The Ole South Blog

Avoiding Clutter in Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 2, 2017

A new home means a new opportunity to start fresh. Avoid clutter from day 1, and keep your home feeling brand new. Today we are exploring 3 tips and tricks to avoid clutter in your new Middle Tennessee home.

1. Keep it Clean
Take the time to purge! Moving into a new home offers the prime opportunity to start fresh. Ask yourself “when is the last time I used ‘x’ item?” If you can’t remember, take it as a sign to part ways. Make a habit of donating on a regular basis, and limit yourself to the number of “holiday shopping trips” you take.

2. Create a Space for Everything
Organization is the key to a clutter free home. Take the extra time to find a space for each item. Label, color coordinate, and store like items together. Start with one room at a time, and find a system that works for you. In need of a few ideas? We have you covered:

• Living Room: Keep flat surfaces clutter free, organize your abundance of electronic cords, and take advantage of the extra space behind your sofa!

• Kitchen: Organize your kitchen by like items. Arrange your cabinets by category – utensils, coffee/tea, food prep, etc. Create a cohesive look by using clear containers, such as glass jars for all of your pantry items.

• Bathrooms: Use storage bins to separate toiletries, towels, and medicine. Organize makeup in an acrylic storage container. If you are tight on space, utilize the additional space above your toilet for a storage cabinet.

• Bedrooms: Purchase draw dividers and closet organization items. Create a place for each item in your bedroom, and be sure to tidy up each morning or evening.

3. Go Green
Going green is a great way to live eco-friendly, and reduce the clutter in your home. Switch to a paper-free home – think paperless bills, Google Calendar, and Todoist. Scan in all of your paper documents, and store on an external drive. Software such as Evernote, which allows you to capture, organize, and share your documents. Be sure to store essential paper documents in a labeled file cabinet or storage containers in an easy to find location.

Keeping your home clutter free is as easy as 1-2-3. Spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying your new, clutter free home.

How to Stay Cool in this Tennessee Heat

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2017

Tennessee heating up? Here’s how to stay cool

When the temperature starts creeping up to 100 and the humidity makes your clothes stick to you, you know it’s summer in Tennessee. We’ve got some ideas for how you can keep cool this summer.  Tip #1: Make sure your AC works! But seriously, grab your friends and family and complete the checklist below before summer ends!

Trying to keep the kids cool and occupied but don’t want to spend a million dollars? Head to the store for a big tarp (or two) and some soap and you’ve got yourself a homemade slip n’ slide! You’re sure to be the hit of the neighborhood once all the kids (and adults!) start clamoring for a turn to slide and cool down.

Nerd out at the Adventure Science Center. Check out the new exhibits and relax in the cool under the stars in the planetarium.

Invite friends or families over for a Movie Day or Game Night! There’s bound to be some days that are just way too hot to spend time outside, so why not gather people together for some movie-binging or good ol’ friendly competition.

Make your own ICE COLD popsicles. Enough said.

Spend a fun day or weekend at a water park! Check out Wave Country or Nashville Shores Water Park.

Try this hilarious game with friends or family members. The Frozen T-Shirt Contest! Before the contest, prepare a T-shirt for each participant by soaking it with water, wringing it out, and folding it. Placing waxed paper between each one, stack the folded shirts on a baking sheet and freeze them. When they’re stiff, hand them out to the players. The first person to get into their frozen tee wins.

No Shade, no problem. Create a canopy in your backyard to keep you cool!

Many of us aren’t real people in the morning unless we’ve our our coffee. Cool down your morning joe with these iced coffee cubes.

Whether you choose any combination of indoor or outdoors ideas, these ideas are sure to help you stay cool this summer (and of course, don’t forget to drink water and wear sunscreen!)


Happy Summer from Ole South!

Connecting With New Neighbors

Categories: Helpful Hints | Posted: June 7, 2017

You just moved into a new neighborhood and you are in your dream home. The last box is finally unpacked. What’s next – connecting with new neighbors! We understand that moving is a big change, so we are sharing 5 secrets to making new friends in the neighborhood.

