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Spring Into Home Maintenance

Categories: Home Maintenance Tips | Posted: March 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Spring Into Home Maintenance

You’ve been waiting for months, and it’s finally arrived! That light jacket, nice breeze, blooming flowers, sunshiny spring weather is here, and it’s sure to turn your winter frown upside down.

So, how can you shake off winter and prep your house for that better weather? Check out our ideas for getting your home in tip-top spring shape.

Rejuvenated Roof
It’s essential. Your first line of defense from the elements. Now is the time to get your roof inspected for any winter precipitation damage or loose shingles.

Glamorous Gutters
It’s not a glamorous job, but someone’s gotta get up there, roll up the sleeves, and clean out those gutters. Make sure they’re cleared of leaves and debris and have no cracks that could potentially lead to water damage in your home.

Fresh Filters
Change out your air filters to ensure no debris creates blockages in your AC that keep you from cooling down when the summer heats up.

Suitable Screens
Picture yourself sitting around the table with that natural breeze cooling down your home instead of turning on the AC. Ahhh, you can just feel it now. Clean your screens with soap and water and patch up any potential holes so you can keep the windows open all night long. Use the extra cash from your AC bill to get yourself an ice cream instead.

Pick your Paint
Refresh your winter warped paint on the outside of your home (and inside if you’re feeling spring clean crazy!). Get the whole family together for a paint party this spring. Kill two birds with one stone by making your home look fantastic while also protecting it from the weather elements.

Laborious Lawnmower
It’s everyone’s favorite chore! (Notice the hint of sarcasm) In all seriousness, your yard will look great this spring and summer so long as your lawnmower is in good shape. It might need an oil change, or the blades sharpened to get that clean cut, fresh look.

Strong Seals
No, not the adorable sea creatures. It’s a perfect time to check the seals around your windows and doors after all that winter weather to keep the cool air in and the bills down.

Bountiful BBQ
We all love our spring and summer BBQs. Take a peek at your BBQ and make sure it’s cleaned out and ready to be fired up on a nice night with friends and family.

Phew! That was a little hard but necessary work. Your future self will thank you for lower cost bills, less potential for damages, and a beautiful home and yard.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 13, 2017 | Comments Off on City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin is a city where the history, music, and culture run deep. From traditional roots to cowboy boots, Franklin, Tennessee has it all.

Franklin is filled with charming culture and long-standing tradition. Named after founding father Benjamin Franklin, the city has increased its population more than fivefold since 1980. Now ranked as the 7th largest city in the state of Tennessee, Franklin continues to enjoy exceptional growth and prosperity.

Successful growth allows the city to support an array of thriving industries and businesses. Several health care companies, Provident Music Group, and Nissan’s North American headquarters call Franklin home.

The unemployment rate is currently at 3.5%, and future job growth is projected at 41.04%, creating a prime economy for residence.

Education is important in Franklin, as families are served by the Williamson County School District, and Franklin Special School District. Franklin also boasts a number of private schools, as well as top-rated colleges and universities, including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Williamson College.

Holding true to its roots, Franklin offers several traditional festivals and annual events.

Franklin has been included in many pop culture references. Nashville filmed many of their concert scenes in the Franklin Theater, and Bruno Mars and The Beatles shot notable music videos in the Historic District of Franklin.

There is plenty to see and do. Spend the day sipping local wine at Arrington Vineyards, or sample premium spirits at H Clark Distillery and Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Enjoy an afternoon shopping at CoolSprings Galleria or visit Lotz House, which is known as “ground zero” for the Battle of Franklin.

Looking to make your move to Franklin, Tennessee? Discover Regent Homes at Berry Farms and Westhaven. Both are traditional neighborhood developments that offer a modern, urban lifestyle, in a quiet suburban setting. Homeowners enjoy residential shopping, dining, and offices in a walkable, family-friendly community. Select from town center homes and townhomes at Berry Farms, and town center homes at Westhaven.

Whether it is for work or play, maybe a little in between, visit Franklin, Tennessee. Experience firsthand southern tradition and excellence in one of Tennessee’s favorite towns.

 

Five Benefits for Buying New Construction

Categories: News | Posted: March 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Benefits for Buying New Construction

Outdated building codes, exorbitant remodeling costs, and lack of square footage are just a handful of the negative features associated with older homes.

New construction offers abounding opportunities and benefits. Today, we are exploring five benefits for buying new construction.

