See Where + Celebrate the Holidays

Sneak peek of the Design Happens/Made + Remade Handmade Holiday Party, held at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

This year, our friends at’s Design Happens and’s Made + Remade teamed up to throw a handmade holiday party at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. As you might expect from these two great blogs, the party featured tons of fabulous DIY projects and delicious recipes. Over the next few weeks, the DH and M+R teams will be posting step-by-step instructions to help you host your own holiday shindig. But for now, the Cool Houses Daily team wants to give you a closer look at the place where it all came together.

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries. Built in 1929, the Visitor Center was once the residence of Joe Howell, who also built the stone walls and buildings dotting the property.

The team hosted the party at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, a 44-acre “secret garden” five minutes from downtown Knoxville, Tenn. While the gardens were established in 2001, the property itself has a rich history dating back to 1786. That’s when David W. Howell planted an orchard on the land, which was granted to him for his service during the American Revolutionary War. The property eventually became Howell Nurseries and stayed in business for 217 years, making it the oldest continually operating business in the history of Knox County. Today, the KBGA is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Howell family and showcasing plants and trees native to the region.

Fall at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Fall at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Fall at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Fitting for the property’s rugged stone buildings and gorgeous natural scenery, the holiday party had a rustic vibe – but with plenty of sparkle, rest assured. Here’s a sneak peek of how it all came together.

Making of the Design Happens/Made + Remade Handmade Holiday Party

Visit Design Happens to see the mood boards that inspired the party, and Made + Remade for a glimpse at some of the how-to projects you can look forward to over the next several weeks. And be sure to visit often over the next month to see the finished spaces, from the festive dining table to the vintage-inspired bar. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them!

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