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In the first article of this series, we looked at a few Bonus Room Trends that are popular heading into 2020. We will continue along in this, our second of a three posts on popular Bonus Room Trends for this year. These trends which were brought about by the experts at nader.com will include 4 new ideas. Our remaining suggestions set to be included in our third and final post of the series in the near future.

To read the first article from this series that was posted last month, follow this link below to the Belmont Lake Preserve blog.

Belmont Lake Preserve Blog- Bonus Room Ideas for 2020- February 13, 2020

Using your bonus space for a personal gym is a popular idea.

No Excuses: Bonus Room Trends to Increase Strength and Stamina Right at Home

How many of us are always thinking, “I’ve got to get myself in shape?” It sure is easy to find an excuse, however, to not go to the local gym. Am I right? Well, with the next of our Bonus Room Options, there are no more excuses about commuting or not liking to work out at the gym. This is because next on our Bonus Room Options is a home gym.

Now, no one expects a “state-of-the-art” professional athletics team workout facility in your spare room. By a home gym, this idea from our Bonus RoomOptions can be catered to your needs. Whether a treadmill or some type of cardio machine, weights, mats for yoga, or whatever ou choose, your home gym can be as much or little as you choose. The addition of a mirror on the wall, a teevision, and a fan or two to keep it cool in your “home gym,” is all you need to get that exercise and put your bonus space to great use, too.

From a “Work” Out to “Play” Time: A Space Just for the Kids!

Ok, so the next of our Bonus Room Options is one that could solve a problem that any young family can relate to. That problem would be clutter…and not just any clutter. Toys, stuffed animals, games, books, and so on…are you following me yet? That’s right, this option is for the little ones, and with a little creativity, your bonus room can be their fun, new playroom.

It is certainly not strange for families with young children to have a designated room for toys and such. As a matter of fact, just ask anyone who has repeatedly stepped on a LEGO their thoughts on this! In addition to keeping down the clutter to just one room, you can also make them a fun room all their own. Also Bonus Room Options is in the case of having company over, you can simply keep the playroom door shut and that mess of toys and the like that you dread picking up again is out of sight.

Transforming your extra room into an art studio can be done in a variety of ways while encouraging you and your family’s creative side.

Color and Creativity Await with the Next Option

Time to let those “creative juices” flow with our next entry from the Bonus Room Options. An art studio is a room that can be enjoyed by all ages of members of your household. Again, like the “home gym” you can as far or as simple as you’d like on this one. It is after all, your own personal art space.

That being said, you could go as simple as adding a few easels with art supplies and storage. Remember, an art studio is going to have its messy moments. Thus, an option is to think of replacing the floor with lineoleum or vinyl that looks cleans easy. Once again, the possibilities are endless with this project for our Bonus Room Options. This room could be used for leisurely painting or art you work on. It also could be used for the kids school projects and the like.

A “Twist” on the Trends Takes a “Dirty” Turn

This next of our Bonus Room Options is one for the resident green thumb. I’d reccomend that with in this space there is a sink, as it could be helpful in a few ways. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this room would be for plants and gardening.

What is a “green” or “gardening” room you ask? Well, it is what it sounds like. Its a place to complete gardening tasks such as repotting your plants. What is the convenience of having an indoor space for this, you ask? Well, first and foremost, you eliminate a need for transporting them. Keep all your gardening tools on hand and utilize the sink to rinse fresh fruits and veggies you pick. Even make a centerpiece with your fresh-grown flowers.

Do You Prefer to Work? Play? Rest?…We got the Bonus Room Idea to fit Your Needs Coming Up Soon!

Our next blog post will be the final one in this series on Bonus Room Trends. In that piece, we will discuss and detail our final four Bonus Room options. Much like those in this article, there are an array of different choices depending on personal tastes. In our third and final piece, we will look at ideas for a musician, a “book worm, “ or a visitor!

To see more of our Bonus Room Options, you can visit the previous article from our blog at belmontlakepreserve.com. Likewise take a detailed look at these bonus room suggestions and more, visit naders.com.


For nearly 70 years kids growing up in this area have delighted in the activities and exhibits at the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum and Science Center.

