Trendspotting at Kings Chapel Parade of Homes

Decorating my Make-A-Wish Christmas tree last week afforded me to unique chance to tour the designer homes on the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes before anyone else!  There were plenty of design trends that I noticed throughout the beautiful homes.

decorologist trendspotting

trendspotting by The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett

Dramatic Ceilings

Many of the rooms in the homes featured amazing ceiling designs, like this tobacco stick mansard ceiling in the Gregg & Rains home.

wood ceiling kings chapel

design by ReFresh, Lauren Blalock and Kara Blalock

Painted ceilings were also featured, with my favorite being this dark dining room ceiling.

bella tucker faux finish

custom faux finished walls by Bella Tucker

This master bedroom ceiling is lined with white-washed barn wood, which helps balance out the femininity of this space.

barn board ceiling

Outdoor Lighting Indoors

Statement lighting was huge – in more ways than one.  The hanging light fixtures were often the driving force of the rooms, and I also noticed a lot of over-sized outdoor light fixtures being used to great effect indoors.

outdoor lighting bathroom

design by Julie McCoy

An outdoor light fixture may come in the larger size you need and be perfectly appropriate in an unexpected application, like this nursery in the Arnold Homes, LLC home.

outdoor lighting wall mural

wall mural by Heather S Thompson

Texture on Walls

Throughout the home tour, I saw plenty of stuff going on on the walls besides paint, including board and batten walls like this guest room.

board and batten walls

design by ReFresh

I spotted it again in this dramatic office space:

board and batten

design by Julie McCoy

Other wall textures included seagrass wallpaper, barn wood, and interior brick.  I think the brink is warm and stunning in this stairwell!

interior brick wall

stairwell lighting by Graham’s Lighting

Quatrefoil Motif

Geometric patterns are still trending, but they seem to be calming down a bit.  Patterns that stand the test of time are interpretations of classics like the quatrefoil motif I noticed in several places, like the in headboard of this master bedroom.

designer bedroom quatrefoil

design by Julie McCoy

Deer Decor

Depending on who and where you are, the deer decor throughout the Parade of Homes may evoke delight or dismay!  Faux or naturally-shed antlers were everywhere, and the iconic deer head motif is a recurring theme.

deer decor

Coral as an Accent Color

Although I also saw a lot of orange, I definitely noted a move in the coral direction as an accent color.  It looks particularly happy in combination with blues of all shades, from spa blue to navy.

coral as accent color

coral and blue guest room in Arnold home

Pampered Pets

The lucky folks who purchase this home on the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes are going to love this very luxurious pet shower located in the main floor laundry room.  Also a great spot to rinse off muddy feet and dirty little children . . .

pet washing station

The clever builder, Randy Arnold of Arnold Homes, LLC, integrated a special away room for pets in the wainscotting of the great room.

pet hideaway

indoor dog house

To give you a better idea as to the scale of this space, here’s my assistant Allison in a pose I believe she will soon be regretting:

interior dog house

Don’t miss your chance to tour the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes, December 6-21, 2014 in Arrington, TN.  The cost is $12 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  You may even want to place a bid for one of the four Christmas trees in the silent auction!


  1. Dana Tucker

    Great post Kristie!!! I love the photo of Allison in the dog house. Awesome!! Thanks for including the Bella Tucker dining room 🙂

  2. mary

    Hmmmm…..maybe I’ll have to think twice about painting that red brick fireplace!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Can you move the brick to the stairwell???? 😉

  3. Sandy

    I’m fascinated by the board and batten walls — and they’re a dark color! Could this mean I won’t have to paint the “judge’s paneling” in my living room in order to sell my house? (I’m hoping)

  4. Sarah

    I have the very same deer head wall art that’s hanging in the dramatic office with the textured walls! I call him Frank. I tried to install him in my bedroom, but my husband didn’t like him there. Isn’t that weird? And he’s a hunter and from Wyoming, too. That’s ok — Frank looks good in the entryway. I fell in love with Frank in a strange way. I was flipping through a bunch of wall art when I came across him, and I thought NO WAY and walked off. But after a few steps, I stopped, turned, and realized with astonishment that he was perfect!

  5. Pam

    Like the drama of the custom faux finished wall by Bella Tucker. Then, I realized I once owned a very old house in New Orleans, that sort of had that look, naturally……LOL

    • Kristie Barnett

      And that’s the look they were trying to create – patina is beautiful 🙂

  6. Joanne

    I’m not a decorator, but I have not heard of a mansford ceiling — could you possibly mean “mansard”?

    • Kristie Barnett

      Oops, typo!!! Thanks for the correction, Joanne 🙂

  7. Jean

    I love your post! Touring our local “parade of homes” is one of my favorite pastimes. I am very happy to see that my peachy-coral upstairs hallway now might be going in the “right direction” after all. I painted it two or three years ago and chose a color that reminded me of “peach sorbet on a sunny summer day” because I thought it would make me happy every morning when I left my bedroom to go downstairs… and it does! I live in the Pacific Northwest where we don’t get many sunny days. At the time, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around a neutral gray or beige, and figured oh heck, if I ever want to sell my house, I can always repaint it. I am so glad I followed my heart and went with my “cheery” color. I smile every time I walk through that hallway.

    • Kristie Barnett

      It sounds beautiful, Jean – I really think peach and coral hues are going to take off in 2015!

  8. Francie

    I can’t wait to go see these houses! I am a huge fan of quatrefoils and try to work them into every room. Meanwhile, Zan likes to think we started the deer trend, with your help of course!

  9. Joanne

    I love that bench you’re sitting on. Do you know who the manufacturer is?

    I love the dark ceiling in the dining room. It would make it very romantic at night in the glow of the lovely chandelier and candles. Board and batten adds another dimension to a room. I particularly like it in dinning rooms. I’m thinking about adding it to my master suite.

    Thank you for sharing, Kristie!

  10. kelly

    I like the first ceiling and the painted blue ceiling. Thanks for sharing!


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