Friday, 10 May 2019

This is Home: Nashville ft. Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay

For this week’s This is Home: Nashville, we present Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay who shows us his upstairs den and what makes it truly feel like home for him, his wife Abby and their three dogs.

Dan + Shay are a Grammy-winning duo whose self-titled third studio album charted the same week that their lead single “Tequila” reached number one on the Country Airplay chart. Their previous Platinum-certified single “Speechless” held four weeks atop the country radio charts as well as a nine-week run on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

Let’s dive into the den:

Dan + Abby’s Upstairs Den

Dan was pumped to show us the upstairs den. Deemed the in-between spot from the guest rooms and the rest of the house, he summed up the area, which boasts neutral tones, extra grainy wood and feel-good textures as such: “This is a cool space for us to just come home from the road and relax.” The married couple also enjoy quality time here with the dogs. According to Dan, their furry companions “make themselves very at home on the furniture which we’re A-okay with in this house.”

With a cozy chaise sectional, sprawling out after a long tour on the road is effortless. Plus, with an assortment of eye-catching accessories, including uniquely crafted vases and a patterned rug, the den has been transformed into a lively area everyone can enjoy.

One decor set that inspired the two were snippets of paper hung with 8 picture frames. Upon closer inspection, Dan gave us the story of where these originated—it was during the week leading up to the Grammys in Los Angeles. There were tearaway messages available to take home and Abby grabbed some and eventually hung them up. On these tearaway papers were words and poems—such as willpower and strength. These messages function as a source of inspiration for Dan and Abby as well as a cherished memory.

You have a chance to win:

  • A $1,000 room makeover
  • 2 tickets to Nashville
  • 2 tickets to the Warner Sound Event
  • Meet and greets with featured artists

Interested in these fantastic prizes?

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View our other “This is Home: Nashville” blogs:

Michael Ray

Walker County

High Valley

Chris Janson

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

This is Home: Nashville ft. Chris Janson

It’s time for the newest installment of our This is Home: Nashville series. Today, we get an exclusive look inside Chris Janson’s home and how his day-to-day life inspired the light, neutral palette of his living space.

Chris Janson is a platinum-selling, award-winning singer and songwriter as well as the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. His CMA-nominated song “Drunk Girl,” has been called “the most important song to come out of Nashville in years.” Touted as the “future of country music” by Nashville Gab, his two full-length albums have been wildly successful, which is a testament to his “explosive” stage style—creating a unique live experience for all his fans.

Let’s get right into the tour:

Chris Janson’s Room Tour

We were very excited to be the first to see Chris’s living room space and share it with all of you! Chris’s wife Kelly told us about the inspiration behind their den: “… we did neutral floors… when we bought this house we wanted something open where the kids could play, where we could all relax and enjoy ourselves.”

The big sectional, pillows and throws make it a comfortable, livable place for their family, while the light and creamy color palette keeps everything spacious and pleasing to the eyes. Since Chris wrestles with his kids all the time, it’s an ideal seating spot with plenty of space for horseplay.

He explained although it’s not exactly a “dude-ish” space, when he’s not out making a fire enjoying the outdoors, he loves hanging out watching TV in the living room—something we can all definitely relate to!

An Exclusive Jam Session

Before our tour was over, we got to see Chris perform his new song, “Good Vibes.” One thing’s for sure—we certainly felt the positivity from Chris flanked between two cozy chairs and a gorgeous windowscape.

Enter our This is Home: Nashville Sweepstakes

You have a chance to win:

  • A $1,000 room makeover
  • 2 tickets to Nashville
  • 2 tickets to the Warner Sound Event
  • Meet and greets with featured artists

Interested in these fantastic prizes? Click here to enter!

Also follow us on Instagram to find out the next home we’ll be touring!

View our other “This is Home: Nashville” blogs:

Michael Ray

Walker County

High Valley

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Monday, 22 April 2019

This is Home: Nashville ft. Cale Dodds

Welcome to another episode of This is Home: Nashville. This week, we’re featuring Cale Dodds!