Founded in 1952, even almost seven decades later, the variety of fun and educational experiences to be had are too plentiful to list. In this, our next series of articles on entertainment in the city of Rocky Mount, we will touch on fun places and activities for the whole family.

This is a photo of the building that is now home to the Rocky Mount Childrens Center taken in the 1960’s

One of the Originals: Humble Beginnings of the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum

Rocky Mount hosts one of the first museum’s in the entire United States aimed solely at children. Rocky Mount Childrens Museum opened its doors 67 years ago. The original concept of the museum for kids is credited to the Rocky Mount Jaycees and Junior Guild.

These two entities were able to raise the funds needed to open the museum. The Rocky Mount Childrens Museum secured space in the basement of the old Braswell Library and in 1952 was open to the public.

A Permanent Home for Growth and Development

Under two years after initially opening the doors, on Easter Sunday of 1954, Rocky Mount Childrens Museum reopened. Its doors were now at its new permanent home in beautiful Sunset Park. The facility continued to grow and develop at this point with the addition of the “Science Center.” Consequently, it was at this point that the city of Rocky Mount became involved with the museum.

Not only is the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum fun, but they have many educational displays as well.

Due to the fact that it was now a division of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum saw continued growth and development in the coming years. In 1967 another 3,000 square feet of new exhibit space becomes part of the museum..

A Flood, A Move and Adding Some Science

After 30 years in the same location, in the Fall of 1999, the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum falls victim to mother nature. This was due to a flood and the after-effects of Hurricane Floyd. The Museum, much like a good part of the city felt the effects of the flood. It was at this point the Museum, is relocated to a temporary site the down town area.

Consequently, this would lead to the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum again seeing an expansion. It moved in with the Arts Center, and a Science Center became part of the Museum also. This is now the extremely popular Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, which likewise hosts the Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Visit the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center Today: It’s “Out of this World”

The Children’s Museum features several “themed” areas, where the kids can use their imagination and “make believe.”

Today, the Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. It is the home of the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center. In addition to the exhibits, there is also regular programs and classes offered at both the museum and Science Center.

There is also a Theatre section that likewise offers classes and live performances. Artist opportunities are also available in several genres. One of the newer main attractions is also Cummins Planetarium, located in teh Science Center.

Just a Short Drive from Belmont Lake Preserve, Enjoy “A Rocky Mount Original” with the Whole Family

The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center is just minutes from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve community. To see all the great upcoming events there, visit imperialcentre.org. For more information on the great new homes in Rocky Mount NC at Belmont Lake Preserve visit belmontlakepreserve.com.


You’ve just decided to build your new dream home. You have ideas and design plans, for your kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and all points throughout. However, you are still unsure of what to make that fantastic extra and unfinished room you have.

The experts at nader.com recently released a helpful list that may give you an idea of what you’d like to do with that space. Hopefully, by the end of this series of articles, you will have found one of these Bonus Room Ideas for 2020 something that you will consider to fill your extra space.

Bonus Room Ideas: Games, Food, or a Movie Anyone???

The possibilities may not be endless, but with a decent sized bonus room, they may be pretty close. Naders, the popular California-based furniture experts, name 12 Bonus Room Ideas for you to ponder as you decide what to do with your space.

Turning a Bonus Room into a Walk-In Closet gives everybody more preparation space.

Get Ready with Plenty of Space and Storage

Starting at #12 on the Bonus Room Ideas listing is a walk-in closet. At naders.com, they explain the reasoning and perks on turning this space into such and area. “If you are the kind of person that always seems to have more clothes and shoes than closet space.” It goes on to finish saying, “you might love the idea of turning your spare room into a giant walk-in closet.”

Moving on to suggest what to include as part of these, the article continues. “Add a few clothes racks, a vanity table with a mirror, and lots of shelves and drawers. You will soon turn your wasted space into the perfect place to get ready for school, work, or a night out.”

Sit Back and Relax in a Home Theater

In the number 11 spot from the Nader’s post for Bonus Room Ideas is a Home Theater. Do not get drawn in and worried thinking this idea is only doable by spending outrageous amounts of money… because that is certainly not the case. While you may splurge if you like, this can also be an inexpensive method if you’d rather.

