



Other properties featured on the tour — and their respective designers — are: • The home of Meg and George Hill, Brentwood Country Club. Designer: Jennifer Markanich, Timeless Interiors • The home of Judy and Dick Williams, Highlands of Belle Rive. Designers: Richard Edwards, RED/Richard Edwards Design (formerly with Gabriel’s Garden) and Deana Slemp, Deana Designs • The home of Kim and Ryan Foster, Princeton Hills. Designer: Tim Causey, ReCreations “We hope the visitors on the tour experience a magical holiday atmosphere and go home with fresh new ideas to spice up their homes for the holidays,” says Perry. As for homeowner Stayce Clark, she’s already learned some helpful tips from the design team that transformed her home for the tour. “Having professional designers like Gail and Rhonda to bring their ideas and creativity into our home has been amazing,” says Clark. “They have taken the same decorations we’ve used for years and used them in so many different ways.” While the home tour is a fun and festive event, it also raises awareness of a very serious issue: members of our community are dealing with illiteracy and a lack of education. ABOVE: Greenery highlights the foyer with swags of pine filled with “We know that visitors will ooh and ahh golden leaves, magnolias and tiny white lights. INSET: Step right up over the fabulous decorations, but we also for hot cocoa on the sun porch. The Clarks will be serving hot chocolate want them to know about how the Literacy during the tour. Proceeds will benefit the Literacy Council. Council and its volunteers are helping others and enriching their community,” says Nowak. According to Rita Dozier, executive director of the Literacy >> TOUR, FROM PAGE 5 Council of Williamson County, the scope of literacy problems If you’re planning to do your own holiday decorating this in Williamson County is broader than most people realize. year, Adkins and Perry both suggest visiting websites and flip“It’s hard to believe that in this affluent county we have ping through magazines for ideas and inspiration. more than 10,000 adults with less than a high school educa“If you get overwhelmed by the scale of your home or your tion,” she says. big plans, by all means call a designer or decorator to get But through the council’s tutoring programs, all of which are another perspective,” says Adkins. “But do it early to ensure free, those community members can receive tutoring sessions there’s time for both of you to enjoy the process and to make adjustments before you light the first candle.” > > TOUR, PAGE 14 6 | UPSCALE HOMES BUYERS GUIDE | WINTER 2013

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Serving pieces become part of the holiday tablescape. Brocade double old-fashioned glass, $15; mercury glass spreader, $12; and Juliska Firenze hostess tray, $88. Available at Color. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLOR

Designing your holiday table setting


ust as landscaping is the art of decorating your lawn to present it in its best possible light, tablescaping is the art of dressing and decorating your table to set the tone and mood for your event. “We’re surrounded by beautiful things in our homes. Why not enjoy those things when you’re having a meal?” asks Teri DuChaine, store manager at Color in Green Hills. And the holidays are the ideal time to “get grander with your decorating design,” says DuChaine. As DuChaine notes, the holiday season gives people permission to “go crazy” with their decorating. While the design process is the same for decorating any time of year, when it comes to holiday decorating, DuChaine says folks feel like they have permission to really express themselves. “People feel insanely confident at Christmas time,” says DuChaine. “It’s the time of year when we get a lot of people come in for ideas.” But many of those visitors are fearful of decorating and aren’t sure where to start. “Some people are intimidated by decorating. They think they’re not good at it,” says DuChaine, who notes that for most people, it’s just a matter of getting a little guidance and having an opportunity to explore and see what they like. 8 | UPSCALE HOMES BUYERS GUIDE | WINTER 2013

“You just have to start somewhere. It’s one piece that’s going to spark that vision that becomes your tablescape,” says DuChaine. And for people who are overwhelmed by decorating or feel they aren’t good at it, the smaller landscape of a table — versus an entire room — can be an excellent place to start. “Tablescaping is a way for people to get really creative and design a mini vignette in their home,” DuChaine says. DuChaine and other design pros can serve as that voice of approval, giving a novice decorator confidence. She notes, however, that in the end, the design is the client’s creation. “We’re just here to be a bridge,” she says. “It’s their vision — not ours. We’re here to give them some ideas — not to give them the entire tablescape.” Getting started When it comes to any decorating project, a good place to start is with color. According to DuChaine, whether it’s a holiday design or everyday home décor, you should consider the colors you already have in your home. “People will be drawn to colors they like. That’s a great start> > TABLESCAPES, PAGE 10