Singer-songwriter, Cale Dodds, has been named in Rolling Stone’s “New Country Artists You Need To Know.” Billboard and Rolling Stone both named Dodds’ 2018 CMA Fest performance as one of the best things they saw from the four-day music festival.

In October 2018, Cale Dodds released his new song, “What We Gonna Do About It;” which is the song he sang in the jam session portion of our This is Home video!

Cale Dodds Bedroom Tour

When Cale first moved to Nashville, he was living in a garage with a small twin bed. Cale joked that there were, “…two small rats named Pete in the corner.” He said that he likes to remember that space whenever he’s in his newly furnished master bedroom to remind him of how things have gotten better.

Cale showed us some amazing original Elvis Presley records that his grandmother got when she went to an Elvis show in high school. The records were a gift to Cale one Christmas. On that same wall he showed us other records that are important to him, such as the first country song he’s ever heard and the first vinyl he has ever received.

Cale Dodds Living Room Tour

A versatile room for Cale is the living room which also doubles as the rehearsal and work out room. Cale told us that he hosts his writing sessions on the sofas in the living room, but also rehearses with his band in that room before going on tour.

One of the centerpieces of the living room is an old radio that Cale’s dad used to listen to in college. He says it was, “the first radio that they grew up listening to country music on.”

Check out the full tour here!

 Enter Our This is Home Sweepstakes

For your chance to win a $1,000 room makeover, 2 tickets to Nashville, tickets to the Warner Sound Event, and meet and greets with artists, enter our This is home sweeps now! Make sure to stay tuned in to our IG to find out whose home we’ll be touring next!

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Patio Perfection with Big Green Egg

Patio Perfection Can Be Yours

Enter Ashley HomeStore’s Patio Perfection Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Large Big Green Egg, Custom Cooking Island and $1,500 worth of Ashley Outdoor Furniture.

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get excited about enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Ashley HomeStore is partnering with Big Green Egg and Dr. BBQ to help one lucky winner kick off this social grilling season in style. There’s more than one ideal outdoor living space, but no matter what yours looks like, we’re checking off a few boxes to make sure your patio is, well, perfection.

Endless Possibilities with Outdoor Cooking

We’re partnering with Big Green Egg to ensure your meals match the season in the most delicious way possible. A Large Big Green Egg allows home chefs to grill, smoke and even bake all of your favorite recipes with total control over temperature.

Dr. BBQ shared some of his delicious Big Green Recipes you won’t want to wait to try for yourself:

Grilled Pork Steaks with Crispy Potatoes

Ingredients:

● 2 pork blade steaks (1 lb each)
● Big Green Egg Citrus Dill Seasoning
● Big Green Egg Vidalia Onion Sriracha Barbecue Sauce (to taste)
● Olive oil
● 1 ½ lbs small red potatoes cut in half
● Black pepper

Instructions:

● Prepare the Egg to cook indirect at 325° with the EGGspander in place. Add 1 or 2 chunks of apple wood to the charcoal for smoke flavor.
● Add ¼ cup of oil to the small Big Green Egg skillet and preheat it on the bottom cooking rack for 15 minutes.
● In a medium bowl lightly oil the potatoes and season liberally with the Citrus Dill Rub and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly and cook for 15 minutes.
● Season the meat with the Citrus Dill Rub and place on the top cooking rack of the EGGspander so they’ll drip into the potatoes.
● After 30 minutes, flip the pork steaks, toss the potatoes and cook for another 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy.
● To kick up the flavor a notch, brush the pork steaks with the barbeque sauce and cook for 10 minutes on each side.