Just as long as your family likes to relax, whether for movies, sports, or a favorite TV program, the Bonus Room Ideas to make this a Home Theatre is a great one. Again, Nader’s offers up how to approach the Home Theater room and different ways you may set it up. “If you want to go big or go home, you can add in a row of recliners with built-in cup holders and a large, flat-screen TV. Other, more cost-conscious families might opt for an older TV and a well-loved sofa, recliner, or a few beanbag chairs. Pair your seating area with blankets, pillows, and popcorn and you will have the perfect place to relax and unwind.”

A game room is another popular way to transform your bonus room.

Cards? Billiards? Bonus Room Ideas for a Game Room

Sticking with the entertainment theme, number 10 on Naders’ listing of Bonus Room Ideas is a Game Room. This like the previous idea could be done in either simple of grand fashion. The Nader’s team touch on a few ways to approach the game room idea.

“Combine a pool table or a poker table with a cozy lounge area,” it begins. “You will be well on your way to hosting a relaxed group of friends or neighbors. You could upgrade the game room by including a built-in bar, complete with a mini-fridge full of cold drinks and maybe even a wine rack.”

Snacks and Refreshments: Bring a Bit of the Kitchen to Your Bonus Room Ideas

Number nine on Nader’s Bonus Room Ideas for 2020 is a kitchenette. “Keeping a few snacks and cold drinks in a kitchenette can be extremely convenient for busy families.” Nader’s continues explain, “especially those with larger houses.”

“This works particularly well for spare rooms that are located in the basement or on the home’s upper floors.” It concludes, “Grab a snack between activities or a cold drink to keep you going during a long day.”

Creativity, Health and the Kids: More Bonus Room Ideas Discission is Ahead.

In our next post in this series, we will look at the numbers 6-8 Bonus Room Ideas. This will take us to places that the whole family can enjoy, whether they want to use their creativity, muscles, or just have fun.

To see more of Bonus Room Ideas at Nader’s, visit naders.com under an article called, “12 Ingenious Ideas for Using That Extra Room in Your House.”


In choosing to relocate to Belmont Lake Preserve, many factors weighed into selecting Rocky Mount. Location and access to may points across the East Coast certainly was a factor. However, one factor that could keep you in shape, feeling great, and living long into your retirement is the nearby Senior Fitness Programs offered at the Harrison Family YMCA.

“Keep Movin’ and Stay Connected at the Harrison Y in Rocky Mount”

Health experts will be on hand to assist you with your growth and reaching fitness goals.

There are several options for Senior Fitness Programs at the Harrison Family YMCA. However, before making a decision on which may be best for you, there are several items to consider.

In the brochure, they offer for Senior Fitness Programs, the Harrison Family YMCA starts off explaining their understanding of how tough keeping to a program is, especially as age goes up.

“97 percent of Americans struggle to complete their regular exercise each week,” it starts. “Even though we know how important it is to our health and well being.” This introductory piece concludes by saying the following. ” We will get you started and give you the tools to keep going.”

What are the Benefits Both Physically and Mentally?

Making friends and building relationships is another nice part of joining the programs at the YMCA

In the same Harrison Family YMCA brochure, they bullet point all the ways in which their Senior Fitness Programs can benefit you. The obvious ways are physically, but as shown below, benefits may also be mental and even social. Below is the list of Senior Fitness Programs benefits.

  • Build Success
  • Commit to a Manageable Program
  • Create Realistic Expectations
  • Increase Energy Levels
  • Reduce Fatigue
  • Find the Connection Between Exercise and Feeling Better
  • Tailor Workouts around Activities You Enjoy
  • Connect with Other Gym Members and YMCA Staff
  • Become Comfortable with the Facility and Your New Health Plan

Start Small, But Aim High with the “Senior Coach Approach”

Pictured is the Harrison Family YMCA, located at 1000 Independence Drive in Rocky Mount

To “start small,” there is one keyword, and that is “start!” You can’t move along in any of the Senior Fitness Programs unless you start one! One of the most popular programs at the Harrison Family YMCA for older members is the “Senior Coach Approach.’

The “Senior Coach Approach” will find you meeting once a week for a 30-minute session, for six consecutive weeks. The experts from the Harrison Family YMCA go on to explain. ” During these sessions, we will evaluate your goals together, give you advice in the right direction that will be most valuable to keep you moving and staying connected.”

