Beauty Between the Oaks

December 04, 2020  •  2 Comments

CLINTON: $650,000 - 345 Cross Pike Rd., 3bd/3.5bth:

Man I love my job! These houses I get to photograph are so cool, and this most recent one is no exception. 

I described it to my husband as a modern farmhouse in a rural setting. I'm not sure if that's what a real architect would call it, but ya'll catch my drift.

The house was just finished a couple of months ago, so it's brand spanking new. It sits on 5 acres with some great views of the Cumberland Mountains. I'd definitely spend a few evenings on that front porch watching sunsets.

As you turn into the property, the builder saved two old white oak trees that frame the driveway. The leaves have all fallen off for the winter when I was there, but it's still a pretty impressive entrance feature.

Speaking of entrances, that front door, though! It's a double wooden door, each with large 4-pane windows. I love it!

The interior of the home has lots of open living space with high ceilings and light-colored, wide-plank pine floors. And oh my heavens! Y'all know how much I love unique light fixtures. This home is loaded with them! The foyer, the living room, the kitchen – everywhere you look there are amazing lights.

The kitchen has a large center island with space on one side for 4 high-top style chairs on one side, and a large farmhouse sink on the other side. The kitchen backsplash is white, hand-molded subway tile - oooooolala! Subway tile is another one of my favorite features in a home.

The master on main is to die for! The suite has a fabulous light fixture over the bed – of course – and the master bath has a custom-built double vanity with a walk-in shower and a sweet little soaker tub!

Both the upstairs bedrooms are pretty cool, too. Each is it's own suite, complete with a full bath. By the way, I'm loving the penny tile floors in both bathrooms. One of the upstairs suites is designed for a girl with pink wainscot  The other one is designed for a boy with dark gray wainscot and black trim.

I really like the landing at the top of the stairs. There is a gallery wall complete with lighting to showcase pieces of art, be it a Picasso or a finger-painting by the kids or grandkids. The upstairs also has a bonus room with vaulted ceiling, overlooking the back acreage.

This was a really fun photo shoot. I can only imagine how cool it would be to live is this beautiful home!

Great kitchen and master suite highlight Rockwell Farm home

November 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

FARRAGUT: $412,000 - 349 Rockwell Farm Ln., 4bd/3bth: 

I don't know about y'all, but kitchens and master bedrooms/baths are what help me connect with a house. 

I've been in some A-mazing homes with great amenities, but at the end of the day, we spend most of our time at home in the kitchen or in our bedrooms. This home at Rockwell scores big in both those areas.

This home has a great kitchen space, and I love how it's laid out. There's lots of cabinets and plenty of prep space, which is key for me. I also like how the kitchen looks into the family room so the you can still socialize with family and friends while whipping up a tasty meal or some hearty snacks. 

Just off the kitchen there's multi-purpose room is at least big enough for a pool table. Itr's great place for the guys to hang, when the ladies kick them out of the kitchen.

Hardwood floors are featured throughout the home, including the dining room. And y'all know how much I love unique light fixtures, so you know I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs about that chandelier in the dining room.

There's an in-law suite on the main floor which would be nice for guests. A bonus area at the top of the stairs is a great spot to send the teens to play their video games. It would also make a great play area for the little ones or a study area for the older kids 

As fabulous as I think the kitchen space is, it's the master suite that impressed me most about this home. It's gorgeous and I really like double-sided fireplace the suite shares with the attached sitting room, which you could use a bunch of different ways – nursery, office, small gym or your own private reading nook.

If you're like me and can never have too much closet space, then you'll love the walk-in closet in the master suite. Actually, I'm not sure "walk-in" is the best description for this closet. It's more like a walk-in-turn-around-stretch-out type of closest. I swear I think the kitchen in my first house was smaller than this closet!

Of course the master bath is awesome, too. The soaker tub and the custom tile shower really give this bath a spa-like feel.

A ground-level deck overlooks a fenced-in backyard. It's great spot for outdoor entertaining and there are plenty of trees to provide shade for those hot summers here in East Tennessee.

This is a great home, but don't wait long if you're interested. This market is still pretty hot.


Captains Way offers a luxurious port to call home

November 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

FARRAGUT: $1.5 million – 3543 Captains Way, 5bd/6bth:

Ahoy y'all! I just returned from a photo shoot on Captains Way in Farragut.

Trust me, this is not some little dingy of a house. At 7,000 square feet, this beautiful home is an ocean liner, and a luxurious one at that. I call it the U.S.S. Holy Cow!

I was stunned from the moment I stepped inside the grand foyer. The custom-built staircase dominates the room, and I almost expected to see Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio descending down the stairs. It's that fancy!

Just off the foyer is a quiet study that has an entire wall of built-in bookshelves. I was a librarian in a former life, and I've gotta tell you those shelves are one of my favorite features.

