In Living Color

Latvian-born American abstract painter Mark Rothko once said, “If you … are moved only by the color relationships, then you miss the point.” These words of wisdom apply not only within the art world, but also hold true when it comes to interior design. While color is often the first element we consider when designing the look of our home, it’s important to balance shade and hue with interesting patterns and varying textures. Doing so creates a sense of balance and cohesiveness within a space. Whether you’re mixing up the palette in a muted room with a
cheerful pop of color, breaking up clean lines and smooth shapes with a chunky, textured throw or pillow, or using a bold pattern to create visual interest in a room, playing with color, pattern and texture can elevate your space and celebrate your personality. Because such techniques can seem intimidating for those not used to mixing such elements, we’ve turned to interior designer and owner of Wilhouse Designs, Andrea Wilson, for tips on how she successfully incorporates these into her own home and the homes of her clients in a way that is tasteful, effortless, and eye catching.

For Andrea, interior design is about more than aesthetics. “It’s not just about having a room that looks beautiful. I often ask my clients, ‘How does this design make
you feel?’” Color is making a comeback in many homes, as people are moving away from the more muted, all-white or gray looks and incorporating pops of color and bold patterns, something Andrea herself embraces. “Being surrounded by color, pattern, and texture is lively and makes you feel more alive when you see it.” Wilson says it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the multitude of options homeowners have in ways to make a statement in their own homes. “I always tell clients to follow their gut. You know what you love and what sings to you…lean into that. A good rule of thumb for any room is to start with a base of neutral colors on certain walls, cabinets, and the sofa, then add pops of color with wallpaper, fabrics, and accessories. Try a little bit,” says Andrea, “and see what works for you.” Wilson also encourages her clients to let go of the need to identify their personal style. “I tell my clients that it’s not important to know what your style is. So many pieces and styles can be intermixed in a way that is lovely. I’ve seen a beautiful antique chest with a piece of modern art hanging over it, and it just works. When you avoid boxing yourself into a certain style, you end up creating a look that is timeless.”

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Huntsville, AL 35803
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By |2023-07-31T13:07:23+00:00July 31, 2023|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on In Living Color

Madison City Farmers Market

The Madison City Farmers Market (MCFM) is a truly local market, offering only products that are grown or made in the Tennessee Valley. The MCFM is a producer-only market and governed by local farmers and consumers. Everything sold at the market is grown or crafted by local farmers and craftspeople within 100 miles of the market. The market gives priority to farmers and farm products, but also includes hand-made and home-made crafts, products, and foods by local artisans.
The market changes from season to season and will expand and contract to allow all that is fresh, local, and plentiful from our farmers. While meats, eggs, cheese, honey, baked goods, and local crafts are available from spring to fall, the seasons bring exciting changes and variety each month.

In the Spring the market explodes with fresh strawberries, tender greens, herbs and bedding plants. Summer brings bountiful supplies of tomatoes, berries, peaches, corn, summer squash and watermelons. Transitioning into fall, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, winter squash and pumpkins abound.

The Madison City Farmers Markets mission is to provide consumers with a choice of fresh, quality produce, food products, handcrafted items and other services. The market purpose is also to provide an outlet for local farmers, producers and artisans to promote their products within the Madison Community.

Saturdays, April-November
8am to 12pm April- September
9am to 12pm October- November

Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the Madison City Farmers Market (MCFM) be open if it rains?
Yes! The market is always open rain or shine. We only close in the case of severe weather, i.e. lightning, high winds, or extreme heat.
Is the market open on holidays or holiday weekends?
Yes! Produce doesn’t stop growing around the holidays, so we will be at the market as usual.
Are pets allowed at the market?
Yes! Pets are welcome at the market as long as they are on a leash at all times, are friendly to people and other animals, and any “accidents” are picked up.
Can I come to the market to promote my organization, business, or candidate?
Soliciting, political campaigning, and fundraising is not allowed in any form at the market.
Are you still accepting applications for potential vendors?
Yes. Applications are compiled and reviewed by the Board of Directors and will not be accepted based on date received.
How do I apply to sell at the market?
Please read the MCFM Rules & Guidelines entirely before completing an application. Many questions you may have concerning the MCFM are answered in the Rules & Guidelines. Email your completed application, as well as any photos you may have showing your products (artisans only), to
What items can be sold at the market?
The MCFM is a producer-only farmers market, so all items must be grown or made by you. The reselling of products is not allowed. See the MCFM Rules & Guidelines for more information.

