Welcome to our 4th home in the Fall issue!

Welcome to Tuscumbia, Alabama and the fourth home in the upcoming Fall issue! Owners John and Bettye Wagner share their southern hospitality with all of us in this great article. Bettye has been an icon in our industry since the 1970s – as a wonderful American Country dealer and decorator. Many homes she has styled over the years have appeared in countless magazines. I can’t wait for you to see this great home in our Fall issue!

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Fall Issue visit to Prairie Rose Ranch

The wonderful Nebraska home of Duane and Sami McNutt will appear in the upcoming Fall issue – due out in a few weeks! You might recall me posting about my trip to this amazing 13,000 acre cattle ranch last summer. Sami just reminded me that it was a year ago this very week I was there! Wow, it seems like last month! If you haven’t renewed your subscription yet – it’s a must, because you don’t want to miss this visit to the Prairie Rose Ranch!

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Sneak Peek Continues in Wisconsin!

An awesome Fall issue sneak peek continues! Jerry and Donna Shepherd have two early log cabins on their farm in Wisconsin and then built another from old materials. Donna is hands-down one of the best decorators I’ve ever witnessed – just wait till you see all her hard work! AND, the best part is, I will get to see her again on AUGUST 12th when I am in her shop “Tailings” at Mother O’Leary’s Cabin, in Shullsburg for a meet and greet!

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FALL 2017 SNEAK PEEK!

The Fall issue of A Simple Life Magazine is coming to a mailbox or shop near you in just a few weeks!

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We have FIVE amazing home tours to share … plus so MUCH MORE!

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Dennis and Judith Conrad have filled their early 1800’s Western Reserve/Greek Revival home in Copley, Ohio,  with an amazing 17th & 18th C. collection.

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Stay tuned for many more sneak peeks in the coming week!

Welcome to New Mexico!

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For me, New Mexico truly is the “Land of Enchantment.” And I had an amazing week exploring my old stomping grounds! I lived in New Mexico for 30 years, from Albuquerque to college in Las Cruces, to summers in Santa Fe, to substitute Ag. Teacher in Eastern NM, and many other places. This desert will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I started off my week with my antiques mentor, Charlotte Merrill. I met Charlotte when I was four years old and she introduced me to American Country Antiques. All that I am in my career today, I owe to her! If you have ever enjoyed a single issue of A Simple Life Magazine, you have this beautiful woman to thank. She has the lions share of my heart, she inspires me, and is my compass through this journey of life. She is my heart and soul – my Charlotte….

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We ate at my all-time favorite restaurant, “The Shed” in Santa Fe.

IMG_1582Next, I had the immense pleasure of visiting Rancho De Las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) in Santa Fe. It depicts a stop along the Camino Real (the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe) in 1710. Many of the original structures are there, along with several more that were moved from nearby. This 200 acre ranch is SPECTACULAR and very pure. Watch for an article in an upcoming issue of A Simple Life!

My dad lives in Grants, NM and his brother, my Uncle Pete, lives in California. My cousin Greg, who is like a brother to me, brought my Uncle and met me in Grants for three awesome days of family fun!

Our first stop, the “Ice Cave” located along the Continental Divide, is inside part of a collapsed lava tube, and the temperature never rises above 31º F. The natural layers of the perpetual ice create such an atmosphere that even subspecies of algae can grow fruitful in near freezing conditions. The ice is approximately 20′ thick.  The day we were there it was well over 100 degrees out but freezing down below.


Our next stop was “El Morro,” a shaded oasis in the desert, this site has seen many centuries of travelers. The remains of a mesa top pueblo are atop the promontory where between about 1275 to 1350 AD, up to 1500 people lived there. Travelers left signatures, names, dates, and stories of their treks. People always knew they could get water there for their long journey west across the desert.




One evening, Greg and I went to Gallup where I got to visit my old friend Becky Sheridan at the “Best of the Best Timed Event Finals.” Being back at work at my old gig – selling horse tack & ropes sure felt great, if even for a couple of hours.  Becky and I set up at tons of rodeos and ropings all over the country back in the day, and I’ve missed the smell of leather and horse flesh!


Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to this enchanting land and start the long journey back to reality with tears in my eyes and a promise to return home again soon…

Magnolia Pearl Clothing Co.

While I was in Texas I took a little detour purely for fun! I went to Magnolia Pearl Clothing Co. in Fredericksburg. Many of you who see me at shows know I wear a lot of Magnolia Pearl and I LOVE, LOVE, did I say, LOVE it! They opened a shop, which is like an art gallery, about two years ago and it is all the brain child of the brilliant Robin Brown. Here are a few pics from the shop but you can see more pics on their website. This shop is definitely a vacation destination all on its own, but the town of Fredericksburg is wonderful too! They have two kitchens and two bathrooms that are even amazing! Ha!

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