Hanging Out with Nashville’s Lifestyle Influencers

Last week I attended an invitation-only event of Nashville Lifestyle Influencers, a group that exchanges and helps promote creative ideas and projects across the world of social media.

nashville lifestyle influencers

Hosted by Forest Home Media, we were invited to mix and mingle with other movers and shakers in the Nashville area at the beautiful and creative home of Dana Tucker.

dana tucker and kristie barnett

Dana Tucker and Kristie Barnett

Dana’s creativity abounds in her home, and I love the way she surrounds herself with what she and her family loves.  This is her fabulous office, which overlooks a sparkling swimming pool:

dana tucker home office

Dana and her husband also own a faux painting company, Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes. Their home is the laboratory where her husband tries out new and exciting paint techniques – just see for yourself:

striped walls

striped hallways by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

Check out the Tuckers’ dreamy guest bedroom.  I like how they painted those closet doors a warm gray to complement the beautiful faux finish on the lighter gray-blue walls.

bella tucker stenciled floors

Custom stenciling make the concrete floor a beautiful work of art.  Imagine how something like this could transform a dingy basement floor!

custom stencil floor

Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes’ stenciled floor

Below is another stencil effect, this time applied on a wall like wallpaper.  I really love the wooden church attendance board they hung in their living room.

stencilled walls

wall stencil by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

Every room in their home is a special treat, especially their childrens’ rooms:

beach theme bedroom

wood plank accent wall

pink and gray girl bedroom

pink and gray teen room

I’m excited to let you in on a great solution Dana shared with us for transforming popcorn ceilings.  Just apply these inexpensive ceiling tiles with glue to simply cover the ugly instantly!

popcorn ceiling solution

popcorn ceiling solution:  light-weight ceiling tiles

Besides the fabulous house tour, I got to hang out with southern celebrities like Talk of the Town’s host, Meryll Rose, and Southern Living’s Garden Expert, Carmen Johnston.

meryll rose, kristie barnett, carmen johnston

Meryll Rose, Kristie Barnett, and Carmen Johnston

I also met blogger Lesley Warren of Chaotically Creative, who worked with Dana Tucker and Nancy McNulty to put together the Nashville Lifestyle Influencers first event.

forest home media event

Lesley Warren, Dana Tucker, and Nancy McNulty

Meeting and sharing with other creatives in your field is a great way to recharge and gain new inspiration, don’t you think?  Voting for The Tennessean’s Toast of the Town poll ends Tuesday. I’m nominated for Best Interior Decorator, and I’d love your vote – you can vote for me two more times – today and tomorrow.  Thanks so much!


  1. Lesley

    Oh Kristin it was so nice to meet you and you took some beautiful photos of Dana’s home. It was stunning. Thanks so much for the wonderful re-cap! Can’t wait for future endeavors.

  2. Dana Tucker

    What a fun re-cap of the party. What a special treat to see you feature my home. 🙂 Thanks for coming and thanks so much for sharing your recap. xoxoxo

  3. Dianne Tant

    I’m so excited that I can see my painting in the girls room! “Girl dancing in the Rain”

    • Kristie Barnett

      I didn’t know you had done that painting, Dianne – awesome!!!

  4. Michelle Lynne

    Fun post. Gorgeous spaces and faces…and I love YOUR new profile pic on the site. LOVELY!

  5. Linda

    How fun! You look so beautiful and happy. The house is gorgeous and I love the tip about the tiles on the popcorn ceiling..brilliant!


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