Modern Layout
US homes are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, offering numerous opportunities for luxurious modern features. Today’s homeowners enjoy a master suite with an en-suite bath, additional bedrooms and bathrooms, and a modern open layout.

Present-day homes are designed with the family in mind. Open floorplans allow for ease of entertainment, as guests can move from the kitchen, to the living room, opposed to being closed off in “formal” rooms.

Lower Operational and Maintenance Cost
New homes allow you to move in, knowing that key features are incorporated to save money on operational and maintenance cost.

The average remodeling cost is $36,000, but can be upwards of $100,000. New homes are move-in ready and do not require costly updates.

Regent Homes EnergySmart program ensures homes exceed building and energy codes, and reduce energy usage and water consumption. Advanced construction materials are used to create a healthier, quieter home for you and your loved ones. The result – a durable, sustainable, and cost-effective home that allows you to spend more time enjoying your new home.

Lower operational and maintenance costs will save you both time and money, two of your most valued resources.

Safety
A primary concern of families is safety. Buying new allows you to rest assured that your new home is up to code, built with new quality building materials, and free of harmful materials.

New homes allow you to start fresh, instead of moving into a home filled with unknown history. New homes provide a safer and healthier environment.

Warranty
New homes are an investment, which is why your new home’s warranty is one of your greatest assets. Everything in your home will be brand new, providing you with peace of mind.

Here at Regent, we provide a 1-year builder warranty which includes structural defects and defective materials which are not apparent upon your inspection prior to closing. The warranty is also extended to cover common construction deficiencies that can occur.

Regent Homes also offers an optional 10-year structural warranty through the Bonded Builder Warranty Program.

Many products in your new Regent home will also include manufacturer’s warranties, protecting your investments in the years to come.

New Community
New construction lends the opportunity to live in the best new communities. Whether you are seeking the perfect walkable community, or desire a modern family-friendly neighborhood, new construction allows you to take your pick.

Regent Homes builds in a number of communities, providing the perfect community that will meet all of your needs.

If any of these benefits interest you, a new home may be best for you. Interested in exploring your options? Visit our www.RegentHomesTN.com to learn more about our homes and communities. We offer the perfect home that will meet all of your modern desires.

Create an Accent Wall

Categories: Decorating Ideas | Posted: February 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Create an Accent Wall

Tired of coming home to your dull, beige colored walls each day? Looking for a change?

Bring life to your space with an accent wall. This easy update is sure to deliver big results to your next home project.

Follow our 5 simple steps, and see what a difference a fresh coat of paint can do for you and your home.

Pick Your Wall
Where are your eyes drawn each time you enter the room? Choose the wall that will accent the room best.

In a living room, the focal point is usually the wall with architectural detail, such as a fireplace or built-in bookshelves. Often, the best wall in your bedroom is the headboard wall. Adding a pop of color will add just the right contrast to freshen up the look of your room.

Follow the 60-30-10 Rule
When choosing the perfect paint color, do not let the number of options overwhelm you. Instead, follow the 60-30-10 rule, which states:
60 Percent:  60% of the room represents your dominant color choice, including painted surfaces and décor. In a living room, this would be most of your walls, accent pieces such as large area rugs, and a sofa.

30 Percent: 30% is your secondary color, which includes accent chairs, painted furniture, bed linens, draperies, and most importantly, your accent wall.

10 Percent: 10% is the accent color, which includes throw pillows and artwork.

Pick Up the Paint
After establishing the perfect color scheme for your room, head to your local home improvement store to pick out your accent color. Color palettes are a great tool in selecting the shade that will fit your room best.

Be sure to buy a can of primer if you plan on painting a light color over a dark color, or if you are covering up semi-gloss or gloss paint.

Line Away
When it comes to painters tape, be sure you do not cut any corners. Carefully line the wall, as paint roller lines will become very visible against the contrasting walls.

Covering your floors with a protective covering, such as a drop cloth or plastic sheet, guarantees a mess-free project for you and your home.

Paint, Paint, Paint
Once your room is prepped and ready to go, apply your primer as directed. Apply two coats of your accent color, for optimal results.

Allow your walls time to cure, and take into consideration any conditions such as humidity that may add time to the process. Once cured, remove your floor coverings and painters tape, and enjoy your new room!

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for a home – both new and old. Create your own accent wall, and enjoy the positive changes it can make!