Say “Hello”

It can be difficult to feel like the new kid on the block. Start by spending time in your yard, or walking your dog. As simple as it seems, saying “hello” can make a world of a difference when making new connections.

Host a Housewarming Party

Whether you know 1 or 100 people, host a housewarming party. Inviting neighbors over for a casual get together is a wonderful way to create lifelong friends. Host a backyard BBQ or bring out drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Here in Middle Tennessee, we call this southern hospitality at its finest!

Join Your HOA

If your new neighborhood has a Homeowners Association, consider joining. As a member, you can meet other residents, assist in shaping the future of your community, and make new friends in the process.

Make Community Connections

Joining a social group is one of the best ways to make new connections in your community. A variety of websites and apps exist to create the connections you need. Meet Up allows you to find or create a meetup to match people with their interests! Also, check in through Next Door. This app will help you connect with neighbors and stay in the know with what is going on in your community and those around you.


To make the most out of your new experience, give back your time and talents. Volunteer Match provides volunteers with local opportunities. Connecting with a local nonprofit such as the Humane Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will help connect you with others that share similar passions.


Make the most out of your new community. Enjoy the next chapter of your life, and make new connections today!

Trending: Outdoor Patio and Kitchens

Categories: Helpful Hints, Trending | Posted: May 25, 2017

You have seen them pictured all over the most popular home magazines, posted all over social media and advertised in all your major home improvement stores nationwide. The latest trend for your home is: amazing outdoor patios and kitchens.

In the past, large patios and outdoor kitchens were found outside larger, higher end homes, but now there are more affordable options for everyone to choose from. The great thing is the homeowner can personalize the space however they like!

When designing your outdoor space, consider having room for prep, cooking, and serving. This will keep you and your guests from having to go in and out of the house to get something. Rather, you can install an entire outdoor kitchen complete with granite countertops or simply create a grill built in with brick counters. This will allow you to be outside and socialize more with your family and friends. TIP: When picking out materials for your outdoor kitchen, make sure they are weather resistant.

Now that you have added your workspace, do you want to add more amenities? Some outdoor kitchens go as far as under the counter refrigerators, wine chillers and sinks. While refrigerators or wine chillers may be out of your budget, do consider the sink. By adding a sink, you can avoid running in to the house every time you need to clean something or to retrieve water. Are you someone who likes making your own pizza? Why not build your very own brick pizza oven? One good thing about a pizza oven is you can use it for more than just pizza. You can brick fire almost any food and it lends a distinct flavor that will have your friends and family raving at your next cook out.

Now that you have your workspace and your extra amenities, think about whether or not you want to upgrade your grill. Maybe consider a grill that does it all. Gone are the days where a grill simply grills. You can now have a grill that comes with a rotisserie, side burners, griddles and more! The options are almost endless.

Once you have your workspace and appliances laid out, think about coverage? Yes the counters you are purchasing are weather resistant, but how much rain does the state of Tennessee get in the spring? Consider adding a permanent covering to protect, preserve and extend the lifespan of your counters and appliances. When adding a permanent covering, you can also add recessed light, ceiling fan, and a TV!

Whether you choose a high end outdoor kitchen and patio makeover or something on a smaller, do-it-yourself scale, you can enjoy the outdoors even more with an outdoor kitchen and patio.


Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: May 9, 2017

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Community Spotlight: Woodland Trace

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2017

Our Woodland Trace neighborhood, located at 1998 Red Jacket Trace in Spring Hill Tennessee, offers beautiful Townhomes and Villas ranging from 1,464 sq ft to 1,631 sq, ft. Inside these homes you will find spacious living rooms, 2-3 bedrooms and kitchens with a light airy feeling to brighten every room. The neighborhood is convenient to Marvin Wright Elementary, Spring Hill Middle and Spring Hill High School. Also residing in the area is Cool Springs Galleria for all of your shopping needs, the gorgeous Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and Kings Creek Golf Club. This neighborhood is sure to please, rather you are a business professional, budding family or looking to sit back and relax and hit some golf balls. Woodland Trace is just right for you.