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ing point,” says DuChaine. You may browse the shop and find a napkin ring that catches your eye, says DuChaine, or a napkin in a color or pattern you really like. “If you can hone in on one item, you go from there,” she says. It’s the Eureka moment, as DuChaine calls it. She can recognize it. She sees it in a customer’s eyes when they find that piece that captures their interest and commands their attention. “It just takes one piece to let your imagination go,” she says. From that one piece, you build your design by adding other items — a placemat, a tablerunner — as you set up your mock tablescape. DuChaine encourages browsers to identify elements or themes to work with as a template. “Focus in on a few colors, textures or themes and then repeat them,” says DuChaine. “Repetition is really going to pull it all together for you. That makes for the most beautiful tablescape. I generally like to work with three elements as a starting point, like wood, glass and metal.” With your three elements in mind, it’s time to start building your vignette. While the design process starts with a single item, perhaps chosen for its color, it could just as well be an icon, such as Father Christmas or a Christmas tree. But don’t limit yourself to traditional Christmas motifs, DuChaine advises. “People may come in with an idea of traditional Christmas colors or themes, but then they see vignettes in the store and realize there are other options,” says DuChaine. Browse through the shop and select items that repeat your colors or themes, and then arrange them together to see how they look. Put pieces in and take pieces away. Swap something with another item. Experiment, says DuChaine. DuChaine views decorating as an organic process. No two designs follow the same evolution, with each design decision flowing into the next. The beauty of tablescaping — and decorating in general — is there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about what speaks to you. It’s about the vision you create as you go through the process. Try several things and see which you like best, says DuChaine. Set up different looks in the store and take something home. If you don’t love it, return it. (Always check the store’s return policy first. Some seasonal items may not be eligible for return.) Formal vs. casual Even if you’re not planning a formal event, you can still have fun with your tablescape and create a lovely setting for your guests. And some elements considered part of fine dining can serve you well in a casual atmosphere. For instance, while cloth napkins and napkin rings are expected with fine dining, you can still make these elements work in a more casual setting. “You can have a tablerunner and still be casual,” says DuChaine. “Nice napkins and rings can be casual, or you can add formal glassware to a casual setting to turn it up a notch. Use china in a casual setting to give it a more elegant feel.” Even if you’re using a very elegant cloth napkin, when you pair it with more casual elements, the overall tone will be more relaxed. “If you go with an over-the-top centerpiece, tone down the 10 | UPSCALE HOMES BUYERS GUIDE | WINTER 2013

The tablescape is more than just place settings. Use the space to create spectacular centerpieces and holiday scenes. Westgate pillar holder, $50; Guardian pillar holder, $68; gold metal tree, $125; and brocade double old-fashioned glass, $15. Available at Color. place setting a bit, in order to enhance the centerpiece. If you go with a simple centerpiece, get heavy with the colors and/or textures of the place setting,” says DuChaine. DuChaine does warn though against forcing items to work in a certain way. “You shouldn’t have to work too hard to make something more formal or casual,” says DuChaine. “If it’s not working, don’t force it.” DuChaine suggests that you experiment by mixing formal styles with some casual or “earthy” themes. Burlap may not sound very formal, but when you take a tablerunner inset with burlap, mix it with the shimmer of mercury glass accessories and blend in some colorful elements, you can create a stunningly elegant tablescape. If you lean toward a more eclectic style, don’t be afraid to carry that over into your tablescape. DuChaine says you can pull off eclectic; it’s all about the repetition. “As long as you have a connecting or common thread that repeats, you can still make an eclectic design work — even > > TABLESCAPES, PAGE 14



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his lovely Tudor-style home located on a quiet street in Green Hills offers 4,066 square feet of luxurious living space. With four bedrooms, four full baths and one half-bath, this property has plenty of room. The open floor plan makes for easy entertaining, with room for guests to mix and mingle and flow throughout the space. One of the bedrooms is ideally suited for a nursery, while other spaces are perfect to house a library or home office. The home has a formal dining room just off the foyer and a breakfast nook just off the kitchen. Other amenities include a wet bar, den, gas heat and a fireplace. The property is located at 500 Oaklawn Ave. and priced at $799,000. For more information, contact Richard Courtney with Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates at 615-3008189 (mobile) or 615-202-7777 (office) or visit The welcoming foyer ushers guests into the open space of Photos courtesy of Showcase Photographers

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The large living room is open to the foyer and into the breakfast nook and kitchen.

