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.

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.

Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN

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.

We are looking for an Intern

Are you our next summer 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.

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Media and Blogger Day

This last month has been a whirlwind of excitement around the Forest Home Media  U.S. Headquarters. We have been busily preparing for the media launch of the HGTV Smart Home 2014 built by our client Carbine & Associates. In a very short amount of time we were able to launch a new website for Carbine & Associates, create a new video, brochure, and launch and build their social media presence. Nancy, single handedly wrangled (invited) every major news organization in the city of Nashville who have continued to put out stories, columns and segments for the past two weeks and they keep coming. Here’s a fun meme that totally fits Nancy’s efforts on this.

Meme by by Peppercom’s Dandy Stevenson

Meme by by Peppercom’s Dandy Stevenson

This has been a labor of love. Nancy lives and breathes Public Relations. She is like a bright and shiny light bulb and has ideas popping up all hours of the day and night. Her day started at 3 a.m. with the local Fox affiliate, she has worked late hours and gone the extra mile. I’m so proud she is my business partner. Part two of our big media day was a Home Blogger’s tour of the house.HGTV Smart Home 2014 Blogger Day

We had such a fantastic turnout of bloggers from both the Nashville Area and several big time bloggers from the Southeast area. Here is a photo of our Home Blogger group in front of the fireplace at the HGTV Smart Home 2014.

Blogger Event HGTV Smart Home 2014  Nashville built by Carbine & Associates

Photo by Heather Patterson from At the Picket Fence

Front Row from Left to right: Virginia Moon (HGTV/ Scripps Network), Beth Bryan (Unskinny Boppy), Kate (Southern Belle Simple), Kristi (The Decorologist), Heather (At The Picket Fence), Brandy (Make + Model), (annonymous blogger), Karianne (Thistlewood Farm), and Melissa (The Insane Domain). Top Row from Left to Right: Kathy (My Interior Life), Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Jack Thomasson (HGTV), Kelly (Grokulsky Interiors) and  Anna StyleBluePrint Nashville.

I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of this fun launch. Thanks to Carbine & Associates, Scripps Networks’s PR team of Kristin Alm and Lee Hall and especially thanks to all the hard work by Nancy. Don’t forget to register to win this home starting on April 15, 2014.

Kelly Grokulsky, Kristin Alm, Nancy McNulty and Dana Tucker at the HGTV Smart Home 2014

Kelly Grokulsky, Kristin Alm, Nancy McNulty and Dana Tucker at the HGTV Smart Home 2014

Forest Home Media Helps Art For A Cause & Keb’ Mo’

Giving back to our Nashville community is something Forest Home Media partners Dana Tucker and Nancy McNulty try to do as possible, and, in March, Forest Home Media has donated their marketing services to help the current production of The Bethlehem Players’ “The Foreigner,” benefiting Love on Wheels which helps children taken into Department of Children Services custody, and, this weekend’sYork & Friends Third Anniversary Party and Benefit and the Keb’ Mo’ and Friends Concert for Abintra Montessori.

Chosen as a Tennessean’s Weekend Best Bets today, “The Foreigner” is being presented March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the BPAC, Bethlehem UMC’s performing arts center, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road in Franklin, TN. In their 17th year of community theater excellence, the production will help provide suitcases and toiletries for children unexpectedly taken into DCS custody with more than just a garbage bag for their possessions. Tickets at 615-669-BPAC (2722) or ticketsnashville.com.

Bethlehem Players, BUMC, Franklin, TN

On Saturday, March 8, local artist and gallery owner Ron York is opening the doors of his newly expanded gallery in Belle Meade to host a free party from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a portion of any art sales benefiting Nashville nonprofit, Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS).

A super exciting part of this event is York’s special offering of the works of renown Nashville artist, the late Creason Clayton.

“This is a once in a lifetime offering of one of Nashville’s most celebrated artists and we are honored to have been chosen to present his works. We have a big tent with delicious complimentary food and drink provided by neighborhood restaurants and caterers including Miss Daisy and West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart,” York said. “It will be a fun afternoon of art with a portion of the proceeds benefitting STARS, a group I help annually as art chair for the Vince Gill & Friends STARS Concert.”