The kitchen is large with plenty room for some extra cooks. It has stainless appliances and a center island with a secondary sink and a natural gas stove stop.

The home is flooded with lots of natural light, and goodness gracious the rooms are huge. The family room is no exception. It features a tongue and groove cathedral ceiling, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard pool.

The master is on the main floor, and of course has an awesome master bath with a spa tub and separate walk-in shower. What is really cool about this home is that EVERY bedroom has it's own private bathroom. That's right y'all, no more traffic jams in the morning as everyone is getting ready for school or work.

There's an extra kitchen just off the massive rec room in the basement. It's a great space for the kids, or maybe even a man cave for dad.

There's no doubt the inside of this home is gorgeous, but there's also great outdoor spaces, too. The large swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off during those humid summer days we get here in East Tennessee, and the covered back porch is idea for relaxing with family and friends just about any time of year.

If you're looking for a great port to call home, set your compass for this one on Captains Way.

Mixing It Up Makes This Home a Hit

October 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

MECHANICSVILLE: $219,000 - 1417 Hannah Ave., 3bd/1bth: 

It's good to mix things up every now and then. Musicians do it all the time. Sometimes artists will cross genres, like when the Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, performed her own rap song on the Queen Latifah Show. Other times they'll redo an existing song with new rhythms or instruments. The kids call it a "remix." 

The home I recently shot in Mechanicsville is a good example of  house remix. On the outside, this 121-year-old bungalow is a Victorian beauty with a 4-color paint scheme and decorative spindle columns along the wide front porch. On the inside, many of the design elements are mid-century modern with some cool light fixtures, but there's plenty of the original turn-of-the-century charm.

Take the master bedroom, for example. The clean, angular lines in the room give a hint of mid-century modern, while the exposed brick from the original fireplace and wide-plank, pine flooring provide the old-world charm you expect from a home built in 1899.

By the way, that wide-plank, pine flooring throughout the home is original, as are the wide baseboards. Also, be sure to check out the staircase going up to the second floor. The banister is original to the house and so are the stair treads - complete with all the nicks and gouges that come from more than a century of use.

The bathroom has been completely redone with the same blend of styles. You have the black-and-white hex tile flooring and the subway tile walls combined with crystal clear shower doors and modern fixtures;

The kitchen is brand-spanking new with sleek lines, a modern color scheme, über-modern cabinets and stainless steel appliances. I really like the modern subway tile backsplash, but those leathered granite counters, though! Ooh la la! Leathered granite is my new favorite building material, and these countertops look awesome.

The living room/dining area is HUGE with a plenty of  natural light. French doors in the living room open up to a great raised deck/patio overlooking the shaded backyard. 

Sometimes musical remixes aren't as good as the original. That's not the case with this home. The owner did a great job keeping and refurbishing the original elements that make old houses so charming, while adding enough modern features to make this house remix a No. 1 hit.

Boulevard Beauty With Tons of Style

October 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

NORTH HILLS: $269,900 - 3025 North Hills Blvd., 4bd/2bth:

North Hills is one of my favorite Knoxville neighborhoods. There are beautiful older homes and tree-lined streets that give this area a ton of character.

So I was excited to shoot this home. I was even more tickled when I arrived because I just love a Craftsman-style home that's put together as well as this one. This is a real beaut with the perfect mix of original features and modern day style.

The home sits on a wooded, double lot, which gives you a bunch of great outside space. The big front porch is "guarded" by 2 stone lions, which I think adds a touch of old-school charm. Speaking of which, that's the original front door from when the home was built in 1940.

The kitchen was recently updated and has stainless appliances, including a natural gas stove/oven.  I really like the open shelving! We drink a LOT of coffee at our house, so I'm also digging the coffee bar between kitchen and dining room.

By the way, did you see that fancy archway between the dining room and living room? I'm not sure what a carpenter would call that, but it looks like a curly bracket (you know, one of these - {  ) turned sideways. It's so cool! There's also a pretty boss chandelier over the dining room table.

There are hardwood floors throughout, and the living room has built-in shelves on either side of the fireplace. The downstairs bath was recently redone, and it is gorgeous!

The master bedroom is a comfy space on the main floor, and the bedrooms upstairs have their original shiplap – y'all know how I love my shiplap!

Laundry rooms are one of those spaces in your house that you don't really show off, but I tell you, the floor tile in this laundry is so cool I'd invite guests to check it out. Plus, the built-in cubbies are great for keeping all your stuff neat and organized. I like 'em so much I may have to do the same at my house.

I mentioned the beautiful wooded, double lot, but I also like that back entry porch/sunroom. That would be the spot I'd head to on a chilly fall morning to enjoy the outdoors from inside – after I stopped by the coffee bar for a fill-up, of course!

This is a fabulous home, not far from the zoo, downtown Knoxville and the U.T. campus.  If you like modern style with plenty of original charm, this may be your new home.

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