Notes:Makes about 4 servings

Big Green Egg items needed:
● 1 Large Big Green Egg
● 1 Eggspander
● 1 ConvEGGtor
● 1 Small Big Green Egg Skillet
● 2 Big Green Egg Citrus Dill Seasoning
● 2 Big Green Egg Vidalia Onion Sriracha Barbecue Sauce
● Big Green Egg Charcoal
● Butane EGGniter (or firestarters)

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boys

Ingredients:

● 24 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
● 4 Big Green Egg Wooden Skewers
● Olive oil
● Salt and pepper
● Big Green Egg Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
● 1 cup mayo
● Shredded lettuce
● 4 roma tomatoes, sliced
● 4 hoagie Rolls
● 6 scallions, cut thinly on the bias

Instructions:

● To get started, thread six shrimp onto each skewer – make sure you soak the skewers in water first for at least 15 minutes.
● Brush the shrimp with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Prepare the EGG to cook direct at 400°.
● Place the plancha ribbed side up on the cooking grate to preheat for 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip and brush liberally with the hot sauce… the more the better! Cook another 2 minutes, flip and brush again.
● Repeat until shrimp turn opaque then remove from heat.
● In a small bowl combine the mayo and 2 tablespoons of the Big Green Egg Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce. Mix well and spread a thin layer on the top and bottom bread. Lay slices of the tomato on the bottom bun, then top with a handful of the shredded lettuce. Drizzle with a little more of the spicy mayo. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and layer on top.
● Finish with a drizzle of hot sauce and a sprinkle of scallions.

Notes: Makes 4 big sandwiches

Big Green Egg items needed:
● 1 Mini Max Big Green Egg
● 1 Big Green Egg Plancha
● Big Green Egg Bamboo Skewers
● 2 Big Green Egg Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
● Big Green Egg Charcoal
● Butane EGGniter (or firestarters)

PREPARE IN STYLE

It’s clear to see there’s no shortage of options for what delicious food you can whip up with Big Green Egg. With so much to prepare, this is where Ashley HomeStore steps in to give you the perfect prep station for your outdoor living area.

TAKE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH EVEN GREATER STYLE

Our grand prize winner will also win $1,500 of Ashley HomeStore Outdoor furniture to complete their Patio Perfection set up. With an outdoor cooking and dining space that’s as functional as it is stylish, you may find yourself eating outdoors for every meal all summer long.

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Monday, 8 April 2019

This is Home: Nashville ft. High Valley

high valley home tour and jam session

This week on this is home, we’re walking through the homes of High Valley!

Brad and Curtis Rempel comprise the critically acclaimed Canadian-born, Nashville-bred duo High Valley. The brothers have received praise from Rolling Stone, Pandora and more for soaring harmonies and memorable songs, and have drawn influence from artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio and the Everly Brothers.

High Valley’s international appeal has already earned them over 200 million streams across the U.S. and Canada alone. The duo’s singles “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me” are certified gold–and the latter–being their most recent hit–became their first Top 10 single.

Curtis Room Tour

Take a look at the Rempel farm! Curtis, a self proclaimed woodworker, loves building tables and spoon carving in his spare time. He’s also built shelving that’s used throughout his home for a truly authentic look. It’s a subtle addition that augments the farmhouse style and earthy tones.

high valley's curtis with wife

We love how the large windows in the home let in natural light and give Curtis and his wife Miranda a peek at their horses, which they enjoy tending to and riding together.

This is: The Master Bedroom


The master bedroom is Curtis and his wife’s favorite room in the house. Why? “This is where we start and end every day,” he said. Filled with light colors for an airy, relaxing aesthetic, one of the staples Curtis loves is the Fair Ridge Accent Cabinet.

Placed atop it are the lyrics sung at their wedding–so it’s extra special to the both Curtis and Miranda. Also displayed in the room is a photo of Curtis’s parents on their wedding day over 40 years ago. “Super proud of them for that, we hope that we can do the same.”

Brad’s Room Tour

Brad and his wife love hosting people, so an inviting living area was a must-have for the two of them. This room transitions into the most important room in the house: the eating area.

This is: The Kitchen

With two boys who eat a lot, the kitchen is a high traffic area where everyone gathers–so it was important that the space was easy to navigate, while also being stylish. “I’d love to take a lot of credit for putting all the meals on this beautiful dining table but my wife is definitely the rockstar in that department.”

