Forest Home Media Year In Review

We are counting our blessings this holiday season cause it’s been a huge year for us at Forest Home Media!

From wonderful creative partnerships with HGTV, Operation Finally Home, Carmen Johnston Gardens and the Parade of Homes to amazing friendships renewed, discovered and celebrated, we wanted to express our gratefulness to you all! Thank you for allowing us to share in the wonders of your lives and accomplishments!

From our homes to yours, we wish you and your families a safe and joyous season!

And…come on along with us in 2015….it’s going to be a fun ride!







PR Field Trip To TN Governor’s Residence

We’re all about the home….garden and food! As home lifestyle industry PR/marketing professionals, Forest Home Media took some #influencers on the ultimate Tennessee home field trip last week – the Governor’s Residence in Nashville with a tour by First Lady Crissy Haslam. We love grabbing our creative friends for fun outings and were happy to have along garden lifestyle expert Carmen Johnston, Nashville Entertainment Journalist and TV Host Kelly Sutton and NYC PR practitioner Jennifer Zawadzinski (whose firm reps Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook).

Before I share the highlights, I need to disclose I FORGOT my dreamy camera and all pics captured with my iPhone.  Yes, this can be done (and better than below), check out this tour of the White House by acclaimed photog Brooks Kraft – White House Tour with an iPhone 6 for some great tips!


Forest Home Media, Governor's Residence Tour, Nashville, TN

Forest Home Media hosted Carmen Johnston, Carmen Johnston Gardens, Jennifer Zawadzinski, NYC PR rep, with Nashville Entertainment Journalist Kelly Sutton for a visit to the Governor’s Residence and tour with First Lady Crissy Haslam, middle, with FHM Partner Nancy McNulty, second to right! We chose our favorite tree, located on the sun porch, themed to all things East TN wonderful.

Years ago as a state agency spokesman and member of the governor’s information staff, I had the opportunity to visit this beautiful home regularly and I was SO happy to see the integrity of the property and the beauty of the home as been nonpartisan-ly maintained over the years.

Stepping into the foyer of the Georgian-style home, the checkerboard foyer always makes me SO happy. The staircase is wrapped with garland, and, throughout the downstairs area, there are multiple trees decorated for Christmas including ones representing Middle, West and East Tennessee. Even though I’m Middle Tennessee born and bred, the East Tennessee tree was my fav.


Forest Home Media, PR Field Trip To TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN

The Georgian style Governor’s Residence sits majestically off Franklin Road, south of Nashville.


Forest Home Media, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN

Forest Home Media, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN

Dickson, Tennessee ornament artist Jim Marvin’s work was on full display and no rest for me until I have some of his holiday work. Nationally recognized, love knowing that the “Tennessee Christopher Radko” has an outlet just down the road from our Forest Home office.

Forest Home Media, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN

Forest Home Media, Dining Room, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN


The First Lady gave us a magical tour. We were all so impressed by the measures she’s taken launching school field trips, cultivating a garden with the harvest used for dinner parties and the way in which she has graciously embraced the wonder of Tennessee and displayed it in this beautiful home. We stepped outside for the tour of the garden while reporter Kelly Sutton interviewed the First Lady here for Williamson Source.


Garden Lifestyle Expert & Southern Living Contributing Editor Carmen Johnston visit the garden at the Governor's Residence in Nashville with Forest Home Media.

Garden Lifestyle Expert Carmen Johnston visited the gardens of the Tennessee Governor’s Residence as a guest of Forest Home Media.


Forest Home Media, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN


Forest Home Media, TN Governor's Residence Garden, Nashville, TN

Ornamental Peacock Kale and white kale in the garden of the TN Governor’s Residence. No, we didn’t recognize these. Our thanks to Tommy Johnston, Woodruff’s Chief Grower and hubs of Carmen Johnston.

The First Lady is heading up a green house construction project on the 10-acre estate. We can’t wait to visit again to see project complete. The Governor’s Residence is a Tennessee wonder and be sure to tour if you get a chance. More info here!

