Move over, Martha Stewart. When it comes to home décor and living in-style, Wilson Countians know Elizabeth Scruggs is the woman to call.
Scruggs has made her mark as a general contractor, interior decorator, professional organizer and certified Expert Psychological Stager.
Scruggs opened a business, Superior Construction and Design, in 2000. She said she had built and sold a few homes and fell in love with the process. "Construction involves extreme attention to detail, so professional organizing become part of my services several years ago. More recently, I've received training on real estate home staging from a famed local expert psychological stager in Nashville."
Scruggs is certainly dedicated to her profession. "I believe the more time you spend learning and researching your profession, the better you will be able to serve. Ninety percent of my job is listening to people and understanding what they need and want," she said. "The other ten percent is making it happen correctly is easy."
She has a booth at Antiques on 231 called The Collected Interior. Scruggs said she loves the history behind the pieces she collects. "I really love anything with a story."
Scruggs, originally from Bellevue, relocated to Lebanon at the age of 12 when her parents divorced. "My mother's two sisters lived here, so we moved close to family," she said.
She attended Walter J. Baird and graduated from Lebanon High School.
Scruggs has been married to her husband, Barry, for 23 years and said he makes her laugh every day.
Although, as previously stated, her career is a priority - nothing ranks higher on Scruggs' list than her family. She is mother to twin daughters, Mia and Macy, 9, and son, Max, 5. She is also a step-mom to sons, Alex and Matt.
In her spare time, Scruggs enjoys gardening, antiquing and going to the movies with her husband.
Women she admires are her mother, Peggy Hudson, and friends, Pat Bryant and Leanne Hudson.
"They are strong, southern, Christian women," she said. "My mother raised my brother and me alone and worked in Nashville - driving back and forth for years to make ends meet.
"Mrs. Bryant is a fascinating woman who knows a bit about everything. I love to listen and learn from her," she continued.
"And one woman I reflect on daily is my dear friend Leanna. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known. She was a self-made business woman who loved her family fiercely and taught me how strength and grace know no bounds."
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