The Best Of 2016

Everything I read says 2016 was BAD, but I think it’s all a matter of perspective.

I mean, it’s not really what happens in life….but how you react to it, that determines how you see that event when looking back on it.  I thought 2016 was a great year!

 

So, given all the “Top blah, blah, blah…” posts I’ve been reading lately, I thought it high time to post my own for  Superior Construction and Design.  Especially since I’ve blogged with NO regularity whatsoever for about 6 months.  I’m going to do to try to do much better than that this year!  Because there are actually people who are still not on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  How this is even possible- I’m not sure?  But, there are truly those that only keep up with me through my web site.

So……here is a little “best of” for 2016 and what all I’ve been up to:)

In January, I attended the IBS (International Builder’s Show) and the RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) Conference in Las Vegas!   It was a super fun trip and we got to see all kind of new building products.  If you are a construction nerd like I am, you know that just excited the fool outta me!  The hubs flew out with me, along with several of my design and staging friends.  Kristie, aka The Decorologist, attended the Builder’s Show also.  She is the Color Girl for LP (Lousiana Pacific) Smartside Building Products- so we hit all the booths we could while there.  Kristie scored an invite to the Home Advisor Cocktail Party, and it was such fun!

 

 

After the Builder’s Show, we changed hotels and geared up for RESA!  Our girl Molly of Music City Home Staging joined us- and we crammed in 2 full days of awesome info at RESA!  Now….the highlight of that trip was seeing a little show put on by Olivia Newton John…..you’ve heard of her, yes???  Well…..Molly’s hub, who plays bass for, ahem…..Eric Church……(is that name dropping???)  I digress.  Molly’s hub previously played bass for ONJ.  So we were escorted in all fancy-like to the show…..and then escorted all fancy-like up to ONJ’s dressing room.  It was nuts!!  ONJ came in and hugged Molly…..they’re old pals ya see!  Soooo super cool!  ONJ graciously took photos with us, and it was the greatest thing in the world to be standing right there with one of my childhood idols!   I totally missed the epic snowstorm we had here, so that was a bummer.  But.  ONJ!

Another highlight in January was being awarded the Best of Houzz again for the second year in a row!

 

In February, I participated in our local Construction Expo.  It is put on by Wilson Bank and Trust here in Lebanon and I’ve had a booth there for several years.  It is a great event, and just like anything done by WB&T, a class act event to be in!

 

I also attended the Antiques and Garden Show in Nashville with Kristie and we attended the lectures of BUNNY WILLIAMS and Windsor Smith.

BUNNY WILLIAMS, ya’ll.

 

and oh, the keynote was Gwyneth Paltrow……but did I mention Bunny Williams????

In the spring, I went to the Country Living Fair, which is so awesomely held in our little ol’ town!  I attended with a group that I’m part of called the Nashville Influencers.  We had a meet and greet with the Country Living editor, Rachel Hardage.  She was so sweet and we all chatted her up for a while!

Me with Rachel Hardage, editor

Kristie and I at the Fair

Several weeks later, my design crawl girl (that’s what we call each other cause we lurrrvvveeee to attend design-y events together and we get to call it WORK!) Kristie and I attended the O’More College Design House.  Here are a few pics of the beautiful home….

Enter July, and I was awarded the Wilson County Best of the Best Interior Decorator award by the Lebanon Democrat for the THIRD year in a row!!  Is that real???   This is SO very special to me because it’s voted on by the people of Wilson County.  The ones of you that know me and work with me.  That’s the real deal!  I’ve been so humbled each time, and still have to pinch myself to believe that it happened.  If that weren’t enough, I also have been a finalist for those same three years in the Builder category.  Now that just tickles me to pieces because- well…..being a contractor is typically a man’s job.  So to be a finalist in that category just makes me smile ear to ear!  Especially to be a finalist with the builders that were nominated- they were the cream of the crop.

I LOVE Max’s expression in this!!

 

 

In August, I attended a Houzz event with my #designcrawl girl-

 

 

September brought me to my friend, Melanie, to have some pro headshots done.  Been playing around with pics I’d had for a long time- it was time to step it up a notch and get real.

In October, the hubs and I celebrated our SILVER anniversary!  My dearest friend Denise threw us a small surprise get-together that was absolutely perfect- just as anything she does is!

Me with nearly life-long friends of mine, Denise and Phyllis

Then, I was off to Washington, D.C. to attend True Colour Expert training with the expert herself, Maria Killiam.  I’ve wanted to take this training for quite some time, but the timing never worked out.  This fall, it did.  Along with making some new friends, I can now add the status of True Colour Expert to my credentials.

