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Home tours showcase holiday decor

The entrance to Linzi McConnell's home at 701 Sinclair Circle is decorated for the Homes for the Holidays tour

For Brentwood Home Page
The Literacy Council of Williamson County introduces its first Homes for the Holidays this Friday. The three-day public home tour event will feature unique and lavish holiday décor created by top-tier designers on display in some of Brentwood’s most exclusive homes. Funds raised for the event will support outreach programs for adults in need of literacy and math services in Williamson County.

Linzi McConnell, who lives at 701 Sinclair Circle in Princeton Hills, decorated about six themed trees in her home this year for the event. McConnell has already built a well-established reputation for themed Christmas trees in her home, where she has lived for nine years with her husband, Kirk and three children in high school and college.

“It’s something that I do every year to be creative. I like to find ribbon or ornaments that catch my eye and build a theme around it,” McConnell said.

McConnell’s complete themed Christmas tree collection this year includes a spring tree, Mardi Gras tree, lollipop tree, peacock tree, music tree and a white winter wonderland tree with wispy feathers, snowflakes, angel wings and doves.

Interior designers donating their creative services are Annette Valentine of Valentine Interiors in Brentwood, Tim Causey of ReCreations in Nashville, Kris Bagbey of Bagbey House in Franklin and Lisa Biggers of J.J. Ashley’s in Franklin. Outdoor lighting and decorations will be provided by Edward Morales of Above & Beyond. The subdivisions represented are Princeton Hills, Brentwood Country Club and Belle Rive.

“Tim of ReCreations did a fabulous job decorating,” said participating homeowner Rose Grindstaff. “The traditional red and green colors did not match my home, so he designed a brown, merlot and butter color scheme. A few large trees are featured as well as a ‘Grinchy Tree,’ he calls it with a black color scheme and cedar bark which is bent over sideways.” 

Even outside decorations are over the top.

“It looks like Disneyland at night,” she said.

The Literacy Council of Williamson County is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching and transforming the lives of adults through free programs that encourage and enable its clients to read, write and employ basic math skills. The organization assisted over 800 individuals last year through its many outreach programs

“It’s surprising even in Williamson County how many adults are not proficient in reading or math,” said Literacy Council board member Barbara Novak. “The Literacy Council gives adults the help that they need to complete their GED and/ or learn basic skills to live more well-rounded lives, an experience that is life changing.”

In addition to touring the homes, ticket holders will have an opportunity to win a live Christmas tree provided by Santa’s Trees. One tree will be given away each day of the tour in a drawing.  Winners can select their trees at any of Santa’s Trees eight Nashville area locations.

Sponsors include Bancorp South, Lexus of Nashville, BedRoc, ProCare, Santa’s Trees, Above & Beyond, Music City Bus, PinchHitter Solutions, The HomeMag, “West Brentwood Living,” Brentwood Home Page, Hippie Radio and “At Home Tennessee.”

Featured Homes

  • Annette and Walter Valentine - 5115 Country Club Drive -Brentwood Country Club
  • Linzi and Kirk McConnell - 701 Sinclair Circle - Princeton Hills
  • Joanna and Brian West - 725 Sinclair Circle - Princeton Hills
  • Rose and Doug Grindstaff - 6210 Belle Rive Drive - Belle Rive

Featured Designers

  • Annette Valentine of Valentine Home Interiors
  • Tim Causey of ReCreations
  • Lisa Biggers of J.J. Ashley’s
  • Kris Bagbey of Bagbey House

Touring Schedule

  • Friday, December 7: 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8: 12 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9: 1 – 5 p.m.


  • $20 in advance
  • $25 at the door

Tickets can be purchased online at Homes4Holidays.org and at participating merchants in Brentwood and Franklin including Bancorp South locations, Brentwood Flower Shoppe, A Place in the Sun Salon in Franklin and all Santa’s Trees lots.

Ravenwood High School Student Council Class of 2016 will sponsor the 9th Annual Holiday Home Tour to help spread the holiday spirit on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1to 5 p.m. Each year, several Ravenwood families open up their homes to the community in order to celebrate a very special Ravenwood tradition. The Holiday Home Tour allows host families to share their holiday spirit with others through their creative holiday décor.

Featured homes include the following:

  • 1607 Oak Hall Drive, Oak Hall - a historic antebellum home built in 1845 by the Wilson Family for whom Wilson Pike.
  • 217 Governors Way – this home was recently photographed to be featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine.
  • 247 Governors Way - a past favorite of the tour, this home returns for a second appearance.
  • 28 Governors Way - spectacular decorations by designer Suzanne Matthews.
  • 9200 Potomac Court, Concord Hunt - be on the lookout for a very special guest.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at any of the homes for $15 per ticket.  For questions, please contact Nancy Osman at tyosman18@aol.com or Kim Thompson at kimpthompson@comcast.net.

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