Spotlight – Rose Hill Model at Sherwood Green Estates

Categories: Nolensville, Sherwood Green Estates, Single Family Homes | Posted: February 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Spotlight – Rose Hill Model at Sherwood Green Estates

Host of the 2015 Parade of Homes, Sherwood Green Estates is one of Nolensville’s newest premier communities. A stately entrance greets visitors, as tree-lined sidewalks lead the way to your new home. This family-friendly community includes a variety of amenities including pocket parks, preserved nature areas, a greenway, and a walking trail along Mill Creek.

You will never run out of room for guests in this entertaining-friendly Rose Hill model, one of many beautiful available in the Sherwood Green Estates community. Complete with 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, and a 3 car garage, experience the true meaning of livability in this open design concept home.

Step inside the beautiful brick beauty and find the home of your dreams. On the left, you will find your study, complete with ample lighting and coffered ceilings. On the right, your elegant formal dining room with trey ceilings awaits guests.

What better place to prepare your favorite meals than in your expansive kitchen. Abundant storage space in available in your beautiful cabinetry and generous room for friends and family at the kitchen island and in the breakfast room.

Escape to your private oasis in your owner’s suite, which offers access to the back covered porch. Prepare for your day in your luxurious bathroom, completed with a large walk-in closet and two separate vanities.

In addition to the owner’s suite, the first floor also features 2 additional bedrooms.

Upstairs, you will find the remaining 2 bedrooms, a private bathroom, and a bonus room – the perfect space for guests and entertainment.

Off the great room, you will find a covered porch with ceiling fan. Ideal best entertaining space, with an open backyard and covered porch, complete with a ceiling fan for the hot summer months of Middle Tennessee.

This beautiful home is a must see. Take a look for yourself! Come by our Rose Hill model at Sherwood Green today, or stop by Eulas Glen to explore a second community in Nolensville that we can build this show-stopping floor plan for you!

 

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 30, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter weather can be rather frightful at times, as it has the ability to affect our moods and level of happiness and lead to seasonal depression. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.

Today we are sharing five scientifically-backed tips to beat the winter blues and live a happy, healthier life this winter season.

 •  Brighten Your Environment
A brighter environment can make a world of a difference on a gloomy winter’s day. Remove the screens out of your windows if you aren’t planning on opening them and see the instant change the extra light can make. Sit close to the windows to experience additional sunlight in your home. Lighting candles will add an inviting element, and removing area rugs will allow natural light to shine off hardwood floors.

•  Stick to the Schedule
The winter blues often leave us feeling the need to stay at home. Sticking with your routine schedule will leave you feeling happier and healthier, and can help combat seasonal affective disorder.

•  Spend Time Socializing
A study (link to: http://www.ucd.ie/news/2012/06JUN12/130612-Socialising-helps-to-alleviate-symptoms-of-depression.html) conducted by University College Dublin tested whether or not socialization helps alleviate symptoms of depression. At the end of the study, all participants reported feeling better about themselves, having more confidence, and experiencing fewer symptoms of depression. Partaking in social activities outside of your home environment will leave you feeling more engaged in your community, as well as reduce the feeling of being isolated. Grab a cup of coffee with a friend, or join a book club at your local library.

Volunteering is also a great tool when trying to beat the winter blues. Are you wanting to get involved in your community but don’t know where to start? Check out Volunteer Match (link to: http://www.volunteermatch.org/) where you can enter your interests and be matched with a number of great opportunities in your community.

•  Listen to Motivating Music
A 2013 study (link to: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0514-trying-to-be-happier-works-when-listening-to-upbeat-music-according-to-mu-research/) found that participants who listened to cheery music improved their mood in the short term, and boosted their overall happiness in the long term.

•  Keep Moving
According to a recently updated study (link to: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110), regular exercise changes the brain by improving memory and thinking skills. Regular aerobic exercise can positively impact individuals, especially during the dreary winter months.

A half hour of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week is the standard recommendation. Try staying active during the winter months, and experience the incredible health benefits for yourself!

Don’t let the cold, gloomy days of winter get you down. Take the opportunity to try these five helpful tips, and see the positive changes they can make in your own life today.

Sources
Seasonal Affective Disorder Statistic
https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder

2017 Owner’s Suite Trends

Categories: Decorating Ideas | Posted: January 22, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Owner’s Suite Trends

Home is where you make it yours. Every homeowner deserves their private escape when they come home each day. Owner’s suites are the perfect place for modern homebuyers to escape after a long day. Let’s take a look at a few of the hottest trends to transform your owner’s suite in 2017.

