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Monthly Archives: October 2017

    10 fall home decor projects you can make with autumn leaves

    By Ashley Dugger | October 31, 2017

      We really love this time of year in Nashville, for a Halloween candy bag’s worth of reasons — we get to start wearing cozy sweaters, using the fireplace, stop mowing the lawn for a while… But there’s at least one part of fall we could do without: having to rake up leaves, again, and... Read More

    Get to know Tennessee wine at the first Sip TN Wine Festival

    By Ashley Dugger | October 30, 2017

      Tennessee will probably always be more closely pinned to whiskey on the alcohol front, but our state’s winemaking presence has been growing consistently over the past few decades. We may not have a “wine country” proper just yet, but we do have a broad family of wineries and vineyards spread west to east, bottling creations... Read More

    How to design a gallery wall for your Nashville home

    By Ashley Dugger | October 24, 2017

      Hanging art tends to be the last piece in the home-design process, for practical reasons — you get all your big furniture pieces in place, then assess your space to see where you can augment and add interest. For a lot of us, it also lands at the end of the list because it’s... Read More

    Where to show off your 2017 Halloween costume in Nashville

    By Ashley Dugger | October 23, 2017

    Going through the trouble of coming up with a killer Halloween costume can feel a little hollow if you don’t have somewhere worthwhile to show it off. (As fun as it is to answer the door for trick-or-treaters…) If you or someone you love aren’t hosting a mammoth Nashville Halloween party this year, there’s lots... Read More

    It’s a time of taking home-design risks with cement/encaustic tile in Nashville

    By Ashley Dugger | October 18, 2017

      If you’ve ever watched an HGTV show or read/received home-decor advice from a real-estate pro, you’ve heard it again and again: embrace neutral patterns and tones. There’s value to that advice — leaning bold or really far toward your own personal tastes can be risky when you go to sell your home, especially if the... Read More

    Big, beautiful houseplants to grab if you’re over the Fiddle Leaf Fig

    By Ashley Dugger | October 17, 2017

      Last year, we were thinking about how much of a homey boost houseplants give to a home’s decor, and we focused specifically on Fiddle Leaf Figs — still easily one of the most popular choices for households here in Nashville and just about everywhere else. While we’re no less fond of the fig this... Read More

    Where to go pumpkin picking near Nashville

    By Ashley Dugger | October 11, 2017

      If you haven’t already sorted out your Nashville jack-o-lanterns, time’s running short, so we thought we might offer some help. Conveniently, we have a nice selection of places to go in the Nashville area that’ll allow for a pumpkin-picking adventure — whether you’re trying to keep little ones entertained or just indulging in some... Read More

    Nashville’s Leeuw Bake Shop brings flower-shop flair to cupcake and cookie design

    By Ashley Dugger | October 3, 2017

      We just had a few birthdays over here on the ACRE team (including the fearless driver of our crazy train, Ashley Dugger), so we had to do a little spoiling. With chocolate. Which made for a good excuse to try a Nashville bake shop we’ve had our eyes on for a minute: specialty vegan... Read More

    Jack White and other Nashville musicians who’ve written children’s books

    By Ashley Dugger | October 2, 2017

    There’s a long history of Music City’s music-makers turning their creativity toward the next generation. Songwriting legend Tom T. Hall was mixing his grown-folks storytelling with tales for smart kids back in the early ‘70s, sneaky snakes and mysterious foxes mingling on his Songs of Fox Hollow. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer and “A Boy... Read More