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Swan Ball: Rooms of the Manor House

Since 1963, the Swan Ball has been one of Nashville’s most anticipated events. This annual benefit is for Cheekwood and its botanical and artistic missions. In a town that loves its denim, it’s still a white-tie affair, and this year the chairmen made sure that the event wasn’t losing any of its historic glory. The

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How to Pack for Moving

When some people hear that I’m moving, they sigh and say, “I could never go through that again!” And there’s some science to back that up; when you look at lists of the most stressful events in a person’s life, moving is ranked right up there with divorce. Michael and I selling our home and

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The Facts About Outdoor Furniture

It is finally — gloriously — summer, and I’m ready for some serious patio time. To see what’s great on the lanai this year, I asked my friend Gavin Duke of Page Duke Landscape Architects to answer a few questions about furnishing the perfect outdoor life. CLICK FOR MORE CLICK FOR MORE MS: Let’s start

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Downsizing in Action

It’s time to downsize. I’ve talked quite a bit about downsizing in the past year, though I didn’t think it was an itch I was going to scratch. But on a whim, Michael and I decided to put our house on the market and we very quickly got an offer. We’re moving soon and we

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How to Choose a Dining Room Table

A few weeks ago, I talked with a designer friend about how to decorate dining room tables when they aren’t in use. Of course, that assumes you have a table worth decorating, rather than just covering up. The dining table — when it gets used — is the heart of the home, so make sure

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