Multi-Purpose Space
2017 is all about establishing a multi-purpose space that works best for you. Creating a living space or reading nook offers the sophistication you seek, with the functionality of a private living space.

Many homeowners also choose to set up an office space, which creates a warm and welcoming space for you to work from home.

Modern Conveniences
If you are looking to take your owner’s suite to the next level, make it a room that you never have to leave. Add a coffee bar and espresso maker – your morning cup of joe will be just steps away.

If luxury is what you seek, try adding a hotel-esque feel to your space. Luxurious window treatments, crisp neutral bedding, an abundance of pillows, and lavish lighting will leave you feeling like you have five-star accommodations every night.

Fun Feature Walls
If you want to dive into one of 2017’s hottest trends, consider a fun feature wall for your home. Patterned wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to take a wall from drab to fun and fab.

Texture is another great element to introduce into your space. Wood adds an outdoor element, while stone or colored paneling add an unexpected dimension.

Your owner’s suite is the one place in your home that is all about you. Whether you desire simplicity or luxury, adding personal details and touches will bring a smile to your face each and every day.

Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

The clock struck midnight, the ball dropped, and with loud cheers, we welcomed the New Year. With the arrival of 2017, we welcome New Year’s resolutions.

Resolving to stay fit this year? We have just the solution for you – three simple steps to create a home gym!

•  Your Home Is a Gym
The first step in creating an ideal home gym is establishing a designated room or area for your workouts and equipment. Many individuals choose to utilize a flex space or bonus room as a home gym. Several of Regent’s new construction homes incorporate bonus rooms and flex rooms that allow you to workout room from home.

A second great feature of utilizing a flex space or bonus room is the location, as the room is not the focal point of the home, leaving a blank canvas for you to work with. You may choose to give your space a gym feel with a mounted television and sound system or opt to take a more simplistic approach with a basic organization and flow of the space.

•  Set Personal Goals and Develop a Workout Routine
To develop a workout routine that is beneficial, you must first set goals – this is a New Year’s resolution after all.

Examples of Goals to Set
• To get in shape
•  To drop 2 dress sizes
•  To build muscle
•  To work out 4 times a week

Goals are essential, as they will help you develop and establish a home workout routine. Not sure where to start? Many websites have free, at-home workout guides that are a great place for inspiration.

•  Choosing Equipment and Organization
When selecting equipment, begin by establishing what tools you already have in your home, and what equipment you will need for your workouts. You may not realize that you already have some beneficial tools that will compliment your at home routine. After combining in-home items and a few purchases, you will have the perfect at-home gym.

Stairs
Many homes include a staircase that serves a variety of functions. You can use stairs for lunges, incline and decline pushups, and calf raises. Home models such as our Belmont, Rutledge, and Mt. View at Sherwood Green Estates and the Eulas Glen community have the beneficial feature of a staircase that leads up to the bonus room – the perfect setup!

Swiss Ball
A Swiss ball will add a twist to abdominal exercises. In addition to a great workout tool, Swiss balls are great for kids to play with around the house. These helpful workout tools can be stored in the closet, or against the wall to keep your room looking organized at all times.

Pull-up Bar
Pull-up bars are an easy addition to your workout room. Simply choose a wall mount or door frame brace, and begin to develop your upper back muscles.

Dumbbells
Dumbbells come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can range from a simple interchangeable set to a complete weight set on a tiered rack. Choose a set based on you, and your families’ needs, as this is one of the most highly customizable options for your space.

Cardio
Cardio is a key factor in a well-balanced workout regiment. Utilize your home’s features to get your cardio in. Your backyard or community serves as the perfect place for shuttle runs, and you can take your jump rope outside to get your heart rate up.

Aerobic Exercises
Your at home gym is the perfect space to add in aerobic machine equipment. Depending on your personal preferences, invest in a stationary bike, treadmill, or elliptical machine. Be sure to choose a quality machine in this category, as it can make the difference in long-term performance and joint health.

Organizing Your Space
If using a flex, study, or bonus room, establishing an organizational system that works best for you is key. Workouts that require lots of small weights and items store well in plastic storage shelves found at your local home store. If utilizing a spare bedroom where the room is out of sight, some homeowners choose to install shelving and mirrors, to give the room a true gym feeling. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for finding a design that flows well with your lifestyle and floorplan.