By |2023-07-28T18:30:15+00:00July 28, 2023|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Madison City Farmers Market

Forest Bathing for Beginners

Sometimes, the most simple delights are the most difficult to explain. Such can be the case with one of the oldest ‘new trends’: forest bathing. We’ve all felt the energy and peace that being in nature can provide. In fact, human beings have known this for many centuries. Sunlight, fresh air and the smells of the forest can not only improve our mood, it can redefine how we think about the world and ourselves in it.

If you’ve never dipped into forest bathing before, here are a few simple principles to set you on your way: 

1. Just be.   This isn’t meant to be exercise, and you don’t need a set destination. Simply connect to nature with all your senses.

2. No devices.  Resist the urge to take photos of the world you encounter. There are times for that but forest bathing is an in-the-moment experience for your senses.

3. Destination unknown.  Unlike hiking a trail or climbing a summit, forest bathing needs no physical destination. It’s ok if you go nowhere at all.

4. Breathe it in.  The fragrance of the forest is healing. Take deep breaths and experience the purity of the air. Let your toes explore a cool stream. Lie on the forest floor. Feel the tree trunks with your hands. 

5. Anywhere, anytime.  Once you’ve learned how to deeply experience nature, you don’t need a vast forest or nature preserve. You’ll find you can connect with nature in a pocket park or your own garden.

Here are some local places to try it out!


Dappled sunlight and many rock outcroppings sit within 130 acres. 

MONTE SANO STATE PARK | 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL 

Translating to ‘mountain of health,’ Monte Sano’s lush, forested acres await you.


Circling beautiful Sky Lake, this 72-acre park is a serene spot for forest bathing. 


Ponds and shady, meandering trails are open from dawn to dusk.

By |2021-06-04T19:32:56+00:00June 4, 2021|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Forest Bathing for Beginners

The Town Center is Now Underway!

The developers of Village at Oakland Springs have now announced that the Town Center is underway! It will be a welcoming atmosphere of shopping,
dining, and entertainment, right in your own neighborhood. The plan boasts 15,000+ square feet of restaurant, retail and office space, and 262 luxury apartment homes. A planned community pool and Meeting House are in the works too.

Follow us on Facebook for updates about this exciting new addition to our beautiful community.
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Events & Excitement

You may have heard we’ve ranked ‘Top’ and ‘Best of’ in many categories—best city to live in Alabama, top schools in the state and ranked in the top percentile in the nation. But beyond the numbers—which are very impressive!—Madison is a hometown with a lot of heart and soul. The neighbors here enjoy a vibrant town environment. There’s always something fun and exciting to do.

Throughout the year –a typical year, anyway— our city enjoys events and get togethers like:
• Madison Easter “Egg”stravaganza and Kite Festival
• City of Madison Stars and Stripes Forever July 4th Celebration
• Annual Madison Station Polar Express Christmas on Main
• City of Madison Cars Under the Stars Christmas Movies

Then there are the everyday special things, and the unusual places that might just become your favorite haunt. The Madison City Farmers Market offers the freshest local produce and a great place to get together. Local shops are awesome—Old Black Bear Brewing Company, Pure Barre, and more, offer great opportunity for fitness, fun and flavor.

What will you love best about Madison? Visit, explore and decide for yourself!

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Sports In Madison

It’s great being so close to so many great attractions here in Madison. If it’s sports you love, our ‘next door neighbor’ Huntsville, hits a home run. As they say at our sister community, Village of Providence in Huntsville, a HUGE part of the camaraderie and spirit of this area is our leave-it-all-on-the-field sports teams. Check them out!

BASEBALL: The Rocket City Trash Pandas
We think a name like that is a home run in and of itself! Our own Rocket City Trash Pandas are North Alabama’s official Minor League AA baseball team and 2021 is the year it all begins! Want to support the team? Check out the hats, shirts and other great gear at the team’s store in Bridge Street Town Centre.

Alabama is no stranger to football. Our state, and the entire south, really, just LOVE the game and we’re fiercely loyal to our teams. Huntsville has football teams of its own:
Alabama A&M Bulldogs – an NCAA Division I college team
Huntsville Tigers – a women’s tackle football team in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) league.
Huntsville Rockets – a semi-pro team named for the original and beloved Huntsville Rockets Football Team in the 1960s.

Yes, HOCKEY! In Huntsville we have our own teams—the pro team, Huntsville Havoc, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Chargers. You’ll want to plan to slide over to the Von Braun Center and take in a high energy, high stakes hockey match. The sport is actually a very popular local pastime. And it’s just one of the things that make Huntsville such an interesting place to call home. Huntsville Havoc is a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the UAH Chargers team is part of NCAA Division I.

