‘Boro Art Crawl Success Brings Holiday Crawl

Thursday, November 19, 2015


On Friday, December 11 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Murfreesboro will host their second Boro Art Crawl. The inaugural Boro Art Crawl, that took place on October 9, was a great success, having better than expected attendance on a cold and rainy night.

“[It was] such an awesome event, even if it rained,” said Jennifer Bombardi-Mount.

Business Participants

The event will once again encompass predominantly the Murfreesboro downtown and surrounding areas, but will also stretch from the Middle Tennessee State University campus to Mayday Brewery. Participating businesses include, L & L Contractors, Dreaming in Color, Hastings House Bed & Breakfast, Nurture Nook Day Spa, Cultivate Coworking, Liquid Smoke, Let’s Make Wine, The Write Impression, FunTiques, Sugaree’s, Walnut House, Alley on Main, Wallstreet, Downtown Shoppes on West Main, Greenhouse Ministries, Smoke & Mirrors, MTSU (Student Photo Gallery and Baldwin Photo Gallery), Two-Tone, Moxie Art Supply, Mayday Brewery, Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro Art League, Studio 902, Top of the Block, Appleton’s, The Block, Daffodilly Designs, and Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda.

“The City of Murfreesboro is happy to once again be participating in the Boro Art Crawl by opening the City Hall Rotunda to viewing by Crawl participants,” said Eric Snyder, chairman of the City Hall Arts Committee. “This month we are featuring artists who were a part of this fall’s Greenway Arts Festival.”

Different Styles of Art

The inaugural Boro Art Crawl introduced a variety of artistic styles and mediums to the Murfreesboro community. There was some remarkable art from well-known local artists, as well as emerging student artists from from MTSU. For this event the committee has added additional artists, along with the new venues.

“The first event appealed to all kinds of people,” said Boro Art Crawl planning committee chairman and downtown business owner, Todd Wilson. “We saw entire families including small children and grandparents, long-time serious art collectors, and college students.”


Sponsors of the Crawl

“We would like to thank our sponsors, Downtown Murfreesboro Business Alliance, Contract Management Services, John and Lee Anne Carmack, and our new media in-kind sponsor, VIP Magazine,” said Lee Rennick, another member of the Boro Art Crawl planning committee and a long-time long time arts advocate. “Without their support we would not be able to supply signage and maps.”

For information about Boro Art Crawl visit http://boroartcrawl.com or https://www.facebook.com/BoroArtCrawl/.


Spring Tidying from Floor to Ceiling


We at City Tile know that spring is the time spent giving your home that fresh and clean feeling. You scrub the floors, wash the windows, and air out every room after being cooped up inside during the long, cold winter.  Out in the garden, you dig out last year’s dead plants, and replace them with new ones. When you are all done everything is blooming, and your house is as fragrant as jasmine blossoms riding the evening breeze. Yet, something isn’t quite right. Your home still feels cluttered.

Cleaning is one thing, getting your home decluttered and tidy, that is something else entirely. Perhaps you have read all the books on organizing your stuff, but this year you find you have more organized stuff bulging out of your closets than you had last year. It is time to purge. Time to get serious about getting rid of some of that old stuff.

Downsizing and Small Living

Minimalism and downsizing are on the rise. Recently the Nashville Scene had a story about high end homes being built in the area having less than 500 square feet of space. When space is at a premium, you have to decide what is really important to keep.

We found two books that we think you will find helpful as you do Spring Cleaning. Perhaps, using these books for reference, this year you will finally get rid of that stuff that has been in the back of your closet since college. The stuff you repeatedly notice and say, “oh, I forgot I had that,” promptly putting in back where you found it and forgetting it for another year.

Tidying Your Home

The first book is an international best seller and #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declutteringand Organizing. The author, Marie Kondo, has developed a method for decluttering your home once and for all. She calls it the KonMari Method. This is not a method for the feint of heart. This is for those of you who are serious about lightening the load.

If you follow the KonMari Method implicitly, you will more than likely cut from two-thirds to three-fourths of your possessions, while creating a more relaxing and easy-care living environment. It does work. And it is life changing. Those who have applied her method of cleaning say that they have become more relaxed, more focused, and better able to cope with life’s 24-7 craziness.

According to Kondo, you have to set aside six months, and you start cleaning by category. Every day. The first category is tops belonging to the person doing the cleaning. You take EVERY blouse, t-shirt, sweater, coat and assorted shirts from all seasons out of drawers, closets, trunks, and any other storage, and throw them all on the floor in the middle of the living room. Then, one by one, touching each item, you ask yourself, “Does this give me joy?” If it doesn’t, out it goes into a garbage bag (we’ll get to what to do with the stuff in the bags in a minute).  After tops are bottoms, and it goes on from there, through the entire house.

