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'Tour for a Cure' offers ideas, hope

Designer Crystal Whitley's 'Survivor Room' features an elegant mural that depicts a'“tree of life.'.”

Special to Brentwood Home Page

With innovative design and a fresh sense of style, the inaugural AMG Tour for the Cure promises to deliver plenty of inspiration. But there’s more to this unique home tour than meets the eye.

The event, which opens this Saturday, Nov. 12, will showcase four new homes in the Glenellen Estates subdivision of Brentwood. The tour features construction by Barlow Builders and Design Gallery Homes by Drees. In addition, each home presents the latest in furniture and interior design by Terry Richardson Interiors, D.T. McCall & Sons, Whitley & Co. Interior Designs and Davishire Interiors.

Three of the rooms Crystal Whitley has designed in the two Barlow homes included on the 'Tour for the Cure.'

“Everything is coming together, and we’re so excited to open our doors this weekend,” says Bryan Bender, broker/manager of AMG Realty, LLC and one of the event’s organizers. “I think people are going to come away with a lot of great ideas. And unlike other home tours, which give a small percentage of the proceeds to charity, 100 percent of our ticket sales go directly to benefit Susan G. Komen.”

Bender says that the tour will feature a mix of traditional and contemporary designs, with plenty of exciting upgrades and finishes. Each of the four homes boasts more than 4,000 square feet and range in price from $625,000-$675,000.

“Design Gallery Homes is presenting a new version of its popular Aberdeen design, as well as the Yardley II, which has never been built before,” Bender says. “Barlow Builders also is offering two brand new plans, with some unique architectural elements and totally different interior design.”

Kristen Kukta, assistant marketing director for AMG Companies, and a longtime supporter of the Komen for the Cure Foundation, agrees, noting that “each home has its own story to tell.” The foundation, which just hosted the annual Greater Nashville Race for the Cure in Brentwood last weekend, promotes breast cancer research, related prevention and education programs.

“The interior designers have done a fabulous job,” says Kukta, who also headed up the tour’s October kickoff event and silent auction, which raised close to $8,000. “But along with the beautiful furnishings and colors, each house also includes a ‘survivor room,’ which honors someone who had battled breast cancer. It’s a wonderful way to pay tribute to these women and really brings our message home in a more personal way.”

For example, one the homes is using its media room to share video survivor stories, while others incorporate a pink color palette, along with survivor photos and posters into the design.

Terry Richardson of Terry Richardson Interiors in Brentwood is taking it a step further, partnering with the YMCA’s ABC (After Breast Cancer) Outreach Program and Belk to create an unusual fashion component.

“Every year, ABC hosts a big fashion show with Belk, with survivors modeling the clothes,” Richardson explains. “I thought, ‘What better way to honor these brave women?’ So each day of the home tour, we will have two or three survivors on site to model Belk fashions and share their stories.”

Crystal Whitley, who is designing both of the homes for Barlow Builders, says that one of her survivor rooms features an elegant mural that depicts a “tree of life.”

“This particular room is dedicated to a friend of my assistant’s – a survivor named Michelle,” says Whitley, owner of Whitley & Co., in Nashville. “The tree symbolizes her struggle and the hope we all have for the future. It’s really beautiful and very soothing.”

 Whitley estimates that she has donated more than 200 hours to Tour for the Cure.

“It’s a big undertaking, but I love the fact that I get to do two very different looks,” she says. “One home features more of a European style with French influences, and lots of distressed wood and aged pieces. The other is more of a fresh look, with clean lines and cool colors.

“And I’m so happy to see all of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen – to me, that’s what makes this event so special.”

Tour for the Cure takes place in Brentwood’s Glenellen Estates (off Ragsdale Road, behind the Governor’s Club). The tour is open from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and again Nov. 18-20. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online at www.amgtourforthecure.com. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen of Greater Nashville.

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