You may choose to add mats throughout, as well. In addition, cabinets work great to store various equipment, towels, and odds and ends to keep your space free from obstacles and clutter.

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or to become a marathon runner, the right tools and organization can take your workout to the next level. We believe your home should be designed to match your lifestyle. Take the opportunity the New Year presents to create your home gym – a new year means a new you!

Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized | Posted: December 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

It is the most wonderful time of the year – holiday parties are in full swing, and the time has come to enjoy festive treats and holiday eats.

This week, we are sharing fun and festive recipes for all of your holiday parties. You are sure to be the talk of the town with these yummy treats!

BREAKFAST IN BED
Everyone knows that a good morning begins with a great breakfast. Whether you are cooking breakfast for the family on Christmas morning, or having a girl’s day with friends, creating a unique holiday-inspired breakfast is sure to please all!

Pecan Pie Overnight Oats
This healthy and light breakfast dish allows you to prepare everything ahead of time, leaving extra time for opening all of the present’s Santa left by the tree Christmas morning!

  • Ingredients:
    1 cup pecans, chopped
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Pinch of nutmeg
  • For the Overnight Oats:
    2 cups old fashioned oats
    2 cups milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet, combine pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg until toasted and well combined, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.
    •  Combine oats, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 5 hours or overnight.
    •  Serve oats, topped with pecan mixture.

Recipe via: Damn Delicious (Link to: http://damndelicious.net/2016/12/01/pecan-pie-overnight-oats/)

TANTALIZING APPETIZERS
Wanting to take your holiday appetizer to the next level? Create a tantalizing treat that is just as delicious as it is visually appealing. A centerpiece worthy appetizer is sure to be a party pleaser!

Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberry
Baking goat cheese will revolutionize your holiday appetizers. This is the perfect party dish for 10 or 100 of your closest friends!

  • Ingredients:
    1/3 cup unsalted almonds
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup honey
    2 cups fresh cranberries
    1 tablespoon thyme
    10 ounces goat cheese
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and pour the almonds into a small bowl. Set aside.
    •  In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add the cranberries and thyme to the bowl and stir until they are covered by the liquid. Set aside for 5 minutes.
    •  On a cutting board, chop up the almonds. Set aside 1/2 tablespoon chopped almonds and roll the goat cheese in the remaining almonds. Use your hands to mix the almonds into the goat cheese and form the goat cheese into a disc. Place the goat cheese in the center of a pie plate.
    •  Pour the cranberry mixture around the cheese. Sprinkle the set aside almonds on top of the goat cheese.
    •  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or bread.

Recipe via: Honey & Birch (Link to: http://www.honeyandbirch.com/baked-goat-cheese-roasted-cranberry-appetizer/)

HOLIDAY ENTREE EATS
Choosing your holiday menu is key in hosting a great party. While everyone loves holiday staples, why not choose a unique holiday entrée that guests will love.

Blueberry & Brie Turkey Wellington
This show-stopping, seasonal entrée combines a number of fresh ingredients that melt together perfectly. This dish is the ultimate cold-weather holiday entrée treat!

  • Ingredients:
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 small shallot, sliced thinly
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 boneless, skinless turkey breast
    4-ounce wedge Brie cheese, rind removed
    1/4 cup diced and cooked bacon
    1/4 cup pickled beets, diced
    3/4 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
    1 sheet frozen puff pastry
    1 egg beaten
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil.  Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
    •  Stir in thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.  Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
    •  Place the turkey breast inside a large zip lock bag.  Pound until it’s nice and flat (about 3/4 – 1 inch thick).
    •  Sprinkle turkey with remaining salt and pepper.
    •  Place strips of cheese lengthwise down the center of the turkey.  Add the shallot and thyme mixture, blueberries and bacon.
    •  Roll up the turkey to enclose the filling as well as you can.  Heat oven to 400°F.
    •  On parchment lined baking sheet, roll puff pastry to a 15 x 10-inch rectangle.
    •  Place the stuffed turkey breast in the center of the puff pastry.  With a sharp knife, cut horizontal slits (about 1 inch apart) on the edge of each side of the pastry dough.
    •  Fold each piece over the turkey breast and continue until the turkey breast is completely covered.  Tuck the edges of the both sides in and pinch them well. Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg.
    •  Place in the oven and cook for 70 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
    • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-recipe/blueberry-brie-turkey-wellingtons/)

DELECTABLE DESSERTS
The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, with the accompaniment of delicious treats, of course! Whether you are baking with the children or hosting a holiday cookie exchange, desserts are always welcome at any holiday gathering.