When you are done following the KonMari Method, you will probably have 30 or more garbage bags full of stuff. One couple that were clients of hers had over 500 bags! Once you have purged, she explains how to reorganize everything for easy use, especially how to fold.  When you are done, she guarantees you will never again accumulate anything you don’t love, and you will want to keep purging, ensuring you keep only what brings you joy at all times.

How to Dispose of Your Stuff

So, what do you do with these thirty bags of stuff? You pick up the book Sell, Keep Or Toss? by Harry L. Rinker, to decide how to get rid of it. The book was written to help those having to settle an estate, but he gives lots of wonderful tips on how to decide what to sell, donate or trash. How you break down your stuff will be based on value. Value, Rinker says, is based on condition, scarcity, and desirability.

Rinker tells you how to create a disposal plan to maximize your financial return on the items of which you are divesting yourself. He talks about auction houses, second hand stores, garage sales, and selling on the Internet. He even talks about how to go through the real junk, like non-working small appliances, to see if there is a way to make some cash off of them as salvage.

We hope these books help you turn your house into a happy and healthy, clutter-free, neat and orderly home, even in the deepest closet, And maybe make some profit off the clutter you no longer want. As they say, one man’s treasure….

Keep It Clutter Free & Clean

After taking all the time and making all of the effort to clear your house of things that no longer have meaning for you, make sure to keep everything well cared for. We can help. Our cleaning products for wood , rugs and resilient flooring will make maintenance a snap.


When you are done, breathe in the fresh air. Take the time to pause and immerse yourself in the nurturing space that you have created.

Photos: Japanese Garden: Lee Rennick, Tidying: Amazon.com, Sell: Barnes & Noble.com, Closet of Baskets: MorgueFiles (jzlomek)

Santa Breakfast Added to Rotary Annual Hotcakes & Holly Fundraiser


Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the honored guests at “Breakfast with Santa,” an addition to the Rotary Club of Murfreesboro’s 13th Annual Hotcakes and Holly fundraising breakfast.

This year we wanted to add a special opportunity for the children in our community,” said Barbara Sutton, Pancake Breakfast event chair and president-elect. “We will be having a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa, and Mrs. Claus will be doing a special reading of The Night Before Christmas for all of the kids who attend.”

The 13th annual Hotcakes & Holly pancake breakfast will take place at Middle Tennessee Christian School from 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 12th. Tickets are only $8.00 for the regular breakfast. Breakfast with Santa will cost $20, and take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa

While the regular breakfast is open to children and adults, just the children who attend the special Santa breakfast will receive a free picture with Santa and a copy of The Night Before Christmas, donated by Ingram Content Group.

Live Entertainment

For those electing to participate in the regular breakfast, there will be live entertainment and lots of pancakes, sausage, cinnamon roles, and orange juice. This year the event will be a plated breakfast, instead of a cafeteria line, served with an overflow of Holiday cheer by members of the club.  

Middle Tennessee State University’s Women’s Basketball team will be visiting to participating in photo opportunities and to sign autographs. Musical entertainment will be provided by Middle Tennessee Christian School Choir, Johnny B and the Balladeers, Larry and Gay Pinkerton, and actors from the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts.

Who Fundraising Benefits

This is the club’s biggest fundraiser,” said club president John Dietrich. “It helps us raise funds to help many organizations in our local community. It also gives members of the club a chance to have some fun celebrating the season with old friends and new.”

The event benefits programs supported by the Rotary Club of Murfreesboro that focus primarily on community literacy, such as Read to Succeed, Books from Birth, and providing every third grader in Rutherford County with a dictionary of their very own.

All About Murfreesboro Rotary

Murfreesboro Noon Rotarians are your friends, neighbors, and community leaders uniting for the common good at home and globally. The organization has six areas of focus: promoting world peace, fighting disease, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. The national organization celebrated 110 years this year, while the Murfreesboro club just turned 96 years old. Rotary has a distinguished history and is one of the oldest civic clubs in the world.


Get Your Tickets

Tickets to Hotcakes & Holly Fundraising Breakfast and Hotcakes & Holly “Breakfast with Santa” can be purchased at Haynes Hardware, Reeves-Sain Pharmacy, Holden Hardware, Mills Pharmacy, Wilson Bank locations on Broad Street and Memorial, Franklin Synergy Bank’s Downtown and Memorial by Irongate Kroger locations, and F & M Bank at Memorial.

Hotcakes & Holly Pancake Breakfast has become a holiday tradition for many in the community,” added Sutton. “We hope “Breakfast with Santa” will be an addition guests will come enjoy and make a new tradition in their families.”