November was HUGE!  What I didn’t mention above is that back in the summer, I had joined a select group of experts in my industry to collaborate on a book project. After working for several months, the book released on November 17th!  I’ve always wanted to write a book, and although I collaborated with several others, I can now say I’m a published author.  We flew to Canada for the red carpet release at a gala event and it was spectacular- truly a dream come true!  Then, when the book released on Amazon on Cyber Monday, we hit number ONE in two genres!  So now our publisher told us to add the words “best-selling” in front of the word author….she (our publisher) was over the moon!  (we were a bit excited as well!)

One other little thing that happened in November only a very FEW know about:  I was contacted by the show Property Brothers sometime late October.  They reached out concerning shows they are going to be filming in the spring in Nashville.  After several emails and phone calls, sending in a resume, (what???  I’ve actually NEVER had a resume.  EVER.  I do now thoough, lol!) the producers flew in from Canada and I met with them in Nashville. Although ultimately not getting/ taking the part (general contractor) I was really interested in meeting with them, seeing how the process of a television interview works, and learning the ins/ outs of what goes into production of one of these shows.  It was SUCH fun meeting with the producers, and I so enjoyed having the opportunity.  When they contacted me it came out of the blue, and it was quite humbling.  I’m honored to have had that experience.

On the first Saturday in December, my friend Michelle Moore had me on her radio show, The Power of Real Estate, to discuss my book.  Another surreal opportunity!  It was SO much fun!  Michelle is great at what she does, and it was really just like sitting there having coffee with a friend!

Later in the month I attended a little Domino book signing in Nashville (designcrawl!) and we chatted with the editor, Jessica Romm!

Jessica Romm and I as she signed my book-

With my girls- Amanda Carlson, The Interior Maven; Lori Pruitt, Lori Pruitt Designs, and of course- Kristi, The Decorologist .

 

The icing on the cake in December was being selected to serve a second term as Tennessee State President for RESA, and receiving the email  that I had been voted one of the Top 10 Redesigners in the U. S.!  Submission for this award was in the fall, so when I got the email, I had almost forgotten about sending in my entry.  We are once again flying to Vegas in a couple of weeks where I will receive the award.

 

 

So that’s it!  If you’ve made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.  I know that having a “job” doing what I love is only made possible by those that support me.  Whether I’ve done work for you, or you follow me on social media, or simply read my blog- YOU are the reason I get to do what I do.  I am keenly aware of that fact, and thank you for your continuous support!  I have lots of fun projects and several events coming us the first of this year- so hang around!

Oh, and if you subscribe to the site, you will be sent a link to my chapter in the book!!  How cool is that??  So what are ya waiting for??

By | January 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Shut the Front Door: Three Ways to Brighten Your Entry

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home is the front entry.  A new door mat and some fresh flowers are always a good start.  But if you really want to up your game, take it a step further.  Here are three entryways we’ve recently designed—the changes range from a fresh coat of paint to an entire remodel.

1. With this entry, we switched out the color of the front door, installed a new storm door, and added new lighting.  When choosing color, it’s important to make sure what you choose has the correct undertones for the fixed elements of the home.

2. Don’t forget about the interior of your entry!  A simple color change can make all the difference.  Take a look at how changing this door slab from builder white to a more intense color has now made the entryway a focal point for the room.

3. With this entry, we installed new iron double doors and framed the entire front with stone.  The new doors really make a statement and totally changed the facade of the home.

By | November 16th, 2016|Coming Home|

Magic in the Paint

I think most of us would agree that when it comes to transforming a space, the quickest (and oftentimes least expensive) way, is with color. A $30 gallon of paint holds within its realm so much possibility. Fresh, new, possibility—and this is the time of year we all want that!

Color is such a powerful thing. It has the ability to affect our mood, our thinking, and even how we associate things with one another. That’s why I’m always baffled when someone puts more thought into what they are having for lunch than what colors they are going to paint their home.

A few of the most often asked questions I receive are these: “What color should I paint my ______?”  (You fill in the blank.)  Or, “What color is popular right now?”  (Really?  You want to paint your home the “popular” color?)  And the best one is this: “I saw this new paint color in my friend’s house, and it was FABULOUS! Just fabulous I tell ya!  So I painted my den the same color and it’s AWFUL! They must have mixed it wrong… it looks nothing like her house!”

Let me fill you in on a little secret… there is no magic paint color.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t work that way. What you have to discern when painting a space is undertone and placement. THIS is the secret.  This is why your friend’s color doesn’t look good in your space.  If you don’t take into consideration the undertones of the fixed elements in the space, the lighting and its direction in the space, and the placement of the color in the space; it will read wrong every single time.

