Memory Lane: The Tunica Shows

Was going through old posts and found this one:

I've seen Elvis and he was in Tunica, Mississippi this week at the South Central Manufactured Housing Show. Not only was his nearby home Graceland designated a Historical site that week but he was there in the flesh to welcome people to the show.

I was chosen to do the interiors for 5 homes built by Patriot Homes of Alabama for the Manufactured Housing Show and I had a blast! The weather held out and for the first time that I can remember we had no rain.

With all of the news coverage about the Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a team consisting of Architect John Carricarte, Marketing Guru Sam Weidner and the Patriot Homes group. They were able to showcase homes that were ideal to fit into existing neighborhoods that were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina as well as homes that would fit into many neighborhoods in that region.

Such fun times!

How Manufactured Housing Stepped Up During Hurricane Katrina

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It's hard to believe that's it's been 10 years since Katrina set her eye on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. So much of the media was focused on New Orleans, but the entire Gulf Coast especially in Mississippi has yet to fully recover from her wrath.
When it became obvious that here was going to be extensive loss of housing , the Manufactured Housing Institute and the manufactured housing community sprung into action to make sue that people would have a place to live that was safe.
A few years after the storm MHI's magazine: Modern Homes had an article written by Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber with photography by Lisa Stewart Photography that shared what progress had been made, and what an important part of the rebuilding process manufactured housing played.
You can read a copy of the article here.

Happy Fourth of July!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July

Timeless Design

This Ultimate Lifestylist tries to stay organized, but with as busy as we have been it's not easy.

The last few weeks have been super busy trying to get all of my photos and files organized on my computer so I'm ready for all of the new images I hope to take at some of the Fall factory shows.

It's been a wonderful trip down memory lane as I looked at some of teh homes we designed for Patriot Homes, and I'm proud to say that most of those homes would be show stoppers now, even more than 10 years after they were debuted.

Trends vs trendy is always something to consider when you are buying a new home - will you love those brown walls after you have lived with them for 10 years or will you wish you had gone with something more neutral?  Time will tell.

The International Networking Roundtable for Factory Built Housing

We are so looking forward to being a part of the 23rd annual International Networking Roundtable that is hosted by George Allen and GFA Management.

I can't believe it's right around the corner! If you would like to be a part of this historical event, contact them at

Happy Easter

EasterAs a Lifestylist®, I love to decorate for the holidays. It doesn't have to big a huge expense or time challenge - just bringing out the things you love and creating new memories makes that special day one to remember.

This is a home that we LifeStyled for Patriot Homes back in 2002 - where has the time gone! It was at the Tunica show, and I love that Patriot always let me merchandise our homes to show lifestyle, including holidays and special events.

The home was their least expensive model, but we reminded people that every home is a place where the new owners can create their own special memories.

Happy Easter from all of us at The Lifestylist Brands and American Housing Advocates.

TX Manufactured Housing Association Launches New Site

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There is a reason Texas is so strong in factory built home  sales - they have a great organization that makes sure that the facts get out to their members and consumers. We got this press release today:

TMHA is pleased to announce our newest member resource with today’s launching of our Owner-Finance Resource webpage.

We have long known a portion of our membership has engaged in some form of individual lending.  Typically this is referred to as “owner-financing.”  Admittedly lending operations were never simple, but the complexity and education needed in the new regulatory environment has had an exponential impact on the demands of any would be lender, especially smaller owner-finance lenders.

The cry for help, education, resources, and direction is a common request we hear these days.  The high turnout at TMHA’s Dodd-Frank Implementation Workshop further demonstrated the demand in our industry for more help and more education.

Today we are launching a new, completely dedicated resource page focused on owner-finance lending.  In conjunction with the webpage launch we are publishing three new articles below in what we expect to be the first three installments of an on-going series of articles dedicated to this area.


For more information about the Texas Manufactured Housing Association you can visit their website or email them at: