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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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