Our upcoming Spring 2018 issue promises to be another wonderful edition! Four incredible homes, a Log Cabin Museum, an informational article on Tape Looms with lots of great examples, recipes and all the usual favorites! Shipping in less than two weeks – you don’t want to miss this issue my friends! Give Kay a call at 806-748-0700, email us at asimplelifemagazine@gmail.com or visit our website to renew! http://www.asimplelifemagazine.com   Also visit your favorite antique shop!

I am incredibly honored to be able to to bring dealer and American antiques Icon Marge Staufer to the pages of A Simple Life. Marge has been making her mark on our industry for over 60 years. She truly was one of the pioneers in this business in so many ways – one that stands out is being among the very first to move a dismantled New England home to Ohio. Through this article I hope to honor and uplift Marge for the incredible dealer, early restorationist, preservationist and icon that she is today!




Our Spring Sneak Peek Continues with the wonderful Ohio home of Roger and Bobbie Pries! Amazing antiques, early house and awesome gardens! What a privilege for A Simple Life!





The home of Robert and Robert Patsy Martin has been a reader favorite over the years. We visited Patsy back in 2011 for Christmas, and she has appeared in other various features often. In the upcoming Spring 2018 issue, we show Patsy’s bedrooms – which weren’t seen back in 2011. This promises to be another READER FAVORITE! She has a Gentleman’s Room, Woman’s Room and Children’s Room!





Allen and Jean Gilliland have an early American collection in their home, as well as a wonderful primitive collection in the log cabin on their property. The best of both worlds!





We focus on early Tape Looms in this issue, with an informative article from Helen Pringle. Many fine examples illustrate it!










Spring 2018 Sneak Peek Cover!

Happy Anniversary Simple Life! I can’t believe it but we’re starting our 9th year! Our Spring issue went to press a little bit early so hopefully it will be shipping in the next two weeks or so. If you need to renew or subscribe, go to our website at http://www.asimplelifemagazine.com or give us a call at 806-748-0700.  You can also visit a shop near you!

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I’m headed out to Valley Forge tomorrow for our Wholesale Market! I look forward to seeing all of our awesome shops and meeting some new customers! Always a fun time in Pennsylvania! Hope you’ll come see me if you’re attending!



… Not the red kind you put on fries, but the Catch Up kind where we reconnect after an absence.  I was thinking it had been months since I shared with my blog friends but when I looked back its only been a couple of three weeks. Ok, so that didn’t really count since it was just a New Years photo.

Lets see, since we last visited, I wrapped up my Christmas photography in Alabama (Jan 2nd), I went to Gift Market in Atlanta – EEEK! Folks, now THAT is a big city! I road the MARTA (which is like a subway train) through downtown every day to get to the ginormous facility where market is held. I’ve never been on a subway or train before so that was an interesting adventure in, an of itself. Thank goodness I was with Josh and Gary or I would never have done it. This is just one of the escalators to get up to ground level …


The reason you don’t see tons of people is because they only let so many on at once or it breaks! I have been to America’s Mart before, but only to the temporary booth section during a MUCH SMALLER market years ago. But I’m tellin’ ya, this place is bigger than the town I lived in in Texas! I heard on the announcements one day that there were 2000 permanent showroom booths and 4000 temporary booths open.

I’ve been home the last week, working on the spring issue. One fine afternoon I had unexpected company. Not very often do guests find their way up on Walkers Knob.

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Now the very  next day looked like this:

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And like most of you – the temps were just bitter cold. Of course that is always the time Todd goes off to a horse sale and I get to do farm chores! But I survived, as did all the cattle and horses and now it’s a balmy 58 degrees.

I worked on my Carpetbag website a little bit this afternoon and added a couple new bags if you’d like to take a gander there …  http://www.elranchofrontera.com

Gosh, I guess that’s about it for me. Rather boring post this time! I could show you a photo that would make you laugh, but I won’t. Let me just leave you with this thought … dyed Turquoise hair … mmm-hmmm … wait til the  next video ….




One for the record books! After 13 years of publishing, I have NEVER taken the shoes (or slippers) off of a homeowner’s feet … until today! I flipped over Janice Elderkin’s footwear and they were brand new, so she took them off right then and there and gifted them to me! I TOLD YOU I have THE BEST HOMEOWNER’S!!

Then, while leaving she gave me this INCREDIBLE set of early sleigh bells! There are no words for this blessed day. And, I had the privilege to photograph a STUNNING home for Christmas and make a lifelong friend ❤️ in addition to the boot score! What a day! Sneak peeks coming soon!