In addition, you also will be introduced to the machines, classes, and certified staff at the YMCA. The staff also lays out what you can expect during your sessions, these are detailed in the bullet points below.

  • Get friendly guidance to safely use the Precor brand of strength equipment and cardio equipment from a certified knowledgable wellness coach.”
  • Receive an Overview of the Building, its Facilities, Programs, and Services
  • Get Answers to Youe Exercise Questions
  • Gather many great tips to help you stay on track, No Matter What Happens 

Stay Connected…for Free???

These particular Senior Fitness Program at the Harrison Family YMCA is what most would call “Healthy, Done the Right Way!” This would be because not only will you be in better health and mind, but also because the program is 100 percent free to all new or returning Senior Members.

The Harrison Family YMCA is located just a short drive from the Belmont Lake Preserve new home and golf community in Rocky Mount. Its located at 1000 Independence Drive in Rocky Mount. To read more about the Senior Fitness Programs visit harrisonfamilyy.org. For all the information available on Belmont Lake Preserve, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.               

Barley and Burger first opened its Rocky Mount doors in the winter of 2018.

After a three-way tie at number seven, the Top 10 Restaurants in Rocky Mount moves on! However, there is another tie in this posting as well, as we visit number six and at “five” we have a pair of great local eateries.

Barley and Burger: The “Best Burger in Town” Among Restaurants in Rocky Mount

Barley and Burger has quickly become a favorite stop for a burger and a brew. They first opened this Rocky Mount eatery in the winter of 2018. They obviously are known for their array of brews and burgers. However, Barley and Burger also features great sandwiches, salads, and more. Located at 2921 Zebulon Road, on top of their great choices, “You can even build your own burger to ensure your experience is perfect with every bite.”

To summarize just how delicious the Barley and Burger experience is, one customer gave a review while still in the restaurant entitled, “Speechless.” “This has to be one of the best burgers I have had in a restaurant in a long time. They don’t even have to wash my plate because I cleaned it off for them.” The satisfied customer added, Plenty of staff and super friendly. I’m writing this as I sit in the restaurant.”

On top of gourmet burgers, the Main Course features great sandwich specials like the Meatball Hoagie.

The Main Course at Belmont is a “Hole in One” Among Restaurants in Rocky Mount

The “Main Course at Belmont” comes in tied as number five of Restaurants in Rocky Mount. Located in the Golf Clubhouse building at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Main Course has become a Rocky Mount favorite for residents not only in the neighborhood, but across the city. With gourmet burgers, delicious entries, and so much more, the review below truly epitomizes the general feel of the restaurant located at 201 Belmont Way.

“You’re on the right course at the Main Course,” the pleased customer begins. “I’ve been here on multiple occasions and I’ve NEVER had a bad bite! Servings are plentiful, the food is well presented and fresh, and the daily specials are always the way to go!”

Fresh salads and sandwiches are favorites at the Westridge Grill.

Westridge Grill is a “Great Sandwich Place,” and is “Tied at Five” Among Restaurants in Rocky Mount

Westridge Grill refers to itself as the “neighborhood place to be in Rocky Mount.” Specifically pointing to their “great food and friendly service” as a “good combo for a fun time,” this is a laid back stop for some delicious eats.

Backing the words of the Westridge Grill itself, one out -of-town customer described the 3639 Sunset Avenue eatery as follows. “We went to this restaurant based on a suggestion from a friend we were visiting in Rocky Mount. This place is wonderful with food that is excellent.” The review concluded, “This little place had a great atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic food and I would definitely go here again when I’m in the area.”

On top of their burgers and beers, Barley and Brews serves incredible chicken wings. Shown is the garlic parmesan variety.

The Climb Past the Top 5 of Restaurants in Rocky Mount to Follow!

In our next post continuing our series on Restaurants in Rocky Mount, we will look at the number four, three, and two food spots in the city. For more reviews and details on each of these restaurants, visit tripadvisor.com. If specifically looking for greter detail on the Main Course at Belmont, go to belmontlakepreserve.com

In this post, we move along in our educated predictions for Popular Kitchen Trends in 2020. This piece will detail the last four of the nine trends covered in a recent article at homesandgardens.com. As said in our previous post, the kitchen has seemed to gain momentum and attention to detail. Over time the kitchen has truly become one of the most important rooms in a new home. 

