Yes! I’ve been here and there the last couple of weeks! LOTS of great homes coming your way in “A Simple Life” in 2017! I had the pure joy of visiting my friends John and Bettye Wagner in Alabama recently. Everyone knows Bettye – she is an icon in our industry. She had a shop in Marietta, GA for many, many years beginning in the 80’s, and never looked back. She sold incredible American Country antiques there and at all of the best shows, as well as selling everything you needed for your home – custom curtains, her own line of custom upholstered furniture and fabrics, etc. She also styled many, many homes that have appeared in countless magazines over the years. She and John restored a wonderful 1800’s Virginia Tidewater brick home, and have just recently retired near Muscle Shoals. Bettye is a treasure and we had so much fun the day I visited her!
The next leg of my journey took me to everyone’s favorite decorator and stylist – James Cramer. Jimmie is a dear friend who has become like a brother to me. I was telling Todd yesterday that when I am with Jimmie I can laugh and laugh, relax and just totally be myself. We have so much fun. He is a rare and precious gift in my life. He was telling me that it has been 20 years since the book, “Seasons at Seven Gates Farm” came out! Can you believe it? It is certainly time to revisit it !
Of course we always have to go antiquing when we’re together and he took me to his “source” for old lye soap. Of course I bought the brown and he bought the white but because we are always acting silly we had our picture made and Jimmie said, “You’re making me go brown and I’m making you go white!”
Our travels together always include a visit with our friend Patsy Martin up in Pennsylvania. Patsy is so good to always take us to all the great spots near her and stopping for ice cream from the Amish Creameries is always a must!
Since we featured Patsy’s home at Christmas a few years ago, she has redone all three of her upstairs bedrooms and we will be bringing you those great additions in a future issue next year. Take a peek ~
The week ahead looks to be just as much fun because Cheryl and KC and our friends Lynn and Ruth are all coming down from Michigan to go to Hart Square on Saturday – Dr. Bob’s log cabin museum in Hickory, North Carolina for his festival. Yipppeeee!
Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing sneak peeks from our upcoming Winter issue later this week as well!
For my book loving friends – here are a couple more good reads to add to your list!
One of my VERY FAVORITES:
“The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara
Also a good choice:
“Cane River” by Lalita Tademy, and the follow up novel, “Red River.”