Isn’t she a stunner? You’re looking at the newest modern farmhouse that has just finished being built by Carbine & Associates in the new, boutique Franklin neighborhood, Southern Preserve. The home opens to the public March 4-12th {tickets available for purchase here} as the first House for Hope Designer Show House featuring over a dozen Southeastern design tastemakers. The House for Hope Foundation we started in 1993 by Carbine, his brother and the late Denzel Carbine. Their impact has been significant and this year over a dozen area children’s charities will benefit upon the sale of this home. Pretty cool.

I was lucky enough to have been asked to create the signature drink for this event. The name of the development, Southern Preserve was inspiration in itself. When I think about the South and farmhouses I think iced tea, and fresh fruit. But then the word preserve came into play and so I was inspired to incorporate fruit preserves into the mix. They also wanted a cocktail version which I thought would be fun too. The drink that came to mind was a margarita, my personal favorite. So I got busy dreaming up a cocktail that would represent this modern + chic farm house to a tea, see what I did there? HA!

You’ve really got to go see this beauty. Touring homes is a favorite pastime of mine and something my girlfriends and I enjoy doing during the day when the kiddos are in school. I would definitely add this to your things to do + see over the days to come. I was lucky enough to get a personal tour and soak up all the talent that help build this house. I have to be honest, it really makes you want to move or renovate. BIG TIME. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re sure to find it here. So many amazing local designers donated their talent to making this house what it is. Check out the full list of designers here.

The House for Hope Designer Show House is open daily March 4th- 12th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the Southern Preserve neighborhood, 2045 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064. Tickets are $15 per person and available here or at the gate. If you’re a realtor presenting a business card you get in free on Tuesday, March 7.

Enjoy the tour + the drinks!


  • 4 black tea bags or your favorite unsweet tea mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Raspberry jam
  • mint springs + lemon slices for garnish
  1. Boil 2 cups of water, remove from stove top and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags.
  3. Add 2 additional cups of cold water.
  4. Add sugar and jam, mix well.
  5. Pour over iced glasses + garnish with mint leaves + lemon slices.

*serves 4


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 tbs black currant preserves
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • ginger-ale
  1. Combine Tequila + lime juice + black currant preserves, shake & mix well.
  2. Pour over ice and add garnish with lime wedge.

*single serving

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March 3, 2017



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