Ty’s House Community Center In Southern Living Magazine

When my friend, Nancy, told me that Southern Living magazine was featuring the Hard Bargain Association in Franklin, TN in an upcoming issue, I was excited for a couple of reasons.

southern living cover decorologist

The Hard Bargain Association is a grassroots, non-profit organization seeking to preserve Hard Bargain, a historic African American neighborhood, which was founded over 130 years ago. Their vision is to:

  • Restore the neighborhood through rehabilitation and construction of new affordable housing
  • Utilize the community center for educational opportunities, job training, technological advancement, social interaction and community building
  • Transform the neighborhood into a vibrant community to be proud of for generations to come.

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the community center, Ty’s House, is at the top right-hand of this page

I was introduced to Hard Bargain over three years ago, when I was asked to consult on the design/color portion of the Hard Bargain Cemetery House rehabilitation project. This building was renamed Ty’s House after being renovated by Solomon Builders, the Ty 2 Foundation, and an army of volunteers in memory of Ty Osman II. Solomon Builder’s Ty Osman and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of 19-year-old Ty, who died earlier that year in a tragic highway accident. This project touched me deeply, because not only do I have personal passion for historic preservation/restoration, but because Ty and Nancy Osman are my friends.

Decorologist Hard Bargain before

Hard Bargain Cemetery House, in its former condition

If some of you were reading my blog that long ago, you may remember this project, although I never posted before and after photos. I did link to a video of the project, but I didn’t really know how to make that run correctly and it didn’t work for many people who tried to view it (if you’re interested in seeing the video, click here). Anyway, since this article is running in Southern Living this month I thought I’d dig out the photos and post some of them for you to see.


back view, before











Several hundred people came out to the site three years ago this month to paint the exterior and interior of the house.  I took this photo at the end of the day when the project was dedicated to the memory of Ty:

Hard Bargain Ty's House dedication


So many great people have been involved in the revitalization of the Hard Bargain neighborhood, including Brant Bousquet, David Crane, Ty & Nancy Osman, and so many others I will never know. I’m grateful I was able to help with a little part of it.

buxton blue


hawthorne yellow





historic house colors



avon green and sherwood green


ty's house exterior back


avon green windows


avon green door


I drove by Ty’s House on Friday after working with a client in a nearby area and took a few photos from the street.

Ty's House Hard Bargain Community Center


Now that the landscaping has all filled in, it looks even more beautiful than on the day the work on the house itself was completed.

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I continue to support the Hard Bargain Association because of the continuing good it does in this community. If you’d like to donate or volunteer with this organization, you can find out more here.

ty osman plaque


hard bargain community center

Psalms 73:26- ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Stay tuned to my post later this week about my experience of having my home photographed and featured in the current issue of another national shelter magazine – you might be surprised as to how these things work!


  1. Davi Adams

    What an amazing project, what an amazing young man…and a truly amazing family.
    I feel blessed to know them and to have been a part of this project and to know the
    good that this organization continues to do. Beautiful article! Thank you.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thank you, Davi! I hope the SL award brings more attention to the good work that’s going on and encourages people to get involved 🙂

  2. Beth

    And beautiful colors, to boot!

  3. Paula Van Hoogen

    If anyone watched the riveting mini series “John Adams”, you’ll remember the terrible power of group anger.
    Here in contrast, is a perfect illustration of the power of LOVE in action. All communities: take note.
    See what can be accomplished by a local group WITHOUT government funding and/or interference.
    Beautiful blend of colors and hearts, Kristie. A huge Thanks for showing this again! Love the verse :)).

    • Kristie Barnett

      I have been wanting to watch John Adams!!! Just finished the first season of Masterpiece’s Poldark, which is amazing. So now I need a new series to watch, and you have convinced me it should be that one. Thank you for your input – you are absolutely right: no red tape, no contracts, no money exchanged, just a whole bunch of people wanting to help and showing up to do whatever was put before them to do. The Bible verse at the end was the last tweet Ty II wrote before the accident. He is sorely missed here, but he is Home.

      • Paula Van Hoogen

        What a perfect legacy to have that as his last words!
        Enjoy John Adams, Kristie– it’s rich & well worth the time..

  4. Julie

    I love the colors that were used. Can you share what they are? Thanks

    • Kristie Barnett

      Sure, Julie! If you click on the link in this post about the earlier blogpost on this project, the specific colors are listed there!

  5. Hailey~FurnishMyWay

    I love that such great people are getting together to do something good for others. What a fantastic project!


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