The following are the four remaining Popular Kitchen Trends for 2020. Once again the areas listed are taken from the experts at Homes and Gardens. 

  • Unexpected Paint Combinations
  • Black Walls, Cabinets, and Surfaces
  • Ash Backsplashes
  • The Return of Marble
Unexpected color combinations is a trend on the rise in kitchens of new home owners.

“Throw Out” the Rulebook on Color Up Until This Point

The next of our Popular Kitchen Trends for 2020 is spoken of at homesandgardens.com. In the accompanying article, Jennifer Ebert, a blogger at Homes and Gardens discusses what she called “Color Pop.”

“Throw the rulebook out of the window in favor of unexpected paint-color pairings. Kitchens are rife with color opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets.” 

In conclusion, she does add that with an unexpected color pairing there should be at least some thinking ahead, however. “Start by deciding how much of permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of the easiest and least expensive options is to paint a wall that can be easily updated should you tire of it. Choosing color is such a personal experience.”

Back in Black: It’s No Longer Just an Accent Color!

Ash cabinets and surfaces make for a great accent and thus have gained popularity in recent times.

The next item on the Popular Kitchen Trends for 2020 list is a more prominent usage of the color black. Basically pigeon-holed for years as mainly an accent color, in recent months and heading to the new year, it’s fair to say “black is back.”

Whether walls, cabinets, or other surfaces, using black adds an inviting charm to your kitchen. Ms. Ebert agrees in her blog post, as she noted the following. “Black becomes livable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.”

First There was Walnut, Now Its Ash!

“Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival,” Ebert begins. A bit paler than either walnut or oak.”

The usage of this paler, subtle grained wood helps to accent colors and tones around it. Ash can be used in many different spots throughout the kitchen, and the way momentum is going, the wood will be getting used even more usage.

Marble countertops and surfaces are making a big comeback and are expected to continue being a hot trend into the new year.

Luxury, Style Await in the “Stone Age”

The final of our nine trend, two-part series brings us to the elegant appeal of strongly veined marble. Countertops and most surfaces if switched to marble can appear to be a whole different room than before the switch.

Once again, homeandgardens.com spoke glowingly of the resurgence of marble. “It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style.” The piece reads on. If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble.”

These trends as well as the ones we will cover moving forward are all items that could be discussed with and implemented by “America’s favorite Builder,” DR Horton at Belmont Lake Preserve. For more information on the DR Horton builder team at Belmont Lake Preserve, go to belmontlakepreserve.com. For more on the Kitchen Trends for 2020, visit homesandgardens.com.


We continue with part two of our series on the Top 10 Rocky Mount NC Restaurants in this post. Moving along with our next three delicious eateries, we have a tie at number seven on our list. We continue to “let the customer” do the talking, basing the rankings on actual scores and reviews from Trip Advisor.

The incredibly large portions at Smith’s Restaurant is shown here in this “half sandwich” plate.

It’s a Triple Play at Number Seven Among the Rocky Mount NC Restaurants

In the number seven spot on our list of the Top 10 Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, we have a three-way tie. In the spirit of not leaving any of the favorite local food stops from getting there accolades, we will touch on all three.

“What a FIND!” It’s “Good Country Cooking” at Smith’s Restaurant

Well known both locally and by travelers, Smith’s Restaurant is known for its mouth-watering breakfast and lunch. Located at 3649 North Halifax Road, a reviewer at Trip Advisor may have best summed up the Smith’s experience.

Speaking of this entry in our Top Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, the customer explained the following. “We spent the holidays in Rocky Mount, visiting from Albuquerque, NM. We decided to have breakfast together at Smith’s before leaving. What a treat! The service was excellent! It felt like family all around!” The out-of-town visitor concludes, “This welcoming setting felt like a family hug! The food was plentiful (huge servings), and every single item was absolutely delicious!”

Great variety in their menu, and delicious homemade desserts are staples of the Chew-n-Chat Cafe.

