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DIY Blogger Magic Part of Parade of Homes

A Great Gatsby dinner/dance on November 29 with Derek Hough, of Dancing With the Stars, kicks off the December Parade of Homes packed with holiday, building and interior design inspiration – tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite. The Parade opens December 6 and you won’t want to miss the magic of four, rock star DIY home bloggers who are creating Christmas trees in each of the homes based upon the actual wishes of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee children.

Home bloggers Kristie Barnett, The Decorolgist from Nashville,  Jenna LaFevor, Rain On A Tin Roof from Chattanooga,  Lesley Warren, Chaotically Creative from Murfreesboro,  and KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farms from Kentucky, are participating in a Blogger DIY Christmas Tree Challenge.

Parade of Homes Bloggers, Kings' Chapel, Arrington, TN

Pictured clock wise at top right are Parade of Homes’ bloggers Kristie Barnett, Lesley Clavijo, KariAnne Wood and Jenna La Fevor.

With a budget of $500 and gorgeous trees donated by Balsam Hill, the bloggers have taken on the wishes of four children with life-threatening medical conditions whose wishes are the circus, fashion model, Greece and the Grammys. The bloggers are turning them into themed Christmas trees which will be part of an on-going silent auction during the parade benefiting Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

After the bloggers install their trees into the four parade homes on December 3, at noon, area home bloggers are invited in for a sneak peek tour of the four parade homes and to see the Christmas décor and trees. Immediately following, a Blogger High Tea Meet Up is being hosted in the Kings’ Chapel Clubhouse by Kirkland’s home décor store in partnership with the national Hometalk social network and Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.

Kings’ Chapel Developer John Powell said home lifestyle bloggers will be given the unique opportunity to view the homes prior to it opening to the public on Saturday, December 6 and meet these incredibly talented women.

“With four builders and designers working hard to pack the parade homes with spectacular array of great home ideas, this is the first time bloggers have been invited to share their talents while offering the blogger community a behind-the-scenes look at the parade houses,” Powell said. “Our Kings’ Chapel team is committed to funding the wishes of four children, so this DIY blogger event will ultimately benefit the kids of Make-A-Wish when the bloggers’ trees are auctioned off.”

The 2014 holiday Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel includes the following builder, designer and blogger teams: Arnold Homes LLC and Julie McCoy Interiors with home blogger, The Decorologist and a Greece-themed tree; Drees Homes and Design Environments Inc. with home blogger; Rain On A Tin Roof and a Grammy-themed tree; Gregg & Rains Building Group and ReFresh Home with home blogger, Thistlewood Farms and a circus-themed tree; and, Tennessee Valley Homes building and design with home blogger, Chaotically Creative, and a model-themed tree. Here’s a glimpse of the Christmas tree decor.

The Decorologist Virtual Collage, Kings' Chapel, Parade of Homes, Nashville, TN

The magic of Greece will be woven into the child’s wish Christmas tree of The Decorologist.

Chaotically Creative, Kings' Chapel Parade of Homes, Nashville, TN

Bringing sparkle to the party, Chaotically Creative’s fashion model themed-tree is part of the Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes opening Dec. 6-21 in the Nashville area.


Parade of Homes, Thistlewood Farms, Kings' Chapel, Nashville, TN

Circus whimsey wraps Thistlewood Farms Make-A-Wish tree for the Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes open Dec. 6-21.

Rain On A Tin Roof Collage, Kings' Chapel, Parade of Homes, Nashville, TN

A Grammys themed Christmas tree is being created by Rain On A Tin Roof for the Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes.

With a limited number of spots and by reservation only, the cost-free Blogger High Tea Meet Up is on December 3 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Parade of Homes, Kings’ Chapel neighborhood, Arrington, Tennessee just south of Nashville. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact

And, on Monday, December 8 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST, an online Pinterest Party on Kings’ Chapel’s profile will be co-hosted by Forest Home Media, Talk of the Town Host Meryll Rose and the editor/publisher of Greater Nashville House & Home magazine. Over the hour, top, inspiring “pins” of the event will be revealed based on blogs and media stories.

Packed with a gorgeous array of holiday, building and decorating ideas, the Parade of Homes returns to the gated community of Kings’ Chapel in Arrington, just south of Nashville, for the city’s premier home tour open daily from December 6-21 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 7 p.m.  Presented by Reliant Bank and LP Building Products, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee event benefits Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Tickets are available online and at the gate – $12 for entry with ages 12 and under free. The 16-day home tour also features 12 Days of Christmas, Parade of Homes related activities, from Deck The Halls with Southern Living Lifestyle Garden Editor Carmen Johnston and a Santa’s Workshop to a Mother/Daughter High Tea and ends with a historical rendition of a Civil War Era Christmas sermon at the onsite chapel dating to 1804.