Angel Kane - Kane & Crowell Family Law Center

Designing Through the Decades: A Fresh-Traditional Renovation

For the past few years, most of my projects have been devoted to full home renovations. Many of them with homeowners who have spent the prior decades working, raising their families, and spending their time on all of the important things.

But now they’ve moved into a new phase of life- their children have left the nest, and they look around and realize their “nest” is in need of a few new feathers. These are the projects I love, and this one may be my favorite so far. When the homeowner originally contacted me about this project, she told me that she knew what she liked, she just didn’t know how to make it all work together. She felt her kitchen was too small to entertain family as much as she liked, and she just wanted to lighten things up.


She leaned toward traditional design and had many inherited pieces to work into the space. Upon our first meeting, I knew that updating this space with classic and timeless elements would be most important.

The time and planning required for a project of this scope is large, so it’s important to me to get to know my clients well as we will be spending lots of time together. Working in someone’s home is a very personal endeavor, and not something I take lightly.


I’m very grateful to my client, whom I now call friend, for letting me share her home with readers. We all love a good before and after, and these are some of my favorite shots from my client’s renovation.

It’s getting ‘HOT’ in Wilson County!

By Becky Andrews

Odds are this isn’t the first time you’ve come across the term hot yoga. Over the past several years, it’s become a popular fitness practice that people are participating in all over the country. Thanks to Wilson County native, Heather Landers, hot yoga has finally landed in Lebanon. And with each class at capacity or waitlist, it’s safe to say, our area is getting more Zen by the day.

If you haven’t made it to your first class at Hot Yoga Lebanon (shame on you!), you might have a few questions. What can it do for me? Will it help me build muscle or lose weight? The answer in a nutshell (or Killer Praying Mantis for yoga aficionados) can be found in two simple words; be still. “Everyone is so busy. Even when you work out, your phone is buzzing, the television is on, earbuds are in, you’re checking
your smartwatch to see how many calories you’re burning” Heather continues, “it’s hard to stay focused. You can lose yourself in the day-to-day. But showing up on your mat, focusing on breathing, and making a commitment to spend one hour with yourself can change you in a
big way.”

Landers utilizes a state of the art heating system that combines heat and humidity, the signature environment of her hot yoga classes. This type of heat causes blood flow to your muscle tissue to increase, making your muscles more flexible and therefore less prone to injury
as you work on building up your overall body strength. In short, yoga can offer a safe alternative for building muscle.

Landers began her yoga practice 13 years ago to improve her running performance in the full marathons she entered regularly. Hot yoga provided the environment to help her breathe correctly in Tennessee’s signature humidity and heat. But it turns out that the breathing helped her with much more. “There were a series of events in my life where I could have very well drowned in sadness, but I didn’t. My practice became my lifeline.”

Heather points to heated yoga as being especially helpful in the development of mindfulness, a state of being that is rooted in the present moment and eschewing judgment. Like so many of us, Heather spent too much time focusing on how her body looked, but with mindful-
ness she began to love her body for what it was able to do and not how it looked. That’s what she hopes devoted HYL yogis are discovering in their practices. “Developing mindfulness can do a lot to counteract feelings of shame and doubt that may come with struggling with one’s
weight.” Heather adds, “God didn’t make us to look like everyone else. When you look into that mirror and see yourself without comparison to anyone, that’s where you begin.”
And no matter what you’ve heard, Hot Yoga is suited for any skill level. While most of the classes offered at Hot Yoga Lebanon are heated, there are a few low heat alternatives.  To keep up with demand, Heather says she hopes to expand in the next year or two. In addition to a variety of workshops, paddleboard yoga and pre and postnatal yoga will be added to the schedule.
In today’s fast-paced, social media-laden, beauty, wealth and success-obsessed world, Hot Yoga Lebanon offers a welcome refuge to turn the noise off and focus on being still.