Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Dear readers,  Charles Dickens said, "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
  It is a mysterious month, no doubt. So while we wait with bated breath for spring to arrive and winter to end, we at Franklin Lifestyle…

William Franklin Andrews Book Signing

William Franklin Andrews celebrated his newly released Tales of a Native Son with a book signing at First Bank’s location in downtown Franklin’s historic post office. The book is a collection of short stories from nearly eighty years of working and living in Middle Tennessee. 

March 2018 Around Town

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) gave out five first-place awards among 282 entries to the Williamson County Fair in the Competitive Exhibits contest. Several of the winning exhibits were featured in the new 4-H & Youth Village area at the 2017 fair, including the Robotics Challenge that won for Participatory Contest, the 3-D Rocket Challenge for New or Unique Contest to Attract New…

Renovate & Refine

If it’s true that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become proficient in something, Kidd Epps has put in the time and made his fair share of 
mistakes throughout his 10-year odyssey as a self-taught designer.

Rooster Tails Has a Tale

When you think of a business named Rooster Tails, what do you think? Nashville’s iconic hot chicken? Farm animals for sale? A place where you can buy metal rooster tails? For the past almost 17 years, Rooster Tails has been building and selling furniture and decor to people in Tennessee. The history of owners Wayne and Pat Killebrew goes back…

Make Your Guest Room Hotel-Worthy

   Uniik Company was born after a conversation between two sisters who grew up in the textile industry in Bombay, India. Having lived in the United States since 2003, one of them wondered why the fabrics here were not nearly as pretty or as high quality as they were in India. From that simple thought, a residential design business providing window treatments…

Mindi Clayton’s Hometown Dish

Gardener chef and nutritionist Mindi Clayton, together with her brother, Matt Osman, opened Giardino Gourmet Salads in Brentwood in early 2016. Giardino serves specially made, handcrafted salads using a wide variety of only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant has origins in South Florida, and it expanded out of Florida for the first time when it opened here in Tennessee.

March 2018 Our Contributors

An avid runner, Ashley Hutcheson is a Nashville native, wife, and mom of both two and four-legged kiddos. A self-proclaimed foodie, she also enjoys furniture restoring, traveling, concerts and the lake. After a long career in human resources management, this Father Ryan and Indiana University alumni moved to a more creative career as a freelance writer.

Get Your ‘Green’ Drink On

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are synonymous with a tepid lager dyed a shockingly bright color green that takes forever to get at an overcrowded bar. If you pass on the beer, your options are most likely wickedly sweet mixed drinks or an overly minted cocktail option with liquor probably left over from Christmas. If you are throwing your own soiree…