And before the tour is complete, there has to be a Nashville celebrity sighting! This vintage pic of Elvis Presley caught our eye.  The First Lady shared a charming story that Elvis dated the daughter of Governor Buford Ellington for two years and visited the residence bowling on the top floor bowling alley – what?! This little known story was backed-up when the flooring was removed to reveal a bowling alley.  Part of the floor is framed here as well as a cute pic of the young couple!

Forest Home Media, section of a bowling alley in TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN

Forest Home Media, Elvis Presley picture, TN Governor's Residence, Nashville, TN


Forest Home Media has just completed the uber successful Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes outside Nashville. To stay up on the our latest adventures and to find out how you can be a part – connect with us on Facebook! 

Home Blogger Meet Up at Nashville Parade of Homes

Are you a Home Blogger? Do you want to join us for an exclusive preview of the Nashville Area Parade of Homes? We are hosting a Hometalk Home Blogger Meet Up -High Tea and sneak peek on Wednesday, December 3rd from 12 noon to 3pm at Kings’ Chapel Community in Arrington, TN. High Tea will be prepared by on site executive chef Brian Cochrane and the free event is sponsored by Kirklands.

Home Blogger Meet Up

Nashville Parade of Homes- Blogger High Tea Invitation

Four rock star home bloggers will be taking to the Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes site to weave their Do-It-Yourself (DIY) magic on a child’s wishes Christmas tree as part of Nashville’s premier home tour open daily December 6-21, with the trees benefiting Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, and in partnership with the national Hometalk social network and Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.

Prior to the parade opening, on Wednesday, December 3, home bloggers Kristie Barnett, TheDecorolgist, Jenna LaFevor, RainOnATinRoof, Lesley Warren, ChaoticallyCreative, and KariAnne Wood, ThistlewoodFarms, are participating in a Blogger DIY Christmas Tree Challenge themed to children’s actual wishes for an invitation only event which includes a private sneak peek tour of the four parade homes and a Blogger High Tea Meet Up being hosted by Kirkland’s home décor store.

With a budget of $500 and gorgeous trees donated by Balsam Hill, the bloggers have taken on the wishes of four children with life-threatening medical conditions whose wishes are the circus, fashion model, Greece and the Grammys. The bloggers are turning them into themed Christmas trees which will be part of an on-going silent auction during the parade benefiting Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

After the bloggers install their trees into the four parade homes on December 3, at noon, sneak peek tours will be given followed up by a Blogger High Tea Meet Up at the scenic Kings’ Chapel Clubhouse with food provided by on-site chef, Brian Cochrane.

Kings’ Chapel Developer John Powell said home lifestyle bloggers will be given the unique opportunity to view the homes prior to it opening to the public on Saturday, December 6 and meet these incredibly talented women.

“With four builders and designers working hard to pack the parade homes with spectacular array of great home ideas, this is the first time bloggers have been invited to share their talents while offering the blogger community a behind-the-scenes look at the parade houses,” Powell said. “Our Kings’ Chapel team is committed to funding the wishes of four children, so this DIY blogger event will also ultimately benefit the kids of Make-A-Wish when the bloggers’ trees are auctioned off.”

The 2014 holiday Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel includes the following builder, designer and blogger teams: Arnold Homes LLC and Julie McCoy Interiors with home blogger, The Decorologist and a Greece-themed tree; Drees Homes and Design Environments Inc. with home blogger; Rain On A Tin Roof and a Grammy-themed tree; Gregg & Rains Building Group and ReFresh Home with home blogger, Thistlewood Farms and a circus-themed tree; and, Tennessee Valley Homes building and design with home blogger, Chaotically Creative, and a model-themed tree.

With a limited number of spots and by reservation only, the cost-free Blogger High Tea Meet Up is on December 3 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Parade of Homes, Kings’ Chapel community, Arrington, Tennessee just south of Nashville. For more information and to reserve your spot, please fill out the contact form below.

