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kitchens that are smokin’

I’m always tearing things out of magazines, pinning, or bookmarking photos of spaces that are inspiring.
These are a few kitchens I’ve found lately that I’m…


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Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams
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Which is your favorite!?

xo, jc

gorgeous stenciled ceiling in progress by Bella Decorative Painting!

parade home details! details! details!

It’s almost here! After months of preparation, planning, and PRAYING, we’re almost down to the opening day of the 2011 Parade of Homes!

I’ve had lots of folks asking about when and where to see the home tour this year, so direct from House and Home Magazine, here are the details:

Parade of Homes Fall 2011

gorgeous stenciled ceiling in progress by Bella Decorative Painting!

After a hiatus, the Parade of Homes™ is returning the Nashville area. The 17-day event is scheduled from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, October 9 in the Annandale neighborhood in Brentwood.

(If you’re not familiar with the neighborhood, type “our” address into your GPS.  It’s 9263 Carrisbrook Lane, Brentwood TN 37027)

Sponsored by Triton Stone Group and presented by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, the parade is being held courtesy of developer CPS Land. Four beautiful homes constructed by middle Tennessee’s top builders will be decorated by noted interior designers.

Gazillions of ideas is the only way to describe the Parade of Homes, a single site event in a Middle Tennessee area neighborhood with easy parking.
Visitors from throughout the southeast have come to rely on the premier event for the latest ideas in what is cool, new, and different in home building, architecture, interior design, furnishings, and landscape.

Home tours are a popular form of entertainment. The Parade of Homes has distinguished itself as an event where builders, designers, and sub-contractors showcase their most creative work. Companies use the event to launch new products and services including countertops, appliances, tile, brick, carpet, and audio/video outdoor and indoor systems.


Tickets are $12 at the gate. Hours are from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Brentwood’s Annandale neighborhood. The last tickets of the day are sold at 7 p.m.

For more information visit


Founded in 1941, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT) is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A voluntary non-profit trade association, HBAMT is dedicated to promoting the American dream of homeownership in Middle Tennessee through affordable, quality housing.

Carbine & Associates
Carbine & Associate’s builders are John Montgomery, JB Haile, and Brandon Ketcham.  Designer for the Parade home is Julie Couch of Julie Couch Interiors.

The French eclectic home features reclaimed Chicago brick and curved, sweeping rooflines. The exterior is accented with iron flower boxes and integrated brick planters that bookend the porch. The Great Room features a painted coffered ceiling, limestone mantle and hearth, and a metal beaded chandelier.

royal design studio stencil
another pretty piece of work in progress by Bella Decorative Painting

Grove Park Construction
Grove Park Construction’s 6,400-sq. ft. Annandale home features five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, all conceived with functionality and luxury in mind. Kathleen Evers is the project designer.

The home features a French eclectic style with European lines.The entry foyer is open to the second floor and down to the wine cellar. The kitchen features cream glazed cabinets accented with Calcutta Gold marble countertops.

Hidden Valley Homes
Trina Spangler founded Hidden Valley Homes and works with every customer from start to finish, assisting with selections—from brick and shingles to paint colors and tile. Each home becomes a unique masterpiece, from the original design to the final brush stroke. Jim Spangler has over 25 years of home building experience and has worked for a Top 10 National Home builder.

Jennifer Jones of Jennifer Jones Design, a veteran of more than a dozen show homes, is the project designer.
Established Colonial and French Normandy touches are found in the home’s Old World exterior. The two-story foyer features a chiseled limestone floor and hand-turned wrought iron spindles from a local blacksmith. Walnut floors are included in the kitchen and family room.

Legend Homes, LLC
Legend Homes, LLC, a locally owned and operated custom building company, specializes in building homes with innovative designs and innovative technology, offering its customers the best products with the optimum value. This is the company’s second Parade of Homes™ event following its award-winning success at the 2007 event at Stream Valley.

Designers for the project are Jason Bradshaw and Bob Deal of Bradford’s Interiors. They’re collaborating with Legend Homes, as they did in 2007 when the Stream Valley home was an award winning home in the Parade of Homes™. The transitional country European home features a brick and rock facade. The wrap-around porch is fitted with custom iron railing. Designed to feel like a French bakery, the kitchen features custom painted cabinets, a coffered ceiling, with faux-finished beams.

Please make plans to stop by and say “hello.”  We’d love to see you there!

xo, jc


what’s cookin’?

Last weekend I desperately needed a couple hours to do something fun and stress-free.

I needed a chance to relax and spend some time doing something I didn’t “have” to do.

So, since I enjoy baking, and it was Scarlett’s birthday; I made birthday cookies.

I’m sharing some photos of these, so you can see just how far away I get from “work” when I’m relaxing…

Not too far;)

I do love what I do, and this is another way I saw that it’s woven into me.

The best part was laughing with Scarlett when she opened the box of goodies.

Do something silly this weekend, and enjoy yourself!

I’m starting to believe it’s true, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

xo, jc


something new to love

I went to a design conference in LA last month, and I was so happy to attend the launch party for a new online magazine.  The content of the new magazine was kept a mystery until yesterday…

So, in case you haven’t seen it yet, Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine have collaborated to create a new online shelter magazine called Trad Home.

And it’s fantastic!

I actually went through it two times last night just so I could take in all the gorgeous images!

In its premiere issue, Trad Home features work from some hot new designers.

It’s a great balance of the classics with a little funk thrown in for good measure.

What do you think?

xo, jc

Design by Barbara Barry; Chairs by Baker

yummy dining chairs

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about dining table and chair combos.  It was so much fun I decided to show you a dozen more dazzling dining chairs!

Your dining room is the perfect place to go glam or take a risk.  Whether your dream dining room is all grandeur and opulence, or it’s understated and rustic, take your time and choose elements you love.  Then sit down and enjoy!

Some of my favorites are here, but remember this is just the starting point!  Almost any chair can be upholstered in your favorite fabric or finished with the perfect patina. 

This is the canvas.  It’s up to you to create a masterpiece!

For example, look at how Barbara Barry made this dining room unlike any other…

Design by Barbara Barry; Chairs by Baker
Now look at these lovelies to get your creative juices flowing…
Lee Industries
Oly Studio
Hickory Chair
Restoration Hardware
Baker Furniture
Lee Industries

Oly Studio
Hickory ChairVanguard Furniture

I used a couple of these host chairs alongside long, low, skirted benches with a rustic farm table. 

 The mix of modern and rustic is a favorite combination for me.  
Host chair by Lee Industries

And how fabulous would a pair of these be around a round table?!! 

Lee Industries

 Or these burlap beauties with a dark, espresso table

chair by Noir LA

 And maybe these around a high gloss, laquered table?

chair by Hickory Chair

Which is your favorite?

xo, jc