ABOVE: The spacious master bedroom has a trey ceiling and lovely bay window. UPPER RIGHT: The luxurious master bath has a tub and spacious glass shower. Handsome cabinetry sets the tone for this relaxing space. LOWER RIGHT: The well-appointed kitchen and its sizeable breakfast nook open into the living room, making entertaining a breeze.




and assistance with earning a high-school equivalency diploma. “Just one study guide that we use in our tutoring sessions costs $20,” says Dozier. “When you buy a ticket for the Homes for the Holidays tour, you enable us to provide that guide to a student. If you bring four of your friends along on the tour, your ticket purchase means that we can pay for GED tests for one individual who would otherwise be unable to afford them.” Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Hours for the tour are 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and noon-6 p.m. on Dec. 7-8. In addition to the public tours offered Dec. 6-8, tour organizers are also hosting a special preview party on Dec. 5. For $100 per ticket, guests will attend an exclusive event at the Andrews Cadillac showroom where they will get a sneak peak at the new Cadillac CTS. The preview will include wine and hors d’oeuvres at each AT A GLANCE of the show homes. Homes for the Holidays Tickets are available Brentwood area online at www.homes4hDec. 6-8 and at particiSpecial preview party: Dec. 5 pating merchants in wood and Franklin. A corner of the sun porch gets a rustic touch with a wooden wheelbarrow and an old tractor seat. Add seasonal greenery and surprise packages and you have a great holiday display. >> TABLESCAPES, FROM PAGE 10

you during the holidays and even at other times of the year.

in a formal setting,” says DuChaine. Don’t hesitate to take your tablescape beyond the table setting to the sideboard or buffet. Create a mini version of the centerpiece or simply repeat elements from your table setting. You can even carry the theme from your table to the area surrounding the dining space. This will tie the whole area together.

Versatility DuChaine emphasizes looking for items that do double duty and work in a variety of settings. Pieces such as baskets, bowls and candlesticks can work throughout the year in a number of designs. You should also consider how you can change up your holiday design to create variations using the same pieces. If you entertain a lot during the holidays, you may tire of seeing the same old table setting over and over — even though it looks brand-new to a new group of guests. With slight changes, you can get multiple looks from a core group of accessories. Remove glittery branches and replace them with simple greenery. Change the color of the candles or napkins. Small changes can create an entirely different look. Holiday decorating should be an enjoyable exercise. To avoid stress, DuChaine recommends that you give yourself time so that you’re not rushed. “Start early, and have fun with it,” she says. And if you’re having trouble pulling it all together, ask for a little professional help. These people love what they do, and they’re glad to give you IF YOU GO a little creative nudge. Color “I love being that bridge 2104 Crestmoor Road, that helps the client reach Green Hills their vision, and we’re 615-269-3071 excited to see clients leave with what they’ve created,” says DuChaine. “It’s exciting to see that spark.”

Trends Trends come and go, but while trends in fashion, furniture and cars can be fleeting, DuChaine points out that home decorating trends tend to last longer. (Anyone out there wearing shoulder pads?) And since trends are transient, it’s wise to only invest in a style if it’s something that you really like. “There are too many beautiful things in this world to settle for a trend you don’t like,” says DuChaine. “If you don’t like it, don’t you dare bring it into your home.” DuChaine suggests that you try out a trend by purchasing a small or inexpensive item to see how you like it before making a bigger investment. And always follow your instincts. “At the end of the day, your personal style should always win,” she says. According to DuChaine, some current trends for this holiday season include designs done in winter white and those that include wood and other natural elements. Another big trend this season is mercury glass, also known as silvered glass. First manufactured in the 1840s as an affordable alternative to silver, mercury glass (rest assured, it doesn’t actually contain mercury) is making a comeback. Whether it’s bowls, candlesticks, decorative votives or other glassware, mercury glass can serve 14 | UPSCALE HOMES BUYERS GUIDE | WINTER 2013


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