Features of the homes interior include hardwood entry, no-wax vinyl flooring, textured ceilings, vaulted or trey ceilings depending on the floor plan, brushed nickel lighting and hardware packages and so much more. Bathrooms feature beautiful custom cabinetry, cultured marbled vanities and chrome fixtures. Kitchens include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents which offer a lot of storage, laminate countertops, stainless steel sink with sprayer, garbage disposal, appliance package available that includes electric range, dishwasher, refrigerator with icemaker, and built in microwave and more. On the exteriors of the home you will see seamless gutters and downspouts, 6-panel fiberglass front door, brushed nickel door hardware, ornamental mailbox and maintenance free landscape package with sodded front yard. A perfect place to call home with little maintenance.

If you are looking for a low maintenance town home that offers everything, and is within walking distance to the neighborhood elementary school, is in close proximity to major highways, and an abundance of local dining and shopping then you should stop by and learn more about Woodland Trace. Visit our Meadowbrook model home for more information or check out

Driving Directions: If you are coming in from Nashville take Interstate 65 South to Exit 53, Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West.  Exit Port Royal Road and turn left/south on Port Royal.  Turn left at Marvin Wright Elementary School and you will see Woodland Trace on the left.  

Gardening Season is Here!

Categories: Gardening Tips, Helpful Hints | Posted: April 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start thinking about gardening. Whether you are wanting a backyard garden or a container garden, there is something for everyone.

In Middle Tennessee, the last frost is usually in the middle of April. Once the last frost has happened you are probably safe to start planting. However, if you are thinking about starting your indoor garden, now is a great time to do so. Some vegetables require a longer germination period than others so make sure you read the seed packet carefully.

There are several plants that love to be sowed indoors then transplanted. Some of these include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. There are several ways you can do this, such as purchasing germination terrariums at your local plant supply store. However, it can be as easy as using a plastic cup, potting soil, seeds, and water. Simply fill cup with soil, dig a small hole at the depth according to the seed packet, add the seed, cover, water regularly and make sure they get plenty of sun. Once the plant has begun to grow and has done so for the allotted time in your home then it is time to transfer to your garden.

Some plants such as cherry tomatoes and peppers like to be grown in containers. This is great for people who don’t have a yard or simply only want to grow a few things. Just make sure the container has proper drainage, enough soil to germinate the plant, plenty of water and a little love and care. Many plants do best without being transplanted including, corn, beans, turnips, carrots and most root type vegetables.

A newer trend that has been popping up is to plant vegetables around your house to use as food as well as decorative landscaping. It is very practical and fun to do with the entire family. Plus the satisfaction of growing your own food is an added bonus.

Whatever you decide to plant this season, happy planting!

Spring Into Home Maintenance

Categories: Helpful Hints, Home Maintenance | Posted: April 10, 2017

Step outside and listen to the sweet chirping birds, take in the sight of beautiful blooming flowers, and smell the scent of fresh cut grass. Spring is a time of renewal, as new life can be seen both near and far. Breathe new life into your home, and keep your home feeling brand new.  

After a long, dreary winter, your home requires a number of simple maintenance tasks, which pave the way for a worry-free summer. Today, we are sharing 5 quick tips on how you can spring into home maintenance.


Take A Peek at Your Roof — Treacherous winter weather can damage the exterior of your home, especially your roof. Examine your roof shingles to determine if there are any damaged or lost tiles from the winter storms. Any tiles that are loose, buckled, or damaged should be replaced immediately.


Clean Your Gutters — Regular home maintenance suggests you clean out your gutters at least twice per year. Gutters should also be inspected to verify that downspouts drain away from your home, and will not cause damage to your crawl space or basement.