 This is: The Bedroom

“There’s no bed on earth that I sleep better on than this one right here.” Brad loves coming back home to his restful farmhouse retreat. “It’s a great room for me to rest and get ready for the next big tour.”

An Exclusive Jam Session

high valley jam sessionCheck out the full home tours on our IGTV!

 Enter Our This is Home Sweepstakes

You’ve still got time to enter our sweeps! For your chance to win a $1,000 room makeover, 2 tickets to Nashville, tickets to the Warner Sound Event, and meet and greets with artists, enter our This is home sweepstakes now by clicking here! Make sure to stay tuned in to our IG to find out whose home we’ll be touring next!

 

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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

10 Fabulous Porch Decorating Ideas

gray patio set with black pillows

Do you have big porch decorating ideas, but a not so big actual porch? Just because your great outdoors is on the smaller side, don’t think you can’t turn it into an enticing outdoor getaway. These days, porch designs run the gamut from intimate front porch enclosures built for one or two, to larger patios and decks complete with fire pit sets. No matter what size you have to work with, you can create the perfect backdrop for al fresco gatherings with well-chosen outdoor furniture and accessories.Opens in a new window Here are a few ways to make the most of the porch or patio space you have.

Create a Gathering Space with Tables and Chairs

Conventional decorating ideas for most porch and patio designs incorporate tables and chairs, and of course they do! There’s nothing like an outdoor get-together, and attractive furniture ensures there’s a comfy seat for everyone. When choosing your outdoor table and chairs keep the size of your porch or patio in mind; furniture smaller in scaleOpens in a new window is ideal for cozy spaces, while larger patios can accommodate massive lounge chairs that rock and swivel with no problem.


Create an Outdoor Oasis with a Home Bar

Cocktails are back! Good news is that you don’t need special equipment to create an outdoor home bar. If you have a rolling bar cart, like thisOpens in a new window, simply place it outside during your get-together. Cover the shelves with colorful tea towels and load it up with your favorite beverages. Bonus points if you transfer your liquids into pretty bottles. Here’s another great idea: this high-top bar table comes complete with a built-in fire pit for easy entertaining. Just remember, some porch designs aren’t built to accommodate open flames, so keep safety in mind.

Pile on Pillows and Cushions

Read any guide on porch decorating ideas, and you’ll invariably find the recommendation to add outdoor pillows and cushionsOpens in a new window. True, colorful outdoor pillows and seat cushions can turn an ordinary porch or patio setup into a cozy getaway. For us, however, we know that the key to making this work is to find outdoor accessories that are as weather-resistant as they are beautiful. Outdoor cushions and pillows upholstered with Nuvella® high-performance fabric are fade and mold resistant, so they’ll stay bright and beautiful, season after season. Plus, you won’t be afraid to use them when you know how easy they are to clean.

 Decorate with Bold Colors

Lovers of color rejoice. Outdoor furniture is more cheerfully bright than ever. Forget the blah outdoor table and chair of yesterday. Technology has made it easy and convenient to splash color anywhere your heart desires. This all-weather furnitureOpens in a new windowis made from high-density recycled plastic, giving you the look of painted wood without the burden of constant upkeep. Also, don’t forget to decorate the walls of your porch or patio with outdoor accessories like wall art in metal or wood or wall-mounted planters laden with colorful, seasonal flowers.


Keep the Sun Out

While many patio or porch designs provide some form of shelter, most of them, especially sun decks, could do with some respite from the sun. Consider adding a patio umbrella to provide shade. Make sure to choose a color that matches the rest of your outdoor decor for a beautifully cohesive look.

An outdoor dining table on a porch with a blue umbrella hovering above the table.

Reflect Evening Candlelight with a Wall Mirror

Picture it: the evening is young, the music is on and the conversation is just as sparkly as the candles you’ve lit. Now imagine the scene if that warm candlelight is reflected over and over by wall mirrors. If your outdoor decor isn’t enhanced with these reflective beauties, what are you waiting for? Don’t keep mirrors confined inside; this mirror is smashing (pardon the pun) as part of your outdoor accessories design scheme. Just make sure to place it on a sturdy wall that is protected from the elements.