York & Friends Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

This Creason Clayton painting “After Fat Tuesday” is part of York & Friends Fine Art Gallery third anniversary party celebrating their second expansion and features a special offering of the renown artist while benefitting nonprofit Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) on Saturday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

York represented Clayton for nearly 15 years until his death in 2006. The works reflect the styles and subject matters for which Clayton was well-known at various price points including his signature tall, thin ladies of the ball, New Orleans and French town houses, florals, landscapes and continuous line drawings in black and white.

During the event, many of the gallery artists will be greeting guests with new works available as well as a jewelry trunk show from popular Franklin jewelry artist Ruthie Cherry.

With artist work featured in the upcoming HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Green Hills, York & Friends Fine Art Gallery represents 46 artists across the eastern portion of the United including well-established local artists as well as new talent for a fresh, eclectic blend of artwork in an inviting environment of approachable art with a broad spectrum of styles from impressionistic, contemporary and fresh-whimsical to folk art and plein air.

On Sunday, head over to the pretty Fontanel Studio Gallery  as the multiple Grammy-winning Keb’ Mo’ hosts an evening in the round benefiting Abintra Montessori, a preschool through eighth grade independent, nonprofit school and Nashville’s first Montessori elementary program.

Keb' Mo', Nashville, TN

Keb’ Mo’ is hosting an evening in the round on March 9 at the Fontanel Studio Gallery in Nashville helping Abintra Montessori.

Rescheduled from it’s original January date due to weather conditions, Keb’ Mo’ hosts an intimate evening with Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman, JT Hodges, Casey Wasner and, just added to the line-up, country artist John Rich making for an eclectic singer/songwriter, country and blues evening of music. Chaired by Keb’ Mo’s wife, Robbie Brooks Moore, CEO of Kind of Blue Music Label, the couple are teaming up with co-chair Bob Bernstein, Bongo Java owner to present the night which will help fund needed scholarship and improvements for the 10-acre campus.

VIP tickets are sold out. The Abintra Montessori Music Benefit with Keb’ Mo’ & Friends, featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Rich, JT Hodges and Casey Wasner, takes place on March 9th beginning at 7:00 p.m. with doors to the Studio Gallery opening at 6:30 pm.  General Admission theatre seating is $75. The event is being sponsored by Fontanel, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Two Old Hippies and Bedell Guitars. A beautiful acoustic Bedell Guitar played by Keb’ Mo’ and signed by all the artists will be raffled off during the evening.  For more information, contact  Abintra Montessori at 615-352-4317 or go to  www.fontanelmansion.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Oh, and just so you know, the fabulous Blues Americana artist is releasing his next album in April! The Wall Street Journal’s Arts & Entertainment section gives a preview of my favorite new Keb’ Mo’ song “The Old Me Better” by clicking here which begs the question has his wife been makin’ him wear some ugly sweater? Inquiring minds need to know! Set your alarm and buy this new CD on April 22.

Forest Home Media is a Nashville area integrated marketing company weaving traditional and new media with a content marketing foundation delivering a powerful fusion result for their home-related industry clients. They are currently not accepting any new pro bono projects but are proud to support the worthy causes of their Nashville community! 


Forest Home Media Partners on HGTV Project

As Nashville area marketing specialists for home-related businesses, we are thrilled to be partnering with top Nashville builder, Carbine & Associates, whose team was chosen to build the HGTV Smart Home 2014.

Set to be unveiled April 1 via a virtual tour, my partner, Dana Tucker, and I headed to Knoxville this week for a field trip to the corporate headquarters of the Scripps Network, parent company for HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, Great American Country and CityEats.

Here’s a short flipagram overview of our visit with Lee Hall, director of corporate communications.  


We were also thrilled this week to get a tour of the fully decorated home with some fabulous art from York & Friends Fine Art.  Located in the pretty Green Hills area, we met several folks from the team including HGTV Managing Editor Virginia Moon who was preparing her latest report on how things are progressing in the home with “bold colors, clever gadgets and stunning design.”

Nashville area premier builder, Carbine & Associates, is the builder of HGTV Smart Home 2014.

