Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blackberry Farm


Blackberry Farm
Walland, TN



The Inn at Blackberry Farm was founded over 30 years ago, on the idea of creating a home with good friends, family, and food in one setting.

In 1976, Kreis and Sandy Beall were also captured by the charm of Blackberry Farm.  The farm inspired their dreams of sharing a magical property with good food and good friends.  At the time, Kreis was a new mother to her son Sam.  That year she decided to make the farm their home.  She also opened the property to the public as a six room country inn.  

Today Kreis and her son Sam continue the tradition started 38 years ago in the beautiful setting of the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. 

 Through Kreis's leadership and vision, the Farm has grown to include 4200 acres, and 62 estate and cottage rooms.

The artisan staff includes the chef, master gardner, baker, cheese maker, forger, butcher, sommelier, and several other experienced members.  

Check out our two favorite cookbooks, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm and The Blackberry Farm Cookbook.

Join us in celebrating this truly special place with some of our favorite images collected over the years, highlighting a few of our pieces used in each cottage. 









Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!  

In honor of the 4th, we are happy to feature two Made in America lines we have in our showroom.

The upholstery items from the
McAlpine Home Collection for Lee Industries- 
 Made in North Carolina

And our iron furniture collection with Lucy Smith-
Made in Alabama 

Here is a little collage to celebrate our favorite pieces, 
MADE IN AMERICA!




Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome to July!

Welcome to July!  This is one of our favorite summer months, when we celebrate America's independence.  Take a look at what we have on our calendar-
4th- Showroom closed for the 4th of July
6th- National Fried Chicken Day
7th- Our New Container Arrives
14th- Bastille Day
16th- Flower Magazine Event with Ben Page

In honor of the 4th, here are some of our favorite blue and white interior shots-












Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Inspiration: The Rosewood

Recently, a few of our team members, including Mary have visited The Rosewood Hotel in London for design inspiration!  

This luxury five star hotel, designed by Tony Chi, is located in the Holborn neighborhood of the West End in London.  Formally the headquarters for Pearl Assurance Company, the neoclassical building was designed by H Percy Monckton.  
Some of our favorite parts of the hotel are the bar, copper entrance, and boxwoods along the street.
Pictured above, the copper and glass gallery wall with a black and white mosaic tiled floor.


The bar, Sara's favorite, has a great library feel.  Lots of velvet upholstery, a fireplace, fun iron globe chandeliers, and a piano bar at night!   The bar also offers a special cocktail list and a list of curries and casseroles.  If you order a Martini, your drink comes in a Waterford Martini Glass, and your check will arrive in an old leather bound book!

Last but not least, the Boxwoods lining the hotel add the finishing touches to the whole experience!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy Father's Day

In honor of Father's Day… let's toast to masculine interiors and exteriors.


Raise your glass and take a look at some of our favorite shots from the father designers, landscapers, and architects in our lives-

Will Huff

Robert Brown

Carson McElheney

Ryan Duffey

Dan Carithers

Here are our Father's Day picks-


Friday, June 6, 2014

Books for Keeps BOOK DRIVE

It is that time of the year, Books for Keeps!  



Books for Keeps was founded in 2009 by Mary Holland's dear friend Melaney Smith, whose primary goal was to stop the "Summer Slide."  The "Summer Slide" is the learning loss suffered by many underprivileged children during the summer, when they are away from school.  
For 11 months, Melaney's team collects, inspects, sorts, and boxes books, only to give them all away in May.
Their goal is to give every child 12 books, when they leave for the summer in May.  The program started at Alps Elementary school in Athens, and has now expanded to all Athens children attending an elementary school where 90% or more of the students quality for a free/reduced-price lunch.  Since 2009, Books for Keeps has given more than 138,000 books to children from low-income families in grades Pre-K through 12.


Please help us help Melaney and her team!  
Bring in one children's book and receive 10% off your next purchase, or bring in two or more children's books and receive 20% off your next purchase.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Summer Menu

Once the date is set and your house is ready, it is time to plan the menu!




Here is our favorite Green and White summer pizza recipe-


  1. Make sure pizza dough is room temperature
  2. Preheat oven to 500° with the Pizza Stone inside
  3. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and sliced garlic, heat in a large skillet for 1.5 minutes, then add 6 cups spinach Sauté 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Set aside.
  4. Combine cheeses, milk, and minced garlic in a bowl
  5. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, and pierce surface with a fork 
  6. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven, and sprinkle cornmeal on top
  7. Spread cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. 
  8. Bake for 10 minutes 
  9. Top with spinach and bake an additional 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated 
  10. Remove from oven; brush outer crust with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil 
  11. Cut into 6 large slices and bon appetite!