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Inaugural Homes for the Holidays tour to benefit Literacy Council

Carole Robinson
Rose and Doug Grindstaff's home in Belle Rive, one of four homes on the Homes for the Holiday Tour to benefit the Williamson County Literacy Council.

It’s still early enough to use some of the dozens of new Christmas decorating ideas showcased at the inaugural Homes for the Holidays house tour Dec. 7 – 9 in Brentwood. Unique, creative designs from lavish to folksy will be featured in four estate homes in three Brentwood subdivisions. Owners will open their doors to the public on Friday, Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-5 p.m.

Designers Annette Valentine of Valentine Interiors in Brentwood, Tim Causey of ReCreations in Nashville, Kris Bagbey of Bagbey House in Franklin, Lisa Biggers of J.J. Ashley in Franklin, Lisa McHugh of Vignette in Brentwood and Sharon Sloan of Design Image in Brentwood donated their services with the homeowners participating in developing and bringing to life the design concepts.

At Doug and Rose Grindstaff’s home in the Belle Rive subdivision, designer Tim Causey created much of the décor using the owners’ decorations.

Carole Robinson
Designer Tim primarily used the Grindstaff’s own decorations with a bit of his own creativity.

As she showed off her home, Rose laughed and said, ”See all this? This is my stuff in a box. Tim took all this and rearranged it. That’s what he’s known for. He uses his creativity and that’s what he gets.”

Causey used two themes in the home – elegant and playful. Three formal rooms on the main floor are elegantly dressed with butter, merlot and brown ribbons, multi-textured greenery and splashes of gold ornaments.

In the bright kitchen, gaiety is kicked up a notch using Rose’s gingerbread collection, holiday trinkets, bright red, green and white ribbon and her prize plastic Santa, a treasure from her childhood.

“This was put under the Christmas tree every year,” she said.

In the basement, where the 12 grandchildren have their own get away, the “Grinch Tree” holds prominence with balls with Santa’s belt adding a bit of glee to the sadly bent over tree.

Carole Robinson

Brentwood Country Club homeowners Annette and Walter Valentine use a naturalist approach to design building on enhancing and embellishing items that are already in the room. This year, Annette, who has been a designer for more than 30 years, is building on her experience with 129 designers who decorated the White House last year.

Princeton Hills homeowners Linzi and Kirk McConnell, who are well known for their themed Christmas trees had professional help this year and the results are some unusual new creations sure to inspire. Homeowners Joanna and Brian West, also in Princeton Hills, have “some musical surprises in store for visitors,” said event co-chairwoman Barbara Nowak. Joanna describes herself as a traditionalist and enjoys using family heirlooms, photographs and traditional pieces in her decorating themes.

Carole Robinson
The Grinch Christmas Tree

Nowak and her co-chairwoman Gay Roberts came up with the idea to organize the Home Tour as a fundraiser. As members of the Literary Council of Williamson County, an organization that strives to increase the functional literacy in adults in Williamson County as a gateway to a more enriched life, they were “looking for some kind of event that had growth possibilities,” Nowak said. “Touring other people’s homes is something people like to do.”

Friends who once lived in Kansas City, put Nowak and Roberts in touch with a group of Kansas City Kappa Gamma Sorority sisters who have been organizing very successful home tours for more than 60 years.

“We talked to them about the event, and took their advice – they had plenty of experience behind them,” Nowak said. “Based on their numbers – they have between four and six homes each year – we planned on three homes to start with, but we had four homeowners who were very enthusiastic so we went with four.”

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and may be purchased at or at Bancorp South locations in Franklin and Brentwood, Brentwood Flower Shoppe, A Place in the Sun Hair Salon, Valentine Interiors and Santa’s Trees lots in Brentwood, Cool Springs and Franklin/Grassland.

As an added bit of décor, Lexus of Nashville will have a different model car in each of the four driveways topped with a big red bow.

For information about the Homes for the Holidays Tour or the Literacy Council of Williamson County, call Rita Dozier, Literacy Council director, at 472-5010.

Posted on: 12/5/2012


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