“Great Variety” for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or Brunch at the Chew-n-Chat Cafe

Located at 1005 West Mount Drive, the Chew-n-Chat Cafe is next among the top Restaurants in Rocky Mount NC. This favorite stop explains their “Mission and Heritage” at their official Facebook page. “The original Chew-n-Chat was located in southern Alabama during the 1950s and was owned and operated by my grandmother’s family.” It continues, “The café was well known for its good cookin’ and as a place for locals and travelers alike to come together, enjoy a meal, and share in great conversation.”

With great sandwiches, dinners, breakfast, salads, and of course the homemade desserts, it does not appear much has changed. But don’t take our word for it. The following review from Trip Advisor can do the explaining. “This place blew all of my expectations. This menu is phenomenal with creative twists on both southern dishes and current trends in the restaurant biz.” They concluded, “The pricing was good and portion size is perfect for a take-home leftover box, which is just as good later.”

El Jimador gives Rocky Mount an always fresh and always mouth-watering taste of Mexican cuisine.

Of the Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, El Jimador is “Superior Mexican Cuisine” and Scores an A++!”

New to town in early 2017, El Jimador Mexican Restaurant made a great first impression and continues to meet and exceed customer expectations. El Jimador is located at 2181 Lawrence Circle and its freshness and unique Mexican dishes seem to be reasons that many keep coming back again and again. The Trip Advisor revies from one customer began with our headline of “Superior Mexican Cuisine” and goes on in glowing detail.

“Their menu offers all the choices you know and love, as well as a variety of unique and wonderful options to discover. The location is beautiful, well maintained, and the service exceeds any offerings locally. El Jimador is bringing quality and service back to the area.” This obvious frequenter of the restaurant continues on with his compliments. “Thank you for having such a strong commitment to excellence and ensuring your customers receive not only incredible food but great service and experiences every time. Congrats on such an outstanding achievement and a job well done. Well done indeed. A++”

Shown are two of the Chew-n-Chat Cafe daily specials, the Shrimp Platter and Oyster Platter. Both are with Slaw, Collards, and Corn Muffin.

Rocky Mount NC Restaurants: Moving Past Number Seven

To give all the fine Rocky Mount NC Restaurants on our list the accolades and recognition they deserve, we will continue on with our top six in upcoming posts. Though we have a tie for seventh, the rankings will still continue with six, five, and four in our next article.

All of these Rocky Mount NC Restaurants are a short drive from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve. For more details and reviews of these restaurants, visit tripadvisor.com. For all the great things happening at Belmont Lake Preserve, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

In this series of articles, we will look at projected trends for new homes being built in 2020. Each article will be based on the educated forecast of some of the most respected publications in home design and real estate. Likewise, we will dedicate each post to a different room in the house and its projected trends. In this our first piece in the series, we will look at Kitchen Design Trends for 2020. 

In addition to listing each of the most popular trends expected in each room for the upcoming year, we will give a brief description of each. Due to this room having so many wildly popular trends, our initial two posts will be a two-part look at popular new ideas for the kitchen. While the experts at homesandgardens.com listed nine total trends, we will look at five of these today. Thus, our next article will feature the remaining four Kitchen Design Trends in 2020.

Kitchen Design Trends for 2020 Featured in This Article

  • Gold Hardware and Sinks
  • Walnut Cabinets
  • Larder/Pantry Cupboards
  • Handleless Cabinets
  • Double Kitchen Islands
Gold sinks and hardware are predicated to continuing working their way back into kitchens in 2020.

Going for the Gold!

With the popularity already on the rise regarding different finishes and colors of sinks, the Homes and Gardens experts feel this will continue to see an increase in interest. These Kitchen Design Trends for 2020 visit the upswing in the importance of the sink and an increase in seeing the gold sink as opposed to the more conventional finish.

In the article detailing these trends at homesandgardens.com, they speak with the Product Development and Training Manager from Home Appliance innovator, SMEG, Joan Fraser.

“Sinks have moved up on the scale of importance in kitchen design.” Fraser added, “Models are introduced to meet customers’ demands for a sink which, in addition to being purely functional, also makes a definitive style statement.”

Walnut for More Warmth

Another of our Kitchen Trends for 2020 includes “warming up” the look of the room. While there are many ways this could be achieved, in this case, we are talking about the use of walnut around the kitchen.

