Southern Living Showcase Home

Castle Homes’ Search for the Ultimate Southern Living Cookie

The search for the Ultimate Southern Living Cookie is being held by the Southern Living Showcase Home team with the new KitchenAid mixer as the grand prize, currently available at Williams-Sonoma for $549.00. “Get out your favorite cookie recipe and be sure it has a yummy southern flair or fall festivity to it,” says the

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Make A House A Home In Artful Ways

One of the ways in which a house becomes a home is when the dwellers within start collecting items that reflect their life journey like original artwork. In Nashville’s only Southern Living Showcase Home, opening October 21 in southern Davidson County, in addition to discovering great design ideas, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a

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Southern Living Showcase Home Dining Room

Intriguing Design Element: Natural Hide Rug

What do natural hide rugs, Lee Ann Rimes and Dana Goodman have in common?  Goodman, one of the talented Southern Living Showcase Home interior designers, has woven her signature design element into the penthouse of the Terrazzo where Rimes’ Great American Country special “Backstory” interviews took place. Adding some design intrigue to the uber interesting

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The Art Of The Perfect Porch

Nothing beckons to the heart like a great screen porch. The Southern Living Showcase Home has accomplished the art of the perfect porch with its gorgeous outdoor living room, open for visits select days October 21 through November 6 at the new Dorset Park neighborhood in Brentwood, Tennessee. Built by custom homebuilder Castle Homes, the

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Wasting Water and Flushing Dollars

Most “green building” conversations emphasize energy efficiency. By contrast, the issue of water — its scarcity, purity, and significance to sustainability — is often overlooked or discounted. That’s because in North America, we take water for granted; not only is it cheap, it is relatively abundant and clean. But while an average bathtub may hold

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Southern Living Showcase Home Breakfast Nook

Mixing Upholstered Pieces For Comforable, Everyday Eating Areas

Does your kitchen table look magazine great but your family flees as soon as possible? If the answer is yes, then maybe you haven’t made it comfortable, ‘key to those precious lingering family meals’ says Southern Living Showcase Home designer Beth Wilee Jones. Jones, an HGTV Designer’s Challenge Winner, is creating the breakfast room for

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Repurposing Craigslist Cast-offs To French Country Treasures

Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home, opening in Dorset Park this October, is all about green innovation and nothing is more innovative than successful furniture repurposing. Have you tried to find a great furniture piece via an on-line sales site lately?  It’s not that easy unless you are a treasure-seeking expert like Dana Tucker, whose company

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Transitional Decorating For Tweens

Kids are heading off to school, happy sigh! If you are now thinking about redecorating your tween’s room, designer Kristen Finney has several great tips she’s using in her girl’s bedroom at Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home opening October 21 in Dorset Park. “Transitional decorating is important when making your tween happy and ultimately saving

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Encouraging Conversation Through Design

A southern home should be all things hospitable and the trend of incorporating round tables into entertaining spaces is just one of the many inspiring design elements of Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home open to the public in Dorset Park this October. The round table was seen in ancient Chinese times as an essential part

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Southern Living Showcase Home Exterior Construction

Old World Texture Transforms Southern Living Showcase Home

Old World texture is transforming the exterior of Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home in Dorset Park this week making it the first home in the region to use Sherwin William’s UltraCrete Acrylic Texture Coating. French Country in style, the Southern Living Showcase Home has clay-fired brick as its foundation. With a straight edge, the brick

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Sumptuously Southern Supports Local Economy

There is a lot of goodwill being poured into Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home at Dorset Park opening October 21 in southern Davidson County. From Ronald McDonald House Charities Nashville as the benefiting charity to custom cabinets being produced by Pegram, Tennessee’s Larsen Cabinet Shop, efforts are continually being made to support the local economy when

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Achieving Southern Livability

Livability for all ages is one of the first considerations when trying to bring southern living charm into your own home.  When designing the Southern Living Showcase Home, open for tour October 21-November 6 in Green Hill’s Dorset Park, Heather Looney, Castle Homes Vice President/Build Phase Designer, says a sense of togetherness and family should be at the core of your

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Insulation: A Critical Piece Of The Science Of Home Building

Insulation is something many of us take for granted when building a home, but it is a critical part of the science of building when chosen wisely and installed correctly.  In the Southern Living Showcase Home, being built by Castle Homes in Dorset Park, Guardian UltraFit DS fiberglass insulation has been selected with Nashville Insulation

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Castle Homes News

How One Nashville Troop Is Preserving a Lifetime of Memories

In Nashville, a hundred-year-old Boy Scout troop congregates before every camping trip to gather gear and prepare for sleeping under the stars. Of the most memorable moments in scouting, camping trips inevitably top the list. Although these camping adventures offer education in self-sufficiency and leadership, the long-term benefits reach beyond learning how to tie knots


Castle Homes came away a big winner in Nashville Lifestyles’ Home Awards

Castle Homes came away a big winner in Nashville Lifestyles’ Home Awards announced this month. The collection of awards garnered by Castle Homes included Best New Kitchen, Best New Bathroom and Runner Up for both Best New Home and Best Builder. “The Nashville home market keeps getting hotter, and the competition for Nashville Lifestyles’ Home


Simplifying Home Automation

The trick is to choose the technologies you need, while ignoring those you don’t For some people, a new custom home is a chance to get the latest digital bells and whistles. The problem is that home automation can feel like a daunting topic and the wrong choices can lead to frustration. Which technologies will


How to Fight Escalating Lumber Prices

How to Fight Escalating Lumber Prices The essential skill of value engineering Lumber continues to be THE big issue in homebuilding. As we write this in May 2021, costs for framing lumber and plywood are three times what they were a year ago. That’s right—they’ve tripled. It’s insane. They might go even higher. An April


Keeping the Authorities Happy

Your home builder needs to navigate a maze of government regulations—homeowners can help make the process easier A successful new-home build is a predictable one, with no unpleasant surprises. Predictability comes from good planning, as well-planned projects tend to stay on budget and on schedule. Good planning includes making sure the home will meet all


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