Jenny Parkhurst

Jenny Parkhurst
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Hello! My name is Jenny and it’s wonderful to meet you. I grew up in East Tennessee and graduated with a BFA from the University of Tennessee. Go Vols! I met my husband, Nathan, during our time as collegiate runners. We love calling Knoxville our home and raising our two boys, Caleb and Noah. My passion for art and creativity runs deep. I translated my love for good design into a full time business in 2013 when I opened my lifestyle shop, The Back Porch Mercantile in the Bearden area. You can follow my adventures in life and shopkeeping at @shopbpm and @xoxo_jennyleigh on Instagram.

Favorite Design Trends of 2021

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Predicting design and style trends can be a tricky business because no matter what, you should LOVE your own home and style. Owning a shop, styling homes and producing goods for wholesale has made...

Shopping Small is Big for Your Community

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Since the first Small Business Saturday in 2010, everyone has learned various reasons why shopping small and supporting local is important. But in 2020, the need for supporting local is greater than ever. Due...

Five Easy Houseplants to Grow

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Every space needs something green to make it feel alive. I love using real plants and flowers when designing a space. Here are a few favorites that even the most brown thumb grower can grow: ...
The Newest Accessory: DIY Mask Lanyards

The Newest Accessory: DIY Mask Lanyards

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There’s a new fashion trend in town: the mask lanyard! We made these easy mask lanyards in fewer than 15 minutes and they help my kids keep track of their mask for trips out...
The Simplicity of French Beauty: The Perfect Routine for a Busy Mama

The Simplicity of French Beauty: The Perfect Routine for a Busy Mama

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When I visited Paris last summer, I fell in love with the simplicity of French beauty and style. French women always looks beautiful and make it effortless. If you’re looking for a complete beauty...
Looking for a Home “Update” Project? Here are Five Favorite Ways to Freshen up Your Space

Looking for a Home “Update” Project? Here are Five Favorite Ways to Freshen up...

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During the quarantine, people began looking at their homes in a whole new way. Small update projects are always good to minimize boredom and maximize sanity. Questions like “How can I make this space...

Things I Have Learned About Myself in Quarantine

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We have been in quarantine for what feels like forever. I never thought those would be words I would ever write. Who would have thought in our lifetime we would live through a pandemic?...

The Gift of Ordinary Days

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As I unwrapped a recent shipment of art pieces I ordered in January for my shop, I was caught off guard by my emotions. When I placed the order, I could have never...

Parents Behaving Badly: A Note About Unsportsmanlike Behavior

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When the basketball rolled out of bounds, I had to hold my emotions in. This boy who lost the ball was laughing about it and was showing off. The coach laughed along with him...

Making Our Community a Destination By Shopping Small

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Take a moment and think of your city. What do you love about it? In Knoxville, we are lucky to have breathtaking views of the mountains, wonderful neighborhoods, schools, shops and restaurants. Can you...
The Gift of Time with Friends

The Gift of Time with Friends

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We laughed as we stopped and took our hundredth picture of a blue painted door as we walked along the streets of Paris. We hunted for the perfect shades of blue -- ones which never...

What Makes a Good Coach, A GREAT Coach

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This year I got to return to the track and see my favorite sport as the parent of an athlete. It’s been a joy to watch my son participate in an event that I...