Trim the Trees — Overgrowth is an unsightly nuisance to homeowners. Properly prune branches that suffered damage during the winter to allow for optimal tree health.


Call Out Your Spring Services — Spring brings about a number of services, which require the help of trained professionals. You should begin by calling out a cooling and heating contractor to service your A/C. They have the ability to clean coils, and ensure your system is in the best shape for the hotter months of spring and summer.

If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, remember to give them a call to activate your sprinkler system for the spring. This quick tune-up will allow you to keep your grass, plants, and trees in the best shape.


Check the Chimney — Check your chimney for any signs of damage from winter storms. Your flue should also be professionally inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.


Whether this is your first spring in your new home, or you are an established resident, utilize our 5 quick tips to protect your investment for the years to come.  

Painting for Spring – Inside and Out

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 4, 2017

Spring is in the air! Don’t you love the nice clean, crisp air hitting your face and your skin soaking up some sun! It feels refreshing doesn’t it? Should’t your home reflect that as well? Grab your paint and your brush and get ready for some fun!

Many people like to change the interior of their home based on the seasons and what is trending at the time. Right now, bright, airy colors are in such as pale blues, pinks and hint of vibrant yellows. If you don’t want to step out of your box and do some crazy color you could stick to a light beige or even white. When choosing something a little more subtle, you can accent with bright colors throughout the room.

Before starting your project, decide how much of a change you want to embark in. Do you want to change the color of every wall in the room or maybe just paint an accent wall? Or how drastic of a change do you want on the outside of your home? To help make that decision, head over to your local home improvement store and pick out different colors that you might want to use. You could even purchase a few sample cans so that you can actually see the paint on the walls. This will also allow you to see what it will look like with your furniture if painting the interior of your home. TIP: Be sure to look at the paint at all different times of day. You may like what it looks like in the morning but not at night or vice versus.

While at the store don’t forget the basics! Paint rollers, plastic sheeting, painters tape, edgers and freehand brushes. It is also good to have some spackle on hand in case you need to fill some nail holes. TIP: Keep in mind that there are many types of paint finishes: gloss, flat, egg shell, etc. Make sure you are picking the right sheen for the right room.

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home things can be a bit more difficult. First and foremost, if you have an HOA, make sure your paint color of choice is an approved color. Before painting be sure to pressure wash your house, repair any damage that has happened, if you wish, and remove any loose paint. Next, you will need to caulk all around the trim to ensure that all openings are sealed. Once you have prepped the exterior of your home, it is time to paint! Grab your paint sprayer and have fun! TIP: Just like the inside of your home, place plastics sheets over anything that you do not want paint to get on including doors, windows, light fixtures, plants, etc.

We hope that these tips have given you the confidence to update your home this Spring! Have some fun with! Invite some friends and family over for a little paint party and have a cookout afterwards.

Deer Valley Downs

Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: March 24, 2017

Nestled near the rolling hills of Bowie Nature Park sits Deer Valley Downs. If you enjoy nature, this is the neighborhood for you. You will love the peaceful surroundings of the country and the short drive to the heart of Music City, Nashville. Enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer. From enjoying Tennessee history of Civil War Parks, Plantation homes and more to enjoying the beauty of nature and art with Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, The Frist museum, etc. If entertainment is for you, check out downtown Nashville and enjoy the honky tonks, or a trendier, more indie scene at the Five Points, near downtown.

Our traditional homes in this neighborhood range in size from 1,726 sq. ft – 2,655 sq. ft. with 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Build your dream home from the ground up or choose from one of our move-in ready homes! Click here to learn more about Deer Valley Downs.


Driving Directions:

From Franklin, Highway 96 West to West on Highway 100.  Highway 100 through Fairview to right on Crow Cut Road.  Follow Crow Cut 1 mile to neighborhood on left.

From Hwy 840, Exit Fairview/Highway 100.  Turn left on Crow Cut Road to neighborhood on left.

*This neighborhood is serviced by the model home at nearby Western Woods.  Please call 615-219-5644 for information and appointments.