Packed with gazillions of building and decorating ideas, the Parade of Homes returns for the holidays to the gorgeous, gated community of Kings’ Chapel in Arrington, just south of Nashville, for the city’s premier home tour open daily from December 6-21 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 7 p.m.  Presented by Reliant Bank and LP Building Products, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee event benefits benefits Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Tickets are available online and at the gate – $12 for entry with ages 12 and under free. The 16-day home tour also features 12 Days of Christmas, Parade of Homes related activities, from Deck The Halls with Southern Living Lifestyle Garden Editor Carmen Johnston and a Santa’s Workshop to a Mother/Daughter High Tea and ends with a historical rendition of a Civil War Era Christmas sermon at the onsite chapel dating to 1804. Look for a full schedule of events and ticket information at KingsChapelLife.

Blogger High Tea RSVP

Nashville Bloggers Weekend turns into a Media Event

One of the best parts of our jobs in marketing and public relations is working with and developing friendships with home and lifestyle bloggers and members of the media. Forest Home Media recently hosted a Nashville Bloggers weekend getaway with some of our favorite bloggers and media peeps and it turned into quite the social media and traditional media news story.

Nashville Bloggers Weekend

It all started on Friday morning with our first phase of early arrivers. FHM partner Nancy McNulty booked an interview for Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog on WSMV’s midday show with charming host, Kacy Hagerty. Rhoda Southern Hospitality TV interview

Rhoda shared her top tips for starting a blog. Believe it or not, it was Rhoda’s first television interview and she was a natural. (Nancy also ushered former editor of Southern Living Lindsay Bierman through his first live interview as well!) Next, Rhoda, blogger Heidi Rew and Tennessean columnist/blogger Angela Folds headed over with Nancy to visit on set with Talk of the Town Anchor Meryll Rose. There were lots of great photos taken and social media posts.

on set with Meryll Rose

Meryll Rose, Rhoda Vickers, Angela Folds, Heidi Rew

The trendy lunch spot, Pinewood Social, was chosen from Southern Living Magazine Deputy Editor Jennifer Cole’s top 100 Southern restaurants! Check out her yumminess on Instagram.  This event was very well documented by all on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Here is a behind the scenes photo of what lunch with a bunch of bloggers and media types REALLY looks like.

Nashville Home bloggers lunch at Pinewood Social

Rhoda Vickers- Southern Hospitality Blog, Heidi Rew- Parties for Pennies- Beth Bryan- Unskinny Boppy

We got in a little shopping with social media and blog coverage for Scarlett Scales Antiques, The Barn, PD’s, Serenite Maison and The Nashville Flea Market.

Shopping at the Nashville Flea Market

Shopping at the Nashville Flea Market

We arranged a surprise for the group. We invited them all to watch the on-air giveaway of the HGTV Smart Home built by Forest Home Media client, Carbine & Associates, FROM THE ACTUAL SMART HOME. Sitting on the Smart Home furniture and watching on the super smart TVs, they gave the show great live social media coverage.

HGTV Smart Home Giveaway Viewing Party

HGTV Smart Home Giveaway Viewing Party

They were also the first ones to break the news that the winner was taking a cash buyout and the HGTV Smart Home was available for sale- fully furnished- for $950,000. The house sold within 24 hours of hitting the MLS – thanks to their help in getting the word out.

The whole group (minus KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms) met up for a fabulous garden to table dinner at the home of Meryll Rose.

Dinner at Meryll Rose's home- Photo by Beth Bryan

Dinner at Meryll Rose’s home- Photo by Beth Bryan

Her house created quite the buzz. She and husband Dan have only been in the home for 6 months but have finished a complete gut and remodel of their Brentwood Home. One of our bloggers, Brandy Adams had been in the home for an estate sale 6 1/2 months prior and could not believe it was the same home. Meryll and Dan had previously been in the house flipping business, so this was not their first rodeo. Well done guys!!!

Nancy, hosted a lovely dinner in her beautiful home and was also weekend hostess to 1/2 of our guests.

Blogger dinner at Nancy McNulty's home

Blogger dinner at Nancy McNulty’s home

We were thrilled to be joined by Southern Living Garden Lifestyle Expert Carmen Johnston who brought the most decadent mini pound cakes for dessert served with farm fresh Peach Truck peaches. Wow!!