A rustic styled wall mirror leaning against a wall on a console table.

Swing Away

Who says your ideas for decorating your porch must conform to the standard table-and-chair set up? Think outside the box and add elements that suit your life and style. If you love the idea of relaxing in a hammock, incorporate that into your porch designs. Whether you choose a classic nautical rope style hammock or a colorful parachute, you’ll love the casual vibe and gentle comfort that only a hammock can provide.

Colorful striped hammock on a porch.

Keep Warm with a Fire Pit

When the sun sets and nights get cool, nothing could be more inviting than the warm glow of a fire pit. Whether you choose a rustic standalone fire pit or a built-in fire pit table, you’ll find that they create an inviting atmosphere that will keep you and your guests outside long after the sun goes down. Note – just adhere to basic safety tips for fire pit use to avoid accidents or damage.

Alternative Furniture for Tight Spaces (bench or stool)

Don’t let the size of your porch or patio interfere with your outdoor social life. Even if your outdoor space is short on square footage, it can still be big on charm. Consider porch designs that incorporate small scale pieces. These attractive outdoor tables and chairs are scaled just right, with mix and match options in a rainbow of colors that are perfect for petite al fresco living. And don’t forget to choose items that can perform double duty – ottomans that can serve as a table in addition to providing storage space, benches that you can use as a coffee table or as an extra seat – are perfect examples. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Tie it All Together with an Indoor/Outdoor Rug (or two)

We think that a fabulous rugOpens in a new windowties any room together, and that includes outdoor rooms as well. Indoor outdoor rugs are the perfect way to please the eye and take care of the toes. With so many options, choosing colors that complement various porch designs is easy. Be adventurous and start with one rug in a neutral color and top it off with a colorful partner that brings out all the spicy color elements in your outdoor decor. If you’re designing a front porch, make sure to incorporate a foot mat that complements your overall design as well.

Vintage and blue patterned outdoor rug in a sun room with a planter on the side and a bench on the opposite side.

 

When you’re looking for fresh porch decorating ideas, just remember to let your lifestyle dictate your approach. Working with a small space doesn’t mean compromising your style, and choosing the right designs for your porch can help you create so many fun-filled alfresco memories.

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This is Home: Nashville ft. Maggie Rose

maggie rose singing on couch

Welcome to another episode of This is Home: Nashville. This week, we’re featuring Maggie Rose!

Exceptionally versatile singer-songwriter Maggie Rose released her highly anticipated album, Change The Whole Thing, on September 21, 2018. It was named one of Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2018.

Stamped with her affinity for finely crafted melodies and intricate storytelling, the project encompasses a blend of American music melding Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Country and Gospel. Maggie is also currently touring with Kelly Clarkson on her Meaning of Life Tour.

 Maggie Rose Room Tour

Maggie knew this house was “the one” as soon as she opened the door and the beginning of her song, “Pull You Through,” was playing.

One of her favorite pieces in the house is her grandparents’ original Victrola. While searching for her home, she lost both grandparents. “I feel like in a beautiful way they guided us to where we are today,” Maggie said.

 This is: The Writing Room

Maggie’s favorite room in the house is her writing room. “This is my safe place to write a song, bring my friends in here and collaborate with them,” she says. To make the room feel inviting, she has family photos, posters from different shows she’s been a part of and a shelf of records topped with an Emmy awarded for a song Maggie wrote for the NFL.

maggie rose emmy

Maggie chose our Hearne sofa to place in her writing room for its coziness and utility—it also pulls out into a sleeper—which is extra convenient when people travel to see her.

“It was really awesome when I got all these pieces from Ashley HomeStore because they have personality but they are very unique. I feel like this room is all my own.”

Check out the full tour below!

 Enter Our This is Home Sweepstakes

For your chance to win a $1,000 room makeover, 2 tickets to Nashville, tickets to the Warner Sound Event, and meet and greets with artists, enter our This is home sweeps now! Make sure to stay tuned in to our IG to find out whose home we’ll be touring next!

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