Homes and Gardens columnist, Jennifer Ebert gave the following take on the “wonder of walnut.” Ebert begins, “We have recently seen a rise in walnut cabinetry.” She adds, “It’s rich, dark color, fine grain and natural warmth are prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury. “

Lots of Love for Larders

Larders or pantry cupboards have seen an increase in popularity with new home builders.

A somewhat consistent feature is the focal point of our next entry among Kitchen Design Trends for 2020. That trend is larder or pantry cupboards.”Having a larder makes perfect sense. All the food goods are in one place and not scattered around in numerous wall cupboards.”

Ebert goes on to explain, “Meaning people can be more organized when doing their food shopping.” In addition to making ones shopping less of a task, this also makes for less of a need for wall cupboards. Consequently, with more wall space, as a result, the choice is yours as to how to cover that open space.

Handleless is Handy…If You Can Handle It!

“‘Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2020, ” exclaims Busola Evans of Homes and Gardens. “… “For a more pared-back, streamlined look. It’s all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details.’ “

Doubling Up…on Islands???

The fifth and final of our Kitchen Design Trends of 2020 stays consistent with the kitchen becoming larger and more accommodating. This trend is having double kitchen islands.

Ebert echoes this in her article on Kitchen Design Trends. “With the move towards larger kitchens, in open-plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature.” She adds, “A pair of island units has become the last work in luxury, an expansive addition for when space is no object.”

Four More Kitchen Design Trends for 2020…To Go!!!

In our next article, we will cover the remaining Four Kitchen Home Design Trends for 2020. Any of these ideas can be implemented by explaining to “America’s Favorite Builders,” DR Horton at Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP) exactly which you prefer.

To view the great amenities and available homes at BLP, visit belmontlakepreserve.com. To see more on the Homes and Gardens predictions and more, visit homesandgardens.com.


Always a place to support local vendors and get the freshest and best in area products, this weekend will see a special twist for the holidays. From 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event will help spread holiday cheer this Saturday, December 14. The “Holiday and Artisian” Market will also run with the same Christmas theme, Saturday, December 21.

Those in need of a tree can get them freshly cut at the Market.

A Special Guest “from the North Pole” to Attend Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event

Taking place as always at 1006 Peachtree Street in Rocky Mount, is the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event. This is much like the weekly Farmers Market. However, this holiday-themed event adds a little “yuletide” spirit. In addition to the usual great vendors on hand, there will be several holiday-themed additions to the market.

Just an hour after the Farmers Market/Holiday Artisian market begins, a guest is set to arrive. This isn’t just any guest though, as all the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be on hand. Arriving at 9:00 a.m., “Jolly Ol’ St. Nick” will be visiting with kids and available for pictures until 2:00 p.m.

In addition to Christmas trees, wreaths, stockings, candles, and other holiday items will be available.

Trees, Wreaths, and Other Locally Made Holiday Decor

Over 40 local vendors, spanning two buildings are expected for the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event. In both of the remaining two weeks, several of these vendors will have decor and other great holiday products.

For those of you waiting for just the right moment for a locally grown, beautiful Christmas tree, this is the place. At the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event, area farmers will be out in full force selling fresh-cut trees. These no doubt will include many Fraser Firs, which are “North Carolina’s Christmas Tree’s.”

In addition, there will be vendors selling wreaths, stockings, art, and so much more. Looking to finish off your Christmas list? Look no further than these holiday type items. If that’s not your style, try the locally made handcrafted gifts from the Nash County vendors.

Delicious homemade candies and chocolate make a great “stocking stuffer.”

What About the Usual, Fresh, and Delicious Goods at the Nash County Farmers Market? Will They be on Hand?

“Yes,” is the plain and simple answer to these questions. You can get all of the delicious produce, meats, and baked goods, you always do on your Saturday stop at “the market.”

With the aforementioned 40-plus vendors on hand, whatever you usually stop at the Farmers Market for, is there. Sweet potatoes, apples, jellies and jams, collard greens, candles, soaps, and more will be available at the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event.

Music and Food Trucks add to the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event

On top of all the fresh produce and handmade products. In addition to the Christmas trees, wreathes, and Santa Claus visiting. There couldn’t possibly be more at this Nash County Christmas event.