A stop off in Leipers Fork, lunch at Joe’s Naturals and breakfast the next day at The Loveless Cafe was completed with a celebrity sighting- No Less!! We ran into Larry Gatlin and he very graciously posed with our group for photos.

Nashville Bloggers Breakfast at Loveless Cafe and Larry Gatlin

Nashville Bloggers Breakfast at Loveless Cafe and Larry Gatlin

What trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to lower Broadway?

Nashville Bloggers Honkey Tonkin

Nashville Bloggers Honkey Tonkin- Heidi Rew, Rhoda Vickers, Dana Tucker, Beth Bryan, Heather Patterson

We squeezed through the incessant string of bachelor and bachelorette parties to make our way into Tootsies, Legends, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and The Stage. Whew!!!

Special thanks to Carmen Johnston who brought beautiful container gardens for the whole group!!

Container Gardens for the group from Carmen Johnston Gardens

Container Gardens for the group from Carmen Johnston Gardens

Angela Folds did a great job of documenting our weekend adventures in this story in the Williamson AM.

Nancy Mueller wrote a lovely story on the HGTV house being for sale.

Watch Rhoda from Southern Hospitality on WSMV.

Blogger, Rhoda Vickers wrote 2 blog posts about the Nashville weekend. Part 1 and Part 2

Here is Heidi Rew’s account of her Nashville adventure.

Beth from Unskinny Boppy did a fun re-cap of the weekend.

Beth and Rhoda also wrote features on my house :) :) Rhoda’s Feature  Beth’s Feature

Also joining us for the weekend fun were: Heather Patterson from At the Pickett Fence, Kristie Barnett from The Decorologist, KariAnne  Wood from Thistlewood Farms, Lesley and Denise from Chaotically Creative and Brandy Adams from Make + Model. 

So, that my friends is how you turn a Girls’ Weekend into a media event. Schedule fun activities, throw in a client event, add the MOST fun, media savvy friends, a celebrity sighting and you’ve got a “winning weekend.”


Hampton Designer Showhouse Home Tour

As home lifestyle industry PR/marketers, staying up on the latest in home design and building is a must. Recently, I had the chance to tour ,with my PR colleague, Jennifer Zawadzinski, the uber chic, idea-filled 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, benefiting Southampton Hospital and presented by Traditional Home magazine and open daily through September 1. (Note, the home tour allowed visitors mobile phone pics only.) Hampton Designer Showhouse Tour, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN Hampton Designer Showhouse Tour, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN So JZ’s first observation was how do you harness the creative talent of over 25 top interior designers into one beautiful home that makes sense. After being part of the PR team for the 2011 Nashville Southern Living Showcase Home, built by top Nashville builder, Castle Homes, I knew this could be accomplished with a smart person at the helm. On the day of our August tour, we lucked upon meeting this diplomat and design powerhouse who helped shepherd designers through the process, Greg McKenzie, of Greg McKenzie Design.

Nancy McNulty, Greg McKenzie, Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

FHM Partner Nancy McNulty with Hampton showhouse designer Greg McKenzie. Visit his website or  Facebook page for a true look at his dreaminess.

McKenzie served as the project design team coordinator and also created the gorgeous library and laundry room. He’s a repeat contributor to the Hampton Designer Showhouse brand.

Hampton Designer Showhouse, Library Mirror, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

Killer library vignette includes embroidered grasscloth & antiqued mirror from Guastavo Olivieri Antiques.

The stunning, shingle home was built by Paramount Custom Homes. Their quality and detail was impressive and spectacular, but, P.S. fellows, you are amazing builders and need new head shots, like yesterday, which reflect the multimillion-dollar amazingness of your home. Certainly, Paramount has a plethora of signature building elements, but, one must-see is incorporating the wine room into the dining space. Convenience and art are merged as a great way to display a collection. A Montauk privacy fence also uses this same idea for an art installation – pictured below as well. We saw this chandelier early in our Hampton visit at Gansett Lane Home which I chronicled on Instagram. The three-tiered piece reflects the cluster of three-dining tables for awesome symmetry and cool continuity!

Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

Wine room is woven into the dining room design of the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse.

Hampton privacy fence with art, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN   Here are some of my favorite design elements of the home. Pops of color are the key to inviting and memorable design. Many of the rooms had a soothing palette of Farrow & Ball in muted tones with vivid use of lime green, orange and navy creating a most memorable impression. Forest Home Media seeks to incorporate this technique in photos used for magazine covers and newspaper centerpieces. And, think about it, you achieve that beautiful creamy, dreamy palette  and then you can change your setting with a pop of color as the season and whim suits you.

Hampton Designer Showhouse Kitchen, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

An impressive carrera marble island dominates the kitchen with delicious lime accent pieces.

Carrera marble is still king in the kitchen. The home has a sensuous slab of marble, and, yes, I had to drag my hand across the waterfall edge. Farrow & Ball’s “Comforth White” No. 288 in Estate Emulsion is the palette for the room with a yummy shade of lime woven throughout the accessories and generous banquette. Design of the space is credited to Gary Ciuffo, Ciuffo Cabinetry. Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN Trends I loved include lacquer, high-gloss finish on most of the cabinetry and on several pieces throughout the home including the bar below. The cleanliness of this finish always calls to me. Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN And, must give a shout out to our 2013 Southern Living Idea House decorator Phoebe Howard. After working with her on this project, also built by Castle Homes, expectation was for a light, airy, inviting space and Howard did not disappoint with her bedroom’s use of Farrow & Ball “Skylight” No. 205 in Estate Emulsion. Hampton Designer Showhouse, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN If you’d like, follow my adventures on Instagram, Twitter and our Forest Home Media Facebook page. In December, Forest Home Media will be coordinating PR for Nashville’s premier home tour, the Parade of Homes, which returns to the bucolic Arrington neighborhood of Kings’ Chapel, just south of Nashville. Stay tuned, and, if you are a home lifestyle industry writer and would like to be on our blog or media roll for this event, drop us a note. [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]

Home Tour: The Dreamy Headquarters of partner Dana Tucker

By: Cat Royka, Forest Home Media Summer 2014 Intern

Forest Home Media Partner Home Tour

Walking into Forest Home Media partner Dana Tucker’s house on day two of my summer internship began with a home tour of Bella Vista nestled in the historic Forest Home area of Williamson County.  As a Nashville-area PR/marketing company specializing in the home lifestyle industry, Dana’s homestead is a snapshot into her portfolio for her other business, Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes.

Immediately I fell in love with Bella Vista (the name of her home). Every inch has some creative or unique touch different from one room to the next. In many homes, people just decorate and put lots of effort into one or two rooms: Dana’s takes pride in making sure every room gets the proper attention and unique flair it deserves.

Working from her home office has been such a treat because it is absolutely beautiful and so full of character! She and her husband Brooks, have their own company called Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes, which specializes in decorative finishes adding their artistic touch to cabinets, ceilings and just about anything related to home decor! They have definitely used their design abilities all throughout their home. I could rave all day about the many home aspects I love, but here are my top three!

Home Office

First, the home office walls are aligned with wide windows overlooking the deck and pool with skylight windows along the roof offering lots of natural light – perfect if stuck inside all day because you still get the feeling of being able to enjoy the outdoors. A beautiful wood desk sits underneath a decorative, crystal chandelier and across sits two vintage, velvet armchairs. Not afraid to mix and match patterns, two lamps on the desk are white with thin, multi-colored, red, yellow and blue stripes. Thinking this could clash with the Ikat patterned armchair pillows or geometric print rug, it works perfectly! Dana is such a bold designer and I love that about her style and home office look. This room has inspired me not to be afraid to mix and match my favorite patterns or colors!

The funky and colorful patterns give the Forest Home Media office a cheery vibe.


Natural light fills the FHM office providing a little “escape” to the outdoors.