For more information about Rotary Club of Murfreesboro visit their website at   http://murfreesbororotary.com and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MurfreesboroRotary/.

Much Ado About Flooring Trends

Friday, September 11, 2015


Bonjour my Divalings! It’s that time of year. Time to hit the books and explore the story of flooring fashions for Fall 2015.  While your kids are at school learning about reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, it’s time for you to explore the story of fall fashion and become interior design literate. Here’s your decor primer.

As personal growth guru Vikas Malkani says, “You are the author of your own life-story.” That’s true of your home, too. Your home is a reflection of you. And as a fellow fashion diva, I know you want to add a few new touches to your home to stay hip, whether you are a hipster or not. (I fear not, if my skinny jeans and scarves don’t make me a member of the hipster club, I still have my country club membership!)

The tale of fall home style is about a wonderland where astonishing splashes of color have arrived from the East, the dark elegance of the Victorian era is taking possession, trash and clash are the newest ender’s game, and tidying creates practical magic as we purge our overabundance of clutter to find balance. So much diversity in one little season of design gives flight to the imagination.

While many spring trends are still hot, hot, hot -- subway tiles, the color grey, and large format tiles – there are some new ideas to be found. In the interior design world, according to everything from Pinterest to the latest dwell magazine, there are four new style groupings on the rise, which are hitting the runways of New York and Milan in women’s fashion as well.  Here is my take on the newest edition of the book on home style.

A Passage to India

This is pure 1970’s BoHo with a modern update. It is all about exotic woods and colorful bold prints. If you’re going to go for a full Eat, Pray, Love world traveler adventure in your home design, then you can’t dip a toe into the waters. You must jump in with both feet and explore the colors of the spice markets of Marrakesh, the teal waters of the Mediterranean, and the rich red of the desert rose. But this is no electric kool aid acid test, with love bead curtains and the scent of patchouli wafting in the air. Today’s bohemian style is elegant, tempered with the lines of lovingly restored and hand painted antique furniture. It is Indian Kantha throws and sheepskin accent pillows. It is tailored modern with a ghost of the old Haight-Ashbury handmade, fresh from today’s maker movement, It is smooth natural stone and wood surfaces paired with  “animal” textures like fur and suede. It is a fine balance of East and West.

Dark Places and Sharp Objects

I could call this gothic chic, with a soupcon of Steampunk, or Industrial meets French Country. What the trend is all about is going back to the Victorian era for inspiration and blending it with a dash of industrial and Paris Flea Market. It steals from the Stevie Nicks line “Give to me your leather, take from me my lace.” It is a style with the softness of the tufted settee in the boudoir of Dicken’s Mrs. Haversham, but with a splash of Infernal Devices. Dark blue, black, metallic trims, deep purples, and dark reds mixed with pink slipper-satin pillows and lace details. Many new bathroom and kitchen re-dos are receiving a touch of this style when using the very popular black and white hexagon tiles. They were first employed in bathrooms and the subways of New York at the turn of the last century.  All things 100 years old are new again.

I, Geek

Big Bang Theory fashions are hitting the streets, and not just on the brainiac set. Get ready to mix those plaids and foulard prints in an array of retro cool colors like pumpkin, pistachio and citron. This grand design concept gathers together ideas from a brief history of time called mid-century modern. It’s all about nubby textures and sleek wood furniture of Danish Modern descent. And  don’t  forget the wood, wood, wood floors and ceilings. It is like taking a time machine back to the age of Mad Men and The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original version, not the one with Keanu Reeves). But Klaatu, in your spaceship remodeling, don’t forget your Iron Man movie poster and precious Lord of the Rings signed prints from the artists at Com Con.

The Way of Zen

This minimalistic esthetic means cutting back to the very essence of a room. When I looked up minimalism, one article said a true minimalist only owns 100 things. Guess you can count me out. I have a hundred pairs of shoes!  But I love the look. And it is catching on. The book, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is on top of the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists. It is about purging the glut of stuff we own and simplifying. The look can mean indulging in the tiny home movement, or paring down each room to it’s most basic elements. At City Tile, we are seeing this trend in the choosing of solid colored rugs of the most basic earth tones, stone-look tiles, and wood floors (be they real wood, wood laminate, wood-look vinyl or wood-look tile). Beige, grey, and pale green, yellow and blues are the key colors. It is like bringing a meditation garden into the home.

Have fun, my diva-darlings, with these fall trends. Adding a touch of dork-divine to a library, bringing a bit of exotic BoHo into the bedroom, or purging a living room to minimalistic perfection need not be an odyssey into the deathly hallows. Open the book of Fall 2015 interior design and create your own household tales.


Photos: MorgueFiles (Jacky), digsdigs.com, decaholic.org, anthenna.com, and ovahomedesign.net