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New homeowners, and all of you who have “level up my entertainment game” on your list of resolutions for 2022, today we’re talking to you. Our list of home entertainment must-haves will have your guests saying, “Everything looks beautiful! This must have taken forever.”

Of course, we don’t want you to have to spend ages setting up for a dinner party, cocktail soiree, or birthday bash. So, read on for the party staples we recommend to make your life easier—and a touch more luxurious.

Coat Hooks

When guests enter your home, one of the first needs they’ll have is for a place to safely stash their coats. Coat racks take up space, and let’s face it—they're not even all that convenient to use. A series of coat hooks, though, will provide your

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While mirrors are functional necessities in every home, they need not merely languish above the bathroom sink. Instead, mirrors can—and perhaps should—be used in home decorating. Irrespective of your home’s style, there are certainly mirrors that will suit it perfectly.

Today, we’re sharing 7 benefits of mirrors in the home. First, though, we must cover one very important caveat.

Mirrors Must Be Placed Strategically

Before you install the robust hardware that is involved with hanging a large mirror, be sure that it reflects elements of your home that you wish to emphasize or duplicate. Beneficial placement may involve placing a mirror across from a window, piece of artwork, or particularly charming aspect of your home’s architecture.

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Winter has arrived in Tennessee! Though we’re most famous for our summer and fall weather, the winter months here are gorgeous and exciting in their own right.

With the holidays behind us once again, it’s the perfect moment to take time out for yourself. When you're ready to escape, one of the following local winter getaways (in and around TN) is sure to provide you with the rest, relaxation, and mental reset you crave.

The Guest House at Graceland
600 Elvis Presley Blvd. | Memphis

The Guest House at Graceland is situated just a stone’s throw from Elvis’s Graceland. Experience a winter getaway suited for The King himself in one of these luxurious suites. While staying true to the Elvis theme, each room is kept modern with amenities like

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Congratulations on the purchase of your home! You have achieved a major milestone. Depending on your remaining liquid funds after having made your down payment and myriad other expenses, you may be concerned about the cost of furnishing your new home.

Typically, furnishing a modestly-sized home costs about ten thousand dollars. However, it’s quite possible to create a beautifully-furnished interior for tw0 or three thousand instead—provided you’re willing and able to put in some extra effort.

Today, we’re sharing our Top Ten Tips for Furnishing Your New Home on a Budget. First, though, let’s talk about strategies for setting up a firm budget you can use while you search and shop.

Before you begin, create three lists, each with its own

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When one shares a home with children, it can be tricky to strike a balance between an adult-centric and kid-friendly design aesthetic. It’s important not to fill the home with precious things; otherwise, we’re likely to become tense and frustrated when items are damaged or ruined. On the other hand, most of us don’t want to live in a home that feels like a daycare center, either!

Here are our top 10 tips for creating a kid-friendly home:

1.) Choose Easy-Care, Patterned Rugs

Rugs add comfort and style to hard flooring, but they’re also magnets for mud and stains. Because staring at dirty, stained rugs is a recipe for a gloomy mood, choosing the right kind of rug for your home is essential.

Choose an easy-care, patterned rug. In between

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Perhaps nothing within a space affects our perception and mood so much as lighting. From intensity to direction and hue, lighting greatly influences our ability to relax and feel welcome. Even so, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to invest a great deal of effort into furniture selection and arrangement, object placement, and paint colors – yet hardly spend any time deliberately choosing a lighting scheme.

Today, let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of overhauling or just installing a lighting system. As you read through our guide, jot down ideas as they speak to you. These rough notes can form a great foundation around which you’ll create a cohesive lighting plan.

1.) Why You Should Install Smart Controls

Once upon a time, only dimmer switches

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Kitchen minimalists, we respect you, but how do you cook and bake to your heart’s content with only one kitchen knife and a few pots and pans? Today, we’re talking to the home chefs, those maximalists who long for a fully kitted out kitchen that can function to its fullest potential. 

Here, then, are 18 kitchen items that are guaranteed to make your life easier. 

1.) Breville Food Processor

This robust food processor will make your smoothies, mix pancake and quick bread batter, whip up a pie crust, shred blocks of cheese, grate carrots, slice any vegetable you please—and that’s just the beginning. If you want to cut your in-kitchen time by a large margin, this food processor is for you. 

When you’re finished using it, just let your

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One of the best things someone can say as they enter your home is, “It smells wonderful in here!” We all know how powerfully smells influence our perception of a place, so it feels good to know our home is making a good first impression. Today, we’re sharing ways to keep your home smelling great, from preventive measures to a variety of tips for sending delicious scents wafting through each room. 

Eliminate Sources of Bad Smells

Before you can add pleasant smells to your home, it’s essential that you get rid of anything stinky. Masking bad odors isn’t really possible, so roll up your sleeves, and let’s get started. 

1.) Scrub Out Your Trash Receptacle

We all know we have to empty our trash often in order to avoid a pervasive stench, but

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In Middle Tennessee, there’s no shortage of fall fun to be had. Soon, the foliage will transform into its glorious autumn colors, and cool breezes have begun to sweep away the lingering summer heat. For most of us, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy natural splendor, community events, and seasonal spooks and scares.

Do you feel it? It’s time to celebrate autumn! When you’re ready to get out and join in the fun, we recommend the following 11 top fall activities.

1.) Visit Farmers’ Markets

Middle Tennesse’s farmers’ markets are an excellent resource for obtaining your pie-making produce, pumpkins for carving, gourds and colorful corn stalks for your porch, and delicious fruits and veggies for your meals from now through Thanksgiving

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Autumn has returned to Middle Tennessee, and the Parks at Home team is counting down the days until the trees burst into fiery hues of red, orange, and yellow. Local farms are stocked with apples, carrots, corn, squash, and pumpkin, and our many fall festivals are just around the corner. 

If you’ve completed your fall home checklist, you’re ready to choose your favorites from our recommended fall home must-haves. Happy autumn, and happy decorating! 

1.) Set the Seasonal Tone with Colorful Throw Pillows

One of the simplest ways to embrace a shift in the seasons is by changing up your throw pillows. Whether you decide to go with adorable scarecrows and pumpkins or a subtler take—say, autumnal tones in rich textures—you'll get hooked on how

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