The Kitchen

Next, the kitchen left me fascinated. As an avid baker and cook, spacious kitchens fill me with happy envy! Opening to a dining area, the kitchen has clean, sleek, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a china cabinet with collected pieces some from Nashville blogger Brandy Adams’ Make + Model’s Pop Up Shop. Framed and hanging on the kitchen wall are a series of her grandmother’s recipes creating sentimental original artwork which I plan to emulate some day! Recipes include Mandarin Orange Cake, Harrison’s Fruit Cake and Mississippi Mud Cake, which I’ll be making soon and included the recipe below.

A creative way to display your favorite recipes. This is one of my favorite elements in Dana's kitchen.

A creative way to display your favorite recipes, this is one of my favorite elements in Dana’s kitchen.

With a bold and definitive style, kitchen walls are painted silver metallic (Modern Master metallic and Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray), which shines and brightens the kitchen.  Speaking of brightening, unique kitchen lighting includes a West Elm capiz shell light and pretty pendants hang from the ceiling of faux pressed tin. Check out Bella Tucker’s most popular blog & Pinterest post here for the details.

The “Amazing Grey” paint and shell chandelier make the kitchen and dining area shine.

Screened Porch

Finally, my favorite part of the house would have to be the screened-in porch, located beneath the deck and next to the pool affectionately known as the “Outdoor Office.” With a custom created swing bed (made by Brooks and Dana) inspired by the Traditional Home magazine house built by FHM client, Carbine & Associates. With a dreamy blue and green theme, two lounge chairs complete the room. To beat the southern heat, a ceiling fan helps family, friends and interns! enjoy the summer outdoors. It is the perfect spot to grab a book and cup of coffee and just relax.

I’ll so miss working in her beautiful home as I finish my PR degree at Virginia Tech, but head over to my Pinterest board to keep up with my favorite home, food and travel adventures!

Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs cocoa
1 can of coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 sticks melted butter
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
3. While hot, spread marshmallow cream
4. Enjoy!

Behind The Scenes Of Southern Living Mag

By Cat Royka, Forest Home Media Summer 2014 Intern

You are NEVER too old for a field trip and Forest Home Media’s latest was to Birmingham, Alabama visiting the famed Southern Living headquarters. Joining us was Nashville media friend, Meryll Rose, NewsChannel5’s Talk of the Town anchor, a SL super fan; and, we also invited along a few of our favorite top lifestyle and home décor bloggers from the Birmingham and Atlanta areas – Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Beth (Unskinny Boppy), Heather (At The Picket Fence) and Lucy (Lucyinspired).

Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

The dreamy entry way leading to the SL headquarters.

Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

From left to right: Meryll Rose, Dana Tucker, Lucy Farmer, Heather Patterson, Rhoda Vickers, Beth Bryan, Nancy McNulty & Nellah McGough.

Our SL colleague from last year’s Nashville Southern Living Idea House, the wonderful Nellah McGough, SL office manager, was kind enough to give us a tour of the impressive digs located on a 28-acre campus also home to the editorial staff of Cooking Light and Coastal Living. While on the behind the scenes tour, here’s some of the SL scoop we found intriguing.

  1. Southern Living’s Test Kitchen is run by director Robby Melvin who swore us to secrecy over the Christmas recipes they were testing although we are pleased to report shrimp is in the mix! He shared his key to staying slim while testing each recipe a minimum of three times. The secret? The chefs use tiny tasting spoons. Another test kitchen tip we learned is they shop just like you and me finding their ingredients from stores like Kroger, Publix and The Pig (that would be the Piggly Wiggly).
    Southern Living Test Kitchen Selfie, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

    Southern Living Test Kitchen “selfie” w/ FHM partner Nancy McNulty & SL’s Robby Melvin, FHM intern Cat Royka, bloggers Rhoda Vickers & Beth Bryan w/ FHM partner Dana Tucker sneaking in top right!

    Southern Living Test Kitchen, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

    FHM intern Cat Royka with the SL culinary intern who is participating in a year long internship working in the Test Kitchen.

    Southern Living Test Kitchen, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

  2. The prop closet is the stuff of dreams! Shelf after shelf is filled with an impressive plethora of cake stands, mugs, napkins, aprons and pie plates of every size, shape, style and color! You name it, and it was there and variety is definitely key to producing those classic vignettes.
    Southern Living Prop Closet, Nashville, TNSouthern Living Prop Closet, Nashville, TN
  3. A nearby photo shoot found SL staffers styling food for the upcoming issue. There was a photo embargo on the set but we provided a little glimpse below. Relying heavily on natural light, this seems to be a key element to those picture perfect photos we love in each issue.Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

From the modern art in the lobby to the incredible atrium within, the SL headquarters weave magically with their natural surroundings. Located just below tree line, the architecture has wonderful hints of Frank Lloyd Wright incorporating numerous stone pathways, waterfalls and rivers running underneath the structure.
Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN
Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TNSouthern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN
Southern Living Headquarters, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN
No longer open for public tour, we were honored to meet various editors and writers throughout the day including Sid Evans taking over the helm for blogger and reader favorite Lindsay Bierman. We know the bible will be in great hands! Next up, FHM partner Nancy McNulty is heading to Haven, a DIY Blogger conference, so give us a follow on Twitter or Facebook to see the latest.

Landscape Lighting Illuminates FHM Partner’s House

As a PR and marketing company specializing in the home industry category, we work with a talented bevy of writers and bloggers who from time-to-time give us a glimpse inside their home projects from the dreamy Thistlewood dining room three ways to the on-going yard-a-palooza transformation project with uber amazing Southern Hospitality’s Rhoda Vickers working with our fav Southern Living Garden Lifestyle Expert  Carmen Johnston!

It has been my goal for a long-time for my business partner,Dana Tucker, and I to do the same because we’ve picked up a lot of great, inspiring ideas. You can see a lot of Dana’s cool home projects via her husband’s website Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes which she regularly chronicles. And, I promise, you will be getting  tour of Dana’s house soon from our website so stay tuned!

Since 1998, I have been working on top Nashville home projects and tours connecting reporters and now home bloggers toowith great stories custom to their readers’ interests. While digging for these great stories, I found a lot of personal inspiration myself. Today, I want to share one of my favorite things I love about these top-notch houses – landscape lighting!

From the Parade of Homes and Charity Tour of Homes to the Nashville Southern Living Idea House, artistic lighting really makes a big difference in how your home is enjoyed the other 12 hours or so of the day.

Most popular Pinterest pin to date is the exterior of this Hughes-Edwards home in Hendersonville, TN, part of the 2012 Charity Tour of Homes, with dreamy landscape lighting.

Most popular Pinterest pin to date for me is the exterior of this Hughes-Edwards home in Hendersonville, TN, part of the 2012 Charity Tour of Homes, with dreamy landscape lighting.


This photo by Reed Brown photography captures the essence of beautiful landscape lighting at the Nashville Southern Living idea House.

This photo by Reed Brown photography captures the essence of beautiful landscape lighting at the Nashville Southern Living idea House built by Castle Homes.


We’ve long enjoyed our home backyard lighting, needed for many a pool party! However, the front of our home has been neglected. For our annual Irish Christmas at Blackberry Hollow party, we would drag out a two -socket spotlight for the front of the house and use tons of torches and luminaires which also depended heavily upon a dry evening. (And, the percentage of that happening has been around 10%.)

Recently, we partnered with Life Spark Lighting to add this sort of artistic lighting to the front of our home. I’m so thrilled but it takes someone with a good eye for design to create this type of artistic illumination. Here is the before picture.

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The before pic of my house with traditional spotlights.


Here is a short video explanation with Nik Vierant with Life Spark Lighting outlining some of the advantages and new product technology in outdoor lighting. He had me at never change another light bulb again!

And, here is the after pic.

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Artistic, landscape lighting makes such a difference with a home.


Living outside Nashville, Tennessee, we are thrilled to have our home illuminated in a very artistic way!






Great Building Ideas With Nashville Charity Tour of Homes

Last Day For Nashville Charity Tour of Homes!