Snowball Cookies
After preparing holiday dishes, a simple dessert is perfect for days you want to do a little holiday baking without spending the entire day in the kitchen. These simple four ingredient cookies are simple and delicious.

  • Ingredients:
    1 box white cake mix
    1/3 cup oil
    3 egg whites
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    •  Mix all ingredients, except powdered sugar, on medium until well combined. Chill for thirty minutes. If the dough feels sticky, add 1/4 cup flour or powdered sugar.
    •  Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Roll dough in powdered sugar (optional) and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until the tops start to crack. (Don’t let them get brown – it will ruin the “snowball” effect.
    •  Let cool on the cookie for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.yellowblissroad.com/nut-free-snowball-cookies-made-cake-mix/)

DELICIOUS DRINKS
Set spirits high with a holiday drink for friends and family alike!

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
This recipe uses a few additional ingredients to create an extra special holiday treat for the 21+ crowd. This recipe can also be easily modified to create a kid-friendly creation, too!

  • Ingredients:
    Minted Ginger Syrup
    1/2 cup honey
    1-inch fresh ginger, sliced
    8 fresh mint leaves
  • Paloma
    kosher salt, for rim
    1/4 cup grapefruit juice (about half a grapefruit)
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
    2 ounces silver tequila (or to your liking)
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    Ginger beer, for topping (or sparkling water)
    Pomegranate arils and candied mint, for garnish (optional)
  • Directions:
    Ginger Syrup
    •  Combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, ginger, and mint in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat.
    •  Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
    •  Strain and let the syrup cool. Store in the fridge.
  • Drink
    •  Rim your glass with a lime and dip in salt.
    •  Fill the glass halfway with ice.
    •  Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, 2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (to taste), tequila, and pomegranate juice and gently stir.
    •  Top with ginger beer.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pomegranate-ginger-paloma/)

We hope that you enjoy trying something new this holiday season and that your holiday is merry and bright!

Winter Home Decorating Trends

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Seasonal Decorating Trends | Posted: December 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Winter Home Decorating Trends

The weather outside is frightful, but the inside of your home is sure to be delightful.  It is the time of year where we transition from warm hues of fall to neutral, nature-esque finishes.

We have five of the latest trends to warm up your home just in time for the change in winter weather!

Delightful Serving Pieces

The winter season brings about an abundance of winter parties. Fun serving pieces add the perfect finishing touches to any party or dinner.

Using a vintage fruit crate to hold silverware and dishware adds the perfect rustic and elegant touch to any home. Set the crate out on the dining room table, or incorporate it on your kitchen island dinner buffet.

Displaying Christmas cookies on a kitchen counter is also a great addition to add to a homey feeling in the colder months of winter. Use several pedestal jars of varying heights, fill with fresh baked cookies, and you’re ready for guests to come and enjoy!

Artful Wreaths

This year, wreaths can be used as a unique art piece in your home. Bring the outdoors into your home with a festive Douglas fir or Evergreen wreath. Not only do they look good, but they are sure to fill your home with the beloved Christmas tree scent we look forward to each winter season.

Looking for a more unique piece? Try incorporating a pinecone or wooden bark wreath into your home this winter. These are a great transition piece from fall to winter, and can be used for a rustic-chic feel all season long.

Bring the Outdoors In
Wanting to add more of the outdoors to your winter décor? Bring the outdoors in with a unique planter. Plant some greenery inside an oversized planter for your home, or use a wire bin to store outdoor elements such as firewood and greenery.

Light Up the Night
Candles are an essential piece in winter décor. Placing birch candles on an entry table are sure to catch guests’ eyes as they enter your home.

Looking for something a little bigger? Place a pillar candle inside an oversized lantern to adorn a side table.

Cozy Up by the FireFeet Warming By Fireplace
Winter brings about frigid weather, but your home does not have to feel the same way. Warm up any space with a faux fur rug, or add texture with a chunky, knitted throw. These are great to add to the couch, or on top of your master bedroom bed for a neutral, warm effect.

As the air becomes colder, make sure you warm up your home with these fun, outdoor-inspired trends. The weather outside may be frightful, but the fire in your Tennessee home will be quite delightful!