Here are a few examples on one of my current jobs.  My client has lived in her beautiful home for a couple of years, and she was so spot-on in the selection of all her millwork and detailing of her new build. However, when I initially consulted with her, she said it she didn’t feel as if it were warm or pulled-together. As we walked room to room, she began to tell me she didn’t like this color or that color, and before leaving she asked me to paint wherever I felt might need a fresh look. It wasn’t that she needed a fresh look, it was that the colors chosen needed to work cohesively with the beautiful detailing of the home.

 

DINING ROOM

The first room you see when entering the home is this beautiful dining room with a radius window wall and curved tray ceiling.  However, instead of noticing the detailing in the windows and radius, your eye is drawn to the division in the wall with contrasting warm and cool colors working against each other on either side of the chair rail.  By simply extending the wainscoting to the other side of the cased opening and painting it out in the trim color, the space instantly changes and all you see are the details, not the paint.

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COLUMN

Viewing the dining room from the foyer, you immediately notice the stained column. This architectural feature was placed in the house and plan for support, and to define the parameter of the dining room. By staining the column, it disappears into the den beyond, fades into the stone of the fireplace, and shows no relation to the dining room. However when painted out in the trim color, it provides definition to the space and anchors the dining room.

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GREAT ROOM

In this great room view, there are three colors with three very different undertones. Identifying them, and choosing hues with complimentary undertones make the new colors work together instead competing with each other. This was a hard sell to my client, Ginger, because she loved her blue in the kitchen. But I believe, if asked, she would say this is one of her favorite changes.

 

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MASTER BEDROOM

In the master bedroom before, the placement of the dark color on the wall and in the tray ceiling created division in the space. By lightening the walls, and raising the dark hue to the ceiling draws your eye up, and makes this large room seem even larger.

 

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Many thanks to my clients, Brad and Ginger Raines, for allowing me to share their incredible home with Wilson Living readers.  As of press time, we were not completed with this project.  If you want to follow our progress, like Superior Construction and Design on Facebook to see the rest of this breathtaking home.   It was especially fun to feature Ginger’s home as she is a mutual client of mine and my Wilson Living: Coming Home photographer Chesley Summar’s.

For more information on Chesley and Ginger:

Chesley Summar:  www.chesleysummarphotography.com
Ginger Raines:  www.intriguegym.com

By | July 28th, 2016|Coming Home, Home & Garden|

Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway!

I touched on it last week, but here is my first official blog post on my new web site- with a fabulous giveaway!

The Country Living Fair, produced by Country Living Magazine, is coming to OUR town again this year!!

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I have TWO EARLY BIRD three-day passes to give away to one of my readers, courtesy of Country Living and  my Nashville Influencers Group, headed up by my friends at Forest Home Media.  Share this post and let your friends know- it just may be YOU who wins!!

To enter all you need to do is subscribe to our blog and leave a comment on this post, and follow me on Instagram and Facebook- that’s it!  The winner will be selected tomorrow at 9pm cst and announced here and on our Facebook page.

If you are coming to the fair, look for me and buddies in the Nashville Influencers Group on Friday-  We will be there as soon as the doors open, and are scheduled to meet with the Editor-in-Chief of Country Living, Rachel Hardage, at noon!   Here is a shot of us last year gathered together- what fun we had!

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And of course my partner in design #soulsister and #designcrawl girl, Kristie Barnett- the one and only The Decorologist

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Can’t wait to see you this weekend!!

 

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By | April 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Five Steps to be Guest Room Ready

It’s wedding season!  And with that come at least some out of town guests.  Make sure they feel welcomed with these few easy steps to get your guest room guest ready!

This may sound simple, but wash the bed linens.  Even if already clean, nothing smells or feels better than freshly laundered sheets on the bed.  Take inventory of your pillows, and replace any lumpy or mismatched sets.  Place extra towels, linens, and blankets at the foot of the bed.

Place some bottled water and mints by the bedside.  When guests are in your home, no matter how much you offer, usually they won’t “help themselves.”

Providing refreshments in the room allows them to relax and refresh before the next wedding outing.

Fresh flowers or foliage add warmth and life to the space.  A simple bouquet from the grocery for under $10 cut and arranged in a crystal vase adds a bit of grace and elegance.  If your guest are visiting for a more casual wedding, place them in a Mason jar or antique pitcher.  Add books or magazines about your region or town if they have not visited before.

Have plenty of toiletries on hand by picking up some trial sizes at the store of often forgotten necessities.  Add a candle or two for a relaxing evening.

Stack current best selling novels on the nightstand for late night reading.

As with anything, it’s the attention to details that count.  A few simple and inexpensive steps will let your guests know that you care and are happy to have them in your home.

By | March 15th, 2016|Guest Room|
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