Love racing? Huntsville has your passion. The Huntsville Speedway is a quarter-mile track that hosts stock car and modified car racing. This track has hosted many a legendary racer over its many years. Richard Petty enjoyed one of his earliest wins here. It must have been that Huntsville luck.

Whatever game gets you going, Huntsville has it and our neighbors and friends love getting together to cheer on the home team. Come be a part of it!

By |2021-05-10T21:51:09+00:00January 22, 2021|Attractions, News|Comments Off on Sports In Madison

Traditional Neighborhood Design

Village at Oakland Springs is a traditional development that sets a new standard of excellence for Madison residents. A neighborhood that goes beyond a development – and creates a community.

Developed by the visionaries who brought The Village
of Providence to life nearly two decades ago, The
Village at Oakland Springs is set to be the ultimate embodiment of Traditional Neighborhood Design. Community life thrives here in this pedestrian focused neighborhood among a structure of well-connected central gathering places.

The Village at Oakland Springs has a distinctive sense of place, by design—our planners have adhered to the time-tested principles of Traditional Neighborhood Design, with careful community planning, people-
focused design, and building in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

Timeless Village Experience

Intimate yet easy to navigate tree-lined streets are flanked by wide sidewalks, and encourage walking. Homesites are as diverse as they are lovely and offer privacy, natural beauty, and an ideal environment upon which to build your dream home. From a home on a spacious Natural Preserve homesite to a Cottage Home, to a no-maintenance townhome, your options are endless. Architecture here is a harmonious blend of old southern elegance, stately classical elements, and timeless Americana small town charm.

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US Space & Rocket Center

If you ever wanted to know MORE about the amazing U.S. Space Program, you’ll be over the moon about the US Space & Rocket Center in nearby Huntsville. Operated by the government of Alabama, this enormous hub of all things space has been called “Earth’s largest space museum”. Within the vast halls and exhibit spaces of the Center, you can see items from the infamous Apollo Program, interactive science exhibits, Space Shuttle exhibits, aircraft and rockets.

The US Space & Rocket Center is set among land carved out of Redstone Arsenal just beside the beautiful Huntsville Botanical Garden. From here, you can take a tour by bus of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, try out the Apollo Virtual Reality simulator, G-Force Accelerator, or Flight simulator—and that’s just the beginning. Space Camp programs for kids, movies and shows, the I.D.E.A.S. Lab, Scuba experience, and even Family Astronaut Training.

It’s a galaxy’s worth of fun, learning and entertainment. We love being so close to so many great neighbors here at Oakland Springs in Madison. »

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Property Owner Social

MUSIC – FOOD – AND AMAZING NEIGHBORS! Thank you everyone for coming out to our Property Owner Social; what a great turn out and success. Our neighborhood is growing and we couldn’t be more excited! We hope all of you had as much fun as we did.

By |2021-05-25T15:42:32+00:00January 19, 2021|News|Comments Off on Property Owner Social

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Madison is wonderfully close to big city flavor. Enjoy world-class shopping, great restaurants and tons of happenings for every taste. Living in Madison means you’re just minutes from lots of incredible places .

The Town Center at Village of Oakland Springs

When complete, our Town Center here at Oakland Springs will offer a wide array of restaurants, options for shopping, services and places that will have all your day-to-day needs.  Best of all, it will be walking distance from your home at Oakland Springs!

Our great neighbor, Huntsville, has a lot to offer your adventurous, curious and playful side…


If you’ve haven’t checked out this one-of-a-kind district, it’s time to see what you’re missing.

This oh-so-hip commercial area of retail, restaurants and entertainment is one of the most unique in the region. It’s referred to as a ‘next-generation gathering place’ and we have to agree!  What’s to do there? MidCity’s own creators say this: “Shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, entertainment and health & wellness that run the gamut from local flavor and niche favorites to urban fashion, tech, home, music and lifestyle brands” like REI, High Point Climbing & Fitness, Dave & Busters, TopGolf and more.

See what’s happening at MidCity »

Bridge Street Town Centre

Bridge Street Town Centre is a creative hotspot offering great style, shopping, dining and more. There’s more than you can do in one afternoon—and that makes Bridge Street one of the best major shopping hubs anywhere in the region. We couldn’t list them all here but take a look at just a few of the scores of brands Bridge Street is home to:


Plus, great restaurants and recreational food and Cinemark, the #1 theater in North Alabama, featuring 14-screens, stadium seating, luxury loungers, a full bar and expanded food menu.

Bridge Street Town Centre  »

By |2021-05-10T21:49:37+00:00January 12, 2021|Attractions, News|Comments Off on Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
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