Nashville area premier builder, Carbine & Associates, is the builder of HGTV Smart Home 2014.

We agree and wait until you see the home’s beautiful construction as well with several elements we haven’t seen before! You’ll want to follow Virginia’s blog for all the latest. Dana’s favorite is the music room and mine, the kitchen. You’ll have to give us your opinion and most importantly, be sure to register to win the home in the sweepstakes which begins mid April.

In addition to assisting with an upcoming media day and blogger event, we are posting regularly for Carbine & Associates on their Facebook page and website as well as Forest Home Media’s  so be sure and check it out as well as this Pinterest board!







Standing Up Against Bullying Campaign

From building a home for a wounded vet to helping Moldavian orphans, our Forest Home Media clients are at the top of their game and helping others at the same time including launching a bullying prevention campaign in partnership with the Nashville Predators.

Months in the making, at Friday January 17 news conference, Students Taking A Right Stand launched a proactive bullying prevention campaign in partnership with Nashville Predators’ player Colin Wilson with support from WKRN’s Dawn Davenport, Justin Bruce, Neil Orne, Audra Martin, WSMV’s Kacy Hagerty, NewsChannel5’s Lelan Statom, Aundrea Cline-Thomas, NPT Volunteer Gardener Co-host Troy Marden, Predators radio play-by-play/102.5 The Game co-host Willy Daunic and Great American Country’s Stacy McCloud and our first country music artist to sign on – Julie Roberts. (Note, if you want to lend your voice to this campaign, please contact us ASAP).

Key to this campaign was a public service announcement filmed at the Predators’ practice ice in Nashville and produced by their stellar communications department. Here’s a look at Colin’s PSA with STARS Kids On The Block puppet, Mark Reilly, challenged by cerebral palsy and a wheel-chair which doesn’t slow him down in teaching kids kindergarten through sixth grade about differences of all kinds.

Bee A Friend Poster, Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators, Photo by Forest Home Media

Bee A Friend Campaign Poster, photo by Forest Home Media

Area media began promo’ing the news conference Thursday night based on the media advisory and then followed up with coverage by ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates.

Needing much more than just a news release these days, PR Rep Nancy McNulty arrives with MacBook Pro, Panasonic full HD "HDC-TM900" camera,  Nikon D3000 chronicling event via blog, social media & mainstream media channels.

Needing much more than just a news release these days, PR Rep Nancy McNulty arrives with MacBook Pro, Panasonic full HD “HDC-TM900″ camera, Nikon D3000 chronicling event via blog, social media & mainstream media channels.

WKRN's Dawn Davenport interviewing Nashville Predators Colin Wilson at STARS news conference.

WKRN’s Dawn Davenport interviewing Nashville Predators Colin Wilson at STARS news conference.

NewsChannel 5's Lelan Statom, college friend of FHM's Nancy McNulty, signed on as campaign team leader and is pictured here with Nashville Predators Colin Wilson.

NewsChannel 5’s Lelan Statom, college friend of FHM’s Nancy McNulty, signed on as campaign team leader and is pictured here with Nashville Predators Colin Wilson.

The Sunday Tennessean printed two columns FHM helped generate on the campaign from Wilson and the students Lauren Jernigan and Laurelle Campbell who conceived the campaign idea. Here’s the overview produced by Forest Home Media explaining the campaign.

In Phase II, we are seeking out area notables to lend their support to a second PSA in the Bee A Friend Campaign. The folks above have signed on to be a part and talented director/cinematographer Armanda Costanza has volunteered her services to produce it. (Her credits include the hit ABC show “Nashville.”)

Another interesting aspect of the campaign is requesting area youth to send in their own 2 to 4 minute videos explaining how they have implemented the Bee A Friend idea to win a Hunt Brothers Pizza Party, dessert & more.

With a full roster of home-industry related clients, Forest Home Media lends their PR support to nonprofit client Students Taking A Right Stand as well as volunteer work with a variety of causes including ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, the missions of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and Miriam’s Promise.

And as John F. Kennedy paraphrased Luke 12:48, “to those whom much is given, much is expected.” Go out and make a difference!

JFK Quote, Forest Home Media, Nashville, TN