However, tehre is, as the Rocky Mount High School Orchestra will be on hand, as will other live music each week. Likewise, the Aacme Soul and Seafood food truck will be on site cooking up luch and dinner for those who build an appetite.

There will be plenty of candles, soaps, arts and crafts for sale at the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas event in each of the next two Saturdays.

For Newcomers, a Bit of History Behind the Farmers Market

For those unfamiliar with the Market, the Nash County Farmers Market Christmas Event is a perfect opportunity to check it out. The market itself first opened in 2005 in an effort to provide area farmers a facility to sell goods.

In the past 14-plus years, the market has succeding in doing just that and grown to become a regular Saturday stop for many. According to nashcountync.gov, the following is the “mission” of the event.

“This market philosophy is consistent with long term economic development and preservation of our local farming community. This market is not just a building.” It continues, “It’s the dynamic activity of all of the people involved in growing, harvesting, buying, selling and sometimes socializing. Shoppers come to enjoy the farmers market experience.”

For more information on the Nash County Farmers Market’s holiday event and schedule or any other events, visit nashcountync.gov.


On the first Friday of each month, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences plays host to a variety of family-friendly activities. However, the most special “First Friday” event of the year is approaching on Friday, December 6. On that Friday, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will host a special “First Friday” Christmas in Rocky Mount.

Santa Claus will be on hand for the First Friday event at the Imperial Centre.

Christmas in Rocky Mount Activities Throughout the Centre

As with each “First Friday,” all areas of the Imperial Centre will have activities for all ages. Consequently, due to its Christmas in Rocky Mount theme, all of these areas will be “spreading holiday cheer” on December 6.

At 6:00 p.m., the most traditional Christmas in Rocky Mount activity will take place. This is when the annual tree lighting will take place. Also, Santa will be on hand to take pictures with the kids. Likewise, another traditional Christmas in Rocky Mount favorite returns with the annual carriage rides.

The art demonstrations are always a fun part for the children at Imperial Centre events.

Children’s Museum Christmas Activities

In the Children’s Museum area at the Imperial Centre, there will be an array of Christmas in Rocky Mount fun for the family to enjoy. This includes free admission to the “Spin” exhibit and the always popular Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a planetarium show as part of the First Friday Christmas in Rocky Mount. In addition to all of this, at 8:00 p.m. will be a special Holiday Laser Light show.

There will be a variety of vendors one hand Main Lobby of the Imperial Centre to pick up some Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

First Friday Christmas Events in the Art Center

Just as with the Children’s Museum section, the Art Center will also feature its own holiday-themed events. This area will boast free art exhibits for public viewing. It will also have live music throughout the night’s festivities by Tim and Susan Wells. Lastly, you will want to be sure to join in the special holiday-themed art activity and demo.

The Main Lobby: A Celebration of Christmas in Rocky Mount

Not to be outdone, The Imperial Centre’s Main Lobby will feature a variety of local vendors on hand for those looking to pick up some last-minute stocking stuffers and gifts. Additionally on hand will be an information table and a performance by the talented dancers from Dance USA. An art demonstration will also take place during this event in the main lobby as well.

The Langston Hughes’ written “Black Nativity” will have six showings at the Imperial Centre between December 6-15.

Black Nativity Takes the “Centre Stage” for Six Showings as Part of Imperial Centre Holiday Events

The theatre at the Imperial Centre is always the place to find a talented group of live performers on stage. Their annual holiday performances have included several Christmas classics, and this year will be no exception.

Featuring an all-local cast, this year’s performance will be “Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play.” The classic Christmas tale will see the cast tell its story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song, and folk spiritual forms. This year’s production is directed by Imperial Centre Artistic and Managing Director, Brookew Edwards. The show is co-produced by Word Tabernacle Church.

Show Times at the Imperial Centre for Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play

  • Friday, December 6- 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7- 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8- 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13- 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14- 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15- 2:00 p.m.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts is located just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more on tickets for “Black Nativity,” and all the Christmas in Rocky Mount First Friday events at the Imperial Centre, visit imperialcentre.org. For more information on the Belmont Lake Preserve new home and golf community, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.