From an automated screen porch system and new kitchen and bath products to a hidden room and authentic Irish pub, the latest in gorgeous building, renovating and interior design ideas are featured at the Charity Tour of Homes, Fridays through Sundays, April 25 – May 4, with 11 decorated homes on beautiful home sites throughout Middle Tennessee with 100% of the ticket benefiting six local nonprofits.

Charity Tour of Homes, Nashville, TN







Presented by the elite Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee, home ranging in style from Hamptons and French Country to Charlestonian Georgian are open for tour with just one admission price allowing visitors to see stunning homes from the lake at Fairvue Plantation to Belle Meade and Thompson’s Station.

Charity Tour of Homes, Nashville, TN






Charity Tour of Homes Chairman Bryan Edwards, president of Hughes-Edwards Builders, said the tour includes the best of the best in the home building industry while helping local charities including STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand), Miriam’s Promise, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Sumner County CASA, High Hopes and Against The Grain.

Outdoor living areas are still a top priority for homeowners. All 11 of the homes have their own twist including two homes in Gallatin’s pretty Fairvue Plantation – one with a disappearing glass pocket door and another with an automated screen porch system.  Outdoor fireplaces, grilling stations and fire pits are also very popular and are seen in several homes. The West Nashville Manuel Zeitlin designed home which has a multi-level terrace and leads to a pool and hot tub.

Charity Tour of Homes, Nashville, TN







Charity Tour of Homes, Nashville, TN









Kitchens continue to trend toward the open floor plan, granite and marble counters, Thermador appliances and tile floors including one in a peacock stone. If you are interested in comparing custom cabinetry, the homes have a variety of styles, wood and finishes. This craftsmanship can also be seen in an elliptical suspended staircase in a Belle Meade Charlestonian Georgian style home and on the American Country style Franklin home’s curved staircase.

And driven by customer interest, green building elements are used in several homes from a geo-thermal HVAC and bamboo flooring to spray foam insulation for lower heating and air condition bills.

Don’t miss features this year including a Gallatin home’s Irish pub complete with a beer tap and Irish sayings carved into the pretty wood cabinetry with Irish knot trim and a secret door in a Franklin boy’s bedroom leading to a hidden playroom.

Tickets are available at each individual home site for $15 or online via Charity Tour of Homes or TicketsNashville where a complete listing of home sites is available for MapQuest.

Builders participating in this year’s tour include: Kingdom Builders, McPherson-Shaw, Inc., W. Hugh Nelson Builders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, R. Thomas Construction and Walsh Custom Homes. Additional members of MCBC of TN include: Hilton Design/Build, Hughes-Edwards Builders, Shane McFarland Construction and David Patton Construction.

The Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee is an elite group of the finest custom-home builders in the mid-state sharing a deep passion for their craft and for providing their clients the latest in custom, residential construction at substantial discounts if they participate in the premier home tour. Originally brought together to leverage their buying power and cost savings for clients, the group established the Charity Tour of Homes in 2010 and since that time have donated over $30,000 to area nonprofit organizations.

Public Relations-Social Media Marketing Intern Position- Franklin TN

Are you our next summer intern?

Public Relations- Social Media Marketing Intern Internship with Forest Home Media Nashville TN Learning opportunities would include:

Content Marketing including Blog Writing , Posting and Link Building

Social Media Posting and Engagement

Photography and video editing

Public Relations

Client Relations

Analyzing Campaign Metrics

Media Placement

This is an unpaid role for college credit. Our perfect candidate would have a love for home design, home building and real estate with great oral and written communication skills. Must be familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz, Google+ and Pinterest. Looking for someone that is interested in a career in Content Marketing, Public Relations, and Blogging. Graphic design and photography skills are a huge plus! This will be a great learning experience and resume builder that could potentially lead to a full time paid position or at the very least an excellent referral to our extensive list of industry contacts.

The person in this role will be highly important and a valued team member.  Please no calls. Please fill out the